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Award-Winning, Faster Samsung NX1 Captures the Enchantment & Timeless Beauty of Iceland’s Natural Wonders: NX1 Camera Features Include Quick Continuous Shooting Up to 15 fps at 28 MP, 4K Video, Shutter That Shoots at 1/8000 Sec.

Fri November 27, 2015

The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Enchanted Icelandic Aurora Caught in 4K/UHD Time-Lapse:

Embark on a time-lapse journey into the enchanted land of ice where the aurora resides. Watch how the NX1 has captured the timeless beauty of Iceland’s natural wonders from the resplendently icy underworld to the captivating Northern Lights.


In April 2015, Samsung NX1 won the prestigious award, ‘Best Compact System Camera Professional’ by the  Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

  • TIPA judges specifically highlighted the NX1’s technology which empowers photographers everywhere to achieve previously unimaginable levels of quality in every image they capture.
Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Accurate Shots Every Time with Samsung Auto Shot:

Witness Samsung Auto Shot at work. Using a predictive algorithm to track subject movement and automatically trigger the shutter, Samsung Auto Shot makes sure you capture the action at that precise moment whether it’s a baseball destined for a home run or a glorious jump at its height. It also captures any high-speed motion in a trap by itself.


Some subjects flutter by in a flash. So we gave the #NX1 a shutter that shoots at 1/8000 sec. in case you need to keep up.

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You’re Invited: Constantine Manos | Looking Back | Gallery Opening and Reception at No Cost at Leica Store Miami, Florida USA, Dec. 2, 2015

Wed November 25, 2015

The following video presents Leica & Magnum: Constantine Manos – Personal Documentary from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Constantine Manos was born in 1934 in South Carolina to Greek immigrant parents. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1955. Joining Magnum Photos in 1963, he then became a full Member in 1965. This video, produced in partnership with Magnum, is a personal documentary of Manos’ wide-ranging subjects – from desegregation in the American South to life in Greece and his later work throughout America which he shot in color. One thing has remained constant throughout his career, it’s been Costa and his Leica rangefinder.

Leica Store Miami


Constantine Manos | Looking Back | Gallery Opening and Reception – Wed, Dec. 2, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Free Event

Leica Store Miami
372 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Phone: 305-921-4433


Leica Store Miami invites you to join them next Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM for a gallery opening and reception celebrating Magnum Photos photographer Constantine Manos.

“The flow of people in a setting, their changing relationships to each other and their environment, and their constantly changing expressions and movements – all combine to create dynamic situations that provide the photographer with limitless choices of when to push the button. By choosing a precise intersection between subject and time, he may transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the real into the surreal.”

Constantine Manos

The highlights of the event include:
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You’re Invited: ‘Carry Less, Create More – A Photowalk’ with Panasonic Lumix Luminary Giulio Sciorio in New York, NY USA on 6 December 2015, at No Cost: Panasonic Will Loan Lumix Cameras & Lenses to Attendees

Mon November 23, 2015

The following video presents Carry Less Create More – A Photowalk:

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic’s New ‘Post Focus’ Function Will Be Available on the LUMIX Digital Cameras DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 Via a Firmware Upgrade Version 2.0 Which Will Be Available at No Cost at GMT 1 a.m. on November 25, 2015.

At Giulio Sciorio’s photowalk, you can try out the Panasonic’s new ‘Post Focus’ function on the following LUMIX digital cameras:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic DMC-FZ300

Panasonic DMC-FZ300

Giulio Sciorio’s

Carry Less, Create More – A Photowalk

FREE Admission & FREE Loan of Lumix Cameras and Lenses

New York – New York, NY, USA – View Map

Please Register at

Lumix Luminary Team member Giulio Sciorio invites you to grab your gear and head out on a photo walk with him and friends as they hit the streets of NYC.

The photowalk highlights include:
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You’re Invited: Toronto’s First Accessible Photowalk on November 28, 2015 & Prizes Include the FUJIFILM X-T10 Camera Kit

Wed November 18, 2015

The following video presents FUJIFILM X-T10 Promotional Video(60sec.):

Boasting outstanding image quality thanks to unique color reproduction technology, the FUJIFILM X-T10, which is aimed at Photography Enthusiasts, combines a compact and lightweight body with a new AF system that excels at capturing moving subjects, as well as an electronic Real Time Viewfinder, which boasts an impressive 0.62x magnification ratio, high-definition precision 2.36 million dot display and the world’s shortest time lag of 0.005 seconds.

Fujifilm X-T10: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-T10: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

You’re invited to Toronto’s First Accessible Photowalk in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

500px and AccessNow


Toronto’s First Accessible Photowalk

Saturday, November 28 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Yonge-Dundas Square
1 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Show Map

500px and AccessNow have teamed up to bring you Toronto’s first accessible photowalk. The first event of it’s kind, we are bringing photography and accessibility communities together. This is a photowalk in which everybody can experience the joys of connecting with fellow photo lovers, capturing this beautiful city of ours.

