Category Archives: Videos


Water Droplets

In this episode Mark Wallace shows you how to create some interesting images using a sheet of glass, some RainX and a little water. These images can be used as computer wallpaper, backgrounds for you iPad, iPhone or even used in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

Mark also shows how he edited the images in Lightroom to saturate the color and make the photos pop.

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Clipping Paths

In this episode Mark Wallace goes over the basics of clipping paths. Increase your stock photography by adding clipping paths to your images! Mark shows you how clipping paths are used then goes into detail on how to use the pen tool in Photoshop CS 5.1 to create a clipping path.

More Info

This video has spawned a lot of e-mail and discussion on YouTube about the Pen Tool. Even though this video is nearly 30 minutes long there is still a lot of information that we had to leave out of the video. Here are some articles that can help you master the Pen Tool.

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Veerle’s Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises

Photoshop Shortcut Keys compiled by Trevor Morris (awesome link!!)

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Holiday Slideshow

Got a Mac? You can easily create a slideshow to share with your family and friends. In this week’s episode, Mark shows you how to create a digital slideshow for the holidays! Watch as Mark takes you through the step-by-step process of putting together a special holiday slideshow using one of iPhoto’s coolest features! iPhoto is part of Apple’s iLife software package, and in this video, Mark uses the latest version so if you have an older version of iLife, it may be time to update.


The 60 Minute Challenge

Mark explains how to get outside and shoot a self-assignment in order to expand your photographic skills. He gives himself two assignments and spends an hour taking pictures and SEEING things that most people would just walk by.

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My Worlds Finally Unite!

liveBooks has announced a terrific feature that I’ve been testing for the past month; it’s the integration of Vimeo and liveBooks. This means that you can have all of the ease of use of liveBooks for showing video on your liveBooks site. Once your site is Vimeo enabled it’s a breeze to add videos, change their display order and styling. And the nice part – everything plays right on the same page. No new pages appear to play the videos.
This is a terrific feature for someone like me. I create between 5 and 10 videos every single week. I’m very excited about the ability to show the “best of” videos as liveBooks portfolios. Finally I have one site to host all of my content.

To see the integration in action check out my liveBooks site.


On Location Flash

I know, it’s been a while since we last updated the blog. We’ve been busy creating lots and lots of content for AdoramaTV. We’ve created 44 new videos. Ten of those have been new Digital Photography One on One episodes. We’ve been getting a lot of feedback and we’re working hard to keep the videos fresh and useful.

Last week we released Episode 20: On Location Flash and have seen more activity on this episode than most, so I thought I’d post it here as well as a few of the photos we shot for the video.

Model Katherine Lee. In this shot I overexposed the background and used a medium softbox to add some fill light on Katherine.

This image was shot using strong backlight. I used the softbox to balance the light. I adjusted colors in Lightroom before exporting.

This is an example of a balanced fill flash. Katherine was standing in the shade and without the fill flash she would have been almost completely underexposed. By matching the flash exposure to the ambient light I was able to create an image that looks like 100% natural light event though I used a flash.

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How’d They Do That? Matt Hill – stop motion video

Well today we officially launched a new video series called How’d They Do That? It’s a show where we explore the world of professional photographers and share their techniques with you. Our first episode features photographer Matt Hill. We talk about his recent short film Available Night.

You can see more of Matt’s work on his website:

And here’s the video Available Night by Matt Hill:

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