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Bloodline Camera Work -Analyzed Cinema for Wedding Techniques

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Today we are going to take a look at a cinematography technique used in the TV series “Bloodline.” We can apply this technique to any kind of photography, but it’s especially excellent for any wedding photographers out there. I’ll explain the technique, show plenty of screenshots from Bloodline, as well as wedding photos from a very artistic photographer. Let’s get into it!

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One Second Color Correction with Annie Leibovitz Photos

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How’s everyone doing today? I hope you are all doing well. Much love for all of the continued support!

Today we are going to look at a “quick and dirty” color correction technique that I use a ton when editing photos in Photoshop. We’ll apply this one-second technique to Annie Leibovitz’s photos since she typically uses blues in her shadows and orange tones in her highlights. I thought it would be cool to see what her images look without toning, so we will kind of “deconstruct” all of them. This will then give us the confidence and speed to make color corrections to any image we need; saving us tons of time. As an added bonus, The Master Pass members will get a free download of the Photoshop toning action called “Annie Blues.” Let’s get into it!

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Number One Hack for Mastering Composition

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Thanks for joining in today everyone! And a huge thanks for the support as always. I appreciate all of you!

Today we have an interesting video and article that covers, what I think, is the number one hack for mastering composition. The video explains and demonstrates a powerful technique called “figure-ground relationship.” Most of you are familiar with it, but you may be prioritizing placement of your subject to a grid, instead of paying attention to the background. They must work hand-in-hand in order to have a powerful composition.

I will also cover what could be improved with some of the drone and gimbal shots. With new technology, there is a bit of a learning curve to become familiar with the tool (for me anyway). This makes composition much more difficult.

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Aerial Composition and Dynamic Symmetry

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Hey everyone, another massive thanks for being so supportive of the Canon of Design! I really appreciate all of the nice emails and comments.

I’m thrilled to share with you an exciting video where I fly the Mavic Pro drone around a stunning location in Hawaii. I place the Root 6 dynamic symmetry grid on my display, and show how I lock the landscape into the armature. We’ll also cover plenty of composition techniques like figure-ground relationship, dynamic symmetry, edge flicker, and more. Let’s get into it!

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Mastering Composition: Analyzing Art Books with Tracing Paper – Round 2

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Mastering-Composition-using-tracing-paper-in-art-books-bouguereauHow’s everyone doing? Huge thanks for all of the support as always!

Welcome back for another exciting article with some extra video content. Today we are going to be looking at another great art book, of the Musée d’Orsay, and tracing the design concepts of five master paintings. You’ll even get high resolution scans of each analyzed painting. Let’s get into it!

This is Round 2, but you can view Round 1 (see #427) if you like.

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Cinematic Test Shots with the Sony A6500 and Mavic Pro Drone

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Hey everyone, welcome back and a huge thanks for everything! I appreciate all of your support so much!

I’m excited to share this new video of some cinematic test shots I took with the Sony A6500, Mavic Pro Drone, Zhiyun Crane, and the ThiEYE T5e. These names might seem new to some of you, so I’ll give a brief review of them below. I’ll also share some of the composition techniques I used within the video. Let’s get into it!


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Blade Runner 2049 – Analyzed Cinema – Part Three

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Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone is doing well and learning tons from the Canon of Design content. I really appreciate everyones support, thank you so much!

Today we have the third and final entry for our Blade Runner 2049 series. We’ve already covered tons of techniques and tips for composition and design. We even mentioned areas to avoid while composing. Now, we’ll analyze tons of beautiful visuals from the trailer to the dynamic symmetry grid and other design techniques. We’ll even look at sequences and briefly talk about color. Let’s do this!

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Configuring Our Dynamic Symmetry Grid – Blade Runner 2049 – Part Two

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Alright everyone, welcome back for part two of Blade Runner 2049 Analyzed Cinema. Huge thanks for all of the amazing and continued support!

Today we are going to take a look at some more amazing design and composition techniques used in visuals from the Blade Runner 2049 trailer. If you haven’t checked out part one yet, go for it. I introduce a new root rectangle for cinematographers, compare things to the rule of thirds, and steer you in the right direction.

This time, we are going to learn about areas of the grid to avoid, and see how we can configure the dynamic symmetry grid to fit our needs. Let’s get into it!

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Did They Use the Rule of Thirds in Blade Runner 2049 – Part One

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How’s everyone doing? Welcome back to another exciting article! Huge thanks for all of the continued support everyone, you keep this blog going! Thanks to Andre for inspiring this post (see #446).

Today we are going to dig deep into Blade Runner 2049, the exciting sequel being released in October, 2017. They released a pretty awesome trailer and the visuals they included are pretty stunning and use plenty of composition and design techniques, but the question we all want to know is if they used the rule of thirds or dynamic symmetry. That’s a big question, and I’m going to simply answer and prove it in part one of this three part article. Oh, and I’ll be introducing a new root rectangle that has never been covered anywhere before! Let’s get into it and see how they infused this trailer with jaw dropping visuals and how they did it.

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Street Photography Techniques Used for Fashion Photos

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Welcome back everyone and thanks for all of the amazing support. I appreciate it so much!

Today we are going to be taking a look at the way street photography techniques can be used for fashion photography. I can emphasize enough how street photography is great practice for all kinds of photography….wedding, travel, and fashion…as we’ll see today. You might’ve already noticed some really nice magazine ads that incorporate the techniques street shooters use in their everyday sessions. So, if you’re a fashion photographer, listen close as we dig deeper into some great examples. You’ll even see how I slap name brand logos onto street photos to blur the lines between street and fashion.

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