Friday, August 18, 2017

#Photoshop: How to Create a Mountainous Matte Painting in Photoshop - Photoshop Tutorials

Learn how to create this landscape matte painting with Photoshop! This tutorial will show you how create our own mountain scene by arranging multiple stocks together and blending them correctly usi…

#Photoshop: How to Create a Mountainous Matte Painting in Photoshop - Photoshop Tutorials

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#Photography: The Artist Behind the Viewfinder: Emotional Photography Insight

Photography. When you picture a photographer, it’s always the camera that you see first, unlike when you’re asked to picture an artist or a great chef. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel of the…

#Photography: The Artist Behind the Viewfinder: Emotional Photography Insight

Chocolate Song - New Music And Video

I know Miky Mishmash from Cannes, where I travel to every year in June. Miky told me about a song she wrote and that she wanted to record it.

Spontanously we recorded in her living room with a microphone her song. These recordings were forgotten but one year later, in June 2017, when I revisited Cannes she remembered and were going through the wav files. Bad sound quality, but I promised to make something out of it.

So the challenge was: Take a given melody and make chords and finally record a song. I remember her wishes. No straight rhythm, because that is boring. And something smooth, emotional (oh, so woman like).

Now here is the result.
Soundcloud (free download):
And because I like Sacher cake I purchased one for breakfast and produced a music video. I cannot say what was more pleasant: shooting the video or eating the cake.
Youtube:
Miky on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miky.art




#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Animation Composer 2 #freedownload

3 hours work done in 3 minutes (his promisem not my experience)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#Musicproduction: The new Apple HomePod smart speaker - what difference will it make to your mixing and mastering?

Not content with its mighty market share of the computer, phone, tablet and music industries, Apple Inc. tries to take over home hi-fi. But what implications will it have for music producers?

#Musicproduction: The new Apple HomePod smart speaker - what difference will it make to your mixing and mastering?

What is a Compliment - Was ist ein Komplment #punchline #satire #pointe

A compliment is words with a lot of makeup
Ein Kompliment sind Worte mit viel Make-Up

Newton in the Words - Newton im Wort #punchline #satire #pointe

Pressure generates backpressure. That's Newton. Is this also true of the word?
Druck erzeugt Gegendruck, soweit Newton. Gilt das auch für das Wort?

#Musicproduction: Aciddose releases Xhip Synthesizer v8.0 for Windows #freedownload

Xhip allows you to produce the highest quality dual-oscillator polyphonic synthesizer sounds similar to classic poly synthesizers of the late 80s. Strings, synth pads, basses, leads, organs, pianos, percussions, bells, vocals, sound effects and more are demonstrated in the included bank.

#Musicproduction: Aciddose releases Xhip Synthesizer v8.0 for Windows #freedownload

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Maybe - Music Video Published - Philosophical Song



A philosophical song about life and being, maybe religious. Whatever happens is that fate or can we influence it? Listen to effects on the acoustic rhythm guitar.
I first recorded a demo in a traditional 80s arrangement. Finally I liked it so much that I put this version as bonus song on the album "Boheme".

Maybe

Maybe life is written
In a secret book of fate
But the book is being hidden
Behind of Eden's gate

Noone (has) ever seen it
Not president, not queen
But if you ever screen it
There's only one word you see:
Maybe


A rumor says that someone
Whoever finds a way
To get inside the Eden
Forever he must stay

To prevent a wrong decision
And speak of fates decree
Evaluate position
Cause you cannot forsee
Maybe


Coaches show statistics
A flaming speech infects
Of trend characteristics
And having good prospects

Sounds like airy-fairy
Too awesome to be true
But wise men frown and wary
Blandly smile at me:
Maybe


Music and lyrics: Henk Freytag
Publisher: HEINZ RIEMER MUSIC
Registered at ASCAP

More info:
http://www.vienna.cc/kunst/songs/song_maybe,_maybe_(acoustic).htm

Park Sherriffs #punchline #satire #pointe

Feminine parking (meter) attendants in action are unpleasant, but they look pretty good.
Weibliche Parksheriffs in Aktion sind zwar unangenehm, aber fesch sehen sie doch aus.

