Archive for 2010

Noise makers, bubbles, confetti on the floor. Time for “Photo-A-Day” 2011 to start!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

…..and maybe share your efforts from 2010! Sure, for a lot of us, the camera is another appendage and a photo a day is just a matter of course. But will you define a time to make the image, like every morning before going to work? or maybe picking a subject matter this year? For […]

We have some giveaways, right here. Just a matter of speed.

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

And a big thank you to everyone one out there reading this. Your support every day, week, month and year, keeps us writing more and hopefully helping, informing, and perhaps entertaining you a bit as we go. So, we like to give stuff to you as a small thank you. Photo stuff. Like a copy […]

The photo tool we didn’t think we needed.

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Lots of new photo products come our way throughout the year, and when this one arrived, the SpyderLensCal Lens Calibration Systemwe made a call to the company. It went something like this: “Really? Our lenses are tack sharp and why on earth would we need something like this? And for $60.??? Fine. We’ll try it […]

Just a little time lapse share

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

It’s an amazing thing to scan the passage of time in a time lapse manner. And what better subject to show a change than a person. Specifically in this case, a child. thanks to reader Len K., of Sparta NJ for sharing this with us. And if you have anything that grows, you may want […]

The Joy, The Sorrow, The Power of the Still Image

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Driving around Los Angeles for this years holidays was, for the most part, a fun deal. Before the rains hit. Living here for many years, each building is a kind of a landmark and flips the switch on various memories that can play back as a movie, and become just as fleeting. As the car […]

The Gifts That Time Forgot!!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Well, maybe it’s just the gifts that we forgot. As we slide through the holiday season, we look again at the items we reach for all of the time, or noted when we saw them and just slipped away as they came crashing into us like a hot kiss on the end of a wet […]

Weekly Giveaway: Ho,Ho,HO! Lomo Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

It’s been one heck of a year everyone, and we’re down to our last 2 official giveaways of the year. This is one huge package from the land of Lomography! As much as we discuss all digital, there is a ton of love for the analog world. We are a bit partial to the Holga. […]

The Modern Classic Canon Powershot G series gets a minor update

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

And when we say minor, let’s talk upgraded video to 720p and a stereo mic instead of just mono. But then we take a closer look and the new and improved stabilization system of the Canon G12 , coupled with the 4.2 frames per second, now places this series smack in the realm of action […]

Weekly Giveaway : 3 volumes of Scott Kelby Goodness

Monday, December 13th, 2010

We’re down to our last 3 giveaways for the year, which will culminate in the biggie at the very end: The GoPro HD Helmut Hero! This week we’re giving away one of the faves from the past year, Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Whether this is for you or […]

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? This time with the Olympus PEN camera

Monday, December 13th, 2010

OK, dragged that reference outta some cinema history, BUT it’s true. You’ve heard from the majors and their incredible HD capabilities, and it’s time you heard from another major, Olympus. After looking at the full field, Director Of Photography Dean Semler, ASC, went with the Olympus PEN series for some of the most dramatic footage […]

Lensbaby jumps into the Micro 4/3’s arena

Monday, December 13th, 2010

One of the most loved systems of add-on lenses for photography, Lensbaby, showed off 2 of their new products at PhotoPlus Expo in Oct. and they’ve decided to take care of the folks in the 4/3’s arena. OK, decided not just because it was there but because the physical properties of some of the cameras […]

Sling-O-Matic: not for slicing & dicing. A shoulder saving bag from ThinkTank Photo

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

We’re not gonna lie. Photoinduced.com is a HUGE fan of the products coming out of the ThinkTank folks. Designed by photographers who know what you need, and the builds are crazy good. Attention to detail,high quality construction, and always the right tool for the right job. From the street shooter series, Urban Disguise, to the […]

Lexar and Crucial give you the gift of time

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Last year we saw the Lexar 600x speed CF card do it’s thing with a read/write speed that was blazing. Now let’s see a real time demo on how to speed up the workflow part of it all with Solid State hard drives, plus a back-up thumb drive that is literally about the size of […]

Hold Steady and Light Me Up : Some cool products from Gorillapod

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

You know we love this company, Joby Gorillapod, for the line up of adjustable tripods. these things are always in our kit bag, help put cameras and lights exactly where there are meant to be positioned. Well, they have a new line-up of tools that every photographer can use: LED flashlights. Not only have they […]

Gary Fong: He’s not just about LightSpheres these days

Friday, December 10th, 2010

At PhotoPlus Expo this year, one of the mainstays, Gary Fong, did not have a booth. In the past, there have been lines of folks waiting to hand over the dough for his products, which have become standards in the industry. That famous white bowl that slips over the speedlights head to soften everyone’s light, […]

GoPro or Go Home! End of Year Giveaway!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Oh, sure we usually bring you the best in DSLRs and Point & Shoots, but our big end of year giveaway is a more unique offering this year. The GoPro HD Helmet HERO Camera first came on our radar last year at CES, and the concept of a quality, tiny, mountable camera that shot HD […]

Weekly Giveaway : Do the Locomotion with Eadweard Muybridge

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

OK, that was a cheap connection between a Motown hit single and the motion study work of Eadweard Muybridge. Love em both, however. Anyway, when the Tate Museum opened their exhibit of Eadweard Muybridge’s work recently, we immediately went to the site and hoped to see some of the great videos that the Tate has […]

The pro back-up system that simply works: Wiebetech

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

You know that we are all over the back-up way of life. And you need a solid work-flow to make sure that there are multiple copies. Ever had a hard drive crash? No? You will. All of the manufacturers know hard drives don’t last forever. There is something called MTBF, and it’s not just is […]

Bits & Bobs : A Fast, Mini, Look Around the photo world

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Just some fast notes on photo things we’ve seen in the past week. New product: Joby Gorillamobile. This item takes care of a few of our needs in one handy set-up. First of all, it includes the much needed bumper for our iPhone, insuring better reception. Being a bumper, it keeps the phone pretty slim. […]

And now a word from one of our readers…….

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Fred Bonilla has contributed to these pages in the past, and these projects he is involved in, Do1Thing, as well as Help Portrait, has a special meaning around this time of year. “Acts of Photographic Charity -2010 by Fred Bonilla” Last year at this time, I wrote an article that showcased the charitable efforts of […]

Delkin Devices multiplies your charging options, plus the Fat Gecko gets all sticky with it

Monday, November 29th, 2010

You know, it’s not all lenses and cameras. The things need juice, power, jolts, current, energy, batts. Yep, without the volts, these things are pointless. When we travel, there are regularly 3 things that always need charging in a photographic way: DSLRs, point and shoots, and speedlights. Yes, the phone, image viewer, laptop, iPod also […]

Cyber What? Sure, we have a special deal for you today: FREE!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Unless you really want to catch up on some of our previous articles or perhaps view some of the videos we’ve made for you. But if you like to get up when the sun is warm, we have some giveaways for you right here, right now. 2 T-Shirts, one per winner, limited sizes. (if you’ve […]

Weekly Giveaway – Not what you thought it would be……

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Sure, after posting our Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: The Books, you would imagine the likely candidate for this weeks giveaway would be some beautiful cool book, picked from the selection of ideas that we suggested you get for others. Right? That would be easy and predictable. So in our zigging, when they zag life, […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 – Part 2: Between the Covers

