Battery Life: It’s the worst!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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 […]

Garry Winogrand at the MET : A traveling show gets new home

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

He was one of the most ironic photographers of our time. Prolific,obsessed,and a social commentator with a fast shooting camera. The show currently at the Metropolitan began at SF MOMA a year ago. And it had a significantly different take away flavor. A master of street photography, Garry Winogrand was an observer of the human […]

24.2 mp, built-in wi-fi, on board geotagging, the new Nikon 5300 brings it home for a right price

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Right before PhotoPlus EXPO the big guns continue to bring new product to the market place. This new Nikon 5300 seems to take on a lot of attributes from it’s bigger full frame sibling, with massive 24.2 MP, Nikon’s famous 39 point AF system, and advanced scene recognition system.

Round on the Ends, High in the middle: Sony takes another look at cameras

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

You love your smartphone because it’s small, has apps, and is easy to share your life through it. There are so many choices out there for adding lenses to improve the quality. Olloclip uses 4 element snap-on lenses, and others use a case as a holder for lenses. Sony is about to show the world […]

Howard Greenberg Gallery explores 1963

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

I don’t usually take a press release verbatim. I don’t usually tout an exhibit before I’ve seen it. When there is a show like this at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, I do both. Mr. Greenberg’s sensitivities are right in line with many of my own in the world of photography. With most of his exhibits […]

AIPAD at the Armory : Classic imagery hung with respect

Friday, April 5th, 2013

I’ll be honest: been trying to get to this AIPAD show for years. Knowing the general tone behind it is the collecting of the finest of vintage photography, it’s an enriching experience to see almost 80 galleries display in an elegant setting such as the Armory. There was a sprinkling of new media and contemporary […]

Tools and Toys: 2012 Holiday Gift Guide coming this week! (a little preview here)

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Whenever we check out a piece of gear, or pick up a photo book, we are pretty discerning. The gear has to be in our hands, so we can check fit and finish, functionality, value, and yes, appearance. The right for the right job, we always say. Now, that doesn’t mean that a cool item […]

Chuck Close : a consistency of vision, told in a variety of mediums

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

The massive Polaroid portraits of Chuck Close were always a trademark in the artists’ early days. One of the few artists invited to shot with the unique, immense, format camera (20×24), his signature tight, facial portraits were a perfect fit for the medium. His paintings continued in his exploration of the detail of the photographic […]

Final week to see Beauty CULTure @ Annenberg Space for Photography

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

In it’s short time in LA, The Annenberg Space of Photography, is about to come to the end of it’s most popular exhibit, yet. Here is a great place to take those visiting turkey eating friends and relatives. And when you get tired of the mobs at Century City shopping mall, come across the street […]

6 Blind men,an elephant and the House of Lam

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Their is a very old story, originating in India, that tells a tale of 6 blind men put into a room with an elephant, and when they come out, are asked to describe what an elephant is like. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who […]

Weekly Giveaway – The cube root of a camera bag line.

Monday, May 9th, 2011

This time we’re talking Tenba, and the line is their Shootout series. As the starter in the series, you find plenty of pockets, smoove surfaces, adjustable panels to make you feel like, once packed, you didn’t forget anything. As you move up the line, maybe add a body and a lens or 2, but with […]

Fly like a G12: Canon’s pocket rocket

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Like the Far East East Movement’s song about the non-existent G6 that doesn’t exist, this standard bearer by Canon, is pretty fly. Part of a long line-up of mid-size cameras, meant to cover the range between the point and shoot and DSLR, or perhaps the professional, walkabout camera the G series has come to the […]

We came, we searched, we found. PhotoLA gold.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

At first blush, we like to just get an overall vibe of a event. Opening night, we let you know that there were fewer dealers and no breakout stars. But then we knew we had to go digging for gold. And we found some. At the Skotia Gallery out of Santa Fe, we found Kelsy […]

“Daddy, where do memory cards come from?” From a very clean place.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

These tiny little nuggets of data storage, that keep dropping in price, must be tough to make, right? You betcha! The folks over at Lexar clued us into the video on the making of their chips for media cards and flash drives. Although I feel like I should be wearing a cardigan, and welcoming you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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/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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Oh, what a year it was…. Fine….. NEXT!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Say goodbye to 2009. And not a moment to soon. It’s been a wild ride with the new economy firmly in place. With wretched excess getting forcibly kicked to the curb and the rest of the population firmly ensconced in the best new ways to communicate all of that, it has been a full year. […]

Weekly Giveaway – Aperture Magazine: A thing of beauty 4x a year

Monday, December 28th, 2009

As we see the year and decade end, we’d like to plant some new thoughts for 2K10 (will that be the term?) If we continue to look outside of ourselves, and explore the world of photography around us, perhaps our work by the end of next year will have grown. It’s one of our barometers […]

In Praise of Print

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Ok, We know you are reading this online. And by now you may have visited about 4-5 of your favorite sites to get some top line info. Maybe you even watched a short tutorial on the latest Photoshop technique. We did. But then we are going to a local restaurant for lunch. The perfect place […]

Real World Review – Road Trip! Hard Drives to go

Monday, December 21st, 2009

We do a fair bit of road time, and nothing says lovin like setting up a mini edit suite in your hotel room. Mmmmmmm… Nobody upgrades their laptops that often, so the speed with which you work with assets will vary. One of the major tools we carry on the road are hard drives. Usually […]

Weekly Giveaway : HP MediaSmart EX490 Server- Now that’s a BIG way to end the year!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

