Photographer Manjari Sharma - Darshan Premiere, Solo Show, September 12th

by JamesNYCAugust 27. 2013 02:39

 Photographer Manjari Sharma - Darshan Premiere, Solo Show, September 12th

It gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to the opening of my upcoming solo show. The show will debut at ClampArt on Thursday, September 12th and will remain open until October 12th. Darshan is a series of constructed photographs of Indian Gods and Godesses. Please feel free to visit www.projectdarshan.com to learn more. The official press release can be seen here.

WHEN: September 12th, 6 - 8 pm
WHERE: ClampArt, 521-531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY10001

 

LockPort - protect the mini-HDMI port on your DSLR

by JamesNYCAugust 13. 2013 20:28

Just came across this very cool product for those shooting DSLR video.

This elegantly designed yet ruggedly crafted device protects the fragile mini-HDMI port on your DSLR with a rock solid clamp that adapts the mini-HDMI to a full-size HDMI. 

As some have found out the hard way, the mini HDMI port on a DSLR is fragile and very expensive to repair if damaged.  With the LockPort you will ensure your camera is protected allowing you the freedom to connect monitors, electronic viewfinders or digital recorders without running the risk of damaging your camera.  

The LockPort is made to fit the Canon 5D Mark II, Mark III, 7D, the Nikon 800 or 600 series and is now available with a USB connection as well.  With multiple mounting options, the LockPort is a 'must have' accessory for any serious cinematographer or photographer.
The LockPort5 fits your Canon 5D Mark III and is available in with the HDMI adapter for the front or rear. 
It can also be made to fit your Redrock Micro mount with an attachment.
The LockPort 7 kit works the same way as the LockPort5, but it is custom made to fit your Canon 7D.
 
It comes in either a front or rear mounting adapter.

Kits Starting at $137.00

 

TENS TIPS FOR GENERATING REVENUE IN A SLOW MONTH

by John BerthotAugust 7. 2013 08:48
     TENS TIPS FOR GENERATING REVENUE IN A SLOW MONTH:

 
1.  TEST SHOOTS:  Testing is a great way of freshening your portfolio and generating new content for your blog, website and portfolio.  Shoot work you would like to have been hired to shoot, along with locations and subjects that inspire yout.  Studios, models and crew will often agree to test on slow months if it adds to their portfolio.  Also consider delving into a personal project to keep your motivation high, when you are not on assignment.
 
2.  SOCIAL MEDIA:  Update your social media profiles, and consider changing your profile picture.  Include any recent accolades, new clients, and new images for Behance or Tumblr.sites. This is also a great time to update your bios.  Keep them concise and factual without being pedantic.
 
3.  PRINT PORTFOLIO:  Revisit your print portfolio.   If you don’t have new images to show, rearrange the images in your book so it looks new to clients.  If your book looks dated, or tattered consider investing in new housing.  There are numerous inexpensive custom and off the shelf options.  My personal favorites are listed on the resources page of my website.
 
4.  WEBSITE:   Take some time to review your current website design and consider enlisting a few beta testers to revisit your online portfolio on both Mac and PC platforms. Be sure your social media contact links are active.  There are a host of new template and custom portfolio sites.  Your website should run exclusively on HTML, without any flash elements.
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Your Photo's Copyright Has Been Infringed: Now What?

by JamesNYCAugust 7. 2013 04:23

Your Photo's Copyright Has Been Infringed: Now What? from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo.

With Carolyn E. Wright of photoattorney.com

The Zoom H6 - Currently the most advanced handheld digital recorder ever, is available now

by JamesNYCAugust 6. 2013 01:53

The announcement of the new ZOOM H6 is worth getting excited about and now it is available at retails stores.

Zoom North America has announced the immediate retail availability of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder.

The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced, offering six tracks of simultaneous recording and an innovative system of interchangeable microphone and input capsules. Four input attachements are available: stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side), both included with the H6, as well as Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules, which will be on sale at a later this year. With the H6, videographers, musicians, and DJ's now have the power of a recording studio in the palm of their hands. The Zoom H6 is available at Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend, Sweetwater, B&H Photo Video and other select online and offline retailers for $399.99, which includes the H6, the stereo X/Y and MS capsules, foam windscreen, 4 AA batteries, 2 GB memory card, Cubase LE, and carrying case.

The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, and its large full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels in any environment. It records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes in a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k for the ultimate in high-definition audio. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.

Other features include a stereo Line Out for connection to cameras; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets.

 

About Zoom North America:

Zoom North America is the recently formed U.S. affiliate for new products manufactured by Zoom Corporation (Japan). The company prides itself on offering its customers the very highest level of service and support. Their first product is the H6 Handy Recorder.

For more information, please visit www.zoom-na.com.

