The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

by JamesNYCMay 30. 2009 08:40
This is why the first word a photographer needs to learn is to say "NO!!

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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.


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

by JamesNYCDecember 15. 2008 08:16
Leaf Capture v. 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
NEW YORK ( -- 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.


Surviving The Recession

by JamesNYCDecember 1. 2008 08:10
Jon Hornstein of Creative Touchpoint

This is a challenging time for photographers, as it is for almost all sectors of the economy. The photo industry was already facing a gloomy outlook even prior to the recent stock market meltdown.

The economy is cyclical. Booms followed by busts are the norm. But for many areas of professional photography this recession is a watershed moment. Print publishing, the financial lifeblood of commercial, editorial and corporate photography, was already rapidly loosing readers and advertisers. The current recession will only accelerate the loss of advertising dollars and hasten the death of many print publications.

General estimates are that this recession will last 18-36 months. Once ad spending does begin to increase again, fewer ad dollars will go back into print and more will go into Web, mobile, games and product placement. Much of the costs of creating an ad campaign that previously went to photographers will instead go to videographers, graphic designers, user experience designers and 3-D modelers.

Of course commercial, editorial and corporate photography won't disappear. There will still be  print publications as well as billboards, bus shelters, brochures and other marketing and promotional needs that only photography can fill. But much of that will be filled with low-cost microstock whenever possible. More...

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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.


"I don't hire women" and other sexist comments.

by JamesNYCAugust 13. 2008 09:21
As I have stated in some of my other writings, based on my observations there is an unspoken fact about the commercial photo industry; that being the degree of sexism and racism that exits.
This despite it’s perception of being all inclusive and populated by progressive thinking artists’.

This was again brought to my attention about two weeks ago when a female assistant emailed me from the west coast.

While she didn't go into graphic details, the content and structure of the email conveyed the level of stress and anxiety she was feeling. I answered her email as best I could but suggested she call me to speak of her experiences further.

She called 2 days later. During the conversation, she recalled her experiences of the past year. She had been told "I don't hire women." Despite having the same level of experience and skill sets, was paid less than other assistant for the same job. Among other choice comments, she has even been told "..well, I pay the men more because they work harder.."
It should also be pointed out that women photographers are often just as discriminatory towards female assistants.

50 & 65 Megapixel digital backs. “Do we really need them?”

by JamesNYCJuly 21. 2008 07:57
With Hasselblad’s announcement last week of their new H3DII-50 “Integrated digital Camera” (The H3DII-50 camera will be available from October 2008 at a price of $39,995.").  Phase One felt the need to respond with the early announcement of their new P65+ digital back (Expected release Q4 2008) which is expected to work with most third party medium format camera bodies.



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Aperture 2.1 launch issue when running Phocus 1.0

by JamesNYCJuly 7. 2008 09:44
If you encounter problems with Aperture 2.1 while running Phocus 1.0, the information provided in this mailing is relevant to you :

The issue:
When Phocus 1.0 is launched it will check whether the necessary ICC profiles are present and if not they will be installed. Unfortunately due to an OS bug related to 64 bit applications this leads to a partly corrupted ColorSync profile cache which will prevent Aperture 2.1 from launching.

The solution:
In most cases the issue can be fixed by following these steps:

1) Phocus installs 3 profiles:
Hasselblad RGB.icc
Hasselblad 330Skel 30K75.icc
Hasselblad 350Skel 30K90.icc

For users with administrator rights they will be located in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles - otherwise you can find them in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles.
Drag these 3 profiles to another location - for instance the desktop.

2) Aperture should now be able to launch without problems - verify that and quit Aperture.

3) Drag the 3 Hasselblad profiles back into the Profiles folder

4) Launch Aperture again - this should still be possible without any issues

After completing these steps you can now run Phocus without triggering the issue again.
Apple is working on fixing the OS bug, but it is still present in 10.5.4. For the upcoming Phocus 1.0.1 release we have been able to implement a workaround so that it will not trigger the issue during profile installation.
Best regards,

Hasselblad USA
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