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March 2nd, 2016

Photographers: Demo a Phase One XF100 (Sponsored)

XF-100MP-camera-systemweb-350x200Photographers – Are you ready for the Phase One IQ3 XF100 Camera System?

Join Phase One and Dodd Camera at our open house events in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Be one of the first photographers to experience the first 100MP Full Frame Medium Format CMOS sensor camera on the market. You will have the opportunity to test the new IQ3 100MP.

Introducing the New XF 100MP Camera System – The Ultimate Image Quality
100MP Camera System Highlights:

100MP Full Frame Medium Format CMOS Perfection

  • 16 bit Analogue Feel
  • 15 stops of dynamic range
  • Clean ISO from 50-12800
  • HDMI, Live View, and 30 fps
  • Precision lenses
  • An unprecedented warranty in our industry

There will be plenty of hands-on shooting!

Remember to bring your CF card to walk away with your own images.  There will be swag and Capture One Pro Software Raffles. Must be present to win!  Come see what the 100MP can do for you.

Cleveland, OH
March 7, 2016: 1pm-6pm
2077 East 30th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-361-6805

Columbus, OH
March 8, 2016: 1pm – 6pm
1301 Cameron Avenue
Lewis Center, OH 43035
614-547-7096

Cincinnati, OH
March 10, 2016: 1pm – 6pm
6475 East Galbraith
Cincinnati, OH 45236
513-791-3333

Register here now! 

 

February 8th, 2016

Sponsored Video: Spider Holster NEW Spiderlight Hand Strap

Our friends at Spider Holster are releasing their groundbreaking and NEW SpiderLight Hand Strap for mirrorless cameras through Kickstarter this March 2016!

The SpiderLight Hand Strap brings all of the great features of their pro hand strap to the world of mirrorless and other smaller lightweight cameras.  A few things you should know about our new hand strap for lightweight cams:

  • hand in and out easily and quickly
  • will work with any tripod
  • s-curve shape puts your hand in a perfect shooting position
  • easy access to your camera controls
  • super quick to get on and off your camera
  • nice and sturdy
  • includes adapters for compatibility with all leading mirrorless cameras
  • feels great and looks beautiful

Learn more about the SpiderLight Hand Strap at: http://spiderholster.com/kickstarter

November 19th, 2015

Sponsored: Thomas Roma: In the Vale of Cashmere

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present Thomas Roma: In the Vale of Cashmere. This exhibition of Roma’s most recent project consists of an intricate sequence of 75 black and white portraits and landscapes photographed in a secluded section of Prospect Park where black gay men cruise for sexual partners. This is Roma’s first major New York exhibition of new photographs since his acclaimed solo exhibition Come Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art in 1996. The book In the Vale of Cashmere will be published by powerHouse Books in conjunction with the exhibition.

Thomas Roma Untitled (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), 2011 Gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2011 11 x 14 in Edition of 4; Signed and dated by photographer verso

Photo by Thomas Roma – Untitled (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), 2011
Gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2011
11 x 14 in, Edition of 4; Signed and dated by photographer verso

Roma is one of the most critically acclaimed photographers of our times. A Bard of Brooklyn, Roma is a poet-photographer who has been making profound images about the people and places of his native city since 1969. Fourteen books of his photographs have been published, almost all of them taken in Brooklyn. With In the Vale of Cashmere, Roma brings us into a little known Eden, one that has been quietly thriving for decades. Roma’s portraits of men set in an uncanny urban wooded landscape carry a history of New York and Brooklyn that predates and parallels the gay rights and civil rights movements. Roma brings us into a secret world, giving us the opportunity to consider the individual with sensitivity and respect while also engaging in a larger discussion of race, gender, sexuality, and class in an increasingly gentrified New York.

In 2008, Roma decided to bring his camera to the Vale of Cashmere, a section of Prospect Park he had frequented decades ago. Over the course of years of weekly visits, he approached the men there, introducing himself and explaining why he was taking pictures. Nine out of ten times Roma’s request to make a portrait was declined; it was from that tenth ask that the intense portraits in this exhibition come. In the Vale of Cashmere was created as a memoriam to Carl Spinella, one of Roma’s closest friends, who died in Tom’s arms of AIDS in 1992.

