Pentax Unveils Limited Edition K-3 DSLR

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2014 17:56

To celebrate its flagship K-3 digital SLR, Pentax announced last week that they would ship a limited edition version in gunmetal gray to dealers in August. They'll also sell the K-3 online at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Only 2,000 such models will be sold and the kit will include the K-3 body, the BG-5 battery grip in matching gunmetal gray, an exclusive black leather strap and a pair of batteries that can be used in the camera body or the grip. You'll pay $1,399 for the honor of owning this limited edition K-3, which is $100 above the standard K-3's MSRP.

The K-3 was announced to the world in October 2013 and sports a 24-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor, a 27-point AF system and high-speed shooting at 8.3 frames per second (fps). It does not use an anti-aliasing (AA) filter but instead features an AA simulator, allowing you to select whether you want filtering turned on or off.

 

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7 Great Camera Rigs for Different Gigs

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2014 10:33

Yes, your camera can shoot high-def video (or even 4K). No, you can’t simply hit the record button and expect to get professional-looking results. In particular, that high-resolution footage is going to look extremely shaky if you plan to handhold your HD-DSLR for more than just a few seconds. To capture crisp, steady clips, you’ll need to attach your camera to a rig or stabilizer. Rigs have come a long way from those clumsy, cumbersome setups of just a few years ago. Here are our current favorites for a range of cameras and assignments.

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Create a PDF or manipulate it online for FREE

by JamesNYCJuly 24. 2014 07:51

As photographer we deal with PDF files in one form or another several times a day. We're either creating PDF's or converting them. Here is an online resource that allows everyone to create or convert PDF files for FREE online.

 

 

 

http://smallpdf.com

 

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The road ahead for V System photographe

by JamesNYCJuly 23. 2014 08:00

Yesterday meets today and is ready for tomorrow.
Hasselblad has gone back to the future with its new CFV-50c digital back for V System photographers worldwide.

 

 

CFV 50C DATASHEET

The CFV-50c comes with a cutting edge CMOS sensor (just like its H5D-50c sibling) offering photographers outstanding performance at all ISO settings.

Now dedicated V System users – even those with cameras going back as far as 1957 – have access to the very latest imaging technology from the world’s leading medium format camera maker, but can still revere and cherish V System classic design and feel.

The CFV-50c celebrates almost sixty years of V System history but now offers users instant access to the revelations of today’s progressive imaging environment.

Photographers can now embrace the wealth and bandwidth of latest photo know-how and employ it with ease to fully exploit the potential for their older cameras.  Breathtaking results from a world-beating digital back.

It’s Hasselblad genius at your fingertips.

The check list:

  • CMOS sensor with the same performance level as the H5D-50c (perfect colours in any light).
  • Long exposures with clean, noise-free images.
  • Classic design (similar to the old film magazine).
  • Simple operation with no need for external cables (the CFV is the only digital back to offer this for V cameras).
  • Allows for use of PM90 and PME90 90º viewfinders.
  • Live Video in Phocus in colour.
  • New larger LCD screen with higher resolution.
  • Remote control option from Phocus.
  • Classic Hasselblad square crop option.
  • Modernised user interface

 

Technical

Sensor type: CMOS

Sensor size: 50 Mpixels (8272 x 6200 pixels)

Sensor dimensions: 43.8 x 32.9 mm

Image size: RAW 3FR capture 65 MB on average. Tiff 8 bit 154 MB

Capture rate: 1.5 capture/sec. 35 captures/ minute (based on a SanDisk Extreme UDMA7 120 MB/s) 

Single shot

16 bit colour

ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 & 6400

Longest shutter speed: 12 minutes

Image storage: CF card type II (write speed >20 MB/sec) or tethered to Mac or PC

Color management: Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution - One generic profile 

Storage capacity: On average 60 images on a 4GB CF card

Battery type: Sony™ InfoLithium L NP-F series

Colour display: 3.0 inch TFT type, 24 bit colour

Histogram feedback: Yes

IR filter: Mounted on sensor

Feedback: IAA - Instant Approval Architecture: provides acoustic and visual feedback

File format: Lossless compressed Hasselblad 3F RAW 

Software: Phocus for Mac and PC (included)

3FR files are also supported directly in Apple and Adobe environments

Macintosh: OSX version 10.5 or later. PC: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8

Camera support: Hasselblad V System cameras manufactured since 1957. 2000 series cameras and 201F with C lenses only. 202FA / 203FE and 205FCC camera models need a minor camera modification to use F/FE lenses. All other cameras with Hasselblad V interface.

