I once read a Quora question that went, “What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?” I don’t know about the rest of your life, but if you’re a photographer, head over to the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel and check out their ‘Make It Now’ one-minute video tutorials on designing (not retouching) with Photoshop CC.
One of the big problems I have with watching videos on the Web is that, half the time, I get 4 minutes into a 12-minute video that seemed useful before I realize that I was, in fact, totally wrong. There’s another 4 minutes I’m never getting back…
That’s why I love super short tutorial videos like these.
How to Make a Double Exposure
How to Create a Composite
How to Create an Animated GIF
How to Make a Poster from a Template
If you’re new to Photoshop, you may find the video moves too fast for you to keep up; if that’s the case, click on the gear symbol at the bottom right of the screen and select 0.5 speed. Heck, if you want to take notes, go for 0.25 speed.
And that’s it. Congrats! You can now add “Graphic Designer” to your LinkedIn profile! Okay maybe not…
When you’re tasked with taking a famous person’s photo, you often don’t have much time with the actual person to go through a trial and error process and figure stuff out. Photographer Philippe Echaroux wanted to take things to the extreme and see if he could photograph a celebrity in less than a minute total.
Echaroux is used to setting challenges for himself. In the past, we’ve shared videos that show him taking a celebrity style portrait using only an iPhone and a $10 lamp, as well as his Street Studio project where he took pictures of strangers on the street as it they were famous.
This most recent challenge didn’t have to do with inadequate gear or making somebody look famous. Instead, he simply wanted to see how fast he could possibly capture a quality celebrity portrait of musician Fatboy Slim after his performance at the GetAKool Festival.
Here’s what turned out:
His goal was to photograph the celebrity in under a minute. From the moment Fatboy Slim shook his hand in greeting to the moment the shoot was done, Echaroux actually managed to get what he needed in only 24.825 seconds.
To see more from Echaroux, check out our previous coverage of his work linked above, or head over to his website by clicking here.
Image credits: Photographs by Philippe Echaroux and used with permission.
Here’s an interesting way to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how a portrait shoot was done. After photographing British comedian Frank Skinner, UK-based photographer Harry Borden took all the unedited photos from the shoot and turned them into a one-minute time-lapse movie. The resulting short film is a glimpse into how a session progressed from one pose to another, and the different ideas that were tried.
The number of the photographs were selected and used for a piece in the Sunday Times:
It’d be fun to see this kind of unedited photo time-lapse for other kinds of photography as well, whether it’s wedding photography or a photojournalism project. It’s like seeing the all of the frames on a contact sheet at high speeds, revealing how the images were birthed.