"Untitled" (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), 2009 Gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2009 11 x 14 in Edition of 4; Signed and dated by photographer verso

“Untitled” (from the series In The Vale of Cashmere), 2009 Gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2009, 11 x 14 in Edition of 4; Signed and dated by photographer verso

Roma first met Spinella in 1974; a year later they were roommates living on Dean Street in Brooklyn. Spinella had been instrumental in bringing Roma to his native Sicily in 1978 so that Roma could discover his ancestral roots.  (These images were later published as the book Sicilian Passage.)  Their bond was so close that Tom often would drive Spinella to the Vale of Cashmere and sometimes pick him up at the drop-off site, an act of faith in a time before cell phones, when who knows what could happen in the woods.   It was to those woods that Roma returned alone in 1996. Tom’s son Giancarlo (named after Spinella) was a baseball player who played up to 120 games a year, many at the Parade Grounds in Prospect Park right across the street from the Vale of Cashmere. Roma noticed his son sometimes played better when his father was not around, and started taking walks in the Vale in memory of Spinella. Eventually his photography began there.

Thomas Roma: In the Vale of Cashmere will be on view from October 29th – December 19th, 2015.

Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 515 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001. For more information visit: http://www.stevenkasher.com/exhibitions/thomas-roma-the-vale-of-cashmere

 

 

February 27th, 2014

Sponsored Post: A Look at the Qualities of Light

The understanding of light is the most fundamental skill in cinematography. Watch and learn about the two basic types of light used in filmmaking and photography; hard and soft. Let’s break down these concepts and show you how to harness their power to improve your lighting.

 

Film Lighting Tutorial: Qualities of Light from Zacuto on Vimeo.

 

Hard light is a direct, often single, light source that hits its subject at a specific angle. The sun is a hard light, as is the flash on your camera.  This hard light creates bright spots of light on the subject with little to no gradation and a distinct, sharp shadow.  In the late 1800s and very early 1900s, filmmakers relied almost entirely on the hard light of the sun for lighting, along with real life practicals like street lamps or open flame. (Photographers were already exploring other options at this time, but for some reason no one asked them!) Movies were mainly shot outside or in studios made with glass roofs so sunlight could stream down upon the actors. Thomas Edison designed a special stage for the Black Maria studio that rotated, so it was at the right angle under the glass roof to catch the sun’s rays, no matter the time of day.

 

Thomas Edison's rotating Black Maria studio.

Thomas Edison’s rotating Black Maria studio.

 

Hard light is often described as harsh and severe (and maybe that’s the look you’re going for) but it can also be dramatic and seductive. Both classic and modern day filmmakers use the clean distinction between light and shadow offered by hard light to tell their story in the most ingenious of ways. Martin Scorsese’s earlier films, like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, use hard light to great effect, using the sharp contrast between light and shadow to mirror the dark and light within the hearts of his lead characters.  The classic deep shadows and rich texture of Film Noir also come from a clever manipulation of hard light. The final scenes of George Clooney’s 2011 Ides of March are a textbook example of how hard light can be used as a dramatic tool.

 

Example of hard light. Publicity still for Ides of March, 2011.

Example of hard light. Publicity still for Ides of March, 2011.

 

Soft light wasn’t really used until the 1910’s when a sneaky filmmaker finally got the gumption to raid a photographer’s workshop and grabbed a diffuser. A diffuser is simply something that spreads or scatters and softens light. The first diffusers were most likely sheets of thin fabric hung over or in front of hard lights that broke up the direct beam creating a warmer, softer light that wraps around its subject. While the very fancy, official hanging sheets can be and are still used today, diffusers come in all shapes and sizes. Diffusers designed to attach to small camera mounted lights (as opposed to hung studio lights) are often made from curved, graduated or stippled glass or plastic. These curves diffuse the light creating a warm almost glowing look with a soft, graduated shadow. Some lights and bulbs are created specifically to give out a soft light or wash, like Fresnels, and as such are made with curves, graduation and stippling. Woody Allen is often noted for using mainly soft light. This gives his films a soft, romantic look, maybe a little hazy a times which fits the voice of his characters and films.

