Congratulations Jeremy Kennedy!

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Jeremy Kennedy of Ottawa, ON was the grand prize winner in Vistek’s recent eNews Shopping Spree contest. As a result of a random draw, he now has one fantastic day of shopping in his near future!

Congratulations to Jeremy and a huge thank you to everyone who participated as well as to all of our sponsors!

Stay tuned for your next big chance to win!


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Rotolight’s Magic Eye app now available for download

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Rotolight has been touting their new technology that allows you to wirelessly control your Rotolight ANOVA LED FloodLight via your iPhone  — and today, this exciting new app is available for purchase!

The Magic Eye app is available for 4.99/ $6.99 US on iTunes. And the Magic Eye HD is expected to also be available in the next few days.

This first release – the Single View control – allows you to control colour temperature, brightness, remote on/off the light, quick fade up/ quick fade to black, and fade designer for gorgeous custom designed fades. You can Flick to Swipe between available lights, or select the device list to control each light in the studio.

Key Features:

  • Single View Control Mode: Real time control of colour temperature and brightness, ‘Power Fade Up’, ‘Power Fade Down’, Designer Fade (D-Fade), Remote On/Off, and device selector page.
  • Designer Fade (D-Fade): Design a gorgeous fade with multiple nodes and custom duration so you get that perfect shot first time.  Apply D-Fade to one or multiple lights.

Check it out!


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Focal Point: Friday, August 3

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Photo Fabulousness —

South by South-East

South by South-East by Stephen Caissie

Online Awesomeness/Bloggy Goodness

Available in English and French, Le Journal de la Photographie is featured in the form of a newsletter, a web site and an iPad app. Originally launched  in October 2010, Le Journal has been posting daily on all the current events in the world of photography (with the exception of technical.)

Video Virtuosity

A true story that may well restore your faith in humanity.

$13,238.86 left in a NYC taxi by Casey Neistat

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Vistek Gallery: Featured artist Q & A with Shauna & Gareth Roughley

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As you may or may not already be aware, each and every Vistek location has its own Photo Gallery (you didn’t know? well you do now!) to showcase some of the incredible end results of gear, talent and technique. There have been dozens of incredible exhibits and there are many more in store. Right now, Vistek’s Mississauga store is featuring the work of Edmonton-based photographers Shauna & Gareth Roughly.

Gareth and Shauna both felt an urge to travel. In 2003, their wandering souls took them to Adelaide, Australia, where they met. Since then they have carried their adventures on through Australia, Canada, the UK, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India and Turkey. Their passion for adventure couples perfectly with their love for photography. These passions have created a visual travel journal of their lives.

Were you both working as photographers when you met?

Shauna: No, not at all! Up until meeting Gareth, I had never touched an SLR. We had been together for a few years when Gareth was asked to shoot a friend’s wedding. I learned fast how to use an SLR, as I had always loved taking pictures. And the rest is history.
Gareth: In 2004 I was traveling the world improving and learning about landscape and travel photography. When we met, my SLR had just been stolen so I was going through a hiatus. Then Shauna bought me a new SLR for Christmas a few years later, so I was back to it.

How long did it take you to realize that your shared passion for travel and photography would make a fabulous partnership and business venture?

Gareth: It took us a long time to actually travel extensively together. We met in Australia in 2004 but it was not until 2007 that we were on a plane together. In 2007 we traveled around the UK which was lots of fun. Shauna loved the scenery and the differences in lifestyle and culture. Ever since then, we have photographed more and more together.
Shauna: I think we really realized how much we could do with this on our last trip, our 17 month trip from December 2010 to May 2012. We kept our blog going, we met other photographers and travellers, and really just realized that people wanted to hear and see our story. It was amazing.

How did you (both of you) get your start?

Gareth: Coming to Canada in 2005, I found a gallery that would take my work. I don’t think I would have stepped inside to ask if not for Shauna’s support and encouragement.
Shauna: I didn’t understand why he WOULDN’T go into the gallery – his photos are amazing! Like I said, it was a friend’s wedding who pushed me to pick up a camera and learn.

What is your background/education?

Gareth: I took my  BA Honours in film, television and radio studies in uni. I have lots of friends involved in the television industry and production industry.
Shauna: I have my Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional writing.

What/who (where?) inspires you to shoot?

Gareth: I loved large scale cinematography of David lean and Freddie young when I was growing up. Being able to capture the majesty of some of the places I have seen. Not simply to photograph them superficially but to capture their essence. I love the art of Shona Moller, and Adris Appes photographs as well.
Shauna: I love to photograph people. When I see a beautiful scene, I imagine posing people into it. Our minds work so differently. I follow so many different photographers, I love Jinky Art, and we have many amazing photographers right in Edmonton. I’m just inspired to tell a story, so I always want to photograph a wedding, or a family, through a story format.

What has been your most career defining moment so far?

Gareth: Selling my first image was a big deal. It still gets me every time we have inquiries for more
Shauna: The first time we had an article published was absolutely amazing. Seeing my writing and Gareth’s travel photography together was unlike anything else. It’s something I want to do more of.

Can you share with us anything that you’re working on right now?

