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Leica Boutique Las Vegas Grand Opening Photo Walks on September 18 and 19, 2015: Register Now

Mon September 14, 2015

Leica Boutique Las Vegas will open to the public on September 18, 2015.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Leica Boutique Las Vegas, Leica and B&C Camera are offering FREE photo walks.

Leica Camera is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Leica Boutique Las Vegas at B&C Camera, located at 4511 West Sahara Avenue. Customers can experience a large selection of Leica gear, get expert advice from knowledgeable staff, and learn more about the brand that inspired many of the world’s most iconic images.

The following video presents B&C Leica Display Time Lapse from Amarcord Pictures on Vimeo.

Leica and B&C Camera


Leica Boutique Grand Opening Photo Walks: Sept. 18  & Sept. 19, 2015

Leica T photo walk: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
(Please meet at store – 4511 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102 – at 10:00 AM & return to store after walking tour)

To register for the walking tours, please give B&C Camera a call: phone 702-871-1100

Image Courtesy of Leica

Image Courtesy of Leica

Join them for a complimentary walking tour of Las Vegas led by Leica Akademie Instructor Philip Cuenco.
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PIX 2015: Photo Interactive Experience Includes PIX Photowalks in Seattle, USA, October 6 -7: Register Now for Your PIX Exhibition Hall Pass at No Cost

Thu September 10, 2015

The following video presents Mystical Marrakech | Street Photography with Zack Arias and the X-T1:

Zack Arias spent three days in Marrakech, Morocco with the FujiFilm X-T1 and shared a few tips and tricks on getting the best out of your camera for street photography.

All still images are from the FujiFilm X-T1 using the following lenses: The new 10-24mm, 27mm F2.8 Pancake lens, the 23mm F1.4 lens.

PIX 2015

Photo Interactive Experience

Register Now for FREE Expo Tickets + Photowalks (at a Very Small Fee)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Washington, USA 98109

Photo Interactive Experience (PIX) 2015 is a live-streamed expo, conference and interactive photo playground.

  • There will be talks, hands-on photo activities, demos and inspiration for your photography.
  • The event is open to the public and will also be streamed live online at .

Pre-registration is open!

PIX Exhibition Hall Pass (FREE, Limited Quantity)

  • Provides full access to the PIX Expo Hall.
  • The Expo Hall is the location for all photography experiences, educational programming, product demonstrations, industry panel discussions, and both brand and partner booths. See description at for a full list of experiences taking place in the Expo Hall.

More details about Pix 2015 are provided at

The following video presents The Nikon 1 V2 Speed Project – Street Photography:

Nina Berman is an award winning documentary photographer on an endless pursuit to capture a perfect moment. As part of the Nikon 1 V2 speed project, Nina takes to the streets of Manhattan, New York — a city already steeped in street photography history — to show how she catches the buzz of the city and frenzy of its workers as they emerge from subways and stations at rush hour.

PIX Photowalks
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Panasonic “Lumix Shoot Anything Tour” Photowalk in Brooklyn, New York, USA, at No Cost, 14 September 2015: Sign Up Now

Mon September 7, 2015

The following video presents The Power of LUMIX 4K Photo – Changing photography for everyone:

Special moments you want to remember can occur at any time. Now Panasonic’s 4K technology is available for everyone. With the new LUMIX G7, GH4, FZ1000 and LX100, you can record video in 4K. Plus, with the 4K Photo feature, you can extract the perfect frame out of your 4K video sequence easily on the camera and save it as an 8 megapixel still image.

Image Courtesy of Panasonic

Image Courtesy of Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix Luminaries Giulio Sciorio and PhotoJoseph Linaschke


Lumix Shoot Anything Tour Photowalk

FREE Admission

Monday, 14 September 2015 from 19:00 to 20:30 (EDT)

75 Jay St , Brooklyn, New York, 11201 USA: Meeting up at small courtyard outside of the Chase Bank

Please Register Now at

The ‪#‎LUMIX‬ ‪#‎ShootAnythingTour‬ w/ Giulio Sciorio Photography & PhotoJoseph Studios making a stop in ‪#‎Brooklyn‬ ‪#‎NY‬ for an afternoon ‪#‎Photowalk‬ with Resource Magazine!

