Otus 1.4/55 From Carl Zeiss

by JamesNYCNovember 19. 2013 01:00

The point of the Otus was to make the very best lens Zeiss could possibly make, and they believe they’ve done it. Why is this important news for those of us shooting video with DSLR? In the interview below, Rich Schleuning explains although this is a still lens, it represents the future of video lenses from Zeiss.

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A conversation with Canon Cinema EOS global product manager Yoshinari Onda

by JamesNYCNovember 17. 2013 06:27

At Inter BEE 2013, Japan’s domestic broadcast convention, Dan Chung of News Shooter sat down with the man responsible for Canon’s popular Cinema EOS line of video cameras – Global Product Manager Yoshinari Onda.

 

Inter BEE 2013: Newsshooter talks C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon's Mr Onda from Teradek on Vimeo.

Here are a few key points from the interview:

Canon’s Yoshinari Onda is the man responsible for producing the successful Cinema EOS line.

the wild success of the 5D Mark II. “…totally took us by surprise,”

new feature in the C100 – a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment that adds what Canon calls “Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus.” Onda revealed that the C100 sensor already had the dual pixel structure built in; so all it takes to activate it is a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment.

live demonstration of how the camera performs smooth automatic focus adjustments while filming was impressive.

 

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Capture One Pro 7.1.5 released today

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 22:27

This is a service release providing additional OS support and few bug fixes. Mac Mavericks users now have a supported version. The important thing to remember is to disable App Nap for Capture One Pro 7.1.5 on the mac by clicking on the Application, choose File > Get Info then checking "Prevent App Nap". As always, understand that this is a new release - so there is a possibility of bugs and kinks. Also keep in mind that Mavericks is yet another variable to throw in to the mix. Our tech team will test this release more extensively and relay our technical support. Stay tuned to our blog as we have further developments. 
 
OS Support
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (App Nap must be disabled)
  • Windows 8.1
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with Chinese folder names on Mac
  • Fixed a Windows stability issue on certain hardware/software configurations
  • Fixed a "few additional issues"

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Eight camera megatest – eight top cameras pitted against each other

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 09:05

COMPARATIVE TEST 8 CAMERAS on Vimeo

Mega camera comparison: Nikon D5200, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Nikon D600, Canon 5D mk III, Canon C500, Sony F55, Red Epic, ARRI Alexa

 

Ever wondered what would happen if you pitch cameras at opposite ends of the price spectrum against each other?

 

Most of us wouldn't know where to begin with a comparison like this. It's very hard to be objective about the performance of modern cameras. Specifications don't tell the whole story, and, ultimately, it's up to the viewer. You pick the tool that suits you.

 

That's if you can afford it!

 

And the good news is that if you can't afford the top end ones, there doesn't seem to be a bad choice amongst the cheaper ones, either.

 

This comparison was created by Ludovico Bettarello. He's an independent colourist, editor and general-purpose expert in all things in post production and finishing.

 

Whatever your budget, there are some truly capable options for you.

 

 

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Flying a Drone around The NY Public Library

by JamesNYCOctober 31. 2013 01:01

Originally posted on http://boltron.com/nypl

Shot with the full cooperation of nypl.org and their rad labs team. Seems like most likely the first drone ever flown inside the NY Public Library. If you haven’t been there, go.

Everyone in the video was involved in the shoot and lots of safety precautions were taken and no books were harmed in the making of this video. Shot with a DJI Phantom and both a Hero3 Black and an iPhone 5S. Slowed down with Twixtor in After Effects to make up for the glaring lack of a Gimbal.

Thanks to @msh for coming up with the idea, @riordan for touring us, and @meikd, @ryanchris, and @gab for helping out. So much semi-autonomous quadcopter technology happening right now. Pretty sweet that they are small enough to take into a place like this and open up a new way of capturing images. And this is just the beginning. Music was purchased with rights to distribute from the Vimeo music store.

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New Law Regulates the Use of Child Models in New York

by JamesNYCOctober 26. 2013 15:23

New legislation in New York State demands that models under the age of 18 receive the same protection as child performers. Photographers and clients who hire models under the age of 18 will have to provide them with more protections and services on shoots in New York State under a new law that takes effect November 20. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new child labor law on Monday night.

State senators Jeffrey D. Klein and Diane Savino, Democrats from New York City, proposed the legislation earlier this summer.

Lawyers writing for The National Law Review broke down the implications of the legislation in an article published in July. According to the article, “the new legislation will provide that companies employing models under the age of 18 will be required to obtain certificates of eligibility, to provide chaperones and tutors and to limit their work hours,” among other requirements. Under-age models will now receive the same protections as child performers.

The law also stipulates that 15 percent of a child model’s gross income be placed in a trust by the model’s employer.

Advocacy organization The Model Alliance, which supported the legislation, created a guide to understanding the new law, “Under 18 Models and the Law,” which can be downloaded here: http://modelalliance.org/child-models

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LEICA D-LUX 6 Silver Edition

by JamesNYCOctober 24. 2013 22:27

Solms, Germany  (October 24, 2013) - Leica Camera AG, presents a new design twist on the Leica D-Lux 6 digital compact camera. With an existing version in elegant, matte-black, the camera is now available in a high-gloss, two-color finish. The new high-gloss black camera body paired with the silver-colored lens creates a tasteful contrast that results in a sophisticated, stylish appearance.

 

The silver lens of the Leica D-Lux 6 is a Leica DC-Vario-Summilux lens. The varied range of focal lengths makes the camera particularly versatile, ideal for everything from wide-angle architectural and landscape photography to photojournalism and portraits. Combined with a powerful 1/1.7” CMOS image sensor, this camera guarantees a high dynamic range and brilliant images that capture life’s greatest moments.  

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Fashion Photographer Deborah Turbeville dies at age 81

by JamesNYCOctober 24. 2013 05:21

Photographer Deborah Turbeville, whose atmospheric images for Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Cacharel, Valentino and Barneys New York were distinctive for their mystery and drama, died in a New York hospital October 24, her agents, Marek and Associates, confirmed. The cause of death was lung cancer.


Throughout her career, Turbeville created fashion, travel and architectural images that were “Romantic, feminine, elegant, unconventional, dreamy,” as Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani wrote in the 2011 book Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures (published by Rizzoli).

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DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

by JamesNYCOctober 23. 2013 02:16

DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

With its award-winning and unrivaled image processing quality, DxO Optics Pro definitively emerges as the software of reference for the most demanding photographers

Special introductory offer through November 20, 2013

October 23, 2013 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 9, the major new version of its image-processing software. DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology whose spectacular performance produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.

Based on DxO Labs' exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers' personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

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Fotodiox Announces New Additions to Signature Line of High-Intensity LED Lights

by JamesNYCOctober 17. 2013 22:04

Fotodiox Announces New Additions to Signature Line of High-Intensity LED Lights

Next Generation Upgrades to Best-Selling LED Lighting Panels Offer More Portability, Control, and Ease of Use for Amateur and Professional Photographers

Fotodiox, the leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality photography and videography accessories, has announced the availability of its next generation LED light panels; the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL. The new LED lights are compact and powerful, while remaining lightweight – perfect for both studio and location shooting. Fotodiox's LED panels generate little heat, use little power, and now the reduced bulk of these newest lights maximize portability and mounting possibilities to capture the perfect shot.

 

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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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