Photo Sundial App Gives You the Sun, the Stars, the Moon and more

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 11:37

Photo Sundial created by photographer Rick Sammon is an interactive app loaded with features that help you find the best light, sunlight, starlight and moonlight.

 

The new app, a great planning and on-site tool for all levels of photographers, is my 12th app. It is on sale until September 30th for $2.99. After that date the price goes to $4.99.

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Lexar High-Performance microSDXC 600x UHS-I Memory Card Enhances Mobile Video Capabilities

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 06:13

New 64GB microSDXC Card Quickly Captures, Stores, Plays Back, and Transfers HD Video, 3D Video, and Other Files on Smartphones, Tablets and Sports Camcorders

Key features:

  • Delivers high read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second)*
  • 64GB capacity enables users to store up to eight hours of HD video as well as thousands of photos and songs**
  • Includes a USB 3.0 reader for high-speed file transfer rates from memory cards to a PC or Mac® computer

Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 64GB Lexar® High-Performance microSDXC™ UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second).* Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders, the Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video and thousands of photos and songs.**

 “Over the past decade, mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, and action video cameras have become an integral part of everyday life – and new capabilities are continually being added to enhance these technologies. Mobile devices offer convenience for business and personal needs, as well as the ability to capture those special, every day moments,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card provides users with a premium mobile solution that allows them to spend less time offloading their increasingly large files and more time capturing those important moments while they’re on the go.”

The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. Lexar memory card designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide, the 64GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card will be available with an MSRP of $99.99. For additional information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.

 

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One man produces an amazing sci-fi short film with the Canon EOS C100 and AfterEffects

by JamesNYCAugust 28. 2013 06:50

I came across this amazing video created by one man using a Canon EOS C100, a few choice lenses and Aftereffects skills that are off the chart.

This really shows what can be done on a budget with serious pre-production, a solid idea, and the focus and attention to detail to create a great finished product.

I'd actually love to to this as a whole video series.

Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code that grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries... In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something that will explain who exactly she is and where she comes from.

Director: Raphael Rogers
Producers: Raphael Rogers, Bianca Malinowski
Talent: Bianca Malinowski, Andrew Varenhorst, Raphael Rogers
Contact: shortfilmbeyond@gmail.com

More Info:
For those interested, I shot this with a Canon c100. Lenses used were the Canon 24mm IS prime, the Canon 50mm 1.4, the 100mm Macro IS 2.8 and the Tokina 11-16mm. By far, most of it was shot on the 24 and the 100. The final shot was done with my trusty 5DII as it was a pickup. There was no crew on this shoot. Just myself and Bianca. The shoot took 3 days and post production took significantly longer. All the visuals were done in after effects. I used Element3D a good amount. Thank you to everyone who helped me out during all the time spent editing. You know who you are.

Raphael's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm4776738/
Bianca's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm2841629/
Andrew's IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm2967554/

Managed by: Scott Glassgold of IAM Entertainment

New Things Are Happening At Jack Studios!

by JamesNYCAugust 27. 2013 21:17
Hey James,
 
New things are happening at Jack Studios  We have recently expanded our studio spaces and now offer a total of 8 full service studio spaces in the heart of Manhattan.  We also expanded our equipment room making it over 2000 square feet and stocked full of brand new photo equipment!  If there is ever anything at all I can do to help please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Thanks,
Ron
 
 

LockPort - protect the mini-HDMI port on your DSLR

by JamesNYCAugust 13. 2013 20:28

Just came across this very cool product for those shooting DSLR video.

This elegantly designed yet ruggedly crafted device protects the fragile mini-HDMI port on your DSLR with a rock solid clamp that adapts the mini-HDMI to a full-size HDMI. 

As some have found out the hard way, the mini HDMI port on a DSLR is fragile and very expensive to repair if damaged.  With the LockPort you will ensure your camera is protected allowing you the freedom to connect monitors, electronic viewfinders or digital recorders without running the risk of damaging your camera.  

The LockPort is made to fit the Canon 5D Mark II, Mark III, 7D, the Nikon 800 or 600 series and is now available with a USB connection as well.  With multiple mounting options, the LockPort is a 'must have' accessory for any serious cinematographer or photographer.
The LockPort5 fits your Canon 5D Mark III and is available in with the HDMI adapter for the front or rear. 
It can also be made to fit your Redrock Micro mount with an attachment.
The LockPort 7 kit works the same way as the LockPort5, but it is custom made to fit your Canon 7D.
 