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Sure, the gear is cool but it’s about what you create with those tools of the medium. Sometimes they end up in books We love photo books. As so much of our other reading material has gone digital, there is still a great thing about seeing a photo book on paper, in your hands. For […]

Our own little Black Friday Giveaway, and you get to stay home!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It”s crazy, right? People got up to be at department stores at 3:00 AM to get a few good deals, on some electronics that may be out of date, or in such limited quantities that if you aren’t the first in line , it’s not coming home with you. We’re on our 2nd cuppa coffee […]

Weekly Giveaway: How about a Triple Feature in your house!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Just a little find from a time looooong ago. Whatever the folks are eating in this would probably cost about $50. now. At the end of this article we’ll share the Simpson’s version of this classic mantra. Which brings us to this weeks giveaway: Photographers in the movies! Shooters have been depicted in the movies […]

The 2010 Holiday Gift Guide is here! Well, the first part, anyway.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

We’re starting to close in on the end of the year and the holidays are fast approaching. Not news, but we saw that a couple of woman have been camping out since last week for the Best Buy Black Friday sale. They wanted to be the first ones in the nation to start the countdown. […]

Should We Drop “Digital” from Digital Photography? by Fred Bonilla

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

One of our readers, Fred Bonilla, feels that we should examine the new semantics. What do you think? Anyone who took part in PhotoPlus in New York last month is surely aware of Chase Jarvis (He gave the keynote address at The Javits Center on The New Creativity and the Social Art of Photography) . […]

Weekly Giveaway : Say “Cheese” 4 x fast – American Photobooth

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Most of us have climbed into one of these tiny booths, closed the curtain and for 4 timed exposures, made a series of faces that would last forever. On the pier, at a fair, in a mall, and now on your iPhone, we have been taking these simple, fun shots in the privacy of the […]

Bend it like..well…Flashbenders! See these lightshapers in action!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Rogue FlashBenders light shaping tools. Sure, we’ve talked about em, given some away, and had some nice still photos. To really understand some of the best uses, it takes a live demo to see what you can get. At PhotoPlus Expo 2010, photographer David Guy Maynard set up camp at the Expoimaging booth to give […]

Bits & Bobs : A fast look around

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Here are just some quick notes on things we’ve seen, as we work on longer form articles on some. Exhibits- In NYC, we finally saw the Mexican Suitcase show, at ICP, with images lost since 1939. While not the famous,iconic images from the photographers, of particular note for us was the layout of contact sheets […]

Sony’s gone mirrorless and 3D in these new rigs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The photo world seems to be going to this mid-size, interchangeable lens, compact camera category with each manufacturer having their own take on it. Sony has the NEX3 and the NEX5 which use a mirrorless system, that should cut some of the shutter lag inherent in these units. With an articulating LCD screen, for helping […]

Canon shows off the EOS 60D and Powershot S95 at PPE

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The beauty of these kind of trade shows that are open to the public is that you can actually touch gear that you may be considering purchasing, instead of relying on an online image. Don’t get us wrong: here we all are online. We do recommend going to these if you have the opportunity, though. […]

Weekly Giveaway: Let’s have some fun with the WHOLE group!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

And now, for something completely different……. Sure, we giveaway great photo books, gear and DVD’s to help you learn more about your craft, but how about something that is just fun? And interactive in the best sense of the word? It’s the time of year when we all gather with friends, family and co-workers, and […]

And…Action! New videos of the latest gear coming your way: Nikon is first up!

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

PhotoPlus Expo 2010 has come and gone, but we are bringing you some video highlights in the next little while. We checked out a ton of gear and try to make sure that we bring forward only the best of the show. Sure, we probably missed a bunch, and your faves you’ve read about may […]

PhotoPlus Expo 2010 has left the building! Let’s take another look around:

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

It was a shorter walk around the floor but that just makes us think there could be hidden gems we could miss. Oh, we know stuff was missed, but what can you do? Shoot video, which is what we did. Many of the products will be featured in upcoming videos on photoinduced.com, giving you a […]

Weekly Giveaway – Weegee: The Hits!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Everytime we come to the beautiful city of NYC, the work of this photographer always seeps into our mindset at some point. Arthur “Weegee” Fellig captured the city that sometimes could only be revealed by the bright pop of flashbulb. And original tabloid shooter, his work was a raw look at the city that never […]

PhotoPlus Expo 2010 – Form AND Substance

Monday, November 1st, 2010

It seemed to go quick, but maybe because we were in constant motion. The times we did stop were pretty rich, as the event producers and many manufacturers were putting out some solid photographic training professionals. We are huge supporters of the companies that are as interested in teaching you about photography as they are […]

Day 1 at PhotoPlus Expo – “If you build it, they will come”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

And they did. Lots of folks on a beautiful summery day in NYC. There were bunches of cool things to see, and the crowd didn’t seem to mind that most hot news had been announced pre-show. Putting your hands onto the gear you may buy is still the best way to decide on a purchase. […]

PhotoPlus Expo: 2010 and we’ll be fast posting!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Yes, it’s here again!- the US photo trade show, PhotoPlus Expo with some amazing seminars to compliment the new gear to see on the Javits Center floor. We’ll be there starting this morning, to bring you some news from what may be coming up in the word of tools to make your photo life a […]

Weekly Giveaway – A moveable feast of light

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

In this case, you provide the feast of light, we’ll help you move it! It’s all about how you shape the light. Plenty of Speedlights will give you the raw output you need , but that light can be pretty gross just pouring out of the top of those things. You need to shape it, […]

Bits and Bobs: Some fast takes on the week in photography

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Hmmmm… with so many things coming at us in the photo world, who has time to get a sense of it all? Well, we’ll try to keep you as up to date as possible, with a solid sifting through the info being pumped out at us all. Look, we also check site when we are […]

Weekly Giveaway – Engaged Observers : Documentary Photography Since the Sixties

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We’d like to offer this book again as a giveaway this week, since the exhibit will be closing in a few weeks, and for those who never got the chance to see it. The catalog of the show has so much more that what is on the walls, that we think it’s part of the […]

It wasn’t love at first sight, but then….The Olympus PEN E-P2

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The current rage of 4/3 sensor, mirrorless cameras first came onto our radar with the Olympus E-P1. One of the judges for a photo contest we ran, Let’s Do Lunch!, was Lou Manna, an Olympus Visionary photographer. You know, every camera company has a roster of professional who use their gear and show you how […]

Like checking your oil, it may be time to check your focus

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

It’s a maintenance thing we usually don’t check till there is an issue. Thankfully in a car, a light will come on letting you know you’ve been neglecting the life blood fluid flowing through the veins in your vehicle. Not so with our gear. No lights, no warning, unless you start to notice some visual […]

Weekly Giveaway – Rock Steady in the Small World!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Of course you could have guessed that this was coming: We are big fans of the Joby Gorillapod lineup and have already been using the new video model for some experimental stuff. With a GOPRO HD, we’ve been doing a bunch of time lapse photography, while leaving our main cameras and tripods ready to shoot. […]

HP 8440w Laptop – Built like tank, and speed like we need.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We were asked recently to take a look at the HP 8440w workstation and, although we are MAC users, figured we have to check out what 93% of the world is using. Not sure what the norm may be, but this workstation laptop, the HP 8440w, is a huge step up from what we thought […]

Weekly Giveaway – Jill Greenberg gets all Simian on ya

Monday, October 4th, 2010

We are huge fans of Jill Greenberg. We really are. From the first time we saw her End Times series of babies in their truly end time photos, she had us. A very controversial portfolio of images, as the babies were crying. Those who weren’t parents thought, perhaps, she made them cry for the photo. […]

