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Monday
Mar252013

Canon to Release World's Smallest And Lightest DSLR 

© Canon

On Thursday, Canon USA announced the forthcoming release of the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera. It is said to be the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, costing $649.99 for the body and $799.99 for a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. The camera is scheduled to hit shelves next month. Attachedbelow is Canon's full press release:

New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body 

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world's smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday.

"The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full-featured DSLR cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera."

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

As the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6" (w) x 3.57" (h) x 2.74" (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that's increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon's Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon's new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens' stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon's new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting.

Creativity at your Fingertips

The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1's in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera's LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The new EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

For more information about the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos.

 

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visitingwww.usa.canon.com/rss.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

* Among digital SLR cameras which use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2013.

** Weight specifications are for camera body only; does not include battery or memory card

 

Here at NYIP, we are always looking to expose our alumni, readers, and students to the latest innovations in photography. 


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Friday
Mar222013

2013 Sony World Photography Awards Winners: 3D and Open Categories 

© Matjaž Tančič, Slovenia, Winner, 3D Award, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

On Tuesday, it was announced by the governing body of the World Photography Organization that Matjaž Tančič, a Slovenian Fashion photographer, had won the award for best 3D image in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. According to the World Photography Organization website: "His image, TIME KEEPER, is inspired by the setup of Hui-style living rooms in the old village houses of Yixian, China."   

After launching his career as a photojournalist for Mladina magazine, he turned his sights on fashion. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Tančič is now one of the leading 3D fashion photographers. Dividing his time between Beijing and Ljublijana. Tančič’s work has been exhibited and featured in publications around the world, including Vogue, L Officiel and Inspire and Look de Book.

The awards for each of the ten categories in the 2013 Sony World Photography Open Competition were also given out on Tuesday, with the overall winner (dubbed the Open Photographer of the Year) to be announced on April 25th during a special gala in which he/she will be given a $5000 prize. The competition was comprised of almost 55,000 entries from all corners of the globe. The winning pictures are displayed and listed in the slideshow below:

 

For more information on the competition and the Youth and National Award Winners, go to the Sony World Photography Awards page.  


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

Wednesday
Mar202013

Photographer, What's Your Branding Message?

I just returned from the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas, and co-presented a master class in blogging for wedding photographers with New York Institute of Photography Director Chuck DeLaney. Our presentation was on blogging, but it had a heavier emphasis on how a photographer brands herself or himself. I used the Harry Potter analogy of Hogwart's sorting hat: you want to visit a photographer's website and read the About message and automatically know if this is the right photographer for you - just by the brand message you're putting out there.
 
 
Here are three different About pages from three very different wedding photographers. Look at the messages themselves, the adjectives used to describe the photographers and their work, messages that talk about where the photographers like to work and descriptions of their typical clientelle.

 
It's easy to identify each of these photographers from their About descriptions, right? Each one would have a different ideal client in mind, but each exhibits the four Branding Guidelines while still appealing to a unique client base:

  1. Brand Well
  2. Show What You're Selling
  3. Show To Whom You Are Selling
  4. Brand Yourself Consistently

 

How's your branding message and overall branding program? Are you satisfied with where you're at right now? Does your About message sort yourself out from the competition and carve a definite niche for you in the business community? Share your branding message with us, and we'd like to hear how you define your business and how that's worked for you!

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Monday
Mar182013

DKNY apologises to NY blogger Brandon Stanton

Content via: BBC News 

Fashion giant DKNY has apologised to a US street photographer after hundreds of his photos were used in a Bangkok shop window display without permission.

Brandon Stanton, who runs the popular blog Humans of New York, turned down an earlier DKNY bid to license his photos for $15,000 (£10,000).

After a fan informed Stanton about the Bangkok display, DKNY said the store had "inadvertently" used the pictures.

The fashion firm apologised and agreed to pay $25,000 to a Brooklyn charity.

Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, which began as a Tumblr-based photoblog, has become wildly popular.

Almost 600,000 people now follow his daily portraits of street life in New York City via Facebook.

His work was clearly noticed at the headquarters of DKNY, the youth-oriented line run by designer Donna Karan.

Writing on Facebook after he was informed that the DKNY store in Bangkok had used 300 of his photos, Stanton said he had refused an offer from the label to use his work in a promotional campaign, Reflections of New York.

Stanton's network of social media fans ensured he found out about the Bangkok window display

"They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said 'no'."

