Sandy and the Animals

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…and the opossum goes by the name of Tula.

Take a look at this great video from a previous animal shoot – the flamingo in a duffle bag is particularly cute.

You can see more of Sandy’s work on his website and read more about the animals,

Phase One announces new IQ2 Digital Backs

Based on the original IQ series backs, Phase One has just announced the new IQ2 digital backs available in 60 megapixels (IQ260), 80 megapixels (IQ280) and an achromatic IQ260 with 60 megapixels – all with full frame CCD sensors.

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Hot Docs is 20!

Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival is celebrating its 20th year in 2013.

Started in 1993 it was founded by Documentary Organization of Canada as an event for Canadian documentary filmmakers to gather and share their work. zonnebrillen ray ban goedkoop Fjällräven Kånken Mini zonnebril ray ban heren nike air maxschoenen The first Hot Docs screened just 21 films and was a mere 4 days long. Air Max Baratas lunette de soleil ray ban Adidas NMD Heren nike air max dame In 1996 Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization wanting to showcase and support Canadian and international documentary filmmakers. Nike Roshe Run Homme Mochilas Kanken No.2 Nike Pas Cher soldes nike air max 1 pas cher They introduce an international program featuring films from Germany, France, and the UK, but it wasn’t until 1999 that they opened their cinematic doors to public screenings of 69 films to an audience of 7000.

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference, and market. kanken fjallraven nike air max 2016 goedkoop Cheap Fjallraven Kanken Classic Nike Paris Last year the festival saw its audience numbers grow to 165,000 people in attendance. kanken mochilas nike schoenen nederland chaussures asics homme pas cher Nike Air Max 2017 Homme And last March, Hot Docs and Blue Ice Group opened the newly re-christened Bloor Hot Docs Cinema after a much-anticipated revitalization to the historic theatre.

This year’s festival will feature 205 films from 43 different countries.

John Hryniuk and the War of 1812

by Colleen Smith

This is an important year in Canadian history commemorating the bicentennial of The War of 1812. Cheap Nike shoes nike air max 2017 heren wit There are many activities and events across Canada celebrating 200 years of peace including battle re-enactments in period dress. Celebrations honouring troops who fought in the 32 month war will continue until 2015. nike air zoom schoenen Photographer John Hyrniuk shares his experience through images of battle re-enactments from this past summer.


When Zoomer magazine originally approached John with the idea of shooting the War of 1812 re-enactment they wanted him on the battlefield with his gear. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood Koop Fjallraven Kanken They soon realized they couldn’t get John on the field while the actors were doing their work, and they dropped the concept. Not to shy away from a challenge, John decided to head out on his own and shoot for himself. nike tn homme new balance 373 femme noir Armed with his Canon 5D MK II, the EF 85mm f1.2L (his favourite lens), a Profoto Pro 7B pack and head with small softbox, he set out to various locations across Ontario where these battles were being “fought” over the course of the summer.


A self-taught photographer shooting professionally sine 2002, John likes to photograph the unusual and the quirky – usually celebrity lookalikes. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren zwart nike air max 1 pas cher The war re-enactment and its colourful characters fit right in to his photographic philosophy.


I asked John which of the many portraits he captured over the summer was his favourite, he answered without thought “The kid with the Bugle”. nike air max 2017 heren blauw Why?

“I don’t know…I just like it, it’s one of those pictures that captures the moment well, the setting, the expression”

“I don’t like to have the people just standing there, it’s more interesting if they are doing something”


When he finished this project he went back to Zoomer with his photographs, and though they weren’t images captured on the battlefield, Zoomer Magazine was more than happy with the portraits John captured.

Summer Sale

B3K Digital has been around now for a few years, starting off small, but growing steadily. You may remember that small little office at Dundas & Logan, where Walter, Jim and Kim were practically sitting on top of each other with barely enough room to get up for a cup of coffee. Chaussures Nike 2017 nike air max 2016 goedkoop It’s a wonder they managed to fit lighting and camera equipment in that space as well as the 3 desks (and coffee maker).

