Color as a Storytelling Device

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2014 09:56

On his blog, Robert Mills examines the use of color in films as a storytelling device, using examples from Oz the Great and Powerful, Memento, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

He writes, "Color can have political, religious and cultural connotations, represent gender and as believed by Kandisnky, have emotional and physical effects on us. Color can also improve our memory, influence buying decisions, indicate meaning and tell stories. It’s that very last one that interests me most. In this post I want to focus on the use of color as a storytelling device in films."

Color can have political, religious and cultural connotations, represent gender and as believed by Kandisnky, have emotional and physical effects on us. Color can also improve our memory, influence buying decisions, indicate meaning and tell stories. It’s that very last one that interests me most.

In this post I want to focus on the use of color as a storytelling device in films.

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VIDDY: The 30 minute DIY pinhole camera kit

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2014 19:24

Here is a Kickstarter project we like

 

VIDDY is a screenprinted do-it-yourself pinhole camera kit made from tough, durable recycled card. It accepts both medium format and 35mm film.

Each and every VIDDY is screenprinted and die-cut by hand in the UK and is available in 4 colours; Green, Black, Blue or Red. 

VIDDY comes as a kit and the main pieces you'll need simply pop out so you'll go from flat pack to working camera in around half an hour! 

Stickers and split pins are used to build the main body and you just need a small drop of glue to construct the film advance knobs. 

There's no sharps, virtually no glue, and no mess.

Each VIDDY kit comes with everything you'll need to complete the camera, including a reclaimed medium format spool, a precision laser-cut pinhole, a red light-proof window, split pins, a sticker sheet and clear illustrated instructions alongside an easy to follow how-to video.

It's simple, educational, fully functional and takes great photographs. But most importantly, it's fun!

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Pentax Unveils Limited Edition K-3 DSLR

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2014 17:56

To celebrate its flagship K-3 digital SLR, Pentax announced last week that they would ship a limited edition version in gunmetal gray to dealers in August. They'll also sell the K-3 online at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Only 2,000 such models will be sold and the kit will include the K-3 body, the BG-5 battery grip in matching gunmetal gray, an exclusive black leather strap and a pair of batteries that can be used in the camera body or the grip. You'll pay $1,399 for the honor of owning this limited edition K-3, which is $100 above the standard K-3's MSRP.

The K-3 was announced to the world in October 2013 and sports a 24-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor, a 27-point AF system and high-speed shooting at 8.3 frames per second (fps). It does not use an anti-aliasing (AA) filter but instead features an AA simulator, allowing you to select whether you want filtering turned on or off.

 

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7 Great Camera Rigs for Different Gigs

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2014 10:33

Yes, your camera can shoot high-def video (or even 4K). No, you can’t simply hit the record button and expect to get professional-looking results. In particular, that high-resolution footage is going to look extremely shaky if you plan to handhold your HD-DSLR for more than just a few seconds. To capture crisp, steady clips, you’ll need to attach your camera to a rig or stabilizer. Rigs have come a long way from those clumsy, cumbersome setups of just a few years ago. Here are our current favorites for a range of cameras and assignments.

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Create a PDF or manipulate it online for FREE

by JamesNYCJuly 24. 2014 07:51

As photographer we deal with PDF files in one form or another several times a day. We're either creating PDF's or converting them. Here is an online resource that allows everyone to create or convert PDF files for FREE online.

 

 

 

http://smallpdf.com

 

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The road ahead for V System photographe

by JamesNYCJuly 23. 2014 08:00

Yesterday meets today and is ready for tomorrow.
Hasselblad has gone back to the future with its new CFV-50c digital back for V System photographers worldwide.

 

 

CFV 50C DATASHEET

The CFV-50c comes with a cutting edge CMOS sensor (just like its H5D-50c sibling) offering photographers outstanding performance at all ISO settings.

Now dedicated V System users – even those with cameras going back as far as 1957 – have access to the very latest imaging technology from the world’s leading medium format camera maker, but can still revere and cherish V System classic design and feel.

The CFV-50c celebrates almost sixty years of V System history but now offers users instant access to the revelations of today’s progressive imaging environment.

Photographers can now embrace the wealth and bandwidth of latest photo know-how and employ it with ease to fully exploit the potential for their older cameras.  Breathtaking results from a world-beating digital back.

It’s Hasselblad genius at your fingertips.

