The Padcaster Mini Aims to Turn the iPad Mini Into a Full-Fledged Video Workflow Solution

Padcaster

The Padcaster is a rugged case that turns your iPad into an all-in-one movie making device. With threaded holes surrounding the Padcaster’s aluminum frame, you can attach your lenses, mics, lights and other accessories, then mount the Padcaster to a tripod for a steady shot. [Read more...]

Lumos Trip Pro is a New Portable Continuous LED

Lumos Trip Pro

The Lumos Trip Pro is a new portable continuous LED light for HD camcorders and DSLRs.  The pocket size light features a full range adjustable color temperature (3200K-5600K), dimming from 100% to 0 with minimal color shift, and a CRI as high as 97 Ra for Tungsten.

The Lumos Trip Pro should be shipping later this fall for $399. More info here on Lumos USA website.

IndiSYSTEM AIR Cage for HDSLR Cameras

indiSYSTEM Air Cage

IndiSYSTEM has released its new AIR3 cage for HDSLR cameras starting at $99 for the basic version. Adding longer rods, handles and other accessories puts the top end unit at $179.

While it is not as fancy as other HDSLR cages on the market, there appears to be plenty of holes on the top plate for mounting accessories. It also seems to be quite sturdy from the looks of the below video where they set a car on top of four cages. [Read more...]

5 Ways to Use Layer Groups in Photoshop

Do you use layer groups in Photoshop just for organizing your layers?

In this quick 10-minute video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates 5 ways to make use of layer groups in Photoshop that go well beyond organization. All of these techniques can be used in Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC.

Here’s a quick summary of the 5 ways to use layer groups.

  1. Blending modes apply to group of layers to make the effect appear as if the layers have been merged.
  2. Styles for layers (e.g., drop shadows, etc.) in groups are applied as if the layers have been merged.
  3. The ability to restrict how the layers interact within the group versus the layers in the rest of the document. For example, a black and white adjustment layer can be restricted to layers within group.
  4. The ability to clip a texture or another color to a group by using a clipping mask.
  5. Mask multiple layers within a group with a single mask.

Watch the video to see how to make these work in the Photoshop interface.