The truth about working for free.

by JamesNYCJanuary 12. 2011 15:43

Should I work for free?—a flowchart

This is a great little item that is getting passed along in just about every photo forum and photo related web site and it's well worth passing along here too with credit to it's author Jessica Hische  http://jessicahische.com/spendstoomuchtimeinternetting/

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"CMYKilla! Yo"

by JamesNYCJanuary 7. 2011 11:26
This is just what I needed after an evening of Guinness & Patron Anejo

Mad Props to Adobe.

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DIGITAL TECHNICIANS NEEDED

by JamesNYCJanuary 4. 2011 23:54

We are interviewing digital techs with at least 2 years of on set experience for freelance and full time positions. in depth knowledge of Capture One and Leaf are mandatory, experience with other capture software a plus. should have working knowledge of the following camera systems: Hasseblad 555, H-Series with any Phase One back, Canon 1ds-Mark II and Mark III or Nikon D3. must be familiar with Mac OS X, basic color correction, Epson printers, file management techniques, basic computer networking concepts, troubleshooting camera systems and computer hardware.

by email:  info@shootdigital.com
(attach resume in Word or PDF format)

by mail:
shootdigital
23 east fourth street
new york, ny 10003

by fax:  +1 212 353-0367

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Thanksgiving extended one day weekend

by CSI RentalsNovember 1. 2010 08:23

Thanksgiving Extended One Day Weekend Special Wednesday November 24th 3pm - Monday November 29th 10am = Only 1 Day Rate

  

"Boys in the desert with guns" our interview with photographer David Harry Stewart

by JamesNYCAugust 8. 2010 22:38
Recently we interviewed lifestyle and advertising photographer David Harry Stewart.

Davids Bio:
David comes from a small town in western New York. He started taking pictures at the age of 8, first with a plastic Kodak 126, then a Polaroid Swinger.
He did his first national ad campaign at age 23, then moved on to Paris to work for fashion magazines. Returning to New York he has a successful and award winning career, working for magazines like Interview, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, New York Magazine, Time and The New York Times Magazine. Agency work includes Saatchi, Deutsch, BBDO, Leo Burnett, and Ogilivy, for clients such as American Express, Nike, Coke, Corona and Bank of America. Awards include Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, Photo District News, The Living Photograph Motion Awards, and American Photography.
He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York.
In this installment David talks about his recent video 'Asia Mon Amour' , Changes in his work since moving to La. and how these changes relate to changes in the photo industry.

In this installment James askes David about a past job they worked on together for Marlboro Japan, as well as the 'Boys in the desert with guns' images shot in Moab Utah.

David talks about job budgets, his portraits, getting to know your subject, and the dance of motion capture.

James asks David what compels him to shoot, and comments on the photographers commitment to his images and his client.

David's thoughts on photo assistants, digital techs, & new photographers making the transition to shooting & the level of commitment needed. His early influences & current photographers he finds interesting.

James asks David what he would like to be known for, about teaching, info on his blog, the special projects on his site: Olympic divers and rescue dogs. And thoughts on Photo consultants.

David talks about the business of photography, model releases, property releases, copyright. Motion capture work, the equipment he's using; & the importance of hiring qualified photo assistants & digital techs.

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5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2010 09:08
Our friend David Harry Stewart posted a great article on his site

5 Questions for a Hollywood Director:

David Tausik has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years as a director, producer and writer. He started his career working under Roger Corman. He is now preparing a feature he wrote and will be directing, to be set in Cuba

You can check it out here

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...
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