A great Photographers project - Darshan: Photographic Series on Indian Deities

by JamesNYCAugust 16. 2011 07:15

Dear Friends,

I have embarked upon perhaps the most ambitious photography project of my life and I'm seeking support to complete it. If you click on the image below, it takes you to a quick three minute behind the scenes video that explains what I'm taking on. Darshan, my project - marries spirituality and art, pushes the boundaries of photography and helps preserve my heritage and culture. If you feel moved by it, I urge you to help me by contributing to the project in exchange for worthy rewards and by spreading the word to friends and family.

Some great press has helped me move it along so far. It's gotten shouts from Life Magazine, Wired and the project was on NPR a few days ago. I have eleven days to raise my goal and making this vision come alive means the world to me. I have deep gratitude for all the backers that have contributed so far and sincerely thank you in advance for your time and support.

Manjari Sharma


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RAW COLOR POWER with the ColorChecker Passport

by JamesNYCAugust 9. 2011 09:41

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, August 16th

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

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by JamesNYCAugust 2. 2011 06:23

Allendale, NJ (August 2, 2011) – Leica Camera announces a new service for Leica M9 owners to incorporate the product features of the Leica M9-P into their existing M-System camera, resulting in an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design. Owners taking advantage of the service will also receive a one-year warranty extension. Through the North American Headquarters in Allendale, NJ, Leica will be offering a “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package and a “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass” upgrade package. Interested customers are encouraged to schedule appointments starting August 8, 2011 for upgrades from October 3, 2011 through Leica Camera, Inc.

The “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package offers the replacement of the M9 monitor cover with the M9-P’s scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal cover, a choice between vulcanite and smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,295. The second option, “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass”, includes the replacement of the monitor glass with sapphire crystal cover and the replacement of the top deck and base plate with silver chrome or black paint. The package also includes the choice of vulcanite or smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,995.



Vincent Laforet’s Premiere Pro Workflow Tutorial

by JamesNYCJuly 31. 2011 17:25

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Albert Watson's advice for aspiring photographers

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2011 10:16

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Photo History

Behind the scenes video for Sharper Image

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2011 07:36

Here is a behind the scenes look at a video that I worked on for Sharper Image. This footage never ran in the U.S. but some of the final 2 - 3 seconds that was actually used in the final AD can be found on the internet


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by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2011 10:29


Solms, Germany (July 28, 2011) - Leica Camera AG has released a new firmware update for the Leica S-System, FW All Leica S2 and S2-P cameras will now be supplied with the latest firmware version. Users wishing to bring their camera up-to-date can download the firmware update from the “Owners Area” on the Leica website and take advantage of the latest improvements.

The firmware update FW includes a revision of the setting procedure for auto-bracketing. Now, the shutter-release button must only be pressed once to activate the full bracketing sequence. This function is particularly useful for shooting bracketed exposures for HDR post-processing. Additionally, the menu-control button at the top right of the camera can now be programmed to carry out a custom function, allowing users quick access to settings. This improvement gives photographers a further opportunity to customize the Leica S2 and S2-P to meet their individual needs and demands.

For installation instructions and to download firmware update FW, please visit:  https://owners.leica-camera.com.

About the Leica S2

The Leica S-system is a completely new digital camera concept to meet supreme professional requirements. With a resolution of 37.5 megapixels, the S2’s 30 x 45mm CCD sensor features an aspect ratio of 3:2 and an area nearly 60% larger than that of a traditional 35mm camera, resulting in stunning image quality. The S2’s full range of features includes autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for professional photographers.



Leaf Capture Version 11.5.1 is Now Available

by JamesNYCJuly 19. 2011 08:37

Improved languages support for the new graphic user interface introduced in Leaf Capture 11.5.
New user interface and firmware update for AFi-II and AFi backs.

Fixed issues:

Communication issue with some Aptus-II backs is solved.
Power source selection added to AFi-II 12.

Download Leaf Capture 11.5.1 >>

Leaf Capture v. 11.5.1 is compatible with 64 bit Intel-based Macs.
Please see the Technical Bulletin for how to determine if your Mac has a 64 bit processor.


