5 Reasons to Print Your Work

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

The digital age has made photography so much more accessible, but so often all these digital images get lost and hidden away in the depths of a hard drive. But, printing your work has so many benefits that we forget about between the 0’s and 1’s.

1. Tangibility – There’s a reason that printing is often termed “photo finishing” – because having a tangible finished print is a whole different experience than just looking at a screen.

2. Visibility – You go on vacation with your digital camera, take 3000 photos, get home and download them, and you never look at them again. Sound familiar? Choosing a few favourite images and printing them simply means they get seen. Whether it’s framed above the fireplace or filed in a photo album, physical prints allow you and everyone around you to actually enjoy them.

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2019 Japan Photo Contest

 By Kaitlyn Kerr


The Consulate-General of Japan’s 2019 Japan Photo Contest is now open for submissions! Submit up to four photos for your chance to win exciting prizes, including the grand prize of a Nikon D7500 & 18-140mm lens kit. Photos, taken in either Japan or Canada with a Japanese subject, can be entered into one of four categories:

  1. Culture, Food & Festivals
  2. Nature
  3. Cool Japan
  4. Movement & Sports – NEW this year in acknowledgement of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Entrants will have the chance to win prizes, receive a certificate from the Consul-General, and have their photo featured online, in events, and special promotions.

This is the 6th annual photo contest presented by the Consulate-General of Japan, in an attempt to promote awareness and appreciation for Japanese culture and further foster positive Japanese-Canadian relations.

For more information, click here.

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Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Announced

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Canon has announced a brand new RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens for their full frame mirrorless lineup. The lens is the second lens ever from Canon to use Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics, which minimizes chromatic aberrations in large aperture lenses. This was first used in the EF 35mm F1.4L II lens.

Like the other four lenses of Canon’s RF lineup, the lens has a custom control ring (commonly used to control aperture). The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.85m, and is weather and dust resistant, in line with the L-series standard. The lens also uses an Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce lens flare and ghosting issues. It is larger and heavier than its EF counterpart, but we expect to see better image quality and faster autofocus.

The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is expected to be available in June at a price of $3499.99.

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Pro Camera Gear for the Non Gearhead Photographer

 By Evelyn Drake


A camera is a tool, according to Steve Speer, a process-driven professional photographer, and a self-proclaimed “non-gearhead”. He captures commercial quality images that have been printed across entire buildings as well as tiny fine-art framed prints enhanced with precious metals.

Speer finds the process of photography to be one of perpetual gratification. Creating a tangible print is just as important to him as the experience of capturing the image. With that being said, what does a fine art photographer with a commercial pedigree capture his images with?

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5 Tips for Close-Up Nature Photography

 By Kaitlyn Kerr


Nature is full of incredible subjects and textures. The closer you look, the more there is, and so many interesting photographs can be created with these as subjects. Take a look at five tips to improve your close-up photography.

1. Get a macro lensMacro lenses are specifically designed for close up photography. They’re sharp, they focus close, and they’ll become a versatile part of your camera bag, since they also double as great portrait or low-light lenses.

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