The first holiday party of the season, thank you Fotocare

by JamesNYCDecember 5. 2009 09:45
Fotocare kicked off the month with the first holiday party of the season.
Plenty of food drink and goody bages.
And huge props to Fred Blake in the rental dept. Fred and his family went above and beyond by makeing hand dippedchcolate truffles all individualy wrapped for the party. Now that is truely customer service. For those that missed out these were probably some of the best Chocolate Truffles you'll ever have.
Thanks to Jeff Hirsch, Fred Blake and the whole Fotocare staff for a great event.

Below is a very short video of the end of the party. Sorry I was to busy eating and drinking to think about shooting video.

Fotocare party 12-09

Lexar announces the Professional 600x CompactFlash card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash card reader

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2009 09:18
The Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card will offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device. In addition, the Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card increases workflow with minimum sustained read speeds of 533x (80MB/s), or faster when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled reader such as the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash Reader.

We’re also introducing Image Rescue 4, the newest version of Lexar’s award-winning image recovery software. Image Rescue 4 not only helps recover image and video files from any memory card format, from any manufacturer, it also features a one-step recovery interface, automatic software updates, an easy deletion function, and support for multiple languages.

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Canon 1D MKIv announced today

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2009 08:11
The long awaited and much rumourd Canon 1D MKIV was announced today. The following are some highlights. follow the below link for complete details.

Suggested Retail Price: $4999.00

Specifications
Recording Media: CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), UDMA Mode 6 CF cards and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/E2A or Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 IIA*)
Image Sensor Size: 1.098 x 0.73 in./ 27.9 x 18.6 mm (APS-H size sensor)
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount

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This weekends Digital Tech Workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro was a great success

by JamesNYCSeptember 25. 2009 22:27
This weekends Digital Tech Workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro V.5.0.2 was a great success.
We even had a photographer that came in from Hawaii.
That's the furthest yet someone has come to take one of our Capture 1 pro workshops.
Thanks to Sand Box Studio, Schiempflug Digital, FotoCare Rentals, &CSI Rentals for their production help this weekend. We couldn't do it with out you guys.
Thanks to Mac Group US for the X-Rite EyeOne display2 that was our door prize.
Our next Digital Tech workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro V.5.x.x will be in late Feb early march; watch the site for details.

Leica M9 shown at the 1ProPhoto.Com networking event 09/17/2009

by JamesNYCSeptember 25. 2009 08:44

Leica M9 shown at the 1ProPhoto.Com networking event 09/17/2009

 

Color Workflow for the Photographer

by JamesNYCJuly 7. 2009 09:04
Join Joe Brady of MAC group for an hour-long presentation on color workflow for photographers

“Magic Lantern” – firmware hack for Canon EOS 5D Mark II released as open platform

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2009 08:04
There is a Lot-O-Love for teh Canon 5D MKII so mauch so that peopel have gone so far as to hack the firmware and create new features for teh camera by hacking the firmware.

“Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR.” Though it also has some pretty significant warnings about possible dangers with the pre-release version. So, don’t download and install unless you read the entire wiki! Progress to date features these key components:
  • Onscreen stereo audio meters
  • Full-time cropmarks
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed regions
  • Fixed audio gain (+10 dB analog, +12 dB digital) with -NO AGC-
  • Live headphone monitoring on A/V jack (without disabling LCD)
  • printf() to the bitmap display
  • GUI event viewer (press Picture Style button)

Follow this link to check out the latest firmware hach by Trammell Hudson on his Planet 5D.com blog

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Hasselblad realeases Phocus V.1.2 for Mac

by JamesNYCJune 4. 2009 08:24
Release of Phocus 1.2 for Mac
Phocus 1.2 for Mac has been released and features a number of major enhancements!
Version 1.2 has been improved dramatically with regards to speed and performance, plus been endowed with several new features and workflow enhancements.

Highlights
Speed and Performance
  • Improved tethered capture performance
  • Improved export speed
  • Improved viewer performance
    Tools
  • Grey scale tool
  • Navigator tool
    Workflow
  • Export direct from 3FR raw file
  • Export to PSD 8 & 16 bit
  • Improved viewer sharpness
  • Ejecting of volumes from file browser
  • Custom Date format via name preset
  • Tool bar control for show/hide options of main window
  • Improved print functionality
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  • Hasselblad - Warning concerning use of 32 GB CF Card

    by JamesNYCFebruary 20. 2009 07:58
    Hasselblad hereby advices you NOT to use 32 GB CF Cards in our products, until further notice.
    At the present time we have verified that images shot on such cards with the H3DII-50 will be corrupted. We have not had this issue reported using any other type of Hasselblad camera, but as a precaution we temporarily recommend all our customers NOT to use 32 GB CF cards.
    The issue is not related to certain makes of 32 GB CF cards, but is universal.
    We will provide further information as soon as we know a time frame for the solution to this issue.
    Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences caused.

    Best regards
    Hasselblad USA

    8X10 with out a net.

    by JamesNYCAugust 14. 2008 09:39
    I got a call last week from a photographer friend of mine for an 8X10 shoot.
    This was to be a fine art shoot that would take place in a burned out building with out air-conditioning.
    While we had plenty of film for the shoot (FUJICOLOR PRO 160S PROFESSIONAL), but we came to find that Polaroid 8x10 could not be found anywhere in or around NYC.

    The lack of Polaroid and use of hot-lights for the shoot presented an interesting scenario.
    This would require what some would consider the “old school method” metering every part of the set to see exactly where the lights were falling off, and where the hot spots were, and balancing the ratios across the set.
    Now let me interject and respond to those asking “Why not just shoot digital?”
    1) It’s what the photographer wanted.
    2) 8x10 was the right tool for the job.

    While this may not sound like much fun to some people, I live for this stuff
    Since we didn’t have Polaroid we at least had some latitude that shooting C-41 offered. After metering we shoot ? stop open from meter, plus the ½ stop compensation for a slight bellows extension. So because we were essentially shooting blind we did do a 2 sheet bracket, plus ½ stop open for the second sheet, for all of the shots that day.
    Did I mention that we were shooting in Jersey?
    This meant that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the film until later the next day; and since we were again on set first thing in the morning we still didn’t have the option to view the results of the first day until we brought in the film later that day.
    SO what we did was to have the lab contact print the negs and scan 3 with a flatbed scanner and email the JPG’s to use. This worked pretty well for the photographer as he got to see that he was getting what he wanted. While looking at the JPG’s I noticed that the even though the images looked great, I could still see a hint of the film base on the contact sheet. This meant that even with over exposing by nearly 2 stops we had to over expose more. Having this new information made shooting the second day a little less stressful.

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