Fuck you, Pay me – a discussion of adventures in contracts, negotiation, and payment

by JamesNYCMarch 25. 2013 11:03

This video made the rounds a few years ago and it seems to be making a resurgence once again on several photography & creative blogs. It may be long and the speaker presents his view from the point of a creative at a design company, but it's really worth the time to watch as most of what they talk about will apply to commercial photographers too.

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from San Francisco Creative Mornings on Vimeo.

Our speaker at the March 2011 San Francisco, CreativeMornings (www.creativemornings.com) was Mike Monteiro, Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio (www.muledesign.com). This event took place on March 25, 2011 and was sponsored by Happy Cog and Typekit (who also hosted the event at their office in the Mission).

Mike's book "Design is a Job" is available from A Book Apart (www.abookapart.com/products/design-is-a-job)

A big giant thank you to Chris Whitmore (www.whitmoreprod.com) for offering to shoot and edit the video. Photos were graciously provided by Rawle Anders (twitter.com/rawle42).

The San Francisco chapter of Creative Mornings is run by Greg Storey (twitter.com/​brilliantcrank).

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Oz to Kansas with Vincent Versace

by JamesNYCJanuary 5. 2012 07:10

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Wednesday, January 11th

Session One - 9 AM Pacific Time Register Here
(10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, 12 PM Eastern, 5 PM GMT)

Session Two - 11 AM Pacific Time Register Here
(12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern, 7 PM GMT)

Join Vincent Versace, best selling author and internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography for this webinar co-sponsored by X-Rite and Nik Software. "Oz to Kansas: The Black and White on Black and White Conversions" is the evolution of thought that began with the chapter in his first book "Welcome to Oz: From Oz to Kansas. How to convert an Image to Black and White Without Ever Leaving the RGB Color Space." This webinar takes a practical applications approach to when, why and how to convert an image. In it, you will learn which methods give you the best results and when to choose a simple or a complex solution.

Some of the topics covered in this class are:
- The only soup to nuts overview of the Silver Efex Plug-in. How to use it and when.
- The importance of color management particularly to black and white.
- When and why you should and should not use global de-saturation.
- Split Channel conversions - what they are good for and a way to get the same effect with a file two thirds the size.
- When to use the Black and White adjustment layer to bring out and separate the tones in a color image.
- Multiple Channel mixer black and white conversions that replicate the physics of film.
- What is "Faux-infrared" and a look at how to convert files to black and white from digital cameras that have been modified to shoot Infrared.
- When and how to most efficiently use the Gradient tool for black and white conversion.

Who should attend this webinar:
- Photographers who enjoy black and white photography
- Digital photographers who want to understand black and white conversions
- Anyone who wants to print black and white images

Learn more about Vincent Versace at versacephotography.com.
We hope to see you there!

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RAW COLOR POWER with the ColorChecker Passport Webinar 12/20/2011

by JamesNYCDecember 15. 2011 10:23

RAW COLOR POWER with the

ColorChecker Passport

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, December 20th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Creating and Using Camera Profiles
Custom White Balance with the Passport
Once click accurate color edits
Matching color response of two or more cameras
Matching color response under different lighting conditions
Color editing in Adobe® Lightroom®
Color editing in Adobe® Photoshop®

Who should watch this webinar?
Professional photographers
Photographic enthusiasts
Anyone passionate about accurate color

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Webinar for Photogs 11-29 Conquer Color, Quick and Fast

by JamesNYCNovember 23. 2011 07:30

Free Webinar
Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, November 29th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
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Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
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You are invited to a FREE Webinar to see for yourself how to easily have your printed images match your display – every time! For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Monitor to print matching (calibration and profiling)
Obtaining consistent color in camera
One click accurate color edits
Benefits of creating and using custom printer profiles
Soft-proofing in Adobe Photoshop
Applying printer profiles in Photoshop
Digital projector profiling

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Webinar 10/5: One Step Beyond Amazing hosted by Jane Conner-Ziser

by JamesNYCSeptember 28. 2011 08:46

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Wednesday, October 5th

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Webinar for Photogs 9/29 : Conquer Color, Quick and Fast!

by JamesNYCSeptember 23. 2011 11:25

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Thursday, September 29th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
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Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

You are invited to a FREE Webinar to see for yourself how to easily have your printed images match your display – every time! For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Monitor to print matching (calibration and profiling)
Obtaining consistent color in camera
One click accurate color edits
Benefits of creating and using custom printer profiles
Soft-proofing in Adobe® Photoshop®
Applying printer profiles in Photoshop®
Digital projector profiling

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Stop Guessing - Start Knowing! Accurate Monitor Color with X-Rite

by JamesNYCSeptember 13. 2011 17:41


FREE WEBINAR:

Two New X-Rite Solutions
ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro!


Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, September 20th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
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Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
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Knowing that your monitor is accurately showing you the true color and tonal range of your images is the first and most important step to getting great prints. If you aren't calibrating and profiling your monitor, you're guessing whenever you make any edits to your images. If you have been having trouble getting prints that match the image on your monitor, joining us for this free webinar will be time well spent!

Who Should Attend?
– Photo Editors
- Photographers
- Designers & Printers
- Anyone who edits digital images

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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)
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Session Two - 2 PM Eastern Time
(1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific, 6 PM GMT)
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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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Live Video Seminar: Studio Portrait Lighting 8/30

by JamesNYCAugust 23. 2011 15:02

 

Free Live Video Seminar

Join Us Tuesday, August 30 at 1PM EDT
watch live here

Log on August 30 at 1:00pm (EDT) for a free one-hour live seminar, hosted by noted photographer and educator Joe Brady. You'll have a front-row seat from the comfort of your home or office as you participate in our interactive streaming-video seminar broadcast in real time. This session focuses on how photographing portraits in the studio can provide you the ultimate in control with light. All decisions regarding mood, shape and drama are yours to make. Learn how to effectively control light so that your creativity is fully expressed.

If you're interested in studio portraiture as a way to express creativity and bring more value to your photographic talents, join us during this live and interactive presentation. We'll take questions live in the studio and all learn together – it will be time well spent!
Learn more and watch here!

Upcoming Seminars:
Part 4 – Creating Great Landscape Photographs – Wednesday, September 21st

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X-Rite Webinar for Photogs 8/23 : Conquer Color, Quick and Fast!

by JamesNYCAugust 16. 2011 09:24

 

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Tuesday, August 23rd

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

You are invited to a FREE Webinar to see for yourself how to easily have your printed images match your display – every time! For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Monitor to print matching (calibration and profiling)
Obtaining consistent color in camera
One click accurate color edits
Benefits of creating and using custom printer profiles
Soft-proofing in Adobe® Photoshop®
Applying printer profiles in Photoshop®
Digital projector profiling

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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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