Interview with Chad Holder, Creator of Padport

Padport is in the iTunes App Store

I’ve been hearing for some time now about Padport. A few friends of mine knew who was developing the app (they wouldn’t elaborate) but, kept it very hush-hush, only to say that it was a portfolio app for the iPad, and that it was going to be all the rage. So, when I heard about the release of PadPort in the iTunes App Store last Wednesday afternoon, I decided I would get to the bottom of it. I made a couple calls and found out that a photography colleague of mine, here in Minneapolis, was the brain-child of Padport. I gave him a call and he agreed to this interview.

APhotoAssistant: Today, I’m speaking today with Chad Holder, a successful commercial advertising photographer from Minneapolis, and the creator of Padport. First thing, Chad, please tell us just exactly what Padport is and why did you decide to create it?

Chad Holder: PADPORT is a self contained, customizable portfolio for the iPad. It shows your images, your videos, and your contact information. It has an ABOUT  section where you can tell the viewer a little about yourself. We also tried to think beyond the photographer and planned for Models, Art directors, Stylists, Reps, Illustrators, Architects, Cabinet makers, Jewelry makers, really anyone who wants to show their works through a digital portfolio. [Read more...]

More Google, Less Copyright?

ASMP and other visual artist’s trade organizations have filed a class action lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google’s practice of scanning, copying, and displaying copyrighted photos and other visuals online without permission is a violation of current copyright laws and does not give adequate (if any at all) compensation to the copyright holder. See the full story over at PDN.

PDN and PDN Online Photo Assistants Survey

PDN and PDNOnline are conducting a survey of photo assistants: what they earn, what skills are in demand, how they find work, what skills they would like to learn.  PDN’s editors want your input if you have assisted in the past 18 months.  The survey results will be published on PDNOnline in March.

It’s a totally anonymous survey, and takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Here’s the link.

After taking the survey, respondents have the option to enter a prize drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a mail order photo retailer. To enter the drawing, survey participants can provide an e-mail address on a separate Web page that guarantees the confidentiality and anonymity of their responses to the survey. (In other words, survey responses go anonymously to one server, while e-mail addresses are collected on another server.)

PDN thanks you for helping us-and your fellow professionals-by participating in this important assessment.

What Are Your Gripes, Photo Assistants?

I got a heads up the other day from Heather Morton about a new column on her blog that she thought would be of great interest to readers at APhotoAssistant.com. She has started a bi-weekly column, called The Whole Nine Yards for photo assistants, and other production crew, to make their complaints known about the industry. The column starts off with a bang today, talking about the issue of photo assistants having to wait 30, 60, sometimes 90 days for payment on a shoot they worked on. Mosey on over and give it a look-see. If you have an issue that you want to get out in the open, you can email kendra.vamplew@gmail.com.

ASMP-MSP Annual Photo Assistant’s Meeting

The ASMP-MSP Annual Photo Assistant’s meeting will be Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7PM, social hour starting at 6PM. Location is Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD).

Whether you are a photo student, a new photo assistant just hitting the bricks, or you’ve been around a while, there will be something for everyone. The photo industry has changed a lot in recent years, and assisting has also been affected. Does this impact our role as photo assistants? How do we find jobs? Should we intern first? What gear is important to know? Freelance or full-time? What do we really need to know? Where do we start?

I will be part of a diverse panel of assistants and we will address the many questions facing photo assistants in today’s photo industry. So come on out and rub elbows with all your assistant and photographer friends.

Hop on over to the ASMP-MSP site for more info. See you there!

Klinko & Idrani 2010 Student Photo Competition

Bron Imaging Group has partnered with the iconic photographic team of Markus Klinko and Indrani.

The Bron Imaging Group bi-annual BIG ED photographic contest will be hosted by the power couple this spring. The theme of the contest is an intimate portrait of the girl or boy next door. The image could be a brief glimpse of an intimate moment, something that plays on the voyeuristic. Possibly the image could be something more Rockwellian centered around a boy scout troop or a combination of the two, remember it is M&I…

The competition will run from February 1st to July 1st. Markus Klinko and Indrani will select the winners, along with a hand picked panel of stylists and magazine editors.

ENTER HERE!

