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John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

The Best Animated Music Videos Internationally 2018

By John Thatch / June 16, 2018

In today’s digital age, a music video is often as important as the song itself. Budgets are huge, and the results are as cinematic as any film in your local movie theatre. But, music videos have been around for a very long time, so it’s growing increasingly difficult to be original. Animation might be the answer […]

28 Tips for New Photographers

By John Thatch / June 12, 2018

Photography is an incredibly enjoyable hobby that can be super fun and rewarding. But, it’s also a difficult art to master, and it will likely take years to create the type of images that will truly satisfy your creative vision. When you’re first starting out, you’ll need to learn technical skills and to develop your […]

How to Shoot in Low Light

By John Thatch / June 12, 2018

Photography is all about light, and the general rule is the lower the light the harder the shot. But, it’s so worth the effort when the outcome can be spectacular images full of drama and emotion. Whether you’re shooting a beautiful sunset, the northern lights, or a vibrant city scene, you’ll need to understand the […]

The 3 Best Slide Scanners 2018

By John Thatch / June 11, 2018

We’ve previously written an article on our favorite scanners, but this post is specifically for scanning slides. Whether you’re a photographer that prefers to shoot on analogue 35mm cameras, or you have old negatives that you want to digitalize, a scanner of this type is a can’t-live-without piece of kit for backing up, printing and […]

How to get animation internships (2018)

By John Thatch / June 9, 2018

When it comes to starting a career in the field of visual arts, a degree is important, but it certainly isn’t everything. If you’re an animator, bagging an internship at a top production studio is key to landing that first job and getting your career moving. Here’s our guide on how to beat out the competition […]

The 10 Best Instagram Alternatives

By John Thatch / May 23, 2018

Almost everyone in the world with a smartphone knows what Instagram is, and with close to 1 billion users it is undoubtedly the most popular photo editing and sharing app available today.But, just because it’s the biggest, it’s not necessarily the best for your specific needs. Maybe you’re a professional or serious hobbyist wanting to […]

The Best Drawing & Illustration Software 2018

By John Thatch / May 14, 2018

What is the best drawing software? There are over 40+ different software solutions for drawing or doing illustrative work. Depending on who you ask you’ll get a different answer to what is best.  Your choice depends on cost, style of drawing and willingness to put up with problems. In this article I’ve included a few […]

Essential Camera Lenses 2018

By John Thatch / May 7, 2018

If you’re new to photography and you’re starting to add gear to your kit, one of the things you might be wondering is which lenses to invest in first. There are an endless amount of options on the market, and each one promises to do something special and unique. But, do you really need to […]

The 9 Best Drawing Tablets 2018

By John Thatch / April 27, 2018

There are no clear cut absolute best drawing tablets. Because most artists don’t need every functionality.​Our friend Gabrielle, who made this digital painting “Red”, loves her Intuos Draw and clearly you don’t need to spend 2000 dollars to make great art. ​All you need is passion for the craft!But…”Red” – Gabrielle GermanoYou still want a device. […]

The Best Video Editing Software 2018

By John Thatch / April 25, 2018

The digital revolution has changed film and video for the better.  Saving costs on developing film is one thing, not to mention having access to higher quality cameras, drones, and free video lessons on how to make professional videos.But digital editing helped users surpass the biggest access hurdles. The ability to shift around clips, add […]

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