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This year’s Chang School Photography Exhibit kicks off with it’s Opening Reception Thursday, June 25, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This annual event gives photography and image arts students an opportunity to display their best work in a juried show. And each year, a leading professional from the photography community selects several works for their outstanding merit. The winning artists receive valuable awards that in the past have included tuition for a Chang School course and a $500 gift certificate from a photography-supply merchant. When:  – June 25* to July 11, 2009 *Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25  from 6:00…

Pansonic’s newest Four Thirds DSLR – commercially aimed at both amateur & advanced photographers – was recently announced and it features a few bells & whistles not found in the previous G1 model. New for this incarnation, the GH1 incorporates FullHD video-recording capability which allows you to record high-resolution FullHD (1,920 by 1080p) video at 24 fps or smooth HD video (1,280 by 720p) at 60 fps using the AVCHD format (MPEG-4/H.264). This effectively doubles recording time in HD mode compared to Motion JPEG. And a dedicated video-record button allows you to keep shooting video even while you’re capturing still…

There are a lot of talented people showcasing their works from East coast to West… get out there and see them! Here are just a few to get you started: Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto, ON) Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance (May 26 to June 2, 2009) → Features photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the 1969 eight-day bed-in for Peace in Montréal. Alison Rossiter: Lament (until May 23, 2009) → Features new works by American photographer Alison Rossiter Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PEI) RBC Emerging Artists Series Exhibit (until May 31, 2009) →  Features PEI photographer Becka Viau’s…

From East Coast to West Coast, there are a lot of talented people putting their images of Canada on display and we think you should get out there and see them! Here are just a few to get you started: Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto, ON) Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance (May 26 to June 2, 2009) Features photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the 1969 eight-day bed-in for Peace in Montréal. Alison Rossiter: Lament (until May 23, 2009) Features new works by American photographer Alison Rossiter Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PEI) RBC Emerging Artists Series Exhibit (until May…

The Ryerson University Film Festival starts May 14 and runs through until May 16. The 3-day event showcases over 30 films produced by Ryerson University’s graduating class and runs the gamut from sci-fi, historical, drama, horror and comedy, to documentary and experimental. This annual public showcase of thesis works takes place at the Royal Cinema on College St. in Toronto and tickets can be purchased, in advance,  online.

A new free photo sharing service now allows Twitter users to easily upload photos and have them automatically published & turned into tweets on Twitter. Yes, yes… another 2.0 user generated content site. But this one – tweetPhoto – is a real amalgam of previously existing sites. For want of a better description, imagine Flickr and Facebook and Twitter all rolled into one. The site launched April 30 and encorporates many of the features utlized by other photosharing sites (mobile uploads, image tagging, geotagging etc.) and throws in the handy social networking features of Twitter and Facebook Connect (which allows you…

Have you got a burgeoning portfolio (or even one that’s already bursting at the seams) and a curiosity to hear what your fellow photogs think of your work? Well, at Vistek, we have a wealth of talented professional & amateur photographers alike  — all of whom have valuable insight into the world of creative & commercial photography. Constructive criticism & deserved praise are two things any artist can use. So why not send to us your image(s) along with a bit of background info (where you took it, what you took it with & how) and we’d love to post…

As part of this years’ CONTACT festival, Ryerson University is presenting MFA Documentary Media Discussion – a select artist presentation and panel discussion  moderated by Esther Choi. This free event takes place May 21 at 7pm in Jorgenson Hall (350 Victoria St.) and features guest speakers  Tori Foster, Ryan Gauvin, Lara Rosenoff and Marie Wustner. Bringing together documentarians from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson is home to students producing works that find their roots in fine art, photojournalism, anthropology and experimental media. Date: Thursday, May 21 Time: 7pm Location:…

Become better by motivating yourself to shoot more often. After all, practice makes perfect. The best way to become familiar with your camera and to become more proficient with photography is to always have your camera on hand. Today’s world burdens us with cell phones, mp3 players, GPS navigation gadgets and, most importantly, our laptops. But how does one carry all of that and still fit a camera too? I highly recommended that you check out the Tenba Messenger bag series offered by Vistek. I recently  acquired one for myself and could not believe how I have gone this long…

Audio Recording for Concert Videography It is important to make sure that you when you capture your audio recording at concerts you record it on as many tracks and from as many sources as possible.  As a rule I try to have a minimum of at least 2 sources recorded to 2 independent tracks.  That way if one signal ends up being distorted you always have a backup.  If all your signals sound good, you can mix them in post for a fuller sound. For a single camera shoot, one source should be from an on camera microphone and the…

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