Behind the Scenes of OK Go’s Viral Optical Illusion-Packed Single Take Music Video

by JamesNYCJune 24. 2014 03:13

Go‘s recent music video for the song “The Writing’s On the Wall” was a huge hit, receiving over 7.6M views on YouTube.While it was shot in a single take, doesn’t mean it only took just one take to get it right. The end result is the best of 50 tries and 3 weeks worth of rehearsals.

OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video

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Job Opening - Industrial Color Photo Production Coordinator, NY

by JamesNYCJune 2. 2014 12:12

Photo Production Coordinator, NY

PHOTO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, NY
www.IndustrialColor.com

Industrial Color, the leader in digital still and video capture and post-production services, seeks a full-time Photo Production Coordinator to join our New York team.

General Responsibilities:

Handle all aspects of shoot production, including:

  • Meet and consult with clients regarding pre-production, production, crew, cameras, equipment, lighting, post, processing and deliverables.
  • Work with internal team to coordinate shoots, digital techs, equipment coordinators and Technical Managers.
  • Manage techs shoot schedules and manage travel.
  • Negotiate and prepare estimates, acquire all production forms including carnets, certificates of insurance, account applications, credit card approval forms and applications
  • Oversee shoots to completion through billing.
  • Participate and contribute to sales efforts, including outreach, demos, presentations, treatments, on set visits, account relationship building and company marketing activities.
  • Coordinate combined production with other Industrial Color Brands divisions including Industrial Color Software, Impact Digital and Fast Ashley’s Studios.
  • Basic Office Management duties for team under 15 employees

Technical Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in commercial photo production.
  • Solid knowledge of industry standard production hardware and software applications
  • Proficient in office applications including Excel, Word and FileMaker
  • Working knowledge of core production equipment, cameras and digital backs

Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years of high-end photo shoot production
  • Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Film or related field of study preferred
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, especially under pressure
  • Quick and accurate problem solver
  • Budgeting and negotiation experience
  • Excellent account relationship skills
  • Ability to manage crew and see projects through to completion
  • Proven ability to multi task, prioritize and handle demanding deadlines and multi-shoot days.
  • Multi-lingual a plus
  • Ability to manage and organize an ever changing shoot calendar

Competitive benefits, salary and compensation dependent upon experience

Go to the Industrial Color site.

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Tanzania4Two - Crowfunding Project: documenting the work of Artists for World Peace

by JamesNYCMay 26. 2014 21:51

Claudia Paul is a german-born photographer based in Harlem, NY - She specializes in editorial and commercial portraits. Whenever she gets a chance she likes to pursue her passion of working with Non-Profits and help them spread the work by documenting their causes. One of these great organizations is "Artists for World Peace". You can find out more about what they are up to on their website: http://www.artistsforworldpeace.org


Two years ago Claudia went to Africa with AFWP to document their work at an orphanage in a remote village called Kibosho-Umbwe at the bottom of Kilimanjaro.
Artists for World Peace has been working to improve the education, health and living standards of orphans and villagers in Tanzania. This grassroots organization brings artists together to change the world, one person, one family, one community at a time.
Watch Claudia’s video of her trip in 2012:

Tanzania 4 Two - the video from Claudia Hehr Photography on Vimeo.

Much has happened since and the team is going back this July, 2014 for a little over 2 weeks.
Exciting news:
- A team of eye doctors will be joining this year to set up a temporary eye clinic at the brand new health center.
- A public television producer/editor and an award-winning writer will be joining the team
- Middlesex Hospital has donated hospital beds for the health center
- Bikes for Kids has donated bicycles for the orphans and villagers
- Mission Soccer has donated soccer equipment to build a soccer field

Claudia’s way of giving her talent to better humanity is through her photographs and video. Please help her travel to Tanzania this summer so she can continue to raise awareness and tell AFWP's important story. In addition to the documentation of this great organization, Claudia's imagery is an important source of promotion that AFWP uses for fund-raising.

 


Currently there are two wonderful campaigns running benefiting Claudia’s efforts:
You can buy a limited edition T-shirt until Midnight on June 4th, 2014:
www.teespring.com/teesfortanzania
Or you can donate money directly via Fundrazr - the campaign just went live and will be running until June 18th at Midnight:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/amDv6

Summary on the 5 Ways you can help Claudia to get to Tanzania - lots of options for everyone:

1) Contribute via Fundrazr:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/amDv6

2) Buy an awesome T-shirt on Teespring:
http://teespring.com/teesfortanzania

3) Contribute via check:
Check payable to: Artists for World Peace
Memo: Claudia Paul
Send to:
Artists for World Peace
P.O. Box 95
Middletown, CT 06457

4) Share on Facebook, Twitter, Email, shout it from the mountains - you get the idea !

