Alison Wonderland on Staying True to Yourself in the Music Industry
Australian producer Alison Wonderland has been making headlines left and right. In addition to announcing her spot on the 2018 Coachella roster, she’s not only made DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list of 2017, but she also managed to celebrate Australia’s same-sex marriage announcement with an actual proposal between two female fans on her stage just days after the bill was signed.
Congrats to the two amazing women who got engaged during my set on the weekend. Australia just passsd the same sex …
Godox AD600 Pro Strobe Announced, Brings Performance Upgrades
Godox has released the new AD600 Pro, a new 600Ws wireless strobe that’s marketed in the US by Adorama under the name Flashpoint XPLOR 600 PRO TTL. The strobe builds upon the success of its popular predecessor, the Godox AD600 (AKA Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL), with a number of spec and feature improvements.
The Godox AD600 Pro has TTL connectivity and is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Olympus cameras.
It features a guide number of 285 feet (87m) at ISO 100 and is designed for both on-location and studio use. You can squeeze out up to 370 full power flashes per 2-hour charge of the 28.8v/2600mah Lithium battery, with rapid 0.01 to 0.9 second recycling times (at low and full power, respectively).
Features and specs include a built-in 2.4GHz wireless R2 remote system with a 262-foot range, TTL/Manual/Multi-Flash modes, linking to simultaneous multi-camera systems, HHS up to 1/8000s, flash durations of 1/22s to 1/10000s, 9-stop output control (full to 1/256 power) in 25 steps, 5600K color temp, and proportional/variable/synced modeling with its 38-watt LED (the equivalent of a 400-watt conventional bulb).
The Godox AD600 Pro has an integrated reflector as well as a Bowens mount for additional light modifiers to be added.
Quick Tip: Dominic Bracco II on Writing Better Pitches and Grant Applications
Photographer Dominic Bracco II says working closely with writers has contributed a lot to his success. He has produced and published stories with two writers in particular: Erik Vance and Jeremy Relph. “Collaboration is huge. It’s been really good for me economically,” he says. “A lot of photographers don’t think like writers, but freelance writers are good at approaching magazines. They write really good pitches.”
Bracco has worked with Relph in Honduras on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He has also successfully pitched environmental stories with Vance to Harper’s Magazine, Scientific American, bioGraphic and other publications. “It wasn’t easy at first, but we have a track record,” Bracco says. “We know what our beat is, and publications and funders know that we know what we’re talking about.”
By pitching constantly, and observing how Vance and Relph pitch stories and write grant applications, Bracco has improved his success rate. “My early pitches were long and wordy. I had a tendency to blab on endlessly,” he says. Now, he opens with a one-sentence theme, explaining what the story is, and why the reader should care.
Jurors for grant competitions “have to look at a ton of work, so yours better be damn good, and your writing better be concise. You have to punch them right away,” he says.
Meet Ciao Lucia, The Line Every Cool Girl Will Want to Wear
As the owner of L.A.’s hippest boutique, ShopSuperStreet, Lucy Blair Akin, has been steadily changing California’s fashion landscape by stocking street-savvy brands like Lorod, Hyein Seo, Sandy Liang and Area. With a bustling boutique under her belt, Akin is now forging a new path and carving out her very first clothing line, Ciao Lucia.
Taking her inspiration from the girl on eternal vacation, Ciao Lucia, embodies the spirit of Paris, Cannes, London, and Rome—where in Italy she was chr…
Revolutionary ‘Metalens’ Can Focus All Visible Light on One Point
Researchers have created the first “metalens” that can focus the entire visible spectrum of light onto a single point in high resolution. The breakthrough brings metalenses one step closer towards replacing bulky camera lenses with much smaller chips.
Instead of using solid pieces of curved class to focus light, “meta-material lenses” are covered with an array of “titanium dioxide nanofins” that helps focus light on a point in exactly the same way.
