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Ask Me Anything About The Photo And Film Industry Over On Fstoppers.com

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This week I’ll be answering all of your industry-related questions over on Fstoppers.com. Follow this link or click the image above!

Read About My RAW Image Process In The Phase One Blog

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Hit up the Phase One blog to read an article I wrote about my RAW image processing tips using the software Capture One Pro 7: http://blog.phaseone.com/my-raw-processing-software-of-choice-by-douglas-sonders/

Hope you enjoy it!

My Review Of The Phase One IQ250 Medium Format CMOS Back

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Camera and software maker Phase One let me have/demo/test the brand new groundbreaking CMOS 50 megapixel digital medium format back for a couple of weeks. You can check out all of my thoughts and impressions as well as test images over on Fstoppers.com: http://fstoppers.com/review-of-the-phase-one-iq250-medium-format-cmos-back

Got A 2 Page Fashion Spread In Nylon Magazine

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That’s right. Mr. horsepower, robots, and explosions has a fashion spread in Nylon as part of the XOXO Fashion campaign I shot with Supermodel Lily Aldridge. Never thought I’d see the day! Fun thing to find at the airport.

My 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Photo On The Front Page Of Jeep.com

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Cool! My Jeep Cherokee photo is jeep.com’s main image! Kind of a dream come true! This was part of the campaign I shot in Jackson, Wyoming a few months ago for Jeep. Never thought it would make the front page! I think the beauty of Wyoming did half the work for me on this project :)

This was taken with the Phase One 645DF+ IQ140 and the 75-150mm Leaf Shutter lens and natural light!

Trying Out New Business Cards – Who Wants Me To Mail Them One?

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My friend and designer Nicole Fallek tried out a new business card design for me. Spot uv, foil, blue sides.

Who wants one?

Email info[at]sondersphotography[dot]com with subject “ds business card” and your address and I’ll send you one.

The Winners Of The Robocop Retouching Contest Announced

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We had hundreds of entries to my Robocop retouching contest that was announced a few weeks back. You can see the grand prize winner and all of the honorable mentions on Fstoppers.com. There were some really awesome ones.

The Challenges And Benefits Of Being A Traveling Professional Photographer

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Recently, a young talented photographer that is on his way to a very promising career asked me about how I handled traveling so much. You see he was about to accept some projects that would take him away from home for an extended period of time and he was concerned about how he would take it. His question got me thinking… This way of life has become so familiar to me, that I forgot how my life has changed and developed because of it and thus, I’m inspired to create this post that lists the pros and cons of being a photographer that travels for work and how I’ve handled it.

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They Decided To Give Us A Free 2014 Acura MDX For A Year – #DiscoverMDX

My 8112 Studios co-founder, Nicholas Cambata, have been given a free 2014 Acura MDX for a year as part of the campaign #‎DiscoverMDX to show off everything this all new redesigned MDX can do. You can follow our NYC adventures and see what we do with it over the year at Paragon Acura8112 Studios, and my instagram. Trust me, we plan on pushing our luck haha.

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You see the MDX is the perfect vehicle for us as New York City residents. Our MDX has 3 rows of seats (7 seats total) that also fold down flat to load lots of gear. It’s been handling the snow and ice in and around the city, it has survived potholes, jumped curbs to bypass trucks blocking the street, escorted clients and even supermodels. It is just the right amount of space, sporty handling, and rugged capability to fill our needs as owners of a production company. I know that sounds like a sales pitch, but this is literally what we’ve been doing with this 2014 MDX and what we’ve enjoyed so far. You can see what we mean on our social media (above in the first paragraph). We will be posting photos, videos, and stories.

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Special thanks to Brian Benstock, Andrew Diffenderfer, Scott Rodgers, Paragon Acura, and Tier 10 Marketing for helping make this happen.

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Announcing The Amazing Robocop Retouching Contest! Win Prizes!

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The Contest

As you may have seen on Fstoppers or on this blog, I did one of my dream shoots with an actor wearing an original style Robocop costume along with his replica of the OCP Robocop police Taurus. The Robo suit is actually made from original molds used to create the actual costume used in the first Robocop movie. Pretty cool, right? Well as I’ve discovered, this is also a dream shoot for many of you as well. Now, I cannot setup a shoot for you, BUT I can let you play with up to 8 of my original Phase One IQ140 RAW files from the photoshoot. Even better, if you do a great job, you may win prizes and accolades!

The general idea is to download and use one or all of the provided RAW files (bottom on this post) and have a good time retouching/creating a composite from this shoot. You can put Robocop on Mars, in the middle of a gunfight, having dinner with you in a family photo, etc. The sky is the limit… although, lets avoid him doing anything that may be considered offensive to the general public (this is the internet, I had to add that disclaimer haha).

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are examples from my previous retouching contests for reference:

Video Of The Original Photoshoot:

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Your Panel Of Retouching-Celebrity Judges

We are VERY lucky to have a panel my extremely talented retoucher/photographer friends to sift through your entries and choose the honorable mentions as well as the grand prize winner! Pratik Naik, Clint Davis (previous retouching contest winner), Justin Paguia (my own  longest time retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko, Glyn Dewis, and myself will all be judging. I am honored that they are agreeing to help in the fun! They are all so incredibly talented and good people to boot!

The Prizes

All honorable mentions will be posted on Fstoppers.com along with links to their websites/online portfolios.

Along with the honor of being named one of the most creative and talented retouchers by our judges, the grand prize winner will receive the following prizes:

  • Full copy of Phase One’s Capture One Pro 7 software (retail $299): This is what I use (they put my photo on the box). It’s the best tethering and RAW processing solution on the market. It actually is the best software for processing Phase One RAW files like the ones you will be downloading below, although it does an awesome job processing every other major camera maker’s RAW files as well. I heavily suggest you download the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 and use it to process the RAW files from this contest.

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  • Case Logic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack (retail $99.99): I have this bag and it’s awesome. It fits my 15″ Macbook Pro, iPad, Wacom tablet, GPS, chargers, etc. It’s also great for travel because you can zip it open without having to pull your laptop out at the airport security lines. It also has a sleeve in the back to easily slide onto your roller bag securely.

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  • Tether Tools Starter Kit ($84 value) from my friends at Tether Tools. This is an awesome prize by itself and great for any on-location photographer or tech. They promised to supply you with a tether cable of the winner’s choosing.  The guys at TetherTools.com are awesome. They make everything in my on-location tethering kit from my tether table, to my USB cable from my camera to the computer, iPad holder for displaying images to my clients, and anything else you could ever imaging wanting on set. Check out www.TetherTools.com

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The Rules

  • You have approximately 9 days. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) February 14, 2014 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. Make sure to include your name and a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
  • Grand prize winner and honorable mentions will be announced by February 21, 2014. Stay tuned to this blog and my Facebook page for updates.
  • Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Robocop in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create. I’ve included 8 files with different elements for you to combine as you see fit! You can use 1 or elements from all 8 files as you wish. You can also combine elements from your own or legally acquired stock imagery as long as you include elements from at least one of the Robocop files supplied below.
  • This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
  • Submitted images should be at least 1000 pixels on its longest side.
  • The fine print: I still own the copyright of these images so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios as examples of your retouching work, of course. I’m a kind fellow, but my lawyers are not :D
  • Have fun!

Download the zip of the 8 Robocop Phase One RAW files here : Contest Over / Compiling Results

NOTE: I highly suggest downloading the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 software and using it to process these RAW files.


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