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Flying with DSLR Camera shall be banned

The United States had issued a ban on cameras, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices as carry-on items for flights from 10 airports in 8 countries from March of this year. Shortly after the U.S. ban was announced, Britain followed with a ban of its own.

The eight affected countries are Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The 10 airports are Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). In all, the ban will affect 9 airlines that operate roughly 50 flights per day into the United States. This ban has now been relaxed by Kuwait and Ethihad Airways.

In the latest move, the U.S. government is now urging airlines around the world to ban cameras, laptops, and other large personal electronic devices from checked luggage, citing the risk of batteries causing catastrophic fires.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the recommendation was made in a paper that was recently filed with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency that’s part of the U.N.

Although the current move concerns travel safety, it would be a real nightmare on photographers travelling with expensive camera and gears to be at the mercy of the ground staff handling the luggage. Insuring or using rental gears could be an option.

October 22, 2017 | Leave a comment

Weekenders Photography Club 5th Year Anniversary Celebration

group-image_weekendersWeekenders Photography club celebrated its 5th Anniversary with an informative and educative workshop by bringing in macro Guru and International award winning photographer “Yuwaraj Gurjar” from India for a macro Photography workshop titled “The Amazing Tiny World”.

The workshop was presented by ShutterXpose Photography in association with Tamron Kuwait, garnered lot of positive feedback from the participants which was held in the Murjan Ballroom, Crowne Plaza, Kuwait on 18th November 2016 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. A souvenir was released during the event highlighting the activities and achievement of the Photography club over the last 5 years. Tamron and Naser Al-Sayer Communication has been a key associate of Weekenders Photography club and has been supportive through each of the club activities. Tamron Kuwait introduced an exclusive special discount lens offer during the workshop which truly amazed the participant expectation. Mr. Salman Al-Basha, Tamron Kuwait Development Manager spoke on Tamron lens and its active development and new technology included in some of their latest lenses. Mr. Adil Javed, Tamron lens ambassador spoke on his personal experience of using Tamron lenses and how it has helped him at professional front.

The macro photography workshop had an extremely informative morning session followed by a practical demonstration of various techniques with tips on approaching macro subject, composition, and controlling light to get a good macro photograph. Post lunch the participants moved on to the workshop desks where they photographed to their heart’s content the various macro subjects displayed. The participants enjoyed one to one interaction and guidance from the experts. Lumen Store, the main dealers of Elinchrom Lighting and lighting accessories in Kuwait supported the event as lighting associates. At the end of the workshop each participant was handed over certificates. The organizers also had arranged for a raffle draw for the participant.

ShutterXpose organized a second day Outdoor Macro photography session at the amazing farm in Wafra, wherein the Weekenders photography team members and guest participants enjoyed a plethora of macro subjects and further expert guidance with Yuwaraj.

ShutterXpose have been promoting photography through Weekenders Photography club with a vision to promote, educate and inspire peer photographers including amateurs and beginners. The club conducts various photography workshops, seminars and photo tours to their members. Mr. Guru Hegde the club founder was honoured by Tamron as Tamron Mentor for his professionalism and technical expertise in field of Photography.

If you are interested to be a part of Weekenders Photography Club, please send an email to admin@shutterxpose.com

November 25, 2016 | Leave a comment

“The Amazing Tiny World Macro” Photography Workshop

the-tiny-world_sx-macro-photography-copyShutterXpose Photography is completing it’s 5th year Anniversary with a vision to Inspire, Promote and Educate Photography. To commemorate the occasion, A Macro Photography workshop “The Amazing Tiny World “by Award winning Internationally acclaimed Photographer “Yuwaraj Gurjar” at the Crowne Plaza Banquet Hall on Friday 18th November 2016. The event is brought in association with Tamron Kuwait, one of the leading lens manufacturers for DSLR cameras.
 
Yuwaraj Gurjar is a Tamron (India) mentor with many International award, among the Highly Honored Winner Award by Windland Smith Rice International (2011). He is also a author of many books and publication on Macro Photography, recently he along with his team has developed an Android app on Butterfly I Love Butterflywhich includes more than 128 species.
 