Gorillapod Video gets your Spidey sense tingling!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Many things are passing through the transom these days, but when this little unit came in, complete with magnetic feet, we couldn’t wait to place it onto something in a Spiderman type pose. The Gorillapod Video Tripod‘s size is small, but the usefulness is mighty. As long as you pay attention to weight. Point and […]

You don’t have to be a packhorse to get the job done!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The Lens Drop Bag. It may seem like a somewhat new category of camera bags to many folks, but working pros, especially the event shooters, have been forever on the hunt for this holy grail of camera bags. The situation is this: You’re walking around with your cameras out and ready and may just need […]

Adrian Grenier v. Teenage Paparazzo : A Parasocial Event

Monday, September 27th, 2010

“you can sell your privacy, but you can never buy it back again.” – Bob Dylan A quote sitting on the Teenage Paparazzo home page site. When the hunted engage the hunters, do they get a clearer understanding of the dynamic? “Why chase me? Why all of the cameras? ” Really? is that a question? […]

Weekly Giveaway -This’ll keep you busy for awhile : The Complete National Geographic

Monday, September 27th, 2010

National Geographic- a classic brand that connotes high quality photography and insightful writing. For over 120 years, this society and magazine have represented the pinnacle in any photojournalists or documentarians career. Translating cultures, nature, and viewpoints in a palatable, yet scholarly manner, this periodical is a gateway to the world for many. Years ago, I […]

1 box, 2 OS – Photoshop Elements 9 shakes hands with MAC/WIN at the same time

Monday, September 20th, 2010

OK, that has been going on before. But in the same box?? At the same time? Yep, Adobe has the latest Photoshop Elements 9 coming your way and both OS are supported in the same package. And perhaps even bigger news is the Premiere video edit software is available in MAC as well. But we’ll […]

Weekly Giveaway : forget the glass, this Canon lens keeps hot things hot

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

We told you awhile back that the Canon lovers would be taken care of. And so it is. We finally got in our shipment of Canon lens mugs, 1:1 replica stainless steel travel mugs. This week it’s the 24-105 f/4 complete with box, lid and even a switchable ON/OFF and AF/MF button. Whether this is […]

Nikon keeps the new gear coming as the D7000 joins the D90 in HD Video land

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

We knew there would be a lot of announcements before Photokina, but this has been crazy! Nikon continues with the new D7000, taking it’s place between the D90 and the D300s, with….wait for it…..FULL TIME AUTO FOCUS in Movie mode! First of all the new D7000: 1080p HD, 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, FULL TIME auto […]

Hit em High, Hit em Low: Nikon releases 2 new fast primes, and one easy to get at Speedlight

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

They have been very busy, those people at Nikon. In the past few months they have released an incredible about of new product. Today, they announce 2 new prime lenses: 35mm f/1.4 G and and a 200mm f/2 lens with VRII. Both have Nano Crystal Coating for reduced lens flare, with great Bokeh, and use […]

Samsung advances their mirrorless line-up in the new middle ground camera wars

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Get ready for the parade of these new middle ground size camera systems, sometimes dubbed EVIL or 4/3 (due to sensor size) And you know what? We love a parade! This is a great category of camera size as it’s the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears syndrome: is this point and shoot to small? Is […]

Weekly Giveaway – The Industry Disgrace that makes you feel good!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Thank you every camera manufacturer for giving us all camera straps when we buy a body. No, really. Thanks. It holds the camera right, and lets people know, “Hey, I’m a _______user” Sure, it’s all fun and games till someone wears the camera on their shoulder for a full day. Not so much fun, then. […]

Foolography Unleashed: It knows where you are…..

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Not in a big brother kind of way, but in a geotagging manner. We have been fans of geotagging photographs for years and have watched the industry grow with great enthusiasm. Our fave came out of the UK in the form of GeoPic II, and one of the beauties of that system, was that you […]

Nikon keeps the new gear train rolling with new Coolpix models

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Man, things are moving fast. We were just about to post a review on the Nikon S8000, when along comes this revise, the S8100. With this latest model, you now get 1080p HD movie recording, and well as stereo sound recording. As the megapixels wars subside, the manufacturers realized the if the sensor is small, […]

Weekly Giveaway – Time to hit the books: Annie Leibowitz style

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Ah yes, summertime becomes a memory and school is back in session. Not for all of us, though. Full time work may be more like it, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Ever, it seems. Annie Leibowitz is acknowledged as the world most famous photographer, although this past year, her name has been in […]

Measure Twice, Buy Once – The Compact Boom Arm

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

We are always trying to find the most weight, and size efficient gear for the work we do. In an interview situation, our light of choice is LED for speed and weight, and the stands we use to point them also have to be in the same mode. For awhile now, we have used Manfrotto […]

Steve Poster, ASC on HD-DSLRs: Commentary from the real world

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Steven Poster ASC is the National President, International Cinematographers Union, IATSE Local 600. We’ve known Steven for awhile and have had the discussion re: HD DSLR’s many times. Now that he has used them in a real world situation, his perspective is invaluable. Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras Used To Capture High Def Video. First […]

This just in: The best photo editing software just got a bit better – LR3.2

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I thought you would like to know that Adobe today announced the Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com. The updates, originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, extend raw file support to 16 new popular camera models including the Canon EOS 60D and Sony Alpha NEX-5, […]

Weekly Giveaway : These are a few of my favorite things….

Monday, August 30th, 2010

As we drift into the last week of summer vacation (was there a vacation?), it’s a good time to take it a bit slower, get ready for the 3 day weekend, and make sure the cameras are geared up and ready to capture some of the life of the inevitable gatherings. Friends, family, and your […]

The Annenberg Space for Photography is in a sharing mood, and you win!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

We’re pretty lucky here in Los Angeles to have a beautiful space dedicated to photography, complete with diverse imagery, mainly focusing on the human condition. Annenberg Space for Photography For almost 2 years we have watched this photographic jewel in this city continue to get polished. Many promises were made, and community engagement projects have […]

Weekly Giveaway: We’ll be brief…..

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Packing for a quick shoot, on a short hop, to Baghdad by the bay. Yep, San Francisco, not far, but far enough to pack light for an overnight stay with some image taking in the day. Of course what’s in our bag? The Lexar Dual-Slot USB 2.0 Card Reader Fast, one USB port used and […]

Come for the Zoom, Stay for the Prime!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

One of our favorite travel lenses in recent years was the Nikon 18-200 DX zoom. It had the range: close up, telephoto, compact enough and made packing light on simple travel trips easy. There was a drawback in the first version, with the weight of the glass sometimes letting the zoom extend when vertical. They […]

Nikon finally Gets 1080P, and Brings Auto Focus in Movie Mode with it! A DSLR First!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

It took em’ awhile but they finally did it, and made a ground breaking entry with it. The just announced Nikon D3100 , has all of the ergonomic excellence of a Nikon, takes a full compliment of DX lenses, and lists for about $700. with an 18-55 mm lens. Coming in at 14.2 megapixels, if […]

Weekly Giveaway: Bend It, Shape It, Anyway You Want It- Rogue Flashbender

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Sometimes when we review a product and we like what it does so much, we do what we can to get one in your hands. This is the newest addition to the bag: Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector Yes, it’s a mouthful but, it does the job. We love simple tools that work. This is […]

Nikon projects into the future! OK, maybe just on a wall, but it’s pretty cool in V2

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Last years hit at the holidays was the Nikon S1000pj. Seriously, everywhere we went, it gathered a crowd. Very social camera, as no longer did people have to look at a tiny screen maybe a couple a people at a time, at best. We would project the shots just taken at a party on a […]

One of the Jazz Greats is gone: Herman Leonard March 6, 1923 – August 14, 2010

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Photographer Herman Leonard March 6, 1923 – August 14, 2010 © 2010 Jim McHugh We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Herman Leonard yesterday, Saturday, August 14, 2010. Herman was a rare human being, always giving and compassionate. It goes without saying Herman was a great photographer and artist, who loved Jazz music […]

Going Rogue! Shaping your light with ease!

