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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DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein - Featuring Rooney Mara

by JamesNYCJuly 8. 2013 04:07

Introducing DOWNTOWN, a new fragrance by Calvin Klein.
In this minute-long Calvin Klein spot starring Rooney Mara, directed by David Fincher, Music: "Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and shot in loving black and white on the Red Epic Monochrome by DP David Devlin.

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It’s About You: John Mellencamp A film by Kurt Marcus

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2013 04:01

As a continuation of our post of inspiration; I can upon this video by Photographer Kurt Marcus

John Mellencamp Trailer from Rounder Records on Vimeo.

Director: Kurt Markus, Ian Markus
Producers: Kurt Markus, Maria Markus
Category: Music; Popular Culture
Total Running Time: 79 min.
Release Date: 2010
Website: http://www.kurtmarkus.com

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Phase One Independence Day 4th of July SPECIAL - 48 hour 20% discount on Capture One Pro 7

by JamesNYCJuly 3. 2013 05:07

Sadly Phase One did not send this mass email until around 4:00AM EST on July 4 2013. Perhaps knowing full well that the vast majority of those that would take advantage of this offer would not be checking their emails until later in the week, long after the discount period would have expired.

This promo would have made more sense had they actually sent the email notice 3-4 days in advance of the promotional offer. This is fairly typical of how this get done in the world of photography.

Independence from The Cloud

...With the Professional Choice in Imaging Software

Professional photography is all about standing out from your peers, and the ultimate image quality you get with
Capture One Pro 7 will help you to do just that. In celebration of the US Independence Day on the 4th of July, we are offering a 48 hour long 20% discount on Capture One Pro 7.

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DripBook Announces merger with WorkBook

by JamesNYCJuly 2. 2013 01:01

In a rather surprising turn of events Drip Book Announces merger with Work Book.

If you've been paying attention to the part of our industry that deals with source books and online photo portfolios over the last 10 years you'll note that Workbook was at one time one of the top 3 resources connecting photographers to art directors and art buyers. Then not long after we all started moving towards digital Workbook chose to lag behind the rest of the industry and in doing so New media companies such as DRIP BOOK came online offering a clean easy to use interface and a pricing model that Workbook and others could not compete with. Drip Book for the last 6 years or so has really been one of the premiere online resources for those in the photo industry to promote and host their online portfolios.

I can only assume that Drip Book was offered a huge amount of cash as an incentive to merge with Workbook. According to staff members workbook received a huge financial boot during the last year thanks in large part to Venture Capitol investors.

Workbook it appears is currently focusing on competing with Agency Access for their market share based on this and other ventures.

Posted on 2nd July 2013 by Alex Wright

Our ambition at Drip book has always been to put your creative portfolios in front of all the right people. So we’re thrilled to announce that Drip book is now part of Workbook, a creative heavyweight that will connect your portfolios to an exciting new audience.
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Chimera is now partnering with Hensel to become a distributor.

by JamesNYCJune 17. 2013 06:50

In a some what surprising move Chimera is now partnering with Hensel to become a distributor.

THE CHIMERA COMPANY AND HENSEL ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT

TO DISTRIBUTE THE HENSEL PRODUCT LINE IN THE UNITED STATES, PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO.

BOULDER, COLORADO (June 17, 2013)
The Chimera Company, (www.chimeralighting.com), the U.S. manufacturer of Chimera professional lighting control lightbanks, speed rings, and modifiers, and Hensel-Visit GmbH & Co KG, (www.hensel.de), manufacturer of professional photographic flash and lighting equipment, announced today an agreement through which the two companies will coordinate their operations in the U.S. The newly formed, Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC will act as the exclusive distributor of the Hensel product line in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, effective July 1, 2013.

The distribution relationship will leverage the strengths of two of the professional imaging industry's leading lighting companies to allow the sales, marketing and customer support divisions to provide higher levels of service. The transaction will combine Chimera and Hensel USA distribution channels and sales forces. Additionally, customer support, service operations, marketing and administration will be combined into a single operation. The agreement is an expansion of both companies' relationship with photographic dealers, photographers and customers to increase the development of their brands in the professional imaging market.

Bob Winters, president of the Chimera Company, will lead the Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC as president and chief operating officer. Mark Mather will join Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC as Director of Sales and Marketing. Eileen Healy, Vice President of Sales for Chimera Company will work with Mark to help integrate the personnel and services.

"Our goal is to provide image makers with the best equipment and accessories possible to create inspiring images," said Winters. "Joining forces to create Chimera Imaging Solutions allows us to form a larger customer service organization to accomplish our goal of providing the best level of products and support for our highly valued customers."

"The United States is one of the most important markets for professional lighting equipment. Many American photographers use Hensel products for almost every photographic application, from portrait, fashion to still life. With Chimera, the renowned experts in photo, video and motion picture lighting as our new U.S. distributor, we strengthen our market position in the United States and are able to optimize our support for dealers and users" said Guido Puttkammer, Managing Director/Hensel-Visit GmbH.

Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC will conduct business out of the existing Chimera Company offices in Boulder, Colorado.

The Chimera Company represents the Chimera products ("Perfect Lighting"), and Hensel USA represents the Hensel-Visit ("Performing Light") products manufactured by Hensel-Visit GmbH & Co. KG in Germany.

