5 Tips to Make Breathtaking Photos

There is no single rule of thumb to follow when it comes to making a stunning and professional photo. The only thing to know when you first get started in photography is that it will take some time before you are able to take stunning shots.

But without general guidelines you may wander off the path quite easily. This is why we have decided to provide you a list of things to pay attention to. If you follow it through, you will be able to focus your efforts on learning how to take pro shots. Let’s see what we have in store for you.

Pick Your Spots Carefully

If you take your time to review the stunning photos captured by your colleagues, you will start to discover certain patterns. There is a particular one that emerges from the pile of the miscellaneous others – unique perspective.

You can easily notice that some of the photos of world-famous architectural masterpieces are simply more stunning than others. Why? Because a photographer picked an interesting spot to take photographs from.

Practice Composition

Every great photo follows the rules of great composition. If you are completely unfamiliar with composition in photography, the first thing you should learn is the rule of thirds. You should look at your photo as if were a tic-tac-toe (3×3) board. If you check the work of your colleagues, you will soon discover that they place interesting objects on the intersection of these lines.

This bit takes a lot of practice. Start by using the grid system most DSLRs and smartphones already have. After some time, you will develop an instinct to place the objects of your photography spontaneously in these spots.

Play with Lighting

Lighting is also one of the factors that plays a crucial role in the making of a stunning photo. If you are a beginner photographer, you should start by learning a few tricks, such as when to position the object behind and in front of the light source, how to leverage lighting to emphasize something on the photo, etc.

If you like to take photos of landscapes and city scenes, try focusing your photography efforts on taking pictures during the golden hours. During the early morning and evening, the light is perfect for photography, and there are many pro photographers who swear by this rule. If you take photos indoors, you will have to invest into some lighting equipment to play with.

Photo Editing is a Must

All of the stunning photos that have been captured in the modern history of photography were tampered with. Lightroom and Photoshop can make a stunning image out of the ordinary and “meh” photographs. You should definitely start post processing your photos if you want to end up with diamonds in your hands.

On the other hand, many photographers don’t have time or simply don’t want to get involved in image editing. If you belong to this group of people, you can outsource your image editing to professionals with years of experience in image post processing software.

Start Learning Exposure

We have saved the hardest for the end – exposure. Since you can control the exposure with ISO, aperture and shutter speed, you will have a lot to learn about how each of these affect your image, and eventually be able to take incredible photos.

Learning exposure is very important because you will end up taking photos in tricky lighting situations, and that’s where your knowledge will really shine. If you want to see how exposure affects your photos, load them into any image editing software and check the histogram. The graph to the left indicates that the image is too dark, while the graph shifted to the right indicates the opposite.

There you go. Now that you know what you can do to ensure your photographs look stunning, have a go at it. And remember, nothing beats raw experience and constant practice.

A Strange Course of Photography

What do we mean when we say we have made an experience?
How to photograph and photo-retouching of food images to follow the rules of its archetypes.
The experiences in my life I have always held for me jealously. It was a bit ‘my system to make a barrier between me and the other because there is always someone who wants to be your own business and to tell everything they have heard from you, so my experiences were as a result, it became insignificant. So I learned to lie about what I was doing it my mood about all my experience. In fact, it is very hard to describe their own experience and make it clear to your listeners exactly as you saw you because it is something that touches some of our internal emotional strings. Ropes that are unique in all of us. An experience to remember because it is accompanied it our emotions experienced at the very moment in which we have had that experience. And tell our experienced it downgrades to a simple image that others have of you. But you can do an analysis of what and experience to understand how it binds to our ability to live, to love, to communicate and to understand things. You always have to start from knowing what you want to understand, know what they do not teach in school not because it does not exist as knowledge, but it seems that it is not important to know what we should know all, for example on key natural laws of our universe, on his geometry, on his lack of perfect symmetry, the symbology on the archetypes, what makes us sensitive and allows us to understand things, etc. etc… But you can do an analysis of what and experience to understand how it binds to our ability to live, to love, to communicate and to understand things. You always have to start from knowing what you want to understand, know what they do not teach in school not because it does not exist as knowledge, but it seems that it is not important to know what we should know all, for example on key natural laws of our universe, on his geometry, on his lack of perfect symmetry, the symbology on the archetypes, what makes us sensitive and allows us to understand things, etc. etc…

We must always start from the origin of what you want to understand and then try to necessarily start from the archetypes of all things. What is an archetype? Basically, it’s the idea of something. It still has a meaning, not yet, but it has the idea of how to that particular thing. All we know of this universe we live in is recorded in our mind in the form of an idea how to be everything and these primordial ideas we have just called archetypes (a definition that is found abundantly on the Internet and on any dictionary). To explain their meaning and to understand why is there all this talk with photography I can give an example. We can use the food. What are the ideas of edible food, qualitatively good and palatable? To put it directly, we see what are the archetypes regarding food photography.

