Noho Productions welcomes new director of digital services

by JamesNYCAugust 3. 2010 22:39

From the desk of Paul Grand

Noho Productions is pleased to welcome Robert Haavie to our team as our
new director of digital services. If you don’t know Robert already, he brings a
wealth of experience and knowledge with him.

Robert joins Noho Productions with more than 10 years of experience
overseeing digital capture services in New York. For the past 5 years,
Robert was director of all digital services at Pier 59 Studios (Pier 59 Digital Art
and 59Motion). Prior to Pier 59, Robert was the director of digital services at
Color Edge Capture and a cofounder/managing partner at TREC RGB.

Robert has joined Noho Productions to recreate our digital department into
a state-of-the-art facility servicing our clients’ digital capture and video needs.
With the once separate worlds of still photography and video rapidly merging
together, Robert has the experience to guide our clients as they incorporate
motion capture into their still photography shoots.

You’ll be hearing from us soon, as we unveil our new digital department
including a new motion capture workflow designed for “tabletop motion”.
In the meantime, we welcome your input and would enjoy talking to you
about your upcoming digital still and motion capture needs. Please don’t
hesitate to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood, call or email Robert
(robert@nohoproductions.com), with any thoughts or questions you may have.


Best,
Noho Productions
636 Broadway 8th Floor
New York NY 10012
212.228.4068

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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.

Digital Manager Position Available

by JamesNYCJune 18. 2010 22:28
Sent to us by Paul at Noho Productions

Digital Manager Position Available

A rare opportunity to join Noho Productions…

Our new digital manager, like all members of our team, will be involved in many different tasks (digital and non-digital), in pursuit of one common goal – insuring our clients have the most pleasant shooting experience that we are capable of providing. You’ll be joining a small company with a family type atmosphere, in which each team member brings different skills and experience to Noho Productions, but all share a common work ethic of helping our clients and teammates in ways that go far beyond our job titles.

The service that our team provides is unique among rental studio facilities in New York. We have specialized equipment, experience and an understanding of still life photography that draws leading still life photographers here from all over the world - shooting for advertising agencies, design firms and magazines.

As digital manager, you will assume overall responsibility for the quality of our digital services. You will be digital teching on set (studio and location), retouching, printing, processing and organizing files. You will screen, hire and support our roster of freelance techs. You will be responsible to maintain our digital cameras, digital workstations, local network, server, and 28 computers. You’ll be troubleshooting on and off set and ensuring that our clients’ files are delivered on time.

Most importantly - you’ll be part of a team, driven to serve its clients. We each play pivotal and crossover roles. We go out of our way to help each other and in return, our clients.

We offer a generous salary commensurate with experience, a full benefits package, as well as many additional perks.

If Noho Productions sounds like the type of company you would like to join and you:

are an experienced digital manager or have at least 3 years experience as a digital

capture technician with medium and large format camera systems

thoroughly understand digital workflow from capture to asset management

are proficient with all major capture software programs

have a strong understanding of color management

are a proficient retoucher and printer

appreciate the importance of client service and instinctively enjoy helping people

Please contact me, in confidence:

Paul Grand, owner

Email: paul@nohoproductions.com

Mail: 636 Broadway 8th Fl. New York NY 10012

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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.

received via email.

Just as I'v always said, "Just say no!"

Phase One, a Digital Photography Leader

by JamesNYCMay 25. 2010 09:47
Phase One has announced its acquisition of Microsoft's Expression Media digital asset management software. The software enables users to import, browse, organize and share images and videos. The company is running a special offer for users of its Capture One 5 image editing software and existing users of Expression Media entitling each to a copy of the other piece of software until June 30th

 

Press Release:

Phase One, a Digital Photography Leader,
Acquires Microsoft’s Expression Media Product

Agreement focuses on strong customer support throughout transition.

REDMOND, Wash., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark — May 25, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and Phase One A/S, a leader in digital photography, are announcing that Phase One acquired the Microsoft Expression Media product. This agreement is built on an existing strategic alliance between the companies forged in 2007 to improve digital imaging solutions for professional and enthusiast photographers.

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1ProPhoto.Com - Photo Tip of the day

by JamesNYCMay 3. 2010 22:29
When picking up equipment at a photo rental company DO NOT park your mini-van between 2 signs that read "No Standing anytime" Especially when you have the mini-van packed with equipment for the days shoot that includes a laptop with the previous days image files and all of the audio gear that your going to be using on the shoot today. Always leave a photo assistant or better yet leave the photographer sitting in the car so that your mini-van and equipment don't get towed away. I just saw this happen on 22 Street here in NYC.

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

Phase One releases Capture One Pro V.5.1.1

by JamesNYCMarch 25. 2010 22:41
Phase One has released the latest upgrade to Capture One Pro V.5.1.1

 

Highlighted new features
This new release of Capture One comes in three versions: 5.1.1, 5.1.1 PRO and 5.1.1 DB.
Capture One 5.1.1 is a free service release to existing Capture One 5.x owners.
Capture One 5.1.1 is a paid upgrade to customers with Capture One 4.x and 4.x PRO and a free
upgrade to customers with Capture One 4.x DB.
Capture One 5.1.1 PRO/DB is a major upgrade to the respective versions of Capture One 3.x. Existing
customers with Capture One 3.x PRO/DB can upgrade to a similar version of Capture One 5.1.1 at no
extra cost.
Enhancements:
• Improved default film curves for Leaf backs.
• Support of develop-curves from Leaf MOS files.
• White balance can now be set when shooting tethered with Leaf backs.
• Orientation can now be set when shooting tethered with Leaf backs.
• More accurate color profiles for Sony A900, A850, A700, A550 and A500.
• Improved noise behavior for Sony A900, A850, A550 and A500.
• Base characteristics gains presets.
• A number of bug fixes.
Additional camera tethered support:
• Leaf Aptus II 8
• Mamiya DM40
• Canon 550D/Rebel T2i
Additional camera file support:
• Leaf Aptus II 8
• Mamiya DM40
• Canon 550D/Rebel T2i
You can learn more about the new release at: http://www.phaseone.com/5.

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