Enjoyed shooting the happy couple after the wedding.
Come on into the SCV Center for Photography for your portraits. www.scvphotocenter.com
Enjoyed shooting the happy couple after the wedding.
Come on into the SCV Center for Photography for your portraits. www.scvphotocenter.com
You have read that correctly. A Fresno man purchased 2 small boxes 10 years ago for $45, negotiated down from $70 and now reports are coming in that they could be worth upwards of $200 million.
According to the story, 65 glass negatives created by Ansel Adams were believed to have been destroyed in a 1937 fire that had destroyed over 5,000 plates. The plates were created sometime between 1919 and 1935 and included his iconic locations of Yosemite and San Francisco. It is thought that Ansel had used them to teach a photography class in Pasadena and then stored them in a warehouse and never reclaimed them. The original boxes were purchased in a warehouse sale back in the early 1940′s prior to being purchased again in a garage sale in 2000.
So if you are out garage sale hunting, you never know what treasures you may come across.
The image “Beauty from Behind” shot in the studio by Mel Carll of the SCV Center for Photography won BEST OF SHOW last night at the Professional Photographers of LA County (PPLAC). The image also was Best in Class and received a Merit award as well.
The image was created while preparing for an upcoming Macro Workshop at the studio.
Review by David Saffir, instructor with SCV Center for Photography
Not too long ago I wrote a review of the Mamyia AFDIII and the Leaf 22MP back. At the time, I felt it was an excellent camera, and I still do.
In this report, I’ll cover my recent experience with another Mamiya camera and digital back: the Mamiya DF body, and the Mamiya DM56 digital back. Since space is limited on the blog, I’ll hit the high points as I see them.
Bottom line: a greatly improved, highly flexible camera body that, coupled with this digital back, delivers superb image quality. I have a few nitpicking suggestions, but overall this camera is impressive.
Dan Cuny, of Mamiya/Mac Group, came to the SCV Center for Photography in Santa Clarita and provided camera gear for us to use. We started the day with a live demo for a number of photographers from the local area, shooting still life.
The camera feels robust and well made. The viewfinder is big and bright, and the in-viewfinder indicators are easily read. We used two lenses: the 80mm f/2.8 lens supplied with the camera, and a manual-focus 120mm macro lens. The camera is very well balanced with either lens mounted. I’ve found that I can work all day without suffering undue fatigue.
The camera can be used with focal-plane, or leaf shutter lenses. Highest sync speeds are reported up to 1/1600. The DF camera body is compatible with existing 645AFD lenses.
The camera was equipped with a Mamiya DM56 digital back. This back provides excellent resolution, 12 stops of dynamic range, and true 16-bit capture. Color rendered by this back is terrific – vibrant, very accurate, and totally clean.
The large, bright screen on the back makes it easy to view images and manage the controls – although performance in direct sunlight could still be improved.
Autofocus feels appreciably faster than previous camera bodies, and reports from others who have tried this camera confirm this.
We set up a Calumet shooting table, and several monolights. We started out with high-key lighting, but switched later on to a more dramatic approach. The shooting table is ideal for this work, providing a smooth, clean translucent plexi surface that allows totally flexible light placement.
We shot with the camera tethered to a Mac Book Pro, using the provided 14-foot long Firewire 800 cable. Leaf Capture 11.3 was used to manage capture and image processing.
The Indian bowl we photographed (a personal possession of mine) was initially shot using high-key lighting, with the camera mounted on a tripod. We used a Sekonic hand-held meter to measure exposure, and a PocketWizard Plus to trigger lighting from the camera.
Note the clean contrast lines in the bowl:
And here’s a version with more directional lighting:
Note how clean the shadows are; virtually no luminance or color noise. We were using ISO 100, one step (albeit a relatively small one) above base ISO of 80.