Join us on November 28th at Yonge and Dundas square for for our first ever accessible photowalk. Come “walk and roll” with us.

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Mobile Image Processing Breakthrough

Sun November 15, 2015
Credit: MIT

Credit: MIT

Researchers from MIT, Stanford University, and Adobe Systems presented a new image processing system at the Siggraph Asia conference last week that reduces the bandwidth consumed by server-based image processing by as much as 98.5 percent, and the power consumption by as much as 85 percent.

This is great news not only for casual photographers using their smartphone as their primary camera, but also for every dedicated camera with built-in Wi-Fi. This means that high resolution images can be processed in-camera without a hit on either bandwidth or power consumption.

How the researchers accomplished this feat is pretty clever: the camera sends a highly compressed JPEG version of the image, the server does all the heavy computational processing, then sends back an even smaller file containing just the instructions for modifying the file.

The camera sends a very low-quality JPEG of the image, which saves on bandwidth. To prevent the system from relying on just one pixel (which may have been the result of compression of many subtle colored pixels), the system artificially introduces high-frequency noise: small, random, local variation of the pixel color.

Next, the system performs the desired image processing, such as increasing contrast, sharpening, etc.

The system then divides the image into chunks of 64 x 64 pixels and, for each chunk, it uses a machine-learning algorithm to generate 25 numbers to describe the alteration to apply to that chunk. So for each 64-by-64 pixel patch of the uploaded image, the server sends back just 25 numbers.

Your smartphone (camera) receives those numbers and performs the modifications described by those numbers on its high-resolution image.

This is still early research, and it seems almost impossible that highly detailed images could survive this type of processing, but it does look like cameras (on your smartphone or dedicated) will be relying more and more on central image processing servers. Could the camera of the future be not only mirrorless, but also fully connected, with the grunt of the work performed on powerful servers and images stored in the cloud and immediately accessible by various connected devices?

via MIT News


Nikon Camera Captures Incredible Cocoon in the Video, “Nature’s 3D Printer: MIND BLOWING Cocoon in Rainforest – Smarter Every Day 94”

Tue November 10, 2015
Image grab from video below

Image grab from video below

Image grab from video below

Image grab from video below

The following video presents Nature’s 3D Printer: MIND BLOWING Cocoon in Rainforest – Smarter Every Day 94 :

What is your theory about why there are holes in the cocoon?

Please allow me to Earn you “Like / Share” by giving you the photos!
Take your pick, here are two ways to view them:
1. The Smarter Every Day Facebook Page:
2. A Blog entry written by Phil, from Rainforest Expeditions:

Tweet ideas to me @SmarterEveryDay

Filmed on location in the Rainforests of Eastern Peru. I was on a tour run by Rainforest Expeditions (
Please Share with your friends if you enjoyed it.

The music is an original work by Gordon McGladdery of A Shell in the Pit, who went to Peru with me.
Gordon had to pay for his flight down to Peru and hasn’t made his money back yet.
Please donate something in exchange for his awesome work!…
Here’s some Info from Phil:

This type of cocoon is known as a “open-network cocoon” and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa….


Thanks to Rainforest Expeditions for inviting me down, if you’d like to go down to the Amazon Rainforest and see all of this for yourself check them out at
Phil Torres is the Conservation Biologist in the video who was wise enough to bring his books to the middle of the jungle! You can tweet Phil (
Instead of saving for my kids’ college, I make videos using the money I would have saved.
The thought is it will help educate the world as a whole, and one day generate enough revenue to pay for their education. Until then if you appreciate what you’ve learned in this video and the effort that went in to it, please SHARE THE VIDEO!

If you REALLY liked it, feel free to pitch a few dollars towards their college fund by clicking here:

Warm Regards,

Image grab from video above

Image grab from video above

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You’re Invited: ProFusion Pro Imaging Expo 2015 in Toronto, Canada November 11 – 12: Get Your eTicket Online Now at No Cost

Fri November 6, 2015

The following video presents Profusion 2015 Teaser:



ProFusion Pro Imaging Expo 2015

Get Your FREE ProFusion 2015 eTicket Online at

or $10 at the door

Wednesday & Thursday | November 11 – 12, 2015

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The primary mission of ProFusion is to showcase and celebrate the pro imaging industry in Canada. To that end, over two days, our focus is to celebrate Canada’s burgeoning pro imaging market by bringing together the latest technology and the brightest minds in the industry.

Get your FREE ProFusion 2015 eTicket at .

  • NOTE: You must provide a valid email address to receive your ticket, since it will be emailed to you.
  • Please ensure has been added to your Safe Senders list to avoid your ticket being sent directly to your spam folder.
  • Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the ProFusion website and in the press, ProFusion marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to the ProFusion photographing and using your image and likeness.

