How to Get a Still Image From a Video Using Photoshop

You can use Photoshop to extract quality still images from videos. Most video cameras nowadays (including smartphones) shoot 1080 HD video, which yields a single frame of 1920 x 1080 – or about 2MP.

There are a number of ways to pull still images from video clips and even ways to increase the resolution when you combine frames. Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to do so in the above video.

BTS Video with Dave Hill on the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition Fiat Ad

Here’s pretty cool inside look at Dave Hill’s photo shoot with FIAT for the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition. He shot 4 days to get 4 photos for these ads. The camera of choice was a Hasselblad H3D.

The compositing of the final images combined several days of 12-14 hours of editing in Photoshop and using Cinema 4D to render the shadows. It’s a real, big-budget shoot with a full crew to make cutting edge commercial ad photography.

As a bonus factoid, the entire BTS documentary was shot with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

[via Fstoppers]

Forget the $500 Gimbal; Make a DIY Anti-Vibration Drone Camera Mount for $10

The problem with mounting a GoPro to a DJI Phantom or other drone is that the vibration of the propellers creates a terrible jello effect in the footage. This is the main reason that gimbals have become such a popular accessory for drones. But gimbals are expensive.

Two grad students from USC were searching for a cheaper way to reduce the jello effect in their footage from their Phantom-mounted GoPro. After months of failure in testing several aftermarket products, they finally built their own mount with household items for less than $10.

They discovered that they had to dampen the attachment between the GoPro and the Phantom, which is something that none of the attachments on the market allowed. In the end, they used a pair of sponges and some semi-rigid wires to connect a mount that was constructed from a plastic lid.

The results are impressive and resemble the look of an expensive gimbal when viewing the output footage. You can see a full walkthrough, along with sample footage, in the video above.

Understanding the Basics of Low Light Photography

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There are times when you have to use a flash when shooting a wedding or portrait session. For example, if you are shooting outside and the sun has gone down completely, or if you are shooting inside with dim overhead lighting, a flash is a necessity. But whenever I can avoid it, I prefer taking advantage of natural light, even if it is waning in the half hour after sunset.

To get the most out of your camera, follow these guidelines: [Read more...]

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation (Part 2) from Karl Taylor

A couple weeks back we saw a video from Karl Taylor where he gave a very straightforward and understandable explanation for the inverse square law of light. The above video is the second and final part of the discussion from Karl.

To reinforce Karl’s video again, the inverse square law in photographic lighting says:  the intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.

As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source.

5 Brilliant Minutes with Gregory Heisler

This short video of Gregory Heisler packs so much wisdom and advice for photographers into a little more than 5 minutes. You can’t watch this video and fail to take something away from it.

If you want to hear more from the man, Heisler also has a recent book called Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, in which he breaks down 50 of his portraits and reveals his creative and technical processes for each shot.

[via PetaPixel]