Inspiration - When Comedy, Music and Photography have a common thread

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 09:57

In the last two months I've gotten into listening to podcasts specifically:  WTF produced by comedian Marc Maron.
It makes for good listening when your working in front of the computer most of the day. Since finding this audios series I have been alternating between listening to the early days of his podcasts and listening to his new ones; alternating between them.

One of Marc's latest conversations was with Jazz musician Ben Sidran. I've never heard of Ben but being an old-school rocker with a penchant for good Jazz (Monk, Miles, Train, ...) and still trying to keep my connection to the music world no mater how slim that connection is these days, I figured that this would be a good listen.

As those of you that have been following this web site since it's inception in April 1998 are probably well aware, before getting into photography on a full time basis I was a musician for 20 years. A portion of that time included 5 years of classical voice training and a few years studying composition and Music production as well as dozens of late night vocal sessions in the recording studios at Berklee College of Music.

This podcast blew me away. So much of my musical past came flooding back and in listening I found or rather recalled so many of the common threads that can be found in both Music and Photography. Which is why if you ask around you'll find that of the successful working Photographers more than 80 percent started out as or became musicians in one form or another.

having had that personal awakening I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pass along this link to the podcast that dusted off so much of the stuff I have known for years and have kind of set aside as the business of photography has become a millstone that I must keep moving every day.

Check out this podcast and see for yourself.  

-- PLEASE NOTE -- Marc Maron may be acquired taste for some. His comedy and his interviewing style may not be NSFW for some of you.
But if your willing to listen to and get past his opening monologue I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth a listen.

WTF PODCAST Episode 420 - Ben Sidran- Marc & Ben Sidran

OnOne Software presents - NEW Perfect Photo Suite 8

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 08:03

NEW Perfect Photo Suite 8

The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 is coming November 26, 2013, and we couldn't be more excited. It is a full-featured photo editor and includes valuable tools that our customers have been asking for. Unlike plug-ins from other companies, it works as one elegantly designed product that integrates into any workflow. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance and Browse modules, Perfect Eraser, Perfect Batch, re-engineered Perfect Effects with new filters and more creative control, and much more. See what's new »

Pre-order Suite 8 by September 19th for only $179 ($99 upgrade) and get a free video guide! Learn more »

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Canon Announces New Firmware for Cinema EOS Family

by JamesNYCSeptember 10. 2013 02:01

Canon has unveiled some major updates to the entire Cinema EOS family, including the C100, C300, C500, EOS-1D C, and even the XF300. Of course, the headline feature is the increased maximum ISO on the C100, C300 and C500 to 80,000 (from 20,000), but that certainly is not the extent of the updates.

The C500 gains several features that are oriented for those using the camera for studio level productions, including:

• DCI-P3+ and Canon Cinema Gamut mode DCI-P3+ shares the same white point as DCI-P3, but is an extended gamut beyond the boundaries of P3 for additional color rendition. Canon Cinema Gamma is a new color space, which is the widest of any available gamut (including Rec709 and DCI-P3) in the Canon family. These extended gamuts can certainly prove useful for those intending to have a heavy color grade session or in a VFX  / chroma key environment, and is especially useful for those planning a theatrical projection.

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LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES “LEICA C”

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2013 04:09

LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES “LEICA C”

A new line of Leica digital compact cameras that pairs elegance and style with high performance digital technology.

Leica Camera is proud to present the Leica C, the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras that every stylish, fashion-forward consumer will want to own. A first in Leica’s impressive history of compact cameras, the Leica C camera offers WiFi and Near Field Communication (NFC) which not only allows for remote access of images and videos from a smartphone or tablet but enables the user to view images and watch videos being captured by the Leica C in real-time from their smartphones. Its technical features are  impressive, but the sultry beauty of the Leica C is in its slim, sophisticated form. The elegant body of the camera is the work of Audi Design, who were also commissioned to develop the unique range of camera accessories for the Leica C. The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—Champagne and Bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.

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Photographer James Weber is offering WORKSHOP I – WET PLATE COLLODION 101

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2013 02:47

WORKSHOP I – WET PLATE COLLODION 101

WORKSHOP I – WET PLATE COLLODION 101

3 Days of  instruction by James Weber.

Class Dates Available:  

September 27th - 29th August, 2013. 

Wet Plate Collodion photography is the second historical photographic process, and is one of the last remaining photographic arts where everything is a hand crafted chemical/darkroom process.  In the class, we'll be making tintypes(on aluminum) and Ambrotypes(on glass).  In an age where everything has gone digital, it's nice to get back in the darkroom.
 
Day 1, Sept. 27th:  We'll cover a little history of wet plate, converting cameras, making chemistry, learning how to flow the plate with collodion,  and practice shooting/developing/fixing/washing.  Basically, we cover all the skills you need to get started doing this yourself.
 
Day 2, Sept. 28th:  With the introduction of the skills you need covered in day 1, day 2 is more shooting, plus we'll cover the various studio lighting options that are available to you, their benefits and difficulties laid out.
 
Day 3, Sept 29th:  On Day 3, the class takes a trip in James' RV, where we'll go on location to work on daylight shooting.  For those students that bought the three day package, they get to shoot one mammoth plate, 20x24.  
 
