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  • ChaseJarvis_BrainPickings_benfranklindaily | Chase Jarvis Blog
    1 2016 0 Comments Here s How I GET SHIT DONE hint BUSY isn t success it s a lack of priority January 28 2016 0 Comments Time for some CHANGES around here January 15 2016 0 Comments My New Camera Has ARRIVED and it can SEE IN THE DARK January 8 2016 0 Comments SERENA WILLIAMS ROGER FEDERER in da House and in front of my camera 0 Comments I Want to Give You 50 000 and Be Your Mentor for LIFE 0 Comments DigitalRev TV uses a GoPro to Fake my Hasselblad Masters Photo 0 Comments Putting 21 5 Million To Work for a More Creative World 0 Comments I Will Give You 50 000 a VIP Trip to NYC I ll Be Your Mentor For Life 0 Comments Inspiration Twitter Follow Us Projects free creative education portrait of a city worldwide hub for mobile photography sing for your dinner Thanks HP Adorama BorrowLenses CreativeLive popular by topic Business 129 chasejarvisLIVE 128 creativeLIVE com 48 Design 20 Favorite 18 Fine Art 155 Gear 209 Giving Back 232 Guest Post 88 How To 266 Humor 46 Industry 432 Inspiration 493 iPhone 63 People 445 Pop Culture 517 Production 49 Profiles 210 RAW 21 Related Courses 24 Seattle 100 13 SFEAD 12 Videos 367 Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April

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  • 10 Things Every Photographer or Creative Person Must Learn | Chase Jarvis Blog
    good Almost every photo that is bad has too much information Outside of technical basics the number one reason that most photos fail is because there is no clear subject Often this is the case with design film fashion you name it Remove clutter remove distraction Tell one story and tell it well 7 Make mistakes learn quickly Simply put you need to be able to learn from your mistakes Avoiding failure is not the goal The goal is recovering from mistakes quickly That goes for ever element of your photography creative business vision you name it If you re not willing to make mistakes you ll be paralyzed with inaction That is the devil Get out there and do stuff If it works do more of it If it doesn t work change it Quickly 8 Value is different from price Don t compete on price alone That is certain death in any creative field Focus on delivering value and price yourself accordingly If you deliver great value with your images better than expected and better than your competition and you can illustrate that through any means then you should be more expensive And remember that value comes in many forms 9 A Gamers work with A Gamers If you are good at what you do then you work or seek to work with other people who kick ass too If you suck then you put yourself around sucky people to feel better about yourself If you want to be the best seek to be around awesome people be it other artists assistants producers clients partners whatever Shoot high Shoot for better than yourself 10 Real artists create Do you just sit around and think of stuff you could create photograph build ship or design but never output anything Then you re a poser Take a new approach and make stuff Maybe what comes out of your studio isn t perfect but there should always stuff leaving the door and hitting the web the page the billboard the gallery or the street If you are for real you ll be pumping out work on the regular There you go Now don t just read this list KNOW this list This list was unabashedly profoundly inspired by my pal Guy Kawasaki s article What I learned from Steve Jobs If you like this version that I ve adapted to and reworked to be creative industry photography centric you ll still love Guy s version here Other interesting related reads here on my blog Your New Hit List 5 Things That Every Creative Person Should Get and Give How to Ignite Your Creativity Enchant Your Career Guy Kawasaki is on cjLIVE this Wed March 21 Rewatch of Guy Kawasaki On ChaseJarvis LIVE The Hit List 13 Things Crucial For Your Success In Any Field Previous Article Preset Photo Adjustment Follow Up Debate is Split Scott Chimes In Next Article How 50 Artists Raised 125 000 for Charity in One Night Comments

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  • How To Reboot, Refresh, Refocus -- The Art of the Sabbatical | Chase Jarvis Blog
    is planning another 5 year break to focus on family and learning rural skills like stonemasonry Director Terrence Malick famously took a 20 year sabbatical between the critically acclaimed Badlands 1978 and the thought provoking Thin Red Line 1998 Alternatively check out this TED talk below by renowned NYC designer Stefan Sagmeister who closes his studio doors once every seven years to take a full year extended break from work And then there are some companies that support this Greeting card giant Hallmark which employs a staff of over 700 writers illustrators and designers owns a 180 000 square foot innovation facility where staff can pursue myriad artistic endeavors from stitching and woodworking to ceramics and leather tooling Hallmark s renewal program sends employees to the innovation facility for up to four months at a time to learn