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Picasa Goes Mac Desktop

Posted by buddyscalera on January 6, 2009

Most dedicated Mac users I know tend to use the iLife applications that come with a new Mac. While not particularly glamorous, these apps work well together. Apple’s integration strategy makes the whole suite hard to resist.

But as the Mac market share increases, we see more companies developing new and interesting applications for OSX. Google just released a Mac desktop version of Picasa, which is designed to appeal to iPhoto users.

Based on this video, Picasa for Mac has some interesting features, particularly the ability to sync your online galleries.

I use Picasa to share pictures, so I’m likely to try the new Picasa for Mac. Picasa is functional, but not as good as Flickr for sharing pictures.

But considering the fact that Flickr is owned by Yahoo, it may be time to explore other picture-sharing networks. Yahoo’s future is pretty hazy, and they are likely to get purchased by another media company. That means networks like Flickr could undergo some significant changes.

Picasa may not be perfect, but knowing that it is backed by Google helps me have more confidence that my pictures will survive online. And the step to embrace the Mac platform just makes me plain ol’ happy.

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Flickr & Picasa Your New Photos

Posted by buddyscalera on December 27, 2008

I’ve been posting more pictures these days to photo sharing sites. My two current favorites are Flickr and Picasa.

Picasa (owned by Google) offers some nice sharing features, including the ability to embed your photos inside your blog. It makes it easy to share a gallery…except on WordPress. (Unless I pay for a WordPress upgrade.)

At least I can embed a preview image that links to the Picasa gallery:

Random Photos by Buddy Scalera

Flickr (owned by Yahoo) is also a cool service, but it only allows you to insert a link to your gallery. That’s sort of old school, considering all of the cool things you can do with widgets and code.

Flickr has a really vibrant and engaging social network, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular. I can join groups where I can share my photos and I can track photographers I like.  By comparison, Picasa’s social community is a little weak.

On the other hand, Picasa offers many cool features, including the ability to upload video and embed slideshows. For the same features, Flickr requires you to pay $24.95 to get the premium features, which include basics like the ability create multiple galleries.

If one of these sites offered the right package, I’d certainly be willing to pay. Of course, I want to pay according to my needs. So, I’d pay $12 a year for upgraded consumer services on Flickr. And if I wanted pro-level services, I’d be willing to pony up $24.95. With only two choices (free or $24.95), I’m sticking with free.

On the Picasa side, I’d like to see Google do a better job of integrating their other services. I already use many Google services, so I’d pay extra to have them synchronized. Again, give me some pricing thresholds, and I’ll choose the one that makes the most sense.

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THIRD PHOTO REFERENCE BOOK ON SHELVES HALLOWEEN

Posted by buddyscalera on October 22, 2008

BUDDY SCALERA’S THIRD PHOTO REFERENCE BOOK ON SHELVES HALLOWEEN
Author Publishes Three Pose File Books in Three Years

PARAMUS, NJ – The third book in the “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference” trilogy by photographer Buddy Scalera will appear in national book chains and comic stores nationwide on Halloween.

Men & Boys

Comic Artist

The 144-page “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Men & Boys” features 1,000+ photos of actors in superhero poses, shot specifically for the needs of illustrators. The book is part of Scalera’s three-part series which started with “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses” (May, 2006) and then “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women & Girls” (May 2008).

Each of the books in the series includes in-depth art lessons by respected comic book professionals, including David Hahn (Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four), Rafael Kayanan (Conan, Star Wars, Firestorm, Batman), Mike Lilly (Vampirella, Nightwing), Mark Smylie (Artesia), and Rodolfo Migliari (Green Lantern, Elektra, Kiss). Preview photos on http://www.buddyscalera.com.

Males of different ages and body types are featured in superheroic poses to help professional and aspiring artists draw accurate anatomy in their comic books, storyboards, videogames, manga, and more.

The 144-page softcover book and CD-ROM package retails for $24.95 in Barnes & Nobles, Borders, (ISBN-978-1-60061-004-2), comic stores, Bud Plant Comic Art, and Amazon.

“Artist’s can use these reference books to draw better foreshortening, shadows, clothes, and action poses,” explains author Scalera. “Many professional artists utilize photo reference to create superhero comics.”

Scalera is the creator of another photo reference resource, a three-volume CD-ROM collection of pictures titled “Visual Reference for Comic Artists” Vol. 1-3. He is also a superhero comic book writer with credits writing for Marvel Comics including Deadpool, Agent X, and X-Men Millennial Visions. Most recently he wrote the critically acclaimed mini series “7 Days to Fame” published by After Hours Press.

For more information and preview photos, visit: http://www.buddyscalera.com

INTERIOR PHOTOS:
http://www.buddyscalera.com/comic_artists_photo_reference_3/index.htm

COVER ART by Rodolfo Migliari:

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My new book “Women & Girls” now available

Posted by buddyscalera on May 31, 2008

Women & Girls My new book Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women & Girls” is now available in stores.

If you’re planning to be at the Wizard World Philadelphia convention this weekend, I will be there with copies of the book on Saturday. I’ll be sitting at the After Hours Press booth.

Thanks for your support of my first book and my CD-ROMs. Without you, I couldn’t have made this latest book, which I think is my best effort to date.

Sincerely, thank you.

Buddy

Below is a press release that’s started to pop up on some of the comic book news sites.

“COMIC ARTIST’S PHOTO REFERENCE: WOMEN & GIRLS” TO DEBUT AT WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA
Original Visual Reference CD-ROMs Debuted in Philly in 2002!

PARAMUS, NJ – The second book in Buddy Scalera’s photo reference series debuts at the Wizard World Philadelphia convention, six years after the first photo reference CD-ROMs debuted at the very same convention in 2002.

Book 2″Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women & Girls” is the eagerly awaited follow up to the original best selling pose file book by photographer Buddy Scalera, who is known among artists for his innovative CD-ROM series “Visual Reference for Comic Artists.” The new photo book is published by F+W Publishing’s IMPACT Books imprint.

The new book features 1000+ photos of female actors in superheroic action poses, inspiring artists with accurate anatomy reference. Contributors include Terry Moore, Jamal Igle, Josh Howard, and JG Jones, who painted the stunning female barbarian cover.

Fans who visit the After Hours Press booth in Philadelphia on Saturday May 31 will be able to meet author Buddy Scalera and cover model and actress Pamela Paige.

“Wizard’s Philadelphia convention is the perfect place to debut the new book, since that’s where I launched the very first demo of the photo reference CD-ROMs,” says Scalera. “Fans and artists in Philly have always been very supportive of my photo reference products.”

All of Scalera’s photo reference products will be available at the After Hours Press booth, including “Visual Reference for Comic Artist’s” Vol. 1-3 and “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses.” The books are available on June 2, 2008 at Barnes & Nobles, Borders, Amazon.com, Bud Plant Comic Art, and many fine comic book stores.

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