LD + ATIL Mobile Editing Contest

LD + ATIL Mobile Editing Contest

LD + ATIL | Adventure photography using the LD mobile app

We recently joined forces with the photography community Adventure That is Life to host a photo challenge. We were looking to find some of the best outdoor adventure images from the Adventure That Is Life community edited using the free Lens Distortions mobile app. We’re happy to announce the Top 3 winners and show you their beautiful images below.

The images selected were judged based on the images composition, originality, and tasteful use of LD effects.

Judges

Winners selected by ATIL Co-Founder Sam Ciurdar and the Lens Distortions team.

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Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen is a lifestyle and travel photographer living in San Diego. His clients include IBM, Buick, Travel Alberta, Ford, Marriott and country music hall of fame member Paul Brandt.

Introducing Idyllic

Introducing Idyllic

Idyllic | A library of melodic underscores made for life’s best momemnts

Study the larger-than-life parts of your favorite films and you’ll likely find they all have at least one thing in common: melody.

Great filmmakers know the power of backing a scene with even a few simple musical notes to cue blissful emotion.

Introducing Idyllic, a library of melodic underscores made for life’s best moments.

Idyllic

Melodic Underscore Library

Perfectly Simple

Oftentimes subtle instrumentation is just what you need.

The tracks in Idyllic are deliberately simple and are meant to carry your story forward, but in a subtler way than a full-blown score or soundtrack.

With these underscores and the impactful clips in our SFX libraries, great sound design is within reach for all filmmakers.

Highly Versatile

Idyllic contains 20 original melodies, each around 1-2 minutes in length. Each melody is executed in 5 different variations. You could think of these variations as renditions… the same concept performed on different instrumental arrangements, from full to minimal.

Each melody is meant to complement a certain emotion in a scene. Some are introspective and reverent… others are blissful and pure joy.

You can use each variation as a standalone underscore, or layer them to create unique mixes for your wedding films, narrative projects, or commercials.

Overview

 

Tutorial: Getting Started with Idyllic

A step-by-step walkthrough of how to build the underscore from the Idyllic trailer.

20 Original Melodies

We started with 20 original melodies, each designed to evoke a specific feeling in your viewer.

5 Unique Variations

We recorded each melody in 5 different ways. Use variations on their own or combined with others to create your own micro-score.

Professional Grade

Inspiring sound design is now attainable for filmmakers at every level of the game.

The sounds are professionally mastered and compatible with all major editing platforms, including Adobe Premiere and Final Cut X.

Idyllic

Melodic Underscore Library

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$806 $629

Introducing Maven

Introducing Maven

Maven | Stylized glass overlays with vivid color and expression

Lens Distortions has been pioneering glass effects for post-production since our first product launched years ago.

Since then, we’ve introduced Luminary to provide the quintessential, clean and classy take on glass overlays.

For our next product, we wanted to offer something a bit more provocative and stylized… for filmmakers who aren’t afraid to push their visuals.

Enter Maven.

Maven glass overlays are vivid, with alluring color, movement, and texture.

Maven

Stylized Glass Overlays

Vivid Color

One of the first things you’ll notice about Maven effects is their color. The default blue tone is intriguing on its own, but it’s only a starting point.

Try tinting the clips to a complementary or matching color from your shot.

Expressive Movement & Texture

Another thing that sets Maven apart is assertive movement. We wanted the clips to bring some raw energy to a project while still being elegant and confident.

Movement goes hand in hand with texture. The unique textures in Maven could only be created by meticulously capturing real glass elements in-camera.

 

6 Distinct Categories
90 Effects Total

01 Quick

Grab attention and create a sense of urgency with the clips in the Quick folder. These also work great as transition elements between cuts or speed-ramped shots.

02 Bold

Go big with these flashy and full overlays. This category offers some of the most assertive clips in Maven.

03 Textured

While all Maven clips have good texture, these clips offer the most intricate details and nuances. Great for title card backgrounds.

04 Subtle

Short, slower clips that are meant to be dialed back to help accent your shots.