Well, first of all, I must be very saturated. Any other non-vivid colour would correspond to the exact opposite of what constitutes an idea of palatable food. Then it must have a lot of glitter on the surface, because this means that the food was freshly cooked and then, in addition to having the right degree of humidity, especially fresh. And finally the last archetype concerning the palatable food: is very good light to pass through the mid-tones. What does it mean? It means that if the light passes through the mid-tones (light has a spectrum, a range of frequencies, the mids are simply the frequencies that are in the middle), the food is soft, it is still young. But what exactly determines that it is a qualitatively good food to eat? And ‘where the light passes through the mids that the colours become even more saturated. As the light cannot make it cross the colours are switched off or become much less saturated. If you want proof, take a slice of butter and look at it through the light of a bulb. Or a hand, a part of your body. The saturated colour of our archetypes is the life, is all that is natural is healthy.

Anyone who faces food photography or photo-retouching of food unless it takes into account these simple archetypes does a poor job. You might even talk of meanings in photography because in this case, we would not have exceeded even the basics that are accessed by the inexperienced.

There is another aspect to consider. A photograph is processed using the RGB colour space that has the quality to contain many more variations for each colour of the CMYK colour space instead is used for printing. In practice, it means that the RGB picture can contain very highly saturated colours even fluorescent colours. Be careful because once you convert photos to print, fluorescent colours disappear and then the food to our eyes, instead of switching on freshness archetypes, we turn on the stale food archetypes.

Infinitely complex or evolved?- Digital photography

I would like at this point to clarify the difference between complex and evolved. In the chapter on I introduced the archetypes but even if I went in that direction I would complicate my story.

I would immediately arrive to discover that photography is geometry, a geometry that embodies archetypal meanings, symbolic, conceptual and especially emotional, but I risk to get into complicated for me as I already wrote it. But what I want to realize with these items, it is a constructive talk, always in that direction, but always constructive and without complications within the theme doing photography.

As an example of complication or evolution can be used in the advent of digital photography. Do you think the fact that the art of photography has gone digital is a complication or an evolution? The same comparison you could also do to the human race when you look at the West compared to African countries.

The photographic art actually always respects the same rules, a photographer artist never based his art on the knowledge of the computer or camera, but his art he uses the moment they look into the camera viewfinder and shoot! This is its art, namely being able to take at the moment, in the position and perfect brightness. So the evolution of photography in the digital is not an evolution in photography, but a complication because all the photographers have had to learn new technologies. If anything, one can speak of an evolution of the cameras. Nor does the fact that today’s cameras can take thousands of times instead of one is an evolution because the real artist photographer knows when to shoot and do it once. All other digital shots, they go down the drain.

The art has remained so since she was born, are the techniques, it is technology that has evolved. As evidence of this, I resurrected an old problem that had been at the beginning of the digital age.

For any analogue photographer was a humiliating moment the digital switchover. Once, before the digital, development occurred through chemicals and various processes on an exposed film from the light, that was, in the sense if they could not change a single part in the colours created by the original light. It was completely altered with the products. Today the same photographers who initially developed the colors or black and white in the darkroom, some of them not all, claimed that the computer does not use it and do not even want to learn to use it because at this point the people in front of a beautiful photography would have said that was also photo-retouched. Today I think we are all adapted to computer use, it can not do without if only for the size of the files, but at the beginning of the digital era as well. That is their fear that it could be diminished the photographer’s art urged them not to learn the use. Today the files of the images come from the camera just as numeric values, then the computer with a mathematical calculation turns them into as many numbers that the computer reads them this time as three light channels. Red, green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from the analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. That is their fear that it could be diminished the photographer’s art urged them not to learn the use. Today the files of the images come from the camera just as numeric values, then the computer with a mathematical calculation turns them into as many numbers that the computer reads them this time as three light channels. Red, green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from the analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. That is their fear that it could be diminished the photographer’s art urged them not to learn the use. Today the files of the images come from the camera just as numeric values, then the computer with a mathematical calculation turns them into as many numbers that the computer reads them this time as three light channels. Red, green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from the camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. Today the files of the images come from the camera just as numeric values, then the computer with a mathematical calculation turns them into as many numbers that the computer reads them this time as three light channels. Red, green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from the analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. Today the files of the images come from the camera just as numeric values, then the computer with a mathematical calculation turns them into as many numbers that the computer reads them this time as three light channels. Red, green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from the analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong. green and blue. And this product at this point can be called the true original photograph, similar to the one that came out on film from analogue camera. So there is a process that does the calculation computer to translate the sequence numbers (8, 16 or 36 bit), in bright channels and anything that can be done after this time with a computer becomes photo-retouching. But there is nothing more wrong.

