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Photographing and compositing models

  This July the Fort Collins Digital Camera Club had its annual portraiture shoot. I’m not a portrait photographer, nor do I have the equipment, but I have a good friend in the club that shares his setup, which helps. While he’s shooting with a D810 Nikon, I’m still shooting with a D200, so there’s no way I can compete in quality of images. Still, the D200 is plenty good enough for the Internet. Above is a Vogue mockup, just […]

I Walter

Some designs are more of a challenge than you can ever anticipate. I Walter was just my first with author Mike Hartner, who had visions I think of Hollywood productions. Book covers don’t have access to set designs and actors and actresses, or multi-million dollar budgets. But still you do what you can do, and often with a little compromising a compelling cover comes out of the process. Not so with several other attempts on subsequent novels, although Mike was […]

Silent Trek, the Illustrated Version

My first foray into creating illustrations came from creating a trailer for Silent Wave. The process is painstaking. Photo realistic images that are believable are a challenge to produce. Creating scenes that have to be composited because only elements exist can take hours, even if you have all the elements. People are a problem since the people you might envision might be described to look similar to a given actress or actor, and you can’t just grab their image off […]

eBook Covers (part 8)

There are things in Photoshop, like spacecraft, that are a little hard to produce. I’m always curious what tools they use when making movies like Avatar or Prometheus. For the ships to really look real, I’m sure they are engineered with CAD before they even get to programs like Photoshop. In Hope Landing, the spacecraft is actually a mulifacited model with numerous blending modes applied. I must confess, it looks more real than many of the ridiculous models you see […]

Robert J. Sawyer’s Flash Forward, a scientific snafu

To say I don’t buy into time travel, even in the unconscious state of Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward, is an understatement. Do I believe CERN could be responsible for a worldwide blackout? Perhaps that’s possible, and certainly enough of a premise to drive a story. Do I believe that survivors would all visit a destined future in some sort of 21 year time shift, and come back thinking it was a vivid hallucination they couldn’t explain? Sorry, no, […]

Kristen James, a Love Affair with Writing

Facebook seems to be a new force in marketing. Kristen James is banking on it. It’s part of her strategy to get fans to purchase her eBooks. She only just started her Facebook campaign the 1st of March and is already getting positive feedback. Another strategy is giving away eBooks through Amazon in hopes of getting good reviews. It’s the spark all writers hope for that haven’t landed a big publisher. It’s the way Amanda Hocking got her start, and […]

Hollywood’s Influence on Authors

No doubt there are authors that don’t care and never envision their stories on the big screen, and some probably even dread the prospect. It’s just a guess, but I’ll bet most authors dream about who would be good actors and actresses to portray their main characters. Some authors even write with certain actors and actresses in mind, and are probably influenced by some performance in a particular favorite movie. I admit I love movies, and I do hope to […]

Harvesting Terra, a sea of purple

Aliens invade Earth and remove all oxygen breathing life forms from the surface, then disseminate a plant that engulfs the land. In 7 days what took hundreds of millions of years to evolve is for all practical matters gone. The few organisms the aliens missed aren’t likely to start a rebellion, let alone 3 kids that have nothing better to do than kick back and watch the transmogrification of the desert landscape around La Vegas turn to a sea of […]