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Favorite Projects 精选作品

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Childhood Documentation 纪录童年

Animation, Audio, Documentary, Photo, Video
Reel 作品集

Animation, Data Viz, Documentary, Film, Graphics, Photo, Video, Web
Photo Editing 图片编辑

3D, Animation, Communications, Documentary, Graphics, Photo, VR, Web
Data Viz: Then-And-Now 图说数据:今夕对比

Communications, Data Viz, Documentary, Graphics, Interactive, Photo, Web
Promo Videos 宣传片

Animation, Branded, Communications, Graphics, Video

Blog Posts 博客

Interesting little things…

Now US Open Kids Day Is About the Game

Now that Yoyo has become a real tennis fan, mostly of Roger Federer of course, the US Open Kids Day will be more about watching the game than just hanging out with family and friends and Yoyo’s other buddies as a pastime. Some shots from before Yoyo came into our life (two sets of images, before and after slight edits):

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Video: Memorial Day Flowers, 2017

Last year this time, I was busy working on this video story, one that exemplifies the culture of TD. Every year, employees across the footprint join forces to pay respect to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. There was a good problem we had: having too many story candidates to choose from. And I wish we had space for more characters. On the other hand, though, less is more!

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Photos That Make Skier Look Amazing

This past weekend has been my 6-year-old son’s second time in his skiing career, if we can call it one. He started to like it. He’s not as remarkable as I have heard about other kids of his age. In my eye, and in particular through my lens, he is a pro already. Alright, I admit, he looks much greater in these photos than he really is. But hey, that’s what photos are for right?

Yoyo elegantly dodging a fallen skier on his way down

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Tech Review: Facetune 2 Putting Photoshop on the Phone

I’ve recently tried quite a few iPhone photo editing apps and Facetune 2 is my favorite, here are real-life case studies:

Tricks applied above:

  • Defocus (the holy grail that the iPhone has been trying relentlessly to emulate after – the shallow depth of field)
    [You may try the auto feature but I find it hit or miss and the manual is definitely much better, if not perfect]
  • Vignette (an oval shaped spotlight effect, with a subtle dark frame around the person(s), on your chosen area of focus)

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About

Having worked with images for over ten years, I feel even stronger that telling a good story with imagery is no easy job, even though technology is getting cheaper and more readily available. The world is, indeed, noisier, and people’s attention is one of the most precious resources of our time. Capturing that attention takes hard work and craftsmanship.

跟影像打了十几年交道,越来越感到,在这个分外吵杂、网络无处不在、信息大爆炸的时代,用影像讲好故事越来越不容易。但,我乐此不疲。

Michael Zhao

Michael Zhao

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