When video production skills count: Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

by JamesNYCMay 21. 2014 14:23

Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

It's pretty hard to tell which is better: the productions value and DP skills for this video, and the room and mood specific lighting, or the young women dancing. The "Official video" is really well done; and then the recreation live at the ELLEN show the dancer changes things up really nicely. Start your weekend early and wacth both videos.

In a little more than two weeks online the music video for "Chandelier" by Sia, featuring 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, has become a minor pop-culture phenomenon, generating more than 12 million views on YouTube and being recreated live on-stage for Ellen 9See below). Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill; the DP was Sebastian Wintero and the choreographer was Ryan Heffington.

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HENSEL TEST DRIVE EVENTS

by JamesNYCMay 18. 2014 11:21

Hensel and Chimera

Hensel will be touring around the country bringing the "Hensel Experience" to all attendees of the Hensel Test Drive Events.
Playboy / Fashion photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi will highlight some of his lighting methods during a dedicated session. Come by to get a hands-on experience with Germany's quality, yet affordable lighting tools.  It will change the way you think about lighting!

At Fotocare, New York
Tuesday, June 3rd: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am - 12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm - 4pm:    - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.

Wednesday, June 4th from 5-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.

For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below.

Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.fotocare.com/HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_OPEN_HOUSE_p/14651.htm
Assistants training: http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_MORNIN_p/14644.htm
Assistants training (session 2): http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_AFTERN_p/14938.htm

 

At Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ
Thursday, June 5th: 5pm-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.  

Friday, June 6th: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am-12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm-4pm:   - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.
 
For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/350
Assistants training: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/351

 

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Stephen Colbert takes on Amazons White Background Photography Patent

by JamesNYCMay 16. 2014 02:35

It really take a certain type of ridiculousness or greed to draw the ire of Steven Colbert and have him dedicate time to pointing that out. But last weeks many announcements regarding the Amazon patent for Photography on a white background and the blow back from the professional photographic community was reason enough to draw The Colbert Reports attention.

This:  The Colbert Report segment does a great job of highlighting the ridiculous culture of patents; and as Steven points out: “so if you have an idea, and you work hard, someday you too can get sued by someone who had a similar idea”  before diving right into how Amazon’s wordy description of a common practice is, not “bull shit,” but rather “male bovine fecal matter extruded on a longitudinal axis.”

Don’t worry though, Amazon’s gonna get what’s coming to them because Colbert filed a patent that goes even one step further than patenting a technique everyone uses always… he patented patenting things. Check out the video to see it all for yourself and we hope this helps start off your Friday on a fun note.

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Walmart Files Suit Against Photographer's Widow

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 15:48

Your typical copyright infringement involves one photographer stealing another photographer's images, or reproducing copyrighted images without permission. But in this case, it's the largest retailer in the world bullying a small Arkansas studio.

Walmart and its founding family, the Waltons, have filed suit against Helen Huff, the widow of Arkansas photographer David A. Huff. David Huff's studio, Bob's Studio of Photography, was founded by his late father, Robert A. Huff, in 1946, and created portraits of the Walton family before the expansion of Walmart grew them into one of the wealthiest families in the world. But now Walmart and the Walton family are demanding that Helen Huff hand over those works.

Read the full story here. Walmart.jpg

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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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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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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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LEICA ANNOUNCES NEW BINOCULARS WITH A SPLASH OF COLOR

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 02:03

Leica announces its new Leica Ultravid Colorline (http://en.leica-camera.com/sport_optics/special%20editions_new/Colorline/) collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow.

Elegantly styled with superior optical performance, the compact binoculars of the Leica Ultravid Colorline collection are ideal accessories for all viewing opportunities; from exploring ancient monuments and museums to theatres and concerts, their compact size allows them to fit comfortably in any jacket pocket.  Their ability to suppress light reflections, the trademark of all Leica products, makes the binoculars particularly valuable when viewing under unfavorable lighting conditions: in the twilight hours as well as under stage lighting or floodlights.

With a close focusing limit of only 5.9 feet, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 Colorline allows users to see the finest details at relatively short distances. With 10x magnification, the Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 Colorline is also suitable for viewing subjects at greater distances. On safari or at sporting events, these power-packed, compact binoculars bring every subject almost close enough to touch.

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New H5D firmware is now available

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 01:54

Hasselblad will be releasing a new sensor unit firmware version 2.4.3R for all H5D Cameras. At the same time we will also release new firmware for all H5D Camera bodies: H5D131008.hbf.

H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R:

  • Faster start-up time
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Low battery warning on sensor unit display
  • High temperature warning
  • Double click on release button enters menu on sensor unit display
  • Support for GPS module (GIL)
  • Folder view
  • Improved histogram
  • Improved 9-view
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:

  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:

  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.
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Leica announces their new wide-angle lenses Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. and the Central Shutter Version (CS).

by JamesNYCOctober 6. 2013 04:02

LEICA ELMARIT-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

 

Natural perspective at the highest level


The angle of view corresponds to that of the classic 35 mm focal length for 35 mm photography and, with its moderate wide-angle and true-to-life perspectives, make it outstanding for landscapes and architectural photography as well as for studio work. Its high speed of f/2.8 makes it optimal for available light photography and the judicious use of selective focus.

The lens portfolio for the Leica S medium format system now comprises nine Leica S lenses (six with CS variants) with focal lengths from 24 mm - 180 mm.

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