E ‘can still perform a development of the photo without changing the numerical values of the same, that is, without performing editing. E ‘possible with a Photoshop technique to perform a second development changing what has been achieved in the first. This is not photo-retouching because they are not altered the colour information contained in the three channels. A real shame because maintaining this confusion, that is not addressing this complication at the time, has only contributed to downgrade the category. This method I learned from the man who is internationally regarded as the father of colour correction, Dan Margulis. Dan Margulis has always used Photoshop and knows every secret…

Of consciousness and colours Geometry

But what it does that have to do the technology (and science) with human consciousness and (therefore spirituality)? What has to do primarily a photography course with human consciousness? When we hear that word, they were taught to think of religion to Catholicism if we are Italian, which means being bigots and even a little ‘annoying, because if we are, we are also moralists in the sense that we preach well but we scratch about very bad and there have inculcated that speak of consciousness is a big waste of time as well as much of a hassle. It is not marketing, it’s not something you eat, is not money, and above all is not science, and therefore, what is the use?

I disapprove totally.

As I mentioned earlier, we live with no one teaches us that between religion, or spirituality (I prefer the latter term because with religion we enter more specifically and complicated) and science there is a deep bond. Deepening these arguments one can not see a relationship difficult to ignore. I began to introduce the archetypes, talking about food, but I’ve only talked about archetypes thousandth class. The basic archetypes are little more than twenty, beginning with those who speak the sacred geometry of our universe. Leonardo certainly knew them as the Golden Spiral, the Vitruvian Man, he drew them precisely describing our geometry. A unique geometry throughout the universe. The number Phi, the Vitruvian Man, the Golden Spiral, the Mandala, the Fibonacci sequence, the Mandelbrot set and consequently the fractals, the Julia sets that show us how the Golden Spiral can draw all things in the world we know, everything coincides and describes only one geometry, our. Among all these archetypes, which basically are few, there is the first that could be precisely the idea of ​​geometric existence (because geometrical described by geometric archetypes) of our consciousness. After Consciousness is energy, modern scientists say it also, and it is energy occupies a space that must necessarily have a geometry. I say that could be the description of what in essence is consciousness because no one has ever tried this, but I would get with simple observations. Only Dr Malanga to my knowledge, scientist and chemist and physicist genius, I met many years ago during a conference on the Super Spin, went on to explain consciousness through the archetypes. I will not pretend to do the same thing now I mean, I would not have either the skills. It ‘a process that may be able to make a longer because of very complicated time. So instead of wallow in an attempt to show that the face of consciousness than simply Matches between archetypes, I step back and I look again all over again trying not to stare any complexity.

You could also consider the quantum physics that states that only by taking into account the existence of the observer consciousness, you can explain certain laboratory experiments. But in addition to being very complicated, I find it rather boring and I do not have a laboratory capable of using photons for today.

Instead, we offer our observation skills that not even centuries of Inquisition and other wars of all kinds have been able to take off. Our common sense and Treccani says common sense (or bonsènso; most com. COMMON SENSE) sm [expression cast fr. bon sens]. – natural Capacity, instinctive, judging uprightly, especially in view of practical needs. Now tell me if our common sense, it should not be an option for anyone, it is not really our conscience?

The word consciousness, according to Jung, accurately defines what remains as a result of having had a positive and constructive experience. Any experience long as it is positive. There are many dictionaries from which I extract this meaning, but Jung, who knew something about the human psyche, defined the word conscience in this way. Technically it is what allows us to be different from others because everyone does their own experiences. What makes us different from the others that are in the first analysis, the consciousness born of the experiences we have with our parents when we are born, then the experience of the school, then for the experiences at work, with friends, with colleagues etc. etc. Where education is knowledge, and experiences are the conscience.

It ‘a little’ how to join the Spirituality and Science. We are made of these two components, why this nonsense of enemy makes in our history?

