Behind the Scenes: Annie Leibovitz’ Game of Thrones Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

by JamesNYCMarch 12. 2014 10:28

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SideKick360SmartPhone Adapter for Tripods

by JamesNYCMarch 10. 2014 04:20

Introducing the SideKick360 - a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with solid camera support and precision control. Indispensable for creating sharp photos, videos, time lapse and long exposures. The 360° rotating ball joint allows for quick repositioning from vertical for photos to horizontal for video and anywhere in between.

 

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COME TO BALI TO PHOTOGRAPH July 13-20 with George Simian

by JamesNYCMarch 9. 2014 04:34

A long time friend of ours  George Simian regularly holds a full week's photography workshop, on the Island of the Gods, Bali, Indonesia - an opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in the authentic Balinese culture. Visit his web site for full information

 This workshop is an opportunity to grow your photographic skills while exploring a unique, authentic culture, that has prospered unchanged for centuries. We will guide you as you use the camera to explore the remarkable beauty of Bali and relate with the locals in a genuine manner.

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Big brands: Stop using alleged sex offender & pornographic Terry Richardson as your photographer

by JamesNYCMarch 4. 2014 09:09

You know your brand is in trouble when there is a petition against you on Change.org and another page on Face Book.

The link to this Change.org petition found it's way into my inbox this afternoon. It appears to have been started late last year which begs the question why have so few people participated thus far.

Those of us working in the commercial photo industry have all heard the stories about Terry R. over the years. We have had tales of excess described over lunch during photo shoots, or in some cases had first hand experiences that reveal in graphic detail his exploits.

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Hasselblad Makes the CMOS Sensor H5D-50C launched - Now for only $27.5K

by JamesNYCMarch 2. 2014 01:32

Just like Nikon did with the D4s, Hasselblad announced their CMOS sensor-toting H5D-50C before they… well… announced it. Revealing little in way of details, the company said that the camera would become official in March — and today, they fulfilled that promise.

Usually we end with the price, but it’s worth mentioning right off the bat that the 50c won’t cost users any more than the regular H5D-50: $27,500. Not that this is cheap, but the fact that they’re not charging you more for what was supposed to be the ‘world’s first CMOS sensor medium format camera’ is notable.

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Fujifilm Discontinues Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 Film

by JamesNYCMarch 1. 2014 03:59

Once again we must mourn the loss of two more analog films. Despite talk that certain segments of the analog market are doing well, specific types of film that are having a hard time selling continue to kick the bucket.

The most recent of these are Fujifilm’s Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm black-and-white and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 color film.

You can find the official announcement on Fujifilm Japan’s website. The translation may be difficult to read, but the standard discontinuation announcement format is followed: demand has decreased significantly enough that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep producing it.

 

In keeping with their standard discontinuation procedures, Fuji is also recommending replacements for people fond of these particular films. Instead of the Neopan 400 PRESTO, Fuji suggests you use their Neopan 100 ACROS, while the PRO 400 can be replaced by the PRO 400H.

Currently you’ll still be able to pick up these emulsions for some time to come, as they’ll continue to ship to retailers until mid-2014, but by this time next year we don’t expect you’ll be able to find any outside of eBay.

Sadly, this is starting to seem like a pattern for Fuji, who discontinued its Neopan 400 B&W film and Provia 400X slide film last July. If you have any photos in the archives taken on any of these films, feel free to drop them in the comments in honor of our discontinued friends.

 

 

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Manfrotto 1X1 LED Lights just laucnhed

by JamesNYCFebruary 28. 2014 03:13

 

Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 FT is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The illuminance is greater than 1400 LUX at a distance of 1m and the color temperature can be regulated from 3200°K to 5600°K.

Part Number: MLS1X1FT   USD$ 1,989.99

Find out more on the Manfrotto site.

 

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Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Holding Company

by JamesNYCFebruary 28. 2014 01:02

We've seen this scenario several times over the last few years, and based upon our photographers experience in dealing with magazines in transition such as this; word to the wise: Make sure you get paid as soon as possible and get the money up front when ever possible.

Biglari Holdings Bought the Troubled Men's Title

Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Bilgari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak 'n Shake, the companies said Thursday.

Maxim's current management team will continue to run the magazine and it will remain headquartered in New York.

Read the full post on Advertising Age.

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LEICA X VARIO: New Silver Finish

by JamesNYCFebruary 25. 2014 04:21


Allendale, NJ (February 25, 2014) - Leica Camera presents a sleek, silver version of the Leica X Vario as an alternative finish to the understated black of the standard model.
In classic black or stylish silver, the Leica X Vario is a product that epitomizes the Leica’s trademark quality and offers even greater versatility and creative freedom as well as brilliant image quality.

The Leica X-System is defined by its high-performance, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP), remarkably large compared to other cameras in its class. The Leica X Vario is the first compact camera to combine this professional sensor with a high-performance zoom lens – the Leica Vario Elmar 18–46 mm f/3.5–6.4 ASPH. – and, as a result, delivers particularly brilliant exposures in all photographic situations.

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Canon Announces $500 Upgrade to Add Continuous Autofocus to EOS C300 Camera

by JamesNYCFebruary 24. 2014 23:20

New $2,999 RX-V100 Remote Will Control Cinema EOS and XF Camcorders


Canon announced new updates to its Cinema EOS cameras and XF series of camcorders, including a $500 upgrade for the EOS C300 that will support continuous autofocus via Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system on EF lenses. That upgrade, ideal for run-and-gun and ENG shooters, is scheduled to be available in May, and will require that shooters pack up their camera bodies and send them to a Canon service center for installation. 


 Other new features will be enabled in firmware downloads, including a continous recording function on the EOS C100 that's available now, as well as new additions to the in-camera peripheral illumination correction system for specific lens models, which is designed to dramatically reduce vignetting on the C500, C300, and C100. A June 2014 firmware upgrade is slated to add the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other CN-E Cinema Lenses and 14 EF-S lenses that are already included in the system.

Also enabled in June will be support for Canon's just-announced RC-V100 Remote Control, which allows users to control main camera functions and adjust settings including exposure and white balance. It's scheduled to ship in June for a suggested retail price of $2,999.

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Canon USA:  usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/cinema-firmware

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