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Making Fashion and Beauty: An Interview with Ryan Michael Kelly

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Whether highly stylized fashion editorials or delicately balanced beauty images, Ryan Michael Kelly’s photographs share a distinctive, clean aesthetic. Originally trained as a painter, Kelly switched to photography after encountering the work of Richard Avedon and David LaChapelle. By the time he graduated from the School of Visual Arts (SVA), in 2004, Kelly had already begun building a reputation in New York’s fashion world while shooting model tests and editorials.

Over the years, Kelly has developed an impressive client base that includes Ann Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Cole Haan, Emanuel Ungaro, Nike, Maybelline, Pantene, Nordstrom, Theory, and Lord & Taylor. His editorials have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar KZ, Grazia (UK, MX), L’Officiel (ME, Ukraine), Schön!, and Vogue Nippon, among others.

Photographs © Ryan Michael Kelly

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Cory Rice: You went from school straight into shooting fashion commercially. What was that transition like?

Ryan Michael Kelly: When I graduated from SVA I was doing a ton of model tests and those led to editorials. Model agents started talking to photo agents about me. I signed with an agency the summer right after I graduated. It was kind of interesting because I didn’t really work with assistants before then. I remember when I signed with the agency, my first job was for Vanity Fair Italia. While I was setting up my lights I got a phone call: “Where are you?! We’ve been looking for you!” When I told them what I was doing they said, “Your assistant should be setting up your lights!”—but I didn’t have an assistant. My roommate at the time was assisting Ellen von Unwerth and Bettina Rheims, so he stepped up and helped me on a couple of shoots. It took a while for me to relax about setting up, and focus on doing the things that I was expected to do, like talking to the client about what we were shooting.

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Podcast: Photoville 2017

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This week, we took our mics and questions to Photoville, the free nine-day photography festival held in in the shadow of the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge. With exhibitions held in re-purposed shipping containers and on fences throughout the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, not only does Photoville offer a variety of incredible photography series, but it integrates seamlessly into its urban home. In its sixth year, Photoville Brooklyn has grown to include evening programming, lectures, panels, and workshops. Photoville, founded and run by United Photo Industries, has expanded to seven cities with plans for three more in 2018.

The wealth of visual storytelling at Photoville is impressive—in our afternoon visit we saw exhibitions from every corner of the world, touching on the important issues of our day, and passing through all photographic genres. While there, we spoke with several photographers and curators about their work, as well as Photoville co-founder Laura Roumanos. Join our conversations with Daniella Zalcman of Women Photograph on their exhibition “Insider/Outsider,” with Sergeant John Martinez of the United States Marine Corps, about the series “Battles Won,” and with the Director of Photography of The Player’s Tribune, Nate Gordon. We also speak with Rachel Dennis and Julie Winokur, of Talking Eyes Media, about their multimedia exhibit “Newest Americans,” organized in coordination with the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University, Newark, and the VII Photo Agency.

Photography festivals and workshops are a gift to photographers and non-photographers alike. Join us as we find inspiration and motivation from the incredible image-makers found at Photovilleand, if you are in New York, check out all the exhibitions and activities yourself, from September 21-24, 2017.

Guests: Laura Roumanos, Daniella Zalcman, Nate Gordon, Sgt. John Martinez, and Rachel Dennis

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News from the International Broadcasting Convention 2017

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Taking place in Amsterdam every September, IBC attracts more than 50,000 attendees from at least 170 countries. Along with NAB in April, IBC is a major venue for manufacturers to announce and release new gear, while giving many potential users a chance to see and touch the new gear, as well as ask questions one-on-one with the equipment technicians. So, even though manufacturers are keeping fewer and fewer surprises for the actual show, we at B&H wanted to bring you IBC-related announcements to keep you up to date with what is happening in the pro video world.

Panasonic EVA1

Panasonic teased the world in April, at NAB, with a mockup of the camera hidden by a cloth drape. Then in June, we were able to announce that the camera did indeed exist, and what it would be called. But only now has Panasonic begun showing the camera to the public—a 5.7K dual ISO sensor with an EF mount recording 4K internally to SD cards. For those of you holding your breath, Panasonic expects the EVA1 to be available for purchase at the end of October, but you just might want to preorder yours now.

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Put the “Pro” Back into your GoPro videos with the FreeVision Vilta

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I bought a GoPro a few years ago, because, like pretty much everyone else at the time, I saw those amazing videos of people snowboarding or mountain biking and wanted to make my own action-packed videos. After mounting the GoPro on my bike and filming myself riding around New York City a few times, I ended up giving up because the footage from the GoPro alone was pretty much unusable. The shakiness, coupled with the rolling-shutter artifacts from the GoPro’s CMOS sensor made for some really harsh video. Those high-end promotional videos had something I didn’t—gimbal stabilization. So, when I got the chance to review the FreeVision VILTA 3-Axis Gimbal, I figured I’d give it a second try, and boy—what a difference it made. Flying through the streets of New York with the Vilta strapped to my chest resulted in video that was so smooth it looked like the GoPro was mounted on a dolly.

So, what is It?

The FreeVision Vilta is a 3-axis motorized gimbal designed for the GoPro HERO5, HERO4, or HERO3/3+. The system consists of two parts: the top part is where the motor system and controls sit, and a detachable bottom handle allows you to hold the VILTA more easily while also quadrupling the system’s battery life. The locking camera sled on the FreeVision VILTA is designed to hold the GoPro HERO5 securely, and a small adapter is included for the HERO4 and HERO3/3+ cameras without their waterproof cases, which is fine, because the VILTA is not waterproof (though I can attest it handled sweat just fine).

