Musings of an “Old Man”

re-posted with permission, and written by Ken Galama

I keep thinking about a DSLR.

I keep getting confused with all the different sensors and pixels.

I miss the days before digital cameras.

Back then the debate that raged was about which medium format camera was best. (yes it was square and no it wasn’t Bronica)

When it came to 35mm it was Canon or Nikon (sorry Pentax and Minolta). kanken fjallraven soldes There really was no significant difference. lunette de soleil oakley pas cher You either liked the feel of one or the other and that was it.

Film was the real variable to understand. new balance 577 femme It was organic, with its moods. It demanded to be treated like the proverbial Goldie Locks. Not too hot, not too cold.

The lab that processed the colour film was like a maternity ward with anxious photographers waiting the delivery of their precious images. Ripping open packages, flipping through prints, negatives being examined. Ray Ban Goedkoop Each image scrutinized, some cherished others aborted.

But every photographer had religion when it came to black and white. Chaussures Nike I never met a photographer that didn’t process and print their own black and white film.

Ansel Adams was the founder of that religion yet every photographer had their own private ceremony.

After the film was dry and an image chosen for printing the photographer conjured his image from a beam of light. Dodging and burning creating a unique hand made image.

That final print was a direct link to the photons that bounced of the subject.

Cedric the Photographer at Doors Open Toronto

You may have seen him in our store chatting with Jim, drinking coffee in the kitchen with Colleen, or with his laptop open and sitting with Walter. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Classic He pops in here frequently – introducing Cedric the Photographer, a freelance photographer and POCP certified assistant based in Toronto.

He began on his path into photography when he quit his job, bought a digital camera and plane ticket to Chile (when 3.3 megapixels cost $1000). kanken He started with landscape photography because, as he likes to say, “landscapes don’t talk back.” His next big step into the world photography was when he accepted a job as a portrait photographer with Heirloom Portraits. Asics Pas Cher Traveling throughout Canada’s remote northern communities taking school photos and family portraits was his day job for months on end. nike air max This interesting job also provided him with many opportunities over the years to continue with his landscape work. nike air max pas cher He has since worked in a wide range of photographic areas, with his focus on studio portraiture.

Phase One announces new IQ2 Digital Backs

Based on the original IQ series backs, Phase One has just announced the new IQ2 digital backs available in 60 megapixels (IQ260), 80 megapixels (IQ280) and an achromatic IQ260 with 60 megapixels – all with full frame CCD sensors.

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Phase One Certified Professional program – POCP

What it is, why it’s important and the state of the photographic industry

By Walter Borchenko – B3K Digital

The Phase One POCP program evolved out of the need to establish industry standards. soldes air max 1 This requires the support of Phase One distributors, dealers and rental houses globally.

Training like our Capture-U program or establishing your own system is fine, however, the basics must be covered and maintained. The POCP program delivers the basics and a whole lot more, exceptionally well. billig nike air norge This is a strong reason to include the POCP program in any Capture One and or Medium format training strategy.

POCP Program

The program is designed for Digital Techs, Assistants and Photographers who manage their own equipment and workflow or find the additional knowledge valuable in a studio / team environment.

Training starts with an on-line component that averages 4 to 6 hours to complete. The training is broken up into a number of modules, each with a quiz that must be passed by 80%. The second stage involves a 2-day workshop. Nike Air Max Dames Goedkoop The 2nd day of the workshop concludes with a final exam. To receive the Phase One Certified Professional designation, the on-line scores and the final exam must have scores of 80% or better. Nike Max UK Fjallraven Kanken Large If passing scores are not achieved for the final exam, a retest is arranged for a fee.

As part of the program, each attendee receives one of the most comprehensive Phase One trouble shooting guides available. These guides are not publicly distributed and are available only through taking the POCP program.

