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Behind the scenes with photographer Michel Leroy

Michel Leroy Photographer behind the scenes with Body and Pole Athletes

Behind the scenes with advertising photographer Michel Leroy […]

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Behind the Scenes for NORML

Michel Leroy shoots Stiletto Stoners for Prop 19 […]

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Behind the Scenes – Power Women Editorial Feature

Behind the Scenes with Michel Leroy on 2010 Power Women Editorial Feature […]

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Nikon vs Canon File Comparison (ISO 12800… really)

I’ve been shooting Canon since college. I purchased the T90, top of the line at the time – Hoo la la.  When Canon PRO went digital in 2003 I didn’t look back.  Then, I went to the Eddie Adams Workshop and was reintroduced to Nikon.  There were so many superstars using Nikon Digital and the file quality was amazing in my initial tests.

For a few weeks I’ve been wanting to test my friend Jonathan Orenstein‘s Nikon D3s.  Finally, I had the perfect controlled situation to give it a try – I was doing a shoot for Bonnier Corp.  I had the studio for a few hours during the PreLight and went to town.  I shot my Canon 1Ds Mark II (older for sure) and the Nikon D3s with studio and available lights.

The first thing to know is that Canon’s ISO range is from 100-1600, but I never really shoot above 320 if at all possible.  Beyond 320 the color channel noise gets crazy and there is unwanted digital artifacts.  The Nikon’s ISO range starts at 200 and goes to 12,800.  That’s 12 thousand.

Shooting was similar between the two cameras but the glass has a different look.  More importantly, the RAW files don’t look anything alike.  I shared the RAW files with my retouchers at DOT Editions and they did a full comparison between the two.  Check it out.


This makes low-light, high ISO, clean file photography possible with the new Nikon DSLR.

Canon vs Nikon

Canon vs Nikon

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Digital Archiving and Catastrophic System Failure

A friend of mine called earlier today in a teary fever about the loss of her Drobo RAID after upgrading her Operating System. She was justifiably hysterical – I didn’t know what to say. A similar thing happened to another friend of mine about six months ago and he paid $6000 to get ‘some’ of his files recovered by a forensic data recovery company.

Imagine loosing “YEARS” of images in an instant. Too many of my friends and colleagues call when they have computer problems and don’t know what else to do. I hate to say it but I have seen this before and it kills me. The digital mantra is “not if you will have a catastrophic system failure but when”.

Since 2004 when I purchased my first Canon 10D I have shot 10 Terabytes of digital images. The first year it was a single 250GB drive, then it quickly became a 500Gb, 1Tb, 2Tb and looking forward to 2010 I am considering the driving force of Moore’s Law of exponential increase in my archive.

What used to be additional three-ring binders and more slide pages in the film days has become an incredible IT Department of escilating proportions. And I’m the IT Guy.

To anticipate the inevitable system failure I stick to a consistent workflow, validate my archive and backup regularly. Beyond that, I do my best to keep a second backup off site.

There are two resources that I would HIGHLY recommend to the non-gamblers amongst us who need a scalable and sustainable Digital Asset Management system: Peter Krough’s DMA Book and the best practices system support of Marc Mintz at The MacXperts.

I went to a lecture by Peter a few months ago and one of the things he made a point of was to ‘START NOW’. The idea of going back over years of images from multiple camera systems with multiple softwares is too much for anybody. If you start doing it better today you won’t be calling your IT friends in a panic tomorrow.

Krogh’s 3-2-1 Backup System:

  • 3 Copies of your Images
  • 2 Types of Media (HD and Online or DVD’s etc)
  • 1 Stored Offsite

My advice to my friend and to you, buy the best rated hard drives, always by two if you need one because you need a backup, format them correctly and backup often. To make the process of backing up, archiving and recovery easier I use all of the following software solutions.

SuperDuper – Bootable Backups, they really work. I’ve done entire photo shoots using the backup drive.

ChronoSync – File migration and backup. Validation is a huge advantage to this software.

Synchronize! Pro X – File migration.

Adobe DNG Converter – Data Validation is essential.

I am a Mac.com (now Me.com) user and they have online storage as part of the annual fee. I have a copy of my portfolio backed up there. There are also a bunch of good online Backup Services:

Catastrophic system failure will happen to you. Don’t let it become a cascading loss or your system, assets and archive. Get backed up NOW.

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Time-Lapse in the Digital Age

I have been seeing some really cool still image time-lapse movies from Tom Lowe. There have been some really fantastic HD DSLR films using the Canon 7D and Nikon D700.

TimeScapes: Rapture from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.

TimeScapes: Rapture from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.


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Canon 7D – 1080p Video to the masses

The Canon 7D has been rumored for months but was just released officially on Tuesday (9/1/09). This camera is going to mark a major change in DSLR video for both still photographers transitioning into motion and film makers experimenting with low-cost, narrow depth of field 1080p cameras designed in the still world.


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DSLR vs Medium Fomat: Cost

After my last post talking about DSLR vs Medium Format I thought I would talk to some of my friends at Fotocare and Digital Transitions about the gear that’s hot right now.


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