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Ok, we all know that a direct flash is a pretty ugly light, and you have to soften it somehow. The tough part is when you are using a speedlight, maybe at an event, and need light spreading . The ceiling maybe too high to do you any good, and the walls may have a […]

Weekly Giveaway : A lens that keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

How does it know? It seems to be all the rage, as you have seen a ton of new travel mugs look like something else. Like a Nikon 24-70 2.8 Lens, or a Canon 24-105 Lens, looking just like a perfect receptacle for a hot cuppa joe. Kinda like this: So we were curious and […]

Taryn Simon – Observing hidden and unfamiliar things

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

She has been here for awhile, and we have been totally unfamiliar with her work until recently. Her work explores the things you may not know. As it gets laid out in her book, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, there are things and places that are hidden in plain site, so to […]

Come, walk with me – Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2010 celebrates record attendance!

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

It’s a solitary medium we have chosen. Not everyone has the Annie Leibowitz staff, or army, or even a cadre of digital techs to compliment the archivists, set designers, stylists, make-up artists, re-touchers, etc. We’d think it’s safe to say that most of us are working solo in the photographic arts. Shoot, process, print or […]

Rencontres d’Arles 2010 – A photographers dream recapped

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

There is a dream that every fine art photographer has. To go to the famed city of Arles,France in the summer, and be surrounded by the finest in the world of photography: the finest work, events, talks, people, and celebration of the art. And for the few who travel to have their work critiqued so […]

Weekly Giveaway – Scott Kelby to the Rescue!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

(things got crazy yesterday so the NEWSLETTER will come out on THURSDAY ( 7/29) this week and, entries have to be in by SATURDAY (7/31) this week only!) This past Saturday, we led one of the global Kelby PhotoWalks here in Los Angeles, and will be posting some notes on that this week. along with […]

Weekly Giveaway – The best card wallet around: ThinkTank Photo’s Pixel Pocket Rocket

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It’s the real deal. Or they are the real deal. Yep, the designers at ThinkTank Photo know what you need and how to make it. The little plastic cases the cards came in, are stacked, for some reason, between the 2 monitors on the desktop. We have now tossed to the back of the shelf, […]

Does this bag make my gear look fat? ThinkTank Photo has a new retro line-up for you

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

It’s true. Photographers are always looking for that perfect bag. Well, as no camera will give you everything you want or need, neither will one bag. We do have our faves for each type of assignment, or walkabout. The people at ThinkTank Photo have come up with another line of backs called the Retrospective line, […]

Weekly Giveaway – Let’s lighten things up a bit, Ok?

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

This summer has seen some incredible exhibits go up, based on the power of the still image, capturing the human condition in war, poverty, over population, revolution, avarice, self indulgence, and more. We humans can be pretty ugly sometimes, and the camera can capture it all, especially in the hands of an artist who has […]

360º and more: Real World Review on the Spinner camera from Lomography

Monday, July 12th, 2010

When we first held the Spinner 360º in our hands, it had all of the earmarks of a classic product from the world of Lomography. Simple design, solid construction, and a unique perspective We had seen panoramic cameras,and had tricked out 35mm film cameras with a special Minolta hard matte for that special pana-look. But […]

Photo props delivered hot to your door, in 30 mins or less. Domino’s ask for your photos!

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

We see a lot of photo contests cross our desks, and they all have their theme and merits. Are you looking fro exposure, prizes, a place to put your image? Maybe you just need some confirmation that someone other than you and your computer screen think there is merit in your photographs. Whatever the reason, […]

Weekly Giveaway: It doesn’t matter who married who in this summertime book

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

This is not the book, you’ll take to beach and SPF’d and sandy. You will want to sit down with a nice cool drink, and begin to pore through the pages of this new publication from the Getty Museum. Maybe a quite afternoon on a porch, or in your favorite reading spot. It’s not the […]

“Engaged Observers” At The Getty : The photographic essays that change your mind

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The human condition can be a brutal thing. Or a thing of beauty. There is a poetic manner in which photojournalists approach their subjects, and tell you the story. When you can look beyond the single image, usually highlighted for titillation or shock, there is a deep river of thought and story to be told […]

Living in a Powder Keg and Giving off Sparks: Shooting Fireworks!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

(This is a previously published article, but the fireworks haven’t changed, so it should all still hold true.) What is it about fireworks that draws us close, cause us to emit uncontrollable ooohs and ahhhhs, and brings a group experience unlike any other? That shared , almost primal feeling of amazement at seeing those colored […]

POYi at the Annenberg: The power of the still photo, is still celebrated

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

It’s days like this that make us glad to be on the West Coast. To start with, one of our fave photo institutions in Los Angeles, the Annenberg Space for Photography, once again hosted the Pictures of the Year, international exhibition ( or POYi). For 2 days, many of the winners gave talks at the […]

Weekly Giveaway – Ready to hit the trail? Lowepro’s got a bag for that!

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

The good weather is back in North America and that means a lot of you are ready to hit the hiking trail, and get those images that have been hiding from you all winter. This week we have something that should help you out there. The Lowepro CompuPrimus AW.. The CompuPrimus AW is designed for […]

Ohhh, My Aching Back!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

For as many years as I can remember, cameras and gear bags have hung from my shoulders. Years of weight. Strong shoulders now. But…… After a long day of shooting, you need some kind of relief. And I’m not talking about talking the cameras from your shoulder/neck. Bag manufacturers are on the constant hunt for […]

Thanks, Dad!

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

My dad and I never did talk about it much. That whole thing about being a dad, what you should know, best ways to bring up a child, teaching, discipline, etc.. He had plenty to talk about on every other subject, though. Photography was something we could connect on, since when he was a young […]

Teenage Paparazzo – How to make more money than a paper route at 13

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The ethical question comes up all the time: privacy/celebrity/ and the inquiring minds that want to know. YOU want to know. NO? Well someone out there does, because the business of the paparazzi and all celebrity gossip is selling better than ever online, TV and yes, still in print. Adrian Grenier, from Entourage, directs his […]

Academy of Art in SF has a bumper crop of solid talent this year

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Every Spring we are lucky to be asked up to the Academy of Art to review the photo depts. students portfolios and give whatever bits of advice we can to help the photographers get to their next level of success. The room is filled with luminaries from the world of photography, who can truly give […]

Time Magazine has a new version of the iPad Magazine, so get your skill sets in order!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

It truly is a game changer for the publishing world. The iPad has shown a new potential depth to magazines, with an interactive experience in your hands like no other. Of course, every manufacturer is now racing to release their tablet PC’s so get ready. Can you say Zune? But what does it mean to […]

