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EOS-1D X Canon

As a Nikon shooter myself I am not as up to date with the canon equipment as i should be. However this new body is one that shooters, both Nikon and canon will appreciate. The action sports photo world will never be the same with this baby on the market! This new body is an action shooter’s dream, with features like 12/14 fps shooting and built in Ethernet cable!!!

Wanna know some Specs? You will once you see this list!

  • Full Frame
  • 18.1MP
  • Dual DIGIC 5+
  • ISO 100-51200 Native
  • iso 102,400 and 204,800 available with H1/H2 iso expansion
  • 100,000 Pixel RGB Metering Sensor
  • EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis)
  • 61 Point AF
  • DUAL CF Cards slots
  • 21 f/5.6 Cross Type Sensors
  • 20 f/4 Cross Type Sensors
  • 5 f/2.8 Cross Type Senors
  • EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Auto Focus)
  • 12 Frames Per Second
  • 14 Frames Per Second JPG Only
  • 400,000 Shot Rated Sensor
  • Ethernet Connection
  • March Availability, $6,800.00
  • Dual vibrating dust removers
    • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    • 1920×1080 30p/25p/24p
    • 1280×720 60p/50p
    • 640×480 30p/25p
    • SMTPE Timecode !!!

I am no gear nerd but i must say YES PLEASE! For more info and pretty pictures click the photo above to check out Dan Carrs Intensive post.


Too cheap to buy Adobe CS5? Now you can rent it.

For those of us who dread purchasing the whole Suite for $700+, Adobe has just launched a brand new rental program for their creative suite lineup. Programs start at just $29 a month, and go up from there (photoshop runs $50/month). If you haven’t been able shell out the cash, hate having to upgrade, rarely use it, or haven’t figured out how to steal it by now, this is an awesome option, especially for freelancers who may only need the program every so often for certain clients or jobs. Check out the rental page here.


Lighttrac for iPad- an outdoor photographer’s best friend

Winter is over in Portland! The sun is coming back out! I’m sure I’ve just completely jinxed the pacific NW with that, but still, it’s exciting be able to go outside again. With longer days and sunnier skies, photographers can get shooting back outdoors again. So here is a great tool for anyone depending on that big ball of fire in the sky to light up their models. Lighttrac is an app for iPad and iPhone that tracks and forecasts the position of the sun according to the shoot location- sunrise, sunset, directional light, time, duration, angle, everything you would need to get the sun where you wanted it without scouting the location days ahead. The app costs $3.99, which is well worth it to impress your friends with your new-found mastery of ambient light.


Digitally retro with Holga + Canon


Wanna be retro and cool? Of course you do. Everybody these days has a Holga camera, so how do you take that fun to the next level? Throw that cheapo plastic lens on your pro DSLR. HolgaDirect now makes a conversion kit, allowing Nikon and Canon cameras to accept a full range of the toy lenses including a macro, telephoto, and wide angle. This is actually a pretty cool way to get the Holga feel with none of the hassle or cost of developing and printing the film. The kit runs about $70, check it out here.


All aboard the Grease Bus!

With all this snow Mt. Hood has been getting, we’ve all been in snowboard heaven. Anyone noticed a flashy purple bus with “feed me!” written on it cruising around? If you haven’t figured it out, thats the one and only Grease Bus, Portland’s best way up to the mountain. Our friends over at Nike Snowboarding and Salomon Snowboards have been sponsoring these guys since 2001, and we’re pretty stoked on it. Running on bio-diesel, the bus offers skiers and snowboarders roundtrip service from the city to the slopes for only $10! Not only that, the bus is fully equipped with magazines, Clif Bars, and a flat screen TV to get you amped for the day. Next time you’re heading to hood, skip the lonely drive by yourself and hop on the grease bus with a few buddies instead! Head over to the grease bus site to see schedules and events.


360° Viewer-Controlled Video is Here

In this digital age where we need to know everything that is going on around us all the time, some mediums may feel a little left behind. But video no longer has that problem. A company called NorthStudio360 has devised a way to shoot 360° video by apparently using six video cameras at once, and with their clever video player, you can control where you want to look while the video plays by just clicking and dragging with your mouse. Red Bull did a project like this a few years ago, strapping a a 360 cam to a hemet and towing surfers into teahupoo, but it didnt have anywhere near the customization of this new instrument. Northstudio360 is mostly marketing their device to tourism and travel sites, but I like the potential in the video below- viewer controlled sports, making it more personal than ever.
(the video may take a bit to load, it’s new technology, be patient)


How to shoot wakeboarding in the studio

The guys at F-stoppers never cease to amaze me with with the behind-the-scenes video they manage to find. This one actually comes straight from the editor, Patrick Hall. After getting tired of shooting traditional wakeboarding actions shots in his hometown, and desiring a commercial feel, Hall decided to get intense in studio. Employing a crew of nearly 10 assistants, multiple strobe packs, 5 pro wakeboarders, and an intricate rope system, definitely some impressive images made in the end. Pay attention to how well the models hold their look when the buckets of (probably cold) water are tossed at them!

