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Six DIY Photography Filters With Everyday Items: A Sony Video

Sun May 3, 2015

The following video presents 6 DIY Photography Filters With Everyday Items:

Just because you don’t have the fancy equipment of the professionals, doesn’t mean you can’t photograph like the best of them. From using  food wrap or petroleum jelly to even recycling those old stockings, the SGNL by Sony team helps you create effects normally seen in a photography studio. While the video features the Sony  a7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera, these tips can be used on any camera you might own.

Advisories

Sigma Advisory: Canon Mount Lens Users of Canon Rebel T6s / 760D (EOS 8000D) and Rebel T6i / 750D (EOS Kiss X8i) Cameras

Sun May 3, 2015

Sigma recently released an advisory regarding Canon Rebel T6s / 760D (EOS 8000D) and Rebel T6i / 750D (EOS Kiss X8i) released on April 17th 2015 by Canon Inc. with some of SIGMA’s Canon mount interchangeable lenses.

  • Live View Mode cannot be used on the above cameras.
  • When the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.

For those who own the lenses, Sigma is going to provide a firmware update FREE of charge.

ADVISORY

Notice to our Canon mount lens users

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that Live View Mode cannot be used on the Rebel T6s / 760D (EOS 8000D) and Rebel T6i / 750D (EOS Kiss X8i) released on April 17th 2015 by Canon Inc. with some of SIGMA’s Canon mount interchangeable lenses. For those who own the lenses, we are going to provide a firmware update free of charge.

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When the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.

[Products and Serial Numbers requiring the firmware update]
Current models
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You’re Invited: “All Images Are Unstable” Exhibition by Claire Harvie: @ No Cost May 6 – 30 & Opening Reception,Toronto May 6, 2015

Sun May 3, 2015

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Alliance Francaise Toronto and Ryerson School of Image Arts @ Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Present the Exhibition

All Images Are Unstable Claire Harvie

May 6 – 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Wednesday May 6 at 6:30pm

FREE Admission

Alliance francaise Toronto – Galerie Pierre Léon
24 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: culturel@alliance-francaise.ca

Phone: 416.922.2014 *37

“All Images Are Unstable” is Claire’s current project that will be presented through Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival & Alliance Française May 6 – 30, 2015.

Organized by Elena Potter:
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The World of FUJIFILM Film Simulation – Episode 6: PROVIA

Sat May 2, 2015
Images courtesy Fujifilm

Images courtesy Fujifilm

PROVIA. Fujifilm has published Episode 6 – “PROVIA” in their series of “episodes” on their unique Film Simulation modes. PROVIA is Fujifilm’s standard on all their digital cameras, so when you are shooting in JPEG, by default you are shooting PROVIA.

If you are new to Fujifilm’s Film Simulation mode, then just set your Fujifilm camera to Film Simulation Bracketing and select PROVIA, Velvia and ASTIA. Then, go out and shoot street, nature and people. Compare.

To recap, PROVIA is the default standard JPEG mode offering a natural all-rounder, Velvia gives vivid colors and ASTIA shows faithful smooth tone reproduction. The softer Pro Neg.Std (ideal studio lighting) and sharper Pro Neg.Hi (simple lighting) are perfect for portraiture. Classic Chrome aim to to reproduce the ambience found in documentary-style photographs and magazines.

And, as Fujifilm makes clear in this episode, you will always have the option of RAW, giving you the option to adjust tone, colors, white balance, dynamic range, etc. to your liking and for each specific image.

Here’s episode 6 (“PROVIA”) of the “The World of Film Simulation”:

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Press Releases

Nikon Canada is Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s Official Camera Partner: Contests & Most Events @ No Cost, Toronto May 1-31, 2015

Fri May 1, 2015

This video presents SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2013 from Daniel Marc Froidevaux on Vimeo.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

PRESS RELEASE

Nikon Canada: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s official camera partner
Come celebrate the world’s largest photography festival with a weekly contest, lecture series, student scholarships and photo walk with Nikon Canada

Mississauga, ON, May 1, 2015 – For the fifth year in a row, Nikon Canada is partnering with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to host a series of events designed to celebrate creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is an annual event in May with over 1,000 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout Toronto.

