Canon Cameras Now Come With Free Insurance!

In a bold move, you can now add piece of mind to a Canon pro camera gift this season. At no additional cost!
Canon CarePAK PLUS

MELVILLE, NEW YORK, November 24, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, launched a promotion for CarePAK PLUS (which includes accidental damage protection) just in time for the holidays. Now through Saturday, January 9, 2016, Canon’s CarePAK PLUS is available at no cost to customers who purchase from a list of six professional Canon EOS DSLR camera bodies and eight EF USM lenses plus “kit” lenses on eligible camera bodies from a Canon Authorized Dealer. Providing protection from accidental damage like coffee spills to additional hardware coverage from excessive wear and tear on mechanical and electrical issues, CarePAK PLUS coverage lasts 13 months from the date of product purchase. And as an added bonus, CarePAK PLUS is transferable, meaning the customer can give the product as a gift this holiday season and the benefits will transfer.

“This complimentary CarePAK PLUS promotion was developed so photographers can focus on capturing family festivities during the holidays, or shooting professionally on assignment, without having to worry about the costs and anxiety associated with accidental damage,” said Eliott Peck, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “By offering this promotion to our customers, we’re letting them know we stand firmly behind them and if it’s needed they can count on Canon’s 100 percent U.S.-based customer service.”

Eligible Canon cameras and lenses include:

EOS 7D Mark II
EF 17–40mm f/4L USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM

In addition, any lens included within a kit with an eligible body will be covered. For example, if a customer purchases the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens kit, the lens will be covered since it is included in the box with the body (also known as a “hard bundle”).

The CarePAK PLUS promotion provides protection from kids, pets, and life including accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and other unforeseen events. It also includes additional hardware coverage from excessive wear and tear on mechanical and electrical issues. Those that do require a repair under this promotion will also enjoy priority service, free return shipping and support direct from Canon, never a third party. Canon’s CarePAK PLUS gives consumers the confidence that their product will be serviced by Canon factory trained technicians using only Genuine Canon parts. Customers who activate the complimentary CarePAK PLUS offer after taking delivery of their covered product will also have the option to extend the coverage for up to three years from date of purchase at an additional cost.

Details of the promotion are available at including the terms and conditions and the link to register eligible products

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Part 2 : The Media

One of the best deals that Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer is media.
You know, what you shoot to, store on, transmit from: SD, CF CFast,SSD, Hard Drive, Flash Drive, Etc..
Everyone needs it, and whether it’s a stocking stuffer, or a night of Chanukkah gift, this item is usually one of the best deals of the season.
Admittedly, some of the products are about to be replaced with faster units, but you need this stuff. Maybe you like to keep the card as a master back-up file. The deal coming up will easily allow you to do this. (just remember to open it at least once a year)
One thing to look for is speed of the card. Whether you are shooting video, or using one of the Mega file cameras, read/write speed is critical to keep you shooting.
My main brand is Lexar, as they have never let me down. Of course, Sandisk will also do you you right, just a matter of choice.
Her are some products to consider:
The Lexar Pro 2000x is an incredibly fast card, that even comes with it’s own reader for speedy workflow.
If you’re shooting 4K video, or a 36mg still file, this card will rock your world!
Available in 32-128 GB sizes. And regarding size, everyone has a different viewpoint: smaller to not put all of your eggs/images in one basket, upload some while shooting more, not needing to change out cards while shooting an interview or scene. lot’s of ways to go.
The 64GB goes for about $95

Going Go-Pro or other micro SD camera? the check out the Lexar Pro 1000x, UHS-II.
Also comes with it’s own reader for faster workflow.
The 32GB model is only $30!
Both cards are available in a lower priced 633x version.

Then they make the awesome Lexar Workflow Hub.
OK, this is really geared to the heavy user using multiple cars on a shoot. Download all cards concurrently to a folder, or consecutively to Lightroom, and get some other work down while that is happening. Great for a wedding, or music festival photographer. With 4 modular ports, and Thunderbolt daisy chin capability, you can customize it depending on what media type cards you use.
Maybe the drone lovers will love this 3 slot micro SD module:
I will also sometimes carry the modules in my bag separately, as each one works on it’s own.
The 1st gen hub goes for $50., without modules, and still gives you USB 3.0. The latest version with Thunderbolt jumps up a bit to $190.

And after years of not getting on board, I’ve finally feel that I can endorse the Eye-Fi Mobi Pro.
After moving to the Nikon D810, and know thing there was no wi-fi on board, this was the best solution to uploading to social media in the field. Yep, it works easily, and you get a year of cloud storage.
About $80

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Part 1: The Best of the Photo Books, Plus!