You know we are all about backing up your ever increasing digital life over here, at photoinduced.com And as we find ourselves in either a home or office with everyone needing/wanting to access similar files, the concept of a server is moving away from business into your personal life. Imagine an entire house of computers […]

4 Years ago Photoinduced.com went live. Look how we’ve grown. Thank you!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I woke up on a Jan. 1, 2005 and wrote the first 5 pages of what would become photoinduced.com. There were many more components than you see here, including a broadcast component, and original programing, but the essence is here. Our good friends at the Barbarian group, did the original design of the site and […]

Weekly Giveaway – Stay mobile, my friends

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

And by that we mean that you should be able to transport your files between the places you travel, even when it’s just between your home and office. Sure, that includes when your home IS your office. One thing that always travels with us is a jump drive. Known by many names: thumb drive, USB […]

Sun-Sniper Camera Strap: A whole new way to carry your camera

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The question is – did we need another way? The old over-the-shoulder, camera strap connected at 2 points to the body, seemed to work. And with a great padded camera strap, longs days, and heavy lenses, were more bearable. At the last trade show we hit, there were at least 3 different options for carrying […]

Weekly Giveaway – Who Shot Rock & Roll? It’s all here

Monday, December 7th, 2009

( the answer for the weekly giveaway of 3/24/2010 is : TINA TURNER) Currently at the Brooklyn Museum, this full accounting of the photographic record of Rock & Roll hangs in all it’s glory. But you know how we like to share stuff that the whole group can enjoy. We can tell you about an […]

Lowepro Camera Bags take you outside and carry a heavy load

Monday, December 7th, 2009

There are a myriad of camera bag manufacturers to choose from, and we all get to our favorites. Although crossing the brand lines based on specific needs, is really they way we go. For the outdoorsy photog, the ones who backpack their way into a setting, Lowepro has been the leader for many years. The […]

Olympus PEN EP-1; Packs Small and Plays Big – Lou Manna shows you how

Friday, December 4th, 2009

OK, you’ve looked at the DSLR’s and the standard point & shoots. If you have some deep pockets, even the Leica family of jewels. This camera, the Olympus PEN E-P1 , has perhaps started it’s own category: compact body with interchangeable lenses. And it shoots HD video with cd quality stereo sound. By using a […]

Nikon D5000: Variable Angle LCD, HD DSLR, 12.3 MP and the right price

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

One thing that we always do at an event is take an overhead crowd shot. Usually, it becomes a an approximation of framing, based on experience, and well, blind luck. The Nikon D5000 has taken care of that with the articulated screen. No, it’s not the first camera to do that, but the first one […]

Weekly Giveaway – onOne Plug-in Suite: Plenty of tools all in one package

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

We’re going to start the Dec. giveaways big! First up is a great package of plug-ins for Photoshop, from onOne Software: Plug-In Suite 4 : Professional Edition We are huge fans of this company (they made the DSLR Remote Control for the iPhone) and have packaged a solid group of programs that will make your […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide 2009 – Let’s get ready to ruuuummble!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Sure , it’s been a ..different kind of a year. Fine, we won’t sugar coat it: it’s been darn rugged. The new economy is getting old, and we are spinning twice as fast for half as much. Well, almost. There is still this time of year though, that encourages you to spend some of that […]

This is not an empty shell : Redux

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

( This article was first posted on Nov. 27th 2008. It still feels the same.) [photopress:MagrittePipe.jpg,thumb,alignright] Not like “This is not a pipe” (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) the famous painting by Magritte. Nothing like that. Instead it’s a bit of thanksgiving memory that has a photo of an object as it’s touch point. [photopress:shell2.jpg,full,alignright] […]

ThinkTank Photo Helps the Transition With New Multimedia bags

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Are you ready to give multimedia a shot? You know, are you a still photographer adding motion and sound into your mix ? Assignment shooters are coming into a time where they are being required to do just that. Lets, see…. you’ll need some microphones, a digital audio, recorder, good headphones, you DSLR, and a […]

Photo Miami – Let’s Take a Fresh Look at Things

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

In a few weeks, Art Basel will be taking over the scene in Miami, and photography will, once again, get it’s own special fair amongst the many pavilions dotting the South Beach scene. After sales of art have plummeted in this new world economy, every dealer is looking for that bit of upswing that seems […]

Canon 1D Mark IV – Latest HD/ DSLR entry making news

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Only about a year after the 5D made a major mark in the HD/DSLR world, thanks in part to Vince Laforet, the folks at Canon seem to be accessing all of their video knowledge from their other divisions and implanting them into their newest DSLR’s. You have to remember that these DSLRS are still very […]

Lou Manna: Food Photographer and Judge in the Let’s Do Lunch! Photo Contest

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

We keep adding some very big stuff to the Grand Prize in the Let’s Do Lunch! photo contest. So far there is a Nikon D5000 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens , HP Notebook PC (model to be named shortly), HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One Printer , Think Tank Photo Airport International camera bag, […]

Weekly Giveaway – Photojojo gets your photos off the computer and into your life

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Actually YOU have to get them into your life, but our good friends at Photojojo have finally taken some of the best of their newsletters and website and put them all in one place: Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas Authors Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen, the folks behind Photojojo have been emailing […]

“Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” may be coming back in style

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

When the Polaroid Land camera was first around, you had to peel apart the print from the developing chemicals, and coat the B&W shots with a preservative liquid. You really did need to shake it, to dry the coating. Ok, maybe you didn’t HAVE to, but you did it, anyway. And a part of popular […]

Nikon D3s: And now, a look at it on video.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Here is another chance to look at the new Nikon D3s at PhotoPlus Expo 2009 We had it in our hands a coupla weeks ago and wish we still had it. Click here for some of the sample images from our shoot. Nothing like a little youtube video to make us nostalgic for that night […]