Back in 2016, the researchers stated that the next challenge would be figuring out how to make these metalenses focus the entire visible spectrum and all colors onto a single point:
This focusing of the entire visible spectrum has now been achieved. Here’s how, according to Harvard SEAS:
Previous research demonstrated that different wavelengths of light could be focused but at different distances by optimizing the shape, width, distance, and height of the nanofins. In this latest design, the researchers created units of paired nanofins that control the speed of different wavelengths of light simultaneously. The paired nanofins control the refractive index on the metasurface and are tuned to result in different time delays for the light passing through different fins, ensuring that all wavelengths reach the focal spot at the same time.
Harvard SEAS reports that the latest metalens is able to completely eliminate chromatic aberration, a common issue in modern camera lenses. This is when lenses fail to focus all colors on the same point, causing colored or rainbow edges to appear in areas of contrast in photos.
Prior to this development, eliminating chromatic aberration “has only ever been achieved in conventional lenses by stacking multiple lenses,” Harvard says.
The fact that multiple optical lenses have traditionally been needed to combat chromatic lenses mean that camera lenses — especially high-end professional lenses — can be extremely bulky and heavy. A metalens replacement could one day offer the same optical quality at a fraction of the size and weight.
“Using our achromatic lens, we are able to perform high quality, white light imaging,” says researcher Alexander Zhu. “This brings us one step closer to the goal of incorporating them into common optical devices such as cameras.”
With this focusing challenge solved, the researchers will now be moving onto scaling the lens up to roughly 1cm in diameter, which would open up a new world of possible applications.
There’s no word on when we might see a metalens launch for mainstream cameras or smartphones, but Harvard says it has licensed the IP from this research to a startup company for commercial development.
The women say that Roma often promised to act as a mentor to them before making advances, including during meetings in his office. The alleged misconduct ranges from sexual harassment, manipulation, and coercion to an instance of oral rape.
One of the accusers is Mozhan Marno, a former student of Roma’s who went on to become an actress — she’s had roles in the TV series’ “House of Cards” and “The Blacklist.”
“He would also often remind them of his professional stature,” the Times reports. “That stature carries considerable influence, beyond the usual power disparity between professor and student: In the field of photography, Mr. Roma could make a difference by providing letters of reference, recommendations for grants, and introductions to art dealers and collectors.”
Roma made a name for himself in the photo industry starting in 1974 by photographing the ins and outs of Brooklyn using a homemade camera. He’s married to Anna Friedlander, the daughter of the famous American photographer Lee Friedlander. The winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships, Roma went on to become a Full Professor in Columbia University’s School for the Arts as well as the founding Director of the school’s Photography Department.
Roma has denied the accusations against him through his lawyer, Douglas Jacobs.
“The statements they are making about his asserted misconduct are replete with inaccuracies and falsehoods,” Jacobs tells the New York Times. “All four have taken isolated, innocent incidents, none of them predatory, and have created fictitious versions of reality that are libelous and in the present political climate designed to damage his career and his personal life.
“Professor Roma’s sympathies then and now lie with those who have been mistreated in any way and he completely fails to understand why these women have chosen to create these complaints two decades after the alleged facts supposedly occurred.”
Dazzling ‘Fireworks’ Jellyfish Captured by Deep Sea Camera
Researchers onboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus recently captured rare images of a jellyfish that looks like exploding fireworks when it’s illuminated.
The Halitrephes maasi jelly was spotted at a depth of 4,000 feet (1,200m) at the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico.
“When something remarkable floats by in the middle of sampling operations, our team quickly switches gears to marvel and document,” the researchers write. “Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink — but without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.”
In other words, this jellyfish’s beauty is ordinarily hidden as it drifts around in complete darkness in the depths of the ocean. It’s only thanks to artificial illumination and underwater cameras that we get to witness its dazzling appearance.
