Posts in Category: Industry News

Saving Eliza


Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. And if you’ve ever doubted that, here’s proof ….

Eliza O’Neill is a happy 4-year-old who, because of a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome, may not live into her teens. If she doesn’t get the treatment she needs, she will lose the ability to speak within 6 months and suffer irreversible brain damage within a year and a half.

“There is a cure, but without funding it won’t be ready in time to save her.”

Those words stirred Benjamin Von Wong into action. Spearheading the fundraiser that has already collected 300K, Benjamin has successfully mobilized a force of talented photographers from around the world, who have donated their works of art for sale. All money collected will go towards a cure for Eliza. Enough money it will happen.

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It’s been said, “A photograph is never taken– it is always given.” And in this case, it may give a young girl a chance at life.

You can find out a lot more about the project on the website by clicking here, but the general gist is as follows:

If you love phenomenal photography, this is your chance to buy prints from some of the best in the business, and know that your money is going to a worthy cause.

If you take phenomenal photography, you can pledge to sell $1,000 worth of a print to help Saving Eliza. Once that print sells out, you’ll go on a special success wall and have the opportunity to submit another and start all over again.

Follow Eliza and her family on Facebook , donate to help save Eliza’s life on GoFundMe and buy prints from SmugMug

NAB: 4 More Products You May Have Missed!


NAB has come and gone and while we were there to deliver news on some of the great new tech you’ll be seeing over the coming months, there was way, way more stuff. With that in mind, here are 4 more products from Sony, JVC and Panasonic that are sure to make a huge splash with any level of video professional.

Les Wilson’s Stunning Barn Owl Series using Elinchrom ELC ProHD


Photographer Les Wilson has shown us that with a keen eye and the right equipment, you can create incredible, almost other-worldly photos. In the case of this amazing barn owl series, Les used the all-new Elinchrom ELC Pro-HD series. Les also worked with staff from the Hawk Conservatory Trust near Andover, UK.

We managed to get some words from Les with regards to his work on this project.

First off I’m not on the payroll but a big fan of all the kits and travel with them all the time. As you have looked at my web pages you will see I’m a big Elinchrom user and use them all the time. I abuse the lights all the time with my out side work in all weathers. Reliability and ease of uses when you work on your own on shoots is a must.

The 15 Flashes on the Elinchrom units’ stroboscopic effect allowed Les to capture these shots in just one second of motion. Les used Elinchrom ELC ProHD units on loan from London’s Flash Centre.

Please check out more of Les Wilson’s work at his own site

What is it that comes to mind when you hear “Phase One”?

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What is it that comes to mind when you hear “Phase One”?

For pro photographers, it’s a whole new level of gear and (in the right hands) can help create masterpieces unlike any other. Simply put, Phase One creates cameras and camera backs that are in a league of their own.

Here’s what some of the industry’s top photographers have to say about working with Phase One gear.

NatashaV_Portrait_20131-248x300Natasha V.

I’ve been a Phase One user since the first days of the H5 backs, so quite a while ago!
From the first moment you put the digital back on your camera, you feel the confidence in your equipment – the most important feeling you need to have as a photographer going into a new shoot. This gives you the freedom to concentrate on lighting, creatives, and just have fun on your shoot.
I work in fashion photography, where look of the objects have quite a big part of deciding what will be featured in the final photograph. and I can definitely say that the same goes for my camera system – my clients are more than impressed when they see the Phase One back, and the quality of the images that even an untrained eye can recognize as superior.
See More of Natasha’s work here

mattMatt Barnes

I always choose the phase when I want to either push the file or need that ultimate quality and file depth.

Especially something like Raunch-o and Zombie Boy that is rich with detail… I want the files to be that rich too.

See more of Matt’s work here





Douglas Sonders

My Phase One IQ system has allowed me to step up my game. Showing up on a set with this best camera system on the planet has allowed me to capture not only the highest quality files, but also show my clients that I’m not willing to compromise the quality of their projects.

See more of Douglas’ work here



Submit your Work for Scotiabank CONTACT 2014 Portfolio Night!


Vistek is a proud sponsor of 2014′s CONTACT Portfolio Reviews.

For 5 years running, Vistek has been proud to be the official retail sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. CONTACT is devoted to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography. This year’s festival features over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

We’re also pleased to once again be a primary sponsor of the 2014 Portfolio Review Program. Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to do portfolio reviews for established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.



This is an important event for artists with projects at advanced stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally—as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice. One artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery in January 2015, not to mention a $1000 Rental Gift Certificate at Vistek!

Participants are advised that this year’s reviewers would be least likely to be interested in still life, traditional nudes, or fashion photography.


CONTACT 2013 Portfolio Review award-winner, Ian Willms – From Road to Nowhere

Review Days
Sunday May 4 & Monday May 5, 2014

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W
10am – 5pm

$200 for 4 reviews
Submission Deadline:
April 20 

Click here to for applications and more info