Fstoppers Original: The Wakeboard Studio Shoot from FStoppers on Vimeo.


Mark Visser’s 2am Tow In At Jaws

What’s the best way to surf by yourself in perfect waves? Surf them in pitch black. Mark Visser may be crazy, but he may also be a genius. Maybe it’s because we love creative lighting. Maybe it’s because we love athletes raising the bar. Either way, you need to check out this video. Using newly developed light technology, Visser was towed into 30-40 foot surf while lighting his own path and remaining visible by helicopter and jet-skis. “The lighting technologies were created especially for the project by Solus Corporation using ground breaking NASA submarine lighting to ensure the wave and board were lit in the right places, at the right time and illuminated the wave without hindering the vision of Visser, the jet ski drivers and the helicopter pilots.”
This ride is the first part of Visser’s “9 Lives” project. Can’t wait to see how he risks the other 8!

Mark Visser Rides JAWS at Night! from Fortrus Sports on Vimeo.


Contest: Tell Us What to Do With This Relic!


While doing major re-haul on Nemo’s photo studio, we came across this antique from the 80’s. Back in the day, this Speedotron 2401A strobe pack was the top piece of equipment for professional photographers worldwide. Although it’s now totally busted and probably a little dangerous, we still think it’s a piece of celebrated Trevor-Graves-history. Long story short, we can’t just throw it away. So now we are recruiting you, our devoted readers, to tell us what to do with it! Should we make it into a robot? Get some snowboarders to jib it? Send your best diabolic schemes to jordanl@nemohq.com, and in 2 weeks we’ll pick the most creative idea to unleash on the speedotron.


Lady Gaga + Polaroid take us into the future


CES (consumer electronics show) was this week in Las Vegas, and while all the gadget nerds were focused on tablets and such, Polaroid‘s new ambassador Gaga was releasing the latest advancements in instant-image equipment, specifically, these space-age photo glasses. These monstrous sunglasses allow the wearer/shooter to record photo and video of whatever they happen to be looking at (not sure what the memory on them is though), display the images on the exterior of the lens, and export through a usb drive in the earpiece.
another notable piece of polaroid equipment was their pocket-sized wireless instant printer, allowing all of us smart-phone-addicted people to print our phone’s photos on the spot.
Check out Lady Gaga’s demo below (she kind of stumbles through her speech, but good for her for talking to all those nerds).


BMW burns their logo into viewers eyeballs

Sorry, that headline probably came off much more graphic than what is actually happening. However, the folks over at BMW have gotten pretty crafty in their latest ad/stunt in Germany. Merging knowledge of technology and human sensory reactions, the car giant played their new tv commercial at a local theatre for a select audience. While the film was playing, they fired a profoto strobe through a BMW logo through the back of the screen, into the audience’s retinas, without them really even noticing. But when the viewers closed their eyes at the end of the show, they were left with letters BMW projected on their eyelids. Check out the sly tv spot below (though the flash effect doesn’t work over YouTube)

(via gizmodo)


Photoshop Tutorial Rap

Here is a little tutorial to help out everyone’s photos and christmas cards this year. The rap is a little wack, but the dude surprisingly knows what he’s talking about. CMY-Killa covers red eye removal, “blinging” your text, and applying filters to your unicorn…


Polaroid Cameras back from the dead! (for a limited time only)

There’s nothing like the experience of a Polaroid. And they’re coming back, thanks to the skillful refurbishing of The Impossible Project and Photojojo.

The three models that are being brought back to life are the original SX-70, the Rainbow OneStep, and the Sun 660 Sonar. They span three decades of Polaroid development between 1972 and 1990, and each has been hand-inspected and retooled to work like new again.

And these aren’t just any Polaroids. The SX-70 was the first to use the company’s color instant film, the first to let you watch your film develop before your very eyes. The OneStep came into being during the days of disco—the rainbow stripe is a dead giveaway—while the Sun 660 was produced well into the 90s and features sonar focusing.

There aren’t many available, and they don’t come cheap. Impossible Project and Photojojo have restored 40 each of the OneStep and the Sun 660 (at $200 each, including a pack of film), while there are just 20 SX-70s ($350) up for sale. But these are working fossils, artifacts brought to life. “The memories they evoke, and the new ones they create, are worth every penny.” via Photojojo


Is the photo industry already over the iPad portfolio?


Here is a cool article from Photoshelter.com discussing the surprisingly disputed topic of using, or even replacing, iPads for portfolios. It’s a convienient and tech-saavy solution from photographer’s eyes, but are photo editors tired of them already? Here are 3 photographer’s who have taken the iPad portfolio to the next level in order to better brand themselves while still showcasing their unique styles. Even if you don’t have time to read the whole article, check out the images of how these guys are integrating their portfolio cases to house their ipads/stands/cleaning cloths/promo cards/whatever else they can pack in. Check it out at Photoshelter.


Antler&co.