#Photoshop: How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a floral portrait of a woman with flowers, leaves, branches and butterflies. We'll not only combine different images using standard blending techniques …

#Photoshop: How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation

#Musicproduction: Audio Damage releases "Grind" Distortion Plug-in and updates free "FuzzPlus 3" to v1.0.1 (incl. AAX) #freedownload

Audio Damage has announced the release of Grind, a new plug-in described as "a true powerhouse of audio warfare, Grind puts the "damage" in Audio Damage". From subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion, AD says Grind is a Swiss Army Knife of sound design.

#Musicproduction: Audio Damage releases "Grind" Distortion Plug-in and updates free "FuzzPlus 3" to v1.0.1 (incl. AAX) #freedownload

Monday, August 14, 2017

#Musicproduction: Matthieu Brucher releases ATKGuitarPreamp - Free VST2, VST3 & AU for Mac & Win #freedownload

Matthieu Brucher has released version 1.0.2 of ATKGuitarPreamp, a free and Open Source stereo delay plug-in, for 64-bit Mac OS X (10.9 minimum) and Windows (32 and 64-bit) in VST2, VST3 and AU plug-in formats.
ATKGuitarPreamp is a guitar preamp plugin, modeling the inverter input stage of a Vox AC30 followed by a JCM800 tone stack.

#Musicproduction: Matthieu Brucher releases ATKGuitarPreamp - Free VST2, VST3 & AU for Mac & Win #download

Money Alone - Geld alleine #punchline #satire #pointe

Money alone does not make you happy, you have to buy chocolate.
Geld allein macht nicht glücklich, man muß Schokolade drum kaufen.

#Photoshop: How to Create a Breathtaking Medieval Manipulation with Realistic Deteriorated Flags

Learn how to create this windy photo manipulation of a woman leaning on columns with deteriorated flags. You’ll learn how to combine images, manipulate them to fir the windy scene, and work with li…

#Photoshop: How to Create a Breathtaking Medieval Manipulation with Realistic Deteriorated Flags

Sunday, August 13, 2017

#Photography: A Quick Exercise to Help You Take Better Self-Portraits

This article will give you some tips on how to take better self-portraits. That is differentthan doing a selfie – let’s have a closer look at the issue. The selfie has become such an important part…

#Photography: A Quick Exercise to Help You Take Better Self-Portraits

Song of the day: No Evening Without You #songoftheday #pop #indie #rock

Song of the day: No Evening Without You
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The Wording Makes The Difference - Das Wording macht den Unterschied #punchline #satire #pointe

The difference between "Darling!" and "Daaaaarling!" is a few hundred Dollars.
Der Unterschied von "Schatz!" und "Schaaaaaatz!" sind einige hundert Euro.

#Photoshop: How to Make Your Own Frames and Borders Using PS

Give your photos an edge! This tutorial will show you how to make your own frames and borders using Photoshop. Picture frames have been around for most of art history. This hasn’t change in our dig…

#Photoshop: How to Make Your Own Frames and Borders Using PS

Saturday, August 12, 2017

#Photoshop: How to Create a Beautiful Audio App User Interface - Tutorial

The graphics only. So don't misunderstand. This is no programming tutorial.
ViennaCC

This tutorial will show you how to create your own music interface that lets you manage songs on your device, whether it’s a phone, computer or a tablet. By learning few cool design tricks you can …

#Photoshop: How to Create a Beautiful Audio App User Interface - Tutorial

Given up - Aufgegeben #punchline #satire #pointe

If you stop laughing or having sense of humour you have given yourself up.
Wer aufgehört hat zu lachen bzw. Humor zu haben, der hat sich selbst aufgegeben.

