Sony RX100 III Camera: Product Video

Thu May 15, 2014

This video presents “FIRST LOOK: Sony RX100 III Camera with built-in EVF.”

  • We’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the RX family. The RX100 III.
  • Sporting not only a built-in EVF but boasts a 1.0-type Exmor R™ back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 20MP with BIONZ X™ Image Processor and Large-aperture ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm* F1.8-2.8 lens.
  • If you’re curious to know how we pack all this technology in such a small fame, hit the play button to find out.
  • SGNL by Sony answers that question and gives you all the speeds and feeds you’re seeking.


Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 Cameras: Product Video

Wed May 14, 2014

This video presents Nikon 1 J4 & Nikon S2 Product Video.

  • Own the moment with the blazingly quick Nikon 1 J4.
    • Fast, light, and solidly built, this portable system camera delivers quality performance and effortless handling.
  • Offering a powerful combination of acclaimed technology, extraordinary speed, and hassle-free operation, the Nikon 1 J4 leaves nothing to chance.
    • Whether you want to record your baby’s first steps or the explosive action of a photo finish, Nikon’s world-renowned EXPEED processing engine, plus an 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and rapid autofocus system, capture every look, wink, and heartbeat.
    • The super responsive touchscreen lets you do everything with a tap or a finger swipe, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect, share, and create on the go.
  • Never fail to impress with the brilliantly bold Nikon 1 S2.
    • Fast, portable, and fabulous, this easy-to-use system camera looks as good as the action-packed photos and HD movies it captures.
  • Whether you want sharper, clearer nighttime shots, or the speed to freeze the action when the going gets good, the Nikon 1 S2 delivers stunning results with ease.
    • The slimline camera body and compact 1 NIKKOR lenses free you to chase the fun wherever it takes you.
    • Nikon’s 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and rapid autofocus system empower you with split-second timing, and ensure the magic of every moment is captured with stunning precision.


You’re Invited: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 Exhibition 11 April – 22 June

Tue May 13, 2014

The Photographers’ Gallery

Presents the exhibition:

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014: Richard Mosse

The winner of Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 is Richard Mosse for The Enclave.

FREE Admission

11 April – 22 June 2014

Plus FREE Tour of Deutsche Börse 2014

by Curator, Eva Eicker: Saturday, 24 May, 3 P.M.

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, UK; +44 (020) 7087 9300

  • Enjoy a FREE, guided exhibition tour with Eva Eicker of the four nominated artists’ exhibitions.

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.

  • Deutsche Börse has sponsored the £30,000 prize since 2005.
  • The Prize showcases new talents and highlights the best of international photography practice.
    • It is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography.
  • The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 is organised by The Photographers’ Gallery and is on display there until 22 June followed by presentations at the Deutsche Börse headquarters in Frankfurt/Eschborn, from 17 July until mid September.

The winner of the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize – £30,000 ($50,598.00 US Dollar at the present exchange rate) is Richard Mosse for his exhibition “The Enclave” at Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion (1 June – 24 November 2013).

This video presents “Richard Mosse” from The Photographers’ Gallery on Vimeo.

  • An interview with Richard Mosse, nominated in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 for his exhibition The Enclave at the Venice Biennale Irish Pavillion.

This year’s shortlisted artists are:

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Mass Layoff of Media Photographers to Increase Business Efficiency

Sun May 11, 2014

Getty Images

Fairfax Media owns Australian Publishing Media, which includes the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, the Financial Review Group, Fairfax Regional Media, Agricultural Media, and the suburban business FCN NSW.

Fairfax has employed the best photographers in Australia, whose work has won multiple awards.

Even being an award-winning photographic department is not good enough to stop Fairfax from making 30 photographers redundant.

“New photographic arrangements would see News, Life and Business in Sydney and Melbourne make greater use of external service provider Getty Images for photographic assignments,” staff were told.

“The proposed changes outlined below are focused on the continuing transformation of our business,” Williams said. “We must deliver our high-quality content in the most efficient way possible.

Allen Williams, Managing director of Australian Publishing Media, Fairfax Media

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HTC One (M8) Smartphone’s Duo Camera and Lytro Illum: Only One Camera Allows Post-Capture Image Refocus

Tue May 6, 2014

There is some confusion out there concerning the technology that allows you to refocus after an image has been captured. Lytro pioneered the “light field” technology that captues million light rays of data (or megarays), including the direction of each ray, and then processes the data into a picture that can be refocused later.

Anything else is a post-processing editing effect: i.e. part of the mage is blurred to simulate the effect you have shifted the focus. It’s a blurring effect, not a refocusing technology.

