Adobe thinks that drawing is an integral part of creativity, and has created ” Project Mighty and Napoleon ” to take the way we draw and create to new heights! Putting the focus on the tools that currently exist, and filling in the gaps of what was missing Adobe has in turn made a device, or rather a pair of devices that will likely become as quintessential to many creatives processes as pigments and protractors!
Imagine working in an environment where not only a stylus pen, a pressure sensitive one at that, would be your connection to the device but your fingers as well. Draw with the pen.. erase with your finger. Gestures.. yes of course there are gestures.. and yes.. you can use yoru fingers with most pen applications, but Adobe seems to make it happen in a way that just seems very natural. And it doesn’t stop at just a pen…they’ve created a physical digital ruler of sorts that interacts with the device and the pen, and it seems very natural. And reportedly the two are incredibly comfortable to use. And according to my eyes.. they are easy to look at! Have a look for yourself:
Now imagine being able to copy from one device to another. Sketch on one device, and simply copy and paste it to another. The pen is unique to your identity. Storing yoru designs in the cloud, and allowing you access to them on any device. And it doesn’t stop there. Colors are accessed via Kuler, so entire pallets seem to magically travel with you as well. A brush stroke of your creative DNA…available wherever you call upon it.
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Adobe is calling this a simple scratching of the surface. (A pressure sensitive scratch no doubt!?) Their aim is to get people to draw with current technology ( Read: tablets ) in more natural ways. Personally I think they are headed in the right direction.
With the recent release of Wacom’s Intuos Creative Stylus it does seem that the market is ready for these devices…what Adobe is doing differently from Wacom is implementing their Cloud service to make your work travel with you, hence making the pen like a loaded brush that simply needs a canvas… any canvas. And that appeals to me. As does the implementation of Kuler. As does the much more fine tipped pen on Adobes offering of a pressure sensitive pen!
How Wacom will respond to Mighty and Napoleon will remain to be seen….and will be seen in the coming months. Adobe is set to introduce these new tools to teh creative market sometime in 2014. They’re also releasing two apps to go along with its release. The apps are named Contour and Parallel. Contour is a draft-sketching application, and Parallel s an iPhone app that allows you take photos using your cellphones camera and convert them into vector shapes. ( This could be rather excellent for interior designers, and architects…though the uses will most likely be far more broad in their coverage) Both apps will work seamlessly with one another.
Ill leave you with two things..
1) A video from Engadget showcasing the Contour App
2) A question… what do you think you would like to see this technology include…what do you feel its lacking?
Drop a comment below…I’d love to hear your thoughts.
NY1 News anchor and correspondent Mara Montalbano ended an era today. Today is her very last day at the station. After nearly nine years reporting the news of New York Mara is moving on! Mara is a client and a friend, and I’m honored that she’s hired me to make images of her in the past, and even more so that she told me the images I made of her depict her personality. It’s a great compliment coming from someone who spends their life in front of a lens.. and whose had many people make point cameras at her!
When Mara reached out to me for photos, her schedule at NY1 was rather hectic, and we decided the simplest way to afford us more than a handful of minutes together was for me to bring some gear over to NY1′s office in Chelsea Piers. (Which is an amazing hub for so many productions in NY from television to still photography production. You have Milk Studios under the same roof as The Food Network, and NY1 News…as well as sports activities, and shopping. The place is like a city within a city!) I was able to set up in a lounge-cafeteria area a few short steps from Mara’s desk. This would allow for her to pop in soon as we were ready, and get right back to work as soon as we had what we needed. I worked with a mixture of daylight coming from a wonderful east facing window that was filtering in some soft overcast late day sunlight, and a 6′ parabolic umbrella that we fed some strobe photons to act as a frontal fill. ( Basically the sun was coming from Mara’s left (Camera right) and the strobe was firing over my shoulders and into Mara’s moneymaker( aka…her face! I kid…I kid.. her charm, wit and excellent command of the English language are easily on par with her camera ready good looks! And equally responsible for bringing home z’ bacon! Hashtag #bacon ! Mmmm bacon!) it made for a very simple setup!)
Mara did her own hair and makeup, I kept an eye out for her.. essentially acting as a stylist… keeping on the lookout for anything that would come out-of-place during the shoot and stopping so Mara could make adjustments. If I recall correctly, we did this maybe twice. And that was pretty much it. I tested the light with an assistant in place before we brought Mara to her mark to light it up with her smile…and when I tell you, as beautiful as the light is in this scene.. soft and forgiving and well balanced….and as nice as it looked on my assistant, there was something magical that happened when Mara took her mark. It made it very clear why she has made a career out of being on camera in front of millions of viewers every single day!
Miss. Montalbano, thanks for making my job easy, for all the years of great reportage.. and I wish you a wonderful future filled with as much adventure and as many stories as the last 9 years have brought!! Cheers!
My latest photoshoot was a conceptualized image of Guns n Roses guitarist Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot, and while leafing through the tons of GoPro camera footage and processing the amazing amount of images Ron was awesome enough to give a killer performance for, ( He delivered frame after frame…_and there were LOTS of frames!)…I found this really awesome lil section that shows just how on point my assistants were. Without their support I could never pull off such a shoot. My First Assistant Brian McDonald (who is a photographer in his own right),strapped one of the 5 cameras we had rolling throughout the day to his chest, for a “in the action point” of view.
At one point.. Id worked up a massive thirst.. and I asked.. can I please have something to drink..Brian not only grabbed me a soda.. but when I was completely engrossed in a conversation about how the shoot was developing in Phase One Capture One, with Digital Tech/2nd Assistant David Teng (Also a great photographer!) Brian…knowing how thirsty I was simply opened the soda for me and handed it to me in a manner that let me keep on discussing the images with David. Ron is an incredibly busy and in demand musician, (It literally took 3 years to just to coordinate a day where we could make this shoot happen, and it wasn’t for lack of trying or wanting to on either of our parts!)…so literally every single moment in studio with him needed to be utilized to the fullest potential and by allowing me to remain completely in the moment and focused on what I’m doing helps. The pace of the shoot was laid back for the most part, A very comfortable set.. .to say the least. But when it came time to orchestrating lighting, rigging and technical aspects.. focus was at a premium. And being able to stay focused on the tasks at hand while someone handled lesser tasks…even ones as simple as opening a soda so my eyes could remain focused on solving a technical question, made for a very smooth productive day.
It made me laugh.. because in the hustle of it all… I had no idea this was really even happening. We all just sort of moved like one machine with the same goal.. burn pixels!….
And in this case … a guitar too! But you’ll have to stay tuned to know what the hell I’m talking about….
Massive thanks to everyone who was on set. You all make it possible for me to do what I do!
And a very big thank you to the fine folks at Parlay Studios, in Jersey City, New Jersey, for providing what is hands down THE most accommodating professional bunch of people combined under one magnificently large ( and high ) ceiling…making for a studio experience unlike any other. You guys rock!
More to come! Stay tuned.
P.S. At home no one opens my sodas for me…no matter how busy I pretend to be! Ha!
Hope you enjoy the video.