Mamiya Announces Apple iPhone® App

Photo courtesy of Mamiya

Photo courtesy of Mamiya

December 18, 2009 – Elmsford NY – Apps for the Apple iPhone®, especially those designed specifically for photographers, have proven incredibly creative and useful.  One that has been welcomed by studio photographers is Mamiya’s Leaf Capture Remote for the new Mamiya DM system. This app transforms an Apple iPhone® or iPod® Touch into a remove image viewer.

This is the first application to permit real-time, on-set remote viewing of medium format images, enabling instant feedback on any shot.

Now, while the photographer is shooting in a tethered mode, other people on set – the creative director, client, stylist, etc. – can watch via a standard Wi-Fi network, without hindering the movement of the photographer or crowding around one monitor. The images are hi-res and the software allows viewers to pan and zoom using their compatible Apple device.

Leaf Capture Remote application version 1.0 is free and available now for download from Apple’s iPhone App Store. It supports any Mamiya DM or DL medium format digital system. Additional information on installation and setup of the server application is available through the Leaf Capture software link at www.Mamiya.com.

The Mamiya DM system of DSLR kits and Digital Backs offers photographers the ultimate in big-sensor image quality at very affordable prices. With models offering 22, 28, 33, and 56 megapixels, the Mamiya DM system continues to make Mamiya the brand of choice for today’s top professional photographers

Profoto Assistant Photo Contest

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Profoto is sponsoring the Stake Your Claim to Fame Photo Contest, open to photo assistants worldwide. Profoto is ponying up $17,500 for the top three finishers in the contest, and the first place photo assistant will take home $10,000 worth of Profoto gear.

Photo assistants will be competing with other photo assistants from around the world for monthly recognition. The best work will appear in prestigious magazines, with your story featured on ProfotoAssistants.com, Profoto.com, Profoto-USA and others. So it’s a good idea to enter soon, and have more chances at getting free publicity. You can enter up to four submissions before the April 20, 2010 deadline. You can get all the details over at Profoto.

Is A Photo Assistant The Same As A Digital Tech?

photo courtesy © Bruce Christianson

photo courtesy © Bruce Christianson

Last night I dropped by MCAD again to attend another ASMP-MSP meeting, this time in conjunction with MNDigiTechs, to address some of the issues that photographers and others in the photo community are having when it comes to distinguishing the role of a digital tech, and just how they should to be used in a specific workflow. Much of the discussion focused on what a digitech does, and why they do what they do.

The comparison of digitech vs. traditional photo assistant came up more than once, and it’s the opinion of this photo assistant that my role as a photo assistant is much different than that of a digitech. A few members on the panel made the definition of what goes on in front of the lens is the responsibility of the photo assistant, and what happens behind the lens, or after capture and in the computer, is the responsibility of the digitech. I 100% agree with this most basic job description.

But, of course, there will always be the exception when I’m asked to download of a CF card from camera to computer. Even so, it is rare for me to do much raw editing, color correcting, or retouching during production. And, if so, it’s done on the fly, only in a mock-up sense, the photographer knowing that he will be doing his own digital imaging in post. While some digitechs are expected to perform such tasks while on set during production, many feel this practice is futile and distracts from primary file management, camera ops, and hardware/software optimization. On the flip-side of the same topic, if a digitech is expected to act in the capacity of a photo assistant setting lights, wrangling cords, helping the producer, getting lunch, and attending to the set, then the role of the digitech is again compromised and the workflow will suffer. What the digitech is primarily doing is taking on the job that the film lab used to fulfill, but now it’s done real-time.

The panel consisted of four local digital techs… Jeremy Wilker of Tweak Digital, Rick Haring, Ben Saltzman, and Jim Niehart. Also on the panel were two guest digitechs… Kat Andrews, a tech from Smashbox Digital in Los Angeles, and Todd Schweikert, the V.P. of Industrial Color in New York City. The panel was humorously moderated by Clark Patrick, who is a co-founder of MNDigiTechs.

The presentation was well attended and I feel that there was a good quorum which will help address some of the pressing concerns going forward. Hopefully, a precedent has begun to take shape on this debate, and now budgets and production expenses are able to be adequately quantified, so that photographers won’t have to be so bogged down with the learning curve of our digital age, and can be photographers once again.