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Adobe Creative Suite, Master Suite:

This contains a lot of the core programs I use for my graphics work, most notably Photoshop. A majority of the work I've done is more web and digitally focused, though still do some hard-copy and video work from time to time.

 

Filter Forge:

This suite contains a lot of texture and effect plugins that work equally for Photoshop use, as well as with some of the 3D programs I use.

 

CameraBag 2:

This basically allows any content to imitate the appearance of any one of dozens of styles, from photos dating back to the 1940's all the way up to more edgy developments. Definitely good for more artsy type photo projects, or works that may have older photos in the image.

 

Tonality:

This program basically replicates the various kind of black-and-white types of photography commonly found before and during the time of color film. As a small "gee-whiz" bit of information, with digital photography being the norm, now, it's thought of as unwise to shoot in straight B & W, even though most cameras are capable of switching to it, since it can be difficult to colorize a greyscale image, but easy to make a color image a greyscale. This program not only will make a color image B & W, but will quickly give each image the look and feel of a particular type of film or effect that was common in the days of film photography.

 

LensFlare Studio:

This program adds to any image lens flares, artifacts, and lens scratching. This helps in giving any rendered image the last touches toward looking like they were actually taken with a camera.

 

Anamorphic Pro:

This program takes care of blurring effects in my 3D images, producing effects similar to having the aperature wide open on a camera.

 

Aurora HDR 2017:

This program does HDR editing, which is basically a way of trying to eek out every bit of detail in terms of color and tone. Since a camera doesn't produce images as colorfully rich as our eyes do, this program, along with some clever camera work and some Photoshop use, will help produce images closer to what our eyes see.

 

Noiseless CK:

This program takes out a lot of noise that might show up due to how a camera handles what's called ISO. This is also known as film sensitivity, or "speed," back in the good old days of film photography. Traditional film uses a silver based material that reacts to light by crystalizing on the film. Higher speed films had more of this stuff on it, which meant it was more sensitive, made larger crystals, which gave the image a more grainy look. Digital cameras mimic this, and this program helps get rid of a lot of this grain, while preserving a good amount of detail.

 

Starry Sky Stacker and Starry Landscape Stacker:

These two programs do pretty much the same thing, stacking multipule images into a single frame. Stacking images helps bring out details, and has the effect of cancelling out a good bit of noise from high ISO shots. Many of the nightshots where you see the Milky Way in glorious detail are made with image stacking as part of the process.

 

Panorama Stitcher:

This one greatly simplifies the process of making panoramic photos, taking out much of the leg work of having to align, reshape, color correcting and cropping multiple images in Photoshop to produce the final image.

 

Poser:

Another 3D package that I use. This program can be used to make portraits straight out of the box, or can be used to add in making images with other programs. It has been used in some Discovery Channel shows to illustrate how the human body works.

 

Cinema 4D + BodyPaint:

This is my main 3D program. It's a high-end package made by Maxon GmBH that is gaining ground in the professional 3D field. It's robust, relatively inexpensive as far as professional 3D programs, and easy to use. It does well in modeling, texturing, animating, and all the other stuff you'd want a 3D program to do. Many of the graphics on this site, as well as some of the artwork, were done using this package. Notable uses of Cinema 4D include The Polar Express, Beowulf, Doom, and Serenity.

 

Final Cut Pro:

A hefty collection of professional movie editing programs that was used in major films such as 300, The Social Network, True Grit (remake), and Cold Mountain, among others. Though I don't have any movies or clips on here, yet, it remains in my "arsenal" as a potent set of tools for any web and full-on movies.

 

Terragen:

This program does photorealistic landscapes. There are two versions, but the one that it's developers at Planetside Software are currently concentrating on now is called Terragen 2, which is a node based program which sells for anywhere from $299 to $999, depending on what extras you want with it. They do offer free versions for non-commercial use. A notable use of this program was the Discovery Channel show, Draining the Ocean. It has also been used often for making the skyboxes in games such as Jedi Knight: Outcast and Jedi Knight: Academy, the Battlefield series, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

 

Sony SLT-A65V:

A 24 megapixel, crop-frame camera made in 2011. Along with several Minotla A-mount lenses made specifically for a camera of this sort, two flashes, a remote shutter trigger, remote flash triggers, tripod and a multitude of filters for more creative control, it's my primary shooter.

 

Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro:

My main system for my work, as it is, needless to say, portable enough for me to take everywhere and get to work on projects basically anywhere. It's not exactly the most powerfull thing out there, but it's got enough to take care of pretty much everything I do.

 

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