  • Join Lumix Luminaries Giulio Sciorio and PhotoJoseph Linaschke for an engageing photowalk as they wrap up the Lumix Shoot Anything Tour.

The following video presents Carry Less Create More – A Photowalk:
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You’re Invited: Fujifilm Autumn Photo Walk at No Cost in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sept.9, 2015: Register Now

Fri September 4, 2015

This video presents Fujifilm – Fuji Guys Photo Walk – Vancouver June 6, 2015:



Fujifilm Autumn Photo Walk with “FujiGuy” Billy Luong

FREE Admission

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

6:30PM – 8:30PM

Meeting Spot: North Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada  East Side. Parking lot “B.” – see map (pdf)

For more info and to register, please visit .

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Nikon Europe Invites Documentary Photographers in Certain Countries to Apply for the ‪#‎NOORNikonMasterclass‬ in Amsterdam Before Midnight C.E.T. 13 September 2015

Fri September 4, 2015

The following video presents “Capturing Wildlife” by Florian and Salomon Schulz:

Short behind the scenes video shot with a Nikon D600 in Yellowstone, USA by adventure photographers and videographers Florian and Salomon Schulz.


Nikon invites documentary photographers to apply for the Noor-Nikon Amsterdam Masterclass in Documentary Photography 2015, which is a FREE five-day masterclass taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 16 through 20 November 2015.

Aspiring ‪#‎photojournalists‬, you have less than two weeks to apply for the ‪#‎NOORNikonMasterclass‬ in Amsterdam on 16-20 November!

You could be working on your portfolio with tutors Asim Rafiqui and Francesco Zizola, but only if you get your application in by 13 September.

This masterclass is open to documentary photographers from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the UK.

  • The masterclass is FREE and includes lunch and drinks.
  • Please note that travel, accomodations and meals are not covered and should be arranged by individual participants.

Apply now at .

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!



Nikon & Rochester Institute of Technology Invite You to a Nighttime Photographic Event in Louisville, Kentucky, USA at No Cost: Light Painting at Churchill Downs on October 3, 2015

Fri September 4, 2015

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is celebrating three decades of light painting which is a FREE community photographic project.

  • RIT’s Big Shot event began as a way to teach students about flash photography.

Light painting is a unique way to photograph and allows light to be shined on a subject from multiple directions over time. Produced at night thousands of lights are shined onto the subject and using a timed exposure, the result is created. Many big shot exposures have been 30 seconds and up to 2 minutes.

The Big Shot… involves hundreds of volunteers, armed with flashlights and camera flashes, illuminating a distinctive landmark during an extended photographic exposure. Past Big Shot subjects have included the Alamo in San Antonio, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York.

An example is given in following video, RIT Big Shot No. 29:

Snow and cold temperatures didn’t keep hundreds of people from descending on downtown Rochester to light up High Falls Sunday night and help make Rochester Institute of Technology’s 29th Big Shot photograph a wintertime success.

More than 500 volunteers, including about 60 RIT students and 150 alumni provided the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure of one of Rochester’s natural and iconic spectacles.

This year’s final image is a 30-second exposure at f22 ISO 200 (see final event photo at the end of the video!).

“The Big Shot represents one of RIT’s signature projects, and we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this year’s nighttime photograph of High Falls,” said RIT professor Michael Peres, who led the event with colleagues Dawn Tower DuBois, Willie Osterman, Mike Dear and Christye Sisson. For DuBois, a longtime organizer of the event, this marked her final Big Shot.

Peres noted that capturing the image culminated many months of hard work, adding, “This is a community art project and we couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors and everyone who came out tonight to brave the snow and the cold temperatures. We’ve created a once-in-a-lifetime photograph of Rochester, N.Y. What a night for RIT!”

CSX Transportation, Inc. provided two new locomotives and a string of intermodal cars that filled out the length of the bridge for the photo. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based corporation also agreed to hold all rail traffic during the picture’s capture.

“CSX shares a long and rich history with the Greater Rochester area, and we are honored to continue that legacy by supporting the 2014 Big Shot,” said Robert Rohauer, manager of community affairs and safety, CSX. “Through innovative projects like these, Rochester Institute of Technology is molding the leaders of tomorrow. CSX is proud to be part of this project and to move the things America needs every day in the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly way possible.”