Weekly Giveaway – A book, to help you make a book, to help you win lots of money

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Does $25,000 USD sound like a good grand prize to you? OK, it all May be a little confusing but here is the breakdown. The good folks at Blurb.com have graciously offered to give 5 of you a free copy of the book: How to Make a Gorgeous Photo Book. Since that is the business […]

Negotiating rates: A quick lesson in the wrong way from Mark Focus

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The economy seems to be coming back a bit and so your photo business opportunities should be, also. One mistake people tend to make when offering services is to understand where you bottom really is. Negotiating is fine and more people are becoming accustomed to that these days. But don’t let it get this far: […]

“You spin me right round baby, right round”: Lomo intros a new camera!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Ok, maybe a jinky ref. to an 80’s song, but it’s true. Lomography has just added a new camera to their ranks: The Spinner 360! And it takes pictures ..well…in 360 degrees. Using film, this new model has a pull ring to activate the spin, and you decide the direction and style. Here is an […]

Tommy, can you hear me ? Canon’s 7D built in Mic

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It is no surprise, I’m sure, that the built in mics on most cameras of any sort, leave a bit to be desired. Not only are they struggling to capture audio through these tiny holes drilled into the camera body, but they are so close to your fingers working their magic on the sleek camera […]

The Latest – Lightroom 3: Yeah, you’re gonna want it.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

When you are working with a company whose sole mission is to make your images better, and your work flow more productive, each product revision deserves your close attention and consideration. And Adobe has been very, very busy as of late. Photoshop CS5 has just been released and we’re working on highlights review for you, […]

Weekly Giveaway : Let’s hear it for the dad’s!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

In an effort to give you a good heads up, and time to either make or shop for your Father Days’ gift, we’re going to give you some suggestions. AND give something away that you can totally re-gift for Dad. It all kinda starts here: It’s a Kodak commercial I produced not long ago, directed […]

Real World Reviews: Fast, Steady and Sharp – Pick 3

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

As many of you are transitioning to the HD DSLR’s, the world of motion and sound has either opened up a new horizon or, just maybe, made you realize how much you need to know how to get quality images in that world. (Maybe that’s why there is a film business with unions and trained […]

Lomography comes to Los Angeles! Gallery/Store/Workshops

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The worldwide, dare we say, cult of Lomography has made a new home in Los Angeles. Joining the other gallery/stores in 12 locations around the world, the good photogs of the City of Angels cam now hang their hat at the new space on 7998 Santa Monica Blvd. With every product that you may have […]

What’s In The Bag? w/Frazer Harrison: Wrap it up!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

In this 3rd and last installment with Frazer Harrison, Getty Images photographer, he goes deeper into the bag and walks you through some of the tools he uses daily to do his photographic job. We did a video of him a few years ago when he was a Canon guy, and now that he has […]

Weekly Giveaway – Viewbooks gets you on the right path

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

In our continuing efforts to give you some insight on how the world of photography looks through a working professionals eyes, via our Whats’ In The Bag? series of videos, subscribers to the free NEWSLETTER, know that we are trying to put some tools in your hands to help you get into that world yourself. […]

What’s In The Bag? w/ Frazer Harrison – Lights and lenses

Friday, May 21st, 2010

In this next installment with Frazer Harrison, he gets deeper into the bag with some amazing tips on speedlights, batteries, lenses and more. Get a bit of reality from a working pro, who, when we taped this, was getting ready for a weekend of Oscar events. He’s the real deal, and lets you know what […]

What’s in The Bag? w/ Frazer Harrison Part 1: Telling it like it is

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Getty Images photographer, Frazer Harrison, makes his living with what’s in his bag. He knows what works and what doesn’t work. Plus he wants to let you know his opinion. This is why we dig Frazer. He is an immensely talented shooter, working all of the major Hollywood events like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Spirit […]

What’s in The Bag? w/ Jim McHugh Pt. 5 – The studio

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

As we come to the last segment in the series with Jim McHugh, he gives us a look around his work environment. Not where he shoots, but where he makes the images. His history, including a photo album from his childhood, old cameras and a lifetime of memorabilia, are filling the nooks and crannies of […]

Weekly Giveaway – ????????

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

And when we say “??????” what we mean is that the weekly giveaway item will be posted in the weekly NEWSLETTER. We feel that those that are up for getting our quick weekly update, should maybe get something in return. In this case the opportunity to receive some cool bit of photo-ness from. A book, […]

What’s In The Bag? w/Jim McHugh Part 4 – A little history

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

As we’ve been chatting with Jim McHugh about his process, the gear, and some of the work, it;s probably a good time to get a bit inside his head and also find out where he came from. How do you decide to become a fine art photographer anyway? Is there a certain path you should […]

What’s In The Bag? w/ Jim McHugh Part 3: the Hockney Connection

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

In this segment we begin to explore more of what’s in the life, than what kind of gear is used, although in this crazy photographic world , it all somehow ties together. Jim McHugh has a long standing relationship with David Hockney, as you can see from this early portrait and some of the others […]

Weekly giveaway – Elliott Erwitt and a bit of Flip O Rama

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Yes, you know this classic photographers work. Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt’s body of work puts him in the pantheon of the master of the 20th century This iconic, ironic photographer has been making his comments on the world we live in with the right amount of humor for many years. Heck, he did a book […]

The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn : Now on at Ovation !!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Set your DVR’s! Our fave channel to watch is Ovation , one of the last broadcast places to get only art and culture on your TV, has always put together some great weeks of photography programming. This week is no exception. Along with a solid schedule of some previous offerings, they have the US premiere […]

What’s In The Bag? w /Jim McHugh: Part 2- The process

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

In this next segment with Jim McHugh, you get a chance to see how he works the magic. Folks have been curious about the Speed Graphic Cameras he showed off in the last vid, and how he got to the print stage. polaroid film and digital processing?? What the……..??? Well, wonder no more. Part 2 […]

LIFE Mobile- incredibly fun app that is a “must get”!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

OK, you may know from some of our posts both here and on our various social media sites, that we are huge fans of the now defunct publication LIFE MAGAZINE. But let us rephrase: is is no longer IN PRINT!. It, and the archives it owns, are alive and well online and in this insane […]

What’s In The Bag? w/ Jim McHugh-Fine Art photographer

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

We’ll take a lightly different turn with the What’s In The Bag? series this time, as we feature Jim McHugh, fine art photographer. Ohm, he started as a magazine shooter, and all of that experience led him to where he happily resides now: firmly ensconced in the world of fine art and galleries. In this […]

What’s In The Bag? KR- How he got started and how your path can get set

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We have been enjoying bring you this latest series of What’s In The Bag? with Kristian Dowling. He has generously been sharing tips, gear ideas and showing what he uses to get the money. In this segment, he lays out a path. The path he took. And advice as to what your path can be, […]

Weekly Giveaway : We did a little shopping for you in NYC

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Nothing will stop us from a good museum gift shop. And there is truly no better photo gift shop and book store than the one at ICP in NYC. We always see some new photo things that are either gifts for you, gifts for us, or gifts for any photo buddy. And since we were […]

What’s In The Bag? Mr. Dowling has some Manual advice for you in Part 8

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

As we shot this series, Kristian Dowling was very passionate about what he used and how he shot. He also wanted to make a special point about taking your camera out of auto and shooting manual. The best way, since basically, your camera’s meter reads reflected light, and not ambient. He’ll explain it all to […]

What’s In The Bag? w/ Kristian Dowling Pt. 7 : Bigger than a bread basket

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

In this most current installment of “What’s In The Bag”, freelance photographer Kristian Dowling, brings out the big guns. Although firepower is not what these lighting modifiers are about. Rather, it’s the way they mold and shape the light for larger area. And since you may have good sense of how Kristian works by now, […]

Still Time to get your MOPLA on LA!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

April showers bring…well, a ton of photographic activity in Los Angeles. One of the most passionate supporters, collectors, gallery owners, and creator of the LUCiE awards. Mr Hossein Farmani, has created a month long celebration of the photographic arts in Los Angeles, called MOPLA. Executive producer Cat Jimenez and her team, have once again put […]

World Press Disqualifies Winner: What do you think?