a new skill or craft and get a much needed break from the computer screen The company also owns a farmhouse retreat on 172 acres which it uses for similar employee getaway purposes This sort of forced creative renewal keeps workers inspired and prevents burn out and creative drought Not all employers are as cool as Hallmark And we re not all university professors who get a year off every 7 Some of you are wondering how you can afford to take extended time off from your work If you are currently stuck in a corporate job and looking for a way to take a strategic job pause without losing your job take a look at YourSabbatical com The company helps employees put together convincing proposals to negotiate a career break with the bosses If you re short on ideas for ways to spend your sabbatical the site put together a top 100 list Some of the gems include Circuit Iceland by car Tackle Kilimanjaro Chase would attest to this being a having climbed Kili in January Travel without an itinerary Trap and track puma in Argentina s pampas grass Raft the Zambezi with your dad and you get the picture The company draws an important distinction between a vacation and a sabbatical The former for example is often not goal oriented and pays little mind to enhancing one s life or career The sabbatical on the other hand is designed to restore creative juices enable the attainment of personal goals and achieve greater career success It s a daunting step to take Unknowns and what ifs abound Great security probably lays with the status quo But status quo is creeping death to the creative So take a moment and ask yourself if you re creative side would benefit from a planned sabbatical Then start planning Other interesting related reads here on my blog The Artist as Athlete as Artist Travis Rice on Creativity Art Galleries Taking Risks Commitment to Creativity Dreamland with Bob Burnquist is Some Next Level Shit What Sustains Creativity Plus a 24 hour Photo Marathon The Internet is Made of Cats Here s Proof That Cats Drive Creativity

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  • 12 Tips for Entering the Commercial Photo & Film World [Hint: It's Not What You Think] | Chase Jarvis Blog
    the name of the game in production The best PA is super organized and on top of his or her stuff Always If you re a flake or even moderately poorly organized this will show up quickly Respect gets doled out if you can take on a project and complete it without being micro managed On the contrary no one wants to have to tell you the best way to get coffee So you have to be able to figure it out Efficiently and effectively anticipate what needs to be done See that the recycle bin is full You empty it before being asked The coffee pot is empty You brew another pot before another crew member goes to refill his or her cup Find yourself with nothing to do Start making the rounds and ask if anyone needs a water Anticipation shows that you understand what the heck is going on Which in turn is the fastest way to get respect a raise a promotion think on your feet We re always dealing with real time problems on set that need real time solutions The best PA is able to go with the flow and help resolve the issues at hand in a timely manner remain calm under pressure In the immortal words of Jimmy Dugan there s no crying in baseball Or on photography sets Be clear headed Like Fonzi value presentation Sometimes there s a designated Craft Services professional on set and sometimes it falls on the PA to shop for and put out breakfast lunch snacks and bevies The best PA has a keen eye for presentation whether it s food a pile or cords a stack of apple boxes or whatever Make stuff look nice You also hopefully have a sense of style whether it s food or design Understand that setting down a can of Cheese Whiz and a pack of Saltines OR wearing your flip flops to a celebrity shoot is usually no bueno are resourceful Perhaps the most useful and prized of all PA attributes this one will help you out in any and or all facets of the creative industry You know who to call where to go how to make it happen or you can figure it out without much oversight Try to know people who can get shiz done whether it s a welder or a car wash the owner of a photo store or the guy behind the rental counter Make an effort to know people And know how to do stuff Lots of stuff Sure you can make coffee but can you properly coil cords and cables Can you paint as in walls Can you parallel park Can you fix broken stuff Can you MacGyver your a off The more stuff you know how to do the better BE RESOURCEFUL Of course having some experience is preferred in every line of work but it s not 100 required when starting out There s something to be said

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  • megan | Chase Jarvis Blog
