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FOR SALE: Mac Pro & 30" Apple Cinema Display
WHAT: For Photographers, News, Useful Stuff   |   WHEN: April 21, 2014

Selling both the Mac Pro and 30" Apple Cinema Display for $1500 (OBO)
(individual prices and details below)
Direct message me if you're interested.

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Mac Pro - $1350 (OBO)
Mac Pro with 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor
Model Identifier: MacPro 3,1
RAM: 10GB
OS: Mavericks OSX 10.9.2
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB
DVD R+W Drive
Camera: FW iSight Camera (included with purchase)

4 internal HDs:
320 GB SATA
1 TB SATA
1 TB SATA
1.5 TB SATA

Keyboard included. Don't have the mouse (not sure what happened to it as I use a stylus & tablet).

MacPro and keyboard comes with original packaging.

Condition: Like new/mint, no cosmetic or mechanical defects. All 4 internal drives have been reformatted and are clean and ready to go with a fresh instal of OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks) on the Macintosh HD.

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30" Apple Cinema Display - $200 (OBO)
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Display still has great color and sharpness. 
Comes with original packaging.








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FOR SALE: Photo Lighting Equipment
WHAT: For Photographers, Tools for Photographers, News   |   WHEN: December 16, 2013

I’m selling my studio lighting gear because, well, I hardly do any studio work and it doesn’t get used enough to justify taking up space in a closet. I bought it when I first started out in photography before really knowing what kind of direction I wanted to pursue, and that direction ultimately ended up being work that necessitated a different set of lighting tools. The lighting kit and gear listed below has been used at maybe 10 events over the last 5 years, so it’s like new and everything works flawlessly. Obviously you're welcome to verify anything/everything works before purchasing if you're local.

I’d rather sell everything together becausejust to be done with it and have the space back, but I will consider selling items individually if you don’t want/need everything. Individual prices are listed beside each item.

If you’re interested, call me at 214-621-4264 or email me at mail@mattnicolosi.com

[Scroll down to see more photos of the lighting gear after the pricing]

If you were to buy each piece new, it would cost you around $3500

P R I C E   F O R   E V E R Y T H I N G :   $ 1 , 5 0 0   Individual prices listed below.

Lights
Photogenic PowerLight 1250, 500Ws Monolight with C4-15 Flashtube  –  $300
Photogenic PowerLight 1250, 500Ws Monolight with C4-15 Flashtube  –  $300
Photogenic PowerLight 1250, 500Ws Monolight with C4-15 Flashtube  –  $300
Photogenic StudioMax II 320 (320w/s)  –  $150

Light Modifiers
Westcott 24x36 Softbox w/ Silver Interior  –  $125
Westcott 40 Degree Egg Crate Grid for 24x36 Softbox  –  $125
Westcott 12x36 Stripbank w/ Silver Interior  –  $95
Westcott 40 Degree Egg Crate Grid for 12x36 Stripbank  –  $95
Photogenic Eclipse Plus 45” White Satin Umbrella w/ black removable cover  –  $25
Westcott 45” White Satin Umbrella w/ black removable cover  –  $15
Photogenic PL5R Snoot (slightly damaged, but still functional)  –  $20 (included w/ light purchase)

Light Stands
Photogenic Talon 13’ Air Cushioned Light Stand  –  $50
Photogenic Talon 13’ Air Cushioned Light Stand  –  $50
Photogenic Talon TALS3 3’ Heavy Duty Backlight Stand  –  $25
Manfrotto 13’ Light Stand  –  $25
Manfrotto 13’ Light Stand  –  $25

Wireless Radio Triggers
PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver  –  $50 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)
PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver  –  $50 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)
PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver  –  $50 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)
PocketWizard Plus Digital Receiver  –  $25 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)
PocketWizard Plus Digital Receiver  –  $25 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)

Miscellaneuos
Photogenic Padded Rolling Storage Bag (holds all gear listed here)  –  $50 ($0 w/ purchase of lights)
50’ Extension Cord  –  $0 (included w/ purchase of lights)
9’ Extension Cord  –  $0 (included w/ purchase of lights)



Close-up of the the Photogenic PowerLight 1250s.



Rear panel controls for the Photogenic PowerLight 1250.


Photogenic StudioMax II background light shown with 3 different modifiers (included).  The modifiers can be used on any of the lights, not just the background light.


Rear panel controls for the Photogenic StudioMax II background light.


Westcott 12x36 Stripbank. Works with any of the lights.


Westcott 12x36 Stripbank silver interior.


Westcott 40 Degree Egg Crate Grid for 12x36 Stripbank directs the Stripbank light and eliminates light spill.


Westcott 24x36 Softbox. Works with any of the lights.