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External Graphics Cards: Taking Full Advantage of Thunderbolt™ 3

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When it comes to Thunderbolt™ 3, most people think of connecting external hard drives, RAID arrays, and monitors. And with data rates of up to 40 Gbps, DisplayPort 1.2 support, and the ability to daisy-chain up to six compatible devices, it’s not hard to see why Thunderbolt 3 would be considered optimal for data transfer and video output. Intel® even made sure that Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connector as its USB 3.1 Type-C counterparts, reducing your need for adapters (is this the end of the Apple adapter meme? Oh wait, there’s still Lightning…). With enthusiasm for external graphics growing, thanks to the support of AMD and NVIDIA, as well as major PC manufacturers and third-party vendors, Intel is on a mission to build a healthy Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics (eGFX) ecosystem.

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So, what are the advantages of a plug-and-play external graphics solution, like the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box or the AkiTio Node Thunderbolt 3? Well, for starters, it gives you the freedom to have one portable laptop for everyday use, which you can then connect to the eGFX enclosure via Thunderbolt 3 for powerful graphics. This means you’re not limited to purchasing heavy workstations or gaming laptops, some of which end up being more desktop replacements than actual notebooks.

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In the Field with Tamron’s Ultimate All-in-One: the 18-400mm Lens

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There is one thing that the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD does better than any other lens on the market, and that is offer a seriously impressive zoom range in a relatively compact form factor. I found it hard not to love and respect the lens for this feature alone because, for many shooters who have been craving some extra zoom from their one-lens kit, this is the only option available. Tamron has managed to bring the lens’s design into the modern day with some useful specs and functions that will make taking pictures easier and more enjoyable.

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF

Designed for APS-C format Canon and Nikon DSLRs, this lens offers an incredible 28.8-640mm or 27-600mm equivalent focal length, respectively. Now, I must admit that even though I love my primes, it’s hard not to enjoy going so quickly from wide-angle to super-telephoto perspectives with the twist of a wrist. I do have to go into detail about the optics, however, as while it did impress me with the range, there were obviously some tradeoffs made when it came to making it work in such a small design. I noticed it was a bit soft wide open and being so dark makes it difficult to stop down unless it’s a bright day. This lens will be great for travelers, though, who will take their cameras out for a stroll on a nice day and want to make sure they can capture those scenic landscapes and faraway details without stuffing their day pack full of glass.

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Coming Soon: Tamron 100-400mm Super Zoom for DSLRs

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For those looking to get into the super-telephoto game, Tamron has just announced the development of the 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for full-frame Canon EF– and Nikon F-mount DSLRs. Packing a variety of specialized elements, including three Low Dispersion (LD), along with an eBAND Coating, this lens aims to provide aberration- and flare-free imagery throughout the impressive range. Also, Tamron has managed to keep it relatively lightweight, at less than 2.5 lb, for easier transport and less strain during shooting.

For fast-moving subjects, the 100-400mm uses a high-speed Dual Micro-Processing Unit and Ultrasonic Silent Drive autofocus system that ensures fast, responsive focusing and effective Vibration Compensation. Also, the lens can focus as close as 4.9′ to achieve a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6 that is useful for close-up shooting. Employing magnesium in key areas of its construction, this optic is moisture resistant, as well, for use in less than ideal weather, and the front element has a fluorine coating that makes it easier to clean. Additionally, the lens is compatible with Tamron’s 1.4x Teleconverter and TAP-in Console. An optional Arca-type compatible tripod mount is available.

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Sweeten Your Photos with the Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic

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Lensbaby is rounding out its lineup of Composer Pro II lenses with a Sweet 80mm Optic, available for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, Fujifilm X, and Samsung NX mounts. Following the success of its predecessors, the 80mm brings the tilting, selective focus Lensbaby fans have come to love to a portrait lens—now at a popular portrait focal length.

This manual focus lens features a 12-blade aperture with a range of f/2.8 to f/22, allowing users to choose the size and depth of the curved field of focus, or “sweet spot,” in their images. Shooting wide open allows dreamy environments to be created with ease, while closing the aperture allows a wider range of focus. The four multicoated glass elements are in two groups and provide a minimum focus distance of 22″ to encourage photographers to get up close with their subjects. The lens consists of four multi-coated elements arranged in two elements and takes 46mm filters. The Sweet 80 Optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System.

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The New Profoto A1 Studio Light: On Camera or Off, the Choice is Yours

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Since 2013, when Profoto pioneered the TTL battery-powered monolight, the company has been regularly rolling out a new product or product enhancement, to the gratification of professionals and serious enthusiasts alike. While the creation of the B2’s reduced form factor and OCF system might have given us a clue to what might be coming, the introduction of the A1 AirTTL Studio Light for Canon and Nikon is not only a surprise, but truly a game changer.

The A1 was created both for the professional looking for versatility, light weight, and top-flight performance features, and the ambitious non-professional who appreciates fine lighting quality but doesn’t want to hack through a hyper-tech maze to get it. In short, it’s both simple and complex, and the choice between them is all yours.

At first glance, the A1 looks like a sleek, matte-black on-camera flash, prompting the question, “why are they calling it a Studio Light?” which it can be, but there’s much more here than meets the eye. The first hint is its round 2.75″ tilting, rotating head, which is instrumental in providing the natural-looking light with soft gradual falloff that has prompted more than one user to call the quality of light “beautiful.” The head has an auto-zoom function that accommodates lenses from 32 to 105mm, and it can also handle focal lengths from 14 to 24mm using the included Wide Lens. If you prefer, you can turn the auto zoom off and make the adjustments manually.

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