LEICA CAMERA AND MILK STUDIOS PARTNER FOR MADE SPRING 2012 FASHION WEEK

by JamesNYCSeptember 9. 2011 12:49

Allendale, NJ (September 09, 2011)Leica Camera, Inc., the legendary German camera manufacturer, has been selected by Milk Studios, the premiere photo studios for advertising and editorial fashion shoots, to be the official camera company for MADE Spring 2012 Fashion Week. Throughout the week, MADE will host 35 fashion shows and presentations at Milk Studios with Leica cameras capturing official runway photography. These images, along with commissions, will be featured in original and exclusive editorial content on MilkMade.com, Milk’s editorial platform and Fashion Week hub as well as Leica and Milk’s social media channels.

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X-Rite Webinar 9/14: The Creative Edge In Digital Photography w/ Jim DiVitale

by JamesNYCSeptember 7. 2011 09:09

 

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Wednesday, September 14th

Session One - 12 PM Eastern Time
(11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, 9 AM Pacific, 4 PM GMT)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 2 PM Eastern Time
(1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific, 6 PM GMT)
Learn More and Register Here

In this webinar, Jim will demonstrate problem-solving techniques using digital capture and image processing with X-Rite color management solutions and Nik Software Plug-ins to streamline both the creative and production of the digital imaging workflow. Register today!

Topics will include:
– Calibrating and profiling camera, monitor, and printer for complete color management using X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, ColorMunki Display, and ColorMunki Photo
– Using HDR Efex Pro to process multiple exposures
– Working with Viveza 2 to control luminosity and contrast
– Using Silver Efex 2 to create stunning black and white

Who should watch this webinar?
– Professional photographers
– Aspiring advanced amateurs
– Digital assistants
– Students of photography

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1ProPhotoTV.Com - News From The Set Cart Episode #00

by JamesNYCSeptember 1. 2011 06:45

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1ProPhotoTV.Com - News From The Set Cart

"...well yes, since your asking, I am in the Hurricane Irene flood zone."

by JamesNYCAugust 26. 2011 12:41

Since I abandoned TV a few weeks ago I now have to search out my weather updates and Hurricane evacuaction information on line.

So I clicked my way over to http://www.ny1.com to get my latest news and weather updates, and guess what, there's a map of the evacuation areas, and areas were flooding may happen.

See ME in the image below.

and also the images on the effected areas.

I'll stay in touch post videos as things progress.

In the hurricane Irene flood zone _ Day 2, waiting for Irene

In the hurricane Irene flood zone St.Marks Place - Saturday 8:00Pm

In the hurricane Irene flood zone _ Day 3 Irene did "Nuthin!"

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Thanksgiving extended one day weekend

by CSI RentalsNovember 1. 2010 08:23

Thanksgiving Extended One Day Weekend Special Wednesday November 24th 3pm - Monday November 29th 10am = Only 1 Day Rate

  

Sigma announces US pricing and availability of 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

by JamesNYCOctober 14. 2010 11:25

Ronkonkoma, NY, Oct. 14, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the company’s 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is now available for purchase in the United States for the MSRP of $1,400 and the estimated street price of $899.

This large aperture, medium telephoto lens is optimized for use with full-frame, DSLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. When used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 127.5mm F1.4 lens.

“This lens is an excellent addition to our prime lens line-up and is a great performer for a variety of photographers. For the sports or photojournalist photographer, the Hyper Sonic Motor will keep up with fast-paced action sequences; the 1.4 maximum aperture provides the ability to work at high shutter speeds under low existing light conditions,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “That same high-speed aperture is great for a portrait photographer who is looking to isolate details in their subject, with a pleasant, out-of-focus background. One-touch, full-time manual focus is perfect for the critical, professional photographer.”

The 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM also contains one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and a glass mold element to offer excellent correction for all types of aberrations and to ensure superior optical performance. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.

The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost, even in backlight photography. The lens has a round, nine-blade diaphragm, which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus images, and comes with a petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, Sigma provides a dedicated hood adapter to expand the length of the lens hood and to block out extraneous light more effectively.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/where-to-buy-sigma. To use Sigma’s Lens Finder Tool to find the best lens to suit your needs, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-lens-finder. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.

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5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2010 09:08
Our friend David Harry Stewart posted a great article on his site

5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

David Tausik has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years as a director, producer and writer. He started his career working under Roger Corman. He is now preparing a feature he wrote and will be directing, to be set in Cuba

You can check it out here

The cycle begins again and the photo history repeats itself.

by JamesNYCJuly 10. 2010 21:48

I saw this link on a twitter post and thought I would share it.