Macro Photography is quite intimidating aspect of photography, photographers spends hours working on the backyard capturing images of butterflies, flowers, insects, etc. These images looks appealing with lots of details in a 1:1 ratio. However the principle of Macro photography and use of Macro lens can be used in Product, Jewelry, Food and also in Nuptial Photo shoots.
It’s a great opportunity to learn the techniques from the experts in the Industry. The Macro Photography workshop will be an day long Interactive hands-on Macro session with the following topics
SESSION:
  • Introduction to Macro Photography
  • How to think like a pro macro photographer
  • Key difference between shooting macro and close up
  • Various equipment’s and lights used in macro Photography
  • Technical details and hands on explanation of each equipment’s
  • Controlling sharpness in macro photography – how to avoid blur
  • Depth of field in macro photography
  • Skills and expertise for taking great shots including techniques on Background, Composition and Magic angle
  • Using natural and available light in macro photography
  • Working with higher magnifications in macro: what challenges will you face and how to overcome them.
  • Using off-camera lighting (flash) in macro photography
  • Focus stacking techniques

BRING ALONG:

  • Your Camera (DSLR Preferred)
  • Macro Lens OR Extension tubes (if you don’t have, we shall share)
  • External flash (if your camera does not have pop-up flash)

INCLUDES:

  • Buffet Lunch & Refreshments
  • A chance to win Raffle coupon by event sponsors
  • Certificate presented to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Browse Macro images: 

 

October 16, 2016 | Leave a comment

Photokina 2016 Reloaded

Photokina, the largest dedicated biannual photo show in Europe, has opened its doors and shown off its various camera goodies this year.

However, it’s been a tumultuous time in the world of cameras, with the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan having a devastating affect not only on its communities, but production lines. Which has meant a quieter show for some manufacturers than previous years.

Here are the best camera and the latest Sigma Lens announcement from Photokina 2016

Canon EOS M5

Canon had already made great announcement of the EOS M5 mirrorless camera to the 5D Mark IV earlier this year. Canon joins the club of mirrorless manufacturers offering hybrid (optical plus sensor shift) stabilization, with 5-axis compensation. It has a far more dSLR-like appearance. This is the first Canon mirrorless to incorporate a built-in electronic viewfinder and a real grip. The touchscreen display tilts down for selfies.Canon plans to ship the body and a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in November for $980 and $1,100, respectively. That new EF-M 18-150mm lens is a compact substitute for the older 18-135mm IS STM, with a longer maximum focal length of 240mm-equivalent, intended as a general-purpose option for the single-lens customer.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The top dog of the G-series gets its much rumoured update. The GH5 goes one better than the GH4 by including “6K Photo” which can extract a still image from the file. There’s also 4K video capture at up to 60fps.

Other than the video focus the camera remains a similar top-end mirrorless model: delivering super-fast autofocus in a body that houses heaps of customisable buttons and controls, along with built-in viewfinder and vari-angle rear touchscreen.

The camera will be out in early 2017, but there’s no official price just yet

 

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After more than three years on the market, the Alpha 99 gets its replacement, the aptly named A99 Mark II.

This full-frame SLT (that’s single lens translucent, if you’re wondering) brings together a 42.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, with a new hybrid face detection autofocus – which combines 399 phase detection points on the sensor, paired with 79 phase detection points on a separate sensor that work continuously together.

Add 5-axis image stabilisation, 12fps continuous shooting, 4K video capture with no pixel binning, and Sony has got one mighty fine stills or video capture device on its hands. It’s not cheap though: the A99 II will cost $4,000 body-only when it launches in November.

nikon-key-mission-170Nikon KeyMission Action Cameras

Nikon has gone full action camera: with its already-announced KeyMission 360 ($550) being joined by the KeyMission 170 ($430) and KeyMission 80 (£325). That’s the option to choose 360-degree all-around VR capture, an ultra-wide angle 170-degree angle of view, or a less wide 80-degree angle of view. That’s three different products rather than three different options within the one camera, though. Which seems like an odd choice, given the plethora of action cameras already on the market. The clip-on wearable KeyMission cameras are all tough and waterproof, with easy-to-use touchscreen and SnapBridge sharing built-in.

There was no mention of anticipated 2017 kit either. However like Canon, Nikon had earlier announced their top-end full frame D5 and crop sensor D500, along with the recently announced entry level D3400.

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September 20, 2016 | Leave a comment

500px Redbull Global Photowalk 2016 concludes with lots of Excitment

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ShutterXpose & Weekenders Photography club in association with 500px conducted the 4th Annual Photography walk in Salmiya, Kuwait. The Photowalk was well attended by over 60 plus photography enthusiastic from novice to professional with the intention to learn, share and inspire photography. A quick registration and general introduction to event followed by activities kept the participants on the move. The theme of this year 500px Photowalk was “Adventure and Action”, the organizers meticulously worked behind the scene and made sure the participants get to experience a first hand Live Sports events with lots of action, adventure and excitement.

