Lytro Illum: A new camera that lets you capture and harness the power of light field, allowing you to create living pictures

Tue April 22, 2014

The LYTRO ILLUM includes the following features:

  • 8x optical zoom lens with a max. f/2.0 aperture throughout the zoom range (30-250mm equiv.);
  • Uses a “large” 1-in. 40-megaray light field sensor;
  • Runs on Android;
  • 4-in. articulating LCD touchscreen;
  • Post-capture image adjustments include: adjust focus, tilt, perspective shift and depth of field;
  • View images in 3D, build custom animations, export images into common formats like JPEG and share to the Web or mobile devices; and
  • Workflow is compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

Lytro Illum is available July 2014 for a retail price of US $1,599.

This video presents “LYTRO ILLUM Trailer.”


Apps, Articles

Celebrate Earth Day 2014: NASA’s #GlobalSelfie Event + Celebratory Events in Canada

Tue April 22, 2014

This video presents “Earth Day 2014 Promo.”

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery on Earth as NASA takes part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day.
  • Today, April 22, is #EarthDay. Are you ready for your #GlobalSelfie?
  • Join NASA and the world celebrate environmental awareness with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

NASA: #Global Selfie Sign for Earth Day 2014

NASA: #GlobalSelfie Sign for Earth Day 2014

NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

Earth Right Now Campaign

  • The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science.
  • Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching this year to expand our understanding of Earth’s changing climate and environment.
  • NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.

“NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Once those pictures stream around the world on Earth Day, the individual pictures tagged #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth — a new “Blue Marble” built bit by bit with your photos.”

  • On Earth Day, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.
NASA's "Earth Now" App

NASA’s “Earth Now” App

  • NASA’s FREE “Earth Now” Apple and Android app “immerses users in dazzling visualizations of near-real-time global climate data from NASA’s fleet of Earth science satellites.”

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. “What are you doing to show your love for the planet?”

A Nature Conservancy of Canada's Earth Day tribute e-card.

A Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Earth Day tribute e-card.

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has the following three great ways you can take time for nature and spread some nature love:

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‘Nir Bareket: My Eyes Have Seen. Celebrating 50 Years of Photography’ Exhibition: April 26–July 19, 2014

Sun April 20, 2014

Photo credit: Don Jail, 1987, Nir Bareket, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1243, Series 1216, item 86.

Photo credit: Don Jail, 1987, Nir Bareket, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1243, Series 1216, item 86.


FREE Admission

April 26 – July 19, 2014

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 26, 1 – 3 P.M.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The Market Gallery
2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market
95 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Nir Bareket has been a professional photographer since 1965.

  • Mr. Bareket has worked as a photographer in New York City, Switzerland and Israel and settled in Toronto in 1975.
  • The breadth of his work spans theatrical, commercial, industrial, architectural, portraiture, documentary and photo-journalism.
  • In Toronto, he operates his independent photography studio.

Market Gallery’s upcoming exhibition – “Nir Bareket: My Eyes Have Seen. Celebrating 50 Years of Photography” – will present photographs from the Bareket Collection, the City of Toronto Archives and the Ontario Jewish Archives.

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2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Long List Includes 23 Artists

Fri April 18, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Vote on the Finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Beginning on August 13, 2014.

  • A group of 13 curators, artists and scholars, themselves international experts in photography, have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes the following 23 artists in photography:

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MIT Museum exhibit features 100 early photographic portraits

Mon April 14, 2014

Travel all the way back to the 1840s and 1850s, when the very first photographic portraits were made, produced on mirrorlike pieces of silver-plated copper. 100 of these “daguerreotypes” are presented at the MIT Museum’s Kurtz Gallery for Photography in “Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection.”

You can view photographs of “abolitionists and slaves, firemen and flirts with fans, brick-makers and literary women, cross-dressers, and chicken-pluckers.”

Read the article at: mit



Nanowires May Yet Revolutionize Image Sensors

Wed April 9, 2014

Researchers from Harvard University are working on an image sensor made with silicon nanowires of different radii which absorb specific wavelengths (colors) of light. No intervening filters are needed since each nanowire captures light of a specific color. Since no light is absorbed, the higher absorption efficiency allows for higher pixel densities and higher resolution.

In principle, the device could absorb all incoming light and convert it directly into photocurrent. In contrast, filter-based devices absorb approximately half of the incoming light before it reaches the image sensor. The greater efficiency would then pave the way for cameras with higher resolutions.

Read more at: physorg.


Articles, Contests

You’re Invited: 2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival May 22 & Submit Film Entries by May 4

Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

This video presents “2014 TSFF Promo.”

  • Toronto Smartphone Film Festival’s submission deadline: Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Submit a film and win these great prizes!
    • TSFF Award (Round trip ticket to South Korea)
    • Rhythm Award (Varadero, Cuba All Inclusive)
    • Arirang Korea Award ($1,000)
    • Audience Choice Award ($500)
    • KTO Award (Samsung Galaxy Tab)
    • Raindance Award (1 Year membership to Randance + Zacuto iPhone grip) — For 1st time GTA (Greater Toronto Area)-based filmmaker

2014 Toronto Smartphone
Film Festival (TSFF)

May 22, 2014

FREE Admission


Scotiabank Theatre
259 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richmond St. W and John St.

TSFF 2014 Call for Entries
Submission Deadline – FREE Submission: Sunday, May 4, 2014


  • As the only smartphone film festival in Canada, Toronto Smartphone Film Festival provides an international platform for creative video content providers from Toronto and abroad to showcase their talents.

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Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera: Product Video

Sun April 6, 2014

This video presents “Introducing Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera.”

  • The innovative α7S camera features a 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 — 4096004 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.
  • The α7S is the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition.
    • It does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels.
  • Equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the α7R camera, the α7S drastically improve AF sensitivity in low-light that can go as low as -4EV.
  • In video mode, the α7S can output 4K video at QFHD (3840×2160) in 4:2:2 to an optional external 3rd party 4K recorder via the HDMI*
*Requires compatible recorder. 4K movie recording requires a 4K-compatible recorder.

Articles, Contests

CONTACT Photography Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award: Submission Deadline April 15, 2014

Sat April 5, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1–31, 2014 in Toronto.

Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award

Curators and directors, publishers and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

  • This is an important event for artists with projects at advances stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally—as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice.
  • The portfolio reviews are for anyone who is serious about photography.
    • It is not a requirement to be a professional who earns income from their practice, or to have studied visual art.
  • *Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure a high caliber of work is presented in this program.

One artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery in January 2015.

  • Chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, this award recognizes outstanding work presented at the Portfolio Reviews.
  • The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

The award also includes:

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