We’re gonna start a little easier this year.
There has not been a ton of groundbreaking gear this year, but that’s probably a good thing: less to consider.
Sure, drones are the biggest new purchase, although I still am curious what everyone is doing with that footage. Like an extreme wide angle lens, considered judicious use goes along way.
Let’s step back from the gear for a moment, and look at what those tools can do:
Today, I’d like to recommend some of the best books I’ve seen this year for gifting.It should give a range for those on your list. Or your own wish list!

My vote for book of the year, and an incredible value is the Dave Heath book, Multitude, Solitude.
With incredible high quality printing, thoughtful and insightful writing this huge retrospective of a masters like and work will give anyone hours of, well I’m not sure if I’d call it pleasure, but satisfaction.
As a contemporary of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and the shifted look at the street from that era, Dave Heath brings a different look, with a strong emotional depth, of the people he met, observed, connected with. There is a darkness coupled with some rich happiness in this volume, and you could spend the whole of your winter vacation pouring through this.
About $55.

In another portrait filled volume, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiogaphy, a photographer that has been on many LA photographers radar for years, Aline Smithson, has finally published a long awaited cumulative book of her portraits.
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There is a beautiful and playful sense of her connection with her subjects, and I found a hard time picking out my favorite images. the further along I went in the volume, the more kept getting added to the list. Her artistry, and design sense is strong, and this is a book you would want to share with everyone. There is an upbeat lightness with an inherent depth, which is the true mark of a master. A look inside portraiture as self awareness.
Coming in at $45, or you can direct from the artist and get it signed!

One another side of the coin, is one of my favorite magazines, Toilet Paper, which can be had as a combined volume of issues, or single issues.
World reknown artist Maurizio Cattelan, and Pierpaolo Ferrari, have created this imaginative and bizarre zine, with no words, only pictures. Sound good?
Check a cover out:
Maybe NSFW but could be just for any nudity. It is openly displayed in book, plate, table form, in MOMA.
You probably have someone on your list that would love this.
From $12 for single issues to around $60 for a combined volume.

Love some rock and roll, and you can’t go wrong with the king of the genre, Danny Clinch and his thick and rich volume of photographs of the musicians you already love. His entre into the personal world of the off stage life, becomes your entre in this book.
I’d like to point you to one of my favorite, although small run, of his pubs.
The polaroid prints volume is extremely special as Danny shares scanned polaroid/instant photographs from photo sessions with his friends. Like Springsteen.
At $25, this is an incredible find and the music lover and photographer on your list will be smiling when the wrapping paper comes off. And if you buy from him, you’ll get a signed copy. Might as well see if you have to gift someone with one of his amazing photos as well. Good prices, and high quality.

We lost one of the most amazing photographer we have ever seen when Mary Ellen Mark passed away this year.
She left some gifts for us in two major publications: Tiny, Revisited and the Aperture publication “Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment: The Photography Workshop Series” on MEM teaching her method and discussing what photography truly means to her.
Also included in the book, are images from her students, and perhaps in the reading you can get a glimpse of what she shared.
I ended up reading it in an afternoon and have gone back a few times already.

Of course there are the classics:

Every library should have a copy of the Family Of Man , and this is the 60th Anniversary for the exhibition, still the most well attended photo exhibit EVER! yep, ever.

Curated by Edward Steichen, this book represents over 250 photographers work from around the world, depicting the human condition in many cultures. Seems we are pretty much the same.
And now for the first time in years, it is available as a hardbound copy.

Honestly, this book made me want to be a photographer when I was 8 and found a tattered reprint of it in the family bookcase.
Because of that book, I do what I do today. When I realized that a still image could move me like that, it’s all I wanted to do.
And at $25, you can’t miss.
I always keep multiple volumes on had to gift people with. I will never forget getting a call abot a family who I gave the book to, but really didn’t look through it till months later. The wife and her daughter had been going over the pages and were moved to tears. It is now their gifting go-to.
Get it, give, cherish it.

And if you have no room for more books, and wonder what to give the photographer who has everything?
This is a digital archive of all of the issues of Aperture, going back to the first issue in 1952.
With a yearly subscription of $59, you are giving access to the archive AND an online subscription fro all current and coming issues for the life of the subscription. Here is a fuller review of the archive.
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I will tell you about one of my favorite books that live on my coffee table at all times.
And that are books my daughter has given me about the time we’ve spent together.
I cherish these.
You know how to make these, right?
Shutterfly, Apple, whomever?
affordable , personal, and right for the season.

