LightZone Image-Editing Software Re-Released as Free and Open Source

by JamesNYCJuly 10. 2013 05:20

Remember LightZone software? For those who do not, LightZone was a photo-editing program that offered a number of groundbreaking features including full 16-bit, selective and  nondestructive RAW editing in a fairly user-friendly GUI. Released in 2005, it won awards from MacWorld, MacUser and American Photo magazine. LightZone was marketed and sold by Lightcrafts until September 2011, when that company closed for business. Beginning in October 2011, the LightZone software was kept alive and being supported, first by an informal e-mail tree and then, since November 2011, by the LightZombie Project users’ group, lightzombie.org.

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Sun Studio closes

by JamesNYCJuly 9. 2013 00:13

The venerable Sun Studios ( 628 Broadway, & Houston NYC.) is closing after more than two decades. *(information provided by their last interim studio manager)

Sun Studios has been the starting point for so many of us that have gone on to provide services in the commercial photo industry.

They have gone on to positions of: Studio & equipment managers at a number of other major rental studios here in NYC. such as: Milk Studio, Industria, Pier 59 Studio, Tribeca Studio, Root DriveIn, Trec Rental, Headlight rental, to name a few; and others have gone on to work as producers, studio and equipment rental company owners and photographers.

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DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein - Featuring Rooney Mara

by JamesNYCJuly 8. 2013 04:07

Introducing DOWNTOWN, a new fragrance by Calvin Klein.
In this minute-long Calvin Klein spot starring Rooney Mara, directed by David Fincher, Music: "Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and shot in loving black and white on the Red Epic Monochrome by DP David Devlin.

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It’s About You: John Mellencamp A film by Kurt Marcus

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2013 04:01

As a continuation of our post of inspiration; I can upon this video by Photographer Kurt Marcus

John Mellencamp Trailer from Rounder Records on Vimeo.

Director: Kurt Markus, Ian Markus
Producers: Kurt Markus, Maria Markus
Category: Music; Popular Culture
Total Running Time: 79 min.
Release Date: 2010
Website: http://www.kurtmarkus.com

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Phase One Independence Day 4th of July SPECIAL - 48 hour 20% discount on Capture One Pro 7

by JamesNYCJuly 3. 2013 05:07

Sadly Phase One did not send this mass email until around 4:00AM EST on July 4 2013. Perhaps knowing full well that the vast majority of those that would take advantage of this offer would not be checking their emails until later in the week, long after the discount period would have expired.

This promo would have made more sense had they actually sent the email notice 3-4 days in advance of the promotional offer. This is fairly typical of how this get done in the world of photography.

Independence from The Cloud

...With the Professional Choice in Imaging Software

Professional photography is all about standing out from your peers, and the ultimate image quality you get with
Capture One Pro 7 will help you to do just that. In celebration of the US Independence Day on the 4th of July, we are offering a 48 hour long 20% discount on Capture One Pro 7.

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DripBook Announces merger with WorkBook

by JamesNYCJuly 2. 2013 01:01

In a rather surprising turn of events Drip Book Announces merger with Work Book.

If you've been paying attention to the part of our industry that deals with source books and online photo portfolios over the last 10 years you'll note that Workbook was at one time one of the top 3 resources connecting photographers to art directors and art buyers. Then not long after we all started moving towards digital Workbook chose to lag behind the rest of the industry and in doing so New media companies such as DRIP BOOK came online offering a clean easy to use interface and a pricing model that Workbook and others could not compete with. Drip Book for the last 6 years or so has really been one of the premiere online resources for those in the photo industry to promote and host their online portfolios.

I can only assume that Drip Book was offered a huge amount of cash as an incentive to merge with Workbook. According to staff members workbook received a huge financial boot during the last year thanks in large part to Venture Capitol investors.

Workbook it appears is currently focusing on competing with Agency Access for their market share based on this and other ventures.

