Posted in Tech

Steve Jobs, Dead at 56

Steve Jobs is dead at 56

By Philip Elmer-DeWitt October 5, 2011: 8:12 PM ET
Leaves behind “a company that only he could have built,” says Tim Cook
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook today sent the following email to all Apple employees:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Posted in: Apple, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook

Posted in Photography, Street, street photographer

Book Review: Going Candid by Thomas Leuthard

I finished reading +Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid-This book is a free glimpse into the passion and lifestyle woven into the fabric of Street Photography. I liked it very much. It focuses on the the raw and communal approach to street photography that I have experienced first hand co-organizing the G+ photowalks in NY with +Chris Gachot and +Leanne Staples. Thomas’s book isn’t so much a “how-to” book on the genre. It’s more a “Go ahead and just do it. You know you want to” book.

Thomas takes a comprehensive approach to the art of taking the photo and more importantly how to share an distribute the images you have captured. I believe the book is completed pre-dates G+ and the phenomena it has become. Nevertheless it is applicable in every sense.

Personally, I have been a student of every type of photography. Rick Sammon says it best. “I specialize in not specializing” he says. I like all types of photography, true. Street photography has become to me what Jazz is to music (in my opinion). Soulful, deep, emotional, and rooted in to the pulse of society. Jazz is not a genre to become a rich musician, but, when you are good at it, you can become legendary. Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid is his sheet music to a composition of work that deserves applause.

Going Candid merits being published, but, it wouldn’t be in line with the concepts some Street Photographer share. Its not done for money. Download this book if you are interested in shooting street, or have anxiety about shooting in public, or want another perspective of a really good photographer.

Posted in Photo walks, Photography

Photo walk tips

I am a moderator of a Photowalk geared toward bringing NY photographers on Google+ together who are interested is street photography or photography in general. My two co-moderators are Leanne Staples, a fantastic and popular street photographer and Chris CIf you haven’t joined a Google+ or participated in a photo-walk, you are missing out on the vast opportunity of sharing with like minded individuals a hobby or profession that inspires.

Im taking the group shot for the last photowalk

Thank you for your questions. Here are some suggestions for you:

Bring a camera: excellent idea. Comfortable clothes is a must. I would suggest a light pack. You want to be mobile. I carry a larger pack than some since I intend to take the first group shot-I’ll have my tripod just for that. If you don’t use it normally, leave it home. You may not need a 48″ reflector in a photo-walk unless that is your thing. I would be mindful of strong winds, though. +Chris Gachot uses a set up completely different than mine or Leanne Staples.

Lens choice: There are not many times in a photo walk that you would need to switch lenses. I use a 17-55 2.8 EF-S lens. I have seen others use a 50mm. Your “go to” lens? Odds are that will work just fine.

During our last photo walk people naturally gravitated to sub groups based on their pace, what caught their eye, similarity of gear, you name it. Everyone participating has knowledge that will edify you. +Leanne Staples was awesome to walk with because she would talk about what was inspiring that moment. It is very cool to see an accomplished street photographer tell you what just caught her eye. We 40+ people confirmed. This is awesome. We will stand out like a sore thumb. Take advantage of that and allow yourself to do stuff that normally isn’t your norm. I commute home with someone that carries all of his gear with him, everyday. He carries a camera with 70-200 2.8L, two additional lenses, flash, various other stuff daily. He cannot take his camera out to shoot in the street. He just can’t. It weighs like 50lbs in his hands. He is self conscious of people looking at him and staring. It may sound weird, but, if you are not accustomed to shoot in the street, it can be daunting. This photo-walk remedies that for most people. We will look like the Jets in West Side Story (dated myself-I dont care). You’ve got brothers around youre a family man…..that’s part of a song from the aforementioned musical, btw.

I hope this helps. Looking forward to meeting you.


Posted in Uncategorized

Negotiating with Clients Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

By Grover Sanschagrin | Published: August 1, 2011 for

A majority of the photographers I know absolutely hate to negotiate with clients, and often find themselves suffering through an unfair arrangement as a result of their poor negotiations skills. Negotiating your way to a win-win scenario can be a common experience if you’re prepared.

The Right Way to Negotiate with Clients from on Vimeo.

Blake Discher is a Detroit-based freelance photographer, specializing in editorial, advertising, annual reports, and portraits. In his many years as an independent freelancer, he’s developed a system of processes and tactics for negotiating with his clients. When he talks to clients, he’s prepared – and this makes all the difference.

Blake is a regular conference speaker. During the ASMP Strictly Business 3 traveling seminar, I attended his presentation about negotiating and estimating. It was impressive because it took the mystery and dread out of the process, and added a simple clarity to what always seems like such murky territory.

I asked Blake if he would be willing to give a version of that presentation in the form of a PhotoShelter webinar, and he agreed. The webinar was recorded and is available here (above.)

You can get more of this type of information from Blake by going to his blog about negotiating and web marketing. You can also following him on Twitter at @bdischer.

Sales and marketing skills don’t come naturally to most photographers, and they’re much more comfortable making the images, not selling them. For this reason the PhotoShelter Research Department has come up with a series of free resources, including “The Photographer’s Guide to Selling like a Pro”, where five veteran salesman from other industries reveal sales techniques you can use to improve your photo business.

