Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 CandyNJuice Retrospective

- CandyNJuice 2015 Retrospective on YouTube -
The annual CandyNJuice Retrospective is a good way to look back on personal creative growth over the course of 12 months. Last year the retrospective was a series of collages but I thought it better if the envelope gets pushed as each year passes. It makes sense considering the upgrades in hardware, software and creative technique made as the year progressed. I'm happy to share this video with it all said and done for 2015. I took out my Fantom G6 to write the song for this as well as to work on some other projects and it was like seeing an old, dear friend. The ending of the song in the video would be a great musical representation of how much I love using Roland gear. Even with the steep learning curves ha!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bruce Lee Undercover *WIP - ArtRage - Surface Pro 3

12-22-2015 With the arrival of Street Fighter V on Steam, it caused a lot of conversation on various message boards. As I mentioned in a previous post, it made me ask the question "What if Chun Li was actually Bruce Lee in drag going undercover to infiltrate Shadowloo?" It could be Enter the (Pink) Dragon II!
Chun Li is always illustrated with a ridiculous body that I've never been a fan of and I've never liked her character or fighting style in the Street Fighter series. So I started sketching this idea. I've been able to work on it a bit more recently, hopefully it will be done before the end of the year (Nope, didn't happen). I also started pushing custom tools a bit more in ArtRage. It's really easy to come up with custom sets when the need arises. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hate Subscription Based Software? So Do I. Anti-Adobe Creative Suite starting with Photo Director 7 on Surface Pro 3

"Great Landing" 1/1250 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 60 ProShot Camera - Nexus 6P 
I saw that Cyberlink has a sale on their creative apps for the holidays. I'm familiar with their Android version of Power Director which has potential but a couple of hangups kept it from greatness. I tried out Photo Director for Windows 10 (Mobile version) and liked it for its ease of use. But after taking a few moments to think on it, I came to the conclusion that supporting mobile apps when I have a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10 is stupid. Why am I not using the full versions that my device was built to run? So I checked out Cyberlink's website and saw the sale. I decided to buy Power Director 14 Ultra (which comes with Audio Director 6) and Photo Director 7 Ultimate (which comes with Color Director and YouCam).

 The photos in this collection were all shot using a Nexus 6P (manual settings with the ProShot camera app) but were processed using Photo Director 7 on a Surface Pro 3. Of course, if Adobe actually sold their software as opposed to renting it, I would have bought PhotoShop CC and Indesign CC outright. But renting software through a subscription is one of the biggest rip offs of the last decade. Thanks to the Creative Cloud, I'm finding some great alternatives to throw money at. Thanks Adobe, I never knew how much I didn't need you until now. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Heroes!* Update - Sketchbook Pro 7 - Surface Pro 3

Work in Progress! 12/11/2015 I'm still working through this piece between photography projects. I decided to go back to an old classic comicbook style of shadowing and details. Sketchbook Pro works really well for this because of the way it handles virtual pencils. The higher the resolution the better and I believe this is a custom canvas I made at 2560x1600. The difference between the gray lines and the black lines weren't a change in tools or settings for the pencil but simply a difference in pressure applied. 256 levels of sensitivity may not be as impressive as the 1024 in the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 4, but it can still work really well. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Photos, Time Lapse Photography and 120 FPS slow motion testing/Nexus 6p

Serene Morning_ProShot Camera - 1/4000 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 60 - Although today's focus was time lapse photography with a bit of 120FPS slow motion, I found a few things to still photograph that caught my eye. I went for wider angles and a few vertical shots for some variety, which I almost never shoot. The clouds didn't work with me today, I wasn't able to capture my original idea for time lapse so I stuck with the tried and true bike path (I love that place) to catch the sun set. Ironically, it was overcast between 4 - 4:30 P.M. but as the sun broke through the clouds between 4:45 - 5  P.M. it made the sudden cast and reflection of sunlight look like day break.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Using Pro Shot Camera app (because Camera FV-5 is a hot mess) with Manual Camera and Marshmallow Camera/Nexus 6P

Bike Path (because I love that stretch of Philly) 1/5000 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 60/Marshmallow Camera app. Camera FV-5 updated with a number of bug fixes, improvements and a work around for the bust exposure compensation in Android 6.0's Camera API. Well, the bug fixes didn't fix anything, the improvements didn't work and exposure compensation is still MIA (to be fair, I didn't expect a solution to exposure compensation). To make it worst, Camera FV-5 has a glitch where it won't focus leaving the app unresponsive. Total fail. So Camera FV-5 is out, Pro Shot is in. Yesterday the app performed beautifully, once I learn a couple of things in the unconventional UI. I also recorded time lapse videos using Pro Shot and testing out a new tripod and the quality is fantastic. I want to capture a couple more before I post those though. So...if you're using an Android device to take photos and want a better photo app, DO NOT use Camera FV-5. Do yourself a solid and go with Manual Camera or Pro Camera instead. If Camera FV-5 is updated to actually work properly in the future, I'll revisit it, but as of right now, it's terrible on the Nexus 6P/Android 6.0.