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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Foto Care 2012 Holiday Party



Last night was Foto Care’s Annual Holiday Party, and it was quite a success! More than 425 people joined the Foto Care staff for dancing, photos with Santa, food and drinks.

We want to thank HasselbladBron, Think Tank, Tether Tools, Omega Brandess, Manfrotto, Mac Group, Fujifilm, LacCie, Expo Imaging, Lumiquest, HP Marketing and GoPro for donating some awesome equipment for our door prize raffle! 

Here are some photos of the party as well as a fun time lapse of Santa!





















We all had a lot of fun and we hope our customers and guests had fun, too!
Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Panasonic GX1, G5 and GH3




The experts from Panasonic came to Foto Care recently to teach the staff about a few of their great cameras from the G series!

The first camera that I want to share with you is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. My first impression of the GX1 is that this is a camera for a professional photographer that wants a great, small digital camera to carry around everyday or on vacation. This little mirrorless camera definitely packs a punch with a 16-megapixel Live MOS Sensor, Micro Four Thirds System and high sensitivity (maximum of 12800 ISO). A fantastic feature that we like about the ISO range is the Intelligent ISO. Intelligent ISO allows the camera to identify the moving subject and adjust the ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to suppress motion blur in your image. Another great feature (that I hadn’t seen before) is the Touch Focus system. The Touch Focus system allows you to look at the LCD screen on the back of the camera and choose a point of focus by touching the screen to get the focus just right.

The next camera that we like is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5. This digital single lens mirrorless camera has a ton of great features, including a 16.05 MP Live MOS Sensor, Intelligent ISO, Touch Focus, and iA Plus Mode, but there are a lot of features that are new and exciting! The focusing system includes Contrast Autofocus and ultra high-speed Light Speed AF. You can also completely change the look of your image with Creative Control Modes that allow you to change color, contrast and focus. Dabbling in video? With the G5, you can record video using AVCHD, which has no time limit so you can record videos for as long as your battery lives or until your SDHC or SDXC Memory Card is full. Other features for the camera include a quieter electronic shutter and high-resolution viewfinder.

The last camera, which we are very excited about, is the Panasonic DMC-GH3. This mirrorless camera is meant to cater to professionals, especially those that shoot portraiture, still life, architecture and, especially, nature. Why is this camera perfect for photographing nature? The body is tough! Made of magnesium and weather sealed to be splash and dust proof, this camera is ready for anything. And, with Wi-Fi connectivity, moving your images on the go is incredibly easy. Video is one of this camera’s strong points with the ability to shoot Full HD, slow motion, quick motion and time lapses. The GH3 also embeds SMPTE Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which make it easy to sync the multiple video footage or sound source into postproduction workflow. Drop frame or Non Drop Frame TC is selectable. This camera can also shoot HDR and not just double but multi-exposures! The number of accessories that you can add to this camera is impressive as well! You can add a flash, battery grip or mic to the camera and there are 16 lenses and 3 converters available as well. 

If you’re looking for a great camera to add to your collection, try a Panasonic and the experts at Foto Care are here to help you pick out what’s best for you!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers and Photo Enthusiasts


If you are looking for some creative holiday gift ideas for your photography lovin’ friend, family or loved one, here are a few stocking stuffers for photo geeks that are sure to please:

Blurb.com Personal Photography Book or a Blurb.com Gift Card (so they can make their own). 
If you really want to surprise your camera toting loved one, and you have the time to create and access their images (high res of course) you will most certainly bring a burst of joy to the recipient of this gift. Imagine their surprise as you present him or her with a printed photography book only to discover its their own work beautifully printed as a coffee table art book.  With Blurb, you’ll find all the tools you need to make your own photo book and you can count on bookstore-quality printing and binding with a range of choices from Hardcover photo books to Softcover paperbacks in an array of trim sizes.

If gaining access to their work is not possible – fret not; Blurb gift cards are a great way to give the gift of bookmaking to your favorite people. You can give a Blurb gift card to anyone, whether they’ve used Blurb or not, and let them take part in the fun of making their own book. The process is easy. Simply select a gift card in dollars, pounds, or euros at any of the increments and you’ll receive a unique code to pass on to the lucky recipient. You can either print out your gift card as a note to share, or you can send it in an email.


