20 things you should never do as a photo assistant. Or “You SUCK as a Photo Assistant if…”

by JamesNYCAugust 5. 2013 01:26

 

 

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Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs New Agent Provocateur Film

by JamesNYCAugust 1. 2013 01:55

Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs the new Agent Provocateur Film
Her husband Javier Bardem Appears in the Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz Wrote and Directed the new Agent Provocateur Film and her husband Javier Bardem appears in Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz wasn't enjoying any down-time while she was pregnant. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, was busy with another creation: her first collection for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. To launch the line, called "L'Agent," she directed and produced a surreal short film starring Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, who finds himself in an opulent home mysteriously full of gorgeous, lingerie-clad women. Model Irina Shayk has a starring role as chief seducer, who eventually puts the hunky actor under a sweaty, dizzy spell until actor Javier Bardem (a.k.a. Mr. Cruz) appears. Ms. Cruz's pregnant sister, Monica, who co-designed the line, also makes a cameo.

The plot itself isn't groundbreaking, and we've seen more edgy creative from Agent Provocateur, which came under fire recently for this freaky ad starring a woman being stalked by dominatrix vamps. However, it might be appropriate for L'Agent, meant to be more accessible and affordable with underthings that people can wear everyday.

 

Here's a look at another controversial video produced for Agent Provocateur

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Amazing timelapse sequences for Triggertrap.

by JamesNYCJuly 28. 2013 15:49

This is an Amazing timelapse sequences created using the Triggertrap mobile app.

Filmmaker and Triggertrap fan Sy Stepanov spent a month traveling to collect a load of awesome timelapse sequences for Triggertrap.

He used all the timelapse modes available in the app, including the TimeWarp, DistanceLapse, HDR Timelapse and normal Timelapse modes in the Triggertrap Mobile App for iOS and Android.

We think it's flippin' awesome, and really wanted to share it with all of you!

Check out Sy's website on stepanovphotography.com.

Timelapses by Sy Stepanov from Triggertrap on Vimeo.

 

 You can get more details on TriggerTrap here.

Nvidia Introduces K6000 GPU with 12 GB Memory - When you want more power than you need

by JamesNYCJuly 25. 2013 02:45

Nvidia Introduces K6000 GPU with 12 GB Memory
and Claims 5x Computer Performance, Almost 2x Graphics Capability

 

Sometime you just "WANT" more power in your desktop editing or digital capture station than your really need or at the very least know that it is there when you do need it for that session were more power is better.

Nvidia debuted its GK110 graphics hardware running at full power for the first time with the introduction of the new Quadro K6000 GPU at SIGGRAPH this week. Nvidia said the new GPU has five times the computing performance and almost double the graphics capability of the Quadro GPU, that it replaces.
The K6000 card, Nvidia's new flagship hardware, has 2,880 CUDA cores, which clearly indicates serious horsepower. Even more impressive, Nvidia has doubled the amount of memory on board; from 6 GB on the K6000's predecessor to 12 GB on the new card.
This allows animators to work with larger and more complex models than ever before, and to create larger, ever-more-detailed environments in one go. "The added memory and other features allow our artists to see much more of the final scene in a real-time, interactive form, and allow many more artistic iterations," said Pixar VP of Software R&D Guido Quaroni in a prepared statement.
 "I am now able to load nearly complete vehicle models into RTT Deltagen and have stunning photorealism almost instantly," said Nissan North America Associate Engineer Dennis Malone. "Instead of spending significant time simplifying the models to fit into previous hardware, we can now spend more time reviewing and iterating designs up front, which helps avoid costly changes to tooling." That's good news for VFX artists who regularly work at breaking down heavy, CAD-style models so they're usable in a 3D modeling and animation environment.


The K6000 supports four simultaneous displays at up to 4K via DisplayPort 1.2 output.
Also introduced at SIGGRAPH this week is the new Nvidia Quadro K5100M, a top-of-the-line notebook graphics card that now boasts 8 GB of memory for the GPU.
Both the K6000 and the K5100M are slated to be available this fall through workstation OEMs, systems integrators, and Nvidia's authorized distribution partners.
NVIDIA Quadro website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-professional-solutions.html

 

Photoshelter Introduces Beam: A New Platform for Striking Portfolio Websites

by JamesNYCJuly 24. 2013 01:17

As we saw last week Livebooks is essentially no more. And just in time to capitalize on their demise, Photoshelter announces the launch of their new amazing portfolio service Beam. This looks to be one of if not the best online portfolio options available with more features then most people may be able to use and at a price point that everyone can afford.

Photoshelter Introduces Beam: A New Platform for Striking Portfolio Websites.

With Beam you get a cutting edge photography website platform combined with PhotoShelter’s industry-leading tools to help you get, do and keep business.

Experience the power of Beam for yourself with this 2-minute video overview. Learn how fast and easy it can be to create your gorgeous portfolio website, and even how to integrate with Wordpress, Vimeo, Instagram, and other social media in just a matter of minutes.

