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ProFusion Expo 2014

Missed NAB in Vegas? Can’t make IBC in Amsterdam? Then whatever you do, don’t miss ProFusion 2014, Wednesday & Thursday, October 15-16 at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre. ProFusion is your chance to meet the leading manufacturers face-to-face, learn from world-famous professionals, and see first-hand the latest developments in the photo and video world.

Why is ProFusion a must-see event?

For one thing, it’s the only photo and video event in the country that caters to the professional image-maker. As Canada’s premiere pro imaging tradeshow, ProFusion offers you a unique opportunity to network with leading professionals about imaging solutions.

Sony Booth ProFusion 2013

The Sony booth alone makes it worth attending.

ProFusion will host close to 100 exhibitors on a massive showroom floor. But at 2,000 square feet – five times larger than last year’s booth – the Sony exhibit is an event in itself.

Be at the Forefront of Imaging Technology

If it’s new and exciting and you haven’t seen it yet, chances are you’ll get to see it launched at ProFusion. Over the years ProFusion has counted many ‘first in Canada’ product launches, including the most talked-about cameras, lighting, camera stabilization devices, software and more.

Learn from the best in the business. Sign up for exclusive seminars and workshops featuring world-renowned image-makers.

Miguel Jacob talks lighting.

ProFusion 2014 Highlights:

• See the latest in 4K, quadcopters, wireless, LED lighting, camera rigs & stabilizers
• Sign up for exclusive seminars & workshops
• Explore the 70,000+ square feet of floor space
• Sign up for exclusive seminars & workshops
• Experience one-of-a-kind product demonstrations throughout the day on the tradeshow floor
• Take advantage of outstanding not-to-be-missed Show Specials

Don’t miss this year’s bigger, better Profusion at the new downtown location.
Easier to get to. More to get inspired by. Make plans now to attend.
Admission is free. Register ahead of time at

The new FUJIFILM X30 delivers premium performance

Fujifilm releases the ultimate premium compact camera with class-leading functionality, superb design, enhanced battery performance and unrivalled image quality



The FUJIFILM X30 delivers a vast array of new features – enough to get enthusiasts as well as pro photographers itching to get their hands on one. But the big news, the REALLY BIG news is this. The newX30 features a Real Time Viewfinder – which is the largest, brightest, fastest and highest resolving viewfinder in its class. What’s more, it comes with a new Classic Chrome film simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction for beautifully dramatic images. And let’s face it, if you want a film look, who better to deliver it than the folks who were famous for making film.

Available for Pre-Order now! 


Shooting ModeAperture-Priority AUTO Image Size4000 x 3000 Sensitivity ISO 200 Dynamic Range100% Aperture F8.0 Shutter Speed1/1400 Lens Focal Length	7.1mm White Balance	AUTO Film simulation	CLASSIC CHROME

ISO 200 | F8.0 |  | 1/1400 | 7.1mm
Film simulation: CLASSIC CHROME

FUJIFILM X30 key features:

  • 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • NEW Real Time Viewfinder with 0.005 second lag time, 0.65 magnification and 2.36M dot OLED
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
  • Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds
  • Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • High speed continuous shooting of 12fps (11 frames continuously in JPEG at full resolution)
  • FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual zoom lens with HT-EBC coating
  • NEW Tilting 3.0” Premium Clear LCD (920k dots)
  • NEW ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
  • NEW Long lasting battery with approximately 470 photos per charge. Charges using supplied micro USB cable
  • Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
  • Super Macro mode to .039”
  • Focus Peaking function
  • Motion Panorama 360
  • Advanced Filters
  • “Q” button for frequently used menu items
  • Multiple Exposure
  • Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements
  • Manual focus available during video recording*
  • Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets
  • Output for Stereo Microphone
  • Electronic level
  • Live histogram
  • Interval timer shooting (1 second to 24 hours up to 999 frames)



Mission: Capture the ancient treasures of Italy with a toy camera.

Award winning photographer Karen Perlmutter, on a recent trip to Italy, embarked on a photographic mission with a twist. She was determined to capture the phenomenal beauty of central Italy, better known as the Umbria region, and specifically to capture the exquisite beauty of the ancient foundations in Spoleto.

Why travel to far-away Italy and take photos using a $69 plastic Holga camera – using nothing but film, no less?

“With this camera, I was able to achieve such effects as blurring, vignetting, light leaks and distortions,” says Karen. As for using film, she claims, “With film I was able to capture the emotions of the shot – a dreamy, almost ethereal appearance, as though time has stood still.”

From the evidence provided, we’d have to say, ‘Mission accomplished’.

See it for yourself.


Photographs by Karen Perlmutter.


Opening reception: September 11, 2014  
The exhibit runs through October 6, 2014
Lower Gallery – Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery Inc.
Columbus Centre 901 Lawrence Avenue West North York, ON
General Inquiries: Tel: 416-789-7011 ext.245; Fax: 416-789-3951
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Olympus TG-3 Camera Hands-on Review

I got to take the Olympus TG-3 (Tough) camera out for a little spin last weekend (literally as you will see). The camera has to many features to even go through all of them in a blog post. So lets start by saying this is by no means a review, think of it more as an overview of what this little camera can do, and how it can inspire you to have some fun and take some great photos.  If you want to see all the specifications and features check out this link.

Let’s start off by watching a quick little introductory video. Also I want you all to keep in mind that I had the optional Fisheye Lens attached for the Motorcycle ride, and the camera’s video mode had the IS turned on, which worked fairly well, considering.

