Sony takes a bestseller and makes more sense in 2nd gen

I like a good photo gadget as much as the next shooter, maybe even more. When Sony introduced the QX series of cameras meant to be attached to a smartphone, it was a huge seller. The ability to get better photos on your phone intrigued the masses. I was interested but was not ready for a purchase.
Here is the initial vid:

Right?taking the lens off for tight spaces, and using the phone as a monitor?

But phones have gotten better. In a lot of different ways.And Sony has stepped up the game.
The new series has a model to let you add different lenses. and shoot RAW. And a 20MP Exmor sensor.
Shutter speeds of 1/4000-39 secs. NFC is also on board, which should be on the new iPhone.
Video? you bet: 1920 x 1080 (29.97fps approx. 16Mbps)
Is this going to eat up all your memory, like my Hyperlapses are?
Nope,use a sweet Micro SD card.
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You do have to go through the Sony app to upload your images to, the upload from, so no direct access to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Yes batteries,and an APS-C sensor.

Do you want one? Come November you can pay $400 and get one. Not sure if it’s quite the now classic NEX-6, but the feeling that they stripped away the body and left the essentials is strong.
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Sony is listening to the consumer who wants to share high quality images fast. wait, not fast: NOW!

And now the official word:

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BIts & Bobs : Short News In the Photo World


Vivian Maier prints may be going off the market!


Well, looks like an heir to the Vivian Maier collection of images has been found in France.
As the details get worked out for the legal rights for the treasure trove, sales of the prints and exhibitions proceeding are both in question. Check out this article in the New York Times.
It was always a strange part of the story as a purchase, ala storage wars, of a cache of negatives by a few people, resulted in the discovery of a fascinating street photographer, heretofore unknown.
The documentary by John Maloof, one of the purchasers, was not great film maker and left those of us curious, a bit unsatisfied.
As those involved started to sell the modern prints for about $2K, the frenzy continued.
What could the upshot be?
Well, if you have not bought a print yet, you may not be able to for awhile.
OR…you may end up paying a premium because all things that are forbidden cost more.

Not sure what to shoot? Aperture has a solution


Every photographer locks onto a subject or 3 to shot whenever they have the opportunity.

This way, there is always an unspoken assignment and a method to the madness of shooting and not just a random scattershot approach.

Not that random is bad. But to help you hone your skills as photographer, shooting similar subjects with a purpose helps you get better, and , dare I say, focused.

Look, the guy who shoots Humans of New York knows he not that good, but he’ll get better as he keeps shooting similar subjects all the time.

If you are feeling stuck, or keep looking through the viewfinder hoping that a subject will jump out at you and touch your photographic soul, to no avail you are in luck.

The good folks at Aperture have gathered 307 assignments from noted photographers, which will easily give you the jump start you need, in one book The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
I love this book.
Each assignment is presented in easy to swallow , bite size , one page layouts, with very clear reasoning behind each one.
While sifting through, here was even one that suggested DON’T shoot and instead, curate. Interesting.
A great deal at about $20.00

The Smaller The Camera, The Shakier the Footage


True enough. What may look great on a tiny monitor or screen, may look like like you were shaking a martini when it hits a big screen.

Fine, not THAT bad , but not smooth. I’m looking at you GoPro! Although the mounts help keep the camera on task, there is so much more you could do.

I discovered the DSLRPro company who are distributing  a 3-Axis stabilizer for the GoPro 3 & 3+.

check this vid:

OK, I just bought one. In the days ahead, I’ll be working it out for reals, and see what we get.
The instructions are a bit slim, however, and I’m now going to see how the support is from the folks @ DSLRPro.
It does just what it should, according to the video, but I’m already finding nuances that will help in learning the best uses.
C’mon, gear is meant to be learned, not just plug and play like an iPhone. that way you get the best from it.

OK, Summer is kinda done, and very gear maker is coming out with new goodies and we’ll be letting you know what’s worth a look, or a financial consideration.

#PhotoSchool – Learn photography from the cool guys

There are so many ways to learn photography, with the plethora of online schools making study at home a pretty easy choice to make.

You should want to learn from those who make their living at it, though, then you’ll get methods that truly “get the money”
Famed photographer Michael Muller, and Patrick Hoelck have joined forces to create PHOTOSCHOOL They bring you, currently, over 60 teaching vids, with subject ranging from Fundementals, Natural Lighting, Studio Lighting, and Photoshop teaching sessions with the retouchers these guys use to deliver their assignments.