Posted on 2nd July 2013 by Alex Wright

Our ambition at Drip book has always been to put your creative portfolios in front of all the right people. So we’re thrilled to announce that Drip book is now part of Workbook, a creative heavyweight that will connect your portfolios to an exciting new audience.
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Canon C500 Slow Motion video Test - By: Magnanimous Media

by JamesNYCJune 28. 2013 03:05

Our friends Magnanimous Media in my home town of Chicago have posted to great series of videos: Canon C500 Slow Motion Test.

A few months ago we teamed up with fashion photographer Billy Rood to shoot a slow-motion test with the Canon C500. Billy was planning a beauty shoot for his magazine Fifty8, so we joined forces and pulled together this little test. Canon USA graciously loaned us one Convergent Designs Gemini 444 Recorder, we also utilized the one we have in-house. With these two devices we were able to activate the 120 fps functionally of the Canon EOS C500. The results are these beautiful videos.

Palladium from Magnanimous Media on Vimeo.

 

Palladium was captured to two Gemini 444 recorders at 120fps in 4K Half Raw (RMF) 4096×1080 in a 59.94p timebase. The 4K Half Raw was then transcoded to 4K DPX 10-bit in Canon Raw Development software, which debayered it to 4096×2160 in a 59.94p timebase. Pomfort DPX Header Editor was used to edit the DPX file header to a 23.976p timebase. Proxies were then generated from Da Vinci Resolve for an offline edit. The footage was conformed in Da Vinci Resolve for final color and delivery.

Juvenilia from Magnanimous Media on Vimeo.

 

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The last time I worked with Bert Stern

by JamesNYCJune 27. 2013 02:04

When I moved to NYC. in 1994 Bert Stern was on my list of the top 20 photographers I wanted to work with.
I had the privilege of working with Bert Stern a few times with my friend and Bert's long time first assistant Carl Sulit.
The last time we worked together was an Advertising Shoot for REEBOK - Classic photographing Samuel L. Jackson just days after the release of the Quentin Tarantino film: 'Jacky Brown'.

We shot in Studios #4 & #5 at at Pier 59 Studios in NYC.; just a little over kill for a simple 1 person day light shoot. But the Client and the Ad agency thought it a good idea to rent the whole 5100 SQFT so that they could bring staff and have a party and see a "Movie Star".  There were about 40 people sitting in the back of the studio with champagne flowing and catering for close to 50.

Those that knew Bert Stern know that this type of circus atmosphere did not go over well, and he kept himself well away from the fray and had his rep. act as the go between when questions arose.

Bert's setup was simple as it always was. Hasselblad camera and a couple of lenses, 120 black and white and color transparency film, and 6 film backs, and strobes on hand in case the daylight when down.
By the time Samuel L. Jackson showed up and he was changed into the clothes and shoes for the shoot, the circus in the back had gotten pretty well out of hand and were talking so loud that Samuel L. Jackson couldn't Hear Bert's direction even though they were standing only 12 feet apart. At which point Samuel L. Jackson started getting pissed off and told the people in the back of the studio to: "Shut the fuck up!" which produced a moment of glee because they had been cursed out by Samuel L. Jackson. " Go figure"
This only pissed of Samuel L. Jackson more and and a few frames later he asked Bert how many more images he needed to take.
Moments later Samuel L. Jackson said he was done thanked Bert Stern, called for his PR person and left the studio.
We managed to shoot 8 rolls of film during that short time and not long after Samuel L. Jackson had left, and after making the requisite goodbyes Bert also left; rather than hanging around with what had now evolved into the cast of a Fellini film.
I went on to work with others whom I'd moved to NYC. to work with, and my friend Carl had continued to work with Bert. Recently they had been scheduled to work together again for a Loreal shoot in June, but that shoot was changed to August due to Bert's recent illness.


