Zeiss Photography Award: Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Image by the 2018 Award Winner Nick Hannes

The Zeiss Photography Award 2019 is now open for submissions. Participants can submit a series of five to ten images, with descriptions, from now until February 8th, 2019. The theme for this contest is “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected” and the jury is looking for a story of something unforeseen or surprising that is evident in the series of images. The theme is left open to wide interpretation, from political or conceptual ideas, to human expression or physical environments and landscapes.

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Kids 4 Cameras Winter Drive

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

 

We ran our first Kids4Cameras campaign this past spring, and it was a huge success – enough so, that we’re proud to run another one.

We invite you to bring gently used camera equipment into our store between November 16th and December 31st, 2018 for donations to  Kids4Cameras. Please remember to bring batteries, chargers, manuals, or any other related accessories for the cameras, if available. Cash donations are also accepted both in-store and online

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Sony Announces Alpha Female Creators in Residence

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

 

Sony has announced the winners of their Alpha Female Creators in Residence grant program. Over 6000 women applied for the program, which is designed to promote diversity and provide opportunities for female creators to advance their careers. Five women have each been awarded a six-month $25,000 grant, a $5000 Sony imaging product allowance, and the opportunity to work with an Alpha Collective photographer as their mentor.

Congratulations to Megan Allen, Danielle Da Silva, Erin Hogue, Nitashia Johnson, and Colette Robinson.

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Product Review: The Loupedeck

 By Danny Luong

 

The Loupedeck is a product that at first glance I did not want to like. It looks cheap and the price tag is higher than expected. And, to be honest, once I had the deck in my hands, I was still against the product. It feels cheap – plastick-y and like a toy. Cost cutting from every angle before a product gets to the consumer plagues camera accessories.

In a straight-up comparison at its $250+ price point, the Loupedeck loses in so many different ways. Compared to a mechanical keyboard at that price point, the deck has very little tactile feedback, and the keys feel like chicklets – something I experienced while editing; sometimes I was sure I pressed a key, but it still did nothing. Compared to an audio deck the knobs and dials feel awful. Made of cheap molded plastic there was nothing about the product that ever felt ‘premium.’

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