Most filmmakers use a mixture of hard and soft light to create a natural look that draws the viewer’s eye wherever the director wants it to be. There are, of course, notable exceptions and instances of hard light being used for dramatic effect, and then there’s the “classic” slightly terrifying sitcom where multiple cameras shoot simultaneously requiring an allover soft light with practically no shadows. What, no shadows?  Yes, it’s true. Peter Pan be damned!

We hope this overview has inspired you to look at hard and soft light as tools in your filmmaking tool kit. To learn more about light and shadow see Zacuto’s Emmy award winning film of the same name Light & Shadow and visit www.zacuto.com to see more original programming.

 

Peter-Pan

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ZACUTO, located in Chicago, IL, is known for their “Made in the USA” brand of high quality, originally designed camera accessories. Zacuto Films produces original programming with EMMY’s won in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 (Midwest region) Follow @Zacuto on Twitter.

November 25th, 2013

Sponsored Post: Interactive Portrait Studio Featuring Celebrity Photographer Mark Mann

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Leica invites Art Basel attendees to be part of a living art exhibition on Thursday, December 5th. Celebrity photographer Mark Mann will be taking portraits of participants using the Leica S from 10am-4pm at Trendy Studios. The on-site printing of each image is supported by Image Pro International and print specialists Gady Alroy, of Art Media Studios, and Sean Black. The portraits will be printed on Hanhemühle FineArt photographic paper and displayed outdoors across the entire Trendy Studio space to create a living street art exhibit that will be in constant transformation as each new image is added. The exhibit will remain hanging for the duration of Art Basel, capturing a unique moment in time at this year’s Art Basel. All attendees who pose for a portrait will be given digital copies.

To sign-up please select an available window of time. Portraits will be shot on a first come first serve basis so in order to help us accomodate all guests please arrive during your designated time slot. Guests are invited to hang out and enjoy the event before and after their portraits have been shot.

*All guests posing for their portrait will be required to sign a model release.*

We look forward to seeing you there!

September 12th, 2013

Sponsored Post: Guide to Breaking into Video

whitepage-cover-350Still photographers know that keeping pace with the times today includes capturing motion. Brought to you by WPPI, Rangefinder, PDN, PhotoPlus Expo and Panasonic Lumix G, this collection of information-packed articles offers readers both education on technique and excellent recommendations for gear. Topics range from shooting hybrid photography, to marketing and promotion, to how creatives hire photographers for video assignments.

In “Hybrid Hero” from Panasonic, Suzette Allen, a long-time portrait photographer discusses how hybrid photography has allowed her to transition into an exciting new phase of her career—using the Panasonic Lumix G, she merges still and video into hybrid e-cards and film clips incorporating stills, creating innovative products for clients never possible before. Then for filmmaking basics and other essential expert insights, don’t miss “Video Lighting Tips from Gaffers and Grips,” “Demystifying DSLR Audio,” “Interviewing 101,” “How Collaboration Can Produce Better Video,” and before purchasing any equipment, “Products You Need to Add HD Video to Your Business.

Download “A Guide to Breaking into Video” free of charge at http://bit.ly/12DK8rR and begin building your filmmaking skills today.

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October 23rd, 2012

FotoDC Presents the 5th Anniversary FotoWeekDC Festival – November 9-18, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

What began in 2008 as a week-long local photography festival has grown into a year-long, international commitment to the medium. While the venues, categories, and events offerings have evolved with each year, dedication to the FotoDC/FotoWeekDC missionremains constant: to provide exposure for photographers and make diverse, high-quality photography accessible through exhibitions and collaborations.