    you ll understand the subtleties here have a slight case of OCD Attention to detail is the name of the game in production The best PA is super organized and on top of his or her stuff Always If you re a flake or even moderately poorly organized this will show up quickly Respect gets doled out if you can take on a project and complete it without being micro managed On the contrary no one wants to have to tell you the best way to get coffee So you have to be able to figure it out Efficiently and effectively anticipate what needs to be done See that the recycle bin is full You empty it before being asked The coffee pot is empty You brew another pot before another crew member goes to refill his or her cup Find yourself with nothing to do Start making the rounds and ask if anyone needs a water Anticipation shows that you understand what the heck is going on Which in turn is the fastest way to get respect a raise a promotion think on your feet We re always dealing with real time problems on set that need real time solutions The best PA is able to go with the flow and help resolve the issues at hand in a timely manner remain calm under pressure In the immortal words of Jimmy Dugan there s no crying in baseball Or on photography sets Be clear headed Like Fonzi value presentation Sometimes there s a designated Craft Services professional on set and sometimes it falls on the PA to shop for and put out breakfast lunch snacks and bevies The best PA has a keen eye for presentation whether it s food a pile or cords a stack of apple boxes or whatever Make stuff look nice You also hopefully have a sense of style whether it s food or design Understand that setting down a can of Cheese Whiz and a pack of Saltines OR wearing your flip flops to a celebrity shoot is usually no bueno are resourceful Perhaps the most useful and prized of all PA attributes this one will help you out in any and or all facets of the creative industry You know who to call where to go how to make it happen or you can figure it out without much oversight Try to know people who can get shiz done whether it s a welder or a car wash the owner of a photo store or the guy behind the rental counter Make an effort to know people And know how to do stuff Lots of stuff Sure you can make coffee but can you properly coil cords and cables Can you paint as in walls Can you parallel park Can you fix broken stuff Can you MacGyver your a off The more stuff you know how to do the better BE RESOURCEFUL Of course having some experience is preferred in every line of work but it s not 100 required when starting out There s something to be said for possessing the innate ability to figure it out If you re eager to please and ready to work your booty off starting as a PA might be a good entrée to the industry You ll certainly get to see the underbelly of the photography film worlds which is often a good thing if you re wondering if this photography thing is a good line of work for you Gotta see the sausage being made in the basement to know where all that industry flavor comes from Everybody s gotta start somewhere Other interesting related reads here on my blog Photo Geek Alert The Camera Sensor as Emulsion Why Your Digital Camera is More Like Film Stock Than You Realize Best Photo Locations The Most Amazing Libraries in The World Photos 4 Great Ways to Get the Look of Film in Your Digital Darkroom 5 Great Film Cameras on a Tiny Budget How To Prepare for Your Commercial Photo or Video Shoot 10 Things Clients Expect In Your Production Notebook By megan One golden rule to a great photoshoot is to start with great production A smooth production puts everyone and everything in the right place for the shoot to succeed long before the shutter button gets pressed That said I have some of the best producers in the biz on staff And here Megan outlines one essential to every commercial production the production notebook Use this info to help make your next production run smooth like butta Take it away Meg Hello peeps Megan here producer for Chase We re gearing up for a several big international jobs so as I m booking travel and working with a local producer on locations permits I m also putting the Production Book together This is critical information that all professional production houses put together and it s something clients and agencies expect from you on any large scale shoot Think of it as a one stop shop for all pertinent details It can be distributed to all parties via email prior to the shoot and a printed copy should accompany you to set Not only does it help make you look super professional it just might be the most practical thing you carry aside from your camera of course You don t need special software start with a Word or Pages doc Just keep an eye on formatting It should be clean easy to read and align with your brand Once it s complete save a template you can always use to generate this doc for your next shoot then output a PDF for the production crew and send it out Here s a basic list of things to include as applicable 1 cover sheet a nicely laid out page that identifies the client the production company and or the photographer client photographer logos name of job 2 contact info detail the names titles phone numbers email address of all associated parties client agency crew 3 shot list creative detailed shot list and or photo references wardrobe prop specs art direction 4 travel itineraries who s going where