A common challenge in photography is being in the right location, having the right equipment and best lighting to capture it. Using Google Earth and these presets you can plan for what you'll be able to photograph ahead of time and show up knowing what lens to use and where to capture the best shot.Read More
Have you run into the x32 error when importing a SketchUp file into 3ds Max? Read on to see where this comes from and how to successfully make those files import into 3ds Max.Read More
Wireless tethering is critical to our Architectural photography workflow. However on a recent photoshoot I needed to use a backup 6D instead of the usual 5D and was surprised when CamRanger refused to tether with it. From what I've experienced with CamRanger and knockoff (TPLink router hack) they're bulletproof and work with any Canon or Nikon camera. Not on this day of course... The solution turned out to be super simple but I wasn't able to find it mentioned anywhere online - so I'm posting it here in the hopes that future google'rs will find the answer they need.Read More
The fabled "Tarzan House" is a 1920s abandoned ranch style home that's perched high above the 15 freeway with an amazing view of the valley & lake below. I've seen it from the freeway many times and had an opportunity to photograph it shortly before it was demolished in June 2015. Even in it's dilapidated state it's obvious this was an incredible home in its day - it's unfortunate it fell into such disrepair.Read More
Several years ago I was fed up with the PC. I was tired of the inconsistent UX, the constant security updates & my heavy brick of a laptop. So I switched to the Mac. A sleek, relatively lightweight, 2010 Macbook Pro. My personal needs were all taken care of with the iLife / iWork suite and I loved the consistency of how it all worked together. Recently I switched back to the PC for my laptop needs - here's my take on what it was like switching back.Read More
Ever had Photoshop stall when saving large files? I have. The first time was panic inducing and struck at the worst possible time. Fear not - there's a way to save your work without losing anything!Read More
I love cloud storage. Whether for personal or business use it's incredibly useful to be able to quickly sync files between computers, view images on a tablet or quickly send links to clients. With the falling prices of cloud storage from the big 4 cloud storage vendors (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box & Microsoft OneDrive) I thought I'd do a quick review of the services from the perspective of a professional digital artist. In a nutshell I want to see how fast I can upload/download, how easily I can send a link to the file/folder & what features are available that'd affect me.Read More
I'm nearsighted and have been since childhood. For my friends and co-workers who are also visually impaired you understand the frustration of shopping for glasses. I've never been able to shop for myself - trying on glasses means taking mine off (hello blurriness) which makes it nearly impossible to judge how they look myself.
Enter a new app (new to me, though it's been out for 8 months) for iOS / Android from Glasses.com (you can search for it in the app store or visit their site)... I know this might sound spammy but as a digital artist, and someone interested in the innovative 3D technology I'm really impressed with what they've done. The app builds a 3D model of your face and allows you to try on glasses, seeing them on your face. The quality is amazing, the interface is fluid - it's the perfect implementation of new technology to solve an old problem of finding glasses. Good stuff - no more blurry glasses shopping for me...Read More
One of the most fun parts of leading visualization is finding new ways to effectively communicate design. There's been a lot of activity in realtime 3d & augmented reality especially as mobile, gps enabled devices like iPads become more powerful.
This week I was introduced to Urbasee Future and I'm blown away. I literally "built" one of our projects in our office parking lot and went on a field trip... To the future built environment. It's incredible, everything is 1:1 scale, you hold up the iPad and walk around and see what the project will be like. This experiential technology is the kind of thing I'm always looking for as we apply new tools that engage clients & visualize design.Read More