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Derek Shanks give us some tips for shooting better long exposure photography. Steady and Still If you own a heating bag for those aches and pains (you the know the ones that are filled with grainy, rice-like materials?) and you don’t want to carry a tripod around all day – throw one of these in your camera bag and you have something that you can place a camera on and manipulate positioning to your liking. Or, if you’re the creative type, you can make a rice bean bag for yourself. This works really well shooting on rocks, ledges or those…

Former Vistek Digital/Photo Sales Representative Derek Shanks provides some useful tips for your next photo shoot. Digital Black and White Shoot in RAW and underexpose your image by 1/2 stop to a full stop. Use the shadow and highlights tool in a RAW software program to restore shadow detail and Exposure Compensation to bring back details without overexposing highlights. Use the Channel Mixer, Black and White methods provided by RAW and you’ll have a correctly exposed black and white image. White Balance If in need of a quick white balance tool, you can use a standard white coffee filter. Use…

Scientists at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a camera that can take 6.1 million pictures in a single second, at a shutter speed of 440 trillionths of a second. If you’re doing the math: light moves only a fraction of a centimeter in that time. Dubbed STEAM (serial time-encoded amplified microscopy), the camera illuminates objects with an infrared laser that cycles through a series of different wavelengths, one for each pixel on the sensor. When reflected light hits the camera’s sensor, each pixel picks up its dedicated wavelength, and is given an electronic boost…

This year’s CONTACT festival takes place May 1 to 31 and gets underway Friday from 7 – 10pm with its Festival Launch & Still Revolution Opening Celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. And, as an added bonus, there is no cover charge for the event – which boasts an evening of reveling with festival artists, photographers and special guests. CONTACT 2009 is a yearly month-long festival of photography that showcases over 1000 local, national and international artists in over 220 venues across the GTA. Touted as the largest photography event in the world, CONTACT has grown…

The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University is giving you the opportunity to hear from the people behind the photographs. Iconic images of Presidents, international leaders & celebrities captured an era on a worldwide scale and opened doors to photojournalists like never before. Photographing an Era: The ’60s and ’70s takes place May 9 at 3pm.  James Pickerell, Steve Schapiro and Fred Ward – 3 prominent photographers from these captivating decades – lead a panel discussion of two decades that changed the world of photojournalism and allowed unparalleled access into the private lives of public figures. When: Sat. May 9/09…

They’ve been around for 22 years, giving us everything we need in the way of backgrounds and lighting control systems for the photo, video and cinema industry. Now they’re pretty much doing it all for us as well. Lastolite has, by far, the coolest instructional video tutorials on their website. They highlight everything from how to set up & use their various products to how to fold them up and put them back in their cases properly (where are these guys when you’ve got an unruly map?). Don’t take our word for it. Check them out yourself!

Full frame shooting and HD movie capability, anyone? With the launch of its successor to the EOS 5D, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II gives us the world’s first compact full frame digital SLR.  Not only does it boast a 21-megapixel CMOS sensor & DIGIC IV processor along with an expanded ISO range of 50-25,600, the EOS 5D Mark II supports Live View shooting & full 1080p HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video. Add to that a sweet 3.0″ Clear View LCD…

Well, it’s been 2 years since Nikon gave us the D80. And now… amidst much speculation and rumour, along comes the Nikon D90.  This is a camera that will appeal to everyone, from the first-time DSLR user to the serious amateur wanting more in-depth photographic control but without the cost and weight of a D300. While the D90 seems to have some nifty new bells & whistles, it’s more of an update than a full-on replacement. The most exciting and talked about bell (or whistle, depending on how you view these things) is the fact that it’s the world’s first…

If you’re going to pick up the new Nikon D90, you’ll most certainly be interested in this new 18-105 f3.5-5.6 DX VR lens. Designed to go hand-in-hand with the D90, this DX-format, high-power 5.8x zoom lens has a 35mm format focal length equivalent of roughly 28-160mm. Useful in a broad range of shooting settings (from wide-angle landscapes and interiors to portraits and medium-range sports), it features a built-in Silent Wave Motor, giving you speedy & accurate autofocus while keeping you stealthy & unobtrusive. The built-in Vibration Reduction lets you take sharper handheld pictures while you shoot at shutter speeds up…

Not to be left behind, Canon has presented to the masses it’s replacement to the EOS 40D… the EOS 50D (didn’t see that coming, did you?) Mainly targeted against the Nikon D300, the EOS 50D holds quite a few significant improvements over the 40D. For starters, it features a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as a faster DIGIC 4 processor. It has an ISO sensitivity that’s expandable to 12800 as well as a 3″ VGA LCD monitor with a Live View mode that offers 3 AF modes. And since we’re on the subject of the LCD – this one…

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