Yes, if we think about it, we are more aware of the areas where we have developed more experience, we are not where we have not developed, but it is also what others recognize us without this happening with a logical reasoning. We are a bit ‘as the works of art, if we are beautiful works we are nice people, if we are not it means that we have gained little conscience in our lives. It can also be inborn, of course, he inherited from the life of grandparents, great-grandparents and transferred to us as a form of memories and energy within us when we are born, but already born with two parents who know what love is, and grow with them, creates in us a certain (very specific and character) generous consciousness.

It ‘s a bit like photosynthesis, if you are born when you come nourished by light, grow up healthy and strong if you get nourished by you will be able to play the same love, and you will have a strong vitality, normal, but not so much in common our society. The consciousness is the thing that distinguishes a work of art by an artisan work done as it should. What on earth will the work of art that stands out from everything else done as it should? It contains aware of the meanings that arouse in us emotions can make us feel an experience observing the work itself. The work itself will watch and we look at it through the emotions that she always did well for us. In practice an artwork contains the author’s message, contains the meanings aware that the author himself wanted to impress in his work.

We all have a conscience, but we are losing the idea that consciousness is for us the most important thing in our lives. And it is true that every person, every animal, everything has its own consciousness. Although it may be little awareness of an object, as it expresses its use and that’s it, but it is always consciousness. Have you ever used a tool of another for the first time without knowing its true and proper use? beginning do not understand it, then when you see it used by the owner who has understood rather well the meaning, we understand well the meaning us. Seeing it used properly, it makes you recognize something about the object that only with our eyes do not see, of course, his conscious meaning. That is so simple and that’s all.

A particular person who has made it his unique technique a real art, he always said: it is foolish not to teach because the person who comes to us the same, that we can not even if unable to explain it. What did he mean by that, he meant that those who acknowledge that manages to get close to his art learn it, those who do not have it he cannot even if he explains. It ‘very important to observe this in us when we approach to photography, in its development and in the eventual editing. One has to understand well what we are led to be able to do a job with passion, love and perhaps with a “conscience.” If we can find our passion when we work we reload, rather than if we do something we do not like, we consume.

One thing that no one wants to learn, for example, in photography or in the photo processing is the use of colour spaces, ie the use of the colour geometry. But there is, it is a complication which required digital photography and does photography with a passion we have to understand what it is.

This is referred to colours, colour geometry, resulting methods of viewing and printing and its translators who are the colour profiles (on this subject they have called so many that even today only a few have really understood the use of colour profiles and colour spaces using Photoshop with its render engine).

Photo Editing Apps That Make Your Pictures Look Amazing

We all know Instagram pictures don’t look the way they do without some behind-the-scenes work. I mean come on, when was the last time you took a picture and didn’t at least use some sort of edit? However, there are two types of people out there making mistakes – those who overdo the edits and those who don’t do enough. I am not the best or the greatest at editing photos who can turn an average image into a work of art, but I like to think I have figured out a happy medium. The key to making a photo look good, whether it’s a landscape or a group of people (or really anything in between), is the photo editing apps you use. There are thousands of them out there and I have tried plenty, but not all of them have worked the way I have wanted them to. So, instead of making you search for the right app to make that Malibu sunset picture pop, I am going to save you some time and effort and tell you the best apps to download.

Camera+
This app lets you upload multiple photos at a time, so you don’t have to deal with editing one picture and then saving it, adding another picture, and so forth. The filters (or what the app calls “Scenes”) that it comes with are awesome – except the clarity one, that is just nuts and shows every single blemish possible. You can also do everything from brightening your photos to adding multiple filters to one image. The app gives you the option to reduce the filter you choose, so it doesn’t come out so intense and make your image look like an overdone piece of garbage.

Facetune
This app takes some practice to use, and if done badly you can end up looking like an alien. Basically, this photo editor is used to smooth blemishes from skin, make you look skinnier, and you can even completely remove unwanted items from the picture. I love this app simply because when you are in the mood to post a picture in your bikini but aren’t feeling yourself, you are able to fake out your followers and edit yourself into looking like Bella Hadid.

VSCO
This app rocks. VSCO has killer filters and similar to Camera+ you can reduce the effects so your edits don’t look overdone. VSCO is different from other photo apps because you can basically make it into your portfolio in the sense that you can make a profile. You can then share the link to your profile so people can see the pictures you liked but didn’t love enough for the gram.

Essential Photography Tips for Beginners

Learning the art of photography is fun and fascinating at the same time, photography is now much easier than what it was back in the days, when photographers need to expertise a lot of technical knowledge about photography before they can actually start, but now with the advance photography equipment and accessories, you can just start clicking images anytime, though at a later phase you will learn techniques that will fine tune your photographic skills further.