The activities involved the walkathon runners at the forefront, followed by a friendly Basketball game to a Jet-skier zooming the Arabian sea as the photographers try to freeze and finally the icing of the event with Kuwait best BMX riders “The Spark family” mesmerizing both the photographers and audience to daredevil stunts. The organizers made sure each of the participants get to capture their best shots with sharing tips and tricks all along.

The event was well supported by Tamron as Event partners by providing T-shirts to all participants. Red Bull provided the much needed energy drink to keep us flying high with wings all through the event.

Our special thanks to Marina and Kuwait Scientific Centre for the support and the venue.

For images from the event, please click [Here]

September 20, 2016 | Leave a comment

500px Global Photo Walk 2016, Salmiya-Kuwait

Join us for thebanner_blogshutterxpose_500px-photowalk 4th Annual 500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk 2016 Meet fellow photographers in your community who share your passion, share along tips & tricks,make new friends, and of course – capture some inspiring images. The theme of this year’s walk is “Action and Adventure.”

We have included actions to capture a basketball game,Jet-Ski roaring the Arabian sea, bicycle riders capturing our spirits, along with goodies from our event partners. No need to be a pro to attend! Grab whatever camera you have (DSLR, mobile phone, point-and-shoot) and join in the fun!

For Enquires contact +965 99584378

Tamron has always been our major support player and is our official Event partner during this event. Redbull Kuwait has been kind to relinquish our thirst and add energy to all participants during the photowalk. All participants would receive goodies on a first come first basis from our event partners and ShutterXpose.

This year’s hashtags to use #PhotoWalkThisWay #Shutterxposewalk #weekenderswalk

Venue: Salmiya (Marina Basketball court)
Date: 17th September, 2016
Photowalk: From Basketball court to Kuwait Scientific Centre
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

September 18, 2016 | Leave a comment

360 MALL Vertical Gardens Photo Contest

360mall_photocontest360 MALL vertical garden is an innovative eco-friendly creation offering a unique experience. Designed by Patrick Blanc, a famous botanist and researcher at the National Center for Research in Paris, it features over 21,000 individual plants and more than 60 plant species from all over the world. Besides being visually stunning, the Vertical Gardens function as a natural bio-filter, improving the Mall’s air quality. The plants have been chosen for their diverse form, color and texture to create a soothing and relaxing canvas of a tropical forest that adorns the wall and vertical structures alongside several restaurants at ‘The Gardens’ zone.

Through an innovative photography contest, aimed at talented individuals in Kuwait, to capture ‘The Gardens’ at 360 MALL – Kuwait’s iconic shopping mall owned by Tamdeen Shopping Centers Company, the mall hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of a green environment to visitors.  In Kuwait, 360 MALL was the first place to house Blanc’s creation.

The photo contest is organized by Phoenix Services in collaboration with Tamdeen Group, it’s open to public and will commence on May 10 until 10.00 pm of May 21. The photographs have to be exclusive of ‘The Gardens’ and have to be taken in the most creative manner. Read more…

May 11, 2016 | Leave a comment

Photography 101 Workshop Season 3 concludes on a high note

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ShutterXpose concluded its season 3 of Digital Photography 101 workshop on a high note. The workshop was held at the recently upgraded MAS Boardroom at the IBIS Hotel with the state of art audio/video system on Friday 29th April 2016. The workshop was sponsored by Tamron Lens and Naser Mohamed Al-Sayer Communications Communication, the official dealer of Tamron, Canon, Steiner and Vanguard products in the State of Kuwait.

Mr. Salman Al-Basha, the Product Manager representing our sponsor introduced the participants about the company and Tamron lenses in particular. Tamron lenses have won many awards among the prestigious EISA awards. Tamron Kuwait offers 5 years International Warranty on all it’s lenses at a very competitive price. Tamron produces Di and Di II lens for both full frame and crop sensor camera bodies and are available for most of the popular camera mounts. Their most top selling 90mm macro f/2.8 Di VC USD; 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD; 70-200mm Di VC USD and 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lenses were on display for the participants at the venue.

ShutterXpose has been conducting workshops from it’s inception in 2011, they are generally known for their high quality course contents and detailed explanations. The participants were dynamic personalities representing multiple nations working in different background yet with a common passion to pursue Photography as their hobby. The workshop also witnessed few students who wished to continue their hobby along with their professional career in the future. The workshop was targeted towards novice, beginners and amateur to provide them not only with basics but enough of knowledge to carry on to the intermediate level. Read more…

May 1, 2016 | 7 Comments
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