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Fujifilm firmware updates add Windows 10 support to 7 cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:49pm

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for seven of its X-series cameras, providing them with support for Microsoft's Windows 10. Read more

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Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:06pm

The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad's LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more

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Zac Efron Film 'We Are Your Friends' Puts Big-Screen Spotlight on EDM Scene

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:02pm
EDM has already taken over clubs and festival grounds. Now the dance genre is exploring a new frontier: movie screens. On Aug. 28, We Are Your...
Categories: Music Industry

Hot 100's Hottest Weeks, Aug. '66: Beatles, Beach Boys & Birth of the Song of Summer

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:00pm
Since the first Hot 100, dated August 4, 1958, every week’s chart has featured a few great, maybe even historic, music moments. It’s just that some...
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Drake Co-Signed Singer Alessia Cara on Her Rising Fame: 'It's the Coolest Fluke Ever'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:55pm
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on The Tonight Show no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look....
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DJ Snake Turns Calvin Harris & Disciples' 'How Deep is Your Love' Into a Stadium-Sized Trap Bomb

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:40pm
Calvin Harris and Disciples now have all their bases covered. After teaming with R3hab to give latest single, "How Deep is Your Love," a big...
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Go Behind the Scenes With Conrad Sewell at the Hot 100 Festival

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:33pm
The inaugural Billboard Hot 100 festival was special for many reasons. For singer-songwriter Conrad Sewell, the event was especially...
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The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas & Becky G: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:30pm
Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter...
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MTV VMAs: Who Will & Should Win Video of the Year?

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:30pm
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will bring contained chaos to Los Angeles on Sunday night (Aug. 30), with Miley Cyrus hosting, Justin Bieber debuting...
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Modern Promotion and Playlists: Handshakes Seem to Mean as Much as 'Playola'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:23pm
Fifteen years ago, a record label would pitch its new releases to a record store or chain like Tower Records. Ten years ago, they were pitching their...
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So, What Happens In Vegas….

Joe McNally's Blog - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:21pm

Doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Especially the silliness.

PhotoShop World, that anchor event in the photo calendar, always has a theme, wrapped in a mini-movie of purposefully dubious production values. This year riffed on Wayne’s World, with the redoubtable Scott Kelby doing a very convincing, capable Wayne and Corey Barker doing just a remarkablably loopy version of Garth Algar, Dana Carvey’s character. Corey is a wonderful artist and PhotoShop master. Who knew he could do goofy this well? Especially at this PSW, when he got inducted into the PhotoShop Hall of Fame? Especially with his mom in the audience?

Separated at birth?

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Anyway, it was good fun, for sure, and the typically accelerated potpourri of educational offerings and amusements that is the core of PSW. From Scott and Corey as the dynamically demented duo, to KelbyOne instructor Mia McCormick as the bombshell, to RC Concepcion as the Mexican shaman, to Roberto Valenzuela strumming romantically on the guitar…..it was, well, schwing!

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Vegas always represents, for me, an opportunity to shoot. At PSW this time around I showed a quick series I worked on last year, thematically referred to around here at the studio as “The Garage Guys.”  The below was shot in good old Vegas.


Ok, ok. Maybe it’s the neon. Maybe it’s the surreal colors and characters of Vegas. I shot the above, well, let’s call it in the spirit of things. Color, smoke, theater. I invited my friend Drew Moore, formerly of the NFL, to be my main character. Robo-mechanic!

Then we broke out some lights. And Oscar the dog. What a wonderful pooch. Not much of a watchdog, ’cause he likes everybody, but a total sweetheart. He and Drew bonded. There’s a lot going on here, so the camera of choice was the highly resolved Nikon D810. The file had to have sharpness, detail and color punch, and there is nothing like the D810 for that kind of mission. The lens of choice was the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8.


On a set with lots of moving parts, the first and foremost thing is to get your field of frame Not very good English perhaps, but you get the idea, and it’s essential. Figure out the frame. Figure out what is going to be in the photo. Compose, not just the picture, but your damn self. Keep clarity of thought and peace of mind. Lots of stuff to think about, so take it a step at a time, and have fun doing it.


I liked the above angle but needed a place to put Drew. Fortuitously, there was a shell of an old vehicle we were able to drag over. Fit my imagination perfectly, as he is literally coming up out of that frame of an old car, and it gave me a place to hide my lights and gather some smoke.