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

As we trumpet the arrival of Adobe Photoshop CS5, should the registration come with an affidavit promising that the user will only produce images for good? Here comes that blurry line again, in the age of accessible image manipulation. The World Press Photo organization had announced the winners of this years best photographs, earlier this […]

Say hello to your new friend: Photoshop CS5

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Here is the press release: (yes, there is a new tool called Puppet Warp) Some of the BOLD lines are our finger pointing. Milestone Release Celebrates 20 Years of Unrivaled Image Editing and Innovation SAN JOSE, Calif., — April 12, 2010 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended […]

Weekly Giveaway – Quelle Surprise: Henri Cartier-Bresson / The Modern Century

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Sure, you could see this coming. The way we spoke about the exhibit and the accompanying book, it should come as no surprise. It was a very easy choice picking this book, to offer to you this week. Of course we are talking about Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century , by Peter Galassi. And since […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson At MOMA: On first blush

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

“I prowl the streets all day feeling very strung-up and I’m ready to pounce, determined to trap life, to preserve life in the act of living” Henri Cartier-Bresson If the phrase “The Decisive Moment” means anything to you, then the name Henri Cartier-Bresson probably ranks high in your photographic lexicon. One of the most influential […]

“What’s In The Bag?” w/ Kristian Dowling – Part 6: Bend it, Shape it, Anyway you want it

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

In this segment, Kristian Dowling, shows some of the way to modify your light. Bend it, soften it, spread it, shape it, and even color tone it to get the shadows and illumination just where you want it. He is highly skilled and an artist in the location lighting techniques, used to create some of […]

Weekly Giveaway – A quarterly look at the photographic arts we love : Aperture Magazine

Monday, April 5th, 2010

We do this from time to time. A little swing back to the point of it all. The beauty and power of a still image Sure, we love our tools and we want to learn the best way to use them in order to achieve the creative goals we envision. There will be many more […]

“What’s In the Bag?” w/ Kristian Dowling Part 5: Light hardware

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

This is a first for us, as we get into the pro strobe arena. Kristian Dowling is one of the premier freelance photographers, currently living in Los Angeles, who is known, not only for his event photography, but in addition, beautiful and effective location portraiture. We’re not talking about carrying around a bag of speedlights. […]

“What’s In The Bag?” w/ Kristian Dowling: this time we see the cameras

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

This time Kristian Dowling gets to the meat of the matter: Out comes the hardware-Nikon D3 and Nikon D3s. He’ll tell you why these cameras are his choice, plus this time you get a close look at the bag itself, a ThinkTank Airport Security V.20. And now part, Part 4 with Kristian Dowling, Coming soon, […]

“What’s In The Bag?” w/ Kristian Dowling: Part 3 – show us the light

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

OK, it’s kind a Part 2, and lenses are kinda part 3 but don’t let that distract you from the great info that Kristian continues to share in the next installment. He’ll show you his techniques for off camera flash as well as the gear needed to effectively do it. The light, the power,a nd […]

“What’s In The Bag?” w/ Kristian Dowling: this time, he gets into the glass

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

In this video, Part 2 in a series of, well…more, Kristian gets into the lenses and gear he uses for events, parties, portraits, all just working out of his bag. Details on the why and how each lens is used, in a simple straight forward manner, Kristian Dowling gives you the working photographers perspective on […]

“What’s In The Bag” : Kristian Dowling, freelance photographer, shows us what gets the job done

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We’re back again with a new series of vids of photographers sharing with you the gear they use, and more importantly, why they use it. This photographer, Kristian Dowling, was of special interest to us as he not only shoots existing light or speedlit shots, he is expert in the use of strobes and light […]

Weekly Giveaway – Black Rapid:the new way to carry your camera

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

It seems to be all the rage. Photographers are carrying their cameras NOT by the camera strap, but by a knob screwed into the tripod socket, which is attached to a sliding strap. Check this out unit from Black Rapid: Now when we first saw this, it seemed a little crazy to be hanging about […]

Revisiting an old photograph

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Sometimes you get to go back to a place you knew before. Perhaps you made a photograph of a building, a cityscape, a person. Then when you come back, it still evokes the memory but it’s changed. Kinda like high School Reunions At SXSW, I was able to experience that in a very strange way. […]

Nikon gets some skin in the social media game at SXSW 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Doesn’t quite feel like it was less than a week ago that SXSW in Austin, Texas ended. One of the best 10 day festivals of Interactive, Film and Music, incorporating seminars, screenings, performances and some of the best collisions of the people working in social media and every form of entertainment today. We spent a […]

Annenberg Space for Photography Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with Water: Our Thirsty World Exhibit

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Crazy, right? The year has flown by, and this photographic addition to the Los Angeles Landscape, has been serving our community with free lectures, slide shows, seminars and exhibits, all housed in a very cool space in Century City. The Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest show has them teamed up with another powerhouse, National Geographic […]

Are you ready? Photoshop CS5 Content Fill – Magic? maybe.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We have been doing some beta-testing with the new CS5 but this video will give you a sweet taste of what’s coming. it just keeps getting better……..

In Memoriam – Jim Marshall: one of the greatest music photographers that ever lived

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Sad news today- Jim Marshall, legendary music photographer passed away last night in NYC. He was 74. © Damon Webster Jim Marshall at Duncan Miller Gallery for the Woodstock 40th Anniversary exhibit. Known as a hard core pro, there is a story about him (well, many no doubt) coming on to the stage during an […]

Congratulations to the Winners of the Let’s do Lunch! Photo Contest

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

We’d like to thank everyone that submitted photos for this contest and special thanks to our sponsors and judges, that guided us along the way. The GRAND PRIZE winning photo came from Katya Evdokimova: © Katya Evdokimova We are in touch with the Food Bank in London that Ms. Evdokimova asked the donation be made […]

SXSW:10 days of non-stop life happening in front of our cameras

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

True, we have been a bit lax in getting our posts out to the site, due to 10 days of non stop shooting in Austin, Texas. We want to give the behind the scenes info on what goes on at the hottest festival around, in our opinion, SXSW. With 3 sections, somewhat overlapping, categories of […]

Weekly Giveaway – Scott Kelby AGAIN??? Heck, Yeah!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

We couldn’t resist offering this set again. You came out in force to get this so in fairness, we had to do it one more time (at least!) We’ve been on an educational binge lately. The tools at our disposal in the digital world of photography are truly mind boggling. The computer that you call […]

SXSW welcomes the world. Or it just feels like that.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Huge crowds began pouring into Austin ,Texas today for the SXSW festival. Covering Interactive, Film and Music, of course the first folks we meet on the plane are Philip Bloom and his fiance Sara, both photographers, but Philip is here to do 2 presentations on shooting with HD DSLRs . So it was a lively […]