RG&E also played a key role for the event. The company’s hydroelectric operations team augmented the flow of water over the falls for the photograph and turned off all dam lights in the river. RG&E uses the water to produce hydroelectric power.

“RG&E and our parent company, Iberdrola, have long histories of supporting innovation, education and the arts in the communities where we serve,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We’re proud to support the Rochester Institute of Technology and the 2014 Big Shot which cleverly combines all three of these elements in a unique way.”

The City of Rochester darkened the Genesee River from the falls to the Broad Street aqueduct by turning off all street and sidewalk lighting along the river. The city also turned off lights on Cataract Street and the Pont De Rennes Bridge, where most volunteers gathered during the photo. The pedestrian bridge and viewing platform spans the Genesee River a few hundred feet from the base of the falls and surrounding gorge.

“The City of Rochester is proud to partner with RIT, Nikon, Profoto, CSX Railroad, and RG&E on the 29th RIT Big Shot project,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “I’d like to thank all of the photographers who helped us capture the beauty of High Falls, an often-overlooked gem in the center of our city.”

A longtime sponsor of the event, Nikon Inc., was among the corporate supporters again this year, loaning high-end photographic equipment and making possible memento prints for all who attended.

Profoto supplied six powerful battery-operated electronic flash systems used to light the falls during the picture, and also provided a grant to pay costs associated with the city’s work to turn off lighting around the falls.

The Big Shot is often described as “painting with light” because participants are asked to “paint” or shine their light source onto a particular exterior area of a landmark while the photograph is taken. The light sources are primarily either handheld flashlights or camera flash units. Participants were tasked with continuously “painting” their assigned area of High Falls while RIT photographers≤perched underneath a canopy atop the Genesee Brew House on Cataract Street≤shot an extended exposure. The photo was taken shortly after 7 p.m.

Since RIT started its Big Shot project in 1987, university photographers have captured such landmarks as AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium); The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas; the U.S.S. Intrepid, New York City; and the Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden.

RIT’s Big Shot event began as a way to teach students about flash photography. RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is nationally recognized for its degree programs.

You can view the wonderful nighttime image of the RIT Big Shot No. 29 at .

Image extracted from video above

Image extracted from video above

Rochester Institute of Technology


RIT Big Shot No 31 Churchill Downs

FREE Admission

October 3, 2015, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM:

RIT Alumni Reception: 6:00 – 8:30pm
General Public Arrival: 8:00 – 8:30pm

Break into teams and photograph: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Registration is requested for the general public at

Registration is requested for RIT alumni at

Churchill Downs: Image Courtesy of RIT

Churchill Downs: Image Courtesy of RIT

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Google Maps: New Street View App for Android and iOS: For the First Time You Can Tour Immersive 360-degree Imagery & Instantly Contribute Your Own to Google Maps

Thu September 3, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, New Ricoh Theta S Portable Camera: Captures High-resolution Spherical Images of Approximately 14 Megapixels, Records Spherical Video in Full HD at 30fps Up to 25 Min., New Bright f/2.0 Lens for Low Light Shooting, Live Streaming (USB/HDMI) .

Today Google Maps is introducing the new Street View app for Android and iOS, which allows you for the first time, to tour immersive 360-degree imagery and instantly contribute your own — right to Google Maps.

  • The Street View app allows you to shoot photo spheres directly from your Android phone or iPhone or connect to spherical cameras like the Ricoh Theta S, or NCTech iris360.
Ricoh Theta S Camera: Spherical Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Ricoh Theta S Camera: Spherical Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Starting today, the Street View app will replace the Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhones and the Street View from Google Maps app on Android phones.



Photos from This Camera May Not Reflect Reality

Sun August 30, 2015

Distraction-predicting software in action; photos on the right are the ones with distractions [in red] removed.
Fried et al, “Finding Distractors In Images”

In an effort to help people take “better” photos, a team of computer scientists from Princeton University and software company Adobe have created a program to automatically remove distracting elements from your photos.

Their software goes one step further than Photoshop’s magic healing or clone brush: with just a single tap, their software automatically identify and remove the distracting elements, which can include objects near the border of the photo, a face coming in from the side (assumed to be a photobomb), a piece of trash on the lawn, a person peeking from atop a structure, the side of a table peeking out in the corner, a vertical window, bokeh light effects, etc. In other words, elements that may be important to the photographer.

