Archive for June, 2011

This post was inspired by a question that was recently posed to my business partner and me.  We were asked about any new gear and/or techniques we employ for our video production while using our DSLR’s.  This prompted a furious search of the web for what is out there and coming soon.  Honestly, I didn’t find very much.  We would love to hear from our fellow Tech Monsters what gear they have been reading about and testing…off brands are ok too!

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My Kinda of Town…Vegas is…

Professional photography (and any creative tech field for that matter), has always had a tenuous relationship at best with Las Vegas.  As with most things Vegas, Photography is looked at with a crooked eyebrow and a doubting that anyone is truly a professional.  Of course, there are many highly skilled professional photographers in many disciplines in Las Vegas.  The problem is that there are twice as many that are not qualified to retain the title of professional.  It has always concerned this writer that Las Vegas will never be able to gain the artistic respect it deserves because of those unscrupulous invidividuals that have purchased a camera just to meet girls and enjoy the party life that they think is the life of a professional photographer.  Those of us who are not only artists but run the company know all too well that the party life is often usurped by the life of an accountant, marketer, brand manager, public relations officer and human resources representative.  My question to those of my colleagues that are following is…Do you feel Vegas is respected as a creative leader in the photographic and related industries? and if not, Will we ever be?

 

 

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Yesterday we posted about the infamous creepy man-baby pictures circulating the web.  Today we want to offer you something we do consider art.  Here are a few self-portraits from a Tokyo based photographer named Natsumi Hayashi.  For months she has posted one levitation picture a day, with the occasional picture of one of her two cats thrown in for good measure.  Looking through all of the captivating images, we actually hit the Jackpot!  A self-portrait levitation photograph, with one of her cats.  Now this is what we consider art…

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A company called Lytro has developed technology to allow a photograph’s focus to be altered after the photo has been taken.  Apparently the new camera will have a sensor that records, a significantly more data about the light entering the lens.  Apparently, the new camera will be able to do all sorts of interesting things, like 3D images, low-light photography without a flash, high speed images, etc.

Is it true?  Could this one camera do it all and at what cost?  Read for yourself and tell us what you think.  If these photos are any indication of what is to come, it is going to be interesting.

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OK, we have a real problem with this!  It’s creepy, not just a little creepy, but disturbing, deranged, spine tingling creepy!  Yes we are talking about the dreaded Man-Baby Photos.  Some people out there are actually calling it art.  For Shame!  Allow us to explain.  Earlier this week, we were looking at a piece of art in a public place, and a friend scoffed, “THAT IS NOT ART!”  His reasoning was that he did not have an artistic bone in his body when it came to drawing, painting or sculpting.  Anything he could muster would be considered at a 4th grade level or lower.  Since he felt he could easily produce this piece of “art”, he was not willing to classify it as such.  Being artists ourselves, we wanted to try to explain the nuances of contemporary art, but we knew it would just fall on deaf ears.

Little did we know, we would be shouting the same thing a few days later. “THAT IS NOT ART!”  A cheap Photoshop to fleece new over zealous parents out of even more money, yes…art, no.  What do you think?

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Long have photographers dealt with the issue of archiving their images. The subject is now even more prevalent with the deluge of digital images that are now produced. In the professional arena, which is the one most directly affected by the storage issue, we are faced with producing giant images that take many megabytes to store. As we cannot sacrifice image quality and editing compression, we must look at the storage options instead. Of course, the makers of storage, WD, Seagate and the like, are keeping up but unfortunately we are producing images in the thousands and must have them at the touch of a button for our returning and new clients. I would ask my colleagues in the commercial photography/videography field to engage in this conversation and tell us what options they have explored and employed…

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Of course we think cameras are the greatest scientific achievement of all time.  Although scientific advancement has provided us the ability to capture imagery, we have always believed that creating art out of that imagery requires a trained eye and strong imagination.  But, every once in a while, science can inadvertently create art all on its own.  Here is a great example, life.com has released photos of x-rays over the years.  Though some are strange and grusome, here is one that we thought was art. Do you know what it is?

X-ray of Tulips from 1910. (Photo: Edward Charles Le Grice/Getty Images)

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News articles abound about small film producers that are creqating films with dlsrs and small scale HD cameras totally in a studio like Alter Ego Studio.  We would love to know what projects are being produced out there…what type of gear is being used, and what applications beyond Final Cut pro are being utilized.  What is the bad and the good about the concept all the way to the can.  Let us know guys!

 

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The lines are getting just a bit more blurry for the stil photographer and budding video shooter.  More and more in the field we are seeing the 5D Mark II and D7000 being employed for on the fly video.  The savey shooter can actually double book a commercial job and produce wonderful results in both arenas.  Of course, the problem now is the deluge of rigs and accessories that are supposed to aid in video but don’t.  The single most mentioned problem we hear in the field is the issue of focussing.  We would love to know what tech our colleagues have seen just outside the bubble to address this issue…?

 

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Remember when we all had to actually put film in our cameras? When we would spend time in the dark room?  When touching up photos meant something more than a few clicks of a mouse?  If you are like us, you made the switch to digital a decade ago.  I am pretty sure you can’t even buy film at Walmart or Target anymore, now only available through specialty retailers.

This article posted earlier today on USAToday.com shows there are still enough enthusiasts out there to keep the camera business alive.  Kodak says they still plan to make film as long as there is a viable market for it.  But as the article states, when these people’s cameras break down, they with replace them with digital.  It will be a sad day when they are all gone, photography will never be the same.

 

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