It seems every 15 years the photo industry retreads the stuff we used to do and call it new.
this is a perfect example of what we did in studio 20 years ago.
And we did it before computers.

Back then,...in the olden dayz,.. like 18-20 years ago,... photographers called it "Photo Illustartion"
In fact some photographers whole business and marketing plan was based on their photo inllustartion and nothing else. Suffice it to say that they did not last long and the smart ones rebuilt their business model and managed to stay in business. Others were stubborn and not so lucky. (Names witheld to protect those now out of business)

Some of you, older than 20, may recall when Chip Simons began his career and was one of the first to introduce the concept of light painting for editorial and commercial photography. This was around 1990 or 1991? I can't recall exactly. Those interested in photo history can dig up an old copy of PDN to see the article they did on him.
Next came Aaron Jones and his invention: the 'Hosemaster' which was an interesteing marketing gimmick along with the instructional videos that so many ran to invest in. kinda like those guys you see buying up all of the latest crap at the Photo Plus Expo that will help them become "Pro Photographers".
Even earlier Man Ray Pablo Picasso was photographed in 1949 doing a quick sketch in the air.

SO why did this trend never last?
Because it is time consuming, labor intensive, and th eresults can not be duplicated exactly every time.
As we know clients want it yesretday, they want dozens of shots a day, and they want it cheap. Light painting, when done properly ain't cheap. Shooting digitaly certainly speeds things up but even so your still looking at long time exposures and if your using strobe your doing multi-pops of the stobe. Amazing results but not something for those not tech savvy.
We also as in the Youtube video used non-standard forms of strobes and lighting. ("And I'd be happy to sell you that information.")

For any photo school students I would suggest spending a weekend playing around like this. It will teach you invaluable lessons in lighting and exposure.

I should also add one more thing, anyone can do this type of photography. Very few can do it very well.

Digital Manager Position Available

by JamesNYCJune 18. 2010 22:28
Sent to us by Paul at Noho Productions

Digital Manager Position Available

A rare opportunity to join Noho Productions…

Our new digital manager, like all members of our team, will be involved in many different tasks (digital and non-digital), in pursuit of one common goal – insuring our clients have the most pleasant shooting experience that we are capable of providing. You’ll be joining a small company with a family type atmosphere, in which each team member brings different skills and experience to Noho Productions, but all share a common work ethic of helping our clients and teammates in ways that go far beyond our job titles.

The service that our team provides is unique among rental studio facilities in New York. We have specialized equipment, experience and an understanding of still life photography that draws leading still life photographers here from all over the world - shooting for advertising agencies, design firms and magazines.

As digital manager, you will assume overall responsibility for the quality of our digital services. You will be digital teching on set (studio and location), retouching, printing, processing and organizing files. You will screen, hire and support our roster of freelance techs. You will be responsible to maintain our digital cameras, digital workstations, local network, server, and 28 computers. You’ll be troubleshooting on and off set and ensuring that our clients’ files are delivered on time.

Most importantly - you’ll be part of a team, driven to serve its clients. We each play pivotal and crossover roles. We go out of our way to help each other and in return, our clients.

We offer a generous salary commensurate with experience, a full benefits package, as well as many additional perks.

If Noho Productions sounds like the type of company you would like to join and you:

are an experienced digital manager or have at least 3 years experience as a digital

capture technician with medium and large format camera systems

thoroughly understand digital workflow from capture to asset management

are proficient with all major capture software programs

have a strong understanding of color management

are a proficient retoucher and printer

appreciate the importance of client service and instinctively enjoy helping people

Please contact me, in confidence:

Paul Grand, owner

Email: paul@nohoproductions.com

Mail: 636 Broadway 8th Fl. New York NY 10012

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FolLow up on NYC Film petition.

by JamesNYCJune 13. 2010 08:15
We did it! Just in case you haven't already heard, the Petition to Save Street Photography in New York City was a huge success! So many people stood up for our collective rights and said "No way", the MOFTB Permit Office had to drop it! If you signed the Petition, wrote letters to the MOFTB or just simply forwarded the email, 'Thank you' for helping to raise awareness! Democracy in action can be such a beautiful thing!!!!

"Power to the [Photo] People"! Hope that you're doing well, having fun and keeping cool.

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Just as I'v always said, "Just say no!"

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