To determine what elements may be distracting, they used volunteers, found through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system and through the photo editing app Fixel, to sift through thousands of photos to annotate or edit out the distractors. I am surprised not one of them mentioned distracting power lines.

They hope to incorporate the algorithm into a photo editing software. Hopefully, not directly into your camera.

via popsci

Articles, Press Releases

Panasonic: New AG-DVX200PJ 4K Handheld Camcorder for Professionals: At a Lower, New Price

Sun August 30, 2015
Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

The following video presents THE DVX 4K – A New Legend Begins – Vol.2 Expression:

New AG-DVX200 – The World’s First 4/3” Sensor & Fixed Lens 4K 60p Handheld Camera Recorder will be available in October, 2015.

<AG-DVX200 Introduction Video – Vol.2  Expression>
Introducing DVX200’s functions to enhance the expression such as beautiful bokeh effects by 4/3-type sensor, 12 stops of latitude thanks to V-Log L, VFR up to 240fps in FHD. Expressive 4K production in your hand.

* For a lens-integrated 4K/60p camcorder with a 4/3-type sensor. (As of March 2015, according to a Panasonic survey.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The highly-anticipated Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder will begin deliveries in October 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,695.

  • The DVX200PJ is the first in a new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160.

The following video presents THE DVX 4K – A New Legend Begins – Vol.3 Lens / Features

New AG-DVX200 – The World’s First 4/3” Sensor & Fixed Lens 4K 60p Handheld Camera Recorder will be available in October, 2015.

<AG-DVX200 Introduction Video – Vol.3 Lens / Features>
Introducing DVX200’s functions to support your shooting by the newly developed LEICA DECOMAR 4K 13x zoom lens.

* For a lens-integrated 4K/60p camcorder with a 4/3-type sensor. (As of March 2015, according to a Panasonic survey.)


Panasonic Announces Pricing/Availability for AG-DVX200PJ 4K Handheld Camcorder

With Wide Dynamic Range Capture, Superb Image Handling, DVX200PJ is Equipped for High-Level Documentary/Reality/Event Production


Panasonic has announced that its highly-anticipated AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder will begin deliveries in October 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,695. The DVX200PJ is the first in a new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160.

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Offering a suite of top-end features including  4K/24p* and 1080/60p recording,  a V-Log  L gamma curve and integrated 13X optical zoom lens design, the DVX200PJ will excel in documentary, reality television and event production, and prove an asset as a second-unit camera in 4K filmmaking.
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You’re Invited: Sony Imaging Seminar Showcasing Sony a7s, a7R II and Other a7 Series Cameras for Photographers & Videographers at No Cost in Toronto Sept.2, 2015

Fri August 28, 2015

The following video presents Detailed hands on with the Sony A7s (ILCE-7S):

Discover the next step for Sony’s digital imaging technology, meet the A7S. Find out here just what is so special about this new camera and how it could rocket your photos and videos to incredible new heights!
α7S features a newly-developed sensor with wide dynamic range, opening up thrilling artistic possibilities for serious photographers.

Sony Imaging Seminar – Showcasing a7 Series Cameras for Photographers and Videographers

FREE Admission

Wednesday, September 02 2015; 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Vistek Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Map Link »

Contact: 416-365-1777

Please register early at

Sony Representatives will present a7 style cameras and lenses as well as gear, including:

Sony a7S

Sony a7S

Sony α7R II

Sony α7R II

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AeroSense Inc.: Autonomous VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony’s Enterprise Solutions Via Image Capture Combined with Cloud-based Data Processing in 2016

Wed August 26, 2015
VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony's Enterprise Solutions

VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony’s Enterprise Solutions

Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies will be leveraged alongside ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies together with their business experience in industrial fields.

  • Aerosense Inc. will combine these assets and develop comprehensive solutions that meet needs including measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting.
  • It will aim to roll out these services for enterprise customers beginning in 2016.

This is an update to the previous blog, Sony’s Camera, Sensing, Telecommunications Network & Robotics Technologies + ZMP’s Automated Driving & Robotics Technologies: Aerosense Inc.(August 2015) for the Development, Manufacture & Sale of Enterprise Solutions Using Autonomous Drones for Image Capture Combined with Cloud-based Data Processing in 2016.