The highlights of the Profusion Expo include:
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You’re Invited: Kenmore Camera 2015 Digital Photo Expo’s Seminars & Lectures at No Cost in Washington USA, November 7 – 8

Fri November 6, 2015

The following silent video presents Kenmore Camera Digital Expo 2014 – Camera 1 Timelapse:

Kenmore Camera 2015 Digital Photo Expo

10th Anniversary
Of the Largest Photo Show on the West Coast

FREE Seminars & Lectures

November 7 – 8, 2015

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington, USA 98036

Spend the day learning from pros, checking out the latest photography gear and listening to special guest speakers and photo industry vendors!

The seminars and lectures are FREE.

  • The topics include travel and nature photography, studio lighting, how to use all those camera features, and “plenty to spark your imagination.”

For more info as well as schedules of seminars and lectures, please visit .



Olympus Perspective Playground Paris 2015, 28 October– 25 November & Perspective Playground Photo Contest For Natural Residents of Metropolitan France, 28 October to 31 December 2015

Fri October 30, 2015

The following video presents Olympus Perspective Playground:


28 October–25 November 2015

Admission: €10

12 pm to 12 am Every Day Except Tuesday

13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris, France

Please Register Now at


Olympus invites you to experience the PERSPECTIVE PLAYGROUND in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Explore the multifaceted worlds of art and science and Olympus’ Art of Imaging through the eye of a camera. This is a unique opportunity for photography lovers to participate in an interactive exhibition featuring the work of internationally renowned artists and high-precision scientific imaging exhibits….

Be one of the first to experience the interactive art concept “Explore the Art of Imaging” featuring unique interpretations of light and space in the Palais de Tokyo.

  • Cameras are available to use for FREE for the extent of your visit.
  • The PERSPECTIVE PLAYGROUND is included in the price of admission of the Palais de Tokyo.

Olympus France organized a Photo contest, from 28 October to 31 December 2015, titled “Competition PERSPECTIVE PLAYGROUND” to put forward the most beautiful photos made by visitors to the Perspective Playground at the Palais de Tokyo from 28 October to 25 November.

  • Paricipate: Show Olympus your best photo from the PERSPECTIVE PLAYGROUND.
  • The winners of the photo contest will be rewarded for the most breathtaking shots.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Kit 12-50

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Kit 12-50

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Kit 14-42EZ

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Kit 14-42EZ

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Kit 14-42EZ

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Kit 14-42EZ

  • 3rd prize: a camera Olympus PEN E-PL7 Kit 14-42EZ worth 599 euros (657.66 US Dollar, all taxes included)

Vote and participate with your best photos taken at the PLAYGROUND PERSPECTIVE .

The jury of the contest Photo PLAYGROUND PERSPECTIVE is looking forward to receive your many photos and select the three best of all.

Unleash your creativity and discover the art of photography.

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Articles, Press Releases

Nikon Introduces New Macro & Portrait 2 Lens Kit, a NIKKOR Holiday Lens Bundle, at PhotoPlus Expo 2015 October 22-24: Also Available in November

Thu October 22, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, USA Oct. 21–24: Expo Oct. 22 – 24: Your 3-Day Expo Only Pass (Includes Access to Test Drive Oct.21) at No Cost is Available Now to Oct.20, 2015; Expo Only Pass at No Cost for Youth 17 – 25 Years Old is Available Before & During Expo.

Nikon Macro & Portrait 2 Lens Kit

Nikon Macro & Portrait 2 Lens Kit

At the PhotoPlus Expo 2015, Nikon will introduce the new Macro & Portrait 2 Lens Kit.

The following video presents Nikon D7200: Product Tour:

For the first time, the exhilarating image quality, low-light capabilities and speed of a Nikon DSLR are available with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi® and Near Field Communication (NFC). Introducing the D7200, the new star of Nikon’s DX-format line-up. Whether you’re a passionate photographer or videographer looking for a tool to ignite your creativity, a pro in need of a nimble second camera or someone looking for an ideal blend of versatility and convenience, the D7200 is ready for your challenge.

Nikon will also showcase its entire product line (PhotoPlus Booth #401), including:

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: Lightweight, super-telephoto zoom for FX and DX-format photographers

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: Lightweight, super-telephoto zoom for FX and DX-format photographers

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: Professional lens for portraits, landscapes and weddings

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: Professional lens for portraits, landscapes and weddings


October 21, 2015

Nikon Celebrates the Latest Innovations and Technologies in Digital Imaging at PhotoPlus Expo 2015

Attendees Will Experience the Latest Nikon Products and Learn from Nikon Professional Photographers

New York, NY – PhotoPlus Booth #401 – Nikon will be exhibiting at the PhotoPlus Expo 2015 to showcase the latest imaging products and provide insight into the world of photography from some of the most gifted Nikon photographers at the Nikon School Theater. Nikon will also introduce the new Macro & Portrait 2 Lens Kit, a versatile lens bundle available for passionate DSLR shooters eager to expand their creative options with legendary NIKKOR glass.