Now in its fifth year, the 2012 FotoWeek DC Festival features a new platform of events, exhibits, partnerships, and learning opportunities all over the city. FotoWeek Central, homebase for all things FotoWeek DC, comprises 40,000 square-feet of exhibit space in our nation’s capital and will host the Benefit Launch Party, the FotoWeek Central Lecture Series, the FotoBooks exhibit, and more than ten full-scale exhibits by the 2012 International Awards Competition finalists, Uncover/Discover 2012 winners, Photo Philanthropy, Flak Photo, and Reporters Without Borders/Magnum Photo Agency, just to name a few. Festival passes cost just $5 and offer unlimited entry to FotoWeek Central (tickets at the door will cost $7).

The Goethe-Institut will be the home to the Portfolio Reviews, a festival mainstay, FotoWeek EDU, a new series of seminars, and the winners of the FotoBook competition.  Portfolio reviews offer the opportunity for photographers of all levels to receive critical feedback and insight on their best work from experienced professionals during a 25-minute session. Registration costs $75/session and is now open – take a look at the reviewer bios and select the best match for your own style and photographic goals.FotoWeek EDU Seminars bring industry experts and photography leaders to share their knowledge, techniques, and unique approaches in the areas of photojournalism, storytelling, presentation, self-publishing, marketing, and more. Tickets for each session cost $165 and include access to evening meet-and-greet cocktail receptions that follow each seminar. Then, it’s a wrap! Review and unwind at the Closing Party on Saturday, November 17, held at the former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, and toast the close of another successful festival.

Want to come to FotoWeekDC from out of town? No problem! FotoDC’s new partnership with Destination DC, the official tourism corporation for Washington, DC, includes hotel packages starting at $94.99 per night for the duration of FotoWeekDC (November 9-18, 2012). The ten participating hotels gift each room occupant with an extra incentive to explore the city: a $10 Metro SmarTrip card. Participating hotels include: Comfort Inn and Suites near Union Station, Helix, a Kimpton Hotel, The Dupont Circle Hotel, and The St. Regis Washington, D.C., and more. Please visit FotoWeekDC.org for more information.

Stay tuned for more information on FotoWeek By Night and even more events and programs as they are finalized and added to the new-and-improved festival calendar.

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October 3rd, 2012

Brazilian Artist and Two New Yorkers Transform New York City

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Bel Borba Aqui New York (BBANY) is a multi-facetted visual art project by Bel Borba, Burt Sun and André Costantini. It was conceived after André and Burt completed a feature length documentary entitled “Bel Borba Aqui”, on Brazilian artist Bel Borba (which opens at the Film Forum in NYC on October 3rd.) BBANY overlaps the theatrical release of the film in addition to creating live street art and a new short film posted every day for 30 days. Where “Bel Borba Aqui”, the feature film, was filmed entirely in his hometown, Salvador, Bahia, BBANY seeks to bring Bel’s transformative artistic interventions to New York City.

It seems that sometimes the lines between art and life become blurred. What started as a journey documenting art became the art itself. So it was appropriate that the 30 days of street art is presented with support of the Crossing the Line Art Festival part of the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF).

Bel Borba Aqui New York can be broken down into the following components. ”Diario Baiano” (The Diary of a man from Bahia region of Brazil) is a challenge to create art for 30 days on the streets of the 5 boroughs of NYC from September 14th to October 13th. While Bel creates installations and ephemeral art using mostly recycled materials, Burt and André document his actions using D-SLR’s taking advantage of both still and video capabilities. Because the art is temporary, the short films ultimately become the tangible art piece. Every day after shooting, André edits the film which is uploaded and viewable at http://diariobaiano.wordpress.com/ Then on Sunday October 14 many of the sculptural artworks created from recycled water barriers will be installed in Times Square by Father Duffy Square for a public showing for a 24 hour period.

Also in Times Square, for the entire month of October, as part of the “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery” will be the first film ever created specifically for the Times Square Art Alliance by Bel, Burt and André and is entitled “Universal Pulse.” The collaboration depicts visual transformations on the NYC landscape evoking at once a sense of present and nostalgia. It will simultaneously occupy 16 Jumbotron screens around the square and can be viewed once a day from 11:57pm to midnight.

August 27th, 2012

Studio Lighting Made in Germany – For Almost 65 Years Multiblitz® Creates Studio Lighting Equipment for Professional Photography.

