Pay the Writer (photograper) - Harlan Ellison

by JamesNYCAugust 23. 2009 21:59

Color Workflow for the Photographer

by JamesNYCJuly 7. 2009 09:04
Join Joe Brady of MAC group for an hour-long presentation on color workflow for photographers

“Magic Lantern” – firmware hack for Canon EOS 5D Mark II released as open platform

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2009 08:04
There is a Lot-O-Love for teh Canon 5D MKII so mauch so that peopel have gone so far as to hack the firmware and create new features for teh camera by hacking the firmware.

“Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR.” Though it also has some pretty significant warnings about possible dangers with the pre-release version. So, don’t download and install unless you read the entire wiki! Progress to date features these key components:
  • Onscreen stereo audio meters
  • Full-time cropmarks
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed regions
  • Fixed audio gain (+10 dB analog, +12 dB digital) with -NO AGC-
  • Live headphone monitoring on A/V jack (without disabling LCD)
  • printf() to the bitmap display
  • GUI event viewer (press Picture Style button)

Follow this link to check out the latest firmware hach by Trammell Hudson on his Planet 5D.com blog

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Leaf Releases Leaf Capture 11.2.7 Software

by JamesNYCJune 5. 2009 08:31
Leaf is pleased to announce the release of an update to its highly acclaimed Leaf Capture software. Leaf Capture 11.2.7 delivers improvements for Leaf’s latest digital back and camera models, the AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10, offering an extended ISO range and improved shooting burst speeds.

Of special note, is Leaf’s new ‘Lens Calibration’ feature, which allows Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 users to create their own custom lens calibration files for any lens they have.  These calibration files ‘describe’ certain characteristics of the lens so that photographers can obtain the absolute best image quality available. 

For Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 customers who do not wish to go to the extent of making their own custom lens calibration files, Leaf provides a separate CD, which contains factory defined lens calibration files for some of the most commonly used lenses.  These files are customized and tested individually for each sensor.

Leaf Capture 11.2.7 can be downloaded here: http://www.LeafAmerica.com

Hasselblad realeases Phocus V.1.2 for Mac

by JamesNYCJune 4. 2009 08:24
Release of Phocus 1.2 for Mac
Phocus 1.2 for Mac has been released and features a number of major enhancements!
Version 1.2 has been improved dramatically with regards to speed and performance, plus been endowed with several new features and workflow enhancements.

Highlights
Speed and Performance
  • Improved tethered capture performance
  • Improved export speed
  • Improved viewer performance
    Tools
  • Grey scale tool
  • Navigator tool
    Workflow
  • Export direct from 3FR raw file
  • Export to PSD 8 & 16 bit
  • Improved viewer sharpness
  • Ejecting of volumes from file browser
  • Custom Date format via name preset
  • Tool bar control for show/hide options of main window
  • Improved print functionality
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  • Archiving film and old negatives.

    by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2009 09:12
    There have been a few discussions in other photo groups and forums concerning the archiving of film and the possible degradation over time.

    Having worked in photo processing labs for more than 10 years back in the 80's   and 90's I came to find that there is/was a huge difference in the manor that a customer’s film was handled or processed.

    Regardless of whether you took your film to a 1 hour mini lab, a professional photo lab using a dip and dunk system or one of the many bulk film developing companies around the country that would run miles of film through a continues film line; it all comes down to the quality control that each lab implemented

    As some of you may recall back in 1989', Kodak tried to implement a Kodak Certified Processing certification associated with a number of labs.

    This entailed mixing the chemistry to exacting standards and even checking the specific gravity of each batch for process such as Ciba-Chrome and E-6 or color reversal film. In addition each film processing machine would have film test strip run every 4 hours.

    That lasted for all of 12 months before the photo labs decided that the extra expense of following such a stringent model was not cost effective.

    What you could expect from the better photo labs that ran Colenta or Hostert dip and dunk machines was Kodak chemistry that was mixed to specs and added daily to the 50 gallon replenishment reservoir that fed each processors replenishment system, and were triggered as each new rack of film was loaded into the machine.

    When these systems were properly monitored they ran flawlessly and the systems ran a steady line. Meaning that the test strips run 3 times a day never moved more than 5-7 points above or below the recommended base line, resulting in perfectly processed film that was theoretically completely archival and as Kodak claimed; would remain stable for more than 100 years.

    However there was a not so pretty reality.

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    Hasselblad - Warning concerning use of 32 GB CF Card

    by JamesNYCFebruary 20. 2009 07:58
    Hasselblad hereby advices you NOT to use 32 GB CF Cards in our products, until further notice.
    At the present time we have verified that images shot on such cards with the H3DII-50 will be corrupted. We have not had this issue reported using any other type of Hasselblad camera, but as a precaution we temporarily recommend all our customers NOT to use 32 GB CF cards.
    The issue is not related to certain makes of 32 GB CF cards, but is universal.
    We will provide further information as soon as we know a time frame for the solution to this issue.
    Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences caused.

    Best regards
    Hasselblad USA

    Leaf Capture 11.2.0.2

    by JamesNYCDecember 15. 2008 08:16
    Leaf Capture v. 11.2.0.2 resolves the issue of occasional appearance of colored dots in some Leaf Capture v11.2 images taken with Leaf AFi and AFi-II camera systems, and Leaf Aptus-II camera backs.

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    2009: Weakest Ad Market Since '01

    by JamesNYCDecember 4. 2008 08:18
    AdWeek
    NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Business is about to go from bad to worse for Madison Avenue and media companies, a 2009 sector outlook issued this week by Fitch Ratings indicates. Newspapers will disappear, advertisers will cut back on ad spending, but those that do still advertise can push for better rates thanks to the proliferation of digital media options.


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    8X10 with out a net.

    by JamesNYCAugust 14. 2008 09:39
    I got a call last week from a photographer friend of mine for an 8X10 shoot.
    This was to be a fine art shoot that would take place in a burned out building with out air-conditioning.
    While we had plenty of film for the shoot (FUJICOLOR PRO 160S PROFESSIONAL), but we came to find that Polaroid 8x10 could not be found anywhere in or around NYC.

    The lack of Polaroid and use of hot-lights for the shoot presented an interesting scenario.
    This would require what some would consider the “old school method” metering every part of the set to see exactly where the lights were falling off, and where the hot spots were, and balancing the ratios across the set.
    Now let me interject and respond to those asking “Why not just shoot digital?”
    1) It’s what the photographer wanted.
    2) 8x10 was the right tool for the job.

    While this may not sound like much fun to some people, I live for this stuff
    Since we didn’t have Polaroid we at least had some latitude that shooting C-41 offered. After metering we shoot ? stop open from meter, plus the ½ stop compensation for a slight bellows extension. So because we were essentially shooting blind we did do a 2 sheet bracket, plus ½ stop open for the second sheet, for all of the shots that day.
    Did I mention that we were shooting in Jersey?
    This meant that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the film until later the next day; and since we were again on set first thing in the morning we still didn’t have the option to view the results of the first day until we brought in the film later that day.
    SO what we did was to have the lab contact print the negs and scan 3 with a flatbed scanner and email the JPG’s to use. This worked pretty well for the photographer as he got to see that he was getting what he wanted. While looking at the JPG’s I noticed that the even though the images looked great, I could still see a hint of the film base on the contact sheet. This meant that even with over exposing by nearly 2 stops we had to over expose more. Having this new information made shooting the second day a little less stressful.

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