Monday, November 12, 2007

Canon's new spread!


(and more!)

The last couple of weeks have been like an early Christmas for the Institute!
We just finished unpacking box after box filled with lenses, flashes and brand new camera bodies from Canon.
Canon and the Institute believe you should be able to try a high-end piece of gear before you invest your money and time on new equipment. A great philosophy to share with such a big company!

Canon believes in us and we hope our students and clients do as well.
If you come to the Institute you will have access to shoot and familiarize yourself with the following:

2 x Rebel XTis
2 x 40Ds
3 x 5Ds
2 x 1D Mark IIIs (on their way)

They also gave us around 40 lenses ranging from a 15mm fish-eye to a 65mm 1-5x Macro to a few 100mm - 400mm zooms. I have personally dreamt of shooting with the 5D since it came out and, let me tell you, I am not disappointed! I love this camera! When I saw it arrive I tried to sneak off with the box...needless to say, Hal caught me and made me return it to the inventory!

Painting by Gayle Harris

Last week, we had Fay Sirkis here teaching Animal Photo Painting. Every time Fay is here the students take so much home with them (and that doesn't even include the canvas gallery wraps of their new paintings Hal made for them.) Fay just finished taping another DVD with NAPP and her current DVD is very effective and well done! Login to NAPP and find her DVD there!

This week Jonathan Kingston is here teaching Photoshop Unlimited. Starting from RAW and working into CS3 Jonathan shows you intermediate techniques in Photoshop and RAW for the photographer. He has been using Tim Grey's book, Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers to reference some of the techniques that are important for all photographers to know.

Just as a side note...

Victoria was asked to photograph a local ranch which belonged to a couple of farmers a long time ago who did some incredible work throughout their lives. When they passed on, they donated everything to local orphanages and charities, being orphans themselves.
These images can be seen at Booker Winery in Paso Robles. The reception was tremendous at the winery's "Industry Night" party. Everything was shot in Infrared and stretched on Canvas. Hal stretched all 12 pieces himself with our new canvas stretcher!

We will be closed on November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.