and when flights confirmation numbers 5 accommodations where is everyone staying address contact check in out dates directions to from airport meeting room location details 6 location info every shoot happens somewhere whether it s at your studio or the Mojave desert address contact info i e site rep map directions photos certificates of insurance for each releases permit info copy of permits contact info for city or governing agency i e FilmLA 7 talent actors models friends guy you scouted on the subway contact info agency info call times locations photos releases 8 vendors a list of any and all 3rd party resources involved in the shoot visa Carnet confirmations caterers shipping equipment rentals ground transpo 9 shooting schedule what does each day look like call times wrap times travel to from locations HMU wardrobe prep lunch breaks shot breakdown 10 production calendar all pertinent deadlines should be identified here pre production hot items i e location talent selection due dates permit approval process etc shooting window post production requirements i e number of rounds to client amount of time allotted for feedback proofing due date of final images etc There you have it Start with these categories as a template and add or subtract as needed May seem kind of tedious as you re doing it but I promise you it s so worth it Until next time Stay tuned for some behind the scenes goodness from our shoots trips and travels Megan the Producer Other interesting related reads here on my blog Photogs Aren t Good With Money 9 Tips for Sticking to Your Photo Video Production Budget Traveling for Photo Video Shoots 10 Mission Critical Tips for Booking Photo Video Travel Aspen Photo Shoot chasejarvis RAW Behind the Scenes Video CASTING CALL Need LARGE Family for Commercial Photo Shoot Next Week Good Deliver with Style 6 Tips for Delivering Files to Clients By megan Hi folks Megan here again Producer at CJ Inc We recently delivered a couple of big jobs to clients and it got me thinking about file management tracking job wrap up As the producer I m responsible for creating managing the post production schedule sending files to clients for approval then delivering final images once all files have been been given the thumbs up I work closely with Chase and the digital artist to ensure that we re delivering exactly what the client has asked for which means cross checking each image with both the creative brief AND the contract to ensure that our bases are covered Here are some things to keep in mind prior to arriving on set File size What are the images going to be used for A billboard or in store signage A web banner or e brochure Usage is usually defined at the contract stage so it should be well documented and understood prior to shoot day This will perhaps inform which camera you opt to shoot with and image resolution File format TIFFs Layered PSDs JPGs RAWs Orientation Is shot 4 a horizontal or vertical Be sure to have the creative brief handy if there s no Art Director on set to advise Naming convention folder structure Has your client provided you with a specific naming convention or preferred folder structure This is especially common on retail and catalog jobs where each shot usually coincides with a garment SKU If not you may want to decide upon an agreeable solution before you start shooting Delivery How many files are you providing Are you able to upload to an FTP fairly quickly Or will you need to send a hard drive to your client If you are sending a hard drive be sure to label it with your name contact info so it s easily identifiable Description of files thumbnails Along with the hard drive we like to include a memo or cover letter of sorts outlining the project name shoot description deliverables usage terms All of the pertinent info relating to the files is concisely captured in 1 document for the client s reference I also include a page or more depending on how many images are being delivered of thumbnails so the client knows what he or she is getting at a glance A copy of each of these documents gets saved in the project folder on the server so if there s ever any question about what was delivered and when it s easily trackable File delivery is usually the last step of a job with the exception of final billing and can leave a lasting impression on your client You really want to nail it Feel like I ve missed something important Have anything to add Feel free to leave comments below Disclaimer I m no Digital Asset Manager so if you want additional info on any of the items above check out the Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo Video here Other interesting related reads here on my blog 10 Essentials to Go the Extra Mile for Your Clients Crew How To Prepare for Your Commercial Photo or Video Shoot 10 Things Clients Expect In Your Production Notebook Zen the Art of Production 12 Tips for a Smooth Photoshoot Traveling for Photo Video Shoots 10 Mission Critical Tips for Booking Photo Video Travel Photoshoot Secrets Why Model Talent is Crucial How to Cast For the Best By megan Hi friends Megan here I m Chase s primary on staff producer