Feel the Need For Speed? Lexar has new 600x media cards for you!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Ahhh, nothing like saving all of that money on film, not to mention the processing. And all of the DSLRs have such huge file sizes that your photographs can go poster size, no problem. Using those media cards again and again, has saved you untold thousands,right? May have even changed how you shoot. Those cards […]

Shot in the Dark: Now possible with the new Nikon D3s / Real World Review – Part 1

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The other night in NYC, Nikon took a bunch of us over to a secret location to have a few hours with the new Nikon D3s. As we had a bite to eat in Mid-Town Manhattan, they kept the “test facility” identity under wraps. We walked onto the street and only a few blocks from […]

Weekly Giveaway – A camera you can wear!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

There has been an incredible amount of press lately on the resurgence of Polaroid film, specifically the SX-70 type, including the reintroduction of the camera. A group called The Impossible Project, has been working diligently to re-introduce the famed film packs and systems. After Polaroid decided to cease production, this group acquired the film making […]

Day 2 PhotoPlus Expo: Softer crowds, deeper digging

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Been another day at the Javits Center and have doing a huge amount of video taping of the new products to get you a front row seat for all of the new photo goods we could get to. Honestly, they are some long days, the dogs are barking so we’ll be posting some pics for […]

Day 1 at PhotoPlus Expo 2009: Crazy busy on the trade show floor

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Beautiful day in NYC and we heard it was in the 70s! Nice. Of course we were inside all day at the Javits center checking out some of the newest gear. And we weren’t alone. By the size of the crowd at PhotoPlus Expo, and the lines at any dealers booth that was selling, and […]

Go ahead, tell the nice people what you’d like!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

And we mean it. Adobe Lightroom is releasing their latest public Beta version, 3, and they want to know what you’d like. They are calling this a medium-rare version, as they’d like to give the folks that use this program a bit of time to be heard and get the tools they really want in […]

Weekly Giveaway – Thomas Allen puts the pieces together in a whole new way.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Photographer Thomas Allen prefers to see things just as he likes, not as he finds them. Of course he gets some help from classically illustrated pulp novels. It’s unique process, as he lives far from a city in Michigan, scouring through online book stores to see where the proper visual elements may come from. He […]

Nikon D3s – Fast/Quiet/ HD Video/Crazy High ISO : We’ll Take it!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The rumor mills have been swirling, as everyone in the photo world has been waiting for Nikon to make it’s 800 lb gorilla move into a pro DSLR with HD Video capability. Well, it just entered the room. The Nikon D3s with an incredible ISO capability that carries over from stills AND video (how about […]

Weekly Giveaway – Who Doesn’t Like Choices?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Everybody likes to have a choice. This week we’ll be offering the the winning entry, their choice of 4 pretty cool photo prizes. Sure, we have a gift box, where we gather goods through the year that we think you may dig. Of course, new stuff always catches our eye, and opportunities arise where we […]

Photoshop.com Mobile – Yes, It’s an App.

Monday, October 12th, 2009

We knew that eventually, the big companies would be here. Lots of great smaller developers are creating some amazing mobile software for photographers. We applaud them and download them. You do know that you don’t have to suffer through the ATT phone misery, right? With a stand alone iTouch you can download apps to your […]

The Summer Project – You Have to Plan Early

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Sure, it may say “Summer” and you think you have a lot of time, but this stuff is planned far in advance. The Foley Gallery has this great concept for a Summer exhibition. The deadline is supposed to be o Oct. 15th, but we just spoke with the organizer and they will be able to […]

Weekly Giveaway – XRite ColorChecker Passport: Yeah, you want this.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

There is no excuse not to get the true color of your photographs. At least as your starting point. How about we help make it easier for you? This weeks giveaway is an XRite ColorChecker Passport, one of the best tools we’ve seen to get the job done. Easy to carry, can be used in […]

Weekly Giveaway – Irving Penn could be coming to your house!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

We mean of course, in the form of a catalog of the recent show now appearing at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A short bit ago, we wrote about the exhibit, and felt that it is proof of realization of a promise made to the photo and fine art community, years ago. They are […]

Real World Review – XRite ColorChecker Passport -This Goes Right in the Bag !

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

(This just in: Xrite is holding a free webinar on the best way to use the ColorChecker passport. 2 times to sign up for and it’s free. We love it when manufacturers help you use their products! See you Online!) It’s about workflow. And the right color. How do you know it’s the right color? […]

We Found Some Real Gold! TV show from the early 80’s – “Talk About Pictures”

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

And of course you can imagine what it’s all about. In a simple Interview format, ala Charlie Rose, Life Photographer Leigh Wiener and photo enthusiast and perennial sidekick, George Fenneman, interviewed photographers and talked about their work for 130 episodes of an Emmy Award winning program. While on a set, we met the son of […]

Part Three – Come for the Finale, Stay for the Credits

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

We’d like to thank Chris Weeks for giving us the opportunity to share this very cool series with you. At the end of this video you’ll see the credits for the series. Always a good thing. And we’ll be giving you a closer look at the gear he uses, and find out why, in our […]

Real World Review – Lowepro Toploader Pro 75

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The real world this camera bag lives in and our would are, honestly 2 different things. What we mean is that Lowepro, who is truly the leader in outdoor, backpacking camera bags, and has been for many years, has produced a bag that lives best on the trail, in our opinion. Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 […]

DSLR Remote from onOne: a $20 bit of Real Magic

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Seriously. We were working on an article about tethered shooting, when this came along. Tethered shooting; you know, where your camera is USB connected to your computer, and as you shoot, the photographs get displayed on your computer monitor, be it laptop or desktop. Very handy to see what the heck you have, and let […]

Collision,Convergence/ Po-TAY-toh, Po-TAH-toh, It all comes down to the same thing

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

You will be spending more money. Oh yeah, sounds great, right? As still cameras gain acceptance as HD video cameras, you really have to look at the whole picture (sorry) and what that means to you in gear purchases, coming your way. This collision or convergence of mediums, will affect you shooters out there. HO, […]

Weekly Giveaway – Nikon takes you to lighting school….