About Chimera
For over 30 years, Chimera has been manufacturing lightbanks, speed rings, and lighting accessories for photographic, video, and cinematography applications. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Chimera is known for their quality, innovative products, and customer service. Chimera’s products are easy to use, lightweight, portable, and durable. Chimera is dedicated to providing the tools to help the light professional achieve creative lighting excellence that is the standard in today’s visual arts marketplace.

About Hensel
Hensel was founded in 1963 and specializes in light sources for professional photography. The company is located in Würzburg, a university city in southwestern Germany. The product portfolio includes compact flashes, flash generators, flash heads, continuous lights and a wide range of light shaping tools. Hensel was the inventor of the original “Porty” flash generator in the early 90’s and still offers a comprehensive range of battery powered professional flash equipment. With its “Speedmax” monolight, Hensel produces the fastest professional flash unit in terms of flash duration (1/66.600s). Hensel products are available worldwide and have been in the U.S. market for 30 years. They are known for their excellent performance and highest reliability. All Hensel compact flashes, generators, flash heads and continuous light sources are developed and manufactured in Germany.

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Photo Assisting Basics - Coiling Cords and Cables

by JamesNYCFebruary 12. 2013 02:36

A few years ago I posted a video about the proper way to coil cords to ensure their long life and more importantly ease in packing and storage. I thought that it was time to bring it back to the front of the play list since there seems to be a great many people that are missing this very simple skill.

Now before those people that work on film shoots chime in and tell me that their method of coiling cords and cables which includes a twisting motion during the coiling of the cables, it needs to be pointed out that THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY OF DOING ANYTHING; there are just some methods that are better than others. And the method demonstrated here is the one that I and hundreds of my peers in the commercial photo industry have been using for more than 20+ years.

Below you'll see a selection of my extension cords and that are all 15 years old or more. They have always been coiled using my method so I know that it works.

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1ProPhoto.Com is please to announce the release of our: 1ProPhoto - Lighting Diagrams Vol. 1

by JamesNYCFebruary 10. 2013 00:45

We have created a fully interactive experience with every item on our Virtual Photo Set.
This has previously been a part of our workshops and offers to our workshops attendees on CD and was first created 11 years ago in the early days of FLASH. As we continual change our lighting workshops and now demonstrate a great many different lighting setups we felt that it was time to offer our Lighting diagrams to a wider audience.

This is a screen capture demonstrating some of the functionality of our lighting diagrams interactivity.

Included is sampling of lighting diagrams we have demoed during our: Photo Assistant Boot Camp, Studio lighting workshops, & even our Digital Tech Workshops. All of the lighting diagrams have been previously complimented on commercial photo shoots that we have worked on. Real world and time tested to produce the results displayed in the included examples.

These lighting diagrams include the use of: Studio Strobes, ARRI lights both tungsten and HMI's, KinoFlo's and a vast array of studio grip equipment including the CHIMERA OctaPlus57 & CHIMERA Video Pro Series light banks.

Check out the Lighting diagrams page here

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Canon C100 leads to murky future for mid- to upper-range Video HDSLRs

by JamesNYCAugust 29. 2012 13:35

The following is from Vincent Lafort's blog, and as he is probably the most well informed when it comes to motion capture these days I feel it is well worth the read.

 

Canon just announced the EOS C100 today – the little brother to the C300 if you will – and it is scheduled to be available in November.    

I think this camera will likely put a noticeable dent in the use of mid- to upper- range HDSLRs for video production such as the Canon 5D MKIII and Canon EOS 1DX given that the C100 meets a lot of the ergonomic needs of filmmakers that HDSLRS lack (EVF, LCD, Built in ND) and a superb sensor behind it that generates an extremely sharp, wide dynamic range, and low noise image at high ISOs,  off of a super-35 size 16:9 sensor.

We now have 3 Canon  "C" bodies to choose from and here’s a basic recap of where each camera stands:

At the top of the food chain is the Canon C500  - 12 bit, 4K, 4:4:4 MXF Codec or Full RAW up to 60p  (via external recorder) EF and PL versions, HDMI and HDSDI (x2) out, Canon Log Gamma, Records to dual CF Cards or external recorder – $30,000  (Now scheduled for an October release.)

In the Middle the Canon C300 – 2K 50 Mbps MXF 4:2:2: Codec format up to 30p (from the same sensor above) EF and PL Versions, HDMI and HDSDI out, Canon Log Gamma, Records to dual CF Cards – $15,999

And now the Canon EOS C100 – 1080p 24Mbps up to 30p  AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec,  4:2:0, 15% smaller than the C300, EF mount version only, locking HDMI out, Canon Log Gamma,  Records to dual SD Cards – can also output uncompressed digital HD to an external recorder… $7,999 (Note: some sites are already listing the price at under $6,700.)

Please follow this link to read the full article.

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The Photographers Survival Guide: How to build a successful business.

by JamesNYCJanuary 18. 2011 23:49
Suzanne Sease & Amanda Sosa Stone speak with 1ProphotoTV.com about their book: The Photographers Survival Guide: How to build a successful business.

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