Lexar® Photography Suite Giveaway

by JamesNYCJuly 5. 2011 11:59

Lexar has launched its Lexar Photography Suite Giveaway on the Lexar Facebook page. Fans have the chance to win a computer souped up with a suite of end-to-end memory and storage solutions including Lexar Echo backup drives, and Crucial DRAM and SSDs, as well as Lexar Professional memory cards and card readers that help take the “work” out of “workflow” and make the most of post-production time.

To enter, fans are asked to become a fan of the Lexar Facebook page and answer a poll question telling us which product they think is best at speeding up their workflow.

The contest ends July 15th and winners will be randomly selected on Monday, July 18th.

Find out more here






by JamesNYCJuly 5. 2011 09:44

Solms, Germany (July 5, 2011) - Leica Camera AG announces that it has been inducted into the renowned French Comité Colbert as a European member in June 2011. The economic alliance, founded in 1954, represents French premium enterprises and is aimed at creating a deeper understanding of the values manufacturers in the premium segment share in France, Europe, and worldwide. These shared values include a sense of tradition, modernity, craftsmanship, creativity, history and innovation.

Many members of the Comité Colbert have been pioneers in their field and can look back to a proud decades- or century-long history of their brands. French brands such as Chanel, Baccarat, Bollinger, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Dior, Hermès, Lacoste, Lancôme, Longchamp and Louis Vuitton are members of this exclusive alliance. Since 2010, selected manufacturers from other European countries have been invited to participate. In addition to Leica Camera AG, Montblanc has become a new member from Germany.

“Leica can look back to more than 150 years of long tradition and has always been, and still is, the pioneer in developing optical devices of highest quality,” said Alfred Schopf, Leica Camera AG’s Chairman of the Board. “Engineering ingenuity, technical know-how and craftsmanship applied during the whole manufacturing process give our products their unique characters. All the lenses for our professional Leica S camera system and for the Leica M, our range-finder camera system, are made in Solms by hand. So, we fulfill our aspiration of creating the prerequisites for better images day by day.”

“Being appointed a member of the exclusive Comité Colbert circle has been a great honor to Leica Camera AG that reflects the exceptional status of the Leica brand among European premium manufacturers,” said Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Leica Camera AG’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board and its major shareholder. “Leica Camera AG is committed to the premium segment’s high demands concerning value, design, and exclusivity and we are very pleased to get the chance to build network connections within this renowned circle.”



RAW COLOR POWER with Adobe® Lightroom® and the ColorChecker Passport

by JamesNYCJuly 5. 2011 08:47

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, July 12th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Creating and Using Camera Profiles
Custom White Balance with the Passport
Once click accurate color edits
Matching color response of two or more cameras
Matching color response under different lighting conditions
Color editing in Adobe® Lightroom®
Color editing in Adobe® Photoshop®

Who should watch this webinar?
Professional photographers
Photographic enthusiasts
Anyone passionate about accurate color




by JamesNYCJune 29. 2011 07:51

Solms, Germany (June 29, 2011) - Leica Camera AG announces the latest firmware update for all versions of the Leica M8. Users wishing to benefit from the new offerings can now download firmware update Version 2.014 from the Leica Camera website and take advantage of new, improved features.

The firmware update coincides with the launch of the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. and supports the use of this new wide-angle lens on Leica M8 cameras. In addition to   new improvements, users can expand the range of lenses for their Leica M8 system with the versatile, high-performance super-wide-angle lens. With this free service, Leica Camera AG again proves their commitment to full system compatibility and decades of enduring value of the M series.

For installation instructions and to download firmware update 2.014, please visit: http://en.leica-camera.com/service/downloads/rangefinder_cameras/m8.



David Harry Stewart - Dodgeball-4-Ever

by JamesNYCJune 28. 2011 06:38

ASA 800, 1/200 sec, f4, 60mm on a 24-70 zoom

What: Adult Dodgeball,

Where: Various neighborhood rec centers around the east side of LA

Why: I take photos for the fun of it, sometimes I get paid.

How: Flash on camera, combined with a key light coming from the back or side. My assistant is on the far side of the gym going side to side following the camera moves, holding a monopod with a flash head on it. Keep it simple.

