Coming Up: IMA Portrait & Family Photography Symposium

 By Kaitlyn Kerr


The Master Photographers International organization is hosting a symposium here in Calgary with a focus on portrait and family photography. The symposium runs from September 28th to 30th and will feature sessions from four different photographers, as well as an industry social night on Sunday. Registration for the social night is open to symposium attendees in addition to the general public, and the evening will include appetizers, a cash bar, and door prizes. 

TCS clients can use the code TCS2019 for a discount off registration. 

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Panasonic S1H to Get RAW Footage Firmware Update

 By Kaitlyn Kerr


Panasonic has announced that they are developing a new firmware update for the recently announced S1H video-centric full-frame mirrorless camera. This firmware update, developed in partnership with Atomos, will allow users to record maximum 5.9K/29.97p RAW footage (as well as C4K/59.94p) to the Atomos Ninja V Recorder over HDMI. 

The firmware update is expected to be released in early 2020, and the ability to record Apple ProRes RAW will be a welcome feature for video users. 

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Old Fields, New Feels

 By John Veldhoen


Have you ever read anything that seemed to come to you at a critical time, so that it felt rather like it had been written for you? That page after page, you find confirmation? “Old Fields” by John Stilgoe is a transformational book. I’ve read nothing else like it.

If you want to make your pictures fit into the flow of words that go along with the prestige of photography, you will find someone to write something to relate the pictures you have made with one of these essays. There is a weird effect to this, it feels echo-chamber-y, as though there is an institutional confirmation bias in critical outlooks on photography. “Old Fields” stands out as a completely independent piece of sustained writing and thinking. Despite the title, I think many readers will feel the shock of the new. Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, “A Little History of Photography”, Roland Barthes “Camera Lucida”, and Susan Sontag’s “On Photography” make up the repeated titles that you come across in essay after essay that begin photography books. 

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New Fujifilm X-A7 Mirrorless For Under $900

 By Evelyn Drake

Who is a sleek, retro-styled mirrorless camera with a fully articulating screen, and a refined autofocus system in a kit for under $900? It’s me, the Fujifilm X-A7!

Fujifilm just announced a new little camera that is their entry-level competitor against other new mirrorless cameras in the 24-megapixel range. (i.e. Sony A6100, Canon M50, etc.) They say it is designed to attract new photographers or people who have been primarily photographing with their phones. 

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