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GoPro Releases Hero3 – [UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: I Have One In My Hand...]

UPDATE: I HAVE THE CAMERA IN MY HAND. ONE WORD – AWESOME. MORE WORDS LATER. IN THE MEANTIME…HERE ARE SNAPS WITH MY iphone5 (ahem…my favorite iphone of all time) …

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and here’s the post from earlier this morning of footage from this little powerhouse.

Last night GoPro initiated the launch for the new GoPro camera. I’m intrigued. So I’m going to go join in the fun – I’m on the first flight to San Francisco in just a few hours. Stay tuned.

Here’s what we’re told so far:

_Tiny: Especially when you consider that it shoots 4K video at up to (a bit sluggish) 15fps. Drop the resolution to 2.7K, and it shoots 30fps. 1080p video can be captured at 60fps and 720p frame rate at 120fps. This is a lot of cinematic punch in a tiny body.

_Sexy: GoPro seems to have made some great design modifications for this camera. It looks solid but is lighter and smaller than the Hero2.

_Faster: the image processer is 2x as fast as the Hero2

_Pricing: the Black Edition is $399, the Silver is $299 and the White $199. Pre-orders started at 12:01AM PT (3:01AM ET).

[Stay tuned for updates once I have the chance to play with it.]

Impossible Pictures of Pictures

Impossible Instant LabHey photo friends, Erik here with my quick 2 cents on a new product that has sparked some debate here in the CJ Studio. The Impossible Project has a Kickstarter campaign for their new “Impossible Instant Lab”, which will “transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.”   Take a look at the Kickstarter video for all the details:

I should love this thing.  I mean, it combines Polaroids with iPhone Photography with Kickstarter! What’s more hip and awesome than that?  The charm wears off for me quickly though when I realize that all of this is just taking pictures of pictures.  Is there any artistic merit here?  I respect the tangible nature of instant analog photography, but more than that I respect the difficulty, unpredictability, and commitment it takes to do it well.  In my opinion, all of that is lost when you’re using an instant camera more or less as a printer that connects to your iPhone. We LOVE our iphone dearly, but this gadget isn’t about that. Does an analogue printer of digital undermine instant analogue photography?

What do you think? Like I said, I should love this thing, but I don’t know

Aspen Photo Shoot: chasejarvis RAW Behind-the-Scenes Video

Real heli’s and remote octo-copters. Flying cameras and world-class athletes. Lots of hard work and a great campaign for one legendary resort.

Earlier this year in March you may have tuned into my live-updates while shooting the 2012-2013 campaign for Aspen/Snowmass resort. Amidst our 20 hour days we were able to kick out behind the scenes photos, some daily blog posts and a few other things highlighting our work (thanks to Aspen for being incredibly cool, most clients don’t let you do this…) But I also promised a behind-the-scenes vid… So here ’tis. 6 months after the actual shoot, but before anybody else gets to see it – we’re dropping it here today…timed with the launch of the campaign – and sharing several of the final ads before they land in magazines / billboards worldwide.

The focus for this work was to re-create and share the real Aspen experience, so we lived it. Shooting on location in the mountains comes with the usual crazy challenges. Cold weather, crazy wind, even colder hands and feet, scorching sun, altitude issues, running around above 12,000 feet… and in my case, a badly sunburned nose. While some of my BTS videos show that part of it, we wanted the focus of this video to be more on the ways we captured the photos, the people, the athletes, and the action. We skied, hiked, choppered, ate, drank and danced our way through this job – a helluva a lot work, but even more fun. Hope you enjoy.

Some nuts and bolts from the shoot not obvious from the BTS vid, but that you might be interested to know:
// I shot Nikon D3s + Canon 5d (remote from Octocopter) for stills and Nikon D7000 + Canon 7D for the Behind-the-scenes
// We strapped GoPros to my head, my leg, to an octo-copter, to myriad body parts on pro-rippers
// We used 2 real helicopters and 1 remote octo-copter
// Among the many shredders we worked with is legendary Chris Davenport. Literally one of the best pro skiers of all time. Chris has climbed and skied all 50+ 14,000 peaks in Colorado in one year and recently skied off Everest. Follow him here @steepskiing. Total badass. Consummate pro.
// We shot the entire campaign and video in 6 days
// We had a 6-person photo crew (2 producers, myself + 3 film/photo crew) + 25 others (agency, client, talent)
// We hiked + heli’ed to the top of Highland Bowl in pre-dawn hours and watched the sunrise above 12,000 feet.
// No animals were harmed in the production of this video – just a lot of brain cells

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And I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE the music track behind this video. HUGE thanks to one of my favorite bands, The Glitch Mob for working with us to incorporate this song. In between playing amazing live music, getting brought onboard soundtracks for movies like TRON and Spiderman, they managed to squeeze us in. The video wouldn’t be the same without this music. Follow them here @TheGlitchMob and buy their albums here on iTunes.