Gear: Canon 1DS III, 24-70 zoom, 550EZ flash, Pocket Wizards, Quantum Q Flash w/turbo battery. The Qflash has 1/4 CTO on it.

Soundscape: Loud. Think bar juke box: ACDC, Stones, Bowie

The first round was done journalistically, but after taking a couple of direct hits to the camera from one of the 16 balls that are in play, I learned that some kind of control would be a good idea. The later photos are more setup, although they are still playing for real.

Here is the entire series.

Huge thanks to Erik and the other folks World Dodgeball Society who were great in helping me do this series. For those so inclined, check out playing in one of their leagues. Super nice, super fun, co-ed, you get to wear silly outfits and throw grade school rubber balls at each other, then go out for beers with the whole gang. What’s not to like?


Image & text copyright David Harry Stewart 2011

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by JamesNYCJune 27. 2011 22:27

Participants to discover five historic American cities through “Travel Photography with Leica and Lonely Planet” workshops

Allendale, NJ (June 28, 2011) – Leica Camera, Inc., the legendary German camera manufacturer, has partnered with Lonely Planet, the leading global travel information company, to offer experiential photography tours. Beginning July 2011, participants are invited to discover five North American cities with a Leica camera in hand. During these special Leica Akademie workshops, individuals capture must see spots and off the beaten path local favorites while expanding their photographic knowledge in exclusive, real world shooting situations. Host cities include San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Savannah, GA and Los Angeles, CA, and were selected based on Lonely Planet’s “Top Ten Places to Visit in 2011” as well as the book USA’s Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America. 

“Leica Camera and Lonely Planet have come together to offer a truly incomparable experience,” said Christian Erhardt, Vice President of Marketing at Leica Camera, Inc. “Whether local residents or out of town visitors, participants will leave these unique workshops with a deeper sense of the city’s nature, culture and environment, captured in images of unmatched brilliance.”

“Lonely Planet is excited to lend our expertise to the ‘Leica Akademie’ photography tours,” says Lainey Franks, VP Marketing and Client Solutions at Lonely Planet. “We help travelers get to the heart of a city and pride ourselves on our accurate and trustworthy insider knowledge. Our authors will lead participants to the best places to see and photograph, where they’ll get a unique and truly local view of the city, providing invaluable experiences along the way.”

Each excursion is customized by a Lonely Planet author and designed to offer a wealth of insider information, first hand tips and ample memories to fill a photo album. Lonely Planet’s carefully crafted itineraries will introduce photographers to a mix of iconic locations, hidden neighborhood spots and exceptional local cuisine. While discovering Savannah’s Forsyth Park Fountain or strolling in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, participants interact with an experienced Leica instructor, ensuring creative and personal images through the sharing of insights and techniques. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to submit their best images taken during the workshops for a chance to be featured online and for possible inclusion in future Lonely Planet guidebooks. 

Lonely Planet’s Leica Akademie workshops are beneficial to participants of every skill, interest and experience level. These day long workshops are geared towards amateur and professional photographers who enjoy the best and finest, demand excellence in image quality and appreciate incomparable ease-of-use. Amateurs can explore the world of point-and-shoot photography with Leica's complete line of compact cameras - the X1, D-Lux 5 and V-Lux 2 and the just released V-Lux 30. Experienced photographers have the opportunity to utilize Leica’s flagship M9 rangefinder camera along with the entire portfolio of M lenses including the latest Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.  and the world's highest-speed aspherical lens, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants to ensure personal interaction with the instructors. These exclusive events run from 10AM to 7PM. The cost is $249 and each participant receives the following to continue their adventure in travel photography: a $50 Leica voucher to be used toward the purchase of a Leica product from any North American Dealer, a 30% discount on a future purchase at LonelyPlanet.com and a copy of the book Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography

This series of events provides yet another exciting option for amateur and professional photographers alike to experience Leica Akademie North America’s year-long programming. Continuing Leica's long tradition of photographic education, Leica Akademie offers a wide range of experiential workshops in cities across North America. The Akademie's goal is to increase the fun and enjoyment of photography, expand photography knowledge and bring the total Leica experience to a new generation of photographers.