In this article we will discuss the essential photography tips for beginners:

The first question that every photographer has is “How do I take a great picture?”

1. Make mistakes: “Every expert was once a beginner” remember this one line before starting. When you are new there is nothing to lose, make as many mistakes as you can, but don’t get frustrated with your mistakes, learn from them and develop your skills further.

2. Get as close as you can, to your subject, try to fill the gap around your subject by approaching as close as you can to him, this will fill the frame of your picture with the subject only, you will see the difference between the pictures clicked from a close distance than when you clicked the same subject from a far distance. You will see the fine detailing of your subject.

3. Click as much as you can: We all know that “practice makes a man perfect” this can be said rightly for all the new photographers reading this article, if you are a new photographer, click as many pictures as you can, of the same or of different subjects to find your masterpiece with different angles. This will help you in mastering technical skills of photography.

4. Use the light: If you learned how to take advantage of a light source and utilise the source of light whether it’s a natural source like the sun or an artificial source of light like a lamp or something, you can make an ordinary picture look extraordinary.

5. Using flash: If you are a new photographer, you might think that you only need a flash when it’s too dark or when you are clicking pictures indoor, but this is not true. You might have come across a very common problem of uneven shadow patterns, those have spoiled your shots, when you were taking pictures in the bright sunlight, to resolve this issue you need to on the flash of your camera and put extra light on your subject, this will help you in getting rid of those shadows.

6. Invest in books: Read about the experts in the field of photography, as you can learn more about the techniques used by them and get inspired by their great work. Merely having an expensive camera and accessory won’t guarantee you great pictures; if you have the right technique you can even click extraordinary pictures with the help of a simple Smartphone

5 Useful Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

Oil paints are appreciated for their color options, quality and versatility. However, for the complete beginner there is a short learning curve to overcome because of the long drying time and having to work with toxic solvents. Let’s take a look at a few things to consider for those looking to get started with oil paints:

Start with a small canvas

A great way to get started is with small paintings, such as the canvas boards or canvases at 8 x 10 inch. Alternatively, it is possible to start out by painting on paper. The use of a small area is great to experiment and try out different paint techniques. Also, it will avoid spending too much money on material if this doesn’t turn out to be a long-term hobby.

Create the right setting

The preferred space for painting with oil paints is well-ventilated and in an out-of-the-way area that makes it possible to leave the supplies and palettes out so they may be used as necessary. If your paintings are kept out in the open you have the opportunity to see and think about the paintings. Also, with your supplies kept out, you are more likely to get involved with your painting activity and rapidly improve your skills.

Use high-quality brushes

Start with brushes in at least three different sizes. They should be the highest quality that you can afford. Once you start to get more skilled with your oil paints, you can look to invest in a more varied selection that includes different shapes. Also, it is important to buy brushes designed to use with oil, which can include natural hair and synthetic brushes. One of the most popular types is the bristle brushes.

Professional paints

Invest in the professional rated paints that have the highest amount of pigment. Try to avoid using student grade paints because they are at a much lower quality. Additionally, it will benefit to keep the painting palette to a minimum when first starting out. A great place to start with oil paints is with monochrome painting. Later with experience, it is possible to add in more wide-ranging color choices to create the warm or cool painting.

Maintain the work area

Many of the oil supplies can be toxic if they get absorbed in the skin or ingested. For this reason, it helps to maintain the work area and keep disposable palettes, paper towels, rags, paints, etc. away from small children and pets.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Animation

There are three mistakes that amateur animators do, and if you spot them in videos from YouTube, then you know the animator is a beginner, so don’t be so hard on them. But be warned, people who make mistakes don’t know they are doing them, and nobody is telling them, so, how would you know if you are doing things correctly?

Only Action with no Anticipation or Aftermath

Taking the example of the amateurish animators posting videos on YouTube, have you noticed the problem has to do with the unnatural movement of the characters? That happens because there is no anticipation or aftermath

For example, a martial artist throwing a punch while training. You can think of three key poses: clenched fists in guard position, then the “punching arm” extended, then back to the original position. That’s what the amateur has in mind. A veteran imagines the guard position, then the elbow going back to prepare the punch (anticipation), then the arm extended (action), then the arm going back with the elbow up (aftermath), and finally the character returns to the guard position, breathing slowly. Do you see the natural flow happening all around?