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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada: Call for the CONTACT 2016 Featured Exhibition Proposals (Deadline is Nov.16, 2015) and Open Exhibition Registrations (Deadline is Dec.4, 2015): Reduced Fee for Early Registration is Available Until Nov.6, 2015

Mon October 19, 2015

The following video presents Video Preview: “Part Picture” at MOCCA from Canadian Art on Vimeo.

How are contemporary photographers responding to the ubiquity of digital photography? A new exhibition, set to open tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, takes up this question, arguing that young photographers are increasingly turning towards the material. By pulling from other media, they create works that are part photograph, part other—only part picture.

Organized as a part of the 2015 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, the exhibition was curated by New York–based Chris Wiley, who gives a brief introduction to the show in this preview video.

Call for Participation: CONTACT 2016 Open Exhibitions & Featured Exhibitions

Registration Deadlines: December 4, 2015 & November 16, 2015, Respectively

Want to get involved in the largest photography event in the world?

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is a month-long celebration of the art and profession of photography in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

You are invited to be a part of CONTACT 2016 – the call for Featured Exhibition proposals and registration for Open Exhibitions are both open now.

  • You can be a part of CONTACT, either as an Open Exhibition or a Featured Exhibition.
  • Open Exhibitions are non-juried, while Featured Exhibitions are subject to a submission process.
  • The proposal deadline for Featured Exhibitions is November 16, 2015 at 5pm. 
  • The registration deadline for Open Exhibitions is December 4, 2015  at 5pm . Registration can be completed online.

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT’s curated programming, including Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations and Special Events.

2016 Open Exhibitions program

This part of the Festival provides you with a valuable opportunity to hold your own exhibition, and enables a platform for dialogue and engagement with the community throughout the month. It is a non-juried program—open to all, encouraging a variety of photographic practices and alternative venue options.

Benefits of registration include:
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Panasonic Developed a New Generation Power Device ‘X-GaN’ to Minimize Power Loss and Provide High Voltage Potential, Ease of Miniaturization & High-Speed Switching

Sat October 17, 2015

Panasonic successfully developed a new generation power device ‘X-GaN’. Its highlights include high voltage potential, ease of miniaturization & high-speed switching.

With various environmental issues, the depletion of oil resources, limited source of energy, etc., energy saving became a worldwide priority. The role of power supplies of electrical systems in energy conservation is rapidly becoming an important part of the solution.
Power devices used in electrical energy conversion and control systems that consume tremendous amount of power during operations are especially regarded as the key devices to “save energy” It is therefore important to optimize the efficiency of these devices to minimize energy loss during their operation.

Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions

“GaN (gallium nitride)”, a compound of Ga (Gallium) and N (Nitrogen), possesses high breakdown voltage and low conduction resistance characteristics that enable high-speed switching and miniaturization.

  • Unlike conventional Silicon transistors that require bigger chip area to reduce on-resistance, GaN devices having small sizes allow high speed switching and miniaturization with ease.
  • This is the same material used in blue LEDs:

…blue was the last — and most difficult — advance required to create white LED light. And with white LED light, companies are able to create smartphone and computer screens, as well as light bulbs that last longer and use less electricity than any bulb invented before.

The following video presents (Story of development) Panasonic’s new generation power device, “X-GaN”:

In the field of power electronics for electronic devices, the importance of saving energy and miniaturization is increasing rapidly. That is why a new power semiconductor, which can replace silicon semiconductors, which have begun to reach their physical limit, is in demand.
Amid this environment, Panasonic announced the commercialization of a new generation power transistor in May 2015. The same material used in blue LEDs, “GaN (gallium nitride)” helped create this new power transistor.
The developers thought with much excitement, “If we could use this material for semiconductors of power devices, this will bring to life revolutionary performance.” Having said that, there were many obstacles they had to overcome, and much trial and error was involved.
So how did the developers overcome these obstacles? Please take a look at the story of how this new power transistor was developed, the potential that was discovered, and how its commercialization came about.

Activelink Co., Ltd.

Panasonic's revolutionary GaN power devices for different applications including cameras, smart grid, home and industrial automation, as well as power generation, distribution and storage.

Panasonic’s revolutionary GaN power devices for different applications including cameras, smart grid, home and industrial automation, as well as power generation, distribution and storage.

Panasonic developed GaN power devices with high efficiency, low heat generation, and small size suitable for different applications such as power supplies, HEV/EV, and PV inverter and many others.

The GaN power devices can be applied to some of the following examples:
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