Gareth: Still have a multitude of images from our recent travels – some large scale images, multiple shots stitched together.
Shauna: Getting our business back up and running in Edmonton! It’s been a busy season. We have so many ideas for our travel photos, including books and calendars. Once they’re all edited we want to start making a cohesive collection.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Gareth: Hopefully with a long term exhibition space, traveling and seeing more of the world with my family.
Shauna: With a successful photography business, travelling in the winter and shooting in Edmonton in the summer. I want us to be loving what we’re doing and enjoying every moment of it.


A Visual Travel Journal by Shauna and Gareth Roughly is currently on exhibit at Vistek’s Mississauga location (5840 Mavis Road.) 

Drop by and see this series of photos for yourself – now until August 31. The Exhibit will then be on display Sept. 3 through Oct. 5 in the Toronto store,  Oct. 22 through Nov. 30 in the Ottawa store, and Dec. 7 through 31 at Vistek Edmonton.

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World Press Photo Exhibit in Ottawa

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Starting tomorrow (August 2, 2012) through to August 26, the 2012 World Press Photo Exhibit will be on display in Ottawa at the the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place).

This tour of prize-winning photos has exhibitions in close to 100 cities in 45 countries and is part of World Press Photo’s efforts to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.

The 55th Annual exhibition contains over 160 photographs, including those captured during recent or ongoing conflicts. The latter builds upon the Museum’s display of post-Cold War conflict and underlines how these events continue to shape the world.

The Jump – Henrik Brunnsgård

Sports | 3rd prize singles | 2012 | Base jumper Johannes Dagemark takes a leap off a 150-meter-high wind turbine in Skara, Sweden.

The Canadian War Museum is the first of three Canadian venues on the international tour.

What: 2012 World Press Photo Exhibit
Canadian War Museum  (1 Vimy Place | Ottawa, ON)
August 2 26, 2012
Monday – Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday:  9am – 6pm
Thursday & Friday:  9am – 9pm

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Focal Point: Friday, July 27

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Photo Fabulousness —

Day 1: Megan

Day 1: Megan by Jared Krause

Bloggy Goodness

This may well be my favourite blog that we’ve featured! Every photo on comes from a lost camera, memory stick or roll of film somewhere around the world. The pictures come from as far as Japan, Ireland, Australia, Iceland, Dubai and some, likely, from your hometown. Based in Canada, has helped return dozens of these found cameras and orphan pictures to their owners. Why not have a look and see if you can help add to the reunited photo/owner success stories? Your karma will thank you for it!


Video Virtuosity

A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

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The Creative Design Tour 2012

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Be a part of this 28-city tour that teaches photographers to make graphic art in Photoshop using borders, layers, textures, and more. This five-hour class is completely hands-on so be sure to bring your laptop with an installed copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6. You can download the 30-day trial version here, just be sure you don’t activate it before July 29.

Instructor, Judy Host has work that’s been selected for a National Exhibition by the Professional Photographers of America from whom she has received a Masters and Craftsman degree. She will impart her own wisdom & expertise to this exciting and innovative workshop.

For anyone looking to expand upon their Photoshop skills, this seminar is one you don’t want to miss!

Get full course details here.

What: The Creative Design Tour 2012
When: Monday, Aug. 27 | 5 – 10pm
Where: Quality Suites – Toronto Airport (262 Carlingview Dr.)
Cost: $99


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How much did that photo cost?

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Good question, right? And there are SO many variables to factor into an answer. One of our fave photographers, Matt Barnes, breaks it down for us for one of his favourite shots.

Check out his response here!

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NEW from Canon: The EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera

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After months of rumours, Canon has joined the mirrorless fray with its announcement, today, of the new Canon EOS M.

Combining the imaging quality of a DSLR and the convenience of a point and shoot into a single body, the EOS M features an 18 MP APS-C CMOS (APS-C) Sensor, Full HD movie capture with Focus Tracking, manual exposure control, a 3.0” touchscreen LCD, touch autofocus and multi touch operation.

In addition, two new lenses designed specifically for Canon’s new camera format – the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens – and the ability to use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M add to the EOS M’s versatility.


  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes:
    • Manual exposure control
    • Multiple resolution frame rates
    • Built-in stereo microphone
    • Manual audio level adjustment
    • Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting from bright to dim light and high performance Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality video and photos
  • Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos
  • Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures and Touch AF for an easy and intuitive video capture experience
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
  • Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
  • Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
  • Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 600EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
  • Compatible with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2

>> Read the press release

Canon EOS M Digital Camera

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The Canon EOS M will be available in October 2012 in two configurations:  EOS M (Black) + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and a Speedlite 90EX for MSRP $829.99; EOS M (White or Red) + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens and a Speedlite 90EX for MSRP $879.99.

The EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EF-EOS M Adapter and Speedlite 90EX will all be available in October at an MSRP of $299.99, $249.99, $199.99 and $129.99 respectively.

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Focal Point: Friday, July 20

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Photo Fabulousness —

30doc day 1

30doc day 1 by N Maxwell Lander


Bloggy Goodness

Whether you want to direct movies or work on the crew that makes them, The Black and Blue provides tips to help you look like a pro on set and is devoted to delivering useful knowledge about what it’s really like to make a movie.  The Black and Blue was founded and is run by Evan Luzi, a camera assistant who strives to spread his passion to those who wish to become better at the craft.


Video Virtuosity

GoPro HD: Rafa Ortiz vs. The River Gods – Veracruz, Mexico

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