We just wrapped up a commercial shoot for a major sporting goods company and it required a monster amount of production These tips are fresh on my mind and since it was a highly specialized sport shoot on a short time frame ie challenging from a production standpoint I thought I d talk a little about the casting process for this type of job First as you start to think about casting you might want to consider the specific factors that are most important to both the client and photographer The LOOK ie 6 tall and blonde with blue eyes and long flowing hair If so you probably want to start with your local talent agencies You can find these online under model or talent agencies They are abundant in most major metropolitan areas The SKILL for this job it was athletic ability running If so you may want to look for top tier athletes in the given sport You could reach out to local athlete groups yoga studios for instance or running clubs If you were shooting an ad for the circus you might need to find a juggler There could be specific experience that your models need You could also consider enlisting the help of a seasoned casting agent who will be able to source potential talent from a variety of places They like model agencies are abundantly available in most metropolitan cities worldwide The BUDGET Depending on your budget you might be able to go world class with the talent from said agency above OR you may want to consider casting real people That is folks who probably aren t represented by an agency and will work for a lower day rate depending on their level of experience These can be friends part time models or people you spot on the street who have a look you re after REMEMBER when sourcing these people they usually have no experience so you re trading experience for a look Sometimes that works great other times it can cost you a lot because your production doesn t move along as well as it should as quickly as it should with the right facial expressions experience etc It s a balancing act and you usually get what you pay for In our most recent case for the job at hand it was a combination of the above factors and it often is We needed to find talent who were trained athletes with some experience modeling so they were comfortable running for a photographer and within a well defined budget There s a difference between folks who have been competing in track and field or marathons for years and those who understand what it means to do it in front of a camera Trust me Athlete does not mean model and vice versa The experience of understanding the need to repeat or hold certain body positions for the photographer comes from experience on photo shoots and will make the day run like clock work Since we were tasked with finding nine runners we needed to be conscious of how quickly talent fees would add up Enter Sports Lifestyle Unlimited an agency with branches in Portland and LA that represents highly skilled athletes We were able to negotiate a fair rate for all parties involved the model the agency and us This was aided by the fact that we booked all but one of the models through them you may have heard the terms most favored nations everybody gets the same rate or economy of scale the more you use form one source or at one time the easier it is to book for everyone so there can be money saved used to describe our approach to this situation other items that affect budget if you re traveling models in for a shoot or having them for mulitple days or shoots for the same project Travel days what will you pay them for the time it takes to get to the shoot Shoot days what is the daily rate for working in front of the camera Down days what is the price for weather days or days when they re at the shoot but not in front of camera Per diems this is a flat rate of money that you give models or production staff for non shoot related meals Guides for these amounts vary by region and are somewhat standardized plenty of info on the net Again most agencies will work with you on these rates to arrive at something fair and reasonable The kicker to REMEMBER about BUDGET Model agencies like the rest of us do work to make money As such model and talent agencies will add a 20 fee on top of Travel Shoot Down days so be sure to factor that into your initial estimate This is standard fair practice and how agencies get paid Back to our story Once we had received the talent model specs from the client i e age height ethnic diversity look we contacted SLU and requested a package of guys and gals that fit the bill One of the things that was absolutely mandatory for us was running ability so we asked to see a video of each of the talent submitted in addition to their portfolios current snapshots This is standard practice Don t be afraid to ask for this The last thing you or your client wants is to get a good looking model on set that either a doesn t look like the shots on the talent website ie shaved their head or similar or b can t do the thing you need them to do as well as was represented when on the phone during booking In addition to video you may want to ask really specific questions of the talent usually via the agent but can be direct to talent on occasion that relates specific to the jargon of the activity you were told they were an expert at For example if you re looking for rock climbers ask what kind of climbing shoes do they own or what level do they boulder at For runners it might be what was the last running event they ran in You get the picture Our selections After Chase reviewed all submissions we sent our recommendations to the