Last year they made the decision to expand into a much-needed larger space, and after some searching B3K Digital moved into our current location at 250 Carlaw, Unit 102 – down the laneway right beside SML Graphics. goedkoop nike air max chaussures de foot puma The new space, nearly 5 times larger than the Dundas & Logan office, quickly filled up with people and equipment. Soldes Chaussures Nike Comprar Nike Air Max A dedicated rental department was introduced, stocked with Phase One, Arca Swiss, Cambo, and Hensel lighting (and recently added Canon and Broncolor).

All of a sudden there was enough room at B3K for a Gitzo tripod display, studio stands, lighting demos, booms, and even a sitting area with a couch, coffee table and chairs, and a kitchen too.

Our new space is a year old now, full of gear, and in need of a clean up.

Just last month B3K hosted a Phase One IQ conference here in Toronto, and while Walter and Jim were out of the store for the conference, the ladies of B3K did some serious house cleaning. Asics Gel Lyte 5 Kanken Pas Cher Showing up in our messy work clothes we tackled the main store area, re-organizing, cleaning, taking stock of our stock and general tidying up. Sac À Dos Kånken Fjällräven chaussures nike pas cher It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was quite the undertaking.

Following our two days of cleaning we then tackled the back room – the room no one else sees, the room that seemed to have accumulated mass amounts of “stuff”. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen nike air max 2017 heren groen It was a two-day job but Kim and I managed to organize everything. Nike Sko Nettbutikk We came across a TON of stuff we forgot we had, things that got lost in the shuffle.

After our clean up, we were left with a pile of stuff that simply didn’t fit into our new tidy model of a stock room. And so, we decided the best way to celebrate our One Year Anniversary in our new bigger location; would be to have a sale, a big sale. Asics Gel Lyte 3 A sale of our demo gear, open box equipment, new gear, used gear (yes, we have a whole lot of used gear), and over stock.

Now with this big sale just two days away, our floor area is not quite so clean and tidy. air max 2017 goedkoop We’re getting ready for Wednesday July 25th. Nike Air Max Très pas cher Fjallraven Kanken España We are excited about this sale, something we hope to turn into an annual event.

B3K Digital Has Rentals!

It’s true! There is a new Rental Department in Toronto renting professional photographic equipment. nike air max 2017 pas cher nike air max pas cher And we’ve got it, right here at 250 Carlaw (unit 102).

It’s been awhile in the making, starting off with just a few PhaseOne pieces, but it has been growing steadily to supply you with everything you need. nike air max 1 ultra essential femme We’re very excited about our Rental Department and the gear we’re putting into it.

Do you need a lens for that shoot next week? Book it!

Do you need a softbox tomorrow? Book it!

Did your strobe fail right in the middle of a job? Call us!

We’ll get one out to you so you can finish your job on time. We are currently renting out PhaseOne backs and cameras, the amazing Arca Swiss M monolith 6×9 view camera (complete with a sliding back adapter and that really awesome Arca Swiss Cube).

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We’ve got digital camera bodies like the Canon 5D MK III, but did you know, we’ve even got a Hasselblad 555ELD FILM body/backs/lenses? Film is still here, it’s harder to find, but it hasn’t gone away completely. hogan scarpes shop Fjällräven Kånken Väska It’s a small department right now, but we’re adding new gear every week, watching our shelves fill up – and empty out as those new pieces go out on rentals.

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Phase One Certified Professional program – POCP

What it is, why it’s important and the state of the photographic industry

By Walter Borchenko – B3K Digital

The Phase One POCP program evolved out of the need to establish industry standards. soldes air max 1 This requires the support of Phase One distributors, dealers and rental houses globally.

Training like our Capture-U program or establishing your own system is fine, however, the basics must be covered and maintained. The POCP program delivers the basics and a whole lot more, exceptionally well. billig nike air norge This is a strong reason to include the POCP program in any Capture One and or Medium format training strategy.

