December 30, 2009
1 - Flatlands ( enigma )
2 - Following the sun ( enigma )
3 - The child in us ( enigma )
4 - Delerium ( enigma )
5 - Voyageur ( enigma )
6 - princes of lust ( enigma )
7 - Seven ( enigma )
8 - Camera Obscura ( enigma )
9 - DREAM OF THE DOLPHIN ( enigma )
10 - Sade, dis moi ( enigma )
11 - The Cross Of Changes ( enigma )
12 - June ( enigma )
December 28, 2009
December 20, 2009
December 18, 2009
December 13, 2009
6 international photographers come together to create this video. This is the first attempt at doing this across the globe and as unique as it is, we got it down and we hope you like it. We have to thank the new technologies like Twitter (which is how this started) and Vimeo for this to happen. All the organizing and image file forwarding was through emails and twitter, and communications were so much easier with it. Thank God for technology. :D
Wong Kin Leong
Anissa El Gariani
this project started with Kin Leong asking Ilan whether he would like to do something like this, and as it turned out, we had lots of friends that joined in. 6 in total and spreading across the globe, we discussed what to do and deadlines were set.
And files were uploaded onto websites and emailed across to Singapore where this video is programmed on a MacBookPro and loaded onto Vimeo to be downloaded again by the 6 photographers for use in their country. Pretty neat if you ask me.
This video will probably be the first of its kind, 6 photographers from 6 major cities, shooting black and white street photography.
Just for the love of what we would like you to see.
Thanks for viewing, I hope u are as blown away as we are doing this. It was definitely a wonderful thing to have 6 of us do this, really says something about the world that ain't all that different afterall. Thanks!
December 12, 2009
December 10, 2009
December 03, 2009
November 15, 2009
November 13, 2009
Changing the color of your car.
Creative Sweet TV
November 12, 2009
. . . • Robert Wiene's Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (1920)
. . . • F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) or Nosferatu (1922)
. . . • Fritz Lange's Metropolis(1927) or Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
. . . • James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) or The Old Dark House (1932)
. . . • Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958)
. . . • Hideo Nakata's Ringu (1998, aka: The Ring) or Honogurai mizu no soko kara (2005, aka: Dark Water)
. . . • Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Kyua (1997, aka: Cure)
Using distortion, exaggeration, and non-naturalistic set design and/or blocking, German Expressionist filmmakers sought to express emotional experience rather than impressions of the external world.
November 09, 2009
November 06, 2009
November 01, 2009
October 20, 2009
October 15, 2009
The Complete Picture – Camera Raw 5
Julieanne Kost shows you the power behind the new features in Adobe Camera Raw. Discover how to make non-destructive localized corrections as well as create special effects using the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, and more.
La imagen completa - Adobe Camera Raw.
Julieanne Kost le muestra la potencia de las nuevas funciones de Adobe Camera Raw. También descubrirá cómo hacer correcciones localizadas no destructivas, así como crear efectos especiales usando el pincel de ajustes, el filtro graduado y muchísimo más.
October 10, 2009
October 09, 2009
October 07, 2009
September 18, 2009
September 13, 2009
It's not enough to want success. You have to take risks, develop ruthless standards and never, ever settle. Images in the Vetta™ Collection, Italian for peak, seized their own artistic destiny and created a whole new calibre of art.
Vetta images are hand-picked by a team of high-performance iStockphoto editors for:
* Exquisite art direction
* Intelligently executed concepts
We're proud to unveil this collection available only at iStockphoto. Vetta exists because of the passion and tenacity of our Exclusive artists. Experience Vetta's creative prowess for yourself.
September 12, 2009
September 05, 2009
1- Yellow is the Colour - Bugge Wesseltoft
2- Vanishing Point - Instrumental - New Order
3- Solea - Anoushka Shankar
4- Parce mihi domine - Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble
5- Por que te vas - Ataque 77
6- Glaes of Summer - Sirenia
7- Zinskaro - Popol Vuh
8- Tu mirá - Lole y Manuel
August 30, 2009
So many Photoshop tutorials that are online today make the design process look like it is just one flawless process from start to finish. Any good designer will tell you that it is more about trial and error and finding combinations of elements that look good together.
