by Wendell Bendetti
November 16, 2012 —
Day Tripping with Julie Blackmon
The Robert Mann Gallery in New York is currently hosting “Julie Blackmon: Day Tripping,” the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. Using models, a staged set and carefully composed tableaux, Blackmon’s images portray the complexities of everyday life in large and busy households. They also reflect the paintings of French artist Balthus and Dutch Renaissance master Jan Steen, who was known for his carefully constructed scenes of domestic chaos. Blackmon was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers in 2007, and selected as American Photo’s Emerging Photographer of 2008. “Julie Blackmon: Day Tripping” runs through January 12, 2013.
Photo © Julie Blackmon
Mario Testino Goes to Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is currently running a dual exhibitions of famed photographer Mario Testino’s fashion and celebrity photographs. The first, titled “In Your Face,” features images of international celebrities (including Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Tom Brady) and runs through February 3, 2013. The second, “British Royal Portraits,” runs through June 16, 2013 and covers a wide variety of images from the royal family, including engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middelton, to a timeless portrait of Princess Diana.
Photo © Mario Testino
Video Helps Photographers Give Back
For more than three years, Help-Portrait photographers have been using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. And nowhere is that commitment more realized than in Jaleel King’s story of surviving a shotgun blast at eight years old to become a professional photographer. King’s dramatic story is recounted by Help-Portrait Philadelphia photographer/filmmaker Mike Allebach, who teamed up with King to film a short video in which King describes the events that ultimately shaped his joy for living. “Jaleel’s smile, spirit and outlook is infectious,” says Allebach. “This story of inspiration needs to be shared.” The four-minute “Fearless Jaleel King: Against All Odds” video can be viewed at vimeo.com/50531514.
Photo © Mike Allebach
AP Expands Online Video Stock Archive
The Associated Press recently expanded its stock footage business by introducing a new video archive platform that gives customers access to AP’s historical archives of more than 1.3 million stories dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The new platform allows online downloads and licensing of footage while also enabling customers to search, organize and share research. It supports both traditional “a la carte” pricing and a new subscription service. As part of the company’s drive to increase revenues, the Associated Press also represents British Movietone’s iconic footage, which includes stories covering the period from 1895 to 1986.
Joel Meyerowitz, in Two Parts
Photo © Joel Meyerowitz
Protective Camera Bags from Brenthaven Seattle-based company Brenthaven has expanded its product line of protective bags to include photography equipment. Its new BX2 Camera Collection includes shoulder cases, high-capacity backpacks and messenger bags, each featuring extreme foam protection technology with shock absorption and dispersion, as well as drop and impact protection. Made with water-resistant exterior body materials, BX2 gear also has convenient pullout rain covers, tethered LED lights, anti-abrasion materials, and quick-access water-resistant top zippers. Prices range from $39.95 to $179.95.
Protective Camera Bags from Brenthaven
Seattle-based company Brenthaven has expanded its product line of protective bags to include photography equipment. Its new BX2 Camera Collection includes shoulder cases, high-capacity backpacks and messenger bags, each featuring extreme foam protection technology with shock absorption and dispersion, as well as drop and impact protection. Made with water-resistant exterior body materials, BX2 gear also has convenient pullout rain covers, tethered LED lights, anti-abrasion materials, and quick-access water-resistant top zippers. Prices range from $39.95 to $179.95.
Canon Goes Full-Frame
Canon recently rolled out the EOS 6D, a professional-level, full-frame DSLR camera. Its new features include a re-designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with built-in wireless transmitter and GPS. It has an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor and 1080p Full-HD video capabilities. It includes an Integrated Cleaning System for high-quality vibration-based dust removal, an ISO range of 100 to 102400 in the H2 mode, and a Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000-dot VGA resolution and 170-degree viewing angle. The EOS 6D, expected to be available in December, has an estimated body-only price of $2,099. The kit version, with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens, is expected to sell for $2,899.
Eye-Fi’s 16GB Wireless Memory Card
Using the company’s groundbreaking wireless memory technology, Eye-Fi Inc., is marketing its new Pro X2 Class 10 SDHC memory card. The 16GB card gives photographers the ability to instantly upload photos to imaging workstations, smartphones or tablets, either connecting wirelessly to the device with Direct Mode or over an authorized Wi-Fi network. The new card also includes WPS Geotagging and an Endless Memory feature, which automatically deletes images on the card once they’re safely transferred. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card is available at Amazon.com. Price: $99.99.
Tether Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom 4
Hasselblad recently announced a tethering plug-in that gives photographers full camera control with capture options from both Adobe Lightroom 4 and the Hasselblad H4D medium-format camera system. As part of Hasselblad’s initiative to support Adobe Lightroom, the new tether-based plug-in complements the company’s previously released Phocus Mobile 2.0 plug-in, which provides full remote camera control and capture through the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Download instructions and registration forms for the tether plug-in are available for both Macs and PCs at www.hasselbladusa.com/downloads.aspx
Online iPrints Store
Following the recent LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012, iPhoneArt.com has opened its online iPrints Store to the general public. The newly expanded service gives iPhoneographers the ability to display their images on a curated space or have them printed with the quality necessary to appeal to art buyers. It also serves as a sales platform for IPA’s mobile artists. Mobile art images can now be printed on a number of high-quality surfaces, including handcrafted bamboo panels, specially coated aluminum plates, glass and mirrors.
PictureCode’s Advanced RAW Workflow
PictureCode recently released Photo Ninja, a professional-grade RAW converter that combines the functionality of a workflow RAW file converter with the company’s popular Noise Ninja application. Designed in collaboration with professional photographers, the program features advanced de-mosaicing, adaptive lighting, highlight recovery, detail enhancement, color enhancement, black-and-white processing and chromatic aberration correction. It also includes color-correction tools, distortion correction and the company’s proprietary Noise Ninja 3.0 technology. Company founder Jim Christian believes the new workflow RAW application will soon gain the same acceptance as the company’s original Noise Ninja. Price: $129.
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