You’re a little fuzzy around 2, start feeling fine around 8, but at 11 you’re sharp, focused, and ready to party. The f-stop watch gets you. Aperture numbers mark off the hours on this understated timepiece. The zinc-alloy frame encircles a glass-encased dial, and a 9.25″ band sits comfortably on your wrist.

A quartz movement ensures accurate time-keeping, and a bright-red second hand is ready to help you time your manual exposures. Truly, ’tis a timely accessory for photo-making that any photographer would love.

Nikon or Canon Camera Lens Mugs - $24 – $30
The ultimate head-turner. Drink out of a lens! Clever Canon or Nikon Lens Mugs that look JUST LIKE your favorite lens. Be careful, they are so realistic you might have to use post-its just to remind yourself which is for coffee and which is for taking photos. The 24-105mm black lens has a realistic lens-cap lid with rubber-grip focus zoom rings. It even has an auto-focus switch that actually switches. The 70-200mm white lens has a liquid tight travel lid and a rubber-grip bottom to keep it from sliding on your dash. Both mug models are equipped with an easy to clean, heat preserving, stainless steel lining. 


Holiday Gifts for the Photo Lover in Your Life


It’s that time of the year again and holiday gift giving is just around the corner. Here are a few gift ideas for the photo enthusiasts in your life. Happy Shopping!

Flickr Pro Account – $24.95 for 1 year
Offer an upgrade to your photo friend or family member. With Flickr Pro, you get ad free browsing and sharing (yeah!), unlimited photo and video uploads and storage, unlimited bandwidth,  stats on your account, permanent archiving, free photo book and more!


Adobe Lightroom 3 Full Version: $99 – $299
Image makers will adore Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3. Software that helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you’re perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and web galleries, as well as on popular photo-sharing sites. All from within one fast, intuitive application.


A great holiday gift to add to your collection of outstanding art books. MARY ELLEN MARK has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work.  She has published sixteen books including Passport, Ward 81, Falkland Road, Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity in Calcutta, The Photo Essay: Photographers at work, Streetwise, Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years, Indian Circus, Portraits, a Cry for Help, Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey, Mary Ellen Mark 55, Photo Poche: Mary Ellen Mark, Twins, Exposure, Extraordinary Child, and Seen Behind the Scene.


FotoCare Gift Card
Some people are just too difficult to buy for so why not gift wrap the FotoCare Gift Card and let them shop for their perfect holiday gadget or accessory.


And now….the perfect gift for photo editing with increased precision and decreased wrist strain/fatigue. Intuos4 redefines the Intuos pen tablet experience, thanks to a new design and new features inspired by members of our professional creative community.  Both the tablet shape and surface have been completely re-engineered to enable ergonomic, consistent strokes, even over long periods of time.  Available in four different wide-formate sizes and a wireless mode, you can pick the perfect one to fit your specific working style and workflow needs.

The Jay Maisel Workshop is a unique photography experience. Participants should expect five solid days (from 9:00am-10:00pm) of shooting, discussing, eating, and breathing photography with Jay at his home – the historic 35,000 square foot former Germania bank building and the surrounding New York City neighborhoods of Manhattan’s lower east side. All meals are included and enrollment is limited to (10) people on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5,000.00. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Smith, Workshop Producer, by email (workshop@jaymaisel.com), or by phone: (917) 647-5390.


Marshall HDMI Monitor 
The V-LCD50-HDMI 5″ monitor is packed with features found in more expensive models. This compact LED-backlit confidence monitor offers amazing picture performance and excellent viewing angles for users simply looking for a portable, yet versatile monitoring solution. The V-LCD50-HDMI offers standard features including a wide variety of formats and markers, 4 user-configurable front panel function buttons, RGB Check Field / Field Detect, RGB gain and bias control. Major features include Marshall’s industry leading FALSE COLOR and PEAKING Filters, along with Image Flip, Freeze Frame, and HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect.




113 Design Company

113 Design Company is a full-service photographic facility with two 2,500 square feet private studios with 100 feet infinity walls, private 5,000 square feet rooftop, daylight with blackout capabilities, private dressing & make-up rooms, lounge and much more.  Located minutes from Manhattan, 113 Design Co. is the perfect place for your next photography or video production.


