Experimenting with Cinema 4D

Hi there! I know, it’s been a while… Hopefully I’ll stop being lazy and get more personal projects going!

Today I want to talk about my first contact with Cinema 4D. I finally got my feet wet thanks to this really simple tutorial for absolute beginners. Many thanks to Chris Schmidt from Grey Scale Gorilla for this.

Now these guys (Grey Scale Gorilla) have great stuff that you’ll definitely want for Cinema 4D, and it’s totally worthy following their blog.

This is one of my first experiments with Cinema 4D, a cute lonely alien creature abandoned on Earth:

What I have to say about this software, is that it felt intuitive and simple enough for a noob like me. Great tools and templates that allow immense possibilities for a motion graphic designer. I still have a long long way to go, but I feel I can already create interesting things.

This is a video render of my little blue furry alien:

 

 

Well, it’s a start! But the goal is to get to this level (if I stop being a lazy ass):

 

 

Also done with Cinema 4D! Clearly the possibilities are tremendous, even if it’s not as complete as 3Ds max. You can also check the breakdown of this animation here.

See you soon for more exciting ahm… Stuff!

Testing the iPhone 4S

Well, I finally had some time to test the new iPhone 4S! I find the results astonishing. So here are 2 videos that I’ve made recently, with just some basic image corrections. The depth of field is awesome thanks to the new optics, the stabilizer is not bad at all and a shiny full HD resolution! I feel I can make a pretty nice film anywhere now!

A Walk by the Lake:

Feux de l’Avent 2011:

 

 

I’m pretty happy with this investment, and taking pictures can be great with some cool apps! Here’s a list here.

Andrzej Dragan

Andrzej Dragan is one of the best photographers today, with many awards and nominations. I’m amazed by all his pieces, whether personal, editorial or advertising works. If you don’t know his work yet and you enjoy portrait photography, I strongly recommend visiting his website.

 

 

[UPDATE: 21.oct.2012]

I’ve made a portrait of myself and tried to make it feel close to what this artist does. By doing it, I realized that I can only imagine what it really takes to get such splendid shots! Specially in terms of lighting and composition.

 

Maybe I should let myself grow older, and rather look right into the lens! I’ll try again in a couple of years!

The Planet Effect

So I tried to recreate a planet effect with a panoramic picture. It doesn’t look too bad for a first try, and I sure got the idea. Here’s the result:

By doing this experiment, I’ve quickly realized where I could improve, specially by doing a delicate choice of a proper landscape.

I suggest you do the same, it’s fun! Here’s how:

  • First of all, make a 360 degrees picture. Take all the photos needed, add them in Photoshop and use the “Photomerge” tool under File > Automate.

More detailed info can be found on this website, and the following 4 magic steps:

  1. Open Pano in Photoshop
  2. Image –> Image Size | Now change the width to the same as the height. It will mush your photo into one square box. Be sure to uncheck the constraint box.
  3. Image –> Rotate Canvas –> 180 degrees.
  4. Filter –> Distort –> Polar Coordinates | Press Enter. Nothing to adjust.

And of course, this same principle can be applied on video. Here’s a great example:

Photo – Montreux

I love this city, there’s definitely something magic about it… Shot with a Canon EOS 7D and obviously treated in Photoshop to get the look I wanted. Did a time lapse as well, I’m thinking about doing a short film eventually.
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Photo – Château de Gruyères

Photo taken with a Lumix GH1 of the Château de Gruyères (Swtizerland). Used several expositions to better understand the HDR process and did some additional treatments in Photoshop. It was a good exercise. Hope to do some more soon.

High Dynamic Range

HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) was originally used in 3D and is now frequently used in photography. It’s a process that merges several photos with different exposures, to capture a larger range of tones that the camera can’t capture in a single photo.


There are many photo examples found on the web if you simply type “HDR” on Google’s images search engine. Tutorials on this subject are numerous and you can see a great one here, that explains the concept, how to do it (with Photoshop for example) and with many beautiful photos as well. It’s quite simple if you have this software: Photomatix Pro.

Of course, some people are trying their best to apply this on video. The best example I found on Youtube: