We are pleased to formally introduce Outdoor Project, a local business and non-profit that wants to help you find your next adventure. From hiking to climbing to kayaking, Outdoor Project provides driving directions, trip reports, custom maps, and inspiring photo and video content. Already an adventurer? Then sign up for their contributor program, share your photos and stories, and earn rewards. We are very excited to be partnering with such a forward-thinking organization, and we encourage you to check them out online at outdoorproject.com.
We’re doing something different for our store gallery for the month of December this year: using it to showcase a sample of the great photography submitted to our online monthly photo contest. The contest is open to anyone who “likes” our Facebook page, and features a new theme every month. Stop by the store to view six of the winners from the last 12 months, and check out all of the entries in the albums on our Facebook page.
The featured photographers are Paul Rich, Ben Coffman, Bruce Lee, Kit Engwall, Marisa Kestel, and Zach Blackwood.
In a time when even cellphone cameras are being praised for their technical image quality, Lensbaby stands as a photographic paragon of our “keep Portland weird” mantra. They make a lens system that throws caution to the wind and doesn’t care about edge-to-edge sharpness or any of that other nonsense. Instead, their lenses promise to help photographers “see in a new way.” By selectively focusing on a single spot (or stripe) of a scene, Lensbaby’s optics have the ability to isolate subjects like no other lens, creating a stunning visual effect that carries an inherent emotional impact. They are fun, creative, experimental, and offer experienced shooters a chance to feel the thrill of photography all over again. Naturally, we decided to shoot the Lensbaby video almost entirely on Lensbaby lenses, mounted on a Canon C300.
Well, it’s that time of year again. The time for family, friends, hot drinks, and hearty food. The time to relax and take stock of the truly important things in life. The time for generosity and giving thanks. The time when retail shopping could make for a commentated sport.
Yes, it’s time for Pro Photo Supply’s annual photography gift guide! Whether shopping for yourself or another photographer in your life, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that we think are worth a closer look. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and read on! Continue reading
The “Make a Splash” theme was good fun, and we received many great photos. Some beautiful, some technically perfect, but none quite as surprising as the above image by Zachary Blackwood. It grabs your attention for obvious reasons, but when you notice the tiny person on the right side of the frame, you begin to wonder what, exactly, happened one second after this photo was taken. According to Zach, what happened was that his new camera, lens, and cellphone were all destroyed, as well as the phone and lens of his friend. How far will you go to get the shot? We’d like to think that winning this photo contest is some consolation for the loss of gear; it’s kind of a big deal, after all. Read on to learn how Zach made this stunning image. Continue reading