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Your Sports Shooting Needs This

Spring sports are well underway and for those who have kids, spouses or friends playing competitive sports, the field of play is ripe with storytelling opportunities. Make sure to have a quality monopod to help you capture the action and be in position for the best shots.

For example, the ProMaster Professional MPV432 Monopod is the ideal blend of form and function. Small enough to help you infiltrate any crowd but tough enough to withstand the elements and demands of sports photography and videography, the MPV432 Monopod is a great portable solution for getting stable, smooth video with your camera or camcorder. Featuring an ultra smooth ball joint base with a compact retractable stand for firm footing on any surface, it’s also perfect for nature photography. Get ready for the season by picking up yours here: Wholesale Photo Cafe Monopods

Facebook Photo Fact

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As Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary and continues its dominance as the most influential social media site, a recent Pew study shows that most parents have pretty specific opinions about photos of their children being shared without their permission.

In short, they don’t like it.

“Parents are especially protective of images of their children, as 57% of Facebook users with children under the age of 18 say that people posting pictures of their children without asking permission first is something they strongly dislike about using Facebook,” according to the Pew study.

Parents of younger-aged children are especially attuned to this issue, so when in doubt, make sure to ask the parents’ permission before posting a photo that includes their child. Some may want you to tag the photos so they know they are online and being shared; however, others may share but not tag. There will always be situations where this courtesy will be difficult to extend, such as at a concert or school event, but you will create goodwill by asking before uploading.

Professional Camera DSLR Sensor Cleanings & Firmware Update

Spring Clean blog

Bergen County, NJ –

WE’LL CLEAN YOUR CAMERA’S SENSOR:
Spring Cleaning / Tune up time.  Have you ever had your D-SLR cleaned? Do you see “UFOs” on your photos.  That’s dust on your sensor!  Most cameras should  be cleaned at least every other year. Depending on your environment and how often you change lenses you probably need a cleaning every 3-6 months. Many people are not even aware they need to have their camera sensor cleaned and when they make an enlargement (or crop in on an image) they will have an unfortunate surprise.

LET US KEEP YOUR CAMERA’S FIRMWARE UPDATED:
Then there is the hassle of keeping your cameras firmware  up-to-date.  Camera companies will come out with new ideas after a camera has been designed, manufactured and released. They then will offer upgrades called Firmware. We will check and if needed upgrade your cameras firmware to the latest version so your camera  runs smoothly with no problems.

Due to popular demand we are extending our Spring Special. We will clean your sensor and Update the Firmware on your camera for the same low price. The best deal in Bergen County from your local and trusted camera store Wholesale Photo Cafe.

Special runs through 4/26/14.

We are located at:
Wholesale Photo Cafe
Midland Park Shopping Center
85 Godwin Ave
Midland Park, NJ 07450
201-444-0777

Tamron 150-600mm VC super telephoto lens

Update: Tamron wins TIPA Award 2014 for 150-600mm VC lens.

Voted “Best Expert DSLR lens” by the Technical Image Press Association.blog tamron 150 600Bergen County, NJ – Hey all you big lens fans. The latest and greatest super telephoto zoom is now available in Canon mount only. We just got it in the store and it’s as good as you could want. Call to place a hold on it before it’s too late.

We are also taking pre-orders for the same lens in the Nikon mount which is due in next month.  Get your order in early.

We are located at:
Wholesale Photo
Midland Park Shopping Center
85 Godwin Ave
Midland Park, NJ 07450
201-444-0777

 

50% off of Adobe Editing Software

Out with the old, in with the new!

New versions of Adobe Photoshop elements, Adobe Premier Elements & Adobe Lightroom have been released.  The versions they are replacing are just as awesome and NOW ON SALE!  50% OFF!

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Save Some Green

Save some green on a new Tamron Lens!  Our 3 most popular lenses have rebates of up to $100!  Come in now through 3/31/14 and save on the 18-200mm, 18-270mm, & 70-300mm.

 

Shooting Old-School: Cross Processing

Did you know that one of today’s most popular effects has its roots in the days of shooting film? Cross-processing, a technique that is experiencing popularity in fashion photography, on Instagram and on countless blogs, was originally an effect created when the film developer took negative film (C41) and processed it as a positive (using E6 chemicals) or vice versa. Today, the stylized look is enjoying a revival and can be mimicked through the use of online editing tools such as those in Photoshop.

In essence, the effect will combine strong warm tones (yellow) with blue shadow tones. In film days, the final results could vary based upon the types of film used and the balance of the chemicals. To create this style digitally, try making adjustments using the Curve tool in Photoshop or Lightroom. Making changes to the tonal ranges in each of the red, green and blue channels will show the impact of such adjustments and you can tweak each channel accordingly. There is no right or wrong way to create this effect – the joy is in the experimentation – so feel free to get carried away!

