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Mario Miotti – It Started With Passion And Then It Sparked

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Fashion photographer Mario Miotti has always had a passion for fashion and design. His photography, in collaboration with art directors, stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists is so highly rewarding, he says, “He could do it for the rest of his life.” Having dreams, any dream, is the vitality of life. Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life. – Mario Miotti Then along came another passion of his – publishing a magazine for music festival crowds and fashion people, he named Sparked. According to Mario, Sparked Magazine is the best thing that’s ever…

Lisa-Marie McGinn: Creating A New Vision for Fashion Photography

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A native of Scotland but now living just outside of Edmonton, photographer Lisa-Marie McGinn is fast becoming a star in the world of fashion/editorial photography. Lisa-Marie McGinn first came to our attention this past May, as one of the many talented photographers who entered (and in Lisa-Marie’s case, eventually won) our Epson “Show Us Your Best” photo contest with her entry titled “Twisted Fairytale”. Now, Lisa-Marie is the star of Vistek Toronto’s in-store gallery with 14 of her beautiful images on public display until the end of September. About the Artist Lisa-Marie’s love and passion for photography began in grade 10…

Vistek August Gallery: Photographer Michael He | N’Ice Land

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It’s not always easy to take great photos of the Great Outdoors… But after viewing Toronto photographer Michael He’s beautiful images from his recent trip to Iceland, it’s clear that he was able to capture Iceland’s beauty and grandeur with relative ease. Since taking up photography just 8 years ago, Michael has succeeded in winning numerous photography awards, including a Gold Medal at the 2014 Toronto International Photography Contest, and more recently the Golden Lens award in Toronto’s International Photography Festival (TIPF) in 2015. Michael’s passion for nature comes through in his beautiful images by taking full advantage of the…

Scoutt: It’s All About Location

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In real estate, the mantra “location, location, location”  is used to drive home the fact that a property’s location is the greatest determining factor of its value… In the photography & video world, the location might not be the greatest determining value in capturing an amazing shot, but often finding the right one can be an essential step in your photo shoot plans. Scoutt.com, location scouting made easy… Enter Scoutt.com, a free community-based location scouting platform, designed for photographers to find and share photography locations around the world. I found out about Scoutt after meeting founder Aron Goss at a recent networking event at Breather…

Behind the Scenes: Bojan Uzicanin Documentary Part Two

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In our second instalment, video producer Dale Sood shares a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our upcoming video documentary for the Vistek YouTube channel highlighting cycling photographer Bojan Uzicanin. Related Post: Behind the Scenes: Bojan Uzicanin Documentary Part One Our day began early with the crew meeting at Bojan’s apartment in Toronto’s west-end. Having scouted our locations the previous week, our day’s shoot was planned out down to not only our locations but to where the natural light would be coming from. Our goal for this part of the documentary was to capture a typical “day in the life” of Bojan…

Vistek Gallery: The World According to Brad

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Brad’s interest in photography began at the young age of thirteen, shooting his buddies on skateboards. Then the world got bigger and Brad got better. Now, as a professional, he says, “I like to shoot things around me, anything that looks odd or out of place or decaying, specifically related to architecture.” What explains his love for shooting black and white? “As a young kid I was really a big fan of Ansel Adams,” says Fisher. “From that stemmed a lifelong affinity for black and white landscape photography.” Brad likes a challenge. And will do anything to get a better…

Rudi Rincker: Black & White Street Photography – Vistek Ottawa

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Ottawa-based Rudi Rincker, first experimented with B&W film photography in the late ‘90s, shooting landscapes and industrial sites. Recently, with his Leica in hand, he has discovered that the most interesting subject matter is all around him, sometimes right in front of him. What interests Rudi, these days, is capturing life at street level, photographing people going about their business, doing what they do every day. While travelling, Rudi is constantly on the lookout for these photo opportunities, what he calls, “interesting moments”. When he sees them, he captures them, usually in B&W, preferring minimal processing for maximum reality. …

The Vistek/Epson Show Us Your Best Contest Winner Is…

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Last month in partnership with Epson Canada, Vistek ran the “Show Us Your Best” photo contest. The prize for the contest was an Epson printer package valued at around $2000.00 that included the following: Epson SureColor P800 printer Roll Paper Option Epson Enhanced Matte paper Epson Metallic Photo Luster paper The winner will also have their photo printed on a professional Epson printer, framed and featured in the Vistek in-store gallery for a month. The winning photo will also be featured in an upcoming Vistek/Epson advertisement! We had over 400 beautiful submissions and from those 400 images, the top 10…

Behind the Scenes: Bojan Uzicanin Documentary Part One

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The following is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an upcoming video documentary for the Vistek YouTube channel highlighting cycling photographer Bojan Uzicanin as he photographed the Canadian Women’s Olympic Cycling Track Team during their morning recovery rides. The day started early, just as the sun was coming up in fact. Our production team, led by Vistek Video Producer Dale Sood, met in the Vistek parking lot to pack the gear into our vehicle for the day’s shoot. Gear loaded, we headed out to rendezvous with our subject for the shoot, photographer Bojan Uzicanin before heading to our final destination the Mattamy…

CONTACT Photographers Share The Stories Behind Their Photos

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Over the course of two days, Vistek’s in-house video producer (and creative director for his own production company Arts & Rec) Dale Sood conducted and filmed interviews with some of this year’s CONTACT Festival photographers. The purpose of these interviews was two-fold, the first being to highlight the outstanding work of the artists, and the second, to share the story behind an individual photograph or their series. Click here to see more CONTACT Festival related posts Each of the photographers listed below touches on a different subject, including inter-faith relationships, the environment, cultural issues, travel, and humor. Carlos Fernandes J…

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