5) Sponsor photography/video equipment - please contact claudia@claudiahehrphoto for specifics.

Claudia Paul - CLAUDIA HEHR PHOTOGRAPHY
 www.claudiahehrphoto.com

Follow Claudia om Twitter here https://twitter.com/ClaudiaCPaul

video: vimeo.com/claudiahehrphoto

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Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign Film directed by Steven Klein

by JamesNYCMay 26. 2014 21:34

A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss.

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Living Moments – Lumia Arc of Wonder Nokia and Microsoft Collaborate on Photographic First & Bullet Effect with 50 Smart Phones

by JamesNYCMay 24. 2014 15:05

The Nokia cell phone is not a video camera, but this video by Paul Trillo caught our attention.
Unfortunately it may cause some people motion sickness watching it.
Arc of Wonder: Bullet- Effect Photoshoot with 50 Lumias It was transported through the bustling streets of New York to capture “Living Moments” using the powerful 41-megapixel camera on the Lumia 1020.

It’s another first for Lumia, connecting 50 smartphones and enabling a “bullet-effect” photoshoot pushes the boundaries of photography and technology. Pioneering filmmaker Paul Trillo, said: “We used a Microsoft Surface tablet to control the shoot and a special app which was designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform.“We captured a total of 30,000 images across Manhattan, including Union Square, Allen St. and Central Park West.”“The Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder combines smart technology to demonstrate the power of Lumia imaging, and the results are stunning” said Costas Syrmos, head of the creative lab.

The film was compiled from the still images shot with 50 Nokia Lumia devices.

Microsoft and renowned filmmaker Paul Trillo joined forces to create a smartphone system that allows users to control multiple Nokia Lumia 1020 devices both wirelessly and simultaneously. Designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform, the “bullet effect” is a technical first on a mobile device, offering 100% mobility.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Living Moments – Lumia Arc of Wonder’

After connecting 50 Nokia Lumia devices, a separate, designated Surface tablet was used as a remote control, creating the “Lumia Arc of Wonder”.

The result reveals the phones’ incredible capabilities for striking, vivid imagery, whilst pushing the boundaries of photography and technology.

Paul’s previous project – ‘Soundtrack: “Robots” by The John Brother’s Piano Company

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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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Collector Sues Chicago Gallery for Damaging 54 Vivian Maier Prints

by JamesNYCMay 13. 2014 14:02

The owners of a Wicker Park gallery are being sued as a result of a 2012 exhibit of works by the photographer.

A photo collector who bought part of the Vivian Maier photo collection when Maier’s storage locker was auctioned off in 2007 has sued a Chicago gallery: Corbett vs. Dempsey, for damaging 54 images during a 2012 exhibition of the work; according to a report today in the Chicago Reader.

Vivian Maier who was unknown as a photographer when she died in 2009 has since been promoted to stardom by the PR machine of collectors John Maloof and Jeffrey Goldstein. They bought the vast majority of Maier’s negatives and prints at the 2007 auction and are not involved in the claim against Corbett vs. Dempsey.

The collector suing the gallery is Ron Slattery, who bought several thousand of Maier’s negatives and several thousand prints when her storage locker was auctioned. According to the Chicago Reader report, Slattery provided 56 of the prints to Corbett vs. Dempsey for an exhibition and sale that ran from June through December, 2012. Two of the prints sold but Slattery claims that the gallery returned the other 54 prints in damaged condition. He alleges that the gallery used too much hinge glue to mount the photographs and it soaked through the print paper “severely distorting the images.” Slattery’s claim also that the damage was “exacerbated” by exposure of the prints to “excessive heat,” and he alleges the gallery tried to cover up the damage, according to the Chicago Reader report.

The gallery says it admitted the damage to Slattery upon return of the images and claims to have made “multiple” offers to settle the claim for $8,700–the cost of repairs estimated by a restorer consulted by the gallery.

Slattery is seeking $200,000 in actual damages to the photographs, plus $2 million in punitive damages.

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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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Rihanna behind the scenes for Vogue Brazil

by JamesNYCApril 30. 2014 22:46

Behind the scenes video of Rihanna's shooting for "Vogue Brazil" in January 2014.

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