#Photoshop: How To Create a Realistic Money Effect

The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halft…

#Photoshop: How To Create a Realistic Money Effect

Friday, August 11, 2017

#Photography: How to Create a Human Cyborg Photo Manipulation

The future is near. Are you ready for a world of cybernetic organisms? Learn how to transform your photos into cool cyborgs in the tutorial below. I'll show you how to use techniques like Frequency…

#Photography: How to Create a Human Cyborg Photo Manipulation

About Hiphop - Über Hiphop #punchline #satire #pointe

Hiphop is crap. However, some of the guys have good lyrics. Why don't they present it with a melody. Too much effort? (Phew, now the music, what next)
Hiphop ist Mist. Allerdings manche von den Typen haben gute Texte. Warum kann man die nicht mit Melodie präsentieren. Zu viel Aufwand? (Puh, jetzt auch noch Musik dazu machen, was nicht noch alles)

#Photography: 7 Camera Shortcuts for Nikon Photographers

There are certain camera functions we use all the time but that take up lots of our time without us realizing it. Steve Perry sharesseven Nikon camera shortcuts that can significantly ease your wor…

#Photography: 7 Camera Shortcuts for Nikon Photographers


Thursday, August 10, 2017

#Photography: How to Photograph 3 Headshot Looks with Just 1 Background

Perhaps you’re on a budget, or maybe you just hate switching out backgrounds. Either way, this tutorial from portrait and lifestyle photographer Jeff Carpenter has some great tips for getting diffe…

#Photography: How to Photograph 3 Headshot Looks with Just 1 Background


Fitness in the City - Fitness in der Stadt #punchline #satire #pointe

Fitness in the city: By elevator to the underground garage, by car to the fitness center, by elevator to the training room upstairs. Then a little indoor walking or indoor cycling. Then by elevator to the street, by car home, with the lift from the underground car park to the apartment and then satisfied at TV (sports channel) feeling oh so athletic.
Fitness in der Großstadt: Mit dem Aufzug in die Tiefgarage, mit dem auto zum Fitnesscenter, mit dem Aufzug in den ersten Stock zum Trainingsraum. Dann ein wenig Laufen oder Indoor-Radfahren. Danach mit dem Aufzug auf die Straße, mit dem Auto nach Hause, mit dem aufzug von der Tiefgarage in die Wohnung und dann zufrieden vor dem Fernseher (Sportkanal) sich sportlich fühlen.

#Photography: 3 Authentic Posing Tips for Couples Photography

There are a lot of articles and videos out there about how you should be posing couples to get beautiful, lasting shots. But, what many of them lack is advice to get authentic portraits. I mean, re…

#Photography: 3 Authentic Posing Tips for Couples Photography

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#Musicproduction: Boyss-Sound-e-Scapes releases CGC Shaker - #Free Sample Library #freedownload

Boyss-Sound-e-Scapes has released CGC Shaker, an experimental percussion sample library (instruments and loops) available in the following formats:
  • Kontakt, SFZ and WAV one-shots (96kHz and 44.1kHz versions).
  • Akai MPC software (44.1kHz), as an expansion or as projects and programs, compatible with both full and Essentials version.
  • NI Maschine (44.1kHz).
  • Bonus Organic Loops in 96kHz and 44.1kHz versions (over 200 WAV loops).


#Musicproduction: Boyss-Sound-e-Scapes releases CGC Shaker - Free Sample Library #freedownload

Why Stressy Study? - Warum stressig studieren? #punchline #satire #pointe

Why hurrying to study. Make a bachelor in so short time? Taxi drivers will be always needed anyway.
Nur keine Eile beim Studieren. Warum so schnell einen Bachelor machen? Taxi-Fahrer werden sowieso immer gebraucht.