Approach every action by thinking of its anticipation and aftermath. How do you prepare for that action and what do you do after it?

Cluttered Timeline

Let’s face it, when you see the timeline full of keyframes you feel proud of yourself, because right in front of you is all the hard work with millions of keyframes. Well, guess what? A timeline cluttered with a lot of keyframes can harm your animation.

The problem is not the cluttered timeline itself, think about it, if you need to make adjustments, you are going to go through hell and back, making little adjustments to every keyframe. A bigger problem would be that cluttered timelines usually lead to unnatural movement: Jerky knees, trembling elbows or weird vibrations of the head, to name a few.

The unnatural movement is generated when you make an adjustment to the movement of the character by adding keyframes to change the rhythm. For example, if you have a character picking up a box, maybe you need the character to take a little longer to extend the arm, then move a little faster to pick up the box. You can either use more keyframes (easy, but risky), or adjust the interpolation curves (harder but safer and more natural).

Interpolation curves are the answer to the natural flow of movement. The best timelines are the ones that have fewer keyframes and a lot of movement of the character. It takes time but it pays off, especially when you go back to make adjustments. For example, instead of trying to alter 5 keyframes, you only have to change one pose (one keyframe) and you are done.

Have this in mind at all times: A good curve can defeat an army of keyframes.

Impulsive Animation, No References

Amateurs are the best practitioners of impulsive animation. “Yeah! Finally, after all the preparation I can just go for it and bring my character to life!” Sounds familiar? I know how tempting it is to just go head and start animating, but the best way to approach it, is by having references.

What references do professional animators use when working on big projects? Short answer: Anything that moves. It can be a leaf floating in the air, a facial expression, a walk style, anything, even tiny details.

If you check any behind the scenes of any animation you will see that animators often do field work, like getting a camera to record nature, people walking or just record themselves doing silly actions.

The trick is that if you are willing to do it, references are the secret ingredient to get the perfect number of frames needed for the anticipation, the action and aftermath.

Try it out, if you have an action in mind, record a reference first, and try to imitate it with your animation. Do you want a tip? Search on YouTube for “Animation References for <action>” and you will get what you need. Trust me, it will be worth it.

A Few Reasons Why Animated Videos Are Amazing

Animation is a form of storytelling that appeals to vision in a way live action movies sometimes cannot. They can present vibrant colors, unique characters, and stylistic art in order to tell a story. An animated video can tell a story in a unique way and there are many reasons for that.

1. Creativity

One of the main appeals of animation is its ability to tell a story in a variety of ways. It doesn’t even have to be grounded in reality so long as it is done well. The popular “I’m Just a Bill” video from Schoolhouse Rock is an example of that: a piece of legislation speaks (and sings) about how it becomes a law. Even as it approaches its 40th anniversary in 2015, the video is just as relevant today as it was in the ’70s and still helps young students understand the legislative process.

An animated video awards creative freedom that cannot be done with any other medium. The world, laws, and appearance of things in the video are all entirely created by the artist and animation production team, and the possibilities are limitless. It is a realm for imagination to run completely wild. It is here, in animation, where some of the greatest videos and characters are born, telling viewers stories that could not be effectively told any other way.

2. Reach

Animation also has a far-reaching effect. Animated videos are more accessible and can be viewed by more people in a greater range of age groups than an ordinary video. People are drawn to videos that evoke a different sensation in the mind and take imagination to a different world. Cartoons and animated videos from other countries can be viewed all over the world and it would be easier to understand the message than with live action alone.

It is easier to view an animated video, no matter your age, because it illuminates the mind and brings a level of engagement nothing else can offer. Not every animated video is the same – there are different artists, designers, and producers, bringing a unique experience to the wide variety of videos.

3. Appeal

Animation is captivation. People are, by nature, visual creatures. Through vision we take in the world around us, and our eyes look for things that please them. Animated videos appeal to that desire and engage the viewer in a particular way. Concepts are better understood when they are shown rather than told, such as the “I’m Just a Bill” video mentioned earlier. Animation makes it easy to learn a new concept or take in a story.

An animated video captures the audience’s attention, opens their eyes and minds to new ideas, and engages them in a unique, memorable experience. It is through animation that true storytelling is fully realized.

Powerhouse Animation is a traditional 2d animation studio based in Austin, Texas. Since 2001, Powerhouse has been making ideas come to life through animation, illustration, and motion graphics. With a staff of 35 in-house artists, animators, videographers and designers, Powerhouse works on a wide variety of projects and has created animation for companies including Disney, Sony, Marvel, DC, Old Spice, Miramax, the USO and more.