For more information and photos, please visit:  http://collodiongallerie.com/workshops
 

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Adobe rethinks their Suscription model specific to Photographers

by JamesNYCSeptember 6. 2013 04:02

Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program

The Photoshop Photography Program will be available during the week of September 16, 2013

During today's keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we're working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we're planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You'll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.

Throughout this week at Photoshop World, we're demoing some great digital imaging innovation and I hope you're as excited as we are about what's available today and what's coming soon, thanks to our talented teams of engineers.

Since introducing Photoshop CC, we've listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. And here is a list of prices for the major regions outside of the US – keep in mind that these prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes which vary by country.

North America                                       $9.99 USD

European Union                                     €9.99 EUR

EMEA non-EU                                        $9.99 USD

Australia/New Zealand                           $9.99 AUD

Asia Pacific                                            $9.99 USD

Latin America                                         $9.99 USD

Japan                                                    ¥1,000 JPY

UK                                                         £7.14 GBP

This offer will be available the week of September 16th at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2.  Visit the FAQ to learn more.

Beware Facebook's New Terms of Service

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 13:05

ASMP just sent a mass email to all subscribers alerting all of us to Facebooks new terms of service.

Facebook has just claimed the right to use or sell your identity, your content and your data without limit. They have nuked their own privacy policy, removing the right for you to keep anything private.

Download FB TOS as of Sept 05 2013

Proposed Updates to our Governing Documents

Facebook has asked for comments. They can be posted here.

 

Here is a link to information posted by ASMP

 

Here’s the most important language (strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions).

You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related that content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us, subject to the limits you place. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.

The Section-by-Section Summary of Updates takes pains to claim that Facebook has the right to collect and make use of data that it finds “when you are using Fcebook or when Facebook is running.” This probably gives Facebook a license to collect, use, share and sell most of your web browsing (unless you are running software to block cookies) and much of what your mobile phone is gathering, such as your location, phone calls, etc.

They are already collecting a lot of this information. The screenshot below is from my Facebook feed a few hours after I did a search for a hotel in Reston on a totally unrelated site. Facebook is already collecting, using and selling this kind of information. They are now asking for irrevokable permission to continue, and to add your photos to the mix.

As with the Instagram Terms of Use, I believe that Facebook is asking for open-ended permission here that does not serve the needs of users. This is an overly broad agreement that shifts the control over a person or company’s content and identity too far into the hands of Facebook.

Photo Sundial App Gives You the Sun, the Stars, the Moon and more

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 11:37

Photo Sundial created by photographer Rick Sammon is an interactive app loaded with features that help you find the best light, sunlight, starlight and moonlight.

 

The new app, a great planning and on-site tool for all levels of photographers, is my 12th app. It is on sale until September 30th for $2.99. After that date the price goes to $4.99.

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Lexar High-Performance microSDXC 600x UHS-I Memory Card Enhances Mobile Video Capabilities

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 06:13

New 64GB microSDXC Card Quickly Captures, Stores, Plays Back, and Transfers HD Video, 3D Video, and Other Files on Smartphones, Tablets and Sports Camcorders

Key features:

  • Delivers high read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second)*
  • 64GB capacity enables users to store up to eight hours of HD video as well as thousands of photos and songs**
  • Includes a USB 3.0 reader for high-speed file transfer rates from memory cards to a PC or Mac® computer

Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 64GB Lexar® High-Performance microSDXC™ UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second).* Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders, the Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video and thousands of photos and songs.**

 “Over the past decade, mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, and action video cameras have become an integral part of everyday life – and new capabilities are continually being added to enhance these technologies. Mobile devices offer convenience for business and personal needs, as well as the ability to capture those special, every day moments,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card provides users with a premium mobile solution that allows them to spend less time offloading their increasingly large files and more time capturing those important moments while they’re on the go.”

The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. Lexar memory card designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide, the 64GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card will be available with an MSRP of $99.99. For additional information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.

 

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One man produces an amazing sci-fi short film with the Canon EOS C100 and AfterEffects

by JamesNYCAugust 28. 2013 06:50

I came across this amazing video created by one man using a Canon EOS C100, a few choice lenses and Aftereffects skills that are off the chart.

This really shows what can be done on a budget with serious pre-production, a solid idea, and the focus and attention to detail to create a great finished product.

I'd actually love to to this as a whole video series.

Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code that grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries... In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something that will explain who exactly she is and where she comes from.

Director: Raphael Rogers
Producers: Raphael Rogers, Bianca Malinowski
Talent: Bianca Malinowski, Andrew Varenhorst, Raphael Rogers
Contact: shortfilmbeyond@gmail.com

More Info:
For those interested, I shot this with a Canon c100. Lenses used were the Canon 24mm IS prime, the Canon 50mm 1.4, the 100mm Macro IS 2.8 and the Tokina 11-16mm. By far, most of it was shot on the 24 and the 100. The final shot was done with my trusty 5DII as it was a pickup. There was no crew on this shoot. Just myself and Bianca. The shoot took 3 days and post production took significantly longer. All the visuals were done in after effects. I used Element3D a good amount. Thank you to everyone who helped me out during all the time spent editing. You know who you are.

Raphael's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm4776738/
Bianca's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm2841629/
Andrew's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm2967554/

Managed by: Scott Glassgold of IAM Entertainment

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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