The following video presents VTOL Flight 20150715

Flight experiment of VTOL by Aerosense Inc.
Taking off vertically, Hovering, Fly fast Stop on the Air, and Landing vertically.

The text below is a Google translation of the Japanese text at


Automatic surveying

Aerosense of surveying is a low-cost compared to the aerial survey , it is capable of shooting with automatic flight . So this was to difficult, will also be possible to survey every day in the same flight path repeatedly.

Setting the flight path

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Set the optimal flight path to a subject in surveying . Automatically generated only flight path to click . Flying what route at any speed , whether may be divided into a number of times of flight , and then automatically calculated in accordance with the continuous flight possible time of the image sensor and aircraft use.


Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

To fly the set route , you can take a picture at the optimum timing . Flying and shooting automatically performs you since the operation is not required . Once you set the flight route , for example, it is also possible to fly the same route every day . During the flight you will be able to monitor the flight situation in the web .


Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

It will upload a large number of images that have been recorded in the camera to the cloud . Since Sony is using the close proximity wireless transfer technology TransferJet ™ developed , OK with only close to the terminal . Transferred image data is uploaded automatically to the cloud .

Analysis of the data

From the captured image , it is possible to generate various data . For example, you can create a three-dimensional topographic map from multiple photos . Using the three-dimensional topographic map data , progress check and construction , such as the work before the terrain confirmation can be easily , leading to operational efficiency. AeroSense of drone will automatically take a picture in a way that is suitable for the production of these data . Also By using a measuring machine than the camera to the subject you want to survey , it is also possible to generate an optimal data to your business.

Calculate point cloud data from the photo data

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

The three -dimensional position of an arbitrary point on the image is calculated from a plurality of images , and restore the terrain as a set of points .

Generation of surface and image

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

You can restore undulating as to generate a surface from point cloud . In addition , it will create a two-dimensional map image that connected the image that bird’s-eye view of the ground called ortho image from directly above . 3 -dimensional topographic map will be completed by attaching it to the relief of the terrain.

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Olympus “Test & Wow” Program for the UK: Try Certain Olympus Cameras and Lenses for a Full 24-hour Day at No Cost

Mon August 24, 2015

The following video presents Olympus OM-D: “MOVE INTO A NEW WORLD”

The new OM-D Line-Up Feature Movie 2014

The OM-D line-up is the epitome of perfection
in design and workmanship.

Try certain Olympus cameras and lenses for FREE for a full 24-hour day via Olympus Test & Wow program in the United Kingdom (UK).

  • The MyOlympus promotion ‘TEST & WOW’ is organised by Olympus UK and offered by participating dealers. The TEST & WOW platform is run by Olympus and helps you finding the right dealer for the product you would like to test.
  • The contract will be between you and the dealer. The details of the agreement have to be agreed with the dealer.
  • For more details please contact your local dealer.
  • You have the chance to test an Olympus product for private use for a full day FREE of charge.
  • Via the platform or at a participating local dealer you can check the availability of a product. Olympus does not guarantee the actual availability of the products.

In order to take part in the ‘TEST & WOW’ promotion the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  1. The customer has to be over 18 and has to have fixed residence in the UK.
  2. The customer must have a MyOLYMPUS account or setup one, as well the Terms & Conditions and the data Privacy has to be agreed to .
  3. The customer has to leave his credit card details, a copy of an identity proof e.g his/her ID card (or driver’s licence) and a copy of an utility bill at the dealer for the period of testing the product.
  4. The customer has to close a written loan contract with the dealer. (Sample contract: pdf)

The current available Olympus products for testing includes:

  • E-M1 PRO Kit: OM-D E-M1 Camera  + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40 mm 1:2.8 Lens + HLD-7 Power-Grip
E-M1 PRO Kit

E-M1 PRO Kit

E-M5 Mark II

E-M5 Mark II

  • E-M5 + Grip: OM-D E-M5 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑50mm 1:3.5‑6.3 EZ  Lens and HLD-6 Battery Grip
E-M5 + Grip

E-M5 + Grip

OM-D E-M10 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake Lens + Grip

OM-D E-M10 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake Lens + Grip

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens

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