Disappointed that his work had been used without permission, Stanton asked his legions of followers to pressure the fashion giant into donating $100,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

"These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation," Stanton wrote.

"That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I'll let you guys know if it happens."

In a statement posted on its own Facebook page, DKNY said it had always been "inspired by and incorporated authentic New York into its imagery".

"We have immense respect for Brandon Stanton aka Humans of New York and approached him to work with us on this visual program. He declined to participate in the project.

"However, it appears that inadvertently the store in Bangkok used an internal mock up containing some of Mr Stanton's images... We apologize for this error and are working to ensure that only the approved artwork is used."

"DKNY has always supported the arts and we deeply regret this mistake."

The firm's contrition was not universally accepted online, with commenters on both Facebook pages expressing disbelief that the poster was printed and shipped to Bangkok by mistake.

The photographer himself refused to get drawn into a wider debate about copyright infringement online, instead challenging his social media followers to help raise an extra $75,000 for the YMCA.

For the original article, click here.

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Friday
Mar152013

Field Trip - Yossi Milo Gallery

If you are going to be in or around the New York City area over the next month as I am, I recommend taking a trip down to Chelsea to view the exhibition of artist Mike Brodie's powerful work documenting a portion of America's disparate youth as they travel cross country via freight train. The exhibition is titled A Period of Juvenile Prosperity and is currently being shown at the Yossi Milo Gallery. The wonderful color photography on display is the result of Brodie's decade-long quest to examine this unique cross-section of the American culture by following in their soot-covered foot steps.
© Mike Brodie

Please find the press release and pertinent information about the exhibit below:    

Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to present A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, an exhibition of color photographs by Mike Brodie, aka The Polaroid Kidd. The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 7 and will be on view through Saturday, April 6. An artist’s reception and book signing of his new monograph, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, published by Twin Palms, will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. This will be the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery and is concurrent with an exhibition of Brodie’s work at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles from March 16 – May 11, 2013.

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity depicts the gritty youth subculture of freight train hoppers and squatters. From 2004 - 2009, Brodie created a prolific body of work which introduces viewers to an alternative lifestyle based on the constant movement of train travel across America. The gallery will present 30 photographs from Brodie’s series.

Brodie began traveling the railways in 2002 at the age of 17. Unannounced, he left his house with only a few personal belongings. Brodie returned home days later, infatuated with train-hopping culture. “Two weeks later I was gone...this was it, I was riding my very first freight train. And soon, what would begin as mere natural curiosity and self-discovery would evolve into a casting call of sorts.”

Brodie began to photograph his travels in 2004 when he acquired an old Polaroid camera. “A friend gave me a Polaroid camera I found on the back seat of her car. I took a photo of the handlebars of my BMX bike and it looked incredible, so I kept taking pictures, it was that simple.” From 2004-2006, Brodie shot exclusively on Polaroid film, earning him the moniker the Polaroid Kidd; a name he would tag on box cars and walls. From 2006 - 2009, Brodie switched to 35mm film. During this five-year span, Brodie rode over 50,000 miles through 46 states documenting the people and places he encountered along the way. “I know almost everyone I shoot,” Brodie states, “three of the women in the book are ex-girlfriends and a couple of the guys...are best friends.” Brodie captures his companions through intimate portraits set against ever-changing landscapes. His photographs capture the raw reality of his travels: the dirt, the blood, the struggles and, ultimately, a community of travelers who share the challenges and triumphs of life on the road.

In Brodie’s images, the world appears warmly colored, slightly faded, and filled with adventure. His travel photographs encapsulate a period of youthful exuberance and unbridled freedom. Although Brodie was never trained, his photographs exemplify a keen eye for composition and follow in the footsteps of artists Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Nan Goldin. His images visualize modern versions of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn or Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, while also reflecting symbols of a passing era in American culture that include trains, punk aesthetics and Polaroid cameras.

Mike Brodie won the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2008. Brodie has been included in exhibitions at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA and the Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA. The artist’s work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Brodie was born in Arizona in 1985 and currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

• What: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity 

• When: March 7–April 6, 2013

• Where: 245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th & 25th St.) New York, NY 10001

• Admission: Free

• Museum hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm 

• Info: Call 212-414-0370 or email info@yossimilo.com

© Mike Brodie

To see more of the images that will be on display, go to the Mike Brodie artist profile on the Yossi Milo Gallery site. To learn more about Mike Brodie's incredible adventure, read the Dailymail UK article


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

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