Month: March 2009

Shooting a Feature FIlm With the Canon 5D Mark II

Shooting a Feature FIlm With the Canon 5D Mark II: Challenges and Ingenious Workarounds

Disney and his crew had to figure out how to workaround a few of the 5D Mark II’s most annoying limitations for filmmakers: no manual control over exposure settings during capture, and a lack of an efficient focusing system while shooting.

Still, the use of fast lenses coupled with the great sensor gives the film a great look.

[via Edward McKeown]

Helen Levitt, pioneer of street photography in New York dies

Helen Levitt, Who Froze New York Street Life on Film, Is Dead at 95

Ms. Levitt captured instances of a cinematic and delightfully guileless form of street choreography that held at its heart, as William Butler Yeats put it, “the ceremony of innocence.”

Capturing Little Dramas With a Click; Helen Levitt’s Pictures Speak for Themselves
Helen Levitt Slide show at Lens Culture
Helen Levitt’s Indelible Eye (NPR post and interview).

[via Gary Sharp]

In Point Lobos, Where Edward Weston Saw the World Anew

In Point Lobos, Where Edward Weston Saw the World Anew

If American modernist photography can be said to have a spiritual birthplace that can still be visited, it’s his home on Wildcat Hill in Carmel Highlands where he lived off and on from 1938 until his death in 1958. Many of the Weston photographs that now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars were printed here. What’s more, his commanding series of seascapes and landscapes were taken only a few miles from the front door, at what is now the Point Lobos State Reserve.

Interactive feature with images: The California Coast Through Edward Weston’s Lens.

Edward Weston is one of my all-time favorite photographers, from landscape to seaweed to pretty much anything he shot, his eye for composition as well as his ability to make spectacular prints makes him among the greatest photographers ever.

[via Dmitri Von Klein]

MagCloud, solution in search of a problem?

Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick

Use any page layout software, mark up a multi-page magazine, save it to PDF, upload to MagCloud and they’ll print a full color magazine for you at .20 per page.

Making a Magazine with MagCloud

To me, the great thing about this service isn’t this part of the process, although it’s pretty darned good, it’s the fact that you only have to make one at a time to get that pricing. And, you can make the magazine available for others to buy online through MagCloud. So, this is a great process coupled with print on demand.

I have yet to use it but it’s on my list for sure and I’ve bought many publications through them to see what the printing looks like. It’s quite good. Is it good enough for a photographic portfolio? I’m not sure but it might be if you use trial and error to get your processing just right for the printing process.

The barrier for casual users or experimenters is desktop publishing or layout: one has to actually put together the document and that takes some time. In this world of instant gratification and one click web sites the time and focus necessary to put a decent document together may be a bit of a hurdle for some. This is why the NY times used the phrase “solution in search of a problem” to describe MagCloud. I think it’s right on the money for anyone who is willing to put a document together but will enough people do this to make it profitable?

I found out about MagCloud through Derek Powazek who uses it to publish his magazine/book Fray.