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LTO Tape, A Data Storage Solution for the Modern Multimedia Artist

Saturday, December 1, 2012

At some level, photographers and videographers in this modern era are simply data collectors, journeying about our metro areas to bring home the bits. And, on so many sad days, we are no more than data processors: ingesting, tweaking, and delivering the good gigabytes (and, perhaps, the occasional paper product). So what happens to the gigabytes once the goods are delivered? Ideally – and as highlighted by advertising material like this: Chase Jarvis TECH, Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo + Video – data professionals... 

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Kickstarter Slam Dunk, Tips to Raise the Capital

Friday, November 30, 2012

This past year we’ve seen history in the making, an exciting shift in funding these creative projects of ours: power to the people, no grants, no clients, just great ideas, passion, and a kick-ass three-minute video. Having just completed a Kick-starter-funded short film, I know this stuff really works (and there’s my validated answer to the first question we all really have about so-called “crowd funding”).  It was a challenging roller coaster of an experience for me, but it was a rewarding,... 

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On location with the Phase One IQ180

Monday, June 4, 2012

Introduction The Phase One 645DF and the IQ180 medium format system is a serious camera system for a serious photographer.  A full frame 80 megapixel digital back offers unparalleled image quality.  The 645DF and the IQ180 combine to make a beast of a camera, and currently is the top of the line in single-capture resolution.  The camera is based on an open architecture, meaning that the camera can accept a variety of digital backs and lenses.  It is a system that can grow and expand with your needs, not rendering... 

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Wedding Photography and the New Canon 5D Mark III

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A familiar high ISO torture test with the Canon 5D Mark III Click here to rent the Canon 5D mark II from BorrowLenses! Click here to check pricing and availability of the Canon 5D mark III at B&H The Canon 5D Mark III has finally arrived.  Is it a worthy successor to the 5D Mark II, or is this just a re-branding of a beloved camera system offering little payout for the updated pocketbook pricetag? I finally got my hands on a 5D Mark III for the weekend (a way too short weekend) and tagged along to a wedding to... 

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Canon Updates The Cult Classic 5D Series

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Canon Announces Canon 5D Mark III So we have it, the long-awaited announcement of the new Canon 5D Mark III. Canon’s surprise smash hit 5D2 had a glorious run, achieving fame and infamy by inventing DSLR video capture in all its excitement and distress and, oh yeah, being a pretty fine photographic camera to boot. The 5D2 has become a widespread industry standard for portraits and events and this update will keep it in the game. Much needed on the old camera? Better autofocus. Canon answers with an aggressive... 

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Capture Arts

On location with the Phase One IQ180

Phase One 645DF & IQ180 at SFO Airport 4.

The Phase One 645DF and the IQ180 medium format system is a serious camera system for a serious photographer. A full frame 80 megapixel digital back offers unparalleled image quality. The 645DF and the IQ180 combine to make a beast of a camera, and currently is the top of the line in single-capture resolution. The camera is based on an open architecture, meaning that the camera can accept a variety of digital backs and lenses. It is a system that can grow and expand with your needs, not rendering itself obsolete when the “next big thing” gets released. It’s a camera for studio and location work that brings the focus back to photography. This is not a dSLR with some video options thrown in. This is a real photographic camera, not a videography afterthought.

Why should you care? You should care because this may be the best studio camera I’ve ever used. And if you care about your images, and need to deliver high-resolution files, and have art directors that care about the final product more than the bottom line, then Phase One may be the digital camera system for you.

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Digital Art

LTO Tape, A Data Storage Solution for the Modern Multimedia Artist

MBP-BRU-4035

At some level, photographers and videographers in this modern era are simply data collectors, journeying about our metro areas to bring home the bits. And, on so many sad days, we are no more than data processors: ingesting, tweaking, and delivering the good gigabytes (and, perhaps, the occasional paper product).

So what happens to the gigabytes once the goods are delivered? Ideally – and as highlighted by advertising material like this: Chase Jarvis TECH, Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo + Video – data professionals take over, safely squirreling our work away on monster server racks in humming, temperature-controlled back rooms, backed up overseas and on other planets as well. Perhaps, hyperbole of the elite aside, a multi-workstation mid-size studio might upload files to a backed-up server in a spare closet.

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Studio Arts

Kickstarter Slam Dunk, Tips to Raise the Capital

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This past year we’ve seen history in the making, an exciting shift in funding these creative projects of ours: power to the people, no grants, no clients, just great ideas, passion, and a kick-ass three-minute video. Having just completed a Kick-starter-funded short film, I know this stuff really works (and there’s my validated answer to the first question we all really have about so-called “crowd funding”). It was a challenging roller coaster of an experience for me, but it was a rewarding, enjoyable, and — at midnight on the last full day — a successful one. What did I learn? Read on:

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Photo Arts

Interview: Jeff Kauck, Food Photographer

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It doesn’t take long talking to food photographer, Jeff Kauck, to detect his passion for art, light, and photography. His studio is lit with two giant windows, one facing North, one East. During our conversation, talk quickly arrives at the finesse of light and color in classic painting. Jeff explains the concept of Color Lift:

“You take a white cup and saucer outside, the shadow is blue, the sunlit highlights are yellow, opposite colors. With a warm light source and a purple shadow, the white is more dimensional.” In essence, Jeff uses the broad light beaming into his Chicago studio like a liquid watercolor palate. In contrast to the contemporary trend towards neutrality in studio light color, Jeff’s work seems alive and visceral, with warm natural light and cool natural shadows.

Read on for our complete interview, and see much more of Jeff’s work at jeffkaukphotography.com..