In this tutorial, I will walk you through the process I went through in creating this CD cover, rather than walk you straight through to the finished product.
You will notice along the course of the tutorial that I change elements of the design, play with the layout, and adjust finishing touches throughout the design process; this is how good design is created. Additionally, this tutorial is intended for those with a basic understanding of Photoshop.
August 26, 2009
August 25, 2009
August 13, 2009
August 11, 2009
August 09, 2009
El desembarco vikingo - La cena vikinga + la procesión de antorchas - El anillo de Balder
August 08, 2009
August 07, 2009
July 26, 2009
July 22, 2009
July 16, 2009
From basic image retouching to complex effects, Phoenix delivers the key features of a desktop image editor with the simplicity and accessibility of a web-based application.
July 12, 2009
1- Running to the light - Runrig
2- Flower of Scotland - Runrig
3- Book of golden stories - Runrig
4- This Darkest Winter - Runrig
5- Empty glens - Runrig
6- The engine room - Runrig
Colorless Japan features photography focusing mainly on black and white tones. Photos are either in Black and White or are very limited in colors. Images were taken by Jim Atwood Photography at http://www.jimatwood.net. Music Soundtrack is by http://adrian-kane.newgrounds.com.
June 25, 2009
One of the things I enjoy about photography and often get asked to do with clients is to post process photos in Photoshop. This gives a sort of Digital Art Photography look which is quite popular with many forms of media. This slideshow is a collection of images taken in Japan by Jim Atwood Photography at http://www.jimatwood.net. Music Soundtrack by http://domesticterrorist.newgrounds.com. Models in the photoshoot provided by Studio Magee in Japan. http://www.magee-salon.com.
May 14, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 27, 2009
March 24, 2009
March 14, 2009
Pregnacy in Flickr + Metal Ballads
1- I Remember You - Skid Row
2- When the children cry - White Lion
3- Dont close your eyes - Kix
4- Empty rooms - Gary Moore
5- I´ll see you in my dreams - Giant
6- What Love Can Be - Kingdom Come
7- Hungry - Darxon
8- Broken Heart - Axel Rudi Pell
9- this is my heart - Mcauley-Schenker Group
10- Ship of fools - Robert Plant
March 13, 2009
February 27, 2009
February 12, 2009
The 6 Principles of User-Generated Content
User-Generated Content Expo '09: Executives of iStockphoto explain how passion -- backed by user insight -- can be the foundation for a booming business.
By Jessica Tsai
Posted Feb 11, 2009
The success of President Barack Obama's campaign last year may have been the final stroke of validation businesses needed to support a focus on user-generated content (UGC). The high-profile nature of the campaign may even have been the impetus for the first-ever UGC Conference & Expo, held here this week. Whatever the case, interest is certainly on the upswing: Despite concerns that the recession might lead to cuts in travel spending and correspondingly anemic attendance, approximately 500 creative, technical, or "hybrid" professionals showed up, representing a spectrum of UGC experience that ranged from those just getting started to those already monetizing the material. In one of the conference's opening keynotes, in fact, presenters Bruce Livingstone and Kelly Thompson examined the case of iStockphoto, an online stock-image provider founded on user-generated content -- and offered attendees a fairly unique perspective, considering their roles as the company's chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively.
[Editor's Note: Stay tuned for an additional dispatch from this year's User-Generated Content Expo, and also see our blogpost of Jessica Tsai's live tweets sent from the scene.]
The two executives made clear that UGC was at the very core of iStockphoto's creation. Since its inception in May 2000, rapid growth has won iStockphoto recognition as one of the top 400 Web sites in the world, according to the presentation materials. With more than 65,000 contributors to the company's photo and video library, the executives also revealed the launch of iStockaudio -- what they called the industry's first royalty-free audio offering, with 10,000 files already available.
As enterprises accelerate the shift toward a consumer-centric approach, business is never "just business," Livingstone and Thompson said -- an allusion to their keynote's title, "It's Personal: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Monetizing User-Generated Content."
"It's always personal," Livingstone told the audience. "Every decision you plan to take evokes a visceral and immediate response from another." Therefore, he added, trust and confidence between the consumer and the business is critical. To that end, Livingstone and Thompson shared the following fundamentals -- and warning signs -- to optimizing user-generated content.
