Glazer's Camera

  • Just Announced: Profoto A1

     

    Newly announced is the Profoto A1. Profoto’s first Speedlight. Profoto, is one of the leading innovators in the world of lighting and portable lighting, the A1 is no exception to that. “The A1 is every inch a Profoto light – just smaller. Its round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy and to use, with super fast recycling and a long-lasting battery, so you’ll never miss a shot. On the move, shooting on-camera or off, this is light shaping excellence everywhere.” – From the Profoto website.

     

     

    Specifications include:
    • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
    • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
    • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
    • 5 dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
    • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
    • Air Remote built-in.
    • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
    • 1.2s recycling time.
    • TTL/MAN switch.
    • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
    • Auto focus (AF) assist.
    • Large Hi-Res display.

    With the launch of the A1 there will be support for Canon and Nikon cameras for TTL, with Sony launching down the line. Accessories include gel kits, modifiers and of course batteries. Feel free to pop by the store or give us a call with any specific questions you have about the new Profoto A1! Pre-Order yours today!!

    Details on the Profoto A1 for Canon.

    Details on the Profoto A1 for Nikon.

     

    Profoto A1 Preview Event

    October 12th between 1PM and 6PM to see this little light in action. Dan Cuny, from Profoto will be in store to show you the ins and outs of the A1. On camera, off camera, with modifiers, without modifiers, the possibilities are limitless.

     

  • A Day with Fujifilm X-Photographer Dan Bailey

     

    Thanks to our partners at Fujifilm, we are excited to announce that Dan Bailey will be at Glazer’s on August 26th. Dan is a Fujifilm X-Photographer, specialising in Outdoor Adventure Photography. Dan will be leading two workshops and one photowalk.

     

     

    Schedule:

    10:00 AM – 12:00 PMGetting to Know Your Fujifilm X-Series Camera – FREE

    If you’re new to a Fujifilm Mirrorless Camera, this is a great primer on using the camera, it’s menu’s and getting started.

    At this time this class is sold out, however there is a wait list. As spots become available we will release tickets to those who sign up for the wait list.

    1:00 PM – 4:00 PMAdvanced Techniques with Your Fujifilm X-Series Camera – $25

    Take a deep dive into the world of the Fujifilm X-Series cameras line up. Learn to get the most of your camera and it’s functionality.

    6:00 PM – 8:30 PMPhotowalk: Olympic Sculpture Park – $25

    To close out our day, we will meet at the Olympic Sculpture park with a small group. This will give attendees to ask Dan questions, while in the field. A representative from Glazer’s will also be on hand.

     

     

    A few days ago we reached out to Dan to pose a few questions on how he got started in photography and also asked for some tips to consider when creating images.

    KH: How did you get your start in photography?

    DB: Back when I was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying guitar and music production, I decided, sort of on a whim, to buy a camera. I had been fascinated with photography as a youth, and so as soon as I had some extra money, I did some research and bought a Nikon FM-2 and 50mm lens. That was February, 1990. I started by walking around the city with my camera and taking camping and hiking trips on the weekend. That summer, I did a 40-day road trip around the American west and got heavily into landscape photography, and the next summer, did my first trip to Alaska. When I moved to Colorado in late 1995, I started shooting adventure sports, like climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. Then, one year later, I got laid off from my day job and started doing photography full time.

    KH: What is your favorite destination in the world for photography?

    DB: That’s a really tough questions! I’ve been to the Himalayas twice, so that region has always held a special place in my heart with both the landscapes and the culture. I loved living and shooting in Colorado, it’s such a photographer’s playground. Then there’s Alaska, which is where I live now. There is so much to photograph. I’ve lived here for almost 9 years and I feel I’ve only begun to scratch the surface!

    KH: Give us one essential tip, technical or creative, you think every photographer, aspiring or professional, should know.

    DB: Always think relationships. A great photo is never about one thing or one person. It’s always about how your subject relates with the different elements in the frame. Sometimes, those other elements are the way the light and shadows define your scene, or they can be other secondary subjects which contrast, compliant or help tell the story of your main subject, add a sense of place or create a certain mood.

    Whenever you see a compelling subject, the first thing you should do is look around and pick out that second thing. Look for those elements that can play off of your main subject and then figure out how to maximize these relationships by using the light, unique vantage points or a particular lens.

    In the end, you want your image to draw the viewer’s eye around your frame as they investigate and discover the different elements you’ve given them.

     

     

    So wonderful to get to know Dan a little more! We are really looking forward to having Dan back at the store and leading this variety of events. We hope you can join us!

    ~ Kate

    ** All Images in this blog post are created by Dan Bailey.

  • Tips on Photographing the Solar Eclipse

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    August 21, 2017 is our next total solar eclipse. What’s amazing for those of us in the Pacific Northwest is that we will get to see the full coverage of the eclipse, depending on where you are. In Seattle we won’t get to see 100% full coverage, but if you decide to head to Baker, OR, you will!

    While this is going to be a very cool event to witness, there are some things to keep in mind.

    1.For 98% of the eclipse you’ll need a solar filter for your lens + solar glasses for your eyes.

    2.For less than 3 minutes of the eclipse you won’t need the filter or glasses.

    This is to protect your eyes! And your gear.

    For these elements, we have you covered! We’ve received a stock of glasses & a variety of filters, in all the sizes you can imagine so you can protect your gear. So check out the options here: Solar Photography.

    Other Elements to Consider

    MOTION

    The Sun appears to move at approximately 15° per hour, this leaves only a few minutes where the sun would be in the frame using a longer telephoto lens, like 400mm or 600mm.

    This means you need to be ready when the full eclipse is in effect. Many blogs recommend doing a complete run through with your equipment, as photographers, this is always a good idea, no matter what you’re going to photograph. Knowing your gear well, means you can quickly resolve issues as they arise, if they arise.

    GEAR

    Camera
    There are many fantastic cameras on the market today, you could use anything from a DSLR to a Mirrorless, but your iPhone may not do the trick on this one! 🙂

    Lenses
    Telephoto lenses are highly recommended, depending on your camera, you may want to have something in the 200-500mm range, perhaps a little longer. The joy of a zoom here means if you want to change the frame, in that short time span it will be easy. Prime lenses could be more challenging.

    Tripod
    Stability. Stability. Stability.
    For this event you must stabilize your camera. This is not the moment in time to try to capture this event hand held. Get a sturdy tripod, rated to hold your camera with it’s heaviest lens. If you’re renting a lens, consider the weight of that lens when getting a tripod. You could also rent a tripod!

    If you’re interested in using specialised equipment for this event, please chat with our sales staff, or reach out to our Rentals department to reserve that mega zoom lens or awesome DSLR you’ve been wanting to try.

    Accessories

    Solar Filters!
    Solar Glasses!
    Polarie (Star Tracker)
    Batteries
    Memory Cards
    Extra Camera Body, just in case!

    Our friends from Vixen Optics were here recently to lead a couple of workshops on Solar Photography and they were kind enough to leave us a PDF of their presentation. If you’re interested in checking their notes out, please feel free to download it for free here.

    Check out NASA’s website for more info on the Eclipse:

    NASA – Eclipse 2017

    For details about coverage in Seattle.

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