All photographers have uniquely interesting visions of the world around us, and they all share a desire to use their lens to illuminate, explore, enrich and share their vision. In that spirit, as the official camera partner of CONTACT, Nikon Canada will be hosting a “Picture Your World” weekly photo contest, an educational lecture series by Nikon Canada Ambassadors, and the inaugural Nikon Photo Walk, as well as providing three photography students with sponsorships to the Magnum Workshop Toronto.

“Picture Your World” weekly photo contest: May 1-31, 2015

Each week of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Nikon Canada will focus on a different assignment. Judges will be looking at how each photo best reflects the thematic focus: “Picture Your World.”

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Each weekly “Picture Your World” photo contest winner – selected by a panel of judges – will receive a Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm VR II Lens. One grand prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners by public community voting on the Nikon Canada website (from June 5 to June 12, 2015). That winner will receive a CONTACT limited edition print of Extended Breathing with Moving Grasses, 2009 by Suzy Lake (retail value $1,500). The winning photos will also be featured on Nikon Canada’s dedicated site for CONTACT, Nikon Canada’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the CONTACT website.

Here are the weekly assignments:
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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1-31, 2015 Toronto, Canada: 11 Public Installations in the Urban Landscape

Fri May 1, 2015
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Public Installations

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Public Installations

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

(May 1-31, 2015)

Presents

11 Public Installations in the Urban Landscape

FREE Admissions

Celebrate the month of photography in Toronto!

Telephone 416 539 9595
info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com
www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Here are the 11 photography artists who presented their work as public installations during the CONTACT Photography Festival.
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic LUMIX GH4: Digital Camera (Interface Unit Bundled Model) AG-GH4U Firmware was Updated for Anamorphic(4:3) Mode etc.; Eduardo Angel’s Anamorphic 4K Short Film

Fri May 1, 2015
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The following video presents Letters from a Dream – Anamorphic 4K film by Eduardo Angel

A short film by Eduardo Angel. Shot with Panasonic LUMIX GH4 in anamorphic format. The film starts out ungraded as shot in a new V-Log L gamma file color space, which is being evaluated for market release in 2015, then transitions to fully graded scenes. Learn more about the GH4 and the new support for anamorphic video recording at www.lumixlounge.com or www.panasonic.com

Digital Camera(Interface Unit Bundled Model) AG-GH4U: AG-GH4 Camera body + AG-YAGH Interface unit

Digital Camera(Interface Unit Bundled Model) AG-GH4U: AG-GH4 Camera body + AG-YAGH Interface unit

Apr 23, 2015 (JST): Digital Camera(Interface Unit Bundled Model) AG-GH4U firmware was updated to support Anamorphic(4:3) mode etc. as follows.
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Press Releases

New Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) Camera for Digital Black-and-white Photography: Faster Maestro Image Processor, 2GB Buffer Memory, 24-MP High-resolution Black-and-white Sensor in Full-frame Format, Live View Zoom, Focus Peaking & 1080p Full-HD Video

Thu April 30, 2015

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar today presents the new Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) camera for digital black-and-white photography.

Leica M Monochrom (Type 246)

Leica M Monochrom (Type 246)

The following video presents Ragnar Axelsson – Around Iceland in 80 hours. Video footage from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

This is a collection of video snippets taken by Ragnar Axelsson with a Leica Monochrom ( Typ 246 ) as part of the series “Around Iceland in 80 hours”.
Many thanks to Red Barnett (Red Barnett.bandcamp.com) for allowing us to use the song “home” from his album “Shine” as part of this piece.

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) will be available from May 2015.

PRESS RELEASE

30/04/2015

NEW: LEICA M MONOCHROM – MAXIMUM PICTURE
QUALITY IN BLACK AND WHITE

Leica M Monochrom (Type 246)

Leica M Monochrom (Type 246)

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is taking the next step forward in its successful digital black-and-white photography concept for the Leica M rangefinder camera system and presents the new Leica M Monochrom (Type 246). With improved performance and features and a newly developed black-and-white sensor, the camera by far exceeds the high standards set by its predecessor. At the same time, it keeps its core competence sharply in focus: black-and-white pictures with maximum quality in all respects.

