Animation is an optical illusion. It is a technique of visualization of motion by the rapid sequence of images of 2D or 3-D artwork or model position in order to create an illusion of movement. Each sequence of image contains a little change. It involves the appearance of motion caused by displaying still images one by one. By rapid viewing of the images human eyes fill the gaps and optical illusion movement is complete. The optical illusion is due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision and can be created in a number of ways.
In addition to its use for entertainment, animation is considered as a form of art. Animation picture is often displayed at film festivals throughout the world. Animation has its place in learning and education also. The animated cartoon made first its appearance in the early part of the 20th century.
Most of the animation made for television and film are produced by professional studios because it is not only time consuming but also costly to produce. However there are many resources such as lower cost programs and distribution network that have made the work of the animator much easier.
Frames can be produced by using computers or photographs of images. Frames can also be generated by altering a model unit in small ways and using a special camera to take pictures of the results. Irrespective of method, the animated film or movie fool the eye with the help of continuous movement.
The eyes are fooled by continuity of vision that is not really happens. In fact, brain and eyes together store a mere fraction of a second. The minor interruptions are automatically smoothed out by the inherent power of the brain. Movements are seen uninterrupted as the animation frames are shot in very fast pace.
The incorporation of animation into your own application depends largely on the type of interface your application provides. The applications that create their own user interface, such as educational software, have much freedom in determining how much animation is necessary for their users. When used rightly in your application’s user interface animation can enhance the viewers’ experience by providing a dynamic look and feel. With the combination of creating new custom controls with special visual effects can produce a cinematic computing experience for the viewers.
Each animation has its target object or a visual element. This target object is displayed to the users. This target object starts and stops the animation. Duration, pacing, and the repeating behavior determine the overall timing of it.
When adding animation to your application you should follow some important things to choose the appropriate technology. Use Cocoa views for the portion of your user interface which only require static, non-rotated, Aqua controls. Use animator proxy support provided by Cocoa views and windows for the portion of your users that require simple animation. Consider using layer baked Cocoa for the portion of user interface. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s Christmas. The kids are home from school, the family is together and our thoughts are on letting go and having fun. It’s the silly season as we say in Australia. I wasn’t going to review another weight loss solution or online money making program. I wanted to review something that was fun and something I was interested in. Photography for me is relaxing and fun and I hoped others feel that same way too.
How many of you got a camera for Christmas? OK… How many of you love photography? Now, how many are envious of other photographer’s work and wish you can create pictures like they can? How many of you aren’t very good at Photoshop but love to learn more? And how many, like me, are old school and were taught to do everything in camera not on a computer? I thought so, well if you answered yes to any one of these questions I want to tell you about an e-Book you’ll love. It’s the Trick Photography and Special Effects e-Book. It teaches, it inspires and it is a lot of fun this Christmas holidays.
What Is Trick Photography and Special Effects?
Trick Photography and Special Effects is a 190 page e-Book. This e-book is made so it’s easy to understand whether you are a beginner, advanced or a working professional. It’s well thought out with literally hundreds of real examples and real photos taken by photographers for photographers. You can open this book on almost any page and get engrossed in topics that are fun to do and at the same time learn more about what we love doing, which is photography. I love it because even though it’s very detailed it also re-ignites your creativity with new ideas and new techniques. There is something in it for everybody who is into photography.
Trick Photography and Special Effects is broken up into 3 categories:
Long Exposure Effects and Light Painting:
• Fundamental lights and techniques
• Light sources
• Light painting techniques
• Motion blur
• Star trails
• Many more fun long exposures
Trick Photography and Special Effects:
• In-Camera illusions
• HDR photography
• Infrared photography
• 360 Degree panoramas
• The Droste Effect
• Time-Displacement photography via scanner
• The Harris Shutter Effect Read the rest of this entry »
When a couple marry, they almost never consider the possibility the relationship will fail. Although the statistics continue to show a high failure rate, the first flash of enthusiasm carries people through the ceremony and into the early months. During this time, all the major decisions assume the arrangements and deals they make will hold up indefinitely. One of the first early steps is merging households. It seems marriage always involves living together. If the couple both have another property, one will become the matrimonial home and the other will be sold. Two can always live more cheaply than one, goes the commonly stated justification. Bank accounts are often the next step and previously separated insurance arrangements are reevaluated. Indeed, the insurance industry encourages people to consolidate insurance policies with one insurer, offering discounts for multiple policies and bundles. While this is not necessarily so serious when it comes to auto insurance, it can spell big trouble for health insurance cover. Of course, the cover may come through a job and so long as the job is retained, cover persists. But so often the job is surrendered when the first child comes along. This pitches the wife on to her husband’s cover. Regardless whether this is through his work or private, a breakdown in the relationship gives the husband the power of decision over whether the health cover is to continue.
Research from the University of Michigan suggests about 115,000 women a year lose their private health cover because of divorce. Sometimes this is purely revenge for perceived injuries. Sometimes it’s reasonably inadvertent as a new partner is nominated to the cover or because of the terms of the employer’s plan. Just so we understand the scale of the problem, the statistics show there are about one million divorces every year and, on average, there’s a gap of not less than two years before the divorced woman is able to make alternative arrangements. This reflects the fact the woman have no right to qualify as a spouse, partner or dependent under the ex-husband’s plan, or because they do not have the income to pay the private insurance premiums. This financial situation is often made worse because many woman do not qualify for Medicaid or help from other federal and state assistance programs.
Even those who have continued in work and have their own plan through the job can find problems. The cost of reestablishing a separate household can be substantial, particularly if accommodation must be adequate to allow children to occupy. When family budgets are under strain, finding the copayments and out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment can be too much. The only way forward for those who must now find cover through a private plan is to monitor the market by getting regular health insurance quotes. After 2014, the new insurance exchanges should make more cheap health cover available. Until then, keep getting the health insurance quotes until you find something affordable.