Rangefinder presents a variety of exhibits; book releases; new products tools
and software; special projects by photographers, and more.
Compiled by Wendell Benedetti
Canon DSLRs Capture
Animated Feature in 3D
Five camera teams
to work with additional staffers from
studios to record
its new 3D stop-motion animated
Para-Norman. The massive undertaking, which involved capturing
more than 400,000 separate stop-frames using 60 EOS
5D Mark II DSLR Canon cameras, was divided between 50
separate units, each with its own shooting stage, sets, puppet
actors and equipment. Because 3D photography requires the
capture of not one, but two frames 24 times for every second
of screen time, the compact Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras
were mounted on computer-controlled motorized horizontal
sliders, which moved the cameras first right and then left for
the sequential capture of all the necessary 3D frame-pairs.
Hans Kraus Recognizes
Father of Modern Photography
Photo © WilliAm henry Fox tAlbot
Hans Kraus Fine Photographs is currently hosting William Henry Fox
Talbot’s “World: A Gallery of Natural Magic,”
through November 2.
The unusual exhibition
features the early work
Talbot, the recognized
inventor of the photographic negative. In fact, it was Talbot who conceived of photographic
art during the 1830s, combining the use of a camera obscura with light-sensitive chemistry. It was his approach that eventually became the basis
for all modern photography. The show includes more than 25 photogenic drawings, calotype negatives and salt prints from 1839–1844, most
of which have never before been displayed. A fully illustrated catalogue
with text by the Talbot scholar Larry J. Schaaf accompanies the exhibit.
Corrects Image Distortion
DxO Labs recently announced the availability of DxO ViewPoint, its
new software solution
for Mac and Windows,
dedicated to correcting
distorted elements on
the edges of photos as
well as perspective issues, such as keystoning. Using the company’s geometric correction
technology, ViewPoint gives photographers the ability to quickly and easily
restore the natural proportions of the subjects in their images as part of the
normal workflow. DxO ViewPoint is available as a stand-alone application
for Mac and Windows systems, and also as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and 4. Price: $79.
Photo © AnAstAsi A tAylor-lind
Pikto Launches Third Annual
Pikto recently announced its Top Pick Competition for emerging
and mid-level artists. The annual competition asks participants to
explore their own voice while developing a thematic tone for all of
their entries. The winning photographer will receive $5,000 toward
the production of a gallery show, including an opening reception,
professional PR support and a two-month show in the Pikto Gallery.
Previous winners include Arthur Bondar and Anastasia Taylor-Lind
(VII Photo Agency), the Top Pick Winner 2011. Taylor-Lind’s winning
series, “National Womb: Baby Boom in Nagorno-Karabakh,” has been
featured in the New York Times and Burn Magazine, among others.
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2012; winners will be
announced November 15, 2012. No entry fee. www.pikto.com.