Wednesday, June 11, 2014

T is for Tintype

We're skipping ahead a few letters in preparation for Victoria Will's upcoming event, "Portraits Under Pressure" during which she will be showing some of her famous tintypes. 

So, today in the ABCs of photography:

T is for Tintype

Tintype (tin-tahyp): also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a positive photograph produced by applying a collodion-nitrocellulose solution to a thin, black-enameled metal plate immediately before exposure. The tintype, introduced in the mid-19th century, was essentially a variation on the ambrotype, which was a unique image made on glass, instead of metal. Just as the ambrotype was a negative whose silver images appeared grayish which and whose dark backing made the clear areas of shadows appear dark, so the tintype, actually negative in its chemical formation, was made to appear positive by the black plate.

You may remember a blog post we had a while back about Victoria Will. During this year's Sundance Film Festival, Victoria, an experienced celebrity photographer, brought her 4x5 camera and photographed some of the world's most famed and beloved actors and actresses as tintypes. This is impressive, not only because the process is complicated (especially compared to most photographers at big events like this that shoot about a million photos on their DSLRs), but also because she had a short amount of time and only one shot.  

The look of the tintype is very unique. As mentioned in the definition, tintypes are on, you guessed it, tin. This sleek, shiny surface adds a little something extra to each image. You often lose a lot of that special gleam when you try to reproduce a tintype, whether through scanning or copy-stand. We found this great video on the tintype process, which you can watch here.

To learn more about her process in working quickly with celebrities, and to see some of her images up close and personal, come by her talk on June 24th from 4:30-8:30pm


Monday, June 9, 2014

The Hensel and Chimera Open House

Last Wednesday evening, Hensel and Chimera held an open house, during which Playboy photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi talked about his career and why he chooses Hensel and Chimera equipment for his photoshoots. After Jarmo's presentation, guests were free to ask the knowledgeable Hensel and Chimera representatives about the gear and enjoy some refreshments. We a good time, and we hope everyone that attended had a good time as well!

Jarmo Pohjaniemi talking about his career, his muse and his preferred brand: Hensel

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hensel and Chimera Events

Hensel and Chimera were here yesterday for training on their line of lighting, accessories and modifiers, and they'll be here today for an open house! From 5-8pm tonight, you can stop by our rental department to learn more about what these great companies have to offer as well as learn more about the photographers that shoot for them. 

Schedule for tonight
  • 5pm-6pm: Social meet and greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc. Light refreshments will be served.
  • 6pm-7pm: Listen to keynote speaker, photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi. Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
  • 7pm-8pm: Overview of the Hensel and Chimera products with company representatives. Hands-on experience and presentation.

Want a chance to shoot Chimera's next nation ad campaign? During the “open house meet and greet” photographers will have the chance to have their portfolio reviewed by keynote speaker Jarmo Pohjaniemi for entry into the Chimera/Hensel National Ad Campaign Photo Contest. The winner of Chimera’s Star Photographer Search will be flown to Chimera’s chosen shooting location which will be announced at a later time.

Learn more about this event and Jarmo, here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Arri Training

Last week, Jane from Arri stopped by the store after hours to teach the staff about some of their amazing tungsten and LED lights! Arri is a master in lighting, from efficiency to control, we're proud to be a vendor for such innovation. 


Hey Jane!
Arri's tungsten lights are lightweight and compact, though they're tough! Described as "robust construction of rust-resistant, extruded, die cast aluminium", these lights last for a long time. Despite the small size of ARRI Fresnels, their short focal length, wide angle lenses produce impressive light output and good light distribution over the full beam area. We have the 650, 750+ and 1K in sales. Please call for pricing. 

In rentals we have the ARRI 150, 300, 650, 1K and 2K, pricing listed is price of a 1-day rental/weekly rental:

  • ARRI 150 $20 / $60
  • ARRI 300 $25 / $75
  • ARRI 650 $30 / $90
  • ARRI 1K $40 / $120
  • ARRI 2K $50 / $150

Arri's LED lights were so much fun to play with! Between the +/- green correction and the hue and saturation controls, we were painting the stage red, and many other colors as well! Color temperature, tint and hue can be continuously adjusted from 2800 K to 10,000 K, between full plus or minus green and RGBW colors. 

Another great feature is the ability to zoom to focus the light or make it very wide. This light is listed as a hybrid, meaning it allows for cooling both passively (without a fan) and actively (with a fan). This unit is larger and heavier than the Active version but can run completely silently if needed. And, when they say silent, we can attest that it is silent, indeed!

We were lighting the stage in all kinds of colors and playing with the shadows

For more details about all of these lights and accessories, and to get pricing, give our sales department a call at (212)741-2990! To rent these lights, call our rental department at (212)741-2991.