Nikon D600 Camera is Here. It’s FULL FRAME, but What Do YOU Think?

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Nikon D600 via B&H

Alright photo friends, gear geeks, and camera droolers…

UPDATE: The debate continues below on Nikon’s newly released D600. Win or fail?
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Big announcement today at Haus of Gaga Nikon. Another news bomb just got dropped – the much-anticipated Nikon D600 is here. Not unlike the D4 and D800 before it, I’ve known about its imminent arrival for some time. But for the first time in quite some time, the specs on this camera have exceeded some expectations for a lower-numbered not “pro” body. On the other hand, it seems to be sort of “on par” with Canon’s similar price pointed stuff (7D) that was released 2 years ago.

Here’s some highlighted specs:

_24.3MP FX-Format (ie FULL frame) CMOS Sensor
_1080/30 or 720/60 HD Video Capture
_10 or 20 Mbps Video Capture modes
_100-6400 ISO – Expandable to 50-25600
_5.5 fps Continuous Shooting
_39 Wide-Area AF Focus Points
_Stereo Mic & Headphone Inputs
_HDMI out signal
_Wi-Fi Connectivity with Optional Adapter

(To see a range of images of the camera, click thru image tabs atop this page)

There are several curve balls for me that may have been rumored on the tech sites, but that Nikon actually delivered on this time around… The FULL FRAME move was a good one. A 600 series camera – smaller than it’s recent brethren – at full frame and with all the alloy frame and weather sealing of a high end pro body make this a tempting backup body for some pros, despite its small size and relatively cheap price tag of $2099.

Now, the megapixels. There’s a lot of em, but it seems like the right amount, not overkill like the D800. The fact that its sensor is large makes these megapixels a little tastier too.

Also, FINALLY this is geared more toward video…1080p, audio jack, HDMI out, we get 60p slow mo, and … it has variable bit rate.

The best news? I heard this thing is supposed to ship in just 6 days on Sept 19th.

Disappointments? No 1080/60 (ie slow mo video at full resolution). Bummer. The ISO sensitivity (and perhaps quality of that senstivity) has also been held back from what’s possible with other Nikon cameras. That has really shaped up lately to be Nikon’s ace in the hole – something that they’re doing better than anyone else. Also, probably should have put this atop the list of disappointments…where is the innovation? This is a great camera for the price, but Canon 7D and other have had similar specs for nearly 2 years. Hmmmmm.

(and my buddy DH is pissed that it only syncs at 1/200…because he’s a flasher…)

But beyond that… Please note I HAVE NOT touched one of these cameras, and like the D4, D800, NO I didn’t shoot the campaign. I haven’t yet spent time with the camera to tell you any gory details, although I’m assuming I’ll be able to chat more soon.

The look and feel of this camera? Click thru a range of images of the camera via the above tabs.

So.. I (we?) knew this was coming, but rather than me spouting off about having played with it (I can’t), or telling you what your feelings about this system should be (I won’t), let’s hear from you…

Love, hate, indifferent? Insights?

[Reminder that Nikon plays close attention to this blog, so your comments on this post - glowing or otherwise - might help inform Nikon about what your thinking.]

Link to all the Nikon D600 details and/or purchase here via B&H.

Time-lapse Photography on the Quick & Dirty [tech]

_How many seconds of time-lapse video can be produced in two hours?
_How do you set up your camera for time lapse?
_What kind of gear do you need?
_What kind of results can you get with a $200 camera vs a $5,000 camera?

I sat at the top of Signal Hill in Capetown, South Africa a few weeks ago to shoot some timelapse for a video project I’m working on. In the process, I thought we’d bust out a video to demonstrate the possibilities. I explain in the video above. We shot a Nikon D3s, a Nikon D7000 and two GoProHero2′s to create four different angles. Enjoy!

Spilling the Beans on Twit Photo with Leo Laporte + Catherine Hall

In a jet-lagged haze working abroad last week one of those reminder alarms hit my computer desktop while I was buried in some email that said, “Twit Photo 1pm”. After a moment of confusion, I realized it was a leftover reminder from a year ago when I was interviewed by Leo Laporte and Catherine Hall as a part of their popular web photography show, Twit Photo. I meant to share it way back when, but I’m reminded today that I never did… So here’s the show.