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  • chasejarvis_12tipsforbreakingIntoCommercialPhotography | Chase Jarvis Blog
    THE MOST February 1 2016 0 Comments Here s How I GET SHIT DONE hint BUSY isn t success it s a lack of priority January 28 2016 0 Comments Time for some CHANGES around here January 15 2016 0 Comments My New Camera Has ARRIVED and it can SEE IN THE DARK January 8 2016 0 Comments SERENA WILLIAMS ROGER FEDERER in da House and in front of my camera 0 Comments I Want to Give You 50 000 and Be Your Mentor for LIFE 0 Comments DigitalRev TV uses a GoPro to Fake my Hasselblad Masters Photo 0 Comments Putting 21 5 Million To Work for a More Creative World 0 Comments I Will Give You 50 000 a VIP Trip to NYC I ll Be Your Mentor For Life 0 Comments Inspiration Twitter Follow Us Projects free creative education portrait of a city worldwide hub for mobile photography sing for your dinner Thanks HP Adorama BorrowLenses CreativeLive popular by topic Business 129 chasejarvisLIVE 128 creativeLIVE com 48 Design 20 Favorite 18 Fine Art 155 Gear 209 Giving Back 232 Guest Post 88 How To 266 Humor 46 Industry 432 Inspiration 493 iPhone 63 People 445 Pop Culture 517 Production 49 Profiles 210 RAW 21 Related Courses 24 Seattle 100 13 SFEAD 12 Videos 367 Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012

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  • Best Photo Locations: The Most Amazing Libraries in the World | Chase Jarvis Blog
    a lot of bookstore employees end up spending most of their paycheck on books Has working at a library introduced you to a lot of new authors and their work MT Yes you can t help but have exposure to new authors and their works when you walk through our libraries where we have books on display and are immediately re directed to those shelves to look closer It happens for me here at the Central Library and in our neighborhood libraries so I m always adding new titles to my reading list Lauren Manning Yale University Is it still true you have to be quiet in a library MT Respectfully quiet I dare say And I say it that way because our libraries are active places of connection engagement and movement that carry with it some level of din and hum laughter and whispering conversational tones active participation and kids shrieking with joy at a story time So instead of saying that we actively enforce quiet we opt for respectful quietness And yes we especially encourage silence in areas of the library designated as quiet areas What is your favorite book MT I really don t know I have favorites over time I have favorite authors I have favorite readers I have favorite subjects to read and I have favorite genres so it is quite hard for me to name one book But one of the books that I enjoy but have read only once so I don t know if that disqualifies it from being a favorite book is a fictional book titled The Company by Max Barry And I like it for its crazy take on corporate work I also love JK Rowling s creative mind just for the Harry Potter series and the character names potions classes and other imagery that is evoked in the series Thanks for your time I know librarians are busy Any last thoughts MT Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to talk about libraries It has certainly been my pleasure Mik Hartwell Royal Library in Copenhagen Francisco Anzola Mexico City David J Laporte Vancouver Central Public Library Andrew E Larson Yale Library Alex Proimos NY Public Library Other interesting related reads here on my blog Photographing with Remote Helis World Class Athletes in Crazy Locations Behind the Scenes in Aspen Photo History 101 Rare Color Photos of Paris in the Early 1900s Stairway to Heaven Cool Photo Locations 12 Tips for Entering the Commercial Photo Film World Hint It s Not What You Think Previous Article Legendary Celebrity Photog Chris Buck Musical Guest Hey Marseilles on cjLIVE RE WATCH Next Article Transparent Cameras Photo Gallery of X Rayed Cameras Comments are closed Stay Informed About Our Upcoming Episodes gear i use have a look people you should know I am a director too my favorite place campaigns Popular Latest Tags My Morning Routine 6 Things I Do Almost Every Day That Make for A Happy Productive Day cjRAW 07 October 22

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  • How to Get All The Best Looks of Film in a Digital Darkroom | Chase Jarvis Blog
