The Oysterhouse Boys – a synthwave side project

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I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember, mostly guitar but also piano, drums, bass, violin (badly) and various other instruments a little. You may know I also build custom guitars, which is as much about getting away from a computer and using my hands, as anything else. Recently I started a new side project combining a few of my passions and this has turned into something more serious, so thought I’d talk about it here. The Oysterhouse boys is a music project that I have been working on for a few moths. It’s essentially a dark…

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BMPCC 6k, other goodies and more tutorials

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  Hi all,   thought it was time for an update. This year has been quite the busy one for me, what with doing a bunch of client CG, editing 3D World magazine and taking on 3D Artist as well. I’ve travelled a load too, both presenting and attending everything from FMX and THU to Siggraph and I’m still not done. I have a week off next week, then straight on to Turin for View conference (what a show that should be. The line up is amazing; Brad Bird and Michael Giaccino!) That said, I am currently in the process…

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Top 5 accessories to get the most out of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera 4k

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Hi all, if you are thinking about getting BlackMagic Design’s pocket cinema camera 4k, or you already have one, then this video might help. I share my thoughts on the top 5 accessories that will help you be a more efficient shooter who is able to get better footage. Although some of this is subjective and there are many other options out there I think the items I list work well and strike a good balance between quality and cost. The BMPCC4k is a great camera, with wonderful IQ but really benefits from a few simple add ons. For general…

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Top 10 things to see at View Conference

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  View Conference, in Turin Italy, has a reputation for bringing some incredible speakers together, with annual programmes that are impressive to say the least. 2018 is the best yet and anybody travelling to the conference on the 22nd October is due for a real treat. The program is full of inspirational talks and workshops, from world class speakers, so how do you choose which parts of the event are best for you? Don’t worry, I’ve chosen the 10 highlights for anybody interested in visual effects and 3D, so read on to discover my top ten!   1. Keynote from…

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What’s with the photos?

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Hi all, recently I’ve posted a few seemingly random images on instagram and twitter and I’ve had a bunch of emails from people asking if I’ve moved away from 3D. I thought I would give a brief rundown of my history so you understand more of what I’m about. So, I started out as a photographer, back in the 90s. I’d studied photography, art and film at college but spent much time in the dark room (yes, this was pre digital) and fell in love with the process, not just the shooting but the the post processing. ┬áSo much so…

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ProMats Vol 1 is here!

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  Hi all, I’m really excited to announce the launch of Volume 1, from my series of hires textures for CG artists ( a selection of which you see above). This is the first of many and includes an assortment of textures for use in many scenarios, from Archviz work to motion graphics. Each material is completely image based, using hires photography and included are maps for all kinds of effects, from standard diffuse and specular, to normal maps and displacement. Using the pack you can create some beautiful, photorealistic materials, from old vintage brickwork, to bamboo flooring and so…

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Tutorial | The parallax effect with photoshop

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I was recently asked if it was possible to add some depth to a photo, using only photoshop and here's the answer. Of course you can use Fusion or After Effects but for a quick efficient result Photoshop does the job and handles a lot of the tedium for you. If you have any questions leave a comment or head over to my patreon page: www.patreon.com/pariahstudios https://youtu.be/ytf7oqc-1uY
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Radeon ProRender with Maya tutorial

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Hello all and happy new year. Hope you are all rested and recovering from the festivities. Things are hotting up here already but for now I just wanted to share this tutorial I created for Digital Arts, all about using Radeon ProRender inside maya. It’s a great renderer, with a lovely material library and works a treat. Follow the link to read the tutorial and don’t forget ProRender is free, so grab it and give it a try. I had a lot of fun writing it and it was also a great reason to bring back MilgBot.

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