Leaf Aptus-II 12R, 12, 10R, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5
Leaf Aptus 75, 65, 22, 17
Leaf Aptus 75S, 65S, 54S
Leaf AFi-II 12, 10, 7, 6
Leaf AFi 7, 6, 5
Mamiya DM56, DM40, DM33, DM28, DM22


Minimum System Requirements

  Intel based Mac
Processor: Intel Dual Core Xeon
Processor speed: 1.83 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Operating system: Mac OSX version 10.5


Recommended system specifications for high resolution backs

  Intel based Mac
Processor: Intel Quad Core Xeon
Processor speed: 2.8 GHz
Memory: 4 GB or more
Operating system: Mac OSX version 10.6


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by JamesNYCJuly 15. 2011 09:30


Leica S-Adapters allow for the use of medium-format lenses from other manufacturers

Solms, Germany (July 15, 2011) - Leica Camera AG is expanding the range of accessories for the Leica S2 professional camera system with three new Leica S-Adapters. Beginning August 2011, these latest accessories will allow users to attach medium-format lenses from other manufacturers to Leica S bodies.  The Leica S-Adapter V can be used for Hasselblad V System lenses, the Leica S-Adapter P67 for the Pentax 67 system lenses and the Leica S-Adapter M645 for the lenses of the Mamiya 645 system.

The S-Adapters offer many benefits to professional photographers. As a result of being able to use third-party lenses on the Leica S2, photographers now have access to a wider selection of additional lenses, further increasing the S-System’s flexibility. Furthermore, photographers who already own lenses from the aforementioned systems can now use them on the Leica S2. This extension of the compatible lens range includes tilt and shift. As with all products in the Leica S portfolio, the Leica S-Adapters are manufactured to extremely high specifications. The exclusive use of high-quality materials, anodized aluminium and chrome-plated brass, in construction makes the adapters durable and reliable, even with constant use.

Leica S-Adapter V             H=30.2 mm (1.2 in); W=81 mm (3.2 in)        138.75 g (4.9 oz)

Leica S-Adapter M645      H=15.5 mm (.61 in); W=78 mm  (3.1 in)       93.5 g (3.3 oz)

Leica S-Adapter P67         H=37 mm (1.5 in); W=90 mm  (3.5 in)          222.5 g (7.8 oz)

About the Leica S2

The Leica S-system is a completely new digital camera concept to meet supreme professional requirements. With a resolution of 37.5 megapixels, the S2’s 30 x 45mm CCD sensor features an aspect ratio of 3:2 and an area nearly 60% larger than that of a traditional 35mm camera, resulting in stunning image quality. The S2’s full range of features includes autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for professional photographers.



On camera flash is punk rock

by JamesNYCJuly 14. 2011 06:41

Image Copyright David Harry Stewart 2011

1DSIII, 550 EZ, 24-70 zoom at 35mm, f10, 1/100th, ASA400

I had a conversation the other day with my buddy Sam Grawe, editor of Dwell, talking about doing new kinds of work. After about 5 minutes, Sam in his genius way, off handedly pronounces ” flash on camera is punk rock”. Sam is a genius, or at least the smartest giant I know. Sam is like 6-8″.

About 5 months ago I started working on using on camera flash. Before my expedition into the crass world of the Sunpack, it had been alll about seeing the light. Where is it, how can I fake it, how can I control it. The thing about on camera flash is that all that goes away. There is no existing light. The photo becomes about subject, form and context. As in who is the person and what are they doing. It was one of those styles that I truthfully did not have much respect for. So I gave it a try, and I have to say, it was really hard learning to see in this new way. It was like I had to shut off this other way of seeing and add in this new application. It took a good 2 months to get the camera+lens+flash rig figured out, and then get the look wired into my head.

It was the best thing I could have done. It freed up my ability to take pictures anytime anyplace with no crew, no lights, totally minimal gear, just me, camera and Mr Speedlight. It is all about the instant, the now, the fun of lets just go wild right now and I will shoot it. No setting lights, no looking for the afternoon sun, nope, lets just be wild and see what happens. Awesome!

If anyone ever saw the Ramones play, it was sort of like standing next to a top fuel dragster at the nationals, except in a very small dark crowded room. It was a full on assault, totally awesome, an hour straight through of no breaks. They had one speed, it was full on all the time. One of the most fun things ever. All the music world thought they were crap, I mean what did they know 3 cords, maybe 4? Where was the skill? But who cared, I sure didn’t. They were so much fun, and they got right to the heart of what it felt like to be a teenager.

All this makes me think I may have been in danger of turning into some sort of Jethro Tull. Nightmare.

Sometimes, actually most of the time, I find that the thing that I disparage, judge badly, think requires no skill, or is just plain stupid, is exactly the thing that I need to do to grow. Me no want to wake up one day an ugly short dude carrying flute. No way is that ever happening over here.

PLease vist Davids Harry Stewarts Site for more great stuff.

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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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