What Are The Best Uses For Original Video Animation?

Original video animation, or animated films and series made especially for release in home video formats, has become a burgeoning enterprise in the entertainment realm, particularly in Japan, where it originated. But OVA also holds promise here as a unique means to convey a corporate promotional message, especially when your audience is techno-savvy and entertainment-minded. Here are five ways animation can introduce or enhance a brand – or simply tell a story in a different way.

Introduce a world that supports your message – Yamaha created an animated video series called “The Master of Torque.” It features stories told in two to seven minutes that contain various characters who experience all manner of adventures, many of which include rides on Yamaha motorcycles. The good guys always seem to outrace the bad guys, subtly suggesting that the Yamaha motorcycle is special.

Present characters that the audience will associate with you – A common theme in animation is the hero or heroine. As with conventional comic-book-based animated films, there can be flaws or complex circumstances that have rendered an unconventional protagonist. But the protagonist is almost always compelling – to the point that at the end of an episode the viewer can’t wait to see what takes place in the next one. Speaking of…

Take advantage of the serial format – Animation is best employed when it is part of an ongoing series. Episode One introduces something that ties to Episode Two. Episode Two is wrought with adventures that create the need for resolution, which you find in Episode Three. And so on. If it is done well, original video animation creates a bond between the story’s characters (and its adventures) and the viewer. Engaging the audience is top priority with any type of communication, and OVA is an excellent way to appeal to the demographic noted in the first paragraph.

Make beautiful music together – By together, we mean the integration of the images in the video and music you choose to share with your audience. MTV introduced the music video back in the 1980s, and gradually, as the first song that ever played on the network predicted, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Everyone wanted an image to go along with the song. Why? Because a song took on a whole new dynamic as a video, as it escaped the sound realm and ventured into sight, as well. Video animating can do the same thing, only in a “next generation” way. Here’s an example of a company creating compelling characters, enhancing their situation with music, and reinforcing just how cool this company is for doing all that, in just over three minutes, no less.

Enjoy the sizzle, but focus on the steak – Almost any technological bell or whistle will hold some appeal for a time, but unless it gives the audience a practical reason to respond or react to a brand, product, or service, it is doomed to be a near miss. You want hits. A well-focused original video animation can hit a home run.

5 Reasons to Use Animation to Reach Younger Audiences

As an advertiser, you know the importance of capturing your target audience’s attention with appealing and relevant ads. For years, static ads have been good enough to do just this. However, in today’s market, animated ads offer an exciting and effective way to garner you the kind of customer attention you need to successfully grow your company, especially if you wish to target younger audiences. Following are a few of the reasons that using animation to reach younger audiences is the smart move to make.

Animated Ads Are Engaging

Part of the reason that animated ads are an effective way to reach younger audiences is that they are by their very nature more engaging than static ads. For instance, they tend to be more unique than static ads, and therefore more likely to grab your audience’s attention.

In addition, people are hardwired to respond to movement. As a result, the activity in animated ads draws the consumer’s attention away from whatever they are doing and focus it on your company’s message.

Finally, animation advertising is an engaging way to communicate your brand because it allows you to create appealing characters and worlds that draw the viewer in and give them a positive impression of your brand. Mascots such as Manny Mo and Jack from Pep Boys put a friendly face on a business that will make young consumers more likely to trust that business. Once drawn to these characters and worlds, your target audience will be more likely to respond to your brand, giving you more customers than you could have achieved with more traditional ads.

Animated Ads Are Easy To Understand

The goal of any advertisement is to communicate the company’s message to the consumer. Today’s young people tend to have shorter attention spans and, therefore, need advertisements that are concise and easy to digest quickly. The less engaging and more complex static ads, as a result, can make it more difficult to convey your message simply and quickly. This is especially the case if the message you are communicating is complicated or difficult to understand.

Animated ads, on the other hand, prove the old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Because they rely on pictures and characters to communicate instead of words, they can, within just a few moments, convey the essence of your brand in a way that static ads cannot do. In the hands of an experienced advertising animation company like Powerhouse Animation, your animated ad can boil your message down into a fun, appealing, and easily grasped format that will be more likely to convert younger audiences into paying customers.

Animated Ads Are Memorable

As an advertiser, your goal is to make your brand or product stick in the minds of the people who view your ads. In part because they are engaging and easy to understand, animated ads tend to accomplish this goal more effectively than do static ads. In fact, an animated ad enables the viewer to retain up to 58 percent more of the material than do other forms of advertising.