#Photoshop: How to Make and Apply a Bokeh Overlay

Bokeh overlays are an excellent way to add a trendy stylized look to your portraits. You can purchase overlays, but I would instead suggest making your own. It’s easy, fun, and best of all, it’s fr…

#Photoshop: How to Make and Apply a Bokeh Overlay


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#Photography: How to Use White Balance as a Creative Tool

White Balance is almost always used to match what colors our cameras detect to the colors we see with our eyes. Our brains are very good at managing how we see color. A sunny day looks warm and bri…

#Photography: How to Use White Balance as a Creative Tool

Music or Revue - Musik oder Revue #punchline #satire #pointe

What we see on music tv channels is sometimes only rhythm and effects. And a few girls hopping around as much as possible. I would ban that to Revue channel.
Was da im Musikkanal zu sehen ist ist manchmal nur Rhythmus und Effekte. Dazu hopsen ein paar Girls möglichst verrenkt herum. Das würde ich in den Revue-Kanal verbannen.

#Photoshop: How to Create a Graffiti Effect

Learn how to create graffiti art from your photos in Adobe Photoshop, using filters and adjustments. The graffiti effect is part of Graffiti Effect with Pop Up Photoshop Actionfrom my portfolio on …

#Photoshop: How to Create a Graffiti Effect

Monday, August 7, 2017

#Photography: Top 5 Essential Photography Tips I Can't Live Without

These are my big five photography tips which I would take with me to a desert island, the ones I can’t live without. For those who have not had the pleasure, that is a reference to the BBC Radio Fo…

#Photography: Top 5 Essential Photography Tips I Can't Live Without

Wife's Order - Auftrag der Frau #punchline #satire #pointe

"You drink a maximum of ten beers and be home at two!" - Or what was that…?
"Du trinkst maximal 10 Bier und bist um 2 zu Hause!" - Oder hab ich da was verwechselt?

#Photography: 10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Your Creativity

This article providesyou with 10 photography self-assignments that you can use to get your own creative juices flowing. They’re designed to help you grow in skill as a well-rounded photographer whi…

#Photography: 10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Your Creativity

Sunday, August 6, 2017

#Photography: Does Gear Matter in Photography?

One of the most fundamental questions in photography is does gear matter? This question, unfortunately, doesn’t have a clear and concise answer. Ask this question to as many photographers as you ca…

#Photography: Does Gear Matter in Photography?


Song of the day: Peace

Song of the day: Peace
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Tinnitus Hotline #punchline #satire #pointe

Telephone hotline for people with tinnitus: Please speak after the Oink.
Telefonische Hotline für Leute mit Tinnitus: Bitte sprechen Sie nach dem Grunzton.

#Photography: Breaking Rules of Composition in Photography

Chances are, you’re familiar with the old adage that “rules are meant to be broken.” Photography is no exception to the saying. AsDavid Bergman explains, although many of the rules and conventions …

#Photography: Breaking Rules of Composition in Photography


Saturday, August 5, 2017

#Musicproduction: Hart Instruments Sampler Engine (HISE) v1.0.0 build 649 now available #freedownload

Version 1.0.0 build 649 of Hart Instruments Sampler Engine (HISE) , cross-platform open source audio application for building virtual instruments, is now available.

#Musicproduction: Hart Instruments Sampler Engine (HISE) v1.0.0 build 649 now available #freedownload

Diversity - Diversität #punchline #satire #pointe

Nature thrives through diversity, only man has a problem with it. But evolution requires diversity.
Die Natur gedeiht durch Vielfalt, nur der Mensch hat ein Problem damit. Aber Entwicklung (Evolution) bedingt Vielfalt.

#Musicproduction: Audio Damage releases Rough Rider v2.0 - AAX, VST3 & New UI #freedownload

Rough Rider is a modern compressor with a bit of "vintage" style bite and a uniquely warm sound. Perfect for adding compression effects to your drum buss, it also sounds great with synth bass, clean guitar, and backing vocals. Definitely not an all-purpose compressor, Rough Rider is at its best when used to add pump to rhythmic tracks.

#Musicproduction: Audio Damage releases Rough Rider v2.0 - AAX, VST3 & New UI #freedownload

Friday, August 4, 2017

#Photography: Creative Portrait Tips for Awesome People Pictures

Everyone loves a good picture of themselves. In an increasingly visual world, having a few on hand is practically crucial.Luckily, the folks at the COOPH have compiled a few guidelines on what it t…

#Photography: Creative Portrait Tips for Awesome People Pictures


Anatomy - Anatomisches Interesse #punchline #satire #pointe

I am interested in anatomy, especially under the influence of music. This is called striptease.
Ich interessiere mich für Anatomie, besonders unter Einfluß von Musik. Das nennt man dann Striptease.