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

…for about 2.5 hours on this very solid DVD with Bob Krist and Joe McNally (yep,there he is again), Nikon School Presents A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lighting We love it when the manufacturers take it upon themselves to teach you about the products they sell. No, really. Yes, they are promoting their products, but […]

“We are stardust, we are golden”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Sound a little like a line from a song out of the 60’s? Yep, it is. Woodstock it is, my friends, and on this 40th Anniversary of that event, you cannot miss the images or the tributes. Or how about a movie based on the actual event? Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee opens this […]

Weekly Giveaway – Joe McNally’s “Faces of Ground Zero”, OOP

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

You may know Joe McNally from his speedlight adventures on the Strobist, or teaching his methods for getting some great photojournalistic shots. Quite honestly, our first encounter with Mr. McNally’s work was an exhibit at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles of his massive over life sized, Polaroid portraits of the Faces of Ground Zero. […]

Emilio Morenatti, POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Seriously Injured in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

You don’t usually get a chance to meet the photojournalists that cover the atrocities of war. Most of the time they are on the front lines covering the event, or hanging in the local hospitals finding out where the most dangerous areas are. And then going in and getting the most harrowing looking images you […]

Weekly Giveaway – Keith Carter Documentary by Anthropy Arts

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This one was actually a surprise entry, as we already had another item ready for you, but the good folks at Anthropy Arts felt one of you should have a free copy of the Keith Carter DVD. We like that. So, we’ve told you a bit about this item and the rest of the series, […]

Anthropy Arts brings you some of the finest photography documentaries

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

We have the pleasure of watching most of the DVD’s made of biographies of photographers. From the 10 min. quickie hits of the Contacts series to the PBS versions of insights into an artists life, such as the Contacts series Our shelves are filled with a few hundred of these, as we collect what may […]

Oscar Winning, Beautiful and a Talented Photographer : Jessica Lange is honored by the George Eastman House

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

When you hear about an actors passions other than what they are famous for, you may sometimes wonder: is it the fame that legitimizes the other endeavors? Or, in the case of Jessica Lange, can you look at her photographs and be fully objective on their merit ? Quite honestly, we feel that there will […]

Real World Review – Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Can we say they have the coolest camera gear website? Sure, we can, Because they do. And the recent revise makes it easy for you to check out their products in all kinds of ways. Now we’ve said it before: most photogs have a variety of camera bags based on the need of the shoot. […]

NIkon introduces new point and shoots. How about a touch screen and a projector built right into your camera??

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

OK, these guys at Nikon have been very, very busy. We had the DSLR’s announced last week, and now this new line-up of Coolpix point and shoots. And some pretty amazing cameras, with features we did not expect. First up is the S1000pj, and the pj doesn’t stand for pajamas. We were blown away when […]

Weekly Giveaway – Gorillapod Redux: This time we go bigger!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

( At the end of the article we have a special 20% discount code for you if you’d like to go ahead and purchase one of these from the manufacturer. ) Thanks for the great response last week on the Gorillapod giveaway. Heck, I just used one this weekend for a shoot to hold a […]

Hard Drives will fail. Not if, but when.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Sorry, but this is not really new news. Those spinning plates holding your precious data, and yes, I mean photographs, will only really spin for so long. That’s why we are always advocating a good back up plan. As does everyone else in the industry. OK, that’s the info, what are some other methods to […]

Nikon Releases info on D300s and introduces a new Model in the line-up, the D3000, *PLUS*, new 70-200mm FX Lens + the 18-200 mm DX gets a slight revise!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Ready? Here we go with some topline on some Nikon new releases!- First up, there is an update on the D300 now called the D300s with HD video capabilities, plus external audio recording, AND auto focus in video mode. Utilizes that awesome Nikon 51 point focus system. Dual card slots (CF and SD) allows you […]

Weekend Wanderings

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Summer time usually brings a galleries “permanent collection” out from storage, as many folks aren’t staying inside looking and purchasing art. But there are always some gem events out there that get you out of the flip-flops, and shift your mind set. This weekend in Los Angeles, there were 2 events that we attended on […]

Weekly Giveaway / Real World Review- Gorillapods that have to be in your bag.

Friday, July 24th, 2009

( At the end of the article we have a special 20% discount code for you if you’d like to go ahead and purchase one of these from the manufacturer. ) You have seen these devices, we’re sure. Interconnected ball joints, topped with a platform that lets you connect almost anything; heads, cameras, flash units, […]

Weekly Giveaway – 2 Masters, 1 Book

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This has got to be one of our new favorite books. Photographing America: Henri Cartier-Bresson / Walker Evans is on the coffee table and in 2 days, has been opened about 6 times. Actually, that’s a lot in a short time. Now , this is a book we first found in Paris last fall, while […]

Scott Kelby Photowalk 2009- Chinatown, Los Angeles

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

On Saturday July 18th, 2009 there were 913 separate photowalks taking place globally. What the heck is a photowalk Well, you take a group of like minded folks, photographers in this case, assemble them, and together, you walk along a prescribed path taking photographs, socializing, discussing gear, sharing images, and generally hanging out with a […]