Bert Stern died on Wednesday June 24 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 83.
He is survived by two daughters, Trista and Susannah; a son, Bret; a sister, Diane Schlanger; and three grandchildren.
His death was announced by Shannah Laumeister, a longtime friend, who said she and Bert had been secretly married in Las Vegas in 2009.
Which many people found rather strange when you consider the well known fact that Bert Stern hated Las Vegas.
Shannah Laumeister is also the director of the recent documentary:   “Bert Stern: The Original Madman

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio 225 Chelsea in NYC. Rental Special.

by JamesNYCJune 5. 2013 03:00

Studio 225 Chelsea in NYC. Rental Special through the end of July.

 

Special 1:

 - Buy 2 days with all equipment included for $450/day.  Total $900
 - Savings $200 off the regular day rate of $550/day.
 - Includes 8 hours in the day rate.
 - Additional Hours are $75/hr.

PURCHASE THIS DEAL IN THE SHOP

 

Special 2:

 - Buy 3 days with all equipment included for $400/day.  Total $1200.
 - Savings $450 off the regular day rate of $550/day.
 - Includes 8 hours in the day rate.
 - Additional Hours are $75/hr.

PURCHASE THIS DEAL IN THE SHOP


Payment can be made in cash, check(credits available upon cashing), credit card, or paypal. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to purchase one of the two specials above. Anyone who would like access to the studio's calendar can send that request as well and I'll add your email to the calendar's access page.

Here is the Equipment included in your rental days
 
- Profoto 7a 2400 Kit, which Includes 3 packs + 4 heads, 1 head extension. Additional heads are $25/head/day.
 
- 24" iMac Digital Workstation with Capture One Pro 7.x and Phocus
- Redwing Boom
- 8 C-Stands with arms
- 5 regular Stands
- 4 black/white "V-flats"
- 2 silver "V-flats"
- 2 4'x8' white plexi
- 4 flags/scrims
- 10 Sandbags
- 1 Reel EFX Fan
- 12' White Roll Paper - 1 sweep per rental.  additional sweeps are $20/sweep.
- 12' Gray Roll Paper - 1 sweep per rental.  additional sweeps are $20/sweep.
- 10'x10' Gray Muslin Backdrop - looks like one of Annie L.'s backdrops.
- 10'x20' Gray Muslin Backdrop(has texture)
 
PROFOTO Modifiers included with Equipment Package:
- 1 53" Elinchrom Octobank with Profoto Mount
- 1 7' Elinchrom Octobank with Profoto Mount
- 2 Medium Softboxes
- 1 Medium Strip Softbox 
- 2 Small Softboxes
- 1 6' x 4' Chimera Softbox
- 1 33.5" Mola Euro with diffuser
- 1 Profoto 22" beauty dish with diffuser and grid
- 2 P-50(Magnum) reflectors with Grids
- 2 60" umbrellas
- 2 45" umbrellas
- 1 30" umbrellas
- 20 A-Clamps
- 6 Superclamps
 
Camera's available to rent additionally on site:
Canon 5D Mark III with f/2.8 24-70mm lens, 100mm f/4, and 50mm f/1.2:  $125/day
Hasselblad H3DII 31mp with 80mm, 120mm Macro, and 35mm Lenses: $350/day

For more information, contact James Weber at:
917-882-3724
info@studio225chelsea.com

Studio: www.studio225chelsea.com

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Tanzania 4 Two - the video By Claudia Hehr Photography

by JamesNYCDecember 13. 2012 11:08

Tanzania 4 Two - the video   By Claudia Hehr Photography

This summer I was invited to travel to Tanzania for 2 weeks with non-profit Artists for World Peace.
They are working with the Good Hope Orphanage in Kibosho-Umbwe to improve education, health and living standards of orphans and villagers. It was an amazing trip where I met the most incredible people and was able to document what a huge difference a group of artists can make in the lives of not-so fortunate people. I loved the opportunity to do good with what I know best - photography. This video is meant to share my experience with you. I hope you enjoy it !
If you'd like to find out more about Artists for World Peace, please visit: artistsforworldpeace.org
You can see more of my work on: claudiahehrphoto.com and the blog I set up for the Tanzania trip:
tanzania4two.com

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