Host connection type: FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b)

Battery capacity: Sony™ InfoLithium L, up to 8 hours of shooting capacity

Operating temperature: 0 - 45 °C / 32 - 113 °F

Dimensions: 91 x 92 x 57 mm [W x H x D]

Weight: 530 g (Excluding battery and CF card)

Package contents: Hasselblad CFV digital back with protective cover, adapter cables,  FireWire cable and 16 GB CF card. Focusing Screen (Split image / Micro Prism) with dual format markings.

 

 

 

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The Grim Realities of Reality TV: Workers Speak

by JamesNYCJuly 19. 2014 09:52

The rise of reality TV programming over the past two decades has been driven in large part by the fact that reality shows are cheap to produce. Labor costs are a big reason why. What does that mean for the people who work on these shows? Allow some of them to tell you.

Last week, a union that is working with employees of reality (or news/ nonfiction) television shows put us in contact with a number of people who were willing to share their stories of working in the industry. These workers have varying experiences, but they all presumably share the conviction that a union would improve their working conditions. You are free to decide whether or not that colors your view of their stories. Many of these employees are treated as freelancers, and they do not have the workplace protections that their unionized brethren in other sectors of the entertainment industry enjoy. Their experiences vary, but they all go to show that, past a thin veneer of glamour, the TV industry is just another job.

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The most important and spot on advice any new or existing photographer could ever learn

by JamesNYCJuly 17. 2014 11:10

Greg Heisler Talks Photography as a Career and Having ‘True’ Style

The advice given in this video by Gregory Heisler is so dead on it should be required viewing

 

Gregory Heisler from Maine Media Workshops + College on Vimeo.

As much information as we’re able to pull in through the Internet, there is one thing that can never be obtained through words or pictures on a screen: experience. Through time and experience, information turns to knowledge, and we begin to wrap our heads around the complicated concepts that baffled us in the beginning.

One phenomenal example of a man who has accrued more experience than most is renowned portrait photographer Gregory Heisler, and in the interview above with Maine Media Workshops + College, he shares valuable insight and advice for photographers both young and old.

Heisler starts off with a funny, profound and very relatable event that took place when he was a young photography student in college. From there, he goes on to share some valuable pieces of knowledge he’s gained throughout his career, covering everything from business to ‘true’ style in that concise and focused manner all his own.

At five-and-a-half minutes long, it’s a quick watch that will enrich your day and, quite possibly, your career as a photographer. Be sure to give it a watch or toss it in your queue so you don’t miss out.

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RØDE Announces the iXY Microphones for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

by JamesNYCJuly 13. 2014 02:45

 

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.

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Drone lighting - MIT Researchers Develop a Drone that Can Automatically Light Your Subjects for You

by JamesNYCJuly 11. 2014 03:32

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.

 

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Photographer Creates Free iPhone App for His Signature Style

by JamesNYCJuly 2. 2014 04:52

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.”

 

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Stephen Mallon On Perseverance And Transition To Video

by JamesNYCJuly 1. 2014 09:21

The backstory.
Prior to the incident on the Hudson River, Stephen Mallon was “surviving” on royalties from multiple stock agencies. He had been photographing landscapes for licensing and exhibition, and personal work. A book editor at a portfolio review had expressed interest in making a book but Stephen felt he didnʼt have the right content that he envisioned for his first monograph. So he set about focusing on his interests in the recycling industry. He engaged a writer to help with a proposal, and, explaining that he intended to make images for non-commercial use, he gained access for two days to a recycling plant in New Jersey, which led to access to others in other states and to a body of work that would come to be titled “American Reclamation.” This was all self-funded by the bits and pieces he was drawing in from editorial and resale.

The break.
In New Jersey, in 2008, Stephen spotted a barge loaded full of stripped down subway cars and thus discovered the artificial reef project, wherein these erstwhile MTA cars are shipped to various locations off the US coast and dumped in the ocean to create artificial reefs both for sea-life and for tourism, images of which would become “Next Stop Atlantic.” The company concerned was Weeks Marine, and here began a wonderful relationship. Forward to 2009 and Stephen and his wife are out celebrating her birthday when Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger, III, makes his amazing landing on the freezing Hudson River. Mallon called Weeks Marine and sure enough they were tasked with retrieving the plane; they commissioned Stephen to photograph the project, bringing him in by tug boat to make an incredible photo essay that made national news. As well as all the licensing, the prints are still selling well in the fine art market.

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