Steve McCurry Fashion Shoot

In 2012, the worldwide tire company Pirelli asked photojournalist Steve McCurry to create photos for their 2013 calendar that would “inspire the next generation”.

McCurry is known for his photographs of impoverished, war-torn countries; his most famous image, Afghan Girl, became iconic when it appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. Although the Pirelli assignment wasn’t his first time working with fashion models (“I did a couple of shoots in Italy, years ago”), it’s a far cry from the raw photojournalism he’s built his career on.

Look at Steve McCurry’s calendar portraits in this link.

New from ThinkTank : Sub Urban Disguise

The Sub Urban Disguise 5

ThinkTank will soon be releasing a new concept in premium quality camera shoulder bags, the Sub Urban Disguise. The Sub Urban Disguises are designed for the professional photographer seeking smaller capacity camera bags and amateur photographers upgrading their bodies or using one to two lenses along with their new body.

The Sub Urban Disguise Series will be available in four sizes: the Sub Urban™ Disguise 5, Sub Urban™ Disguise 10, Sub Urban™ Disguise 20, and Sub Urban™ Disguise 30. Their features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body to provide quick and unencumbered access to gear. The series meets the high-quality design standards of the original Think Tank Urban Disguise® series, but for smaller gear or photographers who want to travel light.

The Sub Urban Disguise 5 holds a regular size DSLRs with one to two small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 attached. It also accommodates Micro 4/3rds, Leica and Sony NEX systems. Great for Strobists as it fits two to three pro-size flashes.

The Sub Urban Disguise 10 holds a regular size DSLRs with two to three small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached. It also fits three pro-size flashes.

The Sub Urban Disguise 20 holds regular size DSLRs with three to four small telephotos or primes or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached. It fits four to five pro-size flashes.

The Sub Urban Disguise 30 fits a regular size DSLR and two to four standard telephoto lenses, or a D700 with a 24-70 2.8 attached. It can also hold an iPad or similarly-sized tablet.

An Evening with William Palank

A special thank you to Leica shooter William Palank and to everyone who attended his excellent presentation last night at the Shadelands Arts Center in Walnut Creek.

William showed us a great representation of his work, mostly environmental portraits, as he talked to us about the rewards and challenges of photographing in other countries, most notably his favorite, Ethiopia. His ability to connect with his subjects and put them at ease clearly came through in each of his photos.

He stressed how important it is for us as photographers to learn the stories of the people we photograph. They all have a story to tell, and if we take the time to listen, it will only improve our images.

To see what other events, workshops and photo walks Camera West offers, be sure to check out the events link on the Camera West website.

William Palank’s website

RODE Mic for the iPhone

RØDE microphones just announced an interesting looking microphone for field recording using an iPhone or iPad.

The iXY is a plug in stereo microphone module that promises high quality recordings up to 24-bit/96kHz. Importantly for video shooters the accompanying RØDE Rec app that runs on the iPhone or iPad is capable of recording at a more video friendly 48kHz too – which should make for easier syncing in dual-system sound setups. Rode is pitching the iXY at DSLR shooters in particular because of its small form factor that should allow it together with an iPhone to be mounted easily on top of a camera. They also suggest feeding the headphone output of the iPhone or iPad to the camera to provide a scratch audio track.

Rode describes the iXY as a “matched pair of ½” cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a perfect 90 degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment resulting in immersive and true-to-life stereo recordings, captured in incredibly high detail”.

Nikon D5200 Now Available in US

Nikon USA has announced it is releasing the D5200 launched in Europe in November 2012. The 24MP upper entry-level DSLR gains the 39-point AF system from the company’s higher-end models. It includes an articulated 920k dot LCD and is compatible with the clip-on WU-1a Wi-Fi module.

The camera will cost around $899.95 with the Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR kit lens.

Nikon D5200 key features :

  • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 processing
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • 39 point AF system, 9 sensors cross type
  • 1080p30 video recording, built-in stereo mic
  • 921k dot 3″ vari-angle TFT monitor