NEWS & DISCUSSION
Hasselblad Releases Phocus 2.5 for Mac with Third Party File Support
Version 2.5 allows processing of files from manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus. It also includes a host of new features, and supports common file formats such as JPEG, DNG, PNG and TIFF. The company says that the Windows version of Phocus 2.5 will be released by mid-June and will include all the latest improvements excluding support for third party files. The Mac version will be available as a free download from May 19th from Hasselblad’s website
Sean Penn Sentenced for Paparazzo Attack. Was Justice Served?
PDNPulse – David Walker – Sean Penn has been sentenced to three years of probation, 300 hours of community service and 36 hours of anger management counseling after pleading no contest to vandalism charges stemming from an incident last October in which he allegedly kicked and punched a photographer. Penn had been facing misdemeanor battery and vandalism charges, and faced up to 18 months in jail if convicted, according to an AP report . Penn’s attorney explained that fighting the charges would just distract Penn, so he “decided to accept the terms and move on.” The incident involved paparazzo Jordan Dawes, who was staking out Penn with other photographers in LA last October 4. When Penn appeared, Dawes says he began shooting video of the actor from about 50 feet away. Penn then approached Dawes, and started “kicking my legs” and “Punched me in the arm and in my camera,” Dawes told E! Online at the time. He’s said since then that he had to have knew surgery as a result of Penn’s attack. Dawes filed a civil suit against the actor, which is still pending. Another photographer at the scene caught part of the incident on video . Penn is seen approaching Dawes quickly, attempting to kick him (video grab shown here), and then chasing him across the street before retreating. Penn can be heard yelling, “Get out!” several times. The incident lasted about 30 seconds, and is more suggestive of a snarling dog chasing another dog out of his territory than a full-blown assault. What the video lacks, though, is any before or after context, and the photographer who shot it didn’t manage to capture the alleged punch to Dawes’ arm (he dropped his camera to retreat to the safety of his car instead). Nor did the video sound track capture Penn allegedly threatening to put Dawes “in a box” the next time he saw him. But given all the ambiguity, and Penn’s stiff sentence, we felt compelled to ask another paparazzo: Don’t you just have to expect to take your lumps (or kicks, or even punches) now and again, given the provocative nature of paparazzi work? Or to put it more bluntly, is Dawes a real victim, or just a cry baby?
The group discusses “when does the photographer (paparazzo) go to far?”
HBO’s True Blood to Be Shot with Canon 5D Mark IIs?
PDNPulse – Dan Havlik – First there was the much discussed season finale of Fox medical drama House , and now, it appears, that HBO’s forked-tongue-in-cheek vampire series, True Blood , may also be shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLRs. According to Cinema 5D , the crew from True Blood just borrowed two Canon 5D Mark IIs and a Red Rock Micro rig from a noted Hollywood rental house to shoot the series. It also looks like they might be using Zeiss ZE lenses. (If you have HBO money, why not?)
INTERVIEW WITH RAY MAXWELL
Frederick talks to Ray about color management.
Frederick: What should a photographer do about calibrating their system (from monitor to printer)?
Ray: I get asked this question all the time. The base-line thing you need to do is calibrate your monitor — monthly. Do it so you keep it consistence — that’s the key. Go buy a monitor calibrater. I recommend the X-Rite i1 display model 2 (about $150). The Epson printer profiles are very good and printers are harder to calibrate.
Frederick: That brings up the next question about paper and printing. Do I need to care about color if I use a third party to make my prints?
Ray: The key is the downloadable color profile from those print houses. You convert to their color space and you’re good to go.
Steve: The new crop of photographers are printing less and less. Does everyone feel the same way?
Frederick: Yes, I post my pictures on line or send it out to a local print house.
Ron: Agrees with Steve and Frederick.
Frederick: Ray, do you still print your photos or share them online?
Ray: I split it up. I do share my photos online and you can see them here. I also belong to a print making club here in town.
Frederick: The last question. When I want to send my photos to an outside printing company, I need to convert to the printer’s color space. How do I know that the red that I have in my image will match the red in the print? How do I make that perfect?
Ray: If they say they print in this color space and they send you a profile for that color space, you can switch to that color space in Photoshop and you can preview what they are going to see when they get that file from you. It won’t be perfect, but it will be much better than without a color profile.
Q: Listener Toma writes: Megapixels! There seems to be a trend towards having lots of them. But as the pixel count gets larger, the photo gets noisier. But if I have more pixels, I can average them together, and the averaging process should reduce the noise. And as a side benefit of the averaging, I should be able to get higher color resolution by averaging together the noisy values. Are there any camera and software combinations that take advantage of this idea? If so, what are the results? Is the noise reduced and does the image become better than one from a camera with the same sensor area and fewer megapixels? Link: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/brick-wall.shtml (This is an article that I wrote that addresses part of this issue) RM.
A: Ray answers: It actually does three things. It increases the noise, it reduces the dynamic range, and runs into the diffraction limits from the lenses. Toma suggested averaging the surrounding pixels to get rid of the noise. The only problem with that is you are blurring the image. You can read an article I wrote on the subject, called “Brick Wall Ahead,” at www.luminous-landscape.com. You can average out the noise if you take multiple shots but not from only one shot.
Ron: The way to get around this is to have bigger sensors or multiple sensors.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
– Frederick: Portfolio Jam (Pismo/Paso Robles) http://bit.ly/dd6ewJ and http://bit.ly/bofSPo
– Ron : Wowee portable speaker – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002YYUHIA/nothingreal
– Steve: Magnifying eye piece for your camera. Nikon DK17M
– Ray Maxwell: Adobe Photoshop CS5. The new “magical” feature is Content-Aware. This will fill out the sides of the picture.
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