Post hurricane sandy - Camping in NYC.

by JamesNYCNovember 1. 2012 08:35

It's been 3 days since the lights went out here in the East Village - NYC. due to a lighting strike that blew up a transformer at the Con Edison facility on 14 Street here on the east side of Manhattan. This means that most of us living below 25 street both east and west side are with out power, heat, hot water, and in some cases cell phone service. Cell service appears to be working for some networks; but for me I need to walk up town to 24th and Madison before I can get an ATT cell phone signal.  This is what we call "Camping in NYC."

Word is that we MIGHT get power back sometime on Monday next week

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to find this bright that I'd never seen before lighting up the front of my building and the entire street. I went to the window to find that it was the full moon and a sky full of stars.  With out the lighting that typically pollutes the manhattan night sky I was looking at a pitch black sky full of star light and a bright moon on a scale that I have not seen since I was in the Kalahari dessert in South Africa 16 years ago.

For all of the negative impressions people have of NYC. I have to say that I feel safer walking around late at night on the pitch black streets of NYC. with nothing but a flash light; than I ever felt walking on the empty streets of Boston (when I lived there) at night even when those streets had street lights on. Truth is people in NYC. know how to live together and in most cases don't fuck with you unless you are causing them or others a problem.

I'v been lucky enough to be doing a studio management gig up on 28th street for the last 2 days which always me internet access, cell phone and laptop recharging and a hot shower and hot food.

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Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 7 Digital Imaging Software today

by JamesNYCOctober 25. 2012 05:22

Phase One officially announced the release of Capture One Pro 7, a new version of the industry standard in digital capture and asset management software that features a new processing engine and several new tools including Live View support for selected digital SLRs.

Phase One Capture One Pro 7 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows at www.phaseone.com/store for $299.

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Lexar Introduces High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I Memory Cards for Mobile Devices

by JamesNYCSeptember 18. 2012 05:53

Today Lexar announced the digital imaging industry’s first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card. The card enables 400x minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed and is designed for capturing, storing, and transferring high-res images and 1080p Full-HD and 3D video.

The card leverages Micron’s 128Gb, 20nm NAND flash memory process technology, and adheres to the SD 3.0 spec to reliably address the workflow needs of professional photographers and videographers.

New 32GB microSDHC and 64GB microSDXC Cards Empower Mobile Users to Quickly Capture, Play Back, and Transfer Photos, Songs, and 1080p Full-HD and 3D Videos

 

  

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Attendees thoughts on the Aug. 2012 Photo Assistant Boot Camp.

by JamesNYCSeptember 10. 2012 08:22
Every once in awhile we get feed back on our workshops. This was just sent to us about our last Photo Assistant boot Camp.
 

"Whether you're an aspiring photographer or assistant, If you're looking at http://www.photoassistantbootcamp.com and wondering if you should sign up....get off the couch and just do it. You will not regret it!
I've had the pleasure of working with James quite a few times on different shoots. I know nothing about assisting but James and the photographer were kind enough to take me under their wing and make sure I didn't blow up any of the equipment or myself. You'd think that after working with James on quite a few shoots, I wouldn't need to take the PABC Workshop. Well.....you're wrong.

I was lucky enough to have assisted James on a shoot that was in a building that hadn't been opened to the public for maybe 20 years or a fashion shoot on the busy streets of New York, or right in the middle of Times Square, a simple studio shoot for an ad campaign, and few others. All these shoots have one thing in common......"NOTHING"!

The equipment was always different, the lighting was different, the pace of the shoot was different, the PROCEDURE in assisting was different, even what we wore during the shoot was different.
So I signed up for the workshop and never looked back. James experience in the field is absolutely priceless.
This class is not just for assistants, it's for aspiring photographers that want to go pro.

If you're wanting to become an assistant, this workshop is definitely a must. James vast experience in the field becomes obvious as soon as he starts the workshop. He'll give you hands on experience with the equipment that you'll encounter on the set of a professional shoot. He'll also give you hands on experience with the different ways the equipment may be used all whilst listening to his different experiences and scenarios will help you troubleshoot when you find yourself in a similar situation. He'll give you hands on experience on lighting a subject the way the photographer would want it lit. He talks about etiquette on set to ensure you will be hired again by the photographer. James will be able to help you anticipate what the photographer needs before the photographer realizes it himself. This all helps get you hired again and again, which thus helps you start your business.
James will go over simple techniques that will make a huge difference on lighting. None of these techniques are obvious, again, all through his experience of what works and what doesn't, is passed down to you. Everything you learn in this workshop will help you get hired over and over again.

If you're an aspiring photographer, this workshop is invaluable. If you're starting to build a book, unless you have your own equipment and studio space, you'll need to rent. Most studio spaces rent equipment as well. This workshop will help you walk in any rental studio and use any lighting equipment the studio has to offer. This in itself helps you conceptualize your shoot. Through James' vast experience in the field, he will go through lighting with you. Show you the most efficient way to make the lighting work. What tools you will need to get the lighting you want whether it be a light modifier or a specific color temperature, he'll give you hands on experience on how to accomplish it. He will introduce you to lighting equipment you may never have thought of using. He had a notebook full with notes from past shoots that was being passed around. I couldn't stop reading it. Every page had diagrams, power settings, distances, etc etc etc with Polaroid's of the actual results, this to me was a goldmine. "

Rico - 08/10/2012

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Canon C100 leads to murky future for mid- to upper-range Video HDSLRs

by JamesNYCAugust 29. 2012 13:35

The following is from Vincent Lafort's blog, and as he is probably the most well informed when it comes to motion capture these days I feel it is well worth the read.

