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One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own.
This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.
Tags: Kickstarter, iPhone, Video, Elephant stabalizer, Photo, Photo Assistant, PhotoAssistant, Photo Assistants, Photographer
The iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.The iXY with Lightning connector provides broadcast quality audio in your pocket, everywhere. Perfect for meetings, reporting, recording music and used on-camera you won't leave home without it.Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recording and protective storage pouch are also included. The RØDEGrip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a "deadcat" windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.RØDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS 7 platform and are available to download in the App Store.Visit www.ixymic.com for more information
Tags: Rode, iXY, iPhone, Photo, Photography, Photographer, Photo Assistant, Photo Assistants, PhotoAssistant, DSLR, Canon, Profoto
Autonomous vehicles could automatically assume the right positions for photographic lighting. - Video Below -
In yet another way of feeding on the insecurities of amateure photographers in order to separate them from their money,...a group of researchers from MIT and Cornell University want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. On display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they've actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot.
Announced earlier today through the MIT News website, the prototype the researchers have ready for demonstration focuses on providing perfect rim lighting and a proof of concept using a difficult to produce effect.
Using a continuous light source, a flash and a laser rangefinder, the flying assistant sets itself up based on the position of the subject as well as what the photographer is seeing through the camera, making sure the lighting is always "picture perfect", if you will.
Using the system is extremely straight-forward. First, the photographer tells the drone what side they want the rim light to come from. Then, once the little helicopter is in position, the photographer indicates in the desired rim width they want by typing in a percentage of the current width.
From that moment on, the drone will handle everything else automatically. If the subject moves and the rim width changes, the drone will move. If the photographer moves, the drone uses a 20-images-per-second feed from the photographers camera to adjust its position accordingly.
No moving lights back and forth, the lights move for you.
The long term goal here is to allow photographers to use a whole fleet of drones in their work, never having to set up another light again. Just indicate the desired effect, and your little Sky Net lighting system gets to work creating that effect and then maintaining it automatically until you move on to the next setup.
And while that autonomous lighting future is still a ways away, Ravi Ramamoorthi, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, tells MIT that he believes the system is definitely doable given the rapid advance of the necessary technologies.
Tags: Drone, Photo, Photography, Photographer, Photo Assistant, studio lighting, Rim Light
Photographer John Hornbeck couldn't find a camera app for his phone that came anywhere close to the high-contrast, black-and-white photographs he makes with his camera, and he wasn't interested in "having to purchase a bunch of add-ons." Hornbeck, who earns money from his photography but also works in the software industry, decided to collaborate with a friend to build an app that would come close to reproducing his style.
After they finished the app, Contrast by Hornbeck, the photographer used it for a few months before he and the developer decided to “push it out to the public and see if there would be any interest from others.” There has been.
Hornbeck has promoted the app—it’s available for free—via his social media channels, and others have shared it. “I know at least a couple of respected photographers who use it and have told others about it, so it’s just word of mouth and people playing around,” he says. The downloads number “in the thousands,” and several hundred images on Instagram are tagged with the #contrast by hornbeck hashtag.
The biggest thing this app offers that others don’t, Hornbeck says, is simplicity. Photographers can use it to make high-contrast, black-and-white shots. “That’s all it does and we have no plans to really change that.”
Tags: iPhone, APP, Social media, B&W, Photo, Photographer, Photography, Photo Assistant, Photo Assistants, Photoassistant
Dior recruited director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) for its latest perfume spot, featuring Russian model Sasha Luss in a through-the-looking-glass scenario set to a Die Antwoord soundtrack.
Tags: Sahsa Luss, Harmony Korine, Ryan McGinley, Dior, Addict, photo photography, beauty, fashion, photographer, photo assistant, digital tech
This is what creative people do when they are stuck at the Las Vegas airport overnight; Shoot a music video on your iPhone.
All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.
The following is an interview with Richard Dunn from CBC radio Canada
Tags: iPhone, Las Vegas, Photo, Photography, Photographer, Photo Assistant
PHOTO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, NY www.IndustrialColor.com
Industrial Color, the leader in digital still and video capture and post-production services, seeks a full-time Photo Production Coordinator to join our New York team.
Handle all aspects of shoot production, including:
Skills and Experience:
Competitive benefits, salary and compensation dependent upon experience
Go to the Industrial Color site.
Tags: Photo Assistant, Photo Assistants, PhotoAssistant, Digital Tech, Photo production Coordinator, Photo, Photographer, Photography, Fashion, Beauty
A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss.
Tags: Alexander McQueen, Steven Klein, Photo, Photography, Photographer, Photo Assistant, Photo Assistants, PhotoAssistant, Fashion, Beauty<canon, Phase One, Profoto, Sekonic
Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)
It's pretty hard to tell which is better: the productions value and DP skills for this video, and the room and mood specific lighting, or the young women dancing. The "Official video" is really well done; and then the recreation live at the ELLEN show the dancer changes things up really nicely. Start your weekend early and wacth both videos.
In a little more than two weeks online the music video for "Chandelier" by Sia, featuring 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, has become a minor pop-culture phenomenon, generating more than 12 million views on YouTube and being recreated live on-stage for Ellen 9See below). Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill; the DP was Sebastian Wintero and the choreographer was Ryan Heffington.
Tags: Sia, Chandelier, Video Production, DSLR, Canon, Photo Assistant, Photo, Photography, Photographer, Photo Studio, Studio Lighting
Hensel and Chimera
Hensel will be touring around the country bringing the "Hensel Experience" to all attendees of the Hensel Test Drive Events.Playboy / Fashion photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi will highlight some of his lighting methods during a dedicated session. Come by to get a hands-on experience with Germany's quality, yet affordable lighting tools. It will change the way you think about lighting!
At Fotocare, New YorkTuesday, June 3rd: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products9am - 12 Noon: - Session 11pm - 4pm: - Session 2Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.Wednesday, June 4th from 5-8pm Evening Open House Event5pm-6pm: Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc. Light refreshments will be served. 6pm-7pm: Keynote Speaker Photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi. Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.7pm-8pm: Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below.
Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!Open house: http://www.fotocare.com/HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_OPEN_HOUSE_p/14651.htmAssistants training: http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_MORNIN_p/14644.htmAssistants training (session 2): http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_AFTERN_p/14938.htm At Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ Thursday, June 5th: 5pm-8pm Evening Open House Event5pm-6pm: Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc. Light refreshments will be served. 6pm-7pm: Keynote Speaker Photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi. Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.7pm-8pm: Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives. Friday, June 6th: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products9am-12 Noon: - Session 11pm-4pm: - Session 2Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera. For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!Open house: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/350Assistants training: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/351
Tags: Photo Assistant, Photo Assistants, Photoassistant, photo, photography, photographer, photo studio, studio lighting, fashion, BeautyHensel, Chimera, Fotocare
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