For additional information and to sign up, please visit www.leicaakademie.com or email Akademie@leicacamerausa.com. To learn more about Lonely Planet, please visit www.lonelyplanet.com



X-Rite Free Webinar: June 29th - Beyond Monitor Calibration

by JamesNYCJune 23. 2011 14:19

Two sessions are available:
Wednesday, June 29th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

You are invited to a FREE Webinar to see for yourself how to easily have your printed images match your display – every time! For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Monitor to print matching (calibration and profiling)
Obtaining consistent color in camera
One click accurate color edits
Benefits of creating and using custom printer profiles
Soft-proofing in Adobe® Photoshop®
Applying printer profiles in Photoshop®
Digital projector profiling




by JamesNYCJune 23. 2011 14:16

Alex Majoli presents the everyday life of a gondolier in Venice through images of unmatched brilliance

Solms, Germany (June 23, 2011) – Leica Camera AG announces the debut of a multimedia essay shot by Magnum Photographer Alex Majoli. The inspirational project stems from Leica’s recent partnership with Magnum Photos and features Majoli’s account of a young gondolier in Venice. The multimedia essay is presented in conjunction with the launch of the M9-P that took place in Paris on June 21. Vital, authentic and brimming with the essence of real life – it is a narrative captured with the Leica M9-P, a new version of the world’s smallest, full-frame digital system camera that specifically meets the needs of professional photographers.

A full member of the prominent photographers’ cooperative since 2001, Majoli’s piece reaches beyond simply documenting a profession steeped in tradition.  The images tell a vivid story of how a gondolier continues to embody the heart and soul of his city. The protagonist of the portfolio is Alvise Catullo Ragazzo, one of around 700 gondoliers in the city of Venice. Majoli has captured moments of Ragazzo’s everyday life amidst tradition and tourism. The day begins with donning a straw hat and the traditional blue-and-white-striped garb of his trade, the journey to work leads Ragazzo past the sights of the city and, of course, his skillful daily routine consists of rowing a Venetian gondola. Majoli’s portfolio also reveals the very private scenes far removed from the bustle of the city. They present an intimate view of family life; the people behind the gondoliers. Majoli has successfully recorded a sensitive portrait of a young man and his city that invites the audience to take a look at life beyond the characteristic tourism of Venice.

A video showcasing the making of the portfolio can be viewed on the Leica website at http://bit.ly/M_Venice. An in-depth interview with Alex Majoli can be found at http://magnum.leica-camera.com.




by JamesNYCJune 22. 2011 14:27

Solms, Germany (June 23, 2011) - Leica Camera AG and Magnum Photos  announce the commencement of a series of technological and photographic projects, building upon almost a century’s worth of shared history between two world-renowned photographic institutions. The first venture showcases a number of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers.  In addition, Leica and Magnum have forged a partnership allowing Magnum photographers to utilize the latest Leica equipment in the field. With this program, the esteemed camera manufacturer is able to gain valuable insight into the distinct needs of a professional photographer and integrate the feedback into the ongoing development of the Leica product portfolio. These collaborations have been introduced in conjunction with a signed project agreement that was previously announced in February 2011.

Against a common historical background, Leica and Magnum will collaborate in a number of projects intended to write further chapters in the story of their many years of engagement in the field of independent documentary photography. Earlier this year, Alfred Schopf, CEO of Leica Camera AG, and Magnum Photographer Jonas Bendiksen, President of Magnum Photos International Inc., signed a cooperation agreement in Solms, Germany, to this effect.

“The aim of Magnum and our photographers is to maintain our commitment to discovering the emotions of humankind, to act as witnesses and to communicate these emotions in pictures,” explained Magnum President Jonas Bendiksen. “With the signing of this new agreement, Leica has declared their commitment to joining us in bearing this common responsibility.”