 

Canon just announced the EOS C100 today – the little brother to the C300 if you will – and it is scheduled to be available in November.    

I think this camera will likely put a noticeable dent in the use of mid- to upper- range HDSLRs for video production such as the Canon 5D MKIII and Canon EOS 1DX given that the C100 meets a lot of the ergonomic needs of filmmakers that HDSLRS lack (EVF, LCD, Built in ND) and a superb sensor behind it that generates an extremely sharp, wide dynamic range, and low noise image at high ISOs,  off of a super-35 size 16:9 sensor.

We now have 3 Canon  "C" bodies to choose from and here’s a basic recap of where each camera stands:

At the top of the food chain is the Canon C500  - 12 bit, 4K, 4:4:4 MXF Codec or Full RAW up to 60p  (via external recorder) EF and PL versions, HDMI and HDSDI (x2) out, Canon Log Gamma, Records to dual CF Cards or external recorder – $30,000  (Now scheduled for an October release.)

In the Middle the Canon C300 – 2K 50 Mbps MXF 4:2:2: Codec format up to 30p (from the same sensor above) EF and PL Versions, HDMI and HDSDI out, Canon Log Gamma, Records to dual CF Cards – $15,999

And now the Canon EOS C100 – 1080p 24Mbps up to 30p  AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec,  4:2:0, 15% smaller than the C300, EF mount version only, locking HDMI out, Canon Log Gamma,  Records to dual SD Cards – can also output uncompressed digital HD to an external recorder… $7,999 (Note: some sites are already listing the price at under $6,700.)

Please follow this link to read the full article.

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Rediscovering the Magic of Photography - A trip to the past with James Weber

by JamesNYCJuly 27. 2012 23:54

My friend James Weber has been itching to play with large format photography for some time.

Recently he went way back to the beginning of large format photography and has gotten into Wet Plate Collodion.

I’ve been a professional photographer for around 18 years now.  In that time, I dedicated 6 wonderful years in the U.S. Navy as a photographer.  This is truly where I fell in love with photography as a process and an art.  Back then, it was all film.  Black & white, color, darkrooms, chemicals..it was crusty and dirty, but it was fun! 

The processes were harder to do, but really satisfying when it was done right.  When I was in the darkroom and I saw the image coming up from a print in the developer, it really was magical.

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Vintage - Currently the most over used word in photography & Fashion

by JamesNYCMay 31. 2012 09:52

Vintage - Currently the most over used word in photography & Fashion

Current meaning - take a photo, add a filter that is: 20 pts. yellow, green or blue, add vignetting and call it vintage.

Real meaning - am image or elements in an image that are older than you.

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Location over view of Chelsea Hotel roof top

by JamesNYCMay 27. 2012 08:44

Chelsea Hotel NYC - Location over view of Chelsea Hotel roof top.

The Chelsea Hotels long history of being the playground and home to the artists of the past and those to be determined in the future are now long gone.

The hotel has changed hands yet again and is currently being completely renovated.

The art and images that had previously adorned the hotels enterance are gone.

The footage of the roof top in the coming months will no longer be valid as the development company has plans to strip all of the existing 'Character' of the roof in order to bring in a more corporate presence on 23rd street.

If anyone has any desire to shoot at this location you had better do it soon; before the remaining elements of this historic Hotel are stripped and sold off.

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Strobe and daylight mix lighting setup 5 Beekman St. NYC.

by JamesNYCMay 14. 2012 05:59

Here is a lighting setup we used on the roof of 5 Beekman St. for 1 of 40 we did on Saturday.

Strobe was around 1 stop over ambient to give that dark background look. This effect is best done using a camera with a leaf shutter but can be achieved with any DSLR with a flash sync of 1/200 sec. or better. A Pola filter will enhance this effect.

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Leaf Credo Presents: High Resolution Touch Screen

by JamesNYCMay 1. 2012 08:25

 

Total Control from Capture-to-Delivery

The new Leaf Credo lets you shoot anywhere.

Featuring a high resolution 1.15 MP, 3.2” touch screen, Leaf Credo enables you to view, inspect and edit your images under all kinds of challenging lighting conditions, both in-studio and outdoors. Its powerful processor allows you to verify fine details instantly with excellent color rendition and tonal gradations with 16 million colors.

The touch screen's wide format aspect ratio allows plenty of space for histograms, highlight warnings and to display EXIF data right next to the image.

Its touch screen is extended and covers a larger area beyond the LCD, giving a new innovative handling experience, which enables precise control without touching the actual display area.

The Leaf Credo series of digital camera backs deliver legendary Leaf image quality along with speed and versatility that are second to none.

Available in 80, 60 and 40MP versions.

The Leaf Credo 80 offers the best price-performance ratio of any 80 MP single-shot capture device, allowing you to take your photography further by capturing the highest quality, single- shot images possible. The sensor provides the ability to record the finest detail, eliminating the need to use cumbersome multi-shot solutions.

Click here for more information on the Leaf Credo.
Click here to book a hands-on demonstration or to learn about upgrade offers.

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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

 

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington

 

"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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