Program content is constantly being updated and expanded. Soldes Chaussures Asics Due to the changing nature of the material, certification is valid for 2 years and then a re-certification is required. Fees for re-certification are significantly reduced. goedkoop nike air max 2016 Fjallraven Kanken Big As part of the certification, each successful candidate is listed on the Phase One International registry. Canadian graduates now number 30+ from our 2013 and 2014 programs in Montreal and Toronto. This year we are expecting to expand the program to Calgary and Vancouver.

POCP graduates can show the POCP logo on their websites, business cards and marketing. Nike Air Max Goedkoop On average, approximately 2/3rds of the attendees graduate from the Phase One workshop.

If Capture One and DSLR’s or Phase One / Mamiya – Leaf digital backs are something you use regularly, there is a very high likelihood of graduating the POCP program.

Medium Format and POCP

Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf backs and systems are the most installed, most purchased and most widely rented globally in the medium format category. If this market situation were occasional, the need for POCP would be small. nike pas cher nike air max 2016 goedkoop However, Phase One has been in this lead position for almost a decade.

The install base has grown to a very significant number partially through photographer loyalty and partially due to the incredible life span of these products. new balance 996 femme soldes fjallraven kanken large 20 L nike air max 2017 femme Photographers who invest in Phase One / Mamiya Leaf backs typically stay invested making medium format part of their daily workflow. Assistants and digital techs come and go fairly regularly. There is a limited amount of time to train and or learn workflow and equipment operation. POCP graduates have a solid knowledge base and are a great solution to this dilemma.

DSLR’s and POCP

The increase in image quality of DSLR RAW files handled thru Capture One is well established. Significant savings in post-production time and retouching offered by Capture One is a key cost savings and competitive advantage in today’s economy. Clients are no longer willing to pay for significant retouching as in the past. nike tn requin Additionally , tethered workflow for studio photographers increases productivity, quality of the creative process.

Due to the success of Capture One with busy photographers, the POCP program incorporates a significant segment on DLSR tethering, and workflow. If Capture One is new to your DSLR workflow or you would like to take advantage of some of the most effective workflow tools, consider hiring a POCP graduate on a consultative basis. The POCP program gives graduates the tools to work out an efficient workflow and highlight the key tools and functions that save time and produce a better job.

Working around the Globe – finding the right team

The demands of clients can lead to travel and having to produce high-level jobs in other cities or countries. The global nature of business means that travel is an essential part of many photo businesses. nike air max 1 pas cher To define travel as complicated would be an understatement, especially for photographers. In many cases, renting just about everything is about the only way to simplify the process. Working with POCP graduates in whatever country you happen to be in, provides a high level of consistency. The POCP listing on the Phase One site is organized by world region and then by country making it easy to find someone in or near where you need to shoot.

State of the industry

The photographic industry has changed beyond all recognition. A single photographer produces as much or more work than 10 photographers did even 6 or 8 years ago. nike air max 2016 goedkoop In many categories the price of photography has come down significantly putting pressure on studios to find new efficiencies. nike air max 2017 dames wit kanken baratas As the efficiencies of Capture One and the Phase One / Mamiya-Leaf backs is understood by more and more of the remaining market, Phase One solutions have become successful in all categories of photography. kanken fjallraven The POCP program jump starts staff to a high level of efficiency quickly. Goedkoop Adidas Schoenen If a quick solution is required, a POCP graduate is the perfect consultant to get things going.

In the top photographic categories, costs and prices have gone up, especially when significant production and expertise is required. Phase One solutions have always been a favorite of the higher end of photography. nike air max 2017 goedkoop These categories are where many of the POCP graduates come from.

The POCP program provides essential knowledge to take advantage of the 20% of Capture One, Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf backs and DSLR’s that accounts for 80% of the value. solde adidas chaussures In many cases, there is so much riding on a photo shoot that even a small hiccup can be tough to handle. POCP graduates and the POCP program are your best bet to ensure smooth operation.

If you are interested in becoming POCP certified, please contact us. We require a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15. Contact us at info@b3kdigital.com

Special Note: B3K Digital offers the POCP training opportunities as a photographic community service thru our distribution and sales agreements with Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf.