Gage Thompson’s Sinister Smoking Shot

Gage Thompson
© 2012 Gage Thompson

Gage Thompson is a Utah-based photographer specializing in skateboarding and lifestyle photography. Like so many photographers, we’re a sucker for smokey photos and Gage’s eerie portrait caught our eye.

Gage shot using the Aptus 22 back attached to a Mamiya 645-AFD II with an 80mm Mamiya lens. Of the back, he writes: “As for the Aptus 22 back, I love that thing. It’s still the sharpest sensor I’ve ever used. The files are just amazing to look at.”

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Stephen Caissie’s Summer Wedding

Stephen Cassie - Summer Bride
© 2011 Stephen Caissie

Sometimes you can’t just wait for the right job to come your way, you have to make it happen for yourself. Toronto-based photographer Stephen Caissie recently shared some behind the scenes details of a bridal themed shoot he did as a promo for himself and for the make-up artist.

The MUA was hoping to create a side business for herself doing hair and makeup for brides, and wanted a way to advertise it. I wanted to play with light and warmth and push myself to create something dream-like in its beauty. We found a model who was game, begged a friend for the use of his backyard, borrowed some clothes, and rented a lighting kit.

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WEBINAR: Medium Format for Fashion with Frank Doorhof

Frank Doorhof webinar

Join us November 20th for our latest and greatest live video webinar, sponsored by Mamiya Leaf and featuring Dutch photographer Frank Doorhof.

Frank will show how he works with a studio setup, explaining his workflow as he creates stunning, high contrast portraits on location. If you think your studio is too small, Frank will show you tricks that will allow you to maximize the possibilities of any location you work in.

Frank’s approach to teaching is according to his motto “Why fake it, when you can create it”. He strongly believes that if you master your light by really understanding what you’re doing you can be freed of the burden that is holding back a lot of photographers in their creativity. When you understand what light is doing you can manipulate it and start thinking about creating killer images instead of struggling to get the look you’re after.

During the webinar Frank will be working with the new Leaf Credo digital back and will also show you how this back has changed his approach in location shoots. Join in the chat room and ask Frank questions as he shoots live on set.

This will be a jam packed hour that will have you glued to the screen, this…. you just can’t miss.

Join us live by clicking here!

Tuesday, November 20th

Start times:
1:00PM Eastern
12:00PM Central
11:00AM Mountain
10:00AM Pacific
6:00PM London
7:00PM Paris/Berlin

Adobe Camera Raw Support for the Leaf Credo 40 and 60

Good news for all you Adobe Camera Raw users! Adobe has released Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2, which now includes support for the Leaf Credo 40 and Leaf Credo 60 backs.

See the full list of newly supported cameras on Adobe’s Lightroom Journal. Get the update natively, through the softwares’ update checkers, or download them manually.

Webinar: Lois Greenfield Dance Photography

The Art and Beauty of Lois Greenfield Dance Photography

Join us for this free live video presentation featuring a behind the scenes look at Lois Greenfield’s incredible Dance Photography. To quote Lois, “My inspiration has always been photography’s ability to stop time and reveal what the naked eye cannot see.” We spent a day in Lois’s New York City studio and filmed the process, flow and instructions that helped the dancers to create the shape and movement so unique to her photography.

Sponsored by MamiyaLeaf, we’ll have Lois live on the set to answer your questions during this fascinating view few have had the opportunity to see. Regardless of the type of photography you pursue, you won’t want to miss this live session with Lois Greenfield.

To watch this live video seminar, bookmark this page and return there on Wednesday, September 12th at 1pm Eastern time. Simply enter your email address, ZIP code and country in the box and the live streaming video will appear for your viewing pleasure.

Webinar: Leaf Credo—Faster, Longer, Better

We have recently commenced work on a series of Webinars led by our own Product Manager, Yair Shahar.

In these Webinars we intend to provide you with insight into our company and our technology and to present new products and solutions. We shall also offer tips and tricks on how to utilize our products in the best possible way.

The first Webinar took place on June 28th, introducing the new line of Leaf Credo digital camera backs. It can be viewed here.

This Webinar is aimed at existing Leaf Aptus users who are considering upgrading to the new Leaf Credo. Yair will go through some of the new and exciting features of the Credo and discuss the differences and advantages compared to the older and the current Aptus technology.

Here is the archived Webinar.

Mamiya Leaf Aptus 75 Takes Long Cold Showers

Architectural photographer Nicolas Dumont took a break from the heat of Dubai with this fun series shot in his shower.

Nicolas invited some friends over and took their picture, fully clothed, under a super cold shower. He had them stand there for up to 20 minutes while he shot away with his Mamiya Leaf Aptus 75. Talk about loyal friends.

Although now that summer’s in full swing a nice cold shower might not seem so bad. See the project and check out Dumont’s portfolio.

VIDEO: Introduce Yourself to the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80

Lance Schad of Digital Transitions acquaints viewers with the brand new Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 in this quick video.

Schad demos the digital back’s touch screen, which he finds both beautiful and intuitive, and takes us on a tour of the the back’s various ports. He also highlights the camera’s wireless capabilities; it comes with built-in support for the Profoto D1 Air and for Capture One and Capture Pilot.

If you haven’t been able to get your hands on a Mamiya Leaf Credo yet, let Lance introduce you!

Head over to Digital Transitions for their detailed list of the Mamiya Leaf Credo’s specs and features and take advantage of their dedicated Mamiya Leaf Credo FAQ page.

Frank Doorhof on the Credo 60

DoorhofDutch photographer Frank Doorhof has just purchased a Leaf Cred0 60 as an upgrade from his Aptus-II 7. Known for his fashion, glamour and celebrity portraits, Doorhof also teaches photography workshops worldwide.

In a remarkably short time of owning his new Credo 60, Doorhof has published a detailed review of his new acquisition. Complete with specs and many sample photos, this is one of the first comprehensive reviews we’ve seen on any Credo model.

Beginning with an interesting comparison of current DSLRs versus medium format cameras, Doorhof explores depth-of-field, speed, and f-stop range. He stresses the quality of the detail he can pull from the Credo 60, and that the speed of one frame per second holds up during a fashion shoot.

Doorhof gives high marks to the Credo 60′s display. When his workshop was doing outdoor work in direct sunlight, one of his students had difficulty seeing the back of a Nikon display. In comparison, the Credo 60 delivered full detail at 80% brightness. He calls the Credo 60 display “amazing.”

He cites the USB3 support and batteries as other highlights. Here’s a quote from Doorhof’s conclusion:

I LOVE the new Credo 60, it’s a very “sexy” back with a great display and it’s FAST. The resolution is nice (and I can’t wait to do some real detailed shots with this back). Color and sharpness are amazing like I’m used from Leaf, the “roundness/3D” look is even better than with my old AptusII 7. USB3 is a really good addition seeing that Apple is dropping Firewire800 from their MacBookPro series.

Doorhof also rates the Leaf Credo 60 as a “better buy” over the Phase One IQ. He wraps up his review with a 100% crop from an earlier shot in the review. The detail is stunning.

Don’t miss the full review here. Learn more about Frank Doorhof’s workshops, DVDs, or his photography at his site.