Topics include:
-why starting is everything
-why quitting is important
-gear
-lighting, what NOT to light
-chasejarvis LIVE
_”making it” or not
-commercial photography vs. the world
-the “un-moment”
-directing/shooting video

…and other relevant stuff. #respect

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The Future of Technology for Creatives with Robert Scoble [chasejarvisLIVE re-watch]

Here’s a bit of Sunday morning content to kick off your day, maybe with a cup of coffee or the newspaper. The recent chasejarvisLIVE I did with Robert Scoble as my guest.

Photo gear, gadgets, computers, apps, software – it’s all featured in this episode. We caught ourselves another big kahuna guest for chasejarvisLIVE. The web’s most influential gear + tech geek–bar none. He’s a gadget lover, an technology savant, a Silicon Valley insider, and–in his spare time–he’s a photographer too. Many of the most powerful people in technology share their secrets and consult with Robert to know what’s next in the world of gear, tech, apps, and more. And we photographers, creatives, really want to know this stuff – it’s in our DNA.

Well, prepare to see behind the curtain as I host Robert on this Future of Technology for Creatives episode of chasejarvis LIVE — you will be first to hear about the trends in gadgets and technology tools that he believes will shape the next decade and beyond. More than just cool cameras, we’ll discuss wearable image sensors, realtime creative collaboration, mindblowing cloud solutions and other stuff that makes my brain hurt. Understanding how to harness these tools for your own creative purposes will be worth 90 minutes.

Huge appreciation for our presenting sponsor HP.
And special thanks to Broncolor and B&H Photo

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Enjoy!

Slow Motion Shark Attack: A Phantom Captures a Predator in Action

I’m headed to South Africa in just a few days to reunite with our friend Mike Horn onboard the Pangaea. This area of the world is one of the places where the powerful and eerily beautiful Great White shark likes to hang out. The internet tells me that there have beeb 214 shark attacks and 42 fatalities in the past 100 years in the waters of South Africa – and that the area near Capetown where we’ll be shooting is nicknamed “shark alley.” Awesome. Sounds exciting.

I’ve pointed a Phantom camera at some beautiful animals in my career (click here to see the cjLIVE episode where we run the Phantom on a full-day fashion shoot) but never at a predator shown in this video. The action is both gorgeous and terrifying at the same time.

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Stay tuned from updates from Capetown, South Africa.

The Future of Technology for Creatives: ROBERT SCOBLE on chasejarvis LIVE — Wed July 25

UPDATE!! If you’re reading this now – the LIVE broadcast is TODAY. Check out the post below and be sure to tune into www.chasejarvis.com/live today — 10am SEA time (1pm NYC & 18:00 London) — and enjoy the show. See you on air in a few…

Photo gear, gadgets, computers, apps, software – it’ll be featured….cause’ve caught ourselves another big kahuna guest for chasejarvisLIVE. My guest THIS Wednesday on #cjLIVE is the web’s most influential gear + tech geek–bar none. It’s Robert Scoble. He’s a gadget lover, an technology savant, a Silicon Valley insider, and–in his spare time–he’s a photographer too. Many of the most powerful people in technology share their secrets and consult with Robert to know what’s next in the world of gear, tech, apps, and more. And we photographers, creatives, really want to know this stuff – it’s in our DNA.

Well, prepare to see behind the curtain Wednesday July 25th as I host Robert on this Future of Technology for Creatives episode of chasejarvis LIVE — you will be first to hear about the trends in gadgets and technology tools that he believes will shape the next decade and beyond. More than just cool cameras, we’ll discuss wearable image sensors, realtime creative collaboration, mindblowing cloud solutions and other stuff that makes my brain hurt. Understanding how to harness these tools for your own creative purposes will be worth 90 minutes.

Who: You, Me, Robert Scoble and a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Interview and a worldwide Q & A
When: Next Wednesday, July 25th, 10:00am Seattle time (1pm NYC time or 18:00 London)
Where: tune in to www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free – anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions via Twitter.

CONTESTS
***And last but not least – 2 things very important:

1. Score a special… In order to pimp this show I’m giving away a signed open-edition 11×14 print of my work. At charity auctions, these go for about $5000. To enter for a chance to win, send out any creative tweet that contains the URL (or short url) to THIS post + @hpprint + #cjLIVE starting NOW and ending at the beginning of the show on Wednesday. Enter as many times (tweets) as you want – tweet and retweet – we’ll be naming the winner at the beginning of the LIVE show based on the most creative tweet we see now till then.

