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Introduction to Spherical Photography and Video with All in One Camera Systems

November 25, 2016

Summary of the lecture given by John Warkentin - michaels Panoramic Expert - to the Melbourne Camera Club - November 2016

There is a very rapid shake up going on right now in the world of Photography - a Gold Rush in fact!! And that Gold is something called VR or Virtual Reality.   ........

It is so new and so valuable that Facebook invested $2B US in mid 2014 just to get their hands on what they felt was going to be the key player in the rush to develop head mounted displays to distribute this new content - a firm called Oculus and their product the Rift.

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Some thoughts on the Status of Medium Format Cameras

November 24, 2016

It’s now been about 5 months since the public launch of Hasselblad’s entry into the mirrorless camera market with their large sensor X1D offering. Now as we are about to see the X1D finally ship it is on the heals of Fuji’s announcement for their own mirrorless medium format entry, the GFX 50S (expected in 2017) that uses basically the same Sony 50 megapixel sensor.

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We open the box on the new Leica Q in Titanium Gray

November 24, 2016

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica Q Titanium Gray, an additional colour variation to the Leica Q (Typ116). The Leica Q Titanium Gray, while technically identical in specification and operation to the current Leica Q (Typ 116), features a titanium colour lacquered top plate, bottom plate and rear case with the lens, control dials and buttons in black. Markings on the lens are in red (compared to yellow on the black Q). With its fast lens, easy and intuitive handling, the Leica Q gives the photographer the creative freedom that makes the difference. With a full frame sensor and the Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens,the Leica Q is ideal for street, architecture and landscape photography.

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Melbourne's Photo Show was a huge success at michaels camera video digital

November 21, 2016

We were greeted with a line-up of customers outside before we even opened the doors to Melbourne's Photo Show this past Saturday 19th November at michaels camera video digital.

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Instagram Photo Contest - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Enter Melbourne's Photo Show Instagram Contest by posting your photos captured on the day in the following categories to win a $100 Print Voucher at michaels camera.
    1. michaels camera 100th Anniversary
    2. Funniest Photo
    3. Most Creative Photo

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Fuji Instax Scrapbooking Workshops - Drop-In Sessions - 10am-3pm Sat. 19th November

November 16, 2016

Step into a one-of-a-kind creative space made for bringing your images and your imagination together, and taking them higher! From 10AM-3PM drop in to Fuji's Wonderstore at the Imaging Department and get hands-on with all the wonderful stickers, washi-tape and more to bring life and creativity to your instant photos! This is the perfect activity for your kids!

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Free Pro Lab Tours - Behind-The-Scenes of our State-Of-The-Art Film Processing Lab - 2 Tours - 11am & 2pm - Sat. 19th November   - Limited Numbers

November 16, 2016

Get behind-the-scenes of our state-of-the-art film processing lab. This is your chance to see the darkroom and our three dip-and-dunk film processors! Carly Michael, our Imaging Services Manager, will show your where your film is processed, scanned and where your photos are printed!

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"Shooting With Speedlights" - Gavin Blue - Photo Talk - 4.30pm - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

For over 25 years, Gavin’s personal and creative approach has earned him a reputation of producing truly outstanding images for the advertising, editorial and corporate markets delivered with excellent customer service.

Gavin will present a Seminar where you will learn the professional lighting techniques of a renowned photographer without bulky equipment. Gavin will be talking about his work, his techniques, and will explain a few of his shots in depth with lighting diagrams.

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Lighting & Light Shaping with Master Photographer Ian van der Wolde - Free Mini Sessions all Day Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Multi Award winning photographer Ian van der Wolde (Hon.FAIPP, M.Photog II) is a leading Melbourne based commercial photographer with over 28 years continued industry experience. Ian will share his knowledge of the latest tools and techniques in lighting.

Ian will have a studio located on Level 1 and will run Mini Sessions throughout the day.

 

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“The Rangefinder Camera” - John Laham - Leica Ambassador and Master Photographer - Photo Talk - 3pm - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Leica ambassador and aficionado John Laham will present a Seminar discussing the differences between capturing images with rangefinder and DSLR cameras and outlining the benefits of rangefinder shooting. John will tell all about why he finds the Leica M to be simply fabulous.

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"Lose Your Fear of (Drone) Flying" - Eddie Gooda - Photo Talk - 10.30am - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Eddie will provide you with a overview of the factors involved in flying your new drone safely, whilst having an enjoyable experience and knowing about the applicable CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations.

He will cover a broad cross section of fundamental drone flight knowledge and the related technology's keeping your camera and drone safely airborne. Fear of losing, fear of crashing, damage, fear of regulations are all common fears.

Drones are now readily available in all price ranges and sizes, more and more people are considering the purchase of one for their business or for fun. This workshop will cover basic information to assist overcoming your drone fears. Additional topics include types of drones, fail-safe drone features, regulations, safety and filming with a drone.