    the others are available for a discount bringing the price for all three packs under 300 It should be noted that the real strength of VSCO is in my opinion their combination of both camera profiles and presets They currently have Canon and Nikon camera profiles for all three packs and in something of a first they also have Fuji presets for 01 and 03 A Fuji preset for 02 is apparently in the works You can certainly apply the generic Standard presets to images shot on other cameras and they still do a neat job but the effect won t be as faithful to the original film you re looking to emulate In my quick tests RAW images taken with a Sony A99 still looked pretty darn good though Aperture users take note that the camera profiles feature in VSCO Film isn t available to you Aperture doesn t support that feature so that isn t VSCO s fault and the plugin for Aperture is priced at 79 to reflect that loss in functionality VSCO Film is available now for 119 per pack The results I worked on several images over the last few months from portraits to landscapes and came away with some pretty clear ideas and opinions on the strengths and weakness of each plugin The thing to remember is that these are just that ideas and opinions I m applying my subjective judgement to these images and that should be taken into account when you make your own choices That said let s have a look at what I found Initially I thought of judging them based on criteria such as ease of use speed features and final product Ease of use After using all four apps over a few weeks the first criteria almost fell by the wayside since all four are pretty straightforward to use A few factors did arise however that are worth mentioning The Nik Collection was perhaps the only one that had a bit of a learning curve That s directly due to its Control Point technology which you don t have to use unless you want to adjust specific parts of your image and if you do the learning curve is absolutely worth it VSCO was the other one that has a learning curve but again only for a specific reason If you do things like retouching skin in Photoshop there is a workaround you ll need to use to avoid smearing the grain pattern and messing with the other settings for your images Speed Hands down VSCO was the fastest of the lot Since you never leave Lightroom there s no round tripping of images through an external program Even better is the fact that the presets render lightning fast and you can reset them with just a click Alien Skin s Exposure was the other app that did a pretty decent job of round tripping images from and to Lightroom While it s not orders of magnitude faster than its competitors as I mentioned the few extra seconds you eke out while working with 100MB tiff files is kind of nice Features If you re looking for a plugin that does some pretty advanced film effects and has a good selection of emulsions to chose from you can t go wrong with the Nik Collection from Google Control Points in Nik Silver Efex Between the truly awesome Control Point technology and the collection of popular films like Velvia and my personal favorites like Acros the Nik Collection knocks it out of the park in the packed with a bunch of features category At 149 for the whole dang thing it s also the clear winner in the bang for your buck section Lest you think it s the clear overall winner in this criteria however let me throw a twist at you VSCO has what I believe to be two truly killer features its edits are non destructive and it actually takes your specific camera model s output into consideration when applying its edits as long as you shoot Canon Nikon or Fuji All the other apps output TIFF files This is just fine Photoshop does the same when you roundtrip files from Lightroom to it and back What you lose there is the ability to fine tune the changes after the plugin is done exporting the finished file back to Lightroom Since you never leave Lightroom and are working on the original RAW file VSCO s edits are easy to roll back the edits just select the RESET VSCO FILM preset in Lightroom and you re back to your starting point You can also adjust the preset s effects at any time simply by moving the sliders in Lightroom or Camera RAW around to get your final look So to me this criteria has a two way tie between Nik and VSCO Final Product Here s the meat of the review The long story is below but the short story is this for my use it s a two way tie for first place between VSCO Film and Nik Collection Let s dive in a bit more In the images below I ve used the film preset in each app plugin with no additional adjustments in the plugins themselves Any adjustments were made beforehand in Lightroom Global adjustments were restricted to white balance and exposure and there are some localized adjustments like dodging burning and skin smoothing The original image in each case is shown as well In each of the image comparisons below the original starting image is shown in the top left Clockwise from there we have the adjusted images from VSCO Film Nik Collection Alien Skin Exposure and DxO Filmpack Let s start with B W I chose a film that all four apps had in common Ilford HP5 The subject is the wetlands in the Alviso area of the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Comparison Between All Apps for B w Film Clockwise from

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