Plus, if you’re currently using liveBooks and considering a switch, you can try PhotoShelter FREE for 60-days.

From “Carl Zeiss” to “ZEISS” – a simple name change

by JamesNYCJuly 18. 2013 16:35

Carl Zeiss have decided that so many people just say “Zeiss” that maybe it was time to change.

From “Carl Zeiss” to “ZEISS” – a brief story about our brand communication

ZEISS is well-known across the globe and the associations with the brand are positive in every respect. Carl Zeiss is the name of the company’s founder and part of the company name Carl Zeiss AG. However, the brand has been called ZEISS for a long time. In general language usage, “ZEISS” is already well established in many countries and languages when referring to both the logo and the company. ZEISS is now taking this development into account in its decision to create consistency across its brand communications. The goal is to create an even clearer and more consistent image of ZEISS in the perception of its customers. ZEISS will be used as much as possible in future to eliminate the lack of consistency in how Carl Zeiss and ZEISS are used. As a result, ZEISS will also label its lenses differently: Carl Zeiss will become ZEISS.

ZEISS operates in many product areas: from microscopes and measuring machines to eyeglass lenses, binoculars and camera lenses. Throughout the company, the label ZEISS can be found on products in most markets and product areas. The lenses have for the most part been the exception here for historical reasons. The decision to also label all lenses “ZEISS” with immediate effect provides an opportunity to retell the history of the brand name.

“Carl Zeiss Jena” appeared in the first trademark of ZEISS, and as early as the 1920’s various subsidiaries used variations of this lens-shaped label. An example is the Zeiss Ikon AG, in which Carl Zeiss held a majority interest. After the Second World War, Carl Zeiss employees, who had been ordered by the American forces to relocate to southern Germany, established the Zeiss Opton factory in Oberkochen, Baden-Württemberg. It therefore made sense, like Zeiss Ikon, to adapt the trademark for the new company.

From the spring of 1953 Carl Zeiss Oberkochen and VEB Carl Zeiss Jens developed independently of one another. Carl Zeiss Oberkochen went its own way and called itself “Carl Zeiss” and removed the word “Jena” from the lens-shaped logo. This led to lawsuits around the world to clarify usage of the name Carl Zeiss, the trademark on the lens, as well as other trademarks and product names of Carl Zeiss Jena in the Federal Republic of Germany. It became the longest court case in the history of East Germany.

 

The so-called “London agreement” was reached in 1971, after nearly 18 years of litigation. Under the terms of the agreement, logos, trademarks and company names of Carl Zeiss in East and West should clearly be distinguishable from each another. In addition, as had already happened with “Jena,” the first name “Carl” was now also removed from the logo of the West German company. At the end of the 1970’s, the word “ZEISS” was included in a square, and in order to clearly differentiate itself from Jena, “West Germany” was added as the designation of origin.

The reunification of both Carl Zeiss companies in 1991 was also intended to raise the visibility the common logo. In 1993-1994, a new combined word and design mark was created with the curve of the lens incorporated in the logo, which is still in use today. The color scheme of the ZEISS logo as we know it today has been in use since 1997.

In 2011-2012, the senior management set up a work group to investigate the current identity and positioning of ZEISS, and to make recommendations for further developing the brand. The result is a range of brand management principles that will govern the future use of the ZEISS brand, including the consistent use of the ZEISS logo in all labeling on all of our products.

As a result, we have decided to use only the ZEISS logo on the front ring of lenses for all future product families and not, as has been the case up to now, the name of the company “Carl Zeiss.” “ZEISS has been a global brand for a long time and we can all be proud of that,” says Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing of ZEISS Camera Lenses. “When you go on vacation or on a business trip anywhere in the world and mention you work for ZEISS, you are greeted with a smile.”

The changeover for the lenses will take place at the family level: existing lens families will not be changed after-the-fact, but future families will be labeled with ZEISS. The first family to introduce this change is the ZEISS Touit lenses. For production-technical reasons, some Touit lenses were produced and placed on the market with the label “Carl Zeiss.” Perhaps these will one day become coveted collector items. Both versions are original lenses and do not differ from each other in any other respect.

 

Chimera - Octa 30 Beauty Dish

by JamesNYCJuly 18. 2013 00:46

Octa 30 Beauty Dish #6015

 

Chimera Lighting has introduced its second innovative beauty dish.  The Octa 30 Beauty Dish #6015 is a collapsible modifier to be used with either studio strobes or camera flash units.  The 30" diameter body resembles an OctaPlus Lightbank but the support poles are on the outside of the body.  This gives a completely smooth and uniform white interior for a great quality of light.  A fabric bounce-back disc, suspended in the center, bounces the direct light of your flash unit into the soft white interior of the beauty dish reflector.

Phase One is offering 20% discounts on Capture One Pro 7.

by JamesNYCJuly 17. 2013 05:12

For a limited time until July 28th, Phase One is offering 20% discounts on Capture One Pro 7. This promotion can also be used with license upgrades and multi-user license codes.

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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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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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