How many of you have met with the retouchers you need to finalize your work? exactly. here they are.

There is true gold here, and if you want to improve your commercial photography game, you should start mining that gold now.

They have also brought in some of their friends to give even more expanded insight.
Estevan Oriol, and Brian Bowen Smith bring you anothr perspective with their unique visions. Gotta be honest, I went to Estevans site and may make a purchase or 2.

When I say the cool guys, what does that mean? It’s not the clothes, or the hair. Nope. It’s the vision that is current and consistent with each one. Their style that is in shown in the work, makes them the cool kids.

These are the people that are shooting the magazine covers and movie posters today. This is who you want to learn from.
After going through a variety of lessons, I will say that the production value is a bit rough. No question.
Did they shoot it with an Alexa? nope.
You may be saying “why am I learning from these guys who aren’t lighting the lessons like a Hollywood movie?”
Because we are lucky they are revealing their secrets and tools, for only $25. a month. That’s why.
How about the Triple Key Lighting? Yeah, you didn’t know about that. Either did I.
Now you are going to learn about that and a ton more, just in the Studio lighting section.

When I started in the business I was an assistant photographer, working in a commercial studio. Then I went to university and studied photography, film and fine art.
What I learned from a working pro, I still use today. These lessons have already been schooling me in a very good way.

AND with each lighting lesson, you get to see the final shots, usually multiple models, with the tech data.Plus, if you have questions about something within the lesson, they will respond by email.

Here’s what you get, from the site:
Interviews
A great place to start; Our teachers share their about experience learning photography, and how they turned it into a career. Topic also include their creative process’, with plenty do’s and dont’s along the way.
Fundamentals
Our guest teacher Brian Bowen Smith apprenticed for legendary Photographer Herb Ritts for many years and has become one of busiest celebrity photographers in the business. We are honored to have him kick things off with some fundamentals.
Natural Light
Shooting with natural / available light is the most important skill to master when learning photography. Learn these looks and you’ll be able to get a great look in any location.
Studio Lighting
Studio lighting is about having complete control. From a cheap strip of halogen lighting form the hardware store to 15 strobes in a studio, you are responsible for every highlight, shadow, and reflection in your models eyes.
Note: Occasionally you’ll see a light or two set up, but not in use – don’t worry – our teachers will point out every light they’re using in each lesson.
Photoshop
Photo processing and retouching is an enormous part of creating an image, and unfortunately Photoshop is the most miss-understood, and miss-used tool available to young photographers. Jess & Andi are Michale and Patrick’s Photoshop guru’s. In these lessons, they will show you the exact techniques they use daily for movie posers and magazine covers.

Check out the preview above, see if it’s right for you google these guys and check out their work.
I’m telling you though, no matter how you shoot, you are going to learn some valuable lessons, that you’ll never forget.
I already have.
Check out PhotoSchool.com

#TBT – As Real As It Gets: Wyatt Neumann

First posted this in May, 2009, Wyatt Neumann, photographer, has recently become a cause celebrate for his photographs of his children posted online. A loving, devoted,father, this series has become a polarizing discussion of artist rights.
But he’s a good photographer. Have a look at some of his work before the controversy.The Flickr link is working. Forget the madness.

We met this guy over cocktails in the south of France and knew from his incredible energy, he had a definite point of view of the world. A very intense one.
In the night heat of the June coast of the Riviera, you could easily sense that this photographer/director, was just about to burst out of his skin, in a good way. He was going to tell you things you may not have heard. Or wanted to hear. Some random, Hunter Thompson moment was probably not that far off in the future.

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And now, he’s told us about his intense love of life, and that perspective, through his first time exhibit of photographs called “Elephants and Boa Constrictors”.
Some of you may know the reference to “The Little Prince” from the first page of that classic childrens book by Antoine de Saint-Exupry.

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Now here is the thing about this show: it consisted of 427 photos printed 3.5″x3.5″ and hung linearly in random order. It was up for one night, only.
We missed it.
But now it lives on Flickr

We watched it in a slide show version from Flickr, which is what we recommend .

Darn it, got ahead of ourselves for a second. Where were we…..?

Oh right. The images.

