Relearning Adobe Premiere Pro

I’ve recently subscribed to the entire Adobe Creative Suite and have been brushing up on my video editing skills with Premiere Pro (which I used to teach many years ago). I’ve already started doing some freelance work by editing some videos for my friend Kevin Lamping‘s “WebdriverIO Web App Testing” course (coming soon to a computer near you). It feels great to be doing some multimedia work again! I forgot how much I enjoy putting all of this together.

Fun with Geometry

I’ve been having fun with geometry tonight. I’ve learned how to draw five different “platonic solids” from the Flower of Life (the circle pattern in the background). I made this set in Photoshop, but the originals were done by hand using a compass and ruler. If I had to do it over again, I’d opt for Adobe Illustrator.

Five Platonic solids: hexahedron, tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron

Follow Me on Goodreads

As a dyslexic, reading has always been a bit of a challenge. On a positive note, it also makes me a good editor because I’m a very methodical reader. I haven’t read a lot of books for pleasure over the years, but I have enjoyed some. I especially like well-written books about science fiction, time travel, and futurism.

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Technical Editor for Web App Testing Guidebook

My good friend, and former rising star co-worker, Kevin Lamping, has just finished writing a new book on web app testing. For some odd reason he trusted me to be Technical Editor on the book! I managed to muddle my way through the complex code samples and offer some suggestions, in spite of my lack of expertise on the subject.

Web App Testing with WebdriverIO Book Cover

He even trusted me with the design of the book cover! Some of you might recognize the background photo I used from a nearby Addison artwork. He’s really put in a lot of work on this creation and it’s now available for purchase from Leanpub in a variety of e-book formats. Name your price and grab a copy today!

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Guitar: David Bowie – Starman

I’ve been trying to learn this song for quite a while. This isn’t a great recording, but it’s a good demonstration of my progress so far. If you haven’t figured it out already, these are just impromptu recordings using the Voice Memos app on my iPhone. Like a lot of David Bowie songs, this one is a lot of fun to play because it has a lot of fast-changing chord shapes. I definitely need to practice with a metronome more in order to smooth out the pacing.

Floating Virtual Singers

I saw a creative video animation today and decided to recreate it in DaVinci Resolve. This is the final result using stock video footage and music. It’s pretty close, but I need to figure out how to add drop shadows (or a dark outer glow) to the floating videos. This could be used for one of those virtual choir videos where all of the beautiful singers go floating along in an interesting pattern. The stock video footage is courtesy of Pexels and the music track is “Escape” by Eveningland from the YouTube Audio Library.

Learning DaVinci Resolve

I’ve been learning more video editing skills with DaVinci Resolve. Tonight’s fun experiment involves grids, overlays, and transitions using a handful of stock video footage. The stock video footage is courtesy of Pexels and the music track is “Stranger Danger” by Francis Preve from the YouTube Audio Library.

Social Share Images for Websites

I’ve been having fun designing some “social share” images for websites that I’ve recently worked on. You don’t normally see these images until someone shares a link to the website in one of their posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. It’s always a nice surprise when they pop up on my Facebook timeline.

Abstract Twirl Photos

I’ve been seeing various abstract distorted photos on social media lately. I decided to give it a try. They start out as regular photographs. Then several Photoshop filters are applied and they end up looking like colorful, abstract paintings.