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"What It Takes To Produce an Image Just like A Pro" -  Mercury Megaloudis - Photo Talk - 12 noon - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Mercury Megaloudis, past Winner Of The AIPP Canon Australian Photographer Of The Year will discuss life as a Commercial and Domestic Professional Photographer and will show some of his recent images, discuss the techniques used, his lens and lighting choices.

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"The Adventure of Photography: Shooting Outdoors, Action & Travel with the Sony Mirrorless Cameras" - Mark Galer - Photo Talk - 1.30pm - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

After shooting with DLSR gear for over 20 years, Mark made the move to mirrorless and has transitioned to using Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras exclusively in his work. Not only does mirrorless gear lighten your load in the outdoors, mirrorless cameras offer some distinct advantages over traditional DSLRs.

In this presentation, Mark will show how you can use these advantages to expand your creative boundaries with photography and he’ll shed light on the specific gear and methods he uses in his own fast moving style of outdoor, adventure and travel photography.

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"Heels Of Heart" - Megan Lewis - Fujifilm X Ambassador - Photo Talk - 9am - Sat. 19th November at Melbourne's Photo Show

November 16, 2016

Megan Lewis is a Walkley award winning Photographer, author, public speaker and Fujifilm X Ambassador with over 20 years experience in the industry.

Megan will talk about her latest personal work and including assignments with Fujifilm’s XF23mm Lens and her short movie 'Heels of Heart' –  perceptions and questions


 

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How to Broadcast using Facebook Live from a DJI Drone

November 15, 2016

We have just posted a detailed set of instructions on our michaels camera We Can Help Facebook Group on how to set up the DJI Go App to enable broadcasting using Facebook Live.

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michaels camera Takes to the Sky with Facebook Live Broadcast from a Drone!

November 14, 2016

As we get ready to host Melbourne's Photo Show this Saturday we thought we would take our Facebook Live Promos to greater heights and broadcast live from a drone!! 

We plan to do more live drone broadcasts on Facebook during Melbourne's Photo Show, but you really are going to want to come in person to catch all the excitement.

So if you have never had a chance to watch a professional fly a drone and are keen to learn about all the unique usage cases (other than fun) for drones, be sure to join us this Saturday at michaels camera for our Live Drone Demos (weather permitting).

Our experts will be happy to get you up to speed will all the new drone developments so that you can lose your fear of flying and jump on the drone train for this holiday season.

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michaels camera is now Broadcasting with Facebook Live

November 11, 2016

The Social Media Team at michaels camera has taken the plunge into live video broadcasting using the Facebook Live streaming platform.

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Save The Date - Melbourne's Photo Show - Saturday 19th November

November 09, 2016

Photography Talks

See the latest camera releases

Product specials and much, much more....

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DJI Mavic Pro - Indoor Flight Preview Video

November 08, 2016

John Warkentin who is a novice drone pilot from the michaels camera Social Media Team takes the DJI Mavic Pro for a very simple indoor test flight and demonstrates the tracking mode as he walks around it while it hovers. John is a complete novice drone user.

Check the video.

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Lisa Wilkinson’s ‘Women of Influence’ Exhibition Opens At michaels

November 08, 2016

Lisa Wilkinson, supported by Canon Australia, presents her first photographic exhibition comprising powerful portraits of ten Australian women who have inspired her and influenced modern Australia. She shares their stories through this series of images that, for her, represent the beauty, strength, diversity and absolute resilience of Australian women. In her own words, Lisa reveals why she is captivated by storytelling through photography and why she chose to photograph Asher Keddie, Deborra-Lee Furness, Dame Marie Bashir, Peta Credlin, Turia Pitt, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Cate McGregor, Gretel Packer, Mia Freedman and Dr. Susan Carland for this powerful and personal exhibition.

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Mavic Pro Availability Delay - Update, Nov. 3, 2016

November 03, 2016

DJI released an official apology to all consumers who pre-ordered the eagerly awaited Mavic Pro

Key factors :

  1. Ramping up production to full speed at top quality took longer than planned
  2. The excitement for the Mavic Pro beat their  expectations

From DJI - 

Dear DJI Customers: .....

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michaels camera video & digital celebrates 100 years of trading from the same Melbourne location at gala event

October 17, 2016

Peter and Carly Michael are the 4th and 5th generation members of the Michael family to manage this historic business into its 100th year on the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne.

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Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera coming soon.

October 04, 2016

Nikon’s eagerly awaited entry into the 360 degree VR market is very close at hand!

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is the first of a new breed of Action Cameras that Nikon expects to open up a huge new market for the brand in the coming years. They have big plans for this line and it is obvious they have GoPro in their sites as they stake their claim in both the VR and Action Camera market in one fell swoop.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Development Announcement

September 23, 2016

We are excited to announce the development of the long awaited Olympus OM-D
E-M1 Mark II.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is packed with an array of shooting features making new types of imaging expression possible. It possesses high-speed performance that cannot be imitated, 18 frames per second in AF/AE tracking and 60 frames per second in AE/AF lock have been realised, those split second moments will now never be missed.

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