What’s up, Friday.

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Lot’s of big things are happening at Samy’s Camera. So, let’s jump right into our #PhotoFriday Roundup.

The Great Pumpkin

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Want a chance to win an awesome camera and lens kit? Head over to our Facebook page and check out the details about The Great Pumpkin Photo Contest. Take a photo, submit it, sit back with fingers crossed. That’s all there is to it. Contest ends November 4th.

Have your heard of Phototools?
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Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Did you know that Samy’s designed their own line of quality and affordable photography accessories? Photographer, Ralph Elliott Starkweather took the PhotoTools Travel-Ready Tripod for a spin.

Check out his review here.

Check out our Phototools store here.

Rebate Alert

Canon is currently offering a crazy rebate on the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens.

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As the world’s most compact and lightweight full-featured DSLR*, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. With a newly-designed Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality – ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera.

Also, the following is included free with purchase:

  • 58mm Photo Twin Pack (UV Protection and Circular Polarizing Filter) – FREE with Qualifying Purchase
  • Metro DSLR Holster – FREE with Qualifying Purchase
  • 16GB Platinum II UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10) – FREE with Qualifying Purchase

Purchase here.

Coming up at Samy’s Photo School

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OCT 22: Capture One Pro Overview with Natasha Calzatti – LA

Find out what Capture One is and does and how it can help you process and organize your images. In Capture One Pro overview, instructor Natasha Calzatti will offer an easy-to-understand introduction to this useful program.

Learn how to import your images, understand the difference between a referenced catalog and a session. Learn how the adjustment sliders affect your images, how best to use the histogram, and how to fix your problem images. Learn to organize your images so you can easily find them later, and see a complete workflow from import to export. Then push your retouching beyond the basics to accomplish complex retouching jobs, and explore your options for adjusting localized areas within your images. Once your images are organized and adjusted, learn to print and export to post images on the web.

Sign up here.

OCT 22: California Beach Look with Gregg Cobarr

Most photographers in California have either tried to photograph someone at a beach setting or have wanted to. This workshop is designed to not only give a photographer more confidence in shooting at the beach and surrounding areas, but to inspire the photographer by demonstrating a variety of techniques that will enable them to create professional looking “California Beach Look” images. This workshop will also help the photographer build a more interesting and exciting portfolio.

This photography workshop’s key purpose is to enable students to have the skills and knowledge to photograph in a beach environment successfully and creatively. There will be a model who will wear beach related outfits – bikinis, summer dresses, flowing skirts, shorts, cover ups, etc.

Sign up here.

OCT 23: Advanced Studio Lighting and Posing (Portrait and Fashion) with Joe & Mirta Barnet – SA

This 4 hour class, using professional studio gear will deal with more complex lighting, using three, four, or more light sources. Students will photograph the model with provided PocketWizard triggering devices. In a controlled studio environment, your creativity is the only limit to what you can achieve. This workshop will take the mystery out of working with professional studio lighting, modifiers and metering.

If you don’t have experience working in the studio, or with off camera flash units larger than speedlights, attending our Beginning Studio Lighting and Posing (Portrait and Fashion) before this workshop is highly recommended.

Sign up here.

OCT 23: Historical Downtown Architectural Photography Tour with Aaron Hoffman

Downtown Los Angeles’ architecture tells the story of the city’s growth. Dating back to the 1880’s, Broadway was Los Angeles’ principal commercial and entertainment corridor while Bunker Hill to the west was covered with stately Victorian mansions.

After meeting at the library, we’ll head to Pershing Square and Downtown’s Historic Core. Our walk will span the landmark 1890’s Bradbury Building, Art Deco masterpieces and some more modern construction. By shooting in late afternoon, we’ll capture downtown in changing light, giving photos variety and interest. We’ll have the opportunity to get some great food at Grand Central Market, then conclude back at the library.

Sign up here.

Last thing…

Want to know how to use Instax film in old Kodak Instant cameras?

All you need is:

  • Working Kodak instant camera
  • Empty Kodak instant film cartridge
  • Instax Mini film
  • Something thin and smooth, like a plastic file folder
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife or tape
  • Darkroom or changing bag

I think you just found your next weekend project.

Happy Friday!