The check list:

  • CMOS sensor with the same performance level as the H5D-50c (perfect colours in any light).
  • Long exposures with clean, noise-free images.
  • Classic design (similar to the old film magazine).
  • Simple operation with no need for external cables (the CFV is the only digital back to offer this for V cameras).
  • Allows for use of PM90 and PME90 90º viewfinders.
  • Live Video in Phocus in colour.
  • New larger LCD screen with higher resolution.
  • Remote control option from Phocus.
  • Classic Hasselblad square crop option.
  • Modernised user interface

 

Technical

Sensor type: CMOS

Sensor size: 50 Mpixels (8272 x 6200 pixels)

Sensor dimensions: 43.8 x 32.9 mm

Image size: RAW 3FR capture 65 MB on average. Tiff 8 bit 154 MB

Capture rate: 1.5 capture/sec. 35 captures/ minute (based on a SanDisk Extreme UDMA7 120 MB/s) 

Single shot

16 bit colour

ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 & 6400

Longest shutter speed: 12 minutes

Image storage: CF card type II (write speed >20 MB/sec) or tethered to Mac or PC

Color management: Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution - One generic profile 

Storage capacity: On average 60 images on a 4GB CF card

Battery type: Sony™ InfoLithium L NP-F series

Colour display: 3.0 inch TFT type, 24 bit colour

Histogram feedback: Yes

IR filter: Mounted on sensor

Feedback: IAA - Instant Approval Architecture: provides acoustic and visual feedback

File format: Lossless compressed Hasselblad 3F RAW 

Software: Phocus for Mac and PC (included)

3FR files are also supported directly in Apple and Adobe environments

Macintosh: OSX version 10.5 or later. PC: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8

Camera support: Hasselblad V System cameras manufactured since 1957. 2000 series cameras and 201F with C lenses only. 202FA / 203FE and 205FCC camera models need a minor camera modification to use F/FE lenses. All other cameras with Hasselblad V interface.

Host connection type: FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b)

Battery capacity: Sony™ InfoLithium L, up to 8 hours of shooting capacity

Operating temperature: 0 - 45 °C / 32 - 113 °F

Dimensions: 91 x 92 x 57 mm [W x H x D]

Weight: 530 g (Excluding battery and CF card)

Package contents: Hasselblad CFV digital back with protective cover, adapter cables,  FireWire cable and 16 GB CF card. Focusing Screen (Split image / Micro Prism) with dual format markings.

 

 

 

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The Grim Realities of Reality TV: Workers Speak

by JamesNYCJuly 19. 2014 09:52

The rise of reality TV programming over the past two decades has been driven in large part by the fact that reality shows are cheap to produce. Labor costs are a big reason why. What does that mean for the people who work on these shows? Allow some of them to tell you.

Last week, a union that is working with employees of reality (or news/ nonfiction) television shows put us in contact with a number of people who were willing to share their stories of working in the industry. These workers have varying experiences, but they all presumably share the conviction that a union would improve their working conditions. You are free to decide whether or not that colors your view of their stories. Many of these employees are treated as freelancers, and they do not have the workplace protections that their unionized brethren in other sectors of the entertainment industry enjoy. Their experiences vary, but they all go to show that, past a thin veneer of glamour, the TV industry is just another job.

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The most important and spot on advice any new or existing photographer could ever learn

by JamesNYCJuly 17. 2014 11:10

Greg Heisler Talks Photography as a Career and Having ‘True’ Style

The advice given in this video by Gregory Heisler is so dead on it should be required viewing

 

Gregory Heisler from Maine Media Workshops + College on Vimeo.

As much information as we’re able to pull in through the Internet, there is one thing that can never be obtained through words or pictures on a screen: experience. Through time and experience, information turns to knowledge, and we begin to wrap our heads around the complicated concepts that baffled us in the beginning.

One phenomenal example of a man who has accrued more experience than most is renowned portrait photographer Gregory Heisler, and in the interview above with Maine Media Workshops + College, he shares valuable insight and advice for photographers both young and old.

Heisler starts off with a funny, profound and very relatable event that took place when he was a young photography student in college. From there, he goes on to share some valuable pieces of knowledge he’s gained throughout his career, covering everything from business to ‘true’ style in that concise and focused manner all his own.

At five-and-a-half minutes long, it’s a quick watch that will enrich your day and, quite possibly, your career as a photographer. Be sure to give it a watch or toss it in your queue so you don’t miss out.

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Elephant Steady camera stabilizer uses iPhone gyro to stay on the level

by JamesNYCJuly 16. 2014 02:12

This is a Kickstarter campaign we like.

One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own.

 

This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.

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RØDE Announces the iXY Microphones for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

by JamesNYCJuly 13. 2014 02:45

 

The iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.

The iXY with Lightning connector provides broadcast quality audio in your pocket, everywhere. Perfect for meetings, reporting, recording music and used on-camera you won't leave home without it.

Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recording and protective storage pouch are also included.

The RØDEGrip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a "deadcat" windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.

RØDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS 7 platform and are available to download in the App Store.

Visit www.ixymic.com for more information

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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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