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.

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!"

Hasselblad releases Phocus V.2.5 for Mac

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2010 08:37

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PocketWizard Announces MultiMAX Firmware Upgrade 7.5 for USB-enabled MultiMAX radios

by JamesNYCApril 22. 2010 22:03
Elmsford, NY – April 22, 2010PocketWizard today launched a major firmware upgrade for USB -enabled MultiMAX Transceivers. Firmware Version 7.5 for both FCC and CE MultiMAX radios is packed with new features and capabilities for serious pro shooters including Long Range Mode for remote camera triggering, Custom ID Move, Signal Strength Indicator and Radio Relay Mode. More...

3-day workshop with Vincent Laforet Introduction to HDDLSR Cinema

by JamesNYCApril 13. 2010 08:39
I can not say enough about this workshop, absolutly amazing, and its FREE on line. For anyone looking to get more information on useinga nd shooting HDDLR's this Vincent Laforet has put together a 1 of a kind event along with Chase Garvis and CreativeLive.com If you can't make time to see this live streaming event they will be offering a DVD version inteh future. But I hada the chance to watch the rerun late last night and can't say enough about it. check it out here. Event: creativeLIVE Weekend Workshop: Vincent Laforet Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 30 - May 02, 2010. Times: Daily, 9am - 6pm P.S.T (See in Your Timezone) LIVE Video Feed: creativelive.com/live Your 3-day workshop with Vincent Laforet starts today! Vincent's 3-Day Introduction to HDDLSR Cinema is a special event for photographers making the leap into video. You will come away from this online workshop with a good understanding of what tools you need for your productions, and when and how to best use them. How to Watch and Participate in the LIVE Event: This workshop is streamed as a live video feed for as many people as we can reach. Use these links to watch and participate in today's workshop: Live Video Feed: creativelive.com/live Lowres Video Feed: creativelive.com/live/lowres.html Online Chat: creativelive.com/chat IMPORTANT Note About Prepurchased Videos: If you have prepurchased the course downloads, we will send you a download link later. Because the live event has not happened yet, there is nothing to download. We will send you links to the video download pages as videos become available. Video production take time. We hope to have rough videos available within 24 hours of each day's live events. The 3-Day Course Schedule is posted! Day 1, Friday: 1 - Introduction, Still Photos vs Video. 2 - HDDSLR Camera 3 - About Audio 4 - Into to the Gear Day 2, Saturday: 5 - Language of Cinematography 6 - Lights & Camera 7 - The Film Team 8 - Our First Shoot! Day 3, Sunday: 9 - Preproduction for Second Shoot 10 - Our Second Shoot! 11 - Workflow Issues 12 - Finishing Details Check the creativeLIVE calendar at http://creativelive.com/calendar for a breakdown of this 3 day broadcast in your local time zone. Vincent has posted a more detailed description of topics for this workshop on his blog. Follow creativeLIVE on Twitter for breaking news: A live event like this can change quickly. To stay in touch in case of problems or changes, follow @creativeLIVE on Twitter. Even if you don't use Twitter, you can check our Twitter page for updates as the weekend progresses: http://twitter.com/creativelive Note: If problems occur during the live feed, we'll post updates on our Twitter. Pass the Word! This type of live free event take a LOT of work to put on. The way you can help support this effort (and ensure more like it) is by spreading the word, and helping us attract as large an audience for Vincent as possible. We get a lot of our referrals from Twitter, and we'd appreciate your help spreading the word further. Post a Tweet about tomorrow's class: FREE Weekend Workshop: @VincentLaforet teaches dSLR Cinema in the @creativeLIVE classroom! Starts TODAY!- http://bit.ly/DSLRCinema

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 update available now.

by JamesNYCMarch 16. 2010 09:40
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 update available now

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=314&modelid=17662 Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera. 1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates NTSC: 1920x1080:30 fps (changed - actual 29.97fps) 1920x1080:24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) 640x480:30 fps (changed - actual 29.97fps) PAL: 1920x1080:25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps) 1920x1080:24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) 640x480:25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps) 2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels). 3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure. 4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies. 5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz. 6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.) Firmware udate info http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html Offical download pagae http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/download.html?submitButtonName=I+Agree Firmware download file for PC http://aux1.jp.canon.com/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/data/eos5d2203.exe Firmware download file for MAC http://aux1.jp.canon.com/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/data/eos5d2203.dmg

Phase One releases another BETA V.5.x.x to it's BETA testers

by JamesNYCFebruary 11. 2010 08:46
Phase One sent out thir latest BETA release of Capture One Pro V.5.x.x to BETA testers this morning.

More so than any other time in the last 6 years that I've been using Capture One Pro, Phase One appears to be putting more effort in to the development of Capture One Pro then ever before.

The most obvious reason being their assimilation of Leaf digital nearly a year ago.  With the pace of development I would not be surprised to see a version of Capture One Pro V.5.x.x that is able to handle all aspects of the Leaf Aptus backs by spring time or late summer at the latest.

Also expect to see greater connectivity for all cameras systems,including those not officialy realesed yet. Greater parity for Mac and PC users.

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Digital Fusion shows how their CGI created the Eminem cover for Complex Magazine

by JamesNYCDecember 17. 2009 08:07
Digital Fusion shows how their CGI created the cover for Complex Magazine

read the story http://www.digitalfusion.net/blog/2009/12/02/complex-cgi/

The first holiday party of the season, thank you Fotocare

by JamesNYCDecember 5. 2009 09:45
Fotocare kicked off the month with the first holiday party of the season.
Plenty of food drink and goody bages.
And huge props to Fred Blake in the rental dept. Fred and his family went above and beyond by makeing hand dippedchcolate truffles all individualy wrapped for the party. Now that is truely customer service. For those that missed out these were probably some of the best Chocolate Truffles you'll ever have.
Thanks to Jeff Hirsch, Fred Blake and the whole Fotocare staff for a great event.

Below is a very short video of the end of the party. Sorry I was to busy eating and drinking to think about shooting video.

Fotocare party 12-09

Lexar announces the Professional 600x CompactFlash card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash card reader

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2009 09:18
The Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card will offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device. In addition, the Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card increases workflow with minimum sustained read speeds of 533x (80MB/s), or faster when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled reader such as the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash Reader.

We’re also introducing Image Rescue 4, the newest version of Lexar’s award-winning image recovery software. Image Rescue 4 not only helps recover image and video files from any memory card format, from any manufacturer, it also features a one-step recovery interface, automatic software updates, an easy deletion function, and support for multiple languages.

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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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