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. 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). 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. Traveling throughout Canada’s remote northern communities taking school photos and family portraits was his day job for months on end. This interesting job also provided him with many opportunities over the years to continue with his landscape work. He has since worked in a wide range of photographic areas, with his focus on studio portraiture. Visit www.cedricswaneck.com for more information.

We set Cedric up with a Cambo Wide RS camera, a Shcneider Apo-Digital 47mm f/5.6 copal 0, and the Phase One IQ160 digital back for the Doors Open Toronto weekend.

(all images are copyright Cedric Swaneck)

Please visit Cedric’s blog where he outlines his recent experience with this technical equipment supplied by B3K Digital and to see more of his photographs from Doors Open Toronto.

 

 

Unique Capture and Lighting Integration from Phase One and Profoto

COPENHAGEN and STOCKHOLM, June 17, 2013 — Phase One and Profoto announced that their technical collaboration has produced an unprecedented integration of simultaneous image capture and light control.

Now photographers can link their Profoto studio light to the aperture or ISO settings of their DSLR or medium format camera system. While shooting tethered in Capture One Pro, any changes to the aperture on the camera will cause the light intensity of the studio light to automatically compensate an equivalent f-stop. For example, if the photographer switches from f/8 to f/5.6, the light will drop one f-stop, so that the image is not overexposed. The solution lets photographers easily define which groups of lights should be included in the linking, making it a powerful and flexible work tool.

“Capture One Pro was designed to satisfy the needs of professional photographers,” said Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO & President, Phase One. “Our collaboration with Profoto and the success of our capture and lighting integrations offer unprecedented lighting control during capture. This solution is especially great for portrait photographers who want to vary their depth of field; they can just turn the aperture dial and the light intensity will follow to ensure the right exposure.”

Anders Hedebark, CEO, Profoto added: “Since our initial capture and lighting integration projects with Phase One, photographers have encouraged us to do more in this area. Capture One Pro is a great platform from which to empower our customers with better tools to manage their professional light gear.”

Two years ago, the companies announced their first image capture and light control integration solution available in Capture One Pro 6. It provided remote access for wireless control of Profoto lighting equipment from within the Capture One application.

Availability and Pricing

The new image capture and lighting integration solution is available now for Mac OS. It requires Capture One Pro 7.1.2 or Capture One DB (digital back) 7.1.2 or later and a Profoto Studio plugin for Capture One. The Capture One software is available from Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com/software or from one of its authorized dealers. The Profoto Studio plugin download is available at http://www.profoto.com/capture-one.

The solution works with all Profoto lights with built-in Air Remote Control. For a list of compatible cameras please refer to: http://www.phaseone.com/camerasupport

Sandy and the Animals

One of our favourite photographers, Sandy Nicholson, has been shooting some very cute and cuddly subjects of late. Sandy’s been working on a small book of animals with the resident mammals, lizards, birds, (and others) from Hands on Exotics.

Shooting with a Phase One IQ160 digital back and a selection of lenses, and extension rings, and lit with the Broncolor Scoro A4S & Pulso G heads, Sandy has managed to capture the unique personalities of some very sweet animals.

Meet Penelope the Pig, she can open doors with her nose, likes to sit at your feet during meal time, and is house trained (she also likes to be brushed with a broom)…someone forgot to tell her she’s not a dog!

  

This curious little guy is Doug the chameleon, seems he wants right inside the camera.

…and the opossum goes by the name of Tula.

Take a look at this great video from a previous animal shoot – the flamingo in a duffle bag is particularly cute.

You can see more of Sandy’s work on his website www.sandynicholson.com and read more about the animals, and services of Hands on Exotics here

*all images copyright Sandy Nicholson

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.

The newest versions of the IQ backs boast 16-bit CCD Sensor+ with a whopping 13 stops of dynamic range. The IQ260 can deliver long exposures of up to one hour and produce 60 megapixel captures that are virtually noise free. The Achromatic version offers pure black and white images, no filters or interpolation applied. With no IR cut-off filter mounted on the sensor, the opportunities to create distinct images using a wide array of lens-mounted filters on the market – both artistic and scientific – are endless.

You now have several options for image capture, whether shooting to a memory card, tethered using USB 3.0 or FireWire 800, these backs are designed to give you fast and continuous capture. They now also offer the option to connect your iPad or iPhone wirelessly to an IQ2 digital back. When connected wirelessly, you can control image captures remotely and incoming or stored images can be reviewed and rated.

Just like their predecessors, the new IQ2 backs are built to last, combing functional design with rugged build quality. Made from 100% aircraft grade aluminum with all ports protected with automatic retracting hatches or rubber covers, they’ll work even in the toughest shooting environments.

 You can check out the newest generation of the Phase One backs this month in Montreal (contact Photo Service for details) March 21st, and in Toronto March 22nd , here at B3K Digital.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. In many categories the price of photography has come down significantly putting pressure on studios to find new efficiencies. 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. The POCP program jump starts staff to a high level of efficiency quickly. 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. 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. 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. The POCP program is developed, presented and administered by Phase One.