How to Fix a Broken Manfrotto Magic Arm

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2013 02:00

An instructional video about how to fix a broken Manfrotto Magic Arm by opening it up and repositioning the bearings inside.

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ADOBE - Our works do not belong to you.

by JamesNYCMay 19. 2013 10:43

A great response to the Adobe CS Cloud subscription model.

It doesn't belong to them from Digital Skye Media Development on Vimeo.

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Why We All MUST Fight Adobe And Stop The Creative Cloud

by JamesNYCMay 12. 2013 01:48

Here is a great article about the ADOBE Creative Cloud debacle written by a long time friend of ours.

 

THIS IS NOT THE TYPICAL 'LIGHT AS AIR' POST ON DAMN UGLY PHOTOGRAPHY. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONNECTION WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN, ADVERTISING OR PUBLISHING BUSINESS, I ASK THAT YOU TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH THIS MAGNUM OPUS OF MINE AS I TRULY FEEL IT IS ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE POSTED SINCE I'VE BEGUN DOING THE BLOG...BRAD TRENT

Last week Adobe announced that, going forward, all of its software products will only be available on a subscription basis. No more perpetual licenses for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, or any of the applications that make up the Adobe Creative Suite…from now on, users will have to pay a monthly subscription fee forever if they want to use any of these products!

But before I set off on what might get interpreted as a narcissistic rant, let me make my opinion on Adobe’s decision to move to what they are calling a ‘cloud-based’ subscription only licensing model up front and crystal clear…

As a professional photographer who relies on Photoshop just as much as I rely on the digital cameras that produce my RAW files, I believe having to pay an ongoing monthly fee to use the application is an incredibly shortsighted decision by a company that essentially has the monopoly on digital asset management, and if I may quote David Hobby…the Strobist…”feels like the biggest money grab in the history of software”.

I will also say that the majority of what I’ll be talking about relates to Photoshop, since that’s the World I live in. Whether or not users of Adobe Muse, Dreamweaver, After Effects or any of the other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite find added value in paying the new $50.00 monthly subscription scheme, I have no idea. I’m gonna focus on the concept on what an ongoing $20.00 per month subscription means for photographers…

Click here to read the full story on Brad Trent's Blog.

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Adobe Bets the house on Creative Cloud and switchs to a Subscription-Only Model

by JamesNYCMay 4. 2013 01:18

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Adobe announced the end of their: Adobe Creative Suite at its Adobe MAX conference this morning, stating that it's moving to a subscription model and dropping the existing Creative Suite software products. Begining in June, new versions of Adobe's CS software will be available only online, and only as part of a Creative Cloud subscription. 

Let us bow our heads as we say goodbye to: After Effects CS6 and say hello to After Effects CC.
 
You will still be able to buy CS6 products for the time being, but you won't get the latest and greatest, such as all of the new features that were showcased at NAB last month. If you want to stay current with Adobe's line-up, you'll be spending at least $49.99/month for an individual subscription to Creative Cloud with 20 GB of cloud storage (existing users of CS3 or later will get a discounted rate of $29.99/month for the first year) or $69.99/month per seat for a "team" version that comes with 100 GB of storage plus "centralized deployment and administration capabilities" (existing users with a volume license get a rate of $39.99/month per seat between now and August 31). The $49.99 month pricing requires a one-year commitment; users who cancel pay a penalty of 50 percent of the remainder of their contract. Note that the fee gets you access to everything, not just the video apps. All subscribers have access to Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, and more. (Subscriptions will be available for individual pieces of software, but they're not likely to be cost-effective for pro users.)
 
The move is almost guaranteed to be controversial, especially among users who try to save money on software by skipping the annual upgrade process, or for those who worry about the security implications of putting high-value assets to the cloud. But for users who already stay up to date with Adobe's product releases, the effective annual fee of $840 per seat on a team will look pretty good, especially if they're looking to take advantage of some of the new Creative Cloud features announced today. Those features include access to what Adobe said is $25,000 worth of professional fonts on the desktop through TypeKit, which should appeal to anyone who's built a logo or a title sequence in Premiere Pro or After Effects. 
 
Many Creative Cloud features are design-oriented. Adobe announced Kuler for iPhone, an app that lets you grab interesting color palettes from your environment by pointing your iPhone's camera at something in the real world that catches your eye. Coming soon are a pair of "cloud-enabled hardware" products in development: Mighty, a Bluetooth-connected "smart stylus" for drawing, and Napoleon, a kind of "digital ruler" that, when touched against a tablet screen, helps users draw precisely by displaying shapes for them to trace. Creative Cloud also includes a free subscription to Behance Prosite, a personal portfolio site builder that cost $99 per year before Adobe purchased the company in 2012 and is now integrated with the CC suite of applications. 
 
The company sought to fend off as many objections as it could, noting that desktop applications will remain usable even without an Internet connection. Users will be expected to connect to the web every 30 days to validate their software licenses, but Adobe says products will work offline for 180 days. Adobe is also customizing separate versions of the subscription for business users who can't use the cloud, such as some governmental and educational institutions. A single Creative Cloud membership also lets you install your software on two different machines with cross-platform privileges, meaning you can load up your PC workstation as well as your MacBook Pro. And older versions of all the apps will remain available, beginning with CS6, just in case you need to fall back to an older version for a particular project.
 
Of course, under the new plan, if you stop paying for the Creative Cloud subscription, you'll no longer have any version at all to fall back on. But the files stored on your own computer are yours to keep, and Adobe is allowing users a 90-day grace period after their membership lapses to download their work, or at least get their online stash down to the 2 GB that comes with a free Creative Cloud membership.
 
For more information, including details on different membership plans and a detailed FAQ, visit: www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

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Spot Healing Brush with Content-Aware Fill

by JamesNYCSeptember 23. 2011 14:47

Easily remove power lines and other distractions from images in seconds using the new Content-Aware option for the Spot Healing Brush. Make even the trickiest image elements, such as drooping wires, disappear as if they never existed.

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Fix localized image distortions fast with Puppet Warp.

by JamesNYCSeptember 22. 2011 10:49

Quickly fix image distortions — and achieve more realistic results — with the intuitive Puppet Warp tool. Perform subtle manipulations like straightening bowed horizon lines or correcting perspective distortions in architectural images.

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Vincent Laforet’s Premiere Pro Workflow Tutorial

by JamesNYCJuly 31. 2011 17:25

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Thierry Mugler "BROTHERS OF ARCADIA" MENSWEAR SPRING SUMMER 2012

by JamesNYCJuly 11. 2011 14:18
If you have not yet seen the latest Thierry Mugler video that has become the talk of the internet, your clearly not spending enough time online.  We've posted both the short edited version and the long form erotic version. Regardless of your sexual proclivity, this is a really great video production.

Thierry Mugler "BROTHERS OF ARCADIA" MENSWEAR SPRING SUMMER 2012 TEASER
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MUGLER | "Brothers of Arcadia" Brothers of Arcadia is a video directed by Branislav Jankic under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti for the new Mugler men's ready to wear summer 2012 campaign. Models: Matthieu Charneau, Travis Cannata, Esmir Redzepagic, Alex Eroe, Peter Pagan, Justin Barnhill, Ellie Ross and Nomi Ruiz.

"Brothers of Arcadia," a new short film for Mugler and its creative director, Nicola Formichetti, best known these days as Lady Gaga's stylist. New York's Nice Shoes handled editorial and color-grading on the project with director Branislav Jankic, Formichetti, and reps from the agency, Moving Image & Content. The teaser, above, was cut for a debut at cocoperez.com, and two different versions of the spot
The editor is Moss Levenson and the cinematographer Frank Stanley. For more on the job, see Trust Collective's publicity page for Nice Shoes.

Credits
Client: Mugler

Agency: Moving Image & Content
Agency Producer: Mark Mayer
Director: Branislav Jankic
Creative Director: Nicola Formichetti

Editorial/Color Grading: Nice Shoes
Creative Director for Editorial: Brian Bowman
Sr. Producer: Christos Mountzouros
Lead Editor: Moss Levenson
Editor: Mike Cerullo
Assistant Editor: Tony Dolezal
Lead Colorist: Lenny Mastrandrea
Compositing: Bryan Rosenblum

IF your personal, political or social sensibilities prevent you from appreciating a great video production then please do not click here to view the more explicit version: More...

















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LEICA S2 Color Profile for ICC-based Workflow Software

by JamesNYCJune 1. 2011 08:34

 

Solms, Germany (June 1, 2011) – Leica Camera AG is pleased to announce a Leica S2 color profile for ICC-based workflow software. Users wishing to benefit from the new offering can now download the software from the Leica website and take advantage of new, improved features. 

The Leica S2 raw data format complies with the specifications in the ADOBE DNG 1.1.0.0 standard (June 2009,) enabling DNG-compatible raw data converters to be used for processing Leica S2 DNGs. As a result, products such as Capture One 6 from Phase One can be utilized.

Further improving the color characteristics of the Leica S2 data, an ICC color profile specifically developed for the Leica S2 is now also available.

While Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw do not support this profile, a special “Adobe Standard” Leica S2 DNG color profile is integrated into the software and used automatically.

For registered S customers, the color profile and installation instructions are available for download in the owners’ area: https://owners.leica-camera.com/index.php/de/login

 

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