It comes in either a front or rear mounting adapter.

Kits Starting at $137.00

 

TENS TIPS FOR GENERATING REVENUE IN A SLOW MONTH

by John BerthotAugust 7. 2013 08:48
     TENS TIPS FOR GENERATING REVENUE IN A SLOW MONTH:

 
1.  TEST SHOOTS:  Testing is a great way of freshening your portfolio and generating new content for your blog, website and portfolio.  Shoot work you would like to have been hired to shoot, along with locations and subjects that inspire yout.  Studios, models and crew will often agree to test on slow months if it adds to their portfolio.  Also consider delving into a personal project to keep your motivation high, when you are not on assignment.
 
2.  SOCIAL MEDIA:  Update your social media profiles, and consider changing your profile picture.  Include any recent accolades, new clients, and new images for Behance or Tumblr.sites. This is also a great time to update your bios.  Keep them concise and factual without being pedantic.
 
3.  PRINT PORTFOLIO:  Revisit your print portfolio.   If you don’t have new images to show, rearrange the images in your book so it looks new to clients.  If your book looks dated, or tattered consider investing in new housing.  There are numerous inexpensive custom and off the shelf options.  My personal favorites are listed on the resources page of my website.
 
4.  WEBSITE:   Take some time to review your current website design and consider enlisting a few beta testers to revisit your online portfolio on both Mac and PC platforms. Be sure your social media contact links are active.  There are a host of new template and custom portfolio sites.  Your website should run exclusively on HTML, without any flash elements.
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Your Photo's Copyright Has Been Infringed: Now What?

by JamesNYCAugust 7. 2013 04:23

Your Photo's Copyright Has Been Infringed: Now What? from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo.

With Carolyn E. Wright of photoattorney.com

The Zoom H6 - Currently the most advanced handheld digital recorder ever, is available now

by JamesNYCAugust 6. 2013 01:53

The announcement of the new ZOOM H6 is worth getting excited about and now it is available at retails stores.

Zoom North America has announced the immediate retail availability of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder.

The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced, offering six tracks of simultaneous recording and an innovative system of interchangeable microphone and input capsules. Four input attachements are available: stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side), both included with the H6, as well as Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules, which will be on sale at a later this year. With the H6, videographers, musicians, and DJ's now have the power of a recording studio in the palm of their hands. The Zoom H6 is available at Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend, Sweetwater, B&H Photo Video and other select online and offline retailers for $399.99, which includes the H6, the stereo X/Y and MS capsules, foam windscreen, 4 AA batteries, 2 GB memory card, Cubase LE, and carrying case.

The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, and its large full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels in any environment. It records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes in a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k for the ultimate in high-definition audio. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.

Other features include a stereo Line Out for connection to cameras; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets.

 

About Zoom North America:

Zoom North America is the recently formed U.S. affiliate for new products manufactured by Zoom Corporation (Japan). The company prides itself on offering its customers the very highest level of service and support. Their first product is the H6 Handy Recorder.

For more information, please visit www.zoom-na.com.

20 things you should never do as a photo assistant. Or “You SUCK as a Photo Assistant if…”

by JamesNYCAugust 5. 2013 01:26

 

 

LEARN THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO GET WORK AT  PHOTO ASSISTANT BOOT CAMP

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Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs New Agent Provocateur Film

by JamesNYCAugust 1. 2013 01:55

Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs the new Agent Provocateur Film
Her husband Javier Bardem Appears in the Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz Wrote and Directed the new Agent Provocateur Film and her husband Javier Bardem appears in Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz wasn't enjoying any down-time while she was pregnant. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, was busy with another creation: her first collection for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. To launch the line, called "L'Agent," she directed and produced a surreal short film starring Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, who finds himself in an opulent home mysteriously full of gorgeous, lingerie-clad women. Model Irina Shayk has a starring role as chief seducer, who eventually puts the hunky actor under a sweaty, dizzy spell until actor Javier Bardem (a.k.a. Mr. Cruz) appears. Ms. Cruz's pregnant sister, Monica, who co-designed the line, also makes a cameo.

The plot itself isn't groundbreaking, and we've seen more edgy creative from Agent Provocateur, which came under fire recently for this freaky ad starring a woman being stalked by dominatrix vamps. However, it might be appropriate for L'Agent, meant to be more accessible and affordable with underthings that people can wear everyday.

 

Here's a look at another controversial video produced for Agent Provocateur

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Stuff people say

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

 
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