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Spider Camera Holster Offers Products for Strap-Free Camera Carrying

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Have you always wanted a convenient strap-free solution for carrying your camera during shoots? With an updated lineup, the new harnesses from Spider Camera Holster might just fill the bill. These waist-carrying mounting systems can comfortably hold professional gear weighing more than 5 lb and come in three different product configurations: a single-sided belt with one holster, a dual-sided belt for two pieces of equipment, and a Box Set for adding a mounting point to your own belt. Also available are extra mounting plates for separate purchase, including a Lens Collar Plate designed for holding large telephoto lenses, as well as the standard SpiderPro Plate v2 that comes standard with all three product options.

Central to the effectiveness of this harness is the Pro Holster, which offers a two-position locking system for increased flexibility. It allows you to either lock-in the camera when walking around or unfasten it so you can quickly and easily draw the camera while shooting. The second part is the Pro Plate that goes on the tripod socket of your camera, featuring rubber grips to help reduce slipping, and an anti-twist pin to keep the plate itself safely inside the holster. Completing the system is the belt, which fits waists from 28 to 50 inches, in an ergonomic design to reduce fatigue. Together, these three parts make up the basic single-camera system; the Box set simply gets rid of the belt so you can use your own, while the dual-sided kit includes all of them, plus a lens collar plate and a pad with a mounting point for the other side of your waist.

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WPPI 2018: Kodak Alaris Revives T-Max P3200 Film

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Kodak Alaris is working hard to bring film back into the conversation, with last year’s news that the company is bringing back Ektachrome, recent updates on the Super 8 Camera, and now the announcement that T-MAX P3200 is being revived. For those who are unfamiliar with this classic, P3200 is a panchromatic black-and-white negative film with a nominal speed of ISO 800, which is designed to be pushed two stops, to ISO 3200. It is a fine-grain film and supports standard black-and-white processing, allowing photographers to develop this at home or at a lab easily. The plan is to release the film in the coming months, and it will be made available, initially, in 35mm, 36-exposure rolls.

Do you still shoot film? Are you planning to jump into film photography for the first time? Let us know your thoughts on this classic process, and your favorite films, in the Comments section, below!

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Podcast: Get Serious with Chris Buck

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We are delighted, at the B&H Photography Podcast, to present our chat with acclaimed portrait photographer Chris Buck. Buck is an in-demand celebrity and advertising photographer, but he also maintains ongoing personal projects, such as his current series, “Gentleman’s Club.” We speak with him on a range of topics, from concept development, shooting technique, and gear, to editing decisions and self-publishing.

With a flexible yet unmistakable style that blends insight, a touch of dry, almost absurdist humor, and a pinch of the darkness within, Buck has photographed a host of luminaries from the worlds of film, music, and politics, including four of our last five Presidents. His most recent book, Uneasy, is a 30-year compendium of incredible portraits; we discuss the making of this book and, of course, some of his most recognized images. We also speak with Buck about process: his “three tiers of ideas,” thoughts on humor, his adjustment to digital photography, and DSLR versus medium format. In this wide-ranging conversation, Buck opines on his relationship with subjects, the nature of portraiture, his influences from pop culture and photography, and how “being relaxed and having fun are the enemies of a good Chris Buck photo.”

Guest: Chris Buck

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The Logistics of Shooting Destination Weddings

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Destination wedding photography may seem like an enviable way to make a living, yet this specialty area often brings with it myriad questions, as well as unexpected challenges for photographers who have yet to work outside of a local market.

For our second story on this genre, we look beyond the romantic notion of capturing storybook pictures of your client’s event of a lifetime. Through conversations with photographers Christina Craft and Laura DeCarlo, we delve deep into the logistics, strategies, and other practical considerations that photographers should investigate before saying “I do” to this distinctive, yet vigorous wedding niche.

Above photograph © Christina Craft

A Targeted Strategy for Destination Weddings

Canadian photographer Christina Craft has been shooting weddings since graduating from photo school, in 2006. She has specialized in destination weddings since 2009.

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Overview of a welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Las Capuchinas, in Antigua, Guatemala. “We’re finding a lot of couples are creating a multi-day experience for their guests, whether it’s a catamaran cruise, zip-lining through the jungle, a historical tour, or a welcome party to remember,” says Craft.Christina Craft

When I first started doing destination weddings, I went all over the place,” she says. “But when you’re flying internationally, especially from the West Coast, you usually have two or three connections. Coming from Canada, I have to clear customs in the United States and then in my final destination, so that always adds to the trip,” she points out.

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CP+ 2018: Tokina Upgrades the FiRIN 20mm with Autofocus

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In a surprising move, Tokina has just launched a new FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE Lens, now with autofocus. With a prototype planned to be on display at CP+, this mirrorless lens offers Sony E shooters another spectacular option for wide-angle imaging. For photographers who are familiar with the existing MF FiRIN 20mm, this lens will be quite similar in performance, since the optical design has remained the same, with three Super-Low Dispersion elements and two aspherical elements to combat aberrations, as well as a multi-layered coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Though, now, Tokina has managed to squeeze in a ring-type ultrasonic motor for fast, silent autofocus.