If you’re searching for a way to bring a fresh style to your images with a nod to classic photography, cross-processing effects may be the perfect fit.

Clearing Up Copyright Confusion

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The dominance of digital photography online has created confusion in some areas, particularly with respect to copyright law. With printed photographs, copyright law was quite clear – the original photographer owns the rights to use and reproduce the image. Infringing on said copyright would take effort as scanning and digital imaging equipment was still very new and not widely available. Today, digital photography coupled with the Internet (social media, blogging and online business) have culminated into copyright issues difficult to untangle. Here are a few basics to help you stay on the right side of the law:

Using Photos Found Online: Using your own photos on your blog is very simple as you own the copyright of the images you create. However, what about other images you find online?

This can be a tricky area because, while some photos are fine to use for your blog, others are off limits. If you find a particular photo you’re interested in using, send an email to the original owner requesting permission to use it. It helps to include your own blog/website as well as a brief description of how you wish to use it. Make sure the person you are contacting actually has the rights to the image and didn’t just copy it from another source. Having a response in writing stating that use is approved is important before moving forward. You will also want to include credit to the original source in your post.

Fair Use Exception: Current U.S. copyright law states that it is illegal to reproduce another’s work without consent from the copyright owner. However, there is an exception in the law called the Fair Use Exception, which states that it is possibly lawful “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, . . . scholarship, or research.” This exception includes four factors to consider – a subject too lengthy to cover here – but an example of fair use allowance would include a movie critic citing a line of dialogue in a critique. To learn more, review the law or consult a copyright attorney if there is any concern about infringement because it can be an expensive mistake.

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a nonprofit agency that exists to allow photographers and other artists to provide a use license to the public to reproduce or use images through a “some rights reserved” license. Some licenses are restricted to “non-commercial use only,” meaning they can’t be used for selling, promoting or marketing a product or service. You can click on an image to determine if it leads to a CC designation. Again, if there’s any doubt, email the image creator to clarify rights.

Stock Photography: Many bloggers, webmasters, marketers and content providers turn to stock photography providers to purchase images. Some companies, such as iStockPhoto, Getty, Shutterstock and others offer images, illustrations and even video clips that can be purchased and used for these purposes. This route is the safest if you need an image for a particular project (and can’t take or create it yourself) because the rights of use are clearly articulated and you can take comfort in knowing they are clean for use.

Today’s digital domain is extremely confusing with laws changing and varying from state to state. The best rule to follow is to use your own images whenever possible, and if you find something you like, request permission or purchase royalty-free images as an alternative. Please note that this article is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather a guideline to help you decide how to handle each situation. An attorney should be consulted if you have specific concerns. Our advice remains–if there’s any doubt, leave it out.

Lens Protection 101

Bergen County, NJ- You’ve invested in a quality DSLR, so make sure your lens is properly protected from scratches, dust, fingerprints and other elements that can compromise your photography.   The ProMaster Digital HGX Protection Filter is a crystal clear colorless filter with advanced anti-reflective coatings designed especially for use with digital imaging sensors. The REPELLAMAX™ element resistant coating provides security and protection, making sure your images are as sharp as possible. Come by the store and pick up yours today! Learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MspoTAkim1I&list=PLOdial9dwmRAuVqoZyzyL72LJRjDn5dJ5

 

Thanksgiving Photo Tips from Debbie Riggs of Pure Photography

Bergen County, NJ-  Debbie Riggs, owner of Pure Photography in Abilene, Texas, is a professional photographer specializing in children and family portraits. We felt her expertise made her the perfect person to turn to for advice regarding family photos. We asked Debbie for a few tips to make the most of this year’s Thanksgiving gathering.

Here are a few of her favorite quick tips:  If there’s time to coordinate clothing, send out a message for ideas of what to wear.   “Notify everyone ahead of time and give them three colors to choose from for their outfits such as berry red, brown, gold and jeans. Let each family show their own style/personality in what they choose and yet you’re not having to match exactly.”   This technique is helpful because it gives members a range of possibilities and keeps everyone from looking exactly the same.

“Plan on taking the family portrait outside about an hour or so before sunset,” she says.   Photographers know that the ‘golden hour’ is ideal for most shooting situations so it’s worth the effort to gather your loved ones outdoors for a quick family photo.

Her final recommendation? “Hire a professional photographer!” In all seriousness, if you have family traveling from a fair distance, having a professional come to shoot a family photo would be a gift to share with all your loved ones. It can also take the pressure off of the host family, allowing them to simply enjoy capturing the moment.

To learn more about Debbie Riggs, visit http://www.pure-photography.com