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Primatte Keyer: Using the Light Wrap Feature

A primatte keyer can be used for green screen effects. It works by extracting any color key from the background. Some of the benefits include the ability to deal with lighting issues such as...[more]

Overcoming Uneven Lighting Using Primatte Keyer

Primatte Keyer 4.1 allows seamless integration between green screen images and new backgrounds. This program allows users to capture the finer details and refine the uneven lighting that often comes when images are transferred...[more]

Masking in Primatte: A Simple 1-2-3 Step Process

Primatte is a plugin which can be used with Adobe Photoshop to mask solid background colors. This makes it very easy to replace the background with anything else. In other words, the Primatte Photoshop plugin is...[more]

How to Composite Fine Hair Using Ultimatte AdvantEdge

Ultimatte AdvantEdge plug-in allows users to capture fine details like hair, smoke or water from green or blue screen shots. This is quite an advantage over traditional tools like chroma key. Ultimatte AdvantEdge is...[more]

Ultimatte: Getting the Most Out of Your Blue Screen

When you are working with Ultimatte software, being able to get the most out of your blue screen is easy. This step by step guide will tell you how to do so. Step 1:...[more]

Chroma Key Paper: Common Problems in the Studio

Chroma key paper can be very useful in helping you on a green screen shoot. But, the thing to remember about it is that it is there for support. It’s meant to fill in...[more]

The Challenges of Building Chroma Key Sets

Chroma key sets are where green screen effects are shot. These effects allow movies to go places that otherwise might not have been possible such as space, a volcano or a heavily stylized black...[more]

Muslin Backdrop vs. Chroma Key Paint

Chroma key can use a muslin backdrop or green paint to create a space that can be shot against. A professional green screen studio is a room that is painted green. There are benefits...[more]

Maintaining Your Muslin Backdrop

If you’re serious about opening a photography studio, then one of the things you’re going to have to invest in is a muslin backdrop.  Yes, you could get by with just having seamless paper...[more]

Practical Uses for Green Screens

New video editing software has made green screen effects very easy to achieve. In the past, green screens were limited to use by professional film studios because the effects were so expensive to achieve....[more]

Making Your Own Green Screen

When making a video, a green screen is normally used to replace the background. The flat color makes it easier for the video editor or post production crew to replace the background afterwards. A...[more]

Using the View Menu to Optomize Avid

The following discussion focuses on the usage of the lesser known and rarely used View Menu in the Avid audio/video editing software. Step 1: Setting Up To start experimenting with the view menu, set...[more]

Working with Vector-based Objects in Avid

The Avid media composer is a standard issue style non-linear audio/video editing software suite that is suited to professional video editors. It is available on both popular computing platforms – Mac and Windows. This...[more]

Creating an Audio Dissolve Transition in Avid

Offering innovative and award-winning solutions when creating audio, the Avid Company supports the creation of music and movie productions both at a professional and home-made level. All kinds of effects are made accessible and...[more]

Chroma Keying in Photoshop

Chroma keying is typically used to replace a background that is too difficult to travel to or too hard to create in a studio. Movies are not the only formats that use green screens,...[more]

Chroma Keying for Aperture

Apple’s Aperture 2.1 has some new features, which allows photographers to better edit their photos, and one such feature is chroma keying. This feature is so easy to use that even beginners will be...[more]

Chroma Keying for Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a type of video editing software that can do chroma keying effects. This is a really useful tool and is frequently used to combine an object or element shot in...[more]

Mini Professional Photography Course: Depth of Field

Enrolling in a photography course will be a great way to start work as a professional photographer. There are many different skills that you will be required to master to take good photographs. Although...[more]

Tips for Event Photography Coverage

A great opportunity for photographers is event photography. Sometimes, people want to capture a big personal day, and other times they may want to record a sporting event. There are various events people want...[more]

Professional Digital Photography: How Techniques Differ from Film

As technology and innovation advances, professional digital photography has largely replaced film photography. Until recently, one might argue that film was better than digital in terms of quality. However, digital cameras now have image sensors...[more]

What Is a Fill Flash and How to Set It Up

Flash is an integral part of photography. It is a device used to illuminate a dark scene by providing a blast of artificial light. This light becomes only active the moment the shutter button...[more]

How to Name a Photography Website

Creating a photography website is a big undertaking. In today's digital age, however, anyone who is serious about a photography business needs a website to show off his portfolio. It doesn't matter if you...[more]

6 High Quality Photo Printer Usage Tips

Maintaining high quality photo printers need not be difficult or expensive. Ink cartridges for printing has long been considered one of the most expensive types of liquid available on the market. It is rare...[more]

3 Creative Uses for a Flatbed Scanner

A flatbed scanner is a device that you can use to scan in photographs and documents to your computer. Use it to convert any physical object into a digital copy which can then be...[more]

How a Thermal Photo Printer Works

Thermal printers generally are not mainstream printers, but many multipurpose printers and fax machines do use this technology. While they are not as popular as standard printers, these printers do have many advantages, and...[more]