#Musicproduction: Full Bucket Music releases "The blooo" v2.0.0 for Windows (Free VSTi) #freedownload

The blooo is a VST™2.4 polyphonic software synthesizer plug-in for Microsoft Windows® (both 32 and 64 bit) based on the classic subtractive synthesis architecture. It is written in native C++ code for high performance even on "lighter" systems.

#Musicproduction: Full Bucket Music releases "The blooo" v2.0.0 for Windows (Free VSTi) #freedownload

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#Musicproduction: [BEN/SCHULZ] releases "Spectrum" - Free Spectrum Analyser Plugin #freedownload

Plugin Developer BEN/SCHULZ has released a free multichannel spectrum analyser named Spectrum.
The spectra can be displayed in realtime or as a spectrogram and supports all the features one would expect from an audio spectrum analyser.
The free version features up to four channels. An upgrade to sixteen channels is available as well.
Spectrum supports VST2, VST3, AU and Pro Tools (AAX) on 32/64-bit Mac and Windows DAWs.

#Musicproduction: [BEN/SCHULZ] releases "Spectrum" - Free Spectrum Analyser Plugin #freedownload

Departure - Return from Miami to Vienna

2017-08-03 Departure
Around 10h30 left the hotel. No stress. The flight to Vienna with intermediate stop in Berlin / Tegel was booked for 3h55pm, but was delayed to 4h15pm. No stress.


Oh, man, Berlin / Tegel airport has a real 50s flair. Wooden steps and unpracticable organization. Although I only had a transfer, I had to check out and then check in again.

2017-08-03 Abreise
Gegen 10h30 das Hotel verlassen. Kein Stress. Der Flug nach Wien mit Zwischenstop in Berlin / Tegel war für 15h55 gebucht, wurde aber verschoben auf 16h15. Kein Stress.


Oh, Mann, Flughafen Berlin / Tegel hat echtes 50er-Jahre Flair. Holzstiegen und unpraktikable Organisation. Obwohl ich nur einen Transfer hatte, mußte ich auschecken und dann wieder einchecken.

Out of the Heart - Aus dem Herzen #punchline #satire #pointe

Music comes from the heart. Sometimes I think the guy must have a heartache.
Musik kommt von Herzen. Manchmal denk ich mir, der Typ muß Herzschmerzen haben.

#Photography: How to Use Grids for Various Portrait Lighting Setups

Looking to switch things up a bit in your studio shots? As photographerMark Wallace demonstrates, one of the easiest ways to do so is to bring in some grid light modifiers: Before getting very far,…

#Photography: How to Use Grids for Various Portrait Lighting Setups


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#Photoshop: How to Create a Surreal City Landscape Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a surreal city landscape with a woman on a swing. First we'll build the base scene with a sky image and add two city ones to the both sides. After that …

#Photoshop: How to Create a Surreal City Landscape Photo Manipulation

Wynwoods / Miami

On the NW 2nd AVE (west of Miami North) between NW 25 ST and NW 26 ST there is the Wynwood Park. Some walls which were painted by artists with street art. This is not just graffitti, these are works of art, paintings. In addition, there are two halls, in which artists present their street art works and obviously sell them. The entire district seems to be an artist's dweller. There are countless art workshops and galleries. The houses are artistically painted with street art. Even the chemical containers of a concrete factory, at least I think that they produce cement, are painted colorful. Not in my guide, but is very worth seeing.


Then on the way to the Metromover station School Board, end of the Omni loop, I passed the Miami City Cemetary. Looks like a cemetery that is no longer used. This is because the 9,000 grave sites are full. William and Mary Brickell sold this property landmarked as Wasted Land for 750 USD to the City of Miami. Julia Tuttle is buried there, she died in 1898. I discovered the grave when walking through the cemetery.