Visual Storytelling from North Bay and Beyond – A Q&A with Danny Turcotte

Danny Turcotte is both a North Bay Ontario based Photographer and owner of Catch-Light Photography. As a contemporary photographer who strives for a style that is both diverse and unique, Danny ensures that each photo he captures tells a story. With his camera, he has traveled as far as India, Cambodia, and the Phillipines. He has also ventured locally throughout towns all across Canada. Danny is constantly searching for new and exciting ways to share his amazing view of the world with those around him. When he isn’t working weddings, you’re sure to see Danny spending time with his son, Dali Roads, or having fun taking his own weekly family photo.

Meet Danny Turcotte


What is your background/education?

I’m pretty much self taught, other than taking a night course when I got my first digital camera in 2007 and reading every photo magazine I could get my hands on.

Who are your favourite photographers?

Freeman Patterson has had an influence on me. He had some amazing books that I read over and over. I have a few people on Flickr that I follow, but it’s more fun than anything, kind of like following along with their adventures.

How was your interest in photography sparked?

That’s really such a random part of my life, I had an old film camera that I used to carry around and take photos with but it was just for fun. Then one day I picked up the local paper and saw an advertisement for a course in Darkroom Photography. It was 3 hours a week but more important it ignited my passion.


 What was it about light painting that inspires you?

Light Painting to me is such an amazing form of photography and the thing that inspires me most about Light Painting is that you get to create a scene that doesn’t exist in real life. You get to make a story come to life with any visions that you may have. For me, it’s intriguing to use bright colours to create a story from an empty space.

What influences your art? Do you look to other photographers for inspiration, or does your inspiration come from other sources?

I think my inspirations comes from many places, from whatever I’m surrounded by each day. It could be  a painting or something I saw flipping through a magazine or online photos or a TV ad. Anything can trigger new ideas. That’s why light painting is so interesting to me. You can make those stories and create them with just your imagination and some lights.


What are some of your biggest challenges? How do you overcome them?

I think my biggest challenges in light painting is always lighting myself in the photo. The problem is, when my camera goes off the flashes light me first, so I’m burned into the image before I start the rest of the light painting. I then have to remember where I was standing and where I placed all the lights.


What is the best way to get started if you want to try this technique at home?

The best was to start learning light painting is to put your camera on a tripod at night in the dark and open your shutter to 30 seconds. Alternately, you could buy a cable release and that will allow you to have your shutter locked open for as long as you choose. Then all you need is a flashlight or some glow sticks and just move then in the front of the camera as the camera is taking the long exposure and that’s how you light paint. You can use any kind of lights like sparklers or Christmas lights even your iPhone has apps.

Is there a single photograph that you have created that resonates with you more than any other – why is it significant for you?

I think it would have to be the first picture I ever took of my son with us as a family –that is always going to be a special moment.


Could you describe a typical set-up of one of your light painting shoots?

I start with my camera on a tripod then I usually mark the edges of my frame so I know what part of the scene is in the photo. Everything is done in complete darkness so that’s tough on its own. Then I test all my flashes and set them so they will light me first (if I’m in the photo) –that’s the hardest part is setting the flashes up to light me proper–after that I start to test the other parts of the photo and picking out what coloured lights I’m going to use for the shot. After I have all that set up, I start to test the image that I have in my head doing each part of the scene light painting one step at a time. This is where I usually start to map out the scene and add in new elements as I go, because sometimes certain colours look better so I change them up until I’m satisfied with the outcome. I always have a set plan in my head when I light paint and as I start it always evolves as I go. Sometimes I spend a few hours just on one photo trying it over and over again until it comes out just right. That’s the thing with light painting – every image is 100 percent original cause each time you try a photo it always varies just slightly from the last frame depending on how you shine the flashlights, what angle you use to light the scene.


Tell us a little about some of your favourite photo gear.

When it comes to photo gear – I like my 30mm 1.4 a lot and the classic 50mm but I think I’d have to say my favourite gear to use is a Speedlight SB-910. I always have at least a couple with me every time I take my camera out.

What is your favourite photo accessory, other than your camera?

Speedlight for sure, just give me a camera and any lens and a long as I have 2 flashes I’m good to go.


If you had to choose just a single camera and lens would it be and why?

I still use a D300s and I’ve been waiting for a new camera and now that the D810 just came out I think that will be on my list. Also, the 30mm 1.4 is perfect for what I do. I also love the 11-16mm when I’m light painting; I’m a wide shooter more than a zoomed in type of guy.

Can you share with us anything that you’re working on right now?

I’m working on a few projects. One is Project 52 Year 2 which involves taking 1 photo per week of my son (he’s now 18 months old). I’ve actually been doing it for the last 2 years and it’s always the best day of the week. I’m also working on a book collaboration with a local author of short stories.


Where else can people see your work?

People can see more of my work on my Facebook page I usually post images every couple days. My full project 366 (a photo everyday) is on there and as well my Project 52 of my son Dali. 278You can also see Danny’s work in person at Vistek locations across Canada the following Dates and Locations.

Toronto: August 11 – September 12, 2014

Mississauga: October 13 – November 7, 2014

Ottawa: December 1 2014 – January 2 2015

Edmonton: February 2 –  27, 2015

Calgary: April 6 – April 30, 2015

Willow Park: June 2 – July 3, 2015

For more of his work or to contact Danny, please visit: or