Cleaning Scanner Glass: Quality Retaining Tips

Anyone with a scanner will need to learn efficient ways of regularly cleaning scanner glass. Scanners are very useful tools which make it possible to create digital copies of all sorts of physical documents...[more]

Candid Photography: How to Surprise Your Subject

Candid photography has many advantages over standard, posed portrait photography. Candid photographs can look more natural, capturing the spirit of a personality much more accurately than a staged portrait. The challenge is how to...[more]

How to Create Photo Graduation Announcements

To create great graduation announcements, you should include lots of high quality photographs. These photos will make the announcement stand out and look different than all of the others. The photos will also personalize...[more]

How Much to Charge for Baby Photography

Knowing how much to charge for baby photography can be tricky, especially if someone is new to the field. But, pricing services correctly can ensure that the freelance photographer gets what he is worth...[more]

Manipulating the Toggle Source/Record Button in Avid

Avid media composer is a pretty solid product that provides non-linear audio/video editing solutions for the editing professionals. Being available on both the Mac and PC platforms, along with the distinction of being the...[more]

Edius Neo 2: Using the Quick Tilter Software

EDIUS Neo 2 is entry-level non-linear editing software for PC platforms by means of the USB interface or an SDHD card reader. EDIUS Neo 2 is capable of real time, multi-track mixed format SD...[more]

Camera Parts: Tripod Mount

A tripod mount is a camera part that can be used on most SLRs, point-and-shoots or even camcorders. The simplest mounts consist of a flat piece of plastic or metal with a screw in...[more]

Aspects of Camera Lenses: Secondary Axis

Camera lenses are made out of several pieces of glass and follow the complex science of optics. The glass in the lenses are made into perfect circles with the centers slightly wider than the...[more]

Aspects of Camera Lenses: Adult Nucleus

Camera lenses are highly complex instruments that are based on the science of optics. Humans have been very familiar with optics even before we even knew what it was because our eyes follow those...[more]

Aspects of Camera Lenses: Posterior Surface

Camera lenses are essentially the "eyes" of the camera, and just like human eyes they are complex mechanisms comprised of many parts working together. Although most of us will refer to "a lens," in...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Iris

Much of the design of a camera is based on the human eye, and one of the most important camera lens parts is the iris. In the eye, the iris is the colored part....[more]

Camera Parts: Shutter Speed Control

A camera is a precise machine composed of many parts, and shutter speed control is one of them. These parts work together to expose an image. Exposure is determined by three setting: the ISO,...[more]

Aspects of Camera Lenses: Principal Focus

Camera lenses are the complex tools that make it possible for an image to be recorded on a photographic medium like an image sensor or film. One aspect of a camera lens is focus....[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Spring

Camera lenses are complex instruments composed of many parts; a spring is one of the lesser known ones. Everyone knows about the aperture, focusing rings and the glass in the lens itself. But, no...[more]

Aspects of Camera Lenses: Cortex

Camera lenses are extremely complex devices that follow the science of optics. In a way, the technology works in the same manner that is a parallel to the oldest and most complex lenses known...[more]

How to Simulate Time Lapse in Avid

Frame avid allows users to simulate time lapse using the TimeWarp Editor. All you need to create this type of video is actual time lapse video sequences and a little knowledge of how Avid...[more]

Using SD and HD on Same Timeline

SD and HD refers to the different types of definition. SD stands for standard definition, which is a 16:9 for widescreen and can be transported at all times. Normally multi camera views and additional...[more]

Slipping Keyrframes in Avid Effects

An important part of effects in Avid is using keyframes. However, it can be difficult to get a hang of using them. There is a specific keyframe graph that can be used to insert...[more]

How to Use Avid Instinct

Avid Instinct is a tool for telling a story visually and is useful for journalists, producers, directors and writers working in a newsroom. You can use Avid Instinct to write iNEWS stories, and it...[more]

Edit Video Using Avid Adrenaline HD

The Avid Adrenaline HD is a non linear video editing program used by professionals. Although it was first released in late 1980s, it continues to be one of the more recognized names in the...[more]

Working with P2 Media in Avid Xpress Pro

P2 media is a type of storage media that was originally created by Panasonic. Avid has updated its software to support editing of this media. This is tapeless media that is stored on a...[more]

Using Avid Media Composer 5 Auto Video Titler

The video titler is a great feature within the Avid composer 5 software. This works with many different types of media files and formats. It is easy to edit the footage by dragging and...[more]

Trim with Avid Media Composer Slip Mode

The slip mode is a function within the trim mode in Avid. This power editing tool can be used to trim and edit clips within the timeline. Slip in particular is useful for when...[more]

Use the Avid Splice Tool to Add Shots

The splice tool can be used to easily add shots seamlessly into the existing footage. Splicing is used a lot in different editing and photo shots. Besides adding shots, splicing can be used for...[more]

Photo Editing: 3 Workflow Tips

Photo editing is it’s own independent art. The possibilities of photo editing range from simple touch ups like balancing out colors and eliminating red eye to compositing several photographs into one unique image. Whether...[more]