Delkin now protects you from irritating wetness

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

What we really mean to say is that Delkin products ( the Archival Gold DVD, Fat Gekko people) has come up with a few things to make your life on or near water a little better. At PMA a couple week ago, they were showing off a waterproof bag, the Jellyfish, for your smartphone or […]

Weekly Giveaway – Joe McNally shows you the light

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Hot Shoe Diaries is written by Joe McNally and may be the best handbook on using speedlights out there. (Not to be confused with Red Shoe Diaries, an adult series on HBO in the 90’s hosted by David Duchovny) While you may not use the bagful of flashes that Mr. McNally uses, he will […]

Analog gets Animated

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We do love it when friends of photoinduced share some cool stuff that they find. Shout out to Zac R. for this excellent animated short he found on Vimeo Digital Analogue from ftjelly on Vimeo. “Since the introduction of digital technology the relationship between camera and photographer has altered dramatically. Speed and accessibility have come […]

Lensbaby keeps adding to the repertoire: Now you can be a total Control Freak

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

The fans of this product are legion. For 6 years now, the Lensbaby movement has been strong as enthusiasts around the globe, attach the focal plane adjusters to their camera bodies, and shift your eye to put you just where they want you to be. It has evolved through the years, going from a system […]

Fuji fills an analog void

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

When Polaroid decided to end the instant film production, they crushed the hearts of many an aficionado of the instant grat arts. The world was going all digital, so who would want an instant print? Lots of folks. So Fuji moved in and took up the charge. They now produce all of the pro instant […]

Gorillapods put your gear just where you want it

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We love to show you the kind of gear that we think is a must have in some part of your life. Packed into our camera bag, there is always at least 1 Joby Gorillapod. Why? When we need an extra hand to hold the speedlight, or we want to be in the video too, […]

Olympus PEN series – That 4/3 sensor deal seems to be working

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

There is a new category for digital cameras that Olympus has been at the forefront of in design and acceptance in the marketplace. The PEN series of cameras uses a 4/3 sensor, which allows you to keep a pretty compact profile while getting a high quality image. We showed you a full up demo from […]

Weekly Giveaway – Naneu Lima :You can never have too many camera bags

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Oh, it’s almost like figuring our which camera and lens to choose. Which bag to carry your gear in. Is it an event with quick lens changes? Stealthy urban street shooting? Simple auto transport, shipping, flying, and about 100 other specific needs. It’s always an internal conversation. And a constant search. We got turned onto […]

My card….courtesy of Moo.com. And courtesy = free in this case!

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The most amazing happened last week while in a card exchange situation. In the midst of everyone trading the little rectangles of info, one of the group got repeated extended studies of their cards. Their Moo.com photo cards. Now, photos on business cards are nothing new, but it has either been printed on a photographic […]

PMA 2010..and Action! Let the videos commence!

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Up the aisles, down the aisles, across to the next exhibit hall, and up the aisles, down the aisles. Rinse and repeat. That’s kinda what we do when we go to a photographic trade show. There are the major things to see that there may have been pre-buzz on, or things that we hope to […]

Weekly Giveaway – Scott Kelby explains it all

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

We’ve been on an educational binge lately. The tools at our disposal in the digital world of photography are truly mind boggling. The computer that you call a camera, has so much capability that most of us never unleash, you may be missing some creative tools in your kit. You have to get that secret […]

PMA – Day 2: The hunting and gathering continues….

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Honestly, we have not been in this trade show deal for many years. With the economy the way it is, manufacturers get very picky as to where the will meet the press and the buyers to show the latest offerings or tease the upcoming products. PMA has traditionally been one of the major shows to […]

We Moo’d, Sony’d, ThinkTanked, Fuji’d around a little, Got Hugged by a Gorilla(pod), had a little Delkin, and learned something brand new

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

You can’t ask for more from photo trade show, really. Not only did we get to see some cool new gear, we were made privy to a new product from HP that will protect artists, dealers an collectors. Too cool for school. The day began with Sony announcing a brand new small format camera with […]

PMA – Kicks off this weekend. Fresh gear anyone?

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

PMA is staring tomorrow in Anaheim, and they gave us a little peek into what we may be seeing from some of the photographic manufacturers. The HoodLoupe used on many new HD DSLR rigs, got some attention from the press. We’ll be taking a closer look at the Fuji instant cameras. Everyone’s favorite, Moo cards, […]

Lomography lands in LA for some good, clean, photographic fun

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Last Thursday night, the world of analog photography grew exponentially in Hollywood. The global fans of the world of LOMO will rejoice with this new west coast flagship of the plastic camera kings. When you want to slow it down a bit, shoot some film, and take a bit of a risk, in your photography, […]

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! After 20 years you just keep getting better

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

You know in the world of digital imaging, 20 years is pretty much unheard of. In that time, we’ve seen many major software developers come and go. The dot.com bust, came and went. But the people at Adobe, continue to constantly improve and deliver on what is the standard for our industry. Photoshop. Twenty years […]

And the winners are……..!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our biggest photo contest yet, Let’s Do Lunch! There were entries from all over the world and winners from all over the world. The winners are: Grand Prize: Katya Evdokimova of London, England 1st Place Winners: Friends and Family – Dan Komoda of East Windsor, NJ Down […]

Museums VS. Galleries: and the difference is…

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

A few weeks ago we attended a series of photography exhibit openings, with each having a distinctly different flavor. One had the au courant provocative series of large color images, another gallery featured a historical bent, with black and white images of US history. Both of these shows came with a price list, and books […]

Yep, he did it! Oncemany.com comes through daily

Monday, February 15th, 2010

A short while back, we told about this artist selling off every day in the calendar year to you and you alone. You can buy a day, add a concept, stir in a bit of background and Shane Rich will cook you up a heaping plate of photographic goodness promoting…whatever the heck you WANT! Your […]

Lens cap: $3., Working Polaroid SX-70: $35., Free ELVIS cards thrown in the deal? Priceless!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Who knew. Well, we used to know. Every month in the Pasadena Elks Lodge, all kinds of used gear photography dealers gather and lay out their wares on long tables. What do they have ? All kinds of camera goods in all kinds of conditions. Brand new, used, VERY used, and that exact thing you […]

Weekly Giveaway – Nikon takes you to lighting school: Redux!