We love when our friends start new projects, and look what they’re up to now: In true Oregonian-manly-badass fashion, Nemo friends Greg and Grey have launched Antler & Co., handmade housewares crafted from real deer antlers! Every antler&co. artifact is an original, individually numbered in a first edition of 1000. Of course these amazing pieces are crafted from the finest cruelty free shed antlers. Check out all of their fine (christmas/hanukkah/kwanzaa worthy) products here, and be sure to creep on them on facebook and twitter.


Olympus Pen commercial is pure photography

How do you tell the story of a classic camera? Olympus has done a pretty good job in their new ad for the iconic Olypmus Pen. This spot is pure photographic storytelling. With major inspiration from Mr Taijin Takeuchi, 60000 pictures shot, 9600 prints developed, and over 1800 pictures re-shot. And believe it or not, there was no post-production involved (old school, I know!).


Of course there’s an App for that…

For all you photographers and media people who never seem to be on top of your model/location releases, once again, technology is here to save you. This is Easy Release, the App that “replaces inconvenient paper release forms with a slick, streamlined application, designed by professional photographers for professional photographers,” now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and for all you cool kids with iPads. Enjoy.


Surfers Get Matrix’d

Not sure how many surfers are out there reading this, but even if you don’t surf, this is worth checking out. Action sports are not yet well know for tv spots, but Rip Curl seems to be wanting to change that. Using 52(!) DSLR’s and multiple video cameras, this newly launched campaign features some of the most technologically advanced stop-action multimedia ever recorded. Check out a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Rip Curl team getting all matrix’d out in this wave pool in Malaysia (and see the final cut here).


re: Reciprocity

You are invited to a night of inspiration, learning, and discussion at NemoHQ for The New Communicator’s event September 15th from 5-9pm. The New Communicators is a three-day series of events exploring the ways we communicate with each other. Events are created by anyone and anyone can attend. It is an open forum for discussion, education and inspiration.
Come discuss reciprocity, linear storytelling, social media animals, culture, global citizenship, and Russian spies! It will be a great evening for creatives, social media pundits, and business folks alike.
We’ve opened our doors for those eager to present their ideas and stories, and are hosting a great line-up of people ready to inspire you with their thoughts and teach you with their experiences.

Reciprocity :
The New Communicators Event Hosted by NemoHQ

Wednesday Sept. 15th 5-9pm // 1875 SE Belmont St.

Narrative Storytelling in a Social Media World
presented by film/video director Jacob Hinmon of Four + One Productions
5:00 to 5:45

My Month as a Russian Facebook Spy
presented by Anna Chapman of Winborn & Company
5:45 to 6:30

2010 New Communicators Keynote
presented by Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs for The World Affairs Council of Oregon
7:00 to 7:30

Old Spice and Exotic Social Media Animals
presented by Dean McBeth, Sr. Strategist P&G Brands at Weiden + Kennedy and Community Manager of Old Spice
8:00 to 8:45

Please RSVP at http://www.bit.ly/nemohq-tnc
Find out more at http://thenewcommunicators.com/


Leica M9 now with wifi and text messaging. Not.

What’s cooler than an iPhone 4? Decking out your iPhone 4 to look like a Leica M9.

San Francisco photographer Joey Celis is kind of a genius for designing this Leica M9 iPhone Skin. Sadly, it’s not going to be made for sale- Celis considers it a “one-off”. Definitely makes him cooler than the rest of us iPhone users, though (and way cooler than those Droid users!)


Chase Jarvis Appeals to tech geeks around the world.

Work flow is of the utmost importance….watch and learn.


Sweet F.A. by Plain T

It is time once again! February has long been the month for Portland’s famed Doom Town Rock & Roll Fashion show, however this year it goes by a different name,the Sweet F.A. Rock & Roll Fashion show. The production is still headed by two of Portland’s mightiest design minds Erin “Beretta” Cry of Revolver Revolver and Elizabeth Mollo of Disorder Cloths. As for whats in store, i was able to sneak a look at the fashion and speak with some of this years featured designers, and it looks like this year is shaping up to be another Doom Town Productions smash! Get your tickets, and get your ass to the Fez Ballroom on the night of Feb. 21st.


“It’s Fun, It’s Easy, It’s a robot” …ummm what is it?

The GigaPan Epic is a little contraption that well, takes panoramic photos robotically. You just set your area that you want to cover, and this sucker goes to work. It takes hundreds of photos with robotic precision. You then run it through its software and it aligns and merges all the single images into one single cohesive panoramic. Basically takes all the fun of photoshopping all your images together and throws it out the window. Personally, I stay away from panos for that reason. But somewhere out there some sorry bastard is out of a job (pricetag is less than 400.00). Great timing GigaPan, Jeez! Click ahead to see the GigaPan in action at Obama’s inauguration, make sure to zoom in all the way, it’s pretty nuts. Check it here.


Get greasy, get nasty, get home for just $10 Bucks.

Get on the Grease Bus, for just $10 bucks gets you to Mt. Hood meadows and back! What a deal! Just sign up on their website and wait at your designated pick up spot and sit back while used veggie oil takes you up to get down on some shred! check here for more info and get down with grease!