In this article, CreativeCOW leader, Aharon Rabinowitz takes thorough look at Red Giant Software's Knoll Light Factory Pro 2.5. knoll cowI once read an article on 10 do's and don'ts for demo reels. At the top of the list for Don'ts was "Don't use Lens flares." On the same side of that coin, when I was working at an animation house, my department head told me he hated lens flares. When pressed, he admitted that it wasn't flares he hated but the blatant and non-creative use of flares that he saw in a lot of reels. That said, I'm a flare junkie. And in the motion graphics world like it or not, you have to use them - a lot. It's all about the flash, and nothing is flashier than a lens flare. The thing is that, at the heart of it, I don't disagree with that 10 things article or my department head. Using any effect or look in an non-creative way, or even using a canned effect creatively, yields the same result for the viewer: "Been there. Done that." So what's the solution? Well, when a limited toolset yields limited results, it's time for a better toolset. And when it comes to lens flares no one does it better than Red Giant Software's Knoll Light Factory. read more...

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