nabeel

nabeel:

I was sitting at The Creamery coffee shop a couple months ago with a friend, who without much segueway started raving about a local company called The Juice Shop. “Have you tried their A+ Deep Green juice? Life changing!” I was of course open to try it but their nearest location was in Cow Hollow,…

Fairly certain I am going to use this a lot. I mean, they deliver from Hill Country and Cafe Grumpy!

charlesforman
charlesforman:


Hey… wanna read my movie treatment?
No, Seriously.





The first step to writing is turning the computer on.




I have written a treatment that I could use your feedback on! If you’d like to read it, please email me: charles@setpixel.com
When I first got serious about making a movie, I did what anyone making a movie would do, I Googled: “How to make a movie.” The first thing I learned is that it all starts with a script, and before that, a treatment. If you don’t have a good story, you won’t make a good script, and it will result in movie only as compelling as a Hollywood blockbuster. Wow. Such deep. Many thought provoking. I was about to be learning a lot.

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charlesforman:

The first step to writing is turning the computer on.

I have written a treatment that I could use your feedback on! If you’d like to read it, please email me: charles@setpixel.com

When I first got serious about making a movie, I did what anyone making a movie would do, I Googled: “How to make a movie.” The first thing I learned is that it all starts with a script, and before that, a treatment. If you don’t have a good story, you won’t make a good script, and it will result in movie only as compelling as a Hollywood blockbuster. Wow. Such deep. Many thought provoking. I was about to be learning a lot.

Read More

plfe
plfe:


Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers
Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year










'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!
GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots
From Dan:Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.
Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android
From Jacob:There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!
DIY Wood Print
From Joe:The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.
Bigshot DIY Camera
From Nate:The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!
A fixed length portrait lens
From Keith:Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.
Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit
From Amy:I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.
Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper
From Drew:Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.


Better late than never!

plfe:

Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers

Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year

'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!

GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots

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From Dan:
Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.

Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android

image

From Jacob:
There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!

DIY Wood Print

image

From Joe:
The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.

Bigshot DIY Camera

image

From Nate:
The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!

A fixed length portrait lens

image

From Keith:
Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.

Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit

image

From Amy:
I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.

Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper

image

From Drew:
Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.

Better late than never!

When Nelson Mandela died, my mind immediately went to the first time I had heard of such an amazing man. It was the late 80s. My big brother, a Paul Simon fan, and been given the Graceland: The African Concert VHS as a gift, and would play it frequently. The concert seemed magical. Most of the songs were from Graceland, but mixed in there were a bunch of cool African artists — mostly South African — like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba.

Then, there was Bring Him Back Home. This song was different, because it wasn’t just music: It was a message, a plea. It was, for me, perhaps the most powerful use of music I had heard at less than 10 years old.

So, when Mandela died, not having much more significant to contribute, I found an old DVD copy of this amazing concert and have shared it with my brother (and dad, who gave us both the gift of music).

Now, I’m sharing this song with you.

plfe
plfe:


A safe-haven for Everpix customers
Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.








Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.
Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.
Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.
Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.
Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.
To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .
If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.
Nate

plfe:

A safe-haven for Everpix customers

Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.

Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.

Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.

Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.

Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.

Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.

To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .

If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.

Nate