05 Slow

With less aggressive movement, these clips are great for elegantly framing your shot.

06 Lower

With less aggressive movement, these clips are great for elegantly framing your shot.

Overview

Maven

Stylized Glass Overlays

Maven 2K

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Maven 4K

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Rain Effects

Rain Effects

Rain Effects | Dial-in the downpour in your images

There’s a certain depth and emotion rain brings to a scene. But without proper waterproofing, you can’t exactly bring your camera out into a downpour. Even if you manage to grab some shots, they don’t always capture the full power of what you experienced live.

This happened to me just last month in Maui on a client shoot for Saxx swim shorts. We were on a strenuous hike in the Hana rainforest and the moment we arrived to see the prize at the end, a huge waterfall, it started to pour. It was the perfect sort of scene every photographer hopes to stumble upon… the only problem was I couldn’t find any cover.

With the camera and drone still packed up in my waterproof bag, I decided to go for a swim to pass the time. Eventually, things let up enough to take a few shots with the product but I knew I’d have some editing work ahead of me to recreate that original surreal moment.

  • Before-Rain
    After-Rain
    Before Rain After

Editing with rain can be a bit tricky because a little bit goes a long way. For this photo, I primarily added small drops of rain across the whole scene mixed with some linear rain for diversity. An additional layer of rain was added around the waterfall which better accentuated it’s power. Finally, by pulling up the contrast and adding some more softness it helped thin out the raindrops and blend all the effects more naturally.

A few tips to keep in mind:

1) Stick with shots that would naturally have rain present. Make sure your subject, surroundings, and effects all work together to create a cohesive scene (your viewer will feel that something is off if the pavement is dry or the sky is clear).

2) Add the effect first and then edit the colors of the image. This will also help to blend everything more cleanly.

To show you this idea in action, we’ve gathered three samples from community members and photographers Nathan Tecson, Sam Ciurdar, and Jonathan Zoeteman. We also had them share a bit of their process.

Featured Posts

LD + ATIL Mobile Editing Contest

Lens Distortions teamed up with the photography community Adventure That is Life to host a photo challenge. Here are a few of our favorite images edited with the LD mobile app.

Introducing Idyllic

Great filmmakers know the power of even a few musical notes to evoke blissful emotion. Idyllic underscores were made for life’s best moments.

Introducing Maven

For our next video product, we wanted to offer something a bit more provocative and stylized… for filmmakers who aren’t afraid to push their visuals.

“I wanted to capture the emotion of a person feeling overwhelmed in a dark situation. The rain effect added another dimension that expressed the feeling of a person who is facing a large and challenging situation, but is slowly embracing it; The texture of the rain effect brings the viewer so much closer to experiencing that same emotion.”

Nathan Tecson @bringoutthegold

“When we were exploring Vancouver we had some really wet conditions. It was light and mild most of the times, but consistent enough to get you pretty wet. In these images it was hard to see the rain because it was so light, but still wanted to convey that emotion by adding a subtle rain effect from the Lens Distortions free mobile packs. It isn’t too on the nose, but subtle enough to make it look real – and that was the key!”

-Sam Ciurdar @samciurdar

“I used the rain effects combined with a light usage of the fog effects to help emphasize the rainy atmosphere in a more distinctive way. Usually, I’ll begin with a light layer of fog, reduce the opacity a little bit and then add a couple layers of the rain with the first having a lightly reduced opacity and the second having a greatly reduced opacity to give the image some depth. Being able to add a more defined rain effect allows the images to feel more “in the moment”, and allows me to present an image that can be very difficult to capture while the rain is falling heavily.

Jonathan Zoeteman @jonathanzoeteman

Check out Rain for Photoshop, Forecast for Lightroom, or our free mobile app to start experimenting with rain effects.

Remember the best effects are hiding in plain site. Challenge yourself to see how naturally you can blend the effects into your own rainy shots.

Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen is a lifestyle and travel photographer from Texas. His clients include Buick, Travel Alberta, Google, Ford, Marriott and country music hall of fame member Paul Brandt.