Today’s culture, which is so dependent upon screens like smartphones and tablets, is especially ripe for the use of visual representations in advertising. Because of short attention spans and the ease with which pictures and videos can be digested on a small screen, animation provides a way to more effectively help younger audiences remember your brand. As a result, a commercial animation studio like Powerhouse Animation can provide the expertise and material you need to create an advertisement that will communicate your brand in a memorable way to the younger crowds you want to reach.

Animated Ads Are Modern

Younger audiences tend to be drawn to the modern and stylish. Animated ads, because of their use of graphics, motion, video, and design, are more likely to draw the attention of these audiences because they give your brand a more modern feel.

The very fact that animated ads use animation, motion, and appealing graphics make them a modern update on the more traditional static ad. They reflect more accurately the type of medium with which younger audiences are familiar and comfortable.

In addition, depending upon the design and characters you use, you can create an ad that communicates style, polish, and savvy to the audiences you wish to reach. Alternatively, you can, with the help of your chosen animation company, design an animated ad using your own unique style and personality to draw in younger audiences who resonate with the qualities your brand embodies.

Animated Ads Are Fun

Finally, you may want to consider using animated ads to reach younger audiences because they are fun. Rather than just reading words or looking at a single picture, your audience will be drawn into the world and characters that you and your animation partner create together. Excellent character design, creative and well-designed worlds, and the right amount of movement and action will create a story around your brand that your audience will enjoy watching. The more fun they have watching your advertisement, the more likely they will be to remember your brand and purchase your products in the future.

Advertising animation has many advantages if you want to target younger audiences. This type of advertising has the ability to connect with young people through a medium with which they are familiar, characters with whom they can relate, and motion graphics that they will find both entertaining and memorable. As a result, it offers an effective and appealing way to promote your brand.

Tips on How to Buy a Tabla

Tabla is not just an instrument that is used in Indian music but its versatility in all musical styles has enabled it to become the most popular instrument all over the world. You can simply buy yourself one from tabla shop the UK and get started with the classes.

The tabla is a set of two drums that are played while sitting on the floor. The larger drum is called Bayan and the other one is called Dahina. Each of the drums has two layers of goatskins stretched across its top to provide a playing surface. The top layer is cut in a circle around the rim, and the bottom layers stretch across the entire drum. The most unique quality of a table is the application of an iron and rice paste that is placed in a circle on the top of the drum head.

The things you should keep in mind while making a decision to buy tabla online:

  • Wood: Before you buy tabla online, make sure that you check the details of the tabla-like the wood from which it is made from. A good quality of tabla is made from Sheesham or Biya wood. The Sheesham wood is black in color with a solid bottom whereas by wood is yellowish in color and is comparatively softer in the bottom than the Sheesham wood. Make sure that you get the tabla you are willing made out of either of the woods and the top of the shell is even.
  • Vadhar: The thickness of the vadhars is very important to check before buying tabla. The vad-hars are more susceptible to breaking which very thick vadhars are difficult to stretch when tuning. Some people soak the vadhars in butter before using them to make a pair of tabla. The vadhars are soaked in butter to make it easy to stretch and they never dry out or snap.
  • Gata: The thickness and length of the gata are two important factors that should be kept in mind while making a firm decision to buy tabla online. This is because the thickness of the gata in tabla affects how much the Pudi is stretched when gata is moving. Make sure the tabla you buy has gatas that are just 1-1.25inches in diameter.
  • Shahi: The shahi gives weight to the Pudi. A tabla with a good shahi will have concentric circles and no loose beads or Danna. If the tabla makes a very crisp sound while playing it on the sha-hi, then it’s a good shahi.
  • Pudi Size: The Pudi’s size is mostly responsible for the pitch of the tabla. If you’re a beginner then 5.5′ diameter is recommended.
  • Bayan: A good tabla bayan is generally made from German silver, copper or brass. There are two styles of bayans ie tall or with a stomach. The tabla with a stomach has brass more com-pared to the ones in the tall ones. Bayans can also come with vadhars or strings. The table with the vadhar keeps their stretch for longer.

Where should you buy Tabla from if you’re living UK?

Gurusoundz is Indian musical instrument company in UK. The one stop in the city where you can buy Tabla for yourself. The company is run by musicians for the people who aspire to be in the world of music. All the instruments that you will find in the shop is handpicked by the musicians to closely examine the quality of the product. You’ll never find any instrument defective in the shop. They personally invest their time and knowledge in bringing one of the finest musical instruments for the music lovers.