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246): Leica Maestro image processor

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246): Leica Maestro image processor

The new components of the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) are a high-performance Leica Maestro image processor as installed in the current Leica M and a buffer memory with a capacity expanded to two gigabytes. This combination ensures higher speed and makes the Leica M Monochrom even more versatile. For example, as the processor enables extremely fast processing of the image data captured by the sensor, sequences can now be shot much faster and assessed almost instantaneously in review mode on the camera’s monitor. As a further benefit, the Leica Maestro image processor also takes less than two seconds to deliver high-quality JPEG files in addition to the RAW data files in DNG format.
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Bizarre Behaviour of “Crazy Tentacled Caterpillar” in Peruvian Amazon: Video

Thu April 30, 2015
Image extracted from video below

Image extracted from video below

Aaron Pomerantz, an entomologist, discovered an incredible caterpillar exhibiting bizarre behaviour that involves four strange tentacle-like appendages protruding from its abdomen in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Yelling or shouting at the “Crazy Tentacled Caterpillar” elicits this bizarre behaviour.

The following video presents Crazy Tentacled Caterpillar in Tambopata, Peru:

We found a crazy tentacled caterpillar near the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon. This bizarre organism is the the genus Nematocampa – check it out and see more amazing wildlife at http://www.perunature.com . Video by Aaron Pomerantz, thanks to contributing footage by Steven Senisi of EdTechLens.

See the full story at http://blog.perunature.com/2015/04/we-found-and-yelled-at-crazy-tentacled.html .

Press Releases

Sony Will Make a Donation to Help Relief Efforts in Communities Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal

Thu April 30, 2015

The following video is titled Nepal Earthquake Survivors In Dire Need Of Aid | NBC News:

NBC’s Ian Williams is on scene in Nepal, where buildings are in danger of collapsing following this weekend’s earthquake.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Sony will make a total donation of approximately 5 million Japanese yen (approximately US$42,000) to help relief efforts in communities affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

  • This includes a donation of 3 million Japanese yen (approximately US$25,300) from Sony Corporation, together with donations to be raised from Sony Group employees in Japan and Asia-Pacific region, with their contribution being matched by the company through a matching gifts program.

We express our profound condolences to the victims of the horrible earthquake in Nepal.

NEWS RELEASE

The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication.

April 30, 2015

Sony Support for Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

(Tokyo, April 30, 2015) – Sony Corporation today announced that Sony and its group companies will make a donation of approximately 5 million Japanese yen to help relief efforts in communities affected by the earthquake in Nepal. This includes a donation of 3 million Japanese yen from Sony Corporation, together with donations to be raised from Sony Group employees in Japan and Asia-Pacific region, with their contribution being matched by the company through a matching gifts program.

Sony sends its sincerest condolences to all those affected by the Nepal earthquake and wishes for a full and swift recovery.

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You’re Invited: Fujifilm Cameras Photo Walk with Don’s Photo & The Fuji Guys in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: RSVP by May 6, 2015

Thu April 30, 2015

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You’re Invited to a Photo Walk with Don’s Photo & The Fuji Guys

FREE Admission

May 7, 6:30pm

Don’s Photo
2408 Dewdney Ave.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Please RSVP by May 6 at http://form.jotform.ca/form/51095318154251

Alternatively RSVP by email to gteichmann@fujifilm.com

Phone: (905) 755-2807


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You’re Invited: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Voting Rights Act in the USA @ Newseum: Photo Exhibition & Live Music from the Selma March Era May 3, 2015

Wed April 29, 2015

This video presents Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Selma.

  • Photo credit:
    Clinton Foundation
    Getty Images

Image by Newseum

Image by Newseum

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Voting Rights Act

FREE Admission and Open to the Public

May 3, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

Newseum
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 USA

Registration is Required: Please RSVP Here

Watch Live -May 3, 2015

Join Moment Magazine and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute for a celebration of the golden anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Moderated by journalist Steven V. Roberts, the event will feature Former Congressman Barney Frank, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Julian Bond, as well as include a “live photo exhibition of some of the period’s iconic photographs and live music from the Selma march era.”

Please click here for more info about this event.

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