Lots of different places to light in the photo. Big flash, small flash, shapers, bouncers, you name it. Big tripod job all the way, in this instance our four section Gitzo. Main light was a Profoto beauty dish, running off a Profoto B4 pack. Underneath, creating the creature from the black lagoon smoky warm light were two Profoto B1 units. Perfect place for a cordless battery unit. In the background nooks and crannies, there’s a mix of big flash and Speedlights, and once again an instance that I am very thankful for the onboard slaving capacity of the SB-910.


This is where it really gets to be fun, trying to go with the flow of what be there anyway (at least in my imagination) and having light be the expression of that. This is one of those jobs where reality gets left at the station, and just trying stuff that might look cool, or be informative, or simply try something you ordinarily don’t get a chance to play with.

Like a xenon arc light. They have those in Vegas. Enormously powerful, directed lights. I got a small one for the garage, fearing a big one would superheat the environment and cause some sort of enormous explosion.


I know there’s xenons in Vegas as I went to the top of the Luxor pyramid once, on behalf of the National Geographic, doing a story on light, and photographed the reason there is an huge beam of light shooting to the sky at the top of that hotel. It is the most powerful beam of light on earth, measuring 42.3 billion candela, and deploys 39 major xenon arcs to do it.

national geographic tear sheets

It was hot as blazes up there. I kept wondering about the fact that I was in a t-shirt and shorts, and the worker was in a flak jacket and safety visor. Hmmm…

But, in most instances in the garage, I went a relatively logical path. Like, back where there’s taillights, I red gelled my flashes.


I just follow my instincts when lighting like this. I see what’s there already, most of the time. There was an office in the back right of the frame that had these crazy, green tinted windows. So I augmented that feel with a deep green gel, and bounced a light in there. Hence the greenish tinge that is bleeding into the frame on the right.


This kind of lighting job is just plain fun, really. It allows me to stay in the sandbox of my imagination, and build a photo, block by block, light by light, color by color, and learn things along the way. It also reminded me of the happenstance of location work. We had all the lights and stands we needed, but of course, what we didn’t know we needed was…Oscar the dog. A total gift of the location, absolutely unforeseen. Now I’ve been the recipient of many location gifts, some quite unpleasant, but Oscar was welcome indeed. It gave our big guy, Drew, a chance to react to something other than the camera. And, of course, it being the time and age we live in, Oscar was paid a fee, and photo released.

Any questions about the gear, reach out to the big guy at Adorama, Jeff Snyder. jsnyder@adorama.com

Location photography! A great way to relax:-))

More tk….

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Categories: Creative

Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Manager-Turned-Label Exec Phil McIntyre Tests Kinder, Gentler Music-Biz Model

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:00pm
As a high school senior in the town of State College, Pa., Phil McIntyre was sure his job as a production runner at the local arena would lead to a...
Categories: Music Industry

Watch Kabaka Pyramid's Politically Charged Video for Damian Marley-Produced 'Well Done': Exclusive Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:56pm
The unintentional gap between the February release of Rastafarian sing-jay Kabaka Pyramid’s hit single “Well Done” (Ghetto Youths/Bebble Rock Music)...
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MTV VMAs: Here's Our Drinking Game!

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:43pm
Ready to party with Miley Cyrus? Below, check out our drinking game for the 2015 Video Music Awards. From Taylor Swift's dance moves to Justin Bieber...
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Lamb of God Opens the Pit, Rocks '512' on 'Kimmel'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:30pm
One of the best things about Jimmy Kimmel Live is the outdoor concert space. When the weather's nice, you can have Lamb of God on, invite many Lamb...
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With Grammy Eligibility Date Looming, Who's Poised to Make the Nomination Cut?

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:16pm
With labels rushing to hit the 2016 awards' Sept. 30 eligibility cutoff, Billboard makes some predictions on the nominations, set to be announced in...
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Ed Sheeran Courting OMI's 'Cheerleader' Remixer Felix Jaehn

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:07pm
Felix Jaehn's metallic gold shirt reads "Everything Under Control," but inside, the 20-year-old Hamburg native is bursting with excitement. It has...
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Go Behind the Scenes With Zella Day at the Hot 100 Festival

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:00pm
On Aug. 23, rising alt-pop musician Zella Day joined more than 40 other emerging and superstar acts at the inaugural Hot 100 Festival, a two-day,...
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Inside Nicki Minaj's Path to Arena Headliner: 'She Knocked It Out of the Park'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:59am
Nicki Minaj's debut foray into headlining large venues in North America on the Pinkprint tour was a complete success on every level, the next phase...
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Avicii Premieres Soulful Left-Field Single 'Pure Grinding': Exclusive

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:56am
Avicii's latest single may surprise you. On Friday, the Swedish superstar released his new double single "Pure Grinding For a Better Day," an...
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