Posted in Uncategorized

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo 2011 Registration Open

From PDN PhotoPlus:

Nielsen Photo Group Announces Registration Now Open for PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2011

PhotoPlus Expo Welcomes WPPI NYC Highlighting Expanded Seminar Program, New Events and Bigger Expo

Aug 4, 2011 – New York, NY

The Nielsen Photo Group (NPG) announced today that registration for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE 2011), is now open. Celebrating its 29th year of bringing photographers and image-makers together with infinite access to emerging technology, trends and talent, PPE 2011 is packed with opportunities to test drive new imaging tools, discover creative solutions, develop expertise and expand professional networks. NPG also announced that PhotoPlus Expo is welcoming the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference and expo for the first time at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, which includes an entire seminar program and expo dedicated to wedding and portrait photography, called WPPI NYC.

Attendees can register online and will have complete access to both expos, PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI NYC, where they can meet with representatives from the biggest brand names serving the photography industry and test drive new imaging tools. More than 115 educational seminars and hands-on labs are available for attendees to expand their expertise. PPE 2011 seminars and expo will be held Oct. 27-29. WPPI NYC seminars will be held Oct. 26, the day before the expo officially opens, and the WPPI NYC expo will be held Oct. 27-28, 2011.

PhotoPlus Expo registration is free through October 25. Attendees may also purchase a special PhotoPlus Gold Expo Pass, which offers tremendous value and provides exclusive VIP offers including a Gold Expo “swag bag” filled with a variety of premium items, priority admission to keynote sessions and special events, access to the Gold Expo Oasis, a private lounge area, and other exclusive privileges. Gold Expo Passes can be purchased in advance for $50 and at the show for $70. A One Day Conference Pass for admission to seminars on a single day and the expo for all three days can be purchased in advance for $175 and at the show for $210. A Full Conference Pass for admission to seminars and the expo on all three days can be purchased in advance for $475 and at the show for $510. To view the seminar schedule click here.

Attendees can register online for the WPPI NYC seminars and expo through October 25 for $99, which includes admission to a variety of seminars on October 26, 2011, the WPPI NYC Expo Oct. 27-28 and PhotoPlus Expo Oct. 27-29, 2011. The on-site registration fee is $150. To register click here.

“PPE has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft,” explains Jeff McQuilkin, Director – PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo. “Adding WPPI NYC and its schedule of seminars really make the whole PPE experience an event that should not be missed by anyone in this industry.”

“We are really excited to bring the enthusiasm and energy of WPPI to New York City,” said George Varanakis, Show Director of WPPI, and Publisher of Rangefinder. “Nielsen is adding the best of WPPI to an already exceptional PhotoPlus Expo to provide even greater excitement and more robust learning experience for attendees.”

About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers over 115 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on labs taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

About WPPI

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), a division of Nielsen Photo Group, is an organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. WPPI is a professional organization that exists to help member photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. WPPI routinely supplies its members with new benefits and valuable industry information enabling them to succeed in today’s active photo market business.

Posted in Canon, Photography

Vincent Laforet is at it again

The angle of video of a Canon 600mm f4 EF Lens with a 2X converter on a RED Epic, is roughly one degree. (1 Degree, 45 arcminutes horizontally to be exact.)

The focal length in terms of 35mm is more than 3400mm – not too shabby when you consider this was shot at 4K, 120fps in full RAW on the Epic.

So who cares? Is this just a case of “just because you can…”

The yet to be released EF mount for the RED system fully supports IS, autofocus, digital aperture control, touch to focus, touch to rack focus and distance readout. All you need to convert your RED to EF is a Torx screwdriver.

Vincent shot this film at Mono Lake 45 minutes after sunset until it was dark. He used an ISO range of 800 to 2000.

One Degree from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Posted in Photography, Photos, Uncategorized

Photography Book Review: Going Candid by Thomas Leuthard

“Going Candid…”

I came across the street photography of Thomas Leuthard as I was ravenously adding photographers to my circles in Google plus or G+ as it is affectionately known. Thomas is a great example of how G+ can help talented photographers develop or build a following for themselves. I have gained in similar fashion and the surface has yet to be scratched.

Thomas Leuthard has produced a refreshing take on his photography. His intent is to redefine your view of street photography. He isn’t interested in the history of it. He shares with the reader an honest, candid (pun), and refreshing perspective on a form of art that at first makes the camera feel like a 50lbs dumbbell. Going Candid reads like a great conversation over a afternoon lunch where you lost track of time. Thomas successfully explains his view in a confident and digestible manner. The link above leads to a main page with the following excerpt (Pardon the formatting):

“Going Candid”

A book about street photography in the digital age. Forget what you know about street photography and read how Thomas Leuthard (85mm) explores the street with his camera. Find useful tips and tricks on how to approach people, getting closer to them and get the best out of you street experience. His workflow starts without a camera and ends in the galleries of this World. It’s not about the Decisive Moment or how you setup your camera. It’s more about the approach of getting a successful street photographer who will build a successful community around the World. It’s all about sharing and socializing. You will be taken to a journey through the big cities of this World looking into the eyes of strangers. Candid is the key word and
you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for an exclusive book which will change your life as a street photographer…

The pdf is downloadable for free here. Enjoy it.

Posted in Uncategorized

Microsoft Releases RAW Codec Pack for Windows 7 & Vista

Originally posted on Canon Rumors

Native Support added to Windows
The following Canon cameras are covered.

EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS Rebel XS in North America), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2,
EOS 1D Mk3, EOS 1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America) , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS Digital Rebel XT in North America), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America), EOS 40D, EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North America), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i in North America), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS 7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90

Download Codec Here