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Next week marks the beginning of this year’s Luminato festival in Toronto (June 5 – 14, to be precise) and there are a wealth of exciting, free events happening that include live music performances, dance lessons, book readings, film screenings and a World Record attempt. Two events, in particular, jump right off the page to us: Raphael Mazzucco’s Mixed Media Installation and Shadow Notes: with Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson & Andy Summers (yes – Andy Summers from The Police). Mazzucco’s work has been featured in ELLE and Vogue magazines and his exhibition (which runs for the entirety of the festival…

A 4-part instructional series designed to inform and teach the basics of photography will take place June 16 – 24 at Vistek’s Toronto location. Experienced teacher & accomplished photographer, Gary Ray Rush,  uses the theory & application approach in these highly-interactive sessions that will give attendees ample opportunity to learn photography in a fun, hands-on environment. Class topics include: Creative Camera – Learn the photographic basics that apply to every camera ever made, film or digital, beginner to professional. Students will learn to shoot in manual mode to understand the principles of how an image is made. Language of the…

Ray took this picture of his wife and daughter with a Nikon D50 with Tamron 18-200 lens. He back lit the shot with a south facing window. The shot was converted to black & white and cropped using Capture NX and further adjusted in CS2. Matt Hunter says: “Great composition with the Mother-Baby emotional tone.  It could be improved with a little less of a close-crop on the mother’s face. Expanding the crop on the right would relax the image with the space of the Mother’s face from the edge of the photo.  The expression and attention of both was…

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…

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