Here are two cameras that claim to provide post-capture image refocus, but only the Lytro Illum is actual technology while the HTC One M8 is blurring editing effect.

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

Lytro Illum

Lytro Illum

  • LYTRO ILLUM is the “first high-end camera that harnesses the power of light field – capturing the direction, color and brightness of the rays of light within the frame.
    • That means the ability to explore your pictures from different perspectives, focal points and dimensions.
  • LYTRO ILLUM’s 40 Megaray customized sensor, with Lytro’s patented microlens array technology allows “photographers to portray not just a cross-section of reality, but an authentic, interactive window into their world.”
  • It also allows you to preview the dimensions of every picture right on the camera.
    • During image capture an interactive depth feedback display shows the relative focus of all objects in the frame, allowing composition in three dimensions.
    • A real-time color-coded overlay of the live view lets you know which elements of the picture are within the re-focusable range.
  • 8x optical zoom 30-250mm equivalent focal lens with a constant f/2.0 aperture and 1:3 macro lets you take a wide range of shots without ever having to change your lens.
    • This lens weighs just half a pound.

The HTC One (M8) smartphone has an all-metal frame with wrap-around curves, which houses a dual lens camera. It may be one  of the best Android smartphone out there, but it is the Duo Camera refocusing claim that we take issue with: it captures a normal image (with depth information), then when you touch a subject on screen, it uses that depth information to decide which part of the image not to blur.

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Utilities Exhibit: Photographer Michael Cook Unveils the Invisible Infrastructure of Toronto May 24-25, 2014

Sat May 3, 2014

Yonge + Rich Presentation Centre

Yonge + Rich Presentation Centre

Doors Open Toronto and Great Gulf



FREE Admission

Yonge + Rich
26 Lombard St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (map)

Days Open: May 24-Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last admittance: 5:00 pm;
May 25 – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last admittance: 5:00 pm.
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As part of the 15th annual weekend celebration of architecture – Doors Open Toronto (FREE Admission) – photographer and landscape architect Michael Cook will exhibit “Utilities” for two days at Great Gulf’s Yonge + Rich Presentation Centre.

  • Utilities is an exhibit of 10 photographs that were taken by Cook in tunnels, sewers, drains and waterways beneath the streets of Toronto – the “crucial infrastructure that is normally hidden from view.”

Life in cities relies on the provision of a host of public and private utility services, most of which are delivered through underground networks that we normally never have a chance to see. From water mains and wastewater sewers, through electricity distribution, heating and cooling, telephone and network communications and transit, there is an invisible architecture buried beneath city streets.

These photographs are a window into crucial infrastructure whose doors we are likely never to open, and to the human-scale spaces attached to services that we only ever think of in the abstract. Viewing the photographs, we all have a chance to imagine and think about the systems that make the city work.

Michael Cook

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Sony α77 II Interchangeable-lens Digital Camera: Product Video

Thu May 1, 2014

This video presents “α77 II from Sony: Official Video Release.”

  • Introducing the Sony’s α77 II interchangeable-lens digital camera with the world’s highest number of AF points*1 in a newly developed 79-point*2 phase-detection AF system (including 15 cross points) that stays solidly locked on the subject to ensure supremely reliable focusing.
  • The long-waited α77 II also features fast approx. 12fps*3 continuous shooting (up to 60 frames*4).
    *1 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with a dedicated phase-detection AF sensor (as of May 1, 2014) according to Sony research.
    *2 The number of AF points used depends on the lens.
    *3 Approx. maximum speed in Continuous Advance Priority AE mode.
    *4 In Fine quality mode, L size.


Epson: Budget-Wise Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2014

Fri April 25, 2014



(Budget-Wise) Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day
May 11, 2014

A recent Epson survey revealed that the majority of women identify with Superwomen as an alter ego. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to think about gifts that Supermom will love!

From mobile printing to preserving family memories, Epson has some funky yet functional gifts that are sure to be a hit.

LabelWorks LW-400 Label Printer
For the mom with flare who dreams of order

This video presents “How to Make Surprise Poppers with Ribbon Messages.”

The LW-400 will help mom create inspiring personalized projects or help her organize a cluttered craft station. With more than 40 kinds of tapes available, moms can create labels that are glow-in-the-dark, iron-on material, metallic and even cable adhesive. She can make personalized labels by choosing from a variety of fonts, sizes and framing options. In addition, iron-on labels can quickly be applied to almost any fabric, giving crafty moms a simple way to label clothing, felt scrapbook pages and more. Whether labeling kids lunchboxes, pantry spices or a storage closet, moms are sure to appreciate a gift that puts a little calm in a crazy busy world.

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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.”

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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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