The Movie Set of New York City

Paris Shot How To

I’ll be in Paris in just a few weeks for the workshop at the chateau (see the Photography Workshop Schedule)! Here is a video that I made during my last trip to Paris that you might enjoy if you have not already seen it…

Tanya Rochat’s Digital Castles

Tanya Rochat’s new eBook, Digital Castles, is insanely cool. Even if you think “I can’t do that!” I invite you to get into the book anyway. No doubt you will discover many new tricks in post-processing that you can re-use in your own craft.From the description:

A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. Historically, matte painters and film technicians have used various techniques to combine a matte-painted image with live-action footage. At its best, depending on the skill levels of the artists and technicians, the effect is “seamless” and creates environments that would otherwise be impossible to film.

Daily Photo – The Movie Set of New York City

I shot this from the Google offices in Manhattan a few weeks ago. Luke and I ended up staying up late at the offices, and we wanted to wait until the sunset rolled through… and when sunset finally came, we discovered that we could not even go outside! All the windows and doors had been nailed shut by security, so there was no chance of getting out. Instead, I had to commandeer a conference room and turn out all the lights so I could get a clean shot out the window.

Over on the left side, you can just see the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City Downtown

The Movie Set of New York City

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The Painted Mountains of Death Valley

Interview with Astrum People Part 2

Yesterday was Part 1 and here is Part 2! :)

Daily Photo – The Painted Mountains of Death Valley

I woke up on the final morning to go find this special area of Death Valley. I tried to get to things as early as possible before the heat came along. The middle of August is about the worst time to be in Death Valley, but it did do an excellent job of getting rid of the crowds for me!

The Painted Mountains of Death Valley

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Eat at Facebook

Interview with Astrum People Part 1

Here’s part 1 of the interview below – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Eat at Facebook

Last week I spent the day at Facebook and got a private photo-tour of the campus. They just moved to their new HQ, so it was interesting to see how everything was spread out.

I was first escorted by a private security guy. He was ex-Marine and kind of a bad-ass. I asked if there were a lot of ex-Marines now hired at Facebook and he said there were quite a few… I figured they were the ones that were most badass.

I took a ton of photos, and I don’t know why I am sharing this one first, but here it is anyway. There are many cafeterias all over the campus, and I thought that this one was kinda cool…

Eat at Facebook

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Crossing Rivers in the Andes

Part 2 of the Fox News bit in Central Park

Here’s the second part of my day with Clayton Morris in Central Park… enjoy!

Trail along the Andes

I’ve heard of a wonderful trail that goes along and through the Andes. Do you know what it is called? This might be an interesting hike some day… I’m not above hiring a few porters to help carry my stuff so I can just enjoy the walk with me and my camera.

Daily Photo – Crossing Rivers in the Andes

I worked my way back and forth across this river a few times on this evening. I was trying to figure out a way to get closer to the mountains in the distance. It was pretty much physically impossible without risking extreme danger to my body, which I’ve grown to like over the years. So I just remained in this area to take photos and explore the river with the mountains beyond…

Crossing Rivers in the Andes

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In the Park in San Francisco

The Google+ Photographer’s Conference

Right after I did this photo, the conference began. In case you missed it, here is the finale of the event when I did an on-stage interview with Kelby…. enjoy! :)

(Jump past the first 10 mins or so… the encode quality of that video came out bad… that is available elsewhere on YouTube)

Daily Photo – In the Park in San Francisco

Our PhotoWalk in San Francisco ended in this spot. At first, I thought the photowalk would just take a few hours, but I think it ended up taking four or five! That’s okay, we had a good time and only got kicked out of one place… we ended up here in this fantastic park… the sun was shining and it was perfect to round things off :)

In the Park in San Francisco

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A Moving Sunset

Free 27 Minute How-To Video!

This comes from the full 4-video Art of Photography series that we recently launched for Beginner to Intermediate photographers. The live launch was a huge success (thanks everyone for the GREAT comments on that page!) and we have just released this first video for free. Sadly (but awesomely) you can go purchase the other 3 episodes if you find the first one to be helpful. I believe you will!

Many Days of New Zealand

I miss my new home in Queenstown, so I’m going to be posting a series of photos from NZ over the next few days. I hope that is okay. Normally I jump around and post places out of order, but I’ll make a departure from that for four or five days. Thanks for indulging me!

Daily Photo – A Moving Sunset

When the sun started going down in Milford Sound, I figured I was going to start using up a lot of memory cards. I’m still using those RAW Steel cards that are 16GB each. The D800 has been filling up my cards pretty quickly, so I’ve been thinking about upgrading to 32GB. But I already have a load of 16GB and swapping isn’t that much of a pain… maybe I should just wait until I need the 64GB some day… if ever.

A Moving Sunset

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The Shuttle Machine

Segment on Fox News

Here is part 1 of something I did with Fox News. I know many of you saw it live, but in case you missed, click play below! :)

No More Space Shuttle

It’s kind of a bummer, eh? I wish NASA had something exciting on the heels of the space shuttle to get everyone excited. Surely they have designed some awesome new ships… let’s see them and get ‘em up there! :)

Daily Photo – The Shuttle Machine

I went out to the launchpad during the “retraction event” which is quite exciting. Well, it’s kind of exciting because it’s all in slow motion. The unit retracts very very slowly – so slowly you barely even notice it. The whole thing takes over an hour, but it’s still pretty cool.

