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March 1st, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Jonathan Chapman on Mountain Biking

Can a photographer promote video work by showing still images? In PDN‘s feature story about Jonathan Chapman’s direct mail promos, “All the New Work that’s Fit to Print,” the Minneapolis-based photographer and director explains that his new large-format newsprint mailer shows multiple images from assignments and personal projects, whether he shot them as stills or video. For example, he shows stills of bikers, created as part of a video assignment for Specialized, the bike manufacturer. His “Jonathan Chapman Photography/Motion” logo appears on the sun-kissed images, while the URL points readers to find his motion reel on his Web site. His videos like this one for Specialized can also be found on Vimeo.

December 12th, 2011

POYi Calling for Entries

POYi has put out a call for entries for its 69th annual photojournalism competition. Online registration and entry will be open through January 12, 2012, contest organizers say.

POYi has added a new Sports Division, which will include new categories for Sports Photographer of the Year, as well as categories for Sports Multimedia and Sports Editing.

This year’s competition will include two special categories to recognize the work of photographers who documented the Arab Uprisings and the Japan Earthquake.

The Missouri School of Journalism will host the judging in a public forum from February 8 to February 28.

For more information about POYi and details about the competitions see http://poyi.org/.

August 31st, 2011

PDN Video Pick: On Assignment with Jimmy Chin in Yosemite

Adventure photographer Jimmy Chin recently shot a feature story for National Geographic about the derring-do of modern day rock climbing, and Renan Ozturk of camp4collective.com made this behind-the-scenes video of Chin at work. It’s full of spectacular views, sweaty palm moments, and insight about how Chin works while dangling from a climbing rope on El Capitan and other Yosemite cliffs.

August 23rd, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Boxer Chordale Booker by Craig Cutler

This video clip titled “Jump Rope” kicked off Week 20 of the photo series “CC52: A Year of Personal Work by Craig Cutler.” The video features Open Class amateur boxer and two-time Golden Gloves champion Chordale Booker. (We previously featured Week 4: Marshmallows, which can be viewed again at http://bit.ly/lkFg3c.
Format: RED ONE Mysterium-X Camera; 100mm-300mm zoom lens. Shot at f5.6 & f8, 2K resolution, 100 fps.

August 18th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Get Right Back on That Mountain

The three laid-back photographers who make up Camp 4 Collective were a hit at the recent Outdoor Photo Expo, where they gave a seminar on video techniques. Tim Kemple, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, all of them climbers as well as photographers, showed documentaries they have made for National Geographic. The North Face and other clients. Ozturk, an artist turned filmmaker, showed in one of his videos that he is equally devoted to climbing and the latest tech gadgets. He shot it while recovering from a skull fracture and some broken vertebrae he sustained in a ski accident. Though he was “not technically cleared for physical therapy yet,” he went for a climb and he documented the experience while testing the POV.HD camera from V.I.O and the Kessel Crane pocket dolly motion control.

Ozaturk says of this video, “It was fun to experiment with a fresh roll of duct tape, a bit of stiff steel wire and some thin pieces of PVC.”

More of Camp 4 Collective’s videos can be found on Vimeo.

June 10th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: This Video Makes Us Want to Sweat

“BREATHE” from Paul Schneider on Vimeo.

Maybe we like Paul Scheider’s video “Breathe,” which shows people working out hard and fast, because we sit at our desks all…day…long. But Schneider, a commercial director, also demonstrates that even with minimal audio equipment and only a minute and a half of video, you can get a rise out of viewers. He says he placed a video mic close to the athletes to record ambient sounds and their heavy breathing. He also recorded sound with his video camera, “then used Pluraleyes to sync the two.”

for more on “Breathe” and to see Scheider’s other spots, visit his Vimeo page.

March 14th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Helmet-Mounted Camera Captures Skier’s Fall

First things first: The skier recorded in this video is fine. This footage of a skier’s tumble down a mountain peak was captured with a GoPro 3D Hero system mounted to the skier’s helmet. As Technology Editor Dan Havlik noted in his review of the GoPro system, the tough plastic housing allows you to strap the cameras onto a surfboard or a helmet. And, he notes, it was designed to take a licking.

Related story:
Objects of Desire: GoPro 3D Hero System

February 25th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Sports Illustrated Photographs the Super Bowl

Yes, the Super Bowl was nearly a month ago and no, our beloved NY Jets did not make it again this year (though Rex Ryan “guarantees” next year will be our year) but we still think you’ll enjoy the below video showing how Sports Illustrated photographers covered the big game.

Remember the days when there were “film” runners? Well, now there are fleet-footed “card” runners helping to move over 11,000 images per hour from 11 Sports Illustrated photographers at the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of photos of men in yellow spandex! See how they handled it:

February 7th, 2011

LeRoy Grannis, Pioneering Surf Photographer, Dies at 93

Photographer LeRoy Grannis, whose images of California surfers in the early Sixties helped popularize the sport and the culture around it, died February 5 at a nursing facility in Torrance, California, the Los Angeles Times has reported. He died of natural causes, according to Grannis’s son, John.

Born in 1917 in Hermosa, California, Grannis began surfing as a teenager, using a longboard made of redwood.  He took up surf photography in 1959, at first as a hobby, then more seriously. He began by photographing the small group of young surfers gathering around Hermosa Beach.  Learning from surf photographer Doc Ball, Grannis set up his own darkroom in his garage.  His work was published in Surfer, Reef and Surfing Illustrated.

As surf writer Steve Barilotti notes in the foreword to the book LeRoy Grannis, Surf Photography, (published by Taschen in 2007), Grannis began taking surfing photos   at a pivotal moment for surfing.   A growing number of Californians were adopting the sport brought to the mainland from Hawaii. Grannis’s photos helped bring the young surf scene of Southern California to the wider world. Writes Barilotti, “Grannis’s photography, especially from 1960 to 1965, caught surfing at a critical juncture between cult and culture.”

Grannis also co-founded International Surfing Magazine, which would later become Surfing Magazine.  He stepped away from the industry in the Seventies.

His photos have been exhibited at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery in New York, the Laguna Art Museum of Laguna Beach and elsewhere. He was voted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966.

February 3rd, 2011

Thomas Hoeffgen Photographs Thierry Henry & the NY Red Bulls 2011 (Video)

Last year, we shared some behind-the-scenes video of photographer Thomas Hoeffgen capturing Rafa Marquez of the New York Red Bulls soccer club as part of our How I Got that Shot feature.

Well, a new season of MLS soccer is almost here and Hoeffgen and his Hasselblad were back in the studio recently to shoot a whole herd of Red Bulls including French superstar Thierry Henry.

Check out the video of the 2011 shoot below. Get Microsoft Silverlight