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Multiblitz®, the German manufacturer with the longest tradition in developing studio lighting for professional photographers around the world, brings German-engineered state-of-the-art lighting equipment to the US.

Named after Harold G. Edgerton’s famous multi-flash exposures in 1949, Multiblitz pioneered the development of the first electronic flash unit in continental Europe in the late 1940s. At Photokina 1976, Multiblitz forever changed the photography world, by introducing the industry’s first compact monolight, the Ministudio 202. It was the first compact studio flash that could be easily stored in a case, including tripods and umbrellas – the first studio lighting kit was born. Since then, Multiblitz was accountable for many innovative products that were well ahead of their time, culminating in the TIPA Award winning flash system Profilux Plus in 2010.

The Multiblitz Profilux monolights are designed for the ambitious amateur/emerging professional. Available in 250 & 500 Ws versions, both models feature 5 f-stops – adjustable in 1/10th increments. The battery operable Profilux Plus monolight targets the professional photographer with more energy output and shorter flash durations. It is available in 200, 400, and 800 Ws versions with 7 and 8 f-stops respectively (800 Ws model), also adjustable in 1/10th increments. The multi-voltage Profilux Plus units can be powered with Multiblitz Propac battery packs, delivering up to 3200 on-location flashes at maximum output. All flash units are fan-cooled, automatically dissipate flash energy, and covered under a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

Propac Battery Pack w/Trolley

Multiblitz manufactures at the company’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany. Here, a 55,000 sq ft facility houses the entire production cycle. From conceiving an idea, designing and engineering the product, to finally manufacturing studio lighting equipment. With over 60 years of experience in developing premium studio lighting, Multiblitz is the most experienced manufacturer for photographic lighting equipment.

“Our products are an alternative to over-priced brands or cheap imports from Asia.” said Veit Wulms, president of Multiblitz USA. “We give amateurs and professionals the opportunity to experience German-made, premium quality studio lighting at a reasonable price. Here in America, Multiblitz products are sold directly at our online store. With this strategy we can guarantee competitive prices and excellent customer service.”

Starting in August 2012, Demo Events will familiarize photographers with Multiblitz equipment. Photographers will have the chance to get hands-on experience with Multiblitz studio lighting equipment in a real-life situation.

For more information about Multiblitz Studio Lighting, products and demo events, contact Multiblitz USA, P.O. Box 36118, 
Baltimore, MD 21286-6118, info@multiblitzusa.com, http://www.multiblitzusa.com.

July 17th, 2012

Why Do You Love Photography? Win Tickets to PhotoShelter’s Luminance 2012!

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Andrew Fingerman, PhotoShelter CEO

Why do you love photography?  Tell PhotoShelter and win tickets to Luminance 2012, a two-day event focused on the trends, innovations and opportunities in our industry — in a nutshell, the future of photography.

A first-of-its-kind event, Luminance will tap into conversations being held among photographers, creatives, designers and entrepreneurs alike.  At its core, Luminance strives to spark the new ideas and networks that will push photography, as an industry, to the next level.

We’ve got an amazing lineup of speakers: leading innovators behind Lytro, 20×200, and Hipstamatic, tech visionaries from Facebook to Google, the founders of Behance and Blurb, and award winning photographers who are changing the way we see the world. Renowned photographers Joe McNally, Zack Arias, Corey Rich, and Robert Seale will also host a limited-attendance photography workshop to help you hone your technique and gather new inspiration.

It’s all taking place in New York City from September 11-13.

And don’t miss our killer #ilovephotography party to bring everyone together to celebrate image making. Check out the full rundown on Luminance 2012.

Get Your Free Tickets

Simply answer the question “Why do you love photography?” in the comment section below. Then tweet, Like or share this post on Facebook. Every week, PhotoShelter will pick 3 lucky winners with the most inspiring and creative responses. They’ll win 2 tickets to the event, plus the #ilovephotography party on September 12th. Don’t worry if you don’t win: PhotoShelter is offering PDN readers a $25 discount to the event. To take advantage, use code PDN2012 when you register.

See PhotoShelter’s blog for full contest rules.

We can’t wait to read your responses!