PDN's All-Star Assistants Nominate Your Best Assistants

by JamesNYCSeptember 18. 2013 12:35

Nominate Your Best Assistants

In recognition of all the great work that assistants do for photographers across the country, we're launching PDN's All-Star Assistants. We're asking you to nominate a current assistant who you think goes above and beyond in order to make a shoot go smoothly and shows promise for a career in photography. The editors at PDN will be choosing 20 nominated assistants and digital techs, based on their submissions, to feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine as well as the website.

Please fill out the required fields below to nominate an assistant or digital tech. You are also welcome to fill out the additional information, which will help as we create a guide for up-and-coming photographers looking to assist in the future. Once your nomination is received, we will contact your assistant to complete the submission process.

Note: You can nominate more than one assistant by simply filling out the form below for each nominee.

Deadline:

September 26, 2013. All nominations must be received by this date.

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Gary Fong Flip cage Photo Plus Expo 2011

by JamesNYCOctober 31. 2011 08:59

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Leica invites you to PPE Studio Reception

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2011 18:08
PhotoPlus Expo Kick Off
 
Leica Camera invites you to kick off this year’s PhotoPlus Expo during a reception held at
 
Sun West Studios on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00PM - 9:00PM

 
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Cross-sections of Leica lenses

by JamesNYCMay 13. 2011 06:47

A very good friend turned me on to this post.    Read the origanalblog post and credits here

If colleges offered camera equipment anatomy classes, this Leica lens cutaway might be one of the things you’d be examining in the lab. It’s a Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm sliced cleanly down the middle, revealing all the glass and pieces inside that go into making the lens.

These were actually made by Leica students as a graduation project and boxed as a “cutaway model” of the lens. Here’s the same thing done with a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M ASPH lens:

 

 

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Thanksgiving extended one day weekend

by CSI RentalsNovember 1. 2010 08:23

Thanksgiving Extended One Day Weekend Special Wednesday November 24th 3pm - Monday November 29th 10am = Only 1 Day Rate

  

5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2010 09:08
Our friend David Harry Stewart posted a great article on his site

5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

David Tausik has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years as a director, producer and writer. He started his career working under Roger Corman. He is now preparing a feature he wrote and will be directing, to be set in Cuba

You can check it out here

The cycle begins again and the photo history repeats itself.

by JamesNYCJuly 10. 2010 21:48

I saw this link on a twitter post and thought I would share it.

It seems every 15 years the photo industry retreads the stuff we used to do and call it new.
this is a perfect example of what we did in studio 20 years ago.
And we did it before computers.

Back then,...in the olden dayz,.. like 18-20 years ago,... photographers called it "Photo Illustartion"
In fact some photographers whole business and marketing plan was based on their photo inllustartion and nothing else. Suffice it to say that they did not last long and the smart ones rebuilt their business model and managed to stay in business. Others were stubborn and not so lucky. (Names witheld to protect those now out of business)

Some of you, older than 20, may recall when Chip Simons began his career and was one of the first to introduce the concept of light painting for editorial and commercial photography. This was around 1990 or 1991? I can't recall exactly. Those interested in photo history can dig up an old copy of PDN to see the article they did on him.
Next came Aaron Jones and his invention: the 'Hosemaster' which was an interesteing marketing gimmick along with the instructional videos that so many ran to invest in. kinda like those guys you see buying up all of the latest crap at the Photo Plus Expo that will help them become "Pro Photographers".
Even earlier Man Ray Pablo Picasso was photographed in 1949 doing a quick sketch in the air.

SO why did this trend never last?
Because it is time consuming, labor intensive, and th eresults can not be duplicated exactly every time.
As we know clients want it yesretday, they want dozens of shots a day, and they want it cheap. Light painting, when done properly ain't cheap. Shooting digitaly certainly speeds things up but even so your still looking at long time exposures and if your using strobe your doing multi-pops of the stobe. Amazing results but not something for those not tech savvy.
We also as in the Youtube video used non-standard forms of strobes and lighting. ("And I'd be happy to sell you that information.")

For any photo school students I would suggest spending a weekend playing around like this. It will teach you invaluable lessons in lighting and exposure.

I should also add one more thing, anyone can do this type of photography. Very few can do it very well.

FolLow up on NYC Film petition.

by JamesNYCJune 13. 2010 08:15
We did it! Just in case you haven't already heard, the Petition to Save Street Photography in New York City was a huge success! So many people stood up for our collective rights and said "No way", the MOFTB Permit Office had to drop it! If you signed the Petition, wrote letters to the MOFTB or just simply forwarded the email, 'Thank you' for helping to raise awareness! Democracy in action can be such a beautiful thing!!!!

"Power to the [Photo] People"! Hope that you're doing well, having fun and keeping cool.

received via email.

Just as I'v always said, "Just say no!"

Hasselblad releases Phocus V.2.5 for Mac

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2010 08:37

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PocketWizard Announces MultiMAX Firmware Upgrade 7.5 for USB-enabled MultiMAX radios

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Elmsford, NY – April 22, 2010PocketWizard today launched a major firmware upgrade for USB -enabled MultiMAX Transceivers. Firmware Version 7.5 for both FCC and CE MultiMAX radios is packed with new features and capabilities for serious pro shooters including Long Range Mode for remote camera triggering, Custom ID Move, Signal Strength Indicator and Radio Relay Mode. More...

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"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

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"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

 

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"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

 

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"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

 

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