Lighting - You can see it in their eyes

by JamesNYCDecember 1. 2013 02:48

As if sitting back and enjoying a decent TV or web series wasn't enough I have developed a habit of looking for lighting setups or production mistakes like boom mics showing up in shots, cables cutting through the frame or on set. But for the most part I'm interested in trying to figure out how a lighting of a shot was done.

Sometimes it's as easy as looking in the eyes or reflections in a scene. Below are two examples from the TV show 'Blacklist'. These are screen captures of: season 1 episode 8.

A large silk on a frame, looks like 1/2 stop, and probably a 2K or 4K HMI

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Zacuto Recoils - Shorter, lighter and perfectly balanced

by JamesNYCNovember 24. 2013 02:03

Until recently, Zacuto shoulder mounted rigs have been split into two categories.  One: inline rigs where your camera is in line with your shoulder and Two: offset kits where your camera is offset in front of your face. 

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Trade up to the Professional Choice with a 30% discount this week

by JamesNYCNovember 24. 2013 01:32

Click here to buy      Download Capture One

Have you tried Capture One Pro 7, the Professional Choice in Imaging Software?

You may have tried Capture One Pro 7 as part of the 60 days free trial we are offering. We hope you had a chance to experience the great out of the box quality it offers you in your workflow as a professional photographer.
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Haitian Photographer Wins Major U.S. Copyright Victory

by JamesNYCNovember 23. 2013 11:23

Photographers have struggled financially over the last decade as millions of images have been taken and published on the Web without proper attribution or compensation. And when photographers try to pursue copyright violators, it is often difficult and expensive. On Friday, the Haitian photographer Daniel Morel won a major copyright victory after a four-year fight over images he had originally sent out via social media.

A Manhattan jury found that Agence France-Presse and its American distributor Getty Images willfully infringed upon Mr. Morel’s copyright of eight pictures he took of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and awarded him $1.22 million.

“During the earthquake, they were selling my exclusive photos for $45,” Mr. Morel said after the ruling. “This is wrong. Not only did these agencies steal the photos, but they were also giving them away.”

His photographs were originally posted on TwitPic, a website that allows users to put pictures on Twitter, by Mr. Morel hours after the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. It was then reposted by a Twitter user named Lisandro Suero, who claimed they were his. Agence France-Presse took the photos from TwitPic and distributed them to clients. Getty Images distributed the photos in the United States.

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Otus 1.4/55 From Carl Zeiss

by JamesNYCNovember 19. 2013 01:00

The point of the Otus was to make the very best lens Zeiss could possibly make, and they believe they’ve done it. Why is this important news for those of us shooting video with DSLR? In the interview below, Rich Schleuning explains although this is a still lens, it represents the future of video lenses from Zeiss.

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New RØDE mic delivers on camera audio on the GO

by JamesNYCNovember 17. 2013 22:28
The new VideoMic GO from RØDE is the latest release in the Australian audio company’s successful range of VideoMic microphones for on-camera usage. Compact and light weight by design, the VideoMic GO delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use. Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that the user can isolate their subject from distracting background noise. At only 73gm (2.5oz) it is RØDE’s lightest on-camera microphone and sports an impressively compact form factor.

 

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A conversation with Canon Cinema EOS global product manager Yoshinari Onda

by JamesNYCNovember 17. 2013 06:27

At Inter BEE 2013, Japan’s domestic broadcast convention, Dan Chung of News Shooter sat down with the man responsible for Canon’s popular Cinema EOS line of video cameras – Global Product Manager Yoshinari Onda.

 

Inter BEE 2013: Newsshooter talks C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon's Mr Onda from Teradek on Vimeo.

Here are a few key points from the interview:

Canon’s Yoshinari Onda is the man responsible for producing the successful Cinema EOS line.

the wild success of the 5D Mark II. “…totally took us by surprise,”

new feature in the C100 – a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment that adds what Canon calls “Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus.” Onda revealed that the C100 sensor already had the dual pixel structure built in; so all it takes to activate it is a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment.

live demonstration of how the camera performs smooth automatic focus adjustments while filming was impressive.

 

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Capture One Pro 7.1.5 released today

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 22:27

This is a service release providing additional OS support and few bug fixes. Mac Mavericks users now have a supported version. The important thing to remember is to disable App Nap for Capture One Pro 7.1.5 on the mac by clicking on the Application, choose File > Get Info then checking "Prevent App Nap". As always, understand that this is a new release - so there is a possibility of bugs and kinks. Also keep in mind that Mavericks is yet another variable to throw in to the mix. Our tech team will test this release more extensively and relay our technical support. Stay tuned to our blog as we have further developments. 
 
OS Support
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (App Nap must be disabled)
  • Windows 8.1
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with Chinese folder names on Mac
  • Fixed a Windows stability issue on certain hardware/software configurations
  • Fixed a "few additional issues"

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Eight camera megatest – eight top cameras pitted against each other

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 09:05

COMPARATIVE TEST 8 CAMERAS on Vimeo

Mega camera comparison: Nikon D5200, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Nikon D600, Canon 5D mk III, Canon C500, Sony F55, Red Epic, ARRI Alexa

 

Ever wondered what would happen if you pitch cameras at opposite ends of the price spectrum against each other?

 

Most of us wouldn't know where to begin with a comparison like this. It's very hard to be objective about the performance of modern cameras. Specifications don't tell the whole story, and, ultimately, it's up to the viewer. You pick the tool that suits you.

 

That's if you can afford it!

 

And the good news is that if you can't afford the top end ones, there doesn't seem to be a bad choice amongst the cheaper ones, either.

 

This comparison was created by Ludovico Bettarello. He's an independent colourist, editor and general-purpose expert in all things in post production and finishing.

 

Whatever your budget, there are some truly capable options for you.

 

 

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Profoto announces the B1 OFF-CAMERA FLASH

by JamesNYCNovember 5. 2013 00:30

THE B1 OFF-CAMERA FLASH CRASHES THE PROFOTO WEBSITE!

As many of you may have noticed, the news of our B1 off-camera flash caused such a storm of clicks and visitors that our website got down on its knees.
We're very sorry about that. Know that we're doing our best to fix this asap. So, this might turn out to be a long and busy night for us here in Stockholm. But we take comfort in the fact that you're evidently as excited about this launch as we are.

You can now download this brochure from the 1ProPhoto.Com servers 

 

 

 

THE B1 OFF-CAMERA FLASH:

Off-camera Flash
Place it wherever you want.

With TTL
Set the light in a flash.

Without Cords
Bring it wherever you want.

With Power
Ten times that of the average speedlight

With Speed
Provides up to 20 flashes per second.

With Light Shaping
120 Light Shaping Tools to choose from.

 

 

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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

 

"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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