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

…for about 2.5 hours on this very solid DVD with Bob Krist and Joe McNally , Nikon School Presents A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lighting Sometimes we have items that are so popular we have to give them away again. This is one of those things. We love it when the manufacturers take it upon […]

Real World Review – Naneu U220 Roller bag: A One Photographer Road Show

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Give your shoulders a break. The camera bag manufacturers have heard your backs aching, and want to give you some relief. Nope, not an assistant to carry your gear, but bags to make things a little easier. Roller Bags. Most of the major brands have been entering this field for awhile, but today we’re going […]

Do you have enough Flair?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Like the modern classic movie “Office Space” we’ve got plenty of photo flair to show our enthusiasm for photography. Jennifer Aniston’s character in that film didn’t want to add more flair to her uniform, so she took another road. © 20th Century Fox We have been collecting/been given, a ton of the stuff, flair, through […]

Weekly Giveaway – It’s Tool Time with Joby Gorillapods!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Sure, we’ve been getting a little bookish lately on the giveaway front, so it’s time to get into the old tool box. Love the books because, at the end of the day, the image is what it’s all about. You need the gear to get there though. And every tool box has a variety of […]

An intimate look at history, courtesy of David Hume Kennerly

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

For a photojournalist, the question is never about can they get the access to the get shot. That is the job. They’ll be there. It’s what they do once they get there. In the 60’s and 70’s Southeast Asia was the horrific theater for war, and photojournalists were on the front lines, providing the most […]

Redrock Micro: Focus, people, Focus!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Ahh that shiny new HD DSLR is warming up in your hands, and you know you’ll be able to shoot some killer video. What could be so hard? You know how to pick up a camera, suss the right exposure ( or go auto), and then let the auto focus do it’s magic and Voila! […]

Notes from SXSW CC – Next Steps

Monday, February 1st, 2010

COOL DIGITAL/SOCIAL/WEB 2.0 SITES Thanks for coming to see us at SxSW Interactive. As promised, we’ve posted a long list of some really cool inspiration websites to get your digital brain thinking. Feel free to send us more ideas via Twitter – @sxswadpro – and we will post. And for those of you who read, […]

Tell us a story, Alex Prager

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Week-end is the final chapter in a trilogy created by Alex Prager, now showing at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, simultaneously showing at the Yancy Richardson Gallery in NYC photographer Alex Prager with her photograph Wendy, 2009 behind her. As in the other photographs in the trilogy, The Big Valley and Polyester, Ms. Prager has […]

Weekly Giveaway – “I Can See 3D Now, The Rain Has Gone”

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One of the biggest tech product categories at the recent Consumer Electronics Show was 3-D TV’s. Every major manufacturer was rolling them out, and each had a slight different take on how you, the viewer, would best like to experience it. Active shutter glasses that ensure that each eye only sees the right or left […]

St. Valentine’s Day: Just a little bit of emotional pressure

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Well, the most emotionally charged, personal connection filled, holiday is almost here. St. Valentine’s Day. The pressure to express your love for another is never greater than on this day. But what is the right way to do that? These classic candy hearts, with their messages of love, have recently been updated to include “Text […]

Excuse me, my eyes are down HERE! The Nikon D5000 lets you put em’ where you want em’

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Yes, the beauty of an articulated LCD screen is being able to keep your eyes where you want them, and let the camera stretch to get the shot you want. Every time we shoot and event, there is always an opportunity for an over-the-crowd shot to the stage or main subject, like a wedding. Of […]

A photography book for $400,000. Can I Have 2?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

And the Fair has left the city…..Short and sweet. PhotoLA has left the city til next year. A good time had by all, and some new discoveries made. Like how you can spend $400,000 on a photography book. 21st Editions, long renown for making the highest quality short run, limited edition photography books ( we […]

Weekly Giveaway -” The kid with the camera eye” : Norman Rockwell

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Norman Rockwell has long been considered the quintessential illustrator of American mythology through the first part of the last century. His depiction of everyday characters and commonplace situations, delivered an insight into a mid reality, becoming more than a caricature , yet not quite a documentary style photograph. The use of a slightly more intense […]

Sometimes you just don’t need the Ferrari: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

And when we say Ferrari, we mean Adobe Photoshop CS4. It is the industry standard that has such an incredible tool box, there is really no reason to use other software. Of course, there are some bits that you’ll want to plug-in to enhance the experience and the options. onOne and NIK have some of […]

Like any good Fair, it brings out the community

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Whether it’s a county fair, state fair, or in this case a photo fair, one of our favorite parts is that the community comes out. Not out of the woodwork, but comes out to share in a common interest. At the county fair there may be funnel cakes, the worlds biggest squash, fried twinkies, and […]

The Fair has come to town! PhotoLA is back for the 19th edition!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Many years ago, PhotoLA was held at the local auction house, Butterfields & Butterfields, up on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Opening night was dedicated to raising money for a charitable cause, and photo aficionados from around the city gathered, to see what the dealers from all over the world had brought to town. It almost […]

Oncemany.com: A simple concept made brilliant!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

We are always looking for great ideas from photographers to share with you, and this one just started the new year off right. Taking the concept of a Photo-A-Day for 365 days, photographer Shane Rich not only plussed it but made it a business. 365 Day photography Project feeds Starving Artist And the way he […]

Sit in front of a computer much?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

One of the more surprising exhibitors at CES was the Herman Miller design company. Amongst all of the gadgets and gizmos, 3D TV’s, E -reader/slates, phones, and power devices, was a chair. And a desk What a brilliant call to show off the latest items. We all spend many, many hours in a chair, sitting […]

CES 2010 – You’re a photographer: What the heck does a tech trade show mean to you?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

It is known as the world largest electronic showcase in the world. The word is that 110,000 attendees made it this year with over 330 new exhibitors. It’s a trade show where manufacturers preview new technology soon to be available in the marketplace, or prototypical items coming down the road. Perhaps way down the road. […]

CES 2010: Introducing a new Creative director at Polaroid – Lady Gaga!

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

From a company that has been on the brink of disaster, with scandal rocking it to its’ core, thanks to the shenanigans of Tom Petters, to a decision to stop making it’s most popular product, instant film, Polaroid appears to have a made a Hail Mary play hiring Lady Gaga to become a creative director. […]

The odds are pretty good….

Monday, January 4th, 2010

…that you could be a winner in the Let’s Do Lunch! photo contest! There some solid entries, but we are looking for a lot more to not only give away some amazing prizes (HP laptop, printer Nikon DSLR, Adobe software, ThinkTank Camera bags, Color Munki calibration device, custom Blurb book, and much more), but to […]

Weekly Giveaway – Less Time In Post, More Time Pressing the Shutter: Xrite ColorChecker Passport

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Look familiar? It should. We gave one of these away in Oct. and we are happy to start off the new year with another one. There is no excuse not to get the true color of your photographs. At least as your starting point. Tweak away as you like once you get the basics. How […]

Random New Years stuff

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Hope you all had a safe and happy New Years ! Did many of you bring your cameras to the celebrations? Can we see? Here are a couple of things shared with us through the various posts we’ve received, and friends on old Facebook: Magnum Photos had some images of New Years aftermaths. Hopefully, you […]

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  • Oct.30-Nov.1, 2014
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Current Exhibitions

  • The Getty Museum
  • “Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection “
  • July 8–October 19, 2014, The Getty Center
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • Tel: 212.570.3600
  • Whitney Musuem
  • “Edward Hopper and Photography”
  • July 17th – Oct.19th, 2014
  • 945 Madison Ave.
  • New York City, New York 10021
  • Tel: 212.570.3600
  • Annenberg Space For Photography
  • “Country: Portraits of American Sound”
  • May 31st -Sept. 28th, 2014
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
  • Century City, CA. 90067
  • Tel: 213.403.3000
  • ICP
  • Sebastio Selgado – Genesis
  • Sept.19, 2014 – Jan 15th,2015
  • 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10036
  • Phone: 212.857.0000
  • Getty Center
  • Convergences: Selected photographs from the Permanent Collection
  • July 8th-Oct.19th, 2014
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Marco Breuer -Zero Base
  • Sept.4th- Nov.1, 2014
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Saul Leiter
  • Sept 18- Oct. 25th, 2014
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Underwater
  • July 11th-September 15th, 2014
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
  • February 8–October 5, 2014
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Now You See It: Photography and Concealment
  • March 31st-Sept 1, 2014
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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