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The imagery is of a world that Wyatt has traveled, seen, experienced, and shares with us, not in a Robert Frank way, but in what we imagine a Jack Keroac way would be. It’s a bit more personal, more poetic, and in your face, as the artist himself is.
There is no denying the intensity of the images, or the original. The people in his path across the US, and the constants in his life appear periodically through the random stream of images, which together, get you on a journey, very hand crafted by Mr. Neumann.

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The vignetting of each image, focuses your eye to the main story, and frames the subjects with a certain respect. Not a raw, harsh, reality yet still authentic and true.
And there are tender moments. The lighting belies those, as they become a respite, and help the viewer move through the series with a balanced life.
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Wyatt has brought his emotions to the surface here, and there is little between you and the image to buffer it.

Did the small print images get the viewer closer to review the images in person, to make it more intimate ?
Or does the slide show on Flickr give you time to breath in and experience each image on it’s own?
Your call, but it was a great use of our time to watch the random linear tales unfold on the screen.

It’s a rich trip you can take right from your desktop. Enjoy the ride.
And safe travels.

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Wyatt Neumann is represented by Click3X as a director, and The Safari Gallery for his fine art

Battery Life: It’s the worst!

I’m mainly talking about the smartphones.

You know these things filled with apps that have taken the place of your point & shoot cameras.
Snapseed, Camera+, PS, Lightroom Mobile, ProCamera, Hipstamatic, the Classic CameraBag, and of course VSCO. YOU probably have your favorite go-to’s.
And then there is the Instagram behemoth to post to.
Love me some Vine, especially now that we can shoot on a real camera, edit and post.
A little Candy Crush while we wait, FaceTime while we are away, and Hamster On Piano. Plus the cloud.
And the phone part. Love the phone part.
So… why the heck does my device start going into the red zone at about 2:00 PM????
Sure, years ago, my Motorola StarTac had a piggy back batt and didn’t do nearly what these handheld computers do.That grey ;ump on the back,is the extra battery.
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But when I want to shoot that concert photo,Instagram it AND call my friends for a meet up after the concert, that dreaded white spinning gear on a black background is inevitable. Power done. Phone shutting off. Shot about 230 photos and 4 vids at this event (no DSLR)
(Shot with an iPhone 5S, and Olloclip lens.)

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Yes, looking forward to the next iPhone, Samsung, Nokia,LG masterpiece, all who claim long battery life.
Really?
Check out this pile of batteries I own, and many I carry around in my messenger bag:
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Plus a cable, plug in charger, specialty charging card called Thinium. (love this thing!)

The big boy charges the phone about 2.5 times. Had it for about 3 years and yes, that’s a thunderbolt adapter on it. The tubular units like the Crayon one from Mimoco are good for maybe one full charge.There’s an Otter battery phone case, the Mophie is in the mix,even a Duracell unit that hold batteries.
Is that enough?
Not when I’m on a shoot.
So I carry a bunch.I’ll bet you do to.
Our sleek, sweet, cleanly designed smartphones just got tethered in the worst way.

What’s the solution?

The tablet. Specifically, the Mini tablet. 10 hour battery life. All of the apps, wi-fi, a larger screen to work with,and a better battery life. And if you like, no monthly fee, if you find your hotspots. Your call as to where you feel they are “secure”.
The CamRanger is a great tool when coupled with the iPad.
Or perhaps,the Apple Touch.40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback on one charge.
The only issue is: It’s yet another device. When I see people hold up an iPad to take photo, it’s the oddest thing, but I get to see their sense of composition. It’s public as its taken.

Will the smartphone batteries get better? Hope so, but not sure how long that’ll take.

In the meantime, try these tips on saving battery life for Android, and iPhone.

And today,August 26th, Apple offered free battery replacement to certain serial # iPhones.

I know, I know. It’s a phone.
Not to me.

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  • NYC, NY
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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
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  • Whitney Musuem
  • “Edward Hopper and Photography”
  • July 17th – Oct.19th, 2014
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  • New York City, New York 10021
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  • Annenberg Space For Photography
  • “Country: Portraits of American Sound”
  • May 31st -Sept. 28th, 2014
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  • Century City, CA. 90067
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  • ICP
  • Sebastio Selgado – Genesis
  • Sept.19, 2014 – Jan 15th,2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Now You See It: Photography and Concealment
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