March 14. 2014 03:39
3 years ago I knew 2 people that worked at the eComm retailer Gilt Group. As of this month I know a dozen.
Years ago photographers shot catalog for weeks on end. In fact this trend of shooting in studios were other catalog shoots were going on is how many of us met other assistants and networked with other photographers; which in turn led to more jobs with varied clientele. eComm has pretty much replaced this long catalog shoots except for a few instances. Check out this video from Bloomberg TV about Gilt Group. A makeup artist friend of mine Kim Weber shows up in it a few times.
PLEASE NOTE - THE VIDEO STREAM TAKES A FEW SECONDS TO LOAD.
March 13. 2014 05:53
Calumet Photographic - "It's where the Pro's DID NOT GO often enough!"
Calumet Photographic, the Chicago based camera supply, photo rental and photo retailer that first opened 1939 abruptly closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after 75 years in business.
Some employees took to Facebook and Twitter to express anger over the sudden closure, saying they were not given prior notice.
On its Facebook page Calumet said that it was closing its stores in the United States, but that its European stores would remain.
According to court documents Calumet Photo Chapter 7 filing, in which a company prepares to liquidate, it lists assets of less than $50k, and and estimated liabilities in excess $10 million to $50 million.
Assets of less than $50k is interesting when you consider how much product they stocked and rental equipment that was held in their inventory. Calumet’s bankruptcy filing lists 585 creditors, including photo manufacturers such as Canon, Fuji, Manfrotto, Phase One, Hasselblad, Cambo, Mac Group and many others.
Calumet photo.com LLC has voluntarily filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listed as case #14-08908 in the Northern District of Illinois United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing is dated March 12, 2014 Calumet Photo LLC Bankruptcy Petition
March 13. 2014 02:19
In the never ending saga of T.R. - The Model Who Accused Terry Richardson Of Sexually Assaulting Her Reported Him To The Police.
Earlier this week, the story of a 19-year-old model’s face-to-jizz encounter with the human version of a white windowless van Terry Richardson went viral and it was one of the many horror stories from women who had to scrub their skin with a Chore Boy after shooting with Lady CaCa’s homeboy. She initially wrote it anonymously on Reddit, but after it went viral she came forward and told her entire story to Vocativ. It’s long, so it’s all after the cut.
Read the full article here
March 10. 2014 04:20
Introducing the SideKick360 - a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with solid camera support and precision control. Indispensable for creating sharp photos, videos, time lapse and long exposures. The 360° rotating ball joint allows for quick repositioning from vertical for photos to horizontal for video and anywhere in between.
March 9. 2014 04:34
A long time friend of ours George Simian regularly holds a full week's photography workshop, on the Island of the Gods, Bali, Indonesia - an opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in the authentic Balinese culture. Visit his web site for full information
This workshop is an opportunity to grow your photographic skills while exploring a unique, authentic culture, that has prospered unchanged for centuries. We will guide you as you use the camera to explore the remarkable beauty of Bali and relate with the locals in a genuine manner.
March 7. 2014 04:46
Manfrotto introduces the X PRO 3 Way Head, a brand new head designed for photographers who want maximum precision from a compact size.
Three-way heads are ideal for making fine and precise adjustments – in macro photography, for example.
The friction controls on the new X PRO 3-Way Head’s tilt and portrait movements allow delicate framing adjustments to be made with the locking knob open.
March 4. 2014 09:09
You know your brand is in trouble when there is a petition against you on Change.org and another page on Face Book.
The link to this Change.org petition found it's way into my inbox this afternoon. It appears to have been started late last year which begs the question why have so few people participated thus far.
Those of us working in the commercial photo industry have all heard the stories about Terry R. over the years. We have had tales of excess described over lunch during photo shoots, or in some cases had first hand experiences that reveal in graphic detail his exploits.
March 2. 2014 01:32
Just like Nikon did with the D4s, Hasselblad announced their CMOS sensor-toting H5D-50C before they… well… announced it. Revealing little in way of details, the company said that the camera would become official in March — and today, they fulfilled that promise.
Usually we end with the price, but it’s worth mentioning right off the bat that the 50c won’t cost users any more than the regular H5D-50: $27,500. Not that this is cheap, but the fact that they’re not charging you more for what was supposed to be the ‘world’s first CMOS sensor medium format camera’ is notable.
March 1. 2014 03:59
Once again we must mourn the loss of two more analog films. Despite talk that certain segments of the analog market are doing well, specific types of film that are having a hard time selling continue to kick the bucket.
The most recent of these are Fujifilm’s Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm black-and-white and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 color film.
You can find the official announcement on Fujifilm Japan’s website. The translation may be difficult to read, but the standard discontinuation announcement format is followed: demand has decreased significantly enough that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep producing it.
In keeping with their standard discontinuation procedures, Fuji is also recommending replacements for people fond of these particular films. Instead of the Neopan 400 PRESTO, Fuji suggests you use their Neopan 100 ACROS, while the PRO 400 can be replaced by the PRO 400H.
Currently you’ll still be able to pick up these emulsions for some time to come, as they’ll continue to ship to retailers until mid-2014, but by this time next year we don’t expect you’ll be able to find any outside of eBay.
Sadly, this is starting to seem like a pattern for Fuji, who discontinued its Neopan 400 B&W film and Provia 400X slide film last July. If you have any photos in the archives taken on any of these films, feel free to drop them in the comments in honor of our discontinued friends.