It’s here! At least the Beta version. Capture One is, in my opinion the best RAW editing software out there. The color you get out of it is unbeatable. I’ve tried matching the color in Adobe Camera RAW and Aperture, and can’t do it like I can in C1. It takes many more steps in the other programs. The new Capture One 4 has many new features and is a lot faster.
It’s a primary key ingredient in my post processing style to get the look that I get. It’s worth the price in a heartbeat. So here’s the tip: Purchase Capture One Pro.
My director friend Omri Cohen passed this link on to me, since I have this dying wish to shoot in Iceland. It’s an amazing country. Check out this Sigur Ros trailer for their coming home "Heima" video.
It’s always refreshing to get away from LA. Inspiration for me resides in travel, especially the countryside. Colorado, in my opinion is one of the most beautiful states. This was my first time ever being there, and I absolutely loved it.
We arrived in Denver, and set off for a 4 hour trek through the vast countryside of mountains, and wide open landscape to stay at a beautiful ranch where the horses freely roam. Such a breath of fresh air to get out of LA, back to the grass roots of life. I did end up buying a pair of cowboy boots. A great place to do so.
I came down to San Diego to visit my friends SaraFrance.com and FredEgan.com. We celebrated my birthday at one of my favorite sushi restaurants, RA Sushi. They gave me the new Apple Keyboard as a birthday gift, and a wonderful one at that. Talk about geeking out over a computer keyboard at a nice sushi restaurant.
This keyboard might just trump the Kensington keyboard that I blogged about quite a while ago. It’s about time that Apple came out with a really sleek thin keyed keyboard. This thing is about as thin as an iPod Nano. It even comes with an exposé and dashboard button, as well as iTunes control buttons that you can skip to the next song, play or pause when you’re in any program. It’s wonderful!
It’s funny to see how a magazine can use images to convey their story. This photo of mine that you’ve probably seen before just ran in the September issue of Seventeen magazine and just hit the news stands. The story is on everyone having humiliating moments… not even close to how I saw it when I shot it. The cliché quote "A photo is more than 1000 words" still rings true, and the beauty of it is, everyone can imagine their own story behind a good photograph.
I just started reading a book called Chasing Cool, which was recommended to me by Todd over at Accidental Creative. The premise of the book talks about becoming the iPod of your industry: creating cool. So many companies, I won’t name any names.. ahem.. Microsoft (cough cough) have the Me-Too syndrome.
"The moment a company focuses too heavily on what’s going on around it is when its products become Me-Too. That’s why great design can’t have anything to do with trend." – Chasing Cool
It’s a push to be innovative, because sometimes creating something innovative and above the status quo takes years, which lasts longer than a trend. Being innovative means thinking different, and being your own unique self. In other words, stick true to your style. Magnify your uniqueness. Apple’s Think Different campaign is a genius campaign and an inspiration for everyone, especially artists.
I think that Me-Too Syndrome can come upon us artists especially at the beginning of our journeys. Todd at Accidental Creative breaks down the process of creativity, and one of the stages that we go through is Imitation. Where we imitate a particular artist or style that we like. Don’t fear, it’s a perfectly normal part of the process, and once you move past the stage, you put your own twists and style to work. In other words it’s part of the development stage of creating your own unique style.
Parlay that into photography, don’t strive to copy what’s out there in the end. (as I’ve often found myself doing in the development process) Be innovative and Think Different.
Also, watch this archive one minute video of Apple’s Think Different campaign from many years ago.