Canon D10 – Real World Review : Don’t be Afraid Of The Water!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

We recently put our hands on the latest entry into the Canon Point and Shoot line-up, the PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera . Touting underwater capabilities, plus cold weather resistance, and a bit of a shockproof housing, they had our attention. Since summertime is here, the first line of fun is the pool. […]

Julius Shulman – 1910-2009

Friday, July 17th, 2009

We lost one of the masters on Weds. Night., July 15th, 2009 At 98 years old “One Shot “ Shulman, never stopped. Never stopped shooting, (he photographed the new Annneberg Space for Photography this spring) and never stopped touching the lives of so many people. His subjects were the Modernism architecture of people like Neutra […]

Free, for lack of a better word, is Good! Reeaaly Good.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Good morning. Welcome to your free software Weds. For 24 Hours Only, Light Crafts Offers Consumers the Gift of Aurora for Free Palo Alto, Calif. – July 15, 2009 – Light Crafts today announced several updates to Aurora, its powerfully simple photo editing, organizing, sharing and storing software, including the addition of two photo editing […]

Weekly Giveaway – The Industry Disgrace

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

When you’re carrying around a heavy duty camera and a solid piece of glass on your shoulders all day, you could uses break. Sure it’s cool to declare your camera manufacturer allegiance on the strap, although haven’t you already done that with the camera? It’s time for relief. From 1st hand experience, this Industry Disgrace […]

Annenberg Space for Photography wins again with 2nd exhibit

Friday, July 10th, 2009

“You have to see things other people don’t want to see. You have to do your job” Colin Crawford, Director of Photography Los Angeles Times And that job has been examined and celebrated in the second exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the new photographic jewel in the crown of Los Angeles. A joint […]

Weekly Giveaway – This one is easy – “The Americans” by Robert Frank

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Yesterday I did a pre-walk around Chinatown getting ready for the July 18th Global Photowalk. A little Dim Sum, some conversation, and a bit of GPS photowork. I know, a slow Sunday. While downtown, no visit is complete without a walk around some of the available art. And now at MOCA is an exhibit of […]

Shooting Fireworks – Some Tips Other Than “Don’t Hold Them In Your Hand”

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

(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 […]

Always blend your resources, because sometimes Brick & Mortar just works!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

It’s nothing new really. I do shop for a ton of things on-line. But major camera gear, I like to put my hands on and have a brick & mortar store standing behind it. Plus the ease of servicing. With books, it’s usually a different matter. Amazon is always the first choice, as the deal […]

What’s in my bag?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Well, whenever I travel, as in fly, I have to pack tight, light and right. The gear that goes has to be rugged, have a purpose and many times, have some back-up. On this last trip, since stills are always a part of the deal, and video gets packed in there too, a hybrid pack […]

Weekly Giveaway – It gave us those nice, bright colors.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

“So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away” Paul Simon Yeah, I know, everyone has been referencing this song. Maybe because it’s easy. Mostly because it was true. A good friend of mine was the photographer for a major global advertising account, that shot in every exotic location you could imagine. And every possible light condition […]

Drawing to a close…

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

It has been an amazing week of screening work, checking it online, powerful seminars with the smartest people on the planet, and seeing our friends from previous years, at the 2009 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Toss that all together onto the Riviera, and you have a pretty solid festival. Even with the numbers down both […]

Day 3 at the Cannes Lions Ad Fest

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Well , we are seeing the crowds beat a steady rhythm around the Palais (fancy term for the convention center) flocking to, and exiting, the seminars en masse. And you can see the seminars for yourself, for free, @ canneslions.com. A first for this event. And you should take advantage of it, just for the […]

And the crowds appeared like magic….

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

..to the 2nd day of screenings and seminars at the Cannes Lions Ad Festival! The crowds came into the Palais to check out the shortlist for the print/ poster/and outdoor awards, and managed to fill the space nicely. People were in at 9:00AM sharp to see who made the cut. this is a fraction of […]

Into every life, a little rain must fall…..

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

……or least into Cannes. It’s been pouring for a few hours here, but not many of the delegates got wet. Why? Well, for one thing, attendance is trimmed way back this year, at the Cannes Lions Adfest 2009. I heard almost 40% . And the entries are also down for the most part, but the […]

This may sound crazy, but……

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We have found that some of our readers have traveled through the site but many don’t know how deep we go. And we keep trying to hear what you like and deliver. So we created this video, kinda walking into the site and checking the reources. Sure, share it with your friends and fellow photogs. […]

The roar of the Lion, the smell of the gutter bar.

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

OK, day one at the Cannes Lions Ad festival. well, almost day one. Night one is more like it. a favorite watering hole, soon to be overrun by ad folk. You don’t have to work in advertising to know that the ad industry has been affected by the “new” economy, like every one else. But […]

Weekly Giveaway- You want Naked Hollywood or Naked Bugs? It’s all 3D to us!