Passion is the glue: Passion from the users can only be generated in response to a passionate business leader and employees. Only then can the community -- and the profit -- grow. "You can't have crowdsourcing without a crowd," Livingstone stated. From there, you can mold the community to enhance your operation and deliver on the needs of that community. At iStockphoto, executives are continually diving in and participating in the communities, even hosting "iStockalypse" events three or four times a year to bring staff members and community contributors together around the world.
Innovation is imperative: When the business began nearly a decade ago, iStockphoto was the first to market features such as color search and image zoom, Livingstone said -- all of which are now commonplace to most image-hosting sites. Within at most a year of any successful launch, he warned, there will be copycats ready to pounce. In response, first-movers hoping to remain competitive must never stop innovating. In an attempt to stay edgy, however, iStockphoto learned a lesson in listening to the crowd: Livingstone introduced the "Forumeter," a social-networking tool that characterized community participants based on how others perceived them (e.g., as the helpful superhero, the humorous clown, the complaining crab, or the antagonizing troll). "The problem was, the community didn't ask for it," he recalled. "It was too accurate. People didn't want to know how they were seen in the forums." The feature was removed after 30 days. What did come out of the crowd -- and, in hindsight, this seems inevitable -- was the availability of iStockvideo (and, now, iStockaudio). Fully 20 percent of iStockphoto's customer segment was buying videos from other sites, and content contributors were looking for an outlet. When iStockvideo launched in 2006, the offering quickly became a substantial part of the company's revenue, reaching 10 percent almost overnight.
Communication counts triple: The community always wants to be the first to know. By giving advance notice, consumers have time to acclimate to the change, thereby affording them a sense of control. For instance, despite having to increase prices, Thompson claimed iStockphoto saw 85 percent positive feedback as a result of having given the community a heads-up. While Thompson admitted that the company sends more communication directly to the community than through any other means, he warned that the method bears great responsibility. "Be prepared to change course if that's the feedback you get," he said.
Outsource to the crowd: The executives noted that iStockphoto enlists 140 global "inspectors" -- people who were valued users of the iStockphoto platform, and who were singled out for having what Livingstone called "an eye for composition" and a reputation for being creative and active in the community. These inspectors, he added, have been trained extensively on copyright and trademark laws, making them iStockphoto's "first line of defense against any type of infringement."
I.T. is it: In the online world, growth can sometimes be difficult to predict. Having too much bandwidth is costly, but not having enough can be disastrous. Initially held together by what Thomspon jokingly characterized as "duct tape, bubble gum, and hope," iStockphoto was installing servers as fast as possible. Ultimately, growth was so rapid that Thompson recalled it having been "difficult to prepare for," but he warned that, when architecting your site, you should plan for your own best-case scenario. "Man, do we feel for the guys at Twitter," Thompson said, referring to the microblogging phenomenon. "All the blood, sweat, and tears to make sure the ‘Fail Whale' doesn't show up." (The "Fail Whale" image appears on the Twitter site to signal downtime due to traffic overload; incidentally, Thompson noted, the image was once available on iStockphoto until Twitter eventually bought the rights.)
Flexible focus is the foundation: "Get comfortable with discomfort," Livingstone said. "If you're uncomfortable with risk, you're probably at the wrong conference [and in] the wrong business." Remaining flexible, he said, is critical in the UGC business. If it having fewer bells and whistles is the only way to ensure great performance, go that route. When users are empowered, there will inevitably be those who attempt to game the system -- for example, "gangs" that highly rate each other's content to get it onto the first page. One developer even programmed his video so that each time the video was clicked, a vote would automatically be cast to rate the video highly.
For the most part, Livingstone said, iStockphoto's community is out for the greater good. With 65,000 professional eyes patrolling the entire Web, "they will find everything," he said -- illegal image use, iStockphotos improperly loaded onto other sites, or pictures given away for free. Essentially, iStockphoto has managed to get the community to work on the company's behalf.
"Most [companies] have to pay for this kind of filtering," he told the audience. "We have it built in."
Stay tuned for an additional dispatch from this year's User-Generated Content Expo, and also see our blogpost of Jessica Tsai's live tweets sent from the scene.