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Vistek is proud to present the exclusive Canadian launch of the new Intuos4 from Wacom! In 4 sizes (ranging from a compact 3.8 x 6.2″ to a hearty 12″ x 19.2″ active area), the new Intous4 features the new Wacom Tip Sensor, 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, customizable ExpressKeys ™, and a multi-function touch ring. With a new design and features inspired by members of the professional creative community, Intuos4 redefines the pen tablet experience. The Intuos4 pen captures the most subtle nuances of pressure, allowing you to dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, opacity and more. User-defined ExpressKeys activate…

In addition to its 12.1-megapixel sensor & 3x optical zoom, the PowerShot D10 is waterproof up to 33 feet, cold resistant to -10°C (14°F) and shockproof up to 4 feet (I still wouldn’t recommended dropping it from a glacier face). This little gem sounds like the perfect vacation accessory – regardless of where your passport takes you. The blue faceplate can be changed for one of three replacement front covers that come in orange, gray or a funky camo print. There’s even a handy dandy carabiner strap so you can be hands-free when the occasion calls for it. But this…

2009 marks the 9th annual celebration of the pinhole camera: one of the oldest photographic tools, used to create photos without a lens. Anyone, anywhere in the world, who takes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April (the 26th this year), can scan their image and upload it to the website where it will become part of this premier gallery of lenless photography. If you haven’t already, get creative and build your own pinhole camera (google has a wealth of sites to walk you through it) to see how creative you can get without the use of your…

It used to be if you wanted your photos and artwork gallery wrapped, it involved a lot of time & money – not to mention outsourcing it to your local framing shop. Now, with Hahnemuhle’s easy-to-use DIY system: Stick and Stretch, you can have professional-quality gallery wrapped prints in no time. This innovative product allows you to Gallery Wrap your Canvas or other laminated images quickly and cleanly and without the use of any special tools. The system consists of easy-to-use fastening components and stretching frames to accommodate most popular imaging formats. With two versions (Standard & Pro) that run…

As part of CONTACT 2009, an intimate shooting workshop for both professional and amateur photographers is being held as part of the Magnum Photo Workshop Toronto. The 5-day event is open to the public (tuition will set you back $1,250 USD) and participants will get hands-on instruction and review sessions with their choice of one of 6 Magnum Photographers (Bruno Barbey, Chien-Chi Chang, David Alan Harvey, Alex Majoli, Peter Marlow or Mark Power.) You’ll also get a pass for the week-long photo lecture series taking place each evening at The Drake Hotel. It should be noted that this isn’t a…

Vistek has just launched what has to be the most comprehensive Manfrotto site in Canada. A world-wide favourite with their innovative tripods, heads and lighting support systems, Manfrotto is a name known to photographers, videographers & lighting experts. The Manfrotto Brand Site highlights product arrays for Lighting & Camera Support in an organized, succinct and logical fashion. Everything you’ve ever wanted (or needed) to know about Manfrotto can be found now at Vistek.

Editors Note: Instant Photoshop | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. A Fast-Start Introduction to Photoshop For Photographers When photographers switch from the traditional chemical darkroom to PC-based desktop image processing the hardest part of the learning curve is learning Photoshop. This program is one of the most sophisticated pieces of software ever designed and now with 10 years+ of revisions and enhancements presents a daunting challenge to the newcomer. The rapid expansion in popularity of digital SLRs mean as well that a lot of traditional camera users are making a…

Editors Note: An Approach to CMYK | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. An Approach to CMYK I have written this article specifically for Photoshop professionals should they desire to understand the CMYK Colour Space and the ability to separate RGB to CMYK files specifically for Press operations. When desktop printers were first marketed they were generally Postscript devices. This is a language that describes a page to a printer, a universal language that enabled everyone to print to everyone’s printer, provided Postscript was employed. Postscript was at the time the…

Editors Note: Photographing Snow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photographing Snow Come winter, nothing frustrates photographers more than poor exposures due to extensive amounts of snow in the scene. Here are some ways of dealing with this problem. Brightly lit snow is about 1.5 – 2 stops brighter than 18% (medium) grey — which is what your hand-held or built in camera meter expects to see. Therefore, when metering a scene with large expanses of snow the meter (which doesn’t know the difference between water, grass or snow) —…

Editors Note: Auto Racing Photography | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Lee Carney for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Auto Racing Photography Introduction Every weekend of the year, at hundreds of locations around North America, people gather to race motorized vehicles of every description. From stock cars to motorcycles, from open wheel cars to power boats, motor racing is a grand spectacle of speed and power. The bright colours, the blazing speed and the unique environment make motor races an exciting place to create memorable images. The skills you need to capture effective images of motor racing…

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