In the afternoon I went to the bayfront in an Argentine steak restaurant with All You Can Eat. Two Budweiser Seidel beers were included. That was ok on in the cool restaurant, the hammer hit me when leaving and going out in 35C.


An der NW 2nd AVE (westlich der Miami North) zwischen NW 25 ST und NW 26 ST befindet sich der Wynwood Park. Eine Reihe von Wänden in einem Arrreal wurden von Künstlern mit Streetart gestaltet. Das ist nicht bloß Graffitti, das sind Kunstwerke, Gemälde. Außerdem gibt es zwei Hallen, in deen Künstler ihre Streetart-Werke präsentieren und offensichtlich auch verkaufen. Das ganze Viertel scheint ein Künstlerviertel zu sein. Es gibt unzählige Kunstshops und Galerien. Die Häuser sind mit Streetart künstlerisch gestaltet. Selbst die Chemikalienbehälter eines Betonwerks, zumindest denke ich, dass die da Zement herstellen, sind bunt angemalt. Steht nicht in meinem Reiseführer, ist aber sehr sehenswert.






Danach bin ich am Weg zur Metromoverstation School Board, Ende der Omni Loop, am Miami City Cemetary vorbeigekommen. Sieht aus wie ein Friedhof, der nicht mehr genutzt wird. Das liegt daran, dass die 9000 Grabstellen voll ausgenutzt sind. William and Mary Brickell haben dieses als Wasted Land bezeichnete Grundstück 1897 um 750 Dollar an die Stadt Miami verkauft. Julia Tuttle ist dort begraben, sie starb 1898. Das Grab habe ich zufällig beim Durchwandern des Friedhofs entdeckt.





Am Nachmittag bin ich wie an die bayfront gegangen und zwar in ein argentinisches Steak-Restaurant mit All You Can Eat. Zwei Budweiser Seidel Bier waren inkludiert. Das ging gerade noch im kühlen Restaurant. Der Hammer kam erst beim halbtrunkenen Hinausgehen in 35C.

No Comment #punchline #satire #pointe

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#Musicproduction: Full Bucket Music updates free Mono/Fury to v2.0.0 for Windows #freedownload

Strange. I have the original Korg MonoPoly at home, the old analog hardware.
ViennaCC

The Mono/Fury is a VST™2.4 software synthesizer plug-in for Microsoft Windows® (both 32 and 64 bit) emulating the classic KORG Mono/Poly® analog synthesizer of the early 1980's. It is written in native C++ code for high performance even on "lighter" systems.

#Musicproduction: Full Bucket Music updates free Mono/Fury to v2.0.0 for Windows #freedownload

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

#Photography: Move Your Feet to Change Your Photography Perspective

Perspectivedoesn’t change the same way when you zoom your lens versus when you move your feet (zoom with your feet). Understanding this difference can help you overcome challenges when you’re out i…

#Photography: Move Your Feet to Change Your Photography Perspective


Rainy days in Miami

2017-07-31 - 2017-08-01
Morning sunshine, in the afternoon rain. So wlking in Downtown. A little photographed at Bayfront Park and bought food for an afternoon in the hotel.

2017-07-31 - 2017-08-01
Vormittags Sonnenschein, nachmittags Regen. Also in Miami Downtown spaziert. Ein wenig fotografiert im Bayfront Park und Essen gekauft für den Nachmittg im Hotel.

Bob Dylan #punchline #satire #pointe

That Bob Dylan said in his Nobel Prize speech, he does worry the meaning of his lyrics, gives me courage.
Dass Bob Dylan in seiner Nobelpreis-Rede gesagt hat, er zerbricht sich nicht den Kopf über die Bedeutung seiner Texte, gibt mir Mut.

#Photography: Music Festival Photography Tips & Preparation

Shooting a music festival can be a chaotic experience, especially if you’re not prepared. You need the right gear, the right planning, and above all, permission to even step into the arena. In this…

#Photography: Music Festival Photography Tips & Preparation