Westcott 24x36 Softbox silver interior. Also comes with a secondary translucent white baffle for even more light diffusion.


Westcott 40 Degree Egg Crate Grid for 24x36 Softbox directs the Softbox light and eliminates light spill.


PocketWizard Plus II Transceivers (3), PocketWizard Plus Digital Receivers (2), adn a host of sync cables.


This Photogenic padded rolling duffle bag holds all the equipment listed for sale.



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Using Textures In Post-Processing
WHAT: For Photographers, Tips, Tricks & Tutorials   |   WHEN: June 20, 2011
I've gotten a couple questions recently about how I created some of my images that use texture overlays, so below is a video I created a couple years ago that explains this. For any photographers out there that purchased the Firenze Italian Textures Collection I offer here, you've seen this before as it comes with the set. But for those who haven't seen it, now you know.  Hope this is useful to someone out there.

BTW, I have no idea who's voice that is in the video. Surely mine doesn't sound that dorky in real life... does it? I always hear myself sounding much cooler in my head.

Finally, I have no idea why the video preview image looks so craptastic, but when you press play, everything clears right up. Trust me. Go ahead... give it a try.



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Just the F.A.Q.s ~ Coffee Table Book Layouts
WHAT: For Photographers, Photographer FAQs   |   WHEN: November 25, 2010
Occasionally I get questions about designing coffee table books/albums for clients, so I thought I'd do a quick post to share my philosophy.  Seriously, it will be short because my approach is a simple one, and it goes a little something like this:  Keep it simple.

There are lots of different approaches to book/album design, each of them with their own merits, and I am by no means saying that my approach is better than anyone else's.  It's simply that... my personal approach.  In the end it's simply a matter of preference, so feel free to read this post, call me crazy and move on. No hard feelings.

While I've tried several different design philosophies, I finally settled on the idea of clean and simple with the focus on the images.  I've done album designs that included a fair amount of graphic embellishments and background colors, but I felt like those designs, while appealing, took a little too much attention away from the images and also tended to make the albums/books feel dated faster.  My intent is to deliver a design that will look just as relevant 10 or 20 years from now as it does today, and i think clean, crisp and uncluttered does that.  To that end, I've created a bunch of page template layouts in Photoshop that I can simply drop and resize images into, or, if needed, I can easily modify them on the fly and then drop/resize images into.

And to finish up this post (and because if you're like me and learn through seeing instead of hearing/reading), here's a layout from a recent family session to demonstrate the approach I mentioned above.

Here's the outside cover layout for (in this case) a coffee table book.


And here's an intro page that appears on the right when you first open the book.


And from here on out, you'll see two page spreads for a 10x10 size book (10x20 size when opened and showing a 2 page spread).












And finally a closing page with one of my favorite quotes.



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The Toscana Collection
WHAT: For Photographers, News, Products & Display Ideas   |   WHEN: September 20, 2010   |   WHERE: On the wall
Clients often get overwhelmed when I ask them at their pre-session consultation if they've thought about how they might want to display their images from our upcoming session.  Choosing a display method is just as important as choosing the right images for that display, and it's easy to understand how people can worry about making the right decision(s) with all the options available to them.  There's no need to panic, though.

I want my clients to be as comfortable and confident as they possibly can in making those final image/display decisions, so in addition the a la carte options I've always had, a little over a year ago I put together a few sample wall collections as ideas for helping clients to decide what to do with their images.  They certainly have the freedom to order custom collections that I may not have listed as everyone has different needs; I've simply found clients are much more confident in their purchase decisions if they can 'try before they buy' so to speak, and being able to see these collections in a real space can provide comforting validation when they're making an investment in custom photography.  To do that, I've put several of the collections up on walls in my own home so that they can see them when they come in for their viewing/ordering session.  This, in combination with seeing virtual layouts on a computer display using images of walls from their own home, is a huge help in making those final decisions.

That being said, here's one of the collections I offer.  I used images from my trips to Paris earlier this year for this display which currently resides in our living room.  Here's the details:

T H E   T O S C A N A   C O L L E C T I O N

The Toscana Collection is a canvas gallery wrap collection made up of 6 pieces in the following sizes:

40x25 ~ main centerpiece image
20x30 (x2) ~  outside images
12x12 (x3) ~ lower middle images

Each canvas is wrapped on a 2.5" wooden stretcher framed, signed, and coated with an environmentally safe protective sealant.

This collection is ideal for larger wall spaces, e.g. above a sofa, in a long hallway or on a dining room wall, and becuase of the number of pieces and variety of sizes of images in the Toscana Collection, it can often be broken up into smaller groupings to fit multiple smaller spaces as well.





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