Friday, June 19th, 2009

You may have realized by now if you are a regular reader here, that we love 3D. Remember this article? All kinds. Stereopticons, Lenticular, Anaglyph, film, still, with special glasses, without special glasses, fried, sauteed, or steamed. And Hollywood does too. They know that one of the premium theater experiences that you cannot get at […]

“Forget it, Jake. It’s .. Chinatown”. And we’re going to check it out on a Photowalk

Monday, June 15th, 2009

One of the all time classic lines delivered to Jack Nicholson at the end of the movie “Chinatown”. On July 18th, 2009, we are leading a Photowalk there, joining simultaneous photowalks all over the world. Scott Kelby and NAPP are running this second annual event, and there is a good chance there will be one […]

Some simple, useful tools. Good AND cheap!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Check out what the pros use. Every time we go to an event our eyes are on the photogs to see what they use to get the money. The right stuff. The real deal. the gear. The goods. We ask questions too. And we have found a couple of items that are pretty easy to […]

“Side by Side” by Debbie Zeitman

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

One of our frequent contributors, Debbie Zeitman, has a global proposition for you: read on: © Debbie Zeitman We often come to Photoinduced to learn of great gadgets and read insightful reviews, to have our eyes nudged to others’ work for awe and inspiration and to learn behind-the-scene tricks. But how about a little kick […]

And now, a word from the SmogRanch

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Another installment from one of our favorite writers/photographers, Daniel Milnor “Polaroids” fake of course. So a few weeks ago I wrote a long post about tilt-shift lenses and how I thought they were basically a gimmick that made just about any image look good. I never posted the post, but I’m still thinking about it. […]

The Suit Jacket Camera, Real World Review – The Easy Way

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

We told you what the goal was here: find a good enough point and shoot camera, to carry in a suit jacket. So bulky, or sticky-outy (technical term meaning “protruding from the main camera body” ) lenses need not apply. Whether you are out with your buddies, or at an more elegant affair. Or maybe […]

You knew we’d get here eventually, right?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

We’re talking about the video portion of our program. The video you make with your still camera. No we’re not going to go to the D90 and Canon Rebel series. Yet. And the 5D MKII will have to wait. Let’s start small. And relatively accessible for the wallet. Add video in your pocket. While we […]

Weekly Giveaway – Back it up, baby!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

If you are lying there, comfortable in the knowledge that all of your digital life is safely tucked away on your hard drive, in it’s little folder, juts waiting for you to access it, it’s time to WAKE UP! OK, sure, you have an external hard drive back up with ALL of your photos and […]

Remember that guy Barry that you took photographs of in college? His last name wasn’t Obama, was it?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Last night at the M+B gallery in Los Angeles a new exhibit opened called BARACK OBAMA: THE FRESHMAN. The photographer, Lisa Jack, a fellow student at Occidental college, photographed our future president at 20. This single roll of film, comprises this show and give a tiny, fleeting, glimpse of the man would make history. © […]

Who’s Next?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Every year I fly up to the Academy of Art to join a group of professionals in reviewing the photographic graduating class’s portfolios. We sit in a room and it is a bit like speed dating: the director of the program puts each student with a different reviewer, and shortly thereafter, calls time and they […]

Arts of Privacy – Check The Stacks

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

While attending an event at a local museum, The Hammer, we made sure to get there early to wander around and catch up on the exhibits that we had missed. One in particular struck us, not as much for the art itself, but for the concept. To wit: “The Darker Side of Light: Arts of […]

“Animalizer” and “Me So Holy” – Some New iPhone Photo Apps

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Let’s walk over to the fun side of town. That place where you can take your snaps and play around with them right on your phone. Yep, the movie hasn’t started yet, or the doctor is making you wait way too long, and you want to be productive. Or creative. Or not go to Facebook […]

Hol-ga! Hol-ga! Hol-ga!

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Somehow I’m always reminded of the scene from Animal House when they get ready to have a Toga party. It’s a chant for sure, except instead of getting wasted and wearing sheets, we’re talking about the cult classic Holga cameras. These little plastic cameras have garnered the most amazing following with Flickr sites, fan clubs, […]

Sebastiao Salgado : The Genesis Project

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

This man has a special mission and he is completing it with his photography. Perhaps you are familiar with his work as a documentary photographer and his book “Workers”. You may have just come to know him through his most recent work, “Africa” The intensity of the images included in these tomes is matched by […]

M is for the Many Things She Gave Me

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

This article is being reprinted from a posting last year. Today, as it’s Mother day, I felt it was a fitting post in her honor. And remember to honor your mother, in what ever way you see fit.

Brad Elterman – Like It Was Yesterday

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Back in the 70’s, the hot culture in Los Angeles was full of music, celebrities, parties, and wannabe’s. Wait….whats different? OK, not much. However, photographers get to archive and represent for their time. If they are good, they can tell a story of what it was like “back then”. He calls himself a paparazzo, but […]

Small, Discreet, And Worthy

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

We are on a hunt. Oh, sure, we love the DSLR and the glass. Huge files, big zoom, lotta sensor, and technology that can shoot an assignment using algorithms used to make mathematicians weep, in the firm grip of your hands. mmmmmmmm…… But life won’t always let you bring that tool into play. Circumstances may […]

As Real As It Gets: Wyatt Neumann

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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 […]

Can You Be Taught To See?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

As a photography student at Ryerson in Toronto, one of our textbooks was John Szarkowski’s “Looking At Photographs”. C’mon. I know what I see, and how I feel about it. Either I am affected or not. I look at photographs all the time. Right? Au contrere, this arrogant, young, student found out. Grasshopper needed a […]

From Our Friend At The Old SmogRanch

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

He calls them rants, or musings, or a personal perspective. We just dig the voice. Just Hangin w/ Daniel Milnor So I volunteered today, most of the day, over at the somewhat local darkroom. I planned on printing a little, just playing around with split toning, which I THINK I have an idea how to […]

Weekly Giveaway – The Wonderful World of Color!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

And we’re talking about some rich color. Tri-Color, Pigment Printing. Known as Carbro prints, these vivid images were made popular by a very few photogs. The expense for each print was a prohibitive $150. per. Of course, that was in the 1920’s. In my college days, studying the various print processes was part of the […]