Leica and Magnum have begun collaborating on producing a series of multimedia essays shot by individual Magnum photographers. Production began this spring and the projects will debut online at www.leica-camera.com, www.lfi-online.de  and www.magnumphotos.com

In addition to supporting individual projects, Leica and Magnum will produce new essays in order to gain knowledge and insight from the experience of Magnum photographers working in the field with the latest Leica equipment. The field reports from Magnum photographers will make a significant contribution to the comprehensive user requirements analyses already performed by Leica, assisting in the mutual aim of developing the Leica product portfolio to ensure that products continue to meet the needs of photographers around the world.

“The collaboration between Magnum and Leica will help us to develop and construct high quality equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of professional photographers,” said Stefan Daniel, Head of the Product Management Division at Leica Camera AG. “First-hand accounts on how Leica cameras and lenses stand up to difficult working conditions are extremely welcome and important additions to our in-factory testing procedures. A further tool for ensuring that Leica products match any demands set by the challenging everyday work of professional photographers, Magnum Photographers will provide field reports on the practical use of Leica’s current portfolio, as well testing future products on location.”

Since 1947, the year legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Seymour founded Magnum Photos, the photographers of this agency have been passionate eyewitnesses of history. Magnum photographers have captured the decisive moments of the 20th century through the lens of a Leica and with a dedication that remains unrivalled today.

Magnum was founded to create a framework for the independent work of its members. Even today, the idiosyncratic combination of reporter and artist still holds true as the distinguishing mark of every Magnum photographer. Their work not only captures the action as it happens but also documents the photographer’s own, highly personal art of visual perception.

Over the past 60 years, both Magnum and Leica have made enormous contributions to the documentation of world history, pioneers in their respective fields. Leica became the standard for the best cameras and lenses the world has ever seen. Combining the values of traditional craftsmanship with the finest precision engineering, the results are cameras and lenses of uncompromising quality that have helped to produce many of the images that expand knowledge and influence the perception of the world. Since the time Henri Cartier-Bresson took his first Leica in hand, Magnum photographers have continued to push forward the limits of documentary photography and the limits of their Leica cameras when documenting epoch-making events around the world.  

Magnum Photos is an extensive prominent photographers’ cooperative owned and operated by its members. Magnum photographers work as chroniclers with decisive individuality. Their pictures interpret and communicate the peoples, events, issues and personalities of the world to an international audience. With four offices, in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, and a network of 15 territorial distribution partners, Magnum supplies images and multimedia material to the press, publishers, advertising agencies, TV stations, galleries and museums throughout the world. www.magnumphotos.com and http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualization and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Solms, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. www.leica-camera.com 

LFI – Leica Fotografie International has been the leading magazine for Leica photographers since 1948. In addition to the presentation of style-setting icons of the past decades, LFI also regularly publishes exciting contemporary feature articles and the work of up-and-coming young talent. At the same time, LFI also offers inside stories from the world of Leica, comprehensive test reports, useful tips for the full range of Leica equipment, and much more. www.lfi-online.de 



ADHESIVE NYC: Sticking Creatives Together

by JamesNYCJune 22. 2011 14:26
We have heard your pleas for outside drinking! Meet us at the end of the line... the High Line that is.This coming Tuesday, June 28thTHE LOT at 30th Street (30th and 10th Avenue, at the end of Part II of the High Line) http://www.thehighline.org/the-lot6:30pm - 10 pm*** IMPORTANT NOTES ***• $6/beer (we talked them down for Adhesive Sticker-Wearing Members!) • Cash/Credit Cards Accepted • Port-o-potties only. We are roughin' it this time... • Bring your ID, they will be checking. • There are promised to be food trucks for those who like to eat and drink!The Lot closes at 10PM, so come early.RAIN OR SHINE (there is space under the High Line if we get a summer shower).****************************************CAN'T MAKE THIS EVENT? Here is the rest of the Summer Line-up(DATE CHANGE) Wednesday, July 19th @ The Frying PanTuesday, August 30th @ The Frying PanWednesday, September 28th (Location TBD)



Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton


"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013


Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington


"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10


"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984


 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison


"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton


"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz


"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee


" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles


"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton


"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla


"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon


"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton


“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston


"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi


"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston


"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle


"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams


"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe


" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand


"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst


"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein


"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson


"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith


"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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