20 things you should never do as a photo assistant. Or “You SUCK as a Photo Assistant if…”

by JamesNYCAugust 5. 2013 01:26

 

 

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Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs New Agent Provocateur Film

by JamesNYCAugust 1. 2013 01:55

Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs the new Agent Provocateur Film
Her husband Javier Bardem Appears in the Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz Wrote and Directed the new Agent Provocateur Film and her husband Javier Bardem appears in Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz wasn't enjoying any down-time while she was pregnant. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, was busy with another creation: her first collection for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. To launch the line, called "L'Agent," she directed and produced a surreal short film starring Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, who finds himself in an opulent home mysteriously full of gorgeous, lingerie-clad women. Model Irina Shayk has a starring role as chief seducer, who eventually puts the hunky actor under a sweaty, dizzy spell until actor Javier Bardem (a.k.a. Mr. Cruz) appears. Ms. Cruz's pregnant sister, Monica, who co-designed the line, also makes a cameo.

The plot itself isn't groundbreaking, and we've seen more edgy creative from Agent Provocateur, which came under fire recently for this freaky ad starring a woman being stalked by dominatrix vamps. However, it might be appropriate for L'Agent, meant to be more accessible and affordable with underthings that people can wear everyday.

 

Here's a look at another controversial video produced for Agent Provocateur

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Amazing timelapse sequences for Triggertrap.

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2013 15:49

This is an Amazing timelapse sequences created using the Triggertrap mobile app.

Filmmaker and Triggertrap fan Sy Stepanov spent a month traveling to collect a load of awesome timelapse sequences for Triggertrap.

He used all the timelapse modes available in the app, including the TimeWarp, DistanceLapse, HDR Timelapse and normal Timelapse modes in the Triggertrap Mobile App for iOS and Android.

We think it's flippin' awesome, and really wanted to share it with all of you!

Check out Sy's website on stepanovphotography.com.

Timelapses by Sy Stepanov from Triggertrap on Vimeo.

 

 You can get more details on TriggerTrap here.

Nvidia Introduces K6000 GPU with 12 GB Memory - When you want more power than you need

by JamesNYCJuly 25. 2013 02:45

Nvidia Introduces K6000 GPU with 12 GB Memory
and Claims 5x Computer Performance, Almost 2x Graphics Capability

 

Sometime you just "WANT" more power in your desktop editing or digital capture station than your really need or at the very least know that it is there when you do need it for that session were more power is better.

Nvidia debuted its GK110 graphics hardware running at full power for the first time with the introduction of the new Quadro K6000 GPU at SIGGRAPH this week. Nvidia said the new GPU has five times the computing performance and almost double the graphics capability of the Quadro GPU, that it replaces.
The K6000 card, Nvidia's new flagship hardware, has 2,880 CUDA cores, which clearly indicates serious horsepower. Even more impressive, Nvidia has doubled the amount of memory on board; from 6 GB on the K6000's predecessor to 12 GB on the new card.
This allows animators to work with larger and more complex models than ever before, and to create larger, ever-more-detailed environments in one go. "The added memory and other features allow our artists to see much more of the final scene in a real-time, interactive form, and allow many more artistic iterations," said Pixar VP of Software R&D Guido Quaroni in a prepared statement.
 "I am now able to load nearly complete vehicle models into RTT Deltagen and have stunning photorealism almost instantly," said Nissan North America Associate Engineer Dennis Malone. "Instead of spending significant time simplifying the models to fit into previous hardware, we can now spend more time reviewing and iterating designs up front, which helps avoid costly changes to tooling." That's good news for VFX artists who regularly work at breaking down heavy, CAD-style models so they're usable in a 3D modeling and animation environment.


The K6000 supports four simultaneous displays at up to 4K via DisplayPort 1.2 output.
Also introduced at SIGGRAPH this week is the new Nvidia Quadro K5100M, a top-of-the-line notebook graphics card that now boasts 8 GB of memory for the GPU.
Both the K6000 and the K5100M are slated to be available this fall through workstation OEMs, systems integrators, and Nvidia's authorized distribution partners.
NVIDIA Quadro website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-professional-solutions.html

 

Photoshelter Introduces Beam: A New Platform for Striking Portfolio Websites

by JamesNYCJuly 24. 2013 01:17

As we saw last week Livebooks is essentially no more. And just in time to capitalize on their demise, Photoshelter announces the launch of their new amazing portfolio service Beam. This looks to be one of if not the best online portfolio options available with more features then most people may be able to use and at a price point that everyone can afford.

Photoshelter Introduces Beam: A New Platform for Striking Portfolio Websites.

With Beam you get a cutting edge photography website platform combined with PhotoShelter’s industry-leading tools to help you get, do and keep business.

Experience the power of Beam for yourself with this 2-minute video overview. Learn how fast and easy it can be to create your gorgeous portfolio website, and even how to integrate with Wordpress, Vimeo, Instagram, and other social media in just a matter of minutes.

Plus, if you’re currently using liveBooks and considering a switch, you can try PhotoShelter FREE for 60-days.

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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