Report: Terry Richardson Under NYPD Investigation for Sexual Assault
Photographer Terry Richardson is under investigation by the New York City police department, following accusations of sexual assault by two former models, according to the New York Daily News. Through his attorneys, Richardson has denied the allegations.
Caron Bernstein, a former Ford model, told the Daily News last month that Richardson sexually assaulted her at his studio in 2003.
Both models have told the Daily News that in recent days they’ve been contacted by detectives with the NYPD’s Special Victims Squad. NYPD Detectives have also contacted Model Alliance, an advocacy group that is cooperating with the investigation, according to the newspaper.
Richardson’s attorney Lisa M. Buckley denied Jones’s allegations last month, calling her an “opportunistic publicity seeker” in a letter to Huffington Post. Another attorney, Brad D. Rose, denied Bernstein’s allegations on Richardson’s behalf, telling the Daily News that Bernstein posed willingly and that any contact she had with the photographer “was consensual.”
Over the last several years, Richardson has been accused repeatedly of sexual assault and harassment—often by exposing himself and forcing alleged victims to perform oral sex on him. But he has never been criminally charged, and many clients have continued to work with him.
One exception is Condé Nast, which blacklisted him last fall, one day after The Sunday Times of London published a story calling him “the Harvey Weinstein of fashion” and questioning why he is “still feted by fashionistas,” despite the accumulating allegations against him.
A photographer has been banned by the UFC over offensive comments he made in an Instagram post against a female mixed martial arts fighter.
Mark Aragon, staff photographer for Jackson-Winkeljohn, covered the Women’s Featherweight title fight on December 30, 2017, between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm (a Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter). After Holm’s loss to Cyborg, Aragon took to Instagram and attempted to insult Cyborg. Posting a photo of Cyborg speaking to the media, Aragon referred to her as a “dude” and “he”.
Here’s what he wrote in the caption:
This dude is tough as hell! That being said at the press conference he said Holly was the first one to make his nose bleed! You are my hero @hollyholm see you back in the gym. #ufc219
The comments were instantly met with sharp rebukes from notable UFC journalists.
This is disgraceful and comes not long after the gym’s Twitter account liked a tweet calling Aljamain Sterling the n-word. Sounds like some house cleaning needs to be done in ABQ. https://t.co/Pz1Ot24Nn6
This is unbelievable and unacceptable. A Jackson-Wink staff photographer thought it would be cute and hilarious to call Cris Cyborg a “he” over and over again. Everyone should be better than this. I hope he’s never credentialed again. No place for this. https://t.co/f3vL4fuOQe
It is not acceptable for an official representative of @hollyholm @jacksonwink_mma to call me transgender following my Fight. Their official photographer was given a backstage credential to attend the @UFC and I expect an apology or their ability to get credentials for future UFC events to be affected by these actions. @ma2_media
Cyborg responded on Instagram, saying that she accepted the apology but still hoped Aragon would be banned.
The UFC decided to take action and yesterday stripped Aragon of his press credentials, denying him access to all future UFC events.
“UFC is aware and troubled with the recent statements made by a social media representative from the JacksonWink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico as it concerns women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg,” the UFC says in a statement to MMA Fighting. “UFC does not condone or tolerate the remarks that were used.
“The organization has reached out to the JacksonWink team to inform them that the individual in question will not be granted access for future events.”
Cyborg then posted a message of thanks to the UFC:
I want to thank the @ufc for showing their support. everyone is entitled to a work environment free from sexual harassment and prejudice pic.twitter.com/u3AwIVIUkL
Model Citizen: Christy Turlington’s Most Iconic Fashion Campaigns
Fashion as we know it would forever be changed without the discovery of famed supermodel Christy Turlington, who was scouted by a photographer while riding her horse in California. Turlington’s innate ability to transform in front of the lens has solidified her place in the modeling world as a household name and fashion chameleon. For decades, she’s taken on catwalks for Gianni Versace, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, and more.
To commemorate the model’s birthday, V has rounded-up so…