Smart AND Cool: Crumpler Camera Bags Add A Few New Notes

Monday, April 27th, 2009

At the last major gathering of photographic manufacturers in Vegas, we checked in with the folks at Crumpler, to see how they may have improved on the cool factor of their well made camera bags. They did it with a couple swift moves. First of all, they have a sweet velcro “silencer” that has now […]

Squeeze As Much As You Can Out Of The Experience

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Actually , you should be doing that with every part of your life, but today lets just talk about the slightly sedate experience of visiting a museum. Oh, sure, you walk around, maybe get a “gut hit” from a few pieces, or recognize work from advertising that promoted the show. A little snack, a visit […]

It IS Easy Being Green!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Sorry Kermit, but we have to disagree with your famous lament about how hard it is to be green. There are too many ways to be aware and do our part for the planet. And if you’re reading this, chances are you are already doing it, by choosing photography as your medium of choice. With […]

Weekly Giveaway – It’s Brand New And We’re Giving Away 10!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Today, a company called Light Crafts, introduced a new online photo editing system, called Aurora. Now this company also has a product called Light Zone, aimed at the pro and pro-sumer, but this new deal has got some features that will make your social networking life look a little bit better. o Visual photo editing: […]

It’s Kinda Like Working Out: You’ll Know When You Need To Do It

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Nobody likes to find repeated marks on their digital photos. You know, maybe the sky has some weird pattern of small cloud puffs that could have been made by a sky writer…but weren’t? And there is a reason most manufacturers of DSLR, on all levels of their lines, have some sort of sensor cleaner built […]

A History Passed Down

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Laura Oles is one of our favorite writers in photography. Although we have posted articles before to her page on this site, we didn’t want you to have to search for this one. Your Living Library By Laura Oles There are few things that can touch the soul more deeply than gazing at a picture […]

Lowepro Updates to 2 Solid Designs

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Last month at PMA, we met with a TON of manufactures and have just been sifting through all of the info to pass on to you. And the video. Look, we know that before you can make a solid purchase, you want all of the info. Take a look around the item. Kick the tires, […]

FYI- Nikon Has A New DSLR Baby – D5000

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

OK, just announced yesterday was the new D5000 by Nikon, with over 12 megapixels, face recognition, HD video record at 720p, @ 24 FPS, an ISO range of 100-6400 ( using Hi and Lo settings), some pretty in-camera retouch features including a soft filter effect , which promises to soften a scene or just a […]

The Streets Belonged To Her – Helen Levitt: 1913 – 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Helen Levitt, one of the best street shooters we’ll ever see, passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 95. And it didn’t seem like she ever stopped shooting in her long life. You’ve no doubt seen some of her work. Perhaps this shot of kids in their Halloween costumes. New York, […]

Don’t Play With Your Food…Shoot It!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Ah yes, the sweet, manufactured colors of the delectable Easter candies, called Peeps. Shaped like abstract baby chicks or simplified rabbits, these sugar encrusted, basket fillers, have made their way into the collective unconscious. We have even seen a TV documentary on the making of Peeps. Not really a food, but a filler. Once you’ve […]

The Annenberg Space for Photography’s Thursday Night Specials Continue!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Yes, the hottest new place for photography in LA, Annenberg Space for Photography, just opened on March 27th, with 11 photographers from Los Angeles, featured. It’s free, parking is way cheap ($1.00 for evening events, $3.50 during the day) and not only is there a brilliantly curated standing exhibit, there is a study area with […]

Photographs of Photographers With Their Iconic Photographs: Tim Mantoani -Behind Photographs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

That is kind of the concept behind this beautifully shot series of 20×24 polaroid photographs. Tim Mantoani has gathered the current biggest names in fine art, photojournalism, commercial, sports, nature, music and everything else, and had them pose with thier most iconic images. Douglas Kirkland posing with the photo of him with his Marilyn Monroe […]

Weekly Giveaway – Tool for the Strobist

Monday, April 6th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you some items from David Honl’s line of light shapers, distributed by expoimaging. Basically for those using speedlights, which is basically ALL of us at some point, you really want to use the light in a better way perhaps, than just opening up the floodgates. Sure, you can […]

Month of Photography Los Angeles Projects A Solid Run

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Last Saturday night the folks behind the Lucie Awards, the Oscars of Photography, debuted their latest love letter to photography: MOPLA, or Month of Photography in Los Angeles. With 2 galleries exhibiting work, B+ spinning ,and libations flowing long and strong, the celebration got a solid turnout at Bergamot Station, with the crowds maneuvering to […]

Thank you all. We were named #40 in the Top 100 Photo Sites in USA TODAY article!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

This site has always strived to build a community, share what we’ve seen, and review what we’ve found in the world of photography. [photopress:WEB100_badge2.jpg,full,alignright] On Friday, there was an article in USA Today, linking to a list of the top sites in photography. Our ranking of #40 in a field of 100 of some of […]

There’s Must Be A Pony In Here, Somewhere!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

There once was a young boy, who was so upbeat and optimistic and everything, it actually had his parents very concerned. What would happen to him as he grew up and started to engage with the bleak realities of the real world? Would he be prepared to deal with the truth of the ups and […]

Weekly Giveaway – Flash Drive With Cool Factor : Magic * Luck * Friendship

Friday, March 27th, 2009

While cruising around the trade show floor at SXSW last week, we came upon one of the coolest tools we’ve seen in awhile. We all have to carry around a flash drive, whether we need to transfer files from one computer to another, or perhaps carry around a presentation in your pocket. (Don’t go there, […]