Not only have they turned their space into an incredible studio it can be transformed to meet any event need. 113 Design Company offers up to 10,000 square feet of flexible space available for fashion shows, trade shows, art galleries, exhibitions, fundraisers and other special events. Catering is also available on-site. The private facility is an amazing environment that can be dedicated and manipulated to fit any needs.


113 Design Company
930 Newark Ave. Loft #6
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201.459.9002

Visit www.113designco.com for more information or to book the studio today.

Alessandra Sanguinetti: The Adventures of Guille and Belinda

The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams. This is the story or, more accurately, part of the story, of two young cousins named Guille and Belinda. In 1999, when they were 10 and 9 years old and living in a rural province of Buenos Aires, their paths crossed with photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti.


Drawn to the girls, whose evident affection for each other is somehow magnified by their mismatched physiques, Sanguinetti took pictures to “crystallize their rich yet fragile and unattended world”. As with her previous, much-acclaimed monograph “On the Sixth Day” [Nazraeli Press, 2006] this work is far more than straight documentary.


To witness the evolving relationship between Guille and Belinda is to be privy to a touching, entertaining and utterly captivating interaction. At the same time there is the subtle awareness of a second relationship, that of this delightful pair and their photographer.


“The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams” follows the cousins for five years, from pre-teen to adolescent, as they play, dream and unwind their way through the secret enchantment that is childhood.


The iPad in Photography


Just how popular has the iPad become?  Apple holds 68% of the market share of tablets in the U.S. between the two generations of iPad.  The iPad 2 has sold over 9.3 million units in the few short months it has been on the market.  Software and app development for mobile computing is growing exponentially, and the potential for the tablet is being acknowledged by the photography industry.  Personal computing is seeing a shift from the laptop and desktop to the tablet, because how much power do you need to cruise facebook and watch cat videos?  When we’re not watchingMaru play with a giant box, here is how we use the iPad for photography.
1.  Portfolio

A screen might not ever be able to replace the beauty and detail of a good print, but it just isn’t feasible to carry a traditional portfolio around with you everywhere you go.  With an iPad (and the help of an app) you can carry thousands of images and different portfolios in the double digits.  I have about 10 different “portfolios” of images that I can swap in and out in a couple of seconds, tailoring my book to whomever I am showing work to.  One of our favorites is Padport for its level of customization and ability to play video.  There are a bunch of these available from the App Store, so poke around and read some reviews before making the leap, at an average of $5-$15 per app trying them all might be prohibitively expensive.


2. Keeping clients happy while shooting tethered
Before you get too excited, tethering directly to the iPad is not there yet.  Update: Yesterday Eye Fi rolled out an app that, in combination with their wireless memory cards, allows for tethering using an iPad without jailbreaking.  We haven’t played with it yet, but when we do it’ll be on the blog.  However, by using the latest version of programs such as Leaf Capture Remote Server, Capture One, and Phocus, the iPad can free up your digital tech to continue working on his monitor while clients can still view images at their own pace.  These programs allow you to view, rate, and zoom in on any picture from the shoot, as long as the computer you are tethering to and the iPad are on the same network (wifi is easiest).  LC Remote Server has the same functionalities as the other two, but does not have a rating system.  Both Phocus and Capture One also allow you to change aperture, iso, shutter speed, and remotely trigger the camera.  Capture Pilot’s camera control is $15, while Phocus integrates these capabilities in when shooting with a Hasselblad.
Leaf Capture Remote Server 2

Capture One’s Capture Pilot

Phocus for iPad

Phocus Camera Controls

3.  Sun Seeker
With the iPad 2 came a revolution in “augmented reality” that had only previously been seen on mobile phones, and on.  The Sun Seeker app uses the rear-facing camera to overlay the path of the sun (and moon) over the street in front of you.  There is also a built in compass as well as an overhead view with arrows indicating where the sun will be throughout the day.  The date can be changed in the app to show you the position of the sun on specific days throughout the season.



4. Photo Editing and snapshot camera
By using the Ipad Camera Connection Kit you can download images on your way back from a shoot or use the iPad as a backup.  Also, if you shoot RAW+Jpeg on an dslr you can use an app like Snapseed to start roughing up how you would like to retouch the images.  Also, the camera on the iPad is not dissimilar from your normal cell phone camera, making it ideal for quick photos.

5.  Photographer Entertainment