Featuring electronic communication with the camera body, the FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF supports many of Sony’s lens functions, including MF Assist and automatic optical corrections. Another benefit is that the Exif information is transmitted and in-body stabilization systems can be tuned automatically to the appropriate settings. Additionally, it has a minimum focus distance of 11″, an internal-focus design, and nine diaphragm blades for smooth bokeh.

Do you prefer the autofocus or manual focus versions of Tokina’s FiRIN 20mm lens? Let us know your thoughts. Leave a us a note in the Comments section!

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WPPI 2018: Sony Brings Radio to Flagship HVL-F60RM Flash

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A new flagship flash has arrived for Sony’s ever-expanding camera system: the HVL-F60RM External Flash. While it looks very like its predecessor, this model offers numerous improvements in operability, performance, and build quality that make it a worthy upgrade. The most significant upgrade is the implementation of Sony’s 2.4GHz Radio System, which allows it to function as either a controller or remote flash from up to 98′ away with full TTL support, including high-speed sync. It is also fully compatible with all existing flash components, including the HVL-F45RM External Flash and FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander.

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Core specifications have remained untouched, which is just fine, since it offers a quite powerful guide number of 197′ at ISO 100 and 200mm. The flash head can be set between 20-200mm, with a pull-out diffuser for 14mm lenses, and Sony’s unique Quick Shift Bounce system makes a return, allowing users to keep the flash head in the horizontal position even when it is rotated 90° left or right for vertical-orientation shooting. The head offers exceptional tilt, as well, with a range from -8 to 150°. The rear controls have been reorganized for easier operation, with direct input for controlling the output levels and the use of custom keys and TTL flash memory.

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Close-Up and Macro Photography | Lester Lefkowitz

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In this B&H Event Space video, photographer Lester Lefkowitz shows you how to get in close, closer and really close, to capture the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities of both natural and man-made objects. While presenting a mix of photographs and diagrams to illustrate important technical concepts, Lefkowitz discusses magnification ranges, various optical and mechanical methods for getting close, issues of critical focus and depth of field, techniques for camera support and vibration control, various lighting methods (available, flash, and incandescent) and the role played by software to enhance images and overcome pre-digital limitations. To aid in revealing such an invisible universe of beauty, fascination, and intrigue, he covers the many different accessories—bellows, teleconverters, extension tubes, close-up lenses, focusing slides, copy stands, tripods, remote releases, and more—that will allow you to work at a scale not readily captured with conventional gear. After watching, you will be inspired to plunge into the macro realm, and explore such hidden marvels for yourself.

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Don’t Make the Session About You!

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No one writes music like you do. No one pens lyrics like you do. No one makes mixes like you do. Those “truths” are self-evident to many, dominating their creative decision-making processes. Perhaps you’re one of those individuals, confident and convinced that your way is THE way. Maybe you’ve established your sound, methods, and routines and see no benefit in changing them. Well, sit down, because we need to talk.

Often the worst sessions are the ones dominated by know-it-all, gimme-the-ball, I’m-gonna-take-the-shot stars. Producers who won’t budge on the song structure, musicians who play to impress themselves, and engineers who insist, “This is how I always do it, so this is how we’re doing it,” they’re all guilty of interfering with musical achievement. Since music is inspired by the human experience and the human experience is inspired by sparks with other humans, music usually benefits from cooperation with other people. Creative and technical personnel who aren’t willing to compromise or try other people’s ideas can sink performances and productivity. Ask any recording artist or studio engineer about session horror stories; you’ll likely hear about some real characters (to put it mildly).

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For example, imagine an alternative rock band with a typical lineup—drums, bass, guitar, synth, and vocals. After recording their first song in the studio, their producer hopped on the talkback to say, “The feel was great, but the guitar is too gritty. Make it sparkling clean, then knock out another take.” The producer (no longer on talkback) turns to the engineer and mutters, “I just don’t like distorted guitars, ya know?” The band’s reaction? Puzzled cooperation. Throughout multiple songs, the producer couldn’t abandon the dream of a clean, chimey utopia and kept having the guitarist turn off the overdrive. How did that turn out? The producer was put out to pasture in favor of a more reasonable person who helped the band develop and fine-tune the sound they were after. What happened to the band, you wonder? They made it quite big.

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Who Does What on the Camera Crew?

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If you’ve lived in New York long enough, it’s bound to happen to you one day as you turn a corner: you’ll be gazing from the sidewalk as a movie, TV show, or commercial is being shot. You may ask yourself, “Who are all those people besides the actors standing around on the set?” Read on to discover the crew positions that you’ll find listed in the credits of most professional productions, and how, despite appearances to the contrary, the crew is indeed putting in a full day’s work, and then some.

As befits B&H Photo Video’s focus on all things photographic, the emphasis here is on the visual trades, but we admit that other on-set positions are, nonetheless, crucial to production. This article outlines some of the “below-the-line” crew positions; in other words, the worker bees that bring to life the creative vision of the “above-the-line” director, writers, and producers. “Above- and below-the-line” comes from accounting terminology, this referring to show business after all.

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