POCP Program

The program is designed for Digital Techs, Assistants and Photographers who manage their own equipment and workflow or find the additional knowledge valuable in a studio / team environment.

Training starts with an on-line component that averages 4 to 6 hours to complete. The training is broken up into a number of modules, each with a quiz that must be passed by 80%. The second stage involves a 2-day workshop. Nike Air Max Dames Goedkoop The 2nd day of the workshop concludes with a final exam. To receive the Phase One Certified Professional designation, the on-line scores and the final exam must have scores of 80% or better. Nike Max UK Fjallraven Kanken Large If passing scores are not achieved for the final exam, a retest is arranged for a fee.

As part of the program, each attendee receives one of the most comprehensive Phase One trouble shooting guides available. These guides are not publicly distributed and are available only through taking the POCP program.

Program content is constantly being updated and expanded. Soldes Chaussures Asics Due to the changing nature of the material, certification is valid for 2 years and then a re-certification is required. Fees for re-certification are significantly reduced. goedkoop nike air max 2016 Fjallraven Kanken Big As part of the certification, each successful candidate is listed on the Phase One International registry. Canadian graduates now number 30+ from our 2013 and 2014 programs in Montreal and Toronto. This year we are expecting to expand the program to Calgary and Vancouver.

POCP graduates can show the POCP logo on their websites, business cards and marketing. Nike Air Max Goedkoop On average, approximately 2/3rds of the attendees graduate from the Phase One workshop.

If Capture One and DSLR’s or Phase One / Mamiya – Leaf digital backs are something you use regularly, there is a very high likelihood of graduating the POCP program.

Medium Format and POCP

Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf backs and systems are the most installed, most purchased and most widely rented globally in the medium format category. If this market situation were occasional, the need for POCP would be small. nike pas cher nike air max 2016 goedkoop However, Phase One has been in this lead position for almost a decade.

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The increase in image quality of DSLR RAW files handled thru Capture One is well established. Significant savings in post-production time and retouching offered by Capture One is a key cost savings and competitive advantage in today’s economy. Clients are no longer willing to pay for significant retouching as in the past. nike tn requin Additionally , tethered workflow for studio photographers increases productivity, quality of the creative process.

Due to the success of Capture One with busy photographers, the POCP program incorporates a significant segment on DLSR tethering, and workflow. If Capture One is new to your DSLR workflow or you would like to take advantage of some of the most effective workflow tools, consider hiring a POCP graduate on a consultative basis. The POCP program gives graduates the tools to work out an efficient workflow and highlight the key tools and functions that save time and produce a better job.

Working around the Globe – finding the right team

The demands of clients can lead to travel and having to produce high-level jobs in other cities or countries. The global nature of business means that travel is an essential part of many photo businesses. nike air max 1 pas cher To define travel as complicated would be an understatement, especially for photographers. In many cases, renting just about everything is about the only way to simplify the process. Working with POCP graduates in whatever country you happen to be in, provides a high level of consistency. The POCP listing on the Phase One site is organized by world region and then by country making it easy to find someone in or near where you need to shoot.

State of the industry

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In the top photographic categories, costs and prices have gone up, especially when significant production and expertise is required. Phase One solutions have always been a favorite of the higher end of photography. nike air max 2017 goedkoop These categories are where many of the POCP graduates come from.

The POCP program provides essential knowledge to take advantage of the 20% of Capture One, Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf backs and DSLR’s that accounts for 80% of the value. solde adidas chaussures In many cases, there is so much riding on a photo shoot that even a small hiccup can be tough to handle. POCP graduates and the POCP program are your best bet to ensure smooth operation.

If you are interested in becoming POCP certified, please contact us. We require a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15. Contact us at

Special Note: B3K Digital offers the POCP training opportunities as a photographic community service thru our distribution and sales agreements with Phase One and Mamiya-Leaf.