I was quite surprised by this; conventional wisdom concerning high pixel density is that shadow noise will be significant – but not in this case. I used virtually no noise reduction in the images shown in this article – although I can’t say for sure that there isn’t some processing going on in the guts of the digital back. Regardless, performance exceeded expectations.
We also shot a still life of some sea shells. Note the rendering of subtle colors, and in the second image, the sharpness and detail. Impressive.
Later in the testing, I had the opportunity to photograph a model in a studio setting. I often use low-key, dramatic lighting in my personal work. The lighting setup was created by a friend, Ron Brewer – I tweaked it a bit, and this is the result:
The highlight/shadow transitions are clean, and free of noise. Also note the high level of detail around the eye (below). These images are not retouched, other than a basic levels/curves adjustment.
The nitpicks? The thing that bugs me the most is the location of the Auto exposure lock button – it is placed toward the outer side of the camera grip – and I found myself having to adjust my hold on the camera to reach it.
The digital back viewscreen, like just about every one out there, is very difficult to see in bright light outdoors, much less direct sun. It is, however, great in other circumstances. Don’t know if this is a solvable problem; at least Hasselblad provides an LCD view of the histogram on top of the camera grip.
And last, battery life, as with all MF digital cameras I’ve used, is less than I’d like. I realize the battery has to power the guts of the back, and the preview screen, but I’m still blasting through several batteries a day outdoors. If Nikon and Canon can make batteries that go a full day, why can’t the MF manufacturers?
Last but not least:
Say what you will about performance of high-end DSLRs, there’s still a noticeable difference between 14-bit capture and medium format 16-bit capture, in color fidelity and accuracy – and as good as DSLR lenses are now, it’s still true that MF lenses are hard to beat.
The flexibility of the camera is very good – given the sync speed, choice of shutters/lenses, software (Phase One or Leaf), and ergonomics. Whether you shoot weddings, studio, fashion, or landscapes, it’s worth a look. I haven’t shown them in this article, but the images I took on location are just as good as those provided here. (by the way, outside temps were over 100F one day!)
And a parting thought: this latest Mamiya incarnation has a new feeling of sophistication and polish that comes through
every time I pick it up. It’s a shooter’s camera.
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation from Mamiya or Mac group in exchange for writing this article.
Last week we had the Mamiya DM 56 digital back in the studio for demo. Below is a initial post from instructor and photographer David Saffir from that demo. Within the next week or so, David will post a full on review of the Mamiya package. For additional information on David Saffir, please head to his blog http://davidsaffir.wordpress.com/
I just received a demo unit of the latest Mamiya medium format camera body and the DM 56 digital back. I’ve already completed one studio shoot, and I plan to be shooting with the camera for the next several days. Look for a review of the camera and Leaf software early next week.
This is a shot of Mel Carll, of SCV Center for Photography, working with the Mamiya in-studio. We’re using a Calumet product table, and a number of studio strobe units. The camera is tethered via Firewire to a Mac Book Pro, running the latest version of Leaf Capture. Note the large on-screen preview, histogram, and other tools. A number of photographers came to the studio for the camera and software hands-on demo, conducted by Dan Cuny of Mamiya/MAC group. More on this setup soon!
We currently have 1 of our studio offices available for rent. If interested, please call Mel here at the studio for additional details…… (661) 904-2092
Includes: Private Office, internet access, tons of parking, utilities, and photo studio access time included.
Come experience the Mamiya DM56 Digital Back (56 megapixel), including a Live Demo and Hands-On Photo Shoot with SCV Center for Photography Instructor David Saffir and Dan Cuny of Mamiya, in the studio at SCV Center for Photography on Wednesday, MAY 12, 2010 starting at 10am. For additional information, please call Mel at 661-904-2092.
The SCV Center for Photography is pleased to host the famous Portland Pin-up Photographer Mike Long for a special 2 day workshop on June 13th and 14th 2010. The early-bird cost will be $299 per person until 5/15/10 and then $325 starting on 5/16/10.
