Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Photographer's Guide to Cuba

Cuba is a beautiful and diverse nation, perfect for any photographer.  Full of color, with wonderful people, vintage cars, and green verdant landscapes, there are many opportunities for a photographer to create amazing images. Amateur photographer Christie Allen took a trip to Cuba, and has some tips for anyone planning to do the same. 

Christie used two camera bodies and a lenses that range from 24-200.  She brought along a Nikon D810 and a Nikon D500, a 24-70mm lens and a 70-200mm lens for covering a large range.  Extra batteries are necessary and make sure they're all charged up at night because finding a place to charge them during the day will be difficult.  Bring extra memory cards, as CF, SD, and XQD cards are not easily available in Cuba.   

Christie always travels with her tripod and never regrets it. The Gitzo Mountanier and new Gitzo ballhead fit right into her suitcase, but she wanted a more compact, easier to carry option so she went with the Induro Stealth Carbon Fiber GTT204 tripod.  Bringing a flash depends on whether or not the photographer wants to shoot in low light.  Cuba offers many low light opportunities, so bring a flash if that's what you're looking to shoot.  

Camera BagThe weight limit on bags to carry on and checked can be anywhere from 44-50lbs. Anything over is an additional charge. The Tenba Shootout Back pack is great, especially when on the road and changing locations.  For a rolling bag – Think Tank Airport Series Navigator or Airstream can generally fit in an overhead compartment, but it’s unlikely that any traveler will be rolling a camera case through the streets of Havana.

Follow Christie Allen on instagram @hudsonroadphotography and twitter @hudsonroadimage

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Fotoblog is Back!

Hey everyone!  It's been a while since we've been posting here, but we're back.  We have some questions for you.

1.  What content would you like to see on our blog?  We want to post a wide variety but suggestions from you would help point us in the right direction.

2.  Would anyone be interested in writing and creating posts as a guest writer?  It would be great to get the voice of our customers and fellow photographer out and represented on our website.

We want to cover product reviews, digital editing tutorials, artist spotlights, think pieces about the industry, and gallery and exhibition reviews.  We'll also be covering our upcoming events and in store promotions.  We have an exciting summer ahead of us at Foto Care, with a lot to cover on the blog!

We're looking forward to your feedback! Please share your opinions in the comment section below.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Allen Rokach Travel Workshop!

Yesterday, travel photographer Allen Rokach gave a lecture on his work to a full house. Displaying examples of his own photography, Allen showed the audience what makes a good image, how to tell a story, and much more. Those who sat in on the seminar asked questions about his subjects, his methods, and his materials. Check out Allen's website at and see some of the images he shared with us!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Q&A with Jeff Hirsch (Foto Care owner)

Q&A with Foto Care owner Jeff Hirsch

Foto Care was established in 1968 and has been in the hands of Jeff Hirsch for over 22 years.

1. In your perspective, how has photography changed from when you started in this industry?

Images are immediately shared with millions of unseen eyes connected by mobile devices and networks. The era of a tedious or intimate evening looking at carousel slide trays in a darkened room or escaping to a darkroom to process film and print is in the rearview mirror just like tinkering with a car on the weekend. Technical advances have opened up possibilities only dreamed of before in scientific journals to be open and available to anyone who can afford a mobile phone with built in camera.  

2. How important is building relationships with the photographic community in today’s photo world?
It’s essential. Photography as both a form of communication and art is nothing without the ability to share. Foto Care is in business with the intention of helping customers succeed and grow as photographers. Our past present and future is a road paved by the customers we serve and to that end we do our best to help them achieve success. It’s a two way street and that’s what makes it exciting. To meet and serve not just the photographers and artists with recognizable names but also the students and newcomers that become trailblazers is part of what makes coming to work each day as invigorating as the first cup of coffee.

3. How has NYC changed since you’ve opened Foto Care?
It’s cleaner, safer and more expensive to live.  Cities are magnets that attract young and old alike to occupational and cultural opportunities that are in short supply elsewhere.

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4. How is it running a business in NYC?
I can’t think of a better place to work.

5. What are your thoughts on the new generation’s versions of photography? In example, taking photos on iPhones and having them hung in a gallery?
What difference does it matter what tool an artist uses or which camera a photographer points toward their subject matter. You have to choose a point of view and pick the moment to make the photograph regardless of the device. Image making by mobile devices have eroded the market for point and shoot cameras but so what? It hopefully will push camera manufacturers to make better cameras.

6. What trends are you seeing in the photography world today? 
Print it larger, shoot in darkness, Mirrorless cameras, 4K, 6K, 8K, 3D, 4D

7.What do you love most about photography?
Every day is a new day. When things get boring look up, down or behind yourself and open your eyes. Everyday on every street corner there’s a smile, a gesture or a passing shadow that is just waiting to be photographed.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rest In Peace Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen was a dear friend that we will sadly miss. 
She was a Great Photographer, Mentor and Teacher.
She was all of the above and more.  
For over Fifty years the world came to know her through the images she made.
Her Family of friends knew her from the hugs, kisses, phone calls & visits
She was tough as nails with a heart of gold. 
We celebrate the Life you led and photographs you made.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

J Spring Fashion Show

Our Rental Department sponsored Jessica Minh Anh and the rest of J Model Management with their Spring Fashion Show. We shot behind the scenes at their fashion shoot, and also got a front row seat at the show!  We had a blast.