From its humble beginnings as a one-van commercial transportation service for photographers, Quixote has grown into a full-service production studio in two short decades. Founded and nurtured by LA natives and UCLA grads Mikel Elliott and Jordan Kitaen, Quixote now supplies the entertainment and advertising industries with facilities, equipment, vehicles, and whatever else they may need to get the job done. They recently pumped $1 million into their production-supplies department, allowing them to supply jobs with crucial gear such as iPhones and 4G WiFi boxes so that directors need not summon starlets from their trailers via tin-can phone.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Samy’s Camera's team of shutterbugs imparts mastery of the rapidly changing currents of digital photography through any of the introductory classes. Computer classrooms resound with the banter of students and the hum of photo editing hard drives during the Introduction to Photoshop CS5 class, which focuses studies on Adobe Camera Raw images and the simple ways to manipulate them into prints of celebrities eating other celebrities. Intro to Digital Bookmaking offers insight into how a coffee table book can be a personalized wedding album, cookbook, and more. During the seminar, Samy's Creative Solutions software will be demoed and a coupon code for a free photo book is given out. The secrets of calibrating cameras and computers to show consistent color unveil themselves in the Intro to Color Calibration course, and Understanding Your Digital Camera covers basics such as setting resolution, basic flash operation, and more for a point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Intro to DSLR Video helps people realize the full potential of their cameras and provides instruction on how to stabilize and accessorize shooting rigs.
VC Photography’s team tailors its photo shoots to suit the needs of any client. Photographers can accommodate actors and models with headshots, brides and grooms with wedding coverage, and families with portrait sessions. With a photojournalistic approach, they're adept at documenting meaningful moments at large events, and they can customize their style to suit commercial needs.