2. EVEN MORE SPECIAL. This is HUGE. If you want a chance to SCORE a Broncolor Senso Lighting Kit…the REAL DEAL…a Senso A2 1200ws Pack with 1 Litos heads, Carrying Case, Softbox, Ring, and Sync Cable — valued at $3500.00, then you’ll tune in to the show. We’ll make it easy to win this thing. Gotta tune in LIVE to win. See you there.
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Special thanks to our cjLIVE show sponsors: HP, Broncolor, B&H. We genuinely love what they do, make, and sell.
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Photos as Physical Art Objects — They’re Not Going Away

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Photo: Michael Shindler

On Tuesday my post on backing up your digital data elicited hundreds of responses online. Many of you had a good quip on a time-tested methodology on how to back up your most treasured memories: print them.

What a concept – the photo as an object. As our culture ebbs and, largely FLOWS to just some bits and bytes on a hardrive or server somewhere, an actual physical photo unmistakably elevates in value because of scarcity. I love art as artifact – it’s so damn meta.

Click through the tabs above to see some stylish examples of a very physical photography: tintype photos.

Tintypes (as you might guess based on the ‘tin’) are images that are exposed directly onto a stainless ferrotype plate. As physical as it gets. To see a behind-the-scenes video (via our friends at Cool Hunting) on how these were made at the Photobooth studio in the Mission District of San Francisco click HERE.

Priceless Data: Apple Faces Lawsuit for Lost Baby Photos

"I'm backed up baby..." Photo: Hilary Camilleri

I’ve said it before, but it would be remiss not to mention it again: Back up your data.

Sad reminder of this again when I saw a recent story on PetaPixel about a guy who is taking Apple to court over lost baby photos, saying the failure of a storage device caused him to lose priceless memories. Perminder Tung used an Apple Time Capsule to back up his photos. The Canadian man claims that the device failed and that Apple subsequently told him that data was gone forever. Tung, a lawyer, says the data included the birth of his child and is now suing for $25,000 to compensate for the lost memories. Sad. But is this really Apple’s fault? Hell no. Drives fail. As photographers and filmmakers who depend on the retrieval of data not just for nostalgia – but for our living – we must accept this fact and take the necessary steps to avoid being int the position of the forlorn Mr. Tung.

This is one of the most important fundamentals–not just for professional photographers and filmmakers like us–but for anyone with valuable digital content that’s worth backing up. You can review my workflow video on how to back up your data here.

The workflow video I hinted at above, under the link “said it before” walks you through steps you can take to NOT be this guy. This may well be the most important behind-the-scenes video we’ve made, not because it’s fancy or sexy, but because it covers arguably the most essential information on a set of topics that every photo and video person should understand: workflow, storage and backup of your precious images. This video covers all the ins and outs, the theory and the details of our complete photo and video workflow from capture to archive and everything in between. It’s a tad dated, given some updates in technology, but the theories are crucial and sound. So whether you’re a seasoned pro, an aspiring amateur, or just starting out in photography or video we’ve worked hard to make this worth your time.

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Too cute baby photo: Hillary Camilleri and Angela Smith

GoPro video starring Ryan Sheckler’s NYC skate session

I love what GoPro is making possible. These are things I’ve been asking for from a lot of manufacturers for years. I’m excited someone is listening.

Make a Declaration of Creativity

I just received a very inspiring email. I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve changed or left out some of the personal details to protect the privacy of the sender.

“Hey Chase,
It worked. Everything you said worked. I declared myself a photographer, got business cards, set up an LLC, pumped out shots and pimped them like mad. I DECIDED this is who I am, and it’s like the whole world conspired in my favor. The best part is that my Dad who always told me photography was a waste of time, now respects me and respects my art. My life has changed because you gave me the time of day. Thanks for everything!”

By declaring a commitment to your own creativity you can make big things happen. Simply by deciding, “I am a photographer,” “I am an artist,” “I am a writer,” and taking the action necessary (like making your business cards and forming an LLC) you can and will make make it happen. Whatever your it might be. These are massive mental shifts — and not easy to make by any means. But trust me, they will make all the difference. Just like the letter says, you might find that the ‘whole world’ will conspire to help you. When I hear these stories – they deeply inspire my own work. So thank YOU for the letter. And most of all, thank you for helping to make the world a more creative place.

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