The Making of the Pirelli 2012 Calendar - Mario Sorrenti

by JamesNYCMay 12. 2014 13:55

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“Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch reveals where his ideas come from

by JamesNYCMay 8. 2014 14:53

Ever wonder where the man behind the movie “Blue Velvet” and other artistic endeavors gets his ideas? Last week in a talk with Paul Holdengräber at Brooklyn Academy of Music, David Lynch gave us a glimpse into his extraordinary and brilliant mind.

Asked about where his ideas come from, Lynch explained,”It comes like on a TV in your mind.” Lynch also called ideas “beautiful gifts.” A portion of the hour-long talk can be viewed below:

It's always great to hear how others creative get there ideas; as opposed to those that steal and "Re-purpose" the works of others from the past.

According to Brooklyn Magazine, Lynch expounded on other topics. In terms of music Lynch loves Kanye West, specifically “Yeezus,” which he said was “one of the most modern pieces and so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful.” He also loves Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young.

He also thinks everybody is a voyeur, saying, “Looking into windows is something so fantastic. It’s like cinema, and a glimpse into another world, other lives. So beautiful.” David Lynch was also an Eagle Scout, who volunteered at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration where he saw “four consecutive presidents just gliding by me.” An in-depth reading can be found here.

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Photography Against A White Background - Patent granted to Amazon "WTF"

by JamesNYCMay 6. 2014 12:09

In yet another act of insanity and a further display of the US Patent and Trademark Office level of ignorance and complete incompetence on display during the past 10 years, the USPTO has granted Amazon a Patent for: "Photography Against A White Background".

Polaroid | PHOTO ASSISTANT against white background 1989

Now how anyone in any office would not be able to pick up any magazine produced in the last 100 years and not find "Prior Art" that would be an example of this type of photographic lighting setup is simply astounding.

Creating images of people or products against a clean white background is probably the most common studio photography techniques in use and a basic  skill for any studio photographer using studio strobes or continuous lighting. But that has not stopped the US Patent and Trademark Office from granting Amazon one of the most bizarre and needless patents I've heard of in a long time. A studio lighting setup that allows photographers to "achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless background." Yes, Amazon now holds a patent for taking photos with a clean white backdrop.

Which is rather astounding because I've been doing this with studio strobes and or tungsten lights sources since 1989. And still others have been doing this since the 40's as far as I can tell based upon my 4 minutes of Google research.

The details of the patent itself are slightly more focused, calling out specific lighting placement and even the placement of a 21-inch raised platform nine feet from the backdrop for the subject to stand on. The patent's diagrams show very specific numbers and placements of the light sources, but those details aren't the point. Enforcing such a patent would appear to be nearly impossible, considering the nature of such photos with a pure white background, there's no way to know if the photographer is following the specific setup that Amazon patented.

Regardless of enforceability, the idea of patenting a fundamental and basic photography setup is hard to fathom, particularly when you consider that Amazon filed for the patent in November of 2011. If the USPTO had asked around a little, it probably could have found dozens of photographers who have used nearly identical setups for years particularly given that the ability to manipulate a background from pure white all the way down to black is something every photographer masters when learning how to use strobes.

View the Patent here

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Leica Launchs the New Leica T-System

by JamesNYCApril 24. 2014 01:44

Los Angeles, California - April 24th, 2014 -- Leica Camera continues to celebrate its journey into the future with the launch of the radically new yet brilliantly familiar Leica T-System. The Leica-T was designed with dynamic simplicity in collaboration with AUDI Design and it is the fourth system ever to be released from Leica. The Leica T-System features Wi-Fi, a rebuilt graphical user interface (GUI), Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®.

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Interview with Paolo Roversi: "My life is full of pictures I didn’t take"

by JamesNYCApril 18. 2014 03:11

Paolo Roversi is one of the most important and influential photographers of the last 20 years, and a name that appears on most peoples top 10 favorite photographers lists.

Here is an interview he did recently.

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Official Calumet Liquidation sale

by JamesNYCApril 14. 2014 01:57

STORE CLOSING SALE Near You!—Everything on Sale—Everything Must Go!

This email should be hitting your inbox right about now. Gotta wonder how much of the sales revenue will actually go to the venders they owe VS. the lawyers.

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Sigma Announces Pricing for 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens

by JamesNYCApril 11. 2014 13:17

Sigma announced its 50mm F1.4 DG HSM "art" lens at CES in January but it wasn't until today that the official pricing was revealed. The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM goes on sale this month for $949.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 will come in Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts. For more details on this lens check out the press release below.

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Alexander Skarsgård in Provocations For Calvin Klein

by JamesNYCApril 4. 2014 12:36

 Calvin Klein presents Alexander Skarsgård in Provocations, with Suvi Koponen for the Spring 2013 campaign. A film by  Photographer, Director, Art director and Interview magazine editor Fabien Baron

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New Type 55 Film - A Kickstarter project we love.

by JamesNYCMarch 31. 2014 09:15

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The Profoto B1 Can Now Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS-1D X

by JamesNYCMarch 31. 2014 05:11

Profoto Announces B1 Firmware Upgrade

Today, Profoto followed through on its promise to continuously update and improve their B1 wireless, off-camera flash system,  by announcing their first B1 firmware upgrade and update to the AirTTL system,  enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS-1D X.

Since its release in November last year, the B1 has been able to perform TTL metering with the majority of Canon cameras. But there was one exception – Canon’s flagship – the EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade.

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