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Richard Kalvar on the Streets

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Runtime - length of the film: 25m31s
Language: english
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Richard Kalvar

Summary:

FotoTV has developed FotoTV-Tech, a forum within the FotoTV platform dedicated to covering all photography related topics such as, prominent photographers, camera hardware, software services and products. For this further installment of FotoTV Tech founder Marc Ludwig speaks with legendary Magnum photographer, Richard Kalvar to discuss his work and technique.

Kalvar, a member of Magnum since the 1970’s, is a classic, black & white street photographer uses Kodak tri-x film, “for the unbelievable grain and rich grey tones”, he boasts. Although he considers the term “street-photography” to be anywhere from a bar or restaurant, to a visit to someone’s house, his photographs always reveal an intimate and most likely, a humorous setting.

Kalvar has an exceptional eye and a talent for catching unexpected moments between human interactions, be it two people arguing or talking on the street or two grown men dressed as daisies. He shares numerous techniques and gives guidelines on how photographers can best make themselves “invisible” when photographing on the street. One interesting story Kalvar shares is that of being accosted on the street during shooting for FotoTV and he also gives valuable tips on how photographers can make the best of almost any situation. Kalvar also talks about his latest project “Earthlings”, a photo book that showcases the best of his work throughout his extensive career.

Shutterstock

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Runtime - length of the film: 29m27s
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Microstock Photography

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For this episode of FotoTV Tech, Marc Ludwig has invited Shutterstock CEO Adam Riggs to discuss the stock photography platform and current trend of Microstock photography, as well as the future of Shutterstock photography. Riggs explains that Microstock photography is an offshoot of traditional stock photography.

Shutterstock sources their images almost exclusively via the Internet, from a wide range of photographers from amateurs, hobbyists, semi-professional and professional photographers, who are willing to sell there images at a very low rate, but at a very high volume per image. “The Microstock industry offers a wider variety of images, making it easier for the photographers to sell many of their images and easier for clients to find the right image”, Riggs says. There are a few guidelines that Riggs mentions which are important when trying to be a successful Shutterstock photographer.

Most important is to submit images that have broad appeal. Images that can have many meanings or interpretations usually sell well and clients from many different industries find practical usage for such images. Riggs recommends using an SLR digital camera as cameras and camera equipment is so advanced and inexpensive that almost anyone can afford it and produce quality stock imagery.

As for the future, Riggs sees the stock film footage trend growing the most, being very useful for graphic designers and interactive artists. Shutterstock Footage offers royalty-free video content with a library of over 145,000 video clips.

Heavyweight Image Editing

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m50s
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For this further installment of FotoTV Tech, Marc Ludwig has invited photographer Andre Brockschmidt and Photoshop artist, Ruben Schmidt of www.equipment-calender.com, to discuss the top-selling heavy construction equipment calendar, as well as demonstrate several Photoshop compositing techniques. Brockschmidt gives us some very insightful information, including showing us some behind the scenes video on location while shooting under some very extreme conditions. Using up to 25 images per shot the calendar project had a budget of about EUR 100.000. The calendar has been a top-seller due to the extremely unique perspective showcasing large construction vehicles, on spectacular backdrops in a way we have never seen before. In conclusion, Photoshop artist Schmidt demonstrates how he brings all the separate images together to compose one very impressive shot, which incidentally, can take up to three days to complete.

New Features in Lightroom 3 (Beta)

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Runtime - length of the film: 20m51s
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Adobe Lightroom 3 is the free public beta version which Marc Ludwig and his guest speaker, Thorsten Kieslich are here today to demystify the new improvements of Lightroom 3 in this comprehensive tutorial for FotoTV Tech.

Adobe has released a beta version of its Photoshop Lightroom 3 workflow and image editing software. Available immediately for free download from Adobe Labs, the new version includes features such as 'intuitive' importing, improved noise reduction, enhanced slideshows and direct online publishing options such as Flickr.

Kieslich describes that Lightroom 3 beta has been completely redesigned with under-the-hood efficiencies to better handle growing image libraries and improves responsiveness with a higher-quality processing engine. In the Library module, a rebuilt import system makes bringing photos into the software more intuitive. Users can easily specify the source and destination of their images, and save common processing, metadata or destination settings as easy-to-reuse presets.

The Library module also includes new capabilities to publish collections on popular photo-sharing sites. Flickr users now have direct access to their accounts from within Lightroom and can drag and drop images directly into their Photostreams. Flickr Pro account users can automatically synch their images and even view comments made on Flickr directly within the Library. This functionality can be extended to additional sites by adding them as new plug-ins once they become available.

Some important and fun new functions and techniques that have been completely redesigned are:

(1) Importing has been redesigned with a new import window that lets you easily see where your images are coming from and where they’re going, with lots of little improvements and enhancements to make the process easier and much more visual.

(2) Drag and Drop Publishing to the Web (and more). Now you can just drag and drop an image to have it automatically published directly from Lightroom right up to Flickr, or directly to an iPhone sync folder, etc..

(3) Pro-level Noise Reduction. This is an area that Lightroom always lagged behind on, but now they have real pro-level noise reduction that competes, or beats, about anything out there (especially because it can do its noise reduction at the Raw file level, rather than on a processed 8-bit file).

(4) Built-in Film Grain feature. There’s been a lot of buzz recently about bringing back that film-grain look, and now that’s built right in.

(5) Better vignetting by a long shot. They really enhanced the post crop vignetting, and now post crop gives you a much better looking, and more natural result (and you have two choices for the type of vignetting effect as well).

(6) You can finally export a slideshow with music embedded in the slideshow (at last), and you can have your slideshow automatically sync the length of the slideshow to the length of your song. Plus, they made it so, on a Mac, you don’t need to use iTunes to host your slideshow music.

(7) Real watermarking is here. Now you can create real watermarks, at different sizes and opacities, and put them where you want them, for both web and print.

(8) Create print layouts with photos wherever you want them. Now there’s a Custom Print Package feature that lets you put as many photos, in whatever shape and size, on the page wherever you want them (you’re no longer restricted to use a grid of uniform cells), so now you can really come up with some creative print layouts without having your hands tied.

(9) You can change the background color for prints. Now you can choose any color as your background for printed pages. I know it sounds like a little thing, but it’s big.

(10) The Collections panel is now in the Develop Module, too. This one addition will dramatically increase your efficiency because now you don’t have to constantly switch back and forth between the Library Module and Develop Module, because you can get to all your collections and images from right within the Develop Module itself.

Have fun discovering the new and improved Adobe Lightroom 3!

Photo Apps for the iPhone

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m46s
Language: english
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FotoTV has developed FotoTV-Tech, a forum within the FotoTV platform, dedicated to covering all technology related topics such as camera hardware, software services and products. For this further installment of FotoTV Tech, founder Marc Ludwig has invited photographer and podcaster Bastian Wölfle of Bitnapping.tv, to discuss and demonstrate several innovative iphone applications. Wölfle gives us his first introduction to a special iphone app capable of giving high quality and shake free photos. Some of the camera applications include guides and zoom, turning a normal iphone camera into something more professional. Another highlight is the iphone app "panorma" which takes a series of photos, pasting them together into one panorama photo. Moving along, Ludwig explains the iphone app, "old camera" which gives special features such as silver, vignetting and sepia, definitely something special for photographers who grew up using a traditional color camera. Another very innovative iphone app is one that allows you to crop your photos right on your camera, as well as adjust exposures without any additional software needed. Have fun with your iphone apps!