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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…

Adobe Lightroom 2 People are constantly asking me why I like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  Version 2.  And, while there are many reasons, I want to point out just 2  right now that will pique your interest. Reason #1 (and this is probably my favourite feature) I always shoot in RAW, and I don’t like having dozens of versions of the same file. Lightroom allows me to work on my RAW image, and print it non destructively. I don’t have to process out a tiff, or jpg, bring it into photoshop and resize it. All of my settings are controlled in…

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…

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