About halfway through, I got the feeling that the shuttle was intertwined into this huge, hulking machine, and that is when I grabbed this shot.

The Shuttle Machine

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Giants Stadium and an Interview with Forbes

Interview with Forbes

I did an interview with Forbes Magazine a few days ago, and the highlights of the video are there on the right. There’s also a longer article by Michael Humphrey after the link there. I talk about how being “Human” can become intensified with the internet and technology.

Daily Photo – Giants Stadium

When I spent the evening at the Giants game in San Francisco, we had carte blanche to go anywhere and shoot anything, so that was pretty awesome. Tom and I had the number of the PR guy in our pocket in case anyone gave us any trouble… but no one did. We spent most of the night roaming around the stadium, taking photos from many vantage points. No one ever bothered us about the tripods and stuff, so that was a welcome delight!

This was shot with the Nikon 14-24 lens… as usual, all the EXIF info is there if you click through to SmugMug! :)

Giants Stadium

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How To Set Up A Large-Scale Live Webinar with YouTube Live and Google Hangouts

A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

We’re trying something innovative with our new Art of Photography online class – as far as I know, we are the first to try this.

For the previous one, we used GoToWebinar, which had the downside of being expensive and a Limit of 1000 people.

Using a combination of unique steps, we can scale a paid webinar to well beyond 1,000 people (unlimited, in fact) and it’s totally free.

Background

My team has figured this out, mostly because we’ve been really hitting Google Hangouts hard. I have a weekly show that goes out for free called “Trey’s Variety Hour” – go subscribe on YouTube! Very early on, I made friends with a genius named Dave Veffer, who is now my producer and has been doing all the heavy lifting on the logistics of that weekly show and the live webinar. Dave and Curtis Simmons worked together on the complete solution for this process, so a big thanks to both of them!

Note: we use e-Junkie for a payment system so that people can register and pay for the live Webinar.

Benefits of this Method

– It’s Free
– No Limit on Registrations
– Users can watch the video in 720p or 360p
– We can control the entire user experience
– We can show pre-canned videos live at a very high frame rate
– With everyone watching these pre-canned videos at the same time, it increases the excitement of the live event, it compels more people to stay with the event in real-time, and it keeps the Live questions in sync since everyone will be in the same place
– When we are done, the entire video is recorded so we can provide a URL to any registrants that missed the live broadcast.

The How-To

Step 1: Set up the page that the viewers will visit

1) We make a branded special page on StuckInCustoms.com. This page is password-protected.
2) On that page, we include the YouTube Live Event broadcast (embedded video player)
3) We also include the Google Moderator embed code (for Live questions during the event for our moderator to handle). How to Embed it.

Step 2: Set up your eCommerce solution

1) We set up an account with e-Junkie
2) We created a product inside eJunkie so people can sign up for the Webinar for $149.
3) After they register and pay, we have an email address that we will use to send them a link to the page with password we created above.

Step 3: Tell people about your Webinar and link them to your sales page.

1) We created a sales page at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/art-of-photography
2) On that page, use the code that you get from e-Junkie so people can buy a seat at the webinar. (basic shopping cart embed code)
3) After people make the purchase, they will receive a confirmation email automatically through e-Junkie.

Step 4: Run the Live Webinar

1) My producer, Dave, creates the Event (which is set to “Unlisted”) on my YouTube Live account, configures it for 720p and 360p, and notes the YouTube embed code.
2) Dave starts a Google+ Hangout with a limited audience of me and Karen Hutton who will be asking me all the questions.
3) Dave uses Wirecast to capture part of the screen where the Hangout window is, which he then streams through my YouTube Live account to the Event via 720p and 360p as well as recording a local copy to his hard drive.
4) Dave verifies that the broadcast does NOT appear on my YouTube live channel (it’s unlisted).
5) Dave takes the unlisted video embed code and places it on our private webpage on StuckInCustoms.com that we set up in Step 1.
6) We do live introductions and whatnot through the Google Hangout for everyone to see.
7) (optional) Dave can then play a pre-canned video on his computer and Wirecast can pipe that through to YouTube Live.
8) We then begin the detailed Q&A and take live questions through Google Moderator. I can answer on video and screenshare my computer to show how to do certain tricks or whatever in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

Daily Photo – Boulders at the Beach

This is quite a unique beach, isn’t it?

I came down to these boulders many times per day. The light was different, and on this particular evening, I was hoping for a good sunset. The kharma must have built up because everything came out quite nice…

And even better, the water was warm enough to wade into…

Boulders at the Beach

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The Edge of Virgin Gorda

Also from Virgin Gorda

Today’s photo was taken at the same beach as the video below. I could have taken pretty much the same photo with the Sony NEX-7, but I chose the D800 because I like the wide-angle lens a little better. I mean, I suppose it’s not a big deal, but I still get a tiny more flexibility with lenses when it comes to the D800.

However, if I only had the Sony NEX-7, I could get something very very close to this, I believe.

Daily Photo – The Edge of Virgin Gorda

I wish my D800 had a articulating screen! It’s so hard to shoot close to the ground, isn’t it? I mean, Live View helps a little bit, but it’s so tough to really know for sure.

There are certain positions you can get in (I call them the camera sutra) that can be crazy-painful. I’ve gotten a little better over the years, since I simply kind of “know” what the picture will look like without having to gorilla-pod my neck…

The Edge of Virgin Gorda

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