Monthly Archives: November 2010

Have Your Work Reviewed by Top Pros


Just when you thought your liberal arts education wasn’t really too useful in the real world, along comes a service that counts on your knowledge of Greek to figure out what they offer.

That’s right: 

Syn•esi (s?n•?s?)

n. Wisdom < Greek origin >

Photo Synesi (f?•t? s?n•?s?)

n. Photography wisdom. A community of photographers: sharing experiences : building knowledge.

So exactly what is Photo Synesi? It’s a group of professional photographers who are willing to share their expertise and review your work….for a very fair and reasonable fee.

Finally, you don’t have to risk getting your head bitten off by a grizzled old pro when you ask for some free feedback (hey, you lookin’ at me?)….you go to this site, check out the stable of reviewers, their backgrounds, their expertise and choose a reviewer.

Then you can chose the level and intensity of the review—-a quick once over (cheap), or one of the more in depth options (slightly more expensive).  And voila!

You get input from someone in the same branch of professional photography you may be aspiring to. Compared to expensive portfolio reviews offered at some photo shows and conferences, these are a bargain. And the board of reviewers has a very wide range of experience, from art photography, to photojournalism, to multimedia.

And not to worry, you’ll get your reviews in plain English, not ancient Greek!

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Halloween Fun with the new iMovie 11

screen_shot_2010_11_03_at_73350_pm.pngWe’re having some technical issues with embedded videos, so CLICK HERE to see the short movie trailer I’m talking about below!

Apple just announced the iLife 11 suite of software a couple of days before Halloween and I jumped on the upgrade right away because so far, iMovie is the only NLE (non linear editor) that I can understand. But iMovie 09 lacked a couple of things (like a timeline) that I really need. So I went for the upgrade right away.

I’ll probably never open iWeb, and I could care less about iPhoto. But GarageBand and iMovie are right down my multimedia alley.

Among the new features of iMovie 11 is the “movie trailer” feature which is a pre-cut template for a Hollywood movie trailer. You drop your clips in and iMovie does the rest.

It’s sure to be a feature we’ll all be sick of seeing soon, but for the time being, it’s cute and fun, and it saved me from actually trying to edit a story from the wackiness that goes on in my town on Halloween.

But iMovie11 also has a semi-timeline setup that greatly increases your ability to deal with audio, it has an anti-rolling shutter filter (the downfall of CMOS sensor cameras, like DSLRs, is the tendency for a moving camera to produce “jello-ey” shake effects) that even video guru Philip Bloom (he’s the video world’s answer to Chase Jarvis) admires. 

It has several one touch effects like freeze frame, and slow and fast motion, some new themes, and even a function that can find people by face recognition (Hello? Big Brother calling!).

All in all, it’s a pretty functional and easy to use program for an aging still guy trying to go all non-linear.  Check it out…if I can use it, anybody can.

Tech notes on the video…just the late, lamented Sanyo Xacti HD 2000 pocket video cam with a LitePanels MicroPro LED light and a little Sennheiser MKE 400 baby shotgun mic….not that I needed any natural sound, what with my readily available Hollywood soundtrack courtesy of iMovie 11!

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