Pin-up photography is the year’s hottest genre, and who better to bring your studio up to speed than
Mike Long – owner of Portland Pin-Ups and co-creator or Pindora’s Box.
This two-day, intensive photography and photoshop workshop will feature:
Live Model Shoots – including the AMAZING CHERRY DOLLFACE!
How to Promote Pin-Up photography
How to Create that “Pin-up” look and feel.
Hands-on Coaching, and
Unbelievably intensive Photoshop Demonstration and Training
The rate of $299 is an early-bird special rate and is only good thru 5/15/2010. The rate will go up to $325(USD) on 5/16/2010. Get registered now and save!
This workshop is limited to the first 30 people who register through this site. No additional seats will be added. Hotel Accommodations must be booked separately and are not the responsibility of Portand Pin-Ups or Mike Long. Mike Long and Portland Pin-Ups reserve the right to refuse registration for any reason at any time. After booking, this registration may not be cancelled and will not be refunded. You may transfer your space to another participant if needed, but the transaction for transfer is not the responsibility of Mike Long or Portland Pin-Ups. In the unlikely event that this workshop must be cancelled, you will receive a complete refund. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt. As we move closer to the workshop, you will receive more Pinned-Up information via email.
This workshop is sponsored by Mama Shan’s Digital Goodies, Friday Photo School, ShootSmarter, NoBS Photosuccess and Animoto.
Adobe has released the update to Lightroom 3 and are calling it Public Beta 2. They have added some new features that are sure to bring those who have been on the fence trying to decide is it Lightroom 3 or Aperture. Here are some of the new features in Lightroom 3 Public Beta 2 that are of interest:
As you can see, Adobe has spent some time adding features from the comments of Beta 1 and have improved the program even more. Once the program is fully release, look for SCV Center for Photography to offer our Lightroom 3 workshop to help you get up to speed on all the new features.
One-on-One Workshops by appointment only.
Too busy to schedule a class? Do you learn better one-on-one? Do you have a lot of specific questions and don't want to disrupt a classroom full of students? Then one-on-one training may be for you. Learn Photoshop, general photography and DSLR skills, composition, or flash and strobe techniques in individual workshops, custom-tailored to your needs. Available at the Center, or on-site at your corporate location. Prices start at $75/hour.
We offer a variety of Photographic Services including:
* Studio Portraits
* Special Events
* Senior Portraits
* Head Shots
* Family Location Portraits
* Product Photography
To see our Wedding and Event Photography, please check our website Mel & Company Photography for additional details.
We are located in Santa Clarita, CA
Were heading into the dog days of summer and it seems everyone is either getting ready to head out on vacation, or like me, just returning from a photography trip. I was catching up on more than 1200 emails and one in particular caught my eye, a short article talking about 5 tips to shake up your travel photography from Jim Maher. Below is the short version of that article that we hope you enjoy and helps spur some great images in the very near future:
Forget the stock photos and focus on daily life: Sometimes when we are in a beautiful place all we can think about is taking photos of the beautiful architecture, the monuments and the wonders that we travelled to see. But these things are not necessarily what gives a place its essence and its soul. Stop and think about how you feel. What is creating that feeling?
Combine the old with the new: We all want to photograph another time period. So try and seek out moments that combine the old with the new - that pay homage to the past but update it with a modern twist.
Turn your camera away from the sunset: Sunsets are beautiful, but can be cheesy. Over the course of a couple of hours, the light from a sunset will constantly change colors. Set up your tripod, relax, and take identical shots of your surroundings with the different color pallets. Frame them side by side on your wall, and they will look stunning.
Combine a simple detail shot with a great story: Shooting one single frame that says everything is a very powerful image. Finding that image may not be easy, but when you do, you will know it!
Capture the locals: It is the locals both people and animals that give most destinations their true feelings, so go out and capture them!
If a one on one workshop is more your style, we can customize one just for you. Just give us a call. And remember, SCV Center for Photography workshops make great gifts.