The Annenberg Space For Photography Is Days Away

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We are very happy that the Annenberg Foundation loves photography. A lot. They have created this unique new space in Los Angeles, the Annnenberg Space for Photography, that has gone way beyond a simple exhibition building. [photopress:annenberg_8.jpg,full,centered] Of course what they have done with 10,000 sq is amazing. What could have become a simple box, […]

A Toast To The Cadre Of Photographers Covering SXSW

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

At every major event you can see them laden down with the bags of gear, strobe frames, wrists and necks full of badges, laminates, and passes. Even the cameras had their own tags [photopress:_1507.jpg,full,centered] When you are watching music, they get the 1st row access (at least for 3 songs), at the conferences, they are […]

The Techies Fly Out And The Skinny Jeans Fly In

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Austin is now seeing the changing of the guard: The Interactive portion of SXSW has ended, [photopress:_SXS1987.jpg,full,centered] Hooking up in the Blogger Lounge [photopress:_SXS1971.jpg,full,centered] Chris Anderson, writer of the Long Tail the film continues, [photopress:_SXS1754.jpg,full,centered] Robert Rodriguez filled the room with indie filmmakers [photopress:_SXS1820.jpg,full,centered] Rose McGowan with happy fan As in all film festivals, though, […]

Can I Get That Blended, Please?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The visual media has been fully ramped during SXSW this week. We have seen more image capturing devices in one place in ever before. But where do all the images go? Shared with friends on a social networking platform, emailed, print pubs, or maybe just on a site like this. This is becoming the norm. […]

SXSW Is Being Transmitted By Every Means Possible!

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Seriously, we have seen more folks twittering, shooting stills, rocking Flip Mino’s, emailing, texting, and yep, good old fashioned pen to paper, getting the word out about the events at SXSW. And we’ll admit that, although we have been tweeting, the posts have been slower. The days have been starting at 10 AM and downloading […]

Honl Light Modifiers and RayFlash Ringlight – A Video Demo

Monday, March 9th, 2009

While we trooped the floors of a slightly smaller PMA last week, there were a ton of products to still check out and we’ll be giving you a look at some of what we felt was the best of the bunch. Coincidentally, David Honl, photographer & inventor, was on our flight to Vegas and we […]

New Site Sketches from the Annenberg Space for Photography

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

As we await the opening of this very cool new edition to the landscape of Photography in Los Angeles on March 27th, 2009, they are few things we can show you. However, below are 2 views the artists rendering of the interior space. Check that lens iris ceiling. [photopress:Rendering_of_Digital_Gallery_1_.JPG,full,centered] [photopress:Rendering_of_Digital_Gallery_Opposite_Side.JPG,full,centered] [photopress:MOPLA_logo_home.jpg,full,alignright] Time to book your […]

Frazer Harrison – On The Red Carpet

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Tonight, the stars will be seen by million of people around the world, whether they are nominated for an Oscar or not. But before they get to their seats, before the cameras zoom into their faces to catch the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, they will run the gauntlet of the Red […]

Willa and David Mamet – Simply Told

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

There is an incredible French restaurant in Santa Monica called “Michaels” Located just off the promenade, this spot has been a classic mainstay in Los Angeles, renown for outstanding culinary delights, with Michael McCarty as your host. We were invited to an exhibit of photographs there, opening tonight. Who knew that this excellent restaurant had […]

The Reigning Master of Celebrity Photography – Annie Leibowitz

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Sure there are others, but Annie Leibowitz is the undisputed, reigning leader in the world of celebrity portraits. From her years shooting the creme de la creme in rock & roll, to her mastery capturing the essence of the most powerful people in the world, she is the best we have right now. And we […]

And The Dynasty Continues……….

Friday, February 6th, 2009

In the world of photography, we really don’t have a lot of familial passing of the art. However, the Weston family has shown that their 3 generations of photographers have maintained the dedication and fine artistry of the patriarchal master himself, Edward Weston. In this first time exhibition at the Duncan Miller Gallery, Kim Weston, […]

Weekly Giveaway – The Flame of Recognition: Edward Weston

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

The Daybooks of Edward Weston was an inspirational book in my teens, and made me want to hit into the wild with a view camera, lunch and the sweet wait for the right light. It never happened. I grew older and reread the books and realized what they held was not a call to action, […]

If You Are Not Happy With Your Digital Prints, Remember GIGO

Monday, December 8th, 2008

We can talk for days here about why you should print your photographs. And we have. We know that a lot of folks are somewhat disappointed with the results they get in their digital darkrooms, no matter what printer they are using. There is a reason for that. GIGO. Or “garbage in, garbage out”. If […]

Weekly Giveaway – Annie Leibowitz At Work

Monday, November 17th, 2008

You’ve seen so many of Annie Leibowitz’s photographs in your life, perhaps sometimes without knowing it. Her coverage and depiction of the people of her generation and yours, has created a body of work that speaks to a style of image making she has created all for herself. There have been documentaries, traveling exhibits, and […]

With a Sense of W. Eugene Smith, Andre Hermann’s Images Will Touch You

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

It’s a bold statement to compare someone to W. Eugene Smith. But when Andre Hermann brought his work to the reviewing table at the Academy of Art, and showed his 10 images, I was emotionally sucker punched. It was not just the situation of the subject, Garrett, it was the way his story was told. […]

3-D comes roaring back on the big screen.

Monday, April 9th, 2007

It’s in all of the papers. 3-D movies are about to become the savior of the theater experience. You see, it’s the only movie experience that you can’t get at home. Well not entirely true. Here is a company with a bunch of 3D movies including one directed by none other than Francis Ford Coppola. […]

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