Post hurricane sandy - Camping in NYC.

by JamesNYCNovember 1. 2012 08:35

It's been 3 days since the lights went out here in the East Village - NYC. due to a lighting strike that blew up a transformer at the Con Edison facility on 14 Street here on the east side of Manhattan. This means that most of us living below 25 street both east and west side are with out power, heat, hot water, and in some cases cell phone service. Cell service appears to be working for some networks; but for me I need to walk up town to 24th and Madison before I can get an ATT cell phone signal.  This is what we call "Camping in NYC."

Word is that we MIGHT get power back sometime on Monday next week

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to find this bright that I'd never seen before lighting up the front of my building and the entire street. I went to the window to find that it was the full moon and a sky full of stars.  With out the lighting that typically pollutes the manhattan night sky I was looking at a pitch black sky full of star light and a bright moon on a scale that I have not seen since I was in the Kalahari dessert in South Africa 16 years ago.

For all of the negative impressions people have of NYC. I have to say that I feel safer walking around late at night on the pitch black streets of NYC. with nothing but a flash light; than I ever felt walking on the empty streets of Boston (when I lived there) at night even when those streets had street lights on. Truth is people in NYC. know how to live together and in most cases don't fuck with you unless you are causing them or others a problem.

I'v been lucky enough to be doing a studio management gig up on 28th street for the last 2 days which always me internet access, cell phone and laptop recharging and a hot shower and hot food.

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Lexar Introduces High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I Memory Cards for Mobile Devices

by JamesNYCSeptember 18. 2012 05:53

Today Lexar announced the digital imaging industry’s first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card. The card enables 400x minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed and is designed for capturing, storing, and transferring high-res images and 1080p Full-HD and 3D video.

The card leverages Micron’s 128Gb, 20nm NAND flash memory process technology, and adheres to the SD 3.0 spec to reliably address the workflow needs of professional photographers and videographers.

New 32GB microSDHC and 64GB microSDXC Cards Empower Mobile Users to Quickly Capture, Play Back, and Transfer Photos, Songs, and 1080p Full-HD and 3D Videos

 

  

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Attendees thoughts on the Aug. 2012 Photo Assistant Boot Camp.

by JamesNYCSeptember 10. 2012 08:22
Every once in awhile we get feed back on our workshops. This was just sent to us about our last Photo Assistant boot Camp.
 

"Whether you're an aspiring photographer or assistant, If you're looking at http://www.photoassistantbootcamp.com and wondering if you should sign up....get off the couch and just do it. You will not regret it!
I've had the pleasure of working with James quite a few times on different shoots. I know nothing about assisting but James and the photographer were kind enough to take me under their wing and make sure I didn't blow up any of the equipment or myself. You'd think that after working with James on quite a few shoots, I wouldn't need to take the PABC Workshop. Well.....you're wrong.

I was lucky enough to have assisted James on a shoot that was in a building that hadn't been opened to the public for maybe 20 years or a fashion shoot on the busy streets of New York, or right in the middle of Times Square, a simple studio shoot for an ad campaign, and few others. All these shoots have one thing in common......"NOTHING"!

The equipment was always different, the lighting was different, the pace of the shoot was different, the PROCEDURE in assisting was different, even what we wore during the shoot was different.
So I signed up for the workshop and never looked back. James experience in the field is absolutely priceless.
This class is not just for assistants, it's for aspiring photographers that want to go pro.

If you're wanting to become an assistant, this workshop is definitely a must. James vast experience in the field becomes obvious as soon as he starts the workshop. He'll give you hands on experience with the equipment that you'll encounter on the set of a professional shoot. He'll also give you hands on experience with the different ways the equipment may be used all whilst listening to his different experiences and scenarios will help you troubleshoot when you find yourself in a similar situation. He'll give you hands on experience on lighting a subject the way the photographer would want it lit. He talks about etiquette on set to ensure you will be hired again by the photographer. James will be able to help you anticipate what the photographer needs before the photographer realizes it himself. This all helps get you hired again and again, which thus helps you start your business.
James will go over simple techniques that will make a huge difference on lighting. None of these techniques are obvious, again, all through his experience of what works and what doesn't, is passed down to you. Everything you learn in this workshop will help you get hired over and over again.

If you're an aspiring photographer, this workshop is invaluable. If you're starting to build a book, unless you have your own equipment and studio space, you'll need to rent. Most studio spaces rent equipment as well. This workshop will help you walk in any rental studio and use any lighting equipment the studio has to offer. This in itself helps you conceptualize your shoot. Through James' vast experience in the field, he will go through lighting with you. Show you the most efficient way to make the lighting work. What tools you will need to get the lighting you want whether it be a light modifier or a specific color temperature, he'll give you hands on experience on how to accomplish it. He will introduce you to lighting equipment you may never have thought of using. He had a notebook full with notes from past shoots that was being passed around. I couldn't stop reading it. Every page had diagrams, power settings, distances, etc etc etc with Polaroid's of the actual results, this to me was a goldmine. "

Rico - 08/10/2012

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IMPOSSIBLE ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN ANALOG INSTANT CAMERA DEVELOPMENT

by JamesNYCSeptember 10. 2012 07:11

IMPOSSIBLE ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN ANALOG INSTANT CAMERA DEVELOPMENT
NEW MODULAR PLATFORM IS BASIS FOR VARIOUS NEW ANALOG INSTANT DEVICES
FIRST CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN KICKSTARTER CAMPAGIN AND AT PHOTOKINA 2012

New York, USA, 10 September 2012. – After 18 months of intense research and development, Impossible today introduces a groundbreaking module for analog instant photography: A high precision platform named “Impossible FPU” (Film Processing Unit), that processes and develops Impossible instant film. This highly advanced device is the basis for a range of new analog instant cameras and hardware concepts to be introduced in 2013.

When Polaroid discontinued camera production in 2007, all know-how, machinery and components linked to analog instant camera production were being disrupted. With Impossible being dedicated to today’s creative market of analog instant photography by re-inventing new instant film materials, the development of a new analog instant hardware was the next major ambition. Impossible reinvented the FPU from scratch, based on today’s available components and materials and new expectations and demands.

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Webinar 10/5: One Step Beyond Amazing hosted by Jane Conner-Ziser

by JamesNYCSeptember 28. 2011 08:46

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Wednesday, October 5th

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Leaf Capture 11.5.2 Now Available

by JamesNYCSeptember 27. 2011 06:58

Leaf Capture Version 11.5.2 is now available.

Key features:   New user interface and firmware update for Mamiya DM digital backs.

 

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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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Webinar for Photogs 9/29 : Conquer Color, Quick and Fast!

by JamesNYCSeptember 23. 2011 11:25

Free Webinar

Two sessions are available:
Thursday, September 29th

Session One - 11 AM Eastern Time
(10 AM Central, 9 AM Mountain, 8 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

Session Two - 1 PM Eastern Time
(12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here

You are invited to a FREE Webinar to see for yourself how to easily have your printed images match your display – every time! For more detailed information please click on one of the registration links listed above.

Topics Covered
Monitor to print matching (calibration and profiling)
Obtaining consistent color in camera
One click accurate color edits
Benefits of creating and using custom printer profiles
Soft-proofing in Adobe® Photoshop®
Applying printer profiles in Photoshop®
Digital projector profiling

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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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ELSA HOSK in SWEDISH GIRLS -Directed by PATRIK ANDERSSON

by JamesNYCSeptember 20. 2011 12:54

ELSA HOSK in SWEDISH GIRLS -Directed by PATRIK ANDERSSON

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Behind the Line: Andrew Buckler Spring 2012 - Short Film by Patrik Andersson

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