We’re coming back with more…….

Scan Your memories For The Holidays : Epson V850

You are probably the chronicler of your family and friends.
Even if you make your living with photography, you’ve been called on to capture the moments in your personal life.
Chances are the request wasn’t a burden, but a joy.
Chances are your early beginnings with photography was spent taking photos of those close to you.
And who came before you in this role? A parent? An older sibling, or relative who always had that camera at family gatherings?
Someone did.
And now, as we start headlong into the season of gathering with loved ones, your skill and insights can bring a gift to your circle that is better than anything Black Friday can deliver.
Memories of a shared life.
Most likely you have access to prints, negatives, and possibly slides from generations past. Heck, it’s not that long ago that digital was not the norm.
I’d like to suggest you create a folder, a book, a site, filled with images you’ve curated of lives around you. Scanning will help you do this. And photoshop will help you restore these photos and documents.

Share it on line, hard copy, airplay, on your phone, Apple TV.
Momalonesepia3aThe first time I tried photoshop and scanning was to make a book of my mothers life when she turned 80. By reaching out to family members for photos and documents, I learned how to scan properly, and use Photoshop to repair images that had been creased, crumpled, marked up.
I had to.
It was a project of passion and love.
OK, I wasn’t great. It was my first time out.
So now, a project to keep your history alive is one I’d like to propose to you as a very special gift for those around you.
It’s been a few years since I completed that project, and the technology has had great leaps.
In looking to update my own personal history, I started to investigate the best tech gear to use.
In a review a few weeks ago, I told you about the Epson V850. Hands down the best unit for this project, and affordable. Heck you can even go a model number down, and get good results. If you invest in the top of the line you will get better software and I know, have this unit for a long time.
You know Photoshop, so if you don’t have it, get it. And get some training, or even Adobe’s own videos to learn.

So there you have it: The first Holiday Gift Guide Item that is a sweet piece of gear, utilizes content you have, and will bring a smile to those you share with, as well as yourself.

Just a thought.

The Perfect Photography Gift from Aperture

The holidays are coming up fast. Everyone may be asking you what you would like.
But you already have a lot of the things you need to make great images, right?
What could you ask for? Updated software, a new tripod, that sweet lens you’ve been lusting after, a large capacity, but boring superfast media card, or hard drive?
How about something unique that is a gift that keeps on giving year after year?
I’m talking about the newly released Aperture Magazine Archive, Cover to Cover, now available for subscription. And here’s the coolest part: you get the entire run from the beginning, and they keep updating it with the latest issues.
Yep, so for the cost of a digital subscription, you get the entire archive!
This beautifully made photography magazine has been around since 1952, and continues to bring us all the best in fine art photography.
This was the magazine I cherished in college, and continues to be a go-to high quality magazine bring me the latest new images and articles in the photo world.
When I subscribed to the hard copy,the magazine would stack up in my apartment till I would run out of room. Eventually they were donated to a local school.
So I went digital.
And now this on-line archive allows me to use the magazine as an amazing resource to look up photographers work, subjects, and articles online like never before.
This system is extremely easy to use, and is a complete file of all of the issues. With this deal, you don’t just get the archive: with your subscription to the archive, you get a living, breathing, current subscription, so you can keep up with what’s going now.
For the lover of photography, the photo student or historian, it’s an invaluable resource. And a perfect gift.
As I like to say, packs small, plays big. Plus you can renew the subscription yearly, so you know what you’re giving next year as well.
With a deep search engine, you can go to years:

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and even just search photographers names, Like Edward Weston:

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or simply subject:

And you can check out the mag layout and get right to the article you wanted.


Yes, I had a reviewers code to browse for a limited time, so I could explore the site. I’ll be honest, it’s pretty sleek design, and doesn’t have a lot of trick features. It just works.
So if you’ve read this far,
It’s worth it, and I’m subscribing.


Upcoming Events

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Current Exhibitions

  • Clampart
  • Jesse Burke | Wild & Precious
  • October 15 – November 14, 2015
  • 531 W 25th St
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Getty Center
  • The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
  • October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Yoon Ji Seon –
    Rag Face
  • October 23–December 5, 2015
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Jungjin Lee: Recent Projects – Works from Unnamed Road
  • October 29 – December 12, 2015
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • SEPTEMBER 25 –
    NOVEMBER 28, 2015
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015
  • November 7, 2015–March 20, 2016
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • In and Out of the Studio
    Photographic Portraits from West Africa
  • August 31, 2015–January 3, 2016
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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