Hasselblad Workshop – Great Smoky Mountains

Join Custom Photo Images for a special photography workshop and shoot with the latest Hasselblad H6D-50c camera.

Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains National Park Scenic Landscape

Hasselblad Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains
Tennessee / North Carolina
October 23-29, 2016

Red Bull Illume Returns – Submissions Open in December

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Red Bull Illume submissions open in December Grand Prize and first judges announced for world’s greatest action and adventure sports photography contest.

There are only a few short weeks left until December 1, the day submissions open for the world’s greatest action and adventure sports photography contest: Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016. This year, the contest takes an exciting turn with the inclusion of a Mobile category and the addition of awesome new prizes, judges, partners, and even more mind-blowing Images.

The unique approach of Red Bull Illume means the competition not only showcases jaw-dropping images but also looks at the lifestyle behind the people that shoot them – the photographers who often go to extreme lengths for the perfect shot.

Red-Bull-Illume-Image-Quest-2016-Promotion-Tools-Catalog_1The first selection of judges has also been released, with Eva Maria Tomé, Photo Editor from El Pais and Kathrin Kosaca, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Art Director of Stern View signing up to join the judging panel of 50 renowned photo editors for Red Bull Illume 2016.

Since the first edition in 2007, Red Bull Illume has attracted some of the top names from the photography scene as well as previously unknown talent. By the time entries close on March 31, 2016 thousands of breathtaking images will have been submitted on redbullillume.com.

The contest consists of 11 categories: Close Up, Energy, Enhance, Lifestyle, Masterpiece by Yodobashi, New Creativity, Playground, Sequence by Sony, Spirit, Wings and the new addition – Mobile. A team of 50 judges – photo editors from prominent international publications – will select 55 finalist images, including 11 Category Winners and the Overall Winner.

In 2016 the photographers efforts will certainly not go unrewarded – the Overall Winner will walk away with a Yodobashi voucher to the value of €40,000, which can be redeemed for any number of the company’s massive selection of consumer goods. Electronics giant Sony, who recently joined as an official Red Bull Illume partner, will also award the various winners with photography gear worth over €60,000. The prizes will include cameras such as the Sony ILCE-A7RII or the Sony DSC-RX1RII along with a variety of accessories and lenses.

The full list of prizes, including those from Red Bull Illume’s other esteemed partners, will be announced on redbullillume.com shortly. Finalist images will be unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in the autumn of 2016 before traveling to capitals and cultural hubs across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo Exhibition.

The submission phase of the contest opens on December 1, 2015 and closes on March 31, 2016. Visit redbullillume.com to find out more about rules, categories and entry Details.

About Red Bull Illume

Red-Bull-Illume-Image-Quest-2016-Promotion-Tools-Catalog_2Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports. It showcases the most creative and captivating photography on the planet as art and aims to bring the public closer to the world of action sports. Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 will be the fourth edition of the contest after 2007, 2010 and 2013. New for 2016 is the addition of a mobile category. A judging panel of 50 photo editors goes through thousands of entries and eventually selects 11 Category Winners and one Overall Winner, unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in the autumn of 2016. All Finalist images then travel across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.

Official partners for 2016 include Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony, online retailer Yodobashi, external storage brand G-Technology, photo bag manufacturer tamrac and lighting experts broncolor.

 

Utah’s National Parks, October 2015

Canyonlands National Park in Utah is carved up by distinct areas, but everywhere you look there are amazing picturesque shots right before your eyes.

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Paul Claesson, HBI’s Technical Support manager got to spend a week with the Muench Workshop at the park this past October.

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With his Hasselblad H5D in hand, Paul peered through the Double Arches at Arches National Park…

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…and was amazed at the natural wonders of Goblin Valley State Park.

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In the evening, workshop attendees and Paul gazed up at some of the most beautiful night skies.

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Known for the lack of light pollution, viewing the Milky Way every evening may have been the norm… but far from boring!

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See you next month Seattle!

We’re excited to announce our On Assignment with Scott Markewitz workshop in Seattle this September!

Gain real-world hands-on experience at what it takes to shoot sports and action for professional clients on location. Participants will learn techniques for creating powerful action-centric images, understanding light, and the tools it takes to work under pressure, in the field.

Join commercial photographer Scott Markewitz in a single-day workshop and shoot to learn how he delivers the best for his major clientele, from start to finish.

Scott Markewitz is an internationally recognized outdoor and action photography for the commercial industry. His work has been utilized by many major publications and brands including campaigns for Adidas, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Specialized, Descente, Red Bull, and Giro just to name a few.

Check out more information on our events calendar and make sure to reserve your spot for this exciting learning experience!

Hasselblad and broncolor for Automotive Master Don Kates.

Don Kates has been photographing high end custom motorcycles and cars for over 20 years. “I started out just photographing local rides, as I’m a rider myself. But I’ve really been most excited about the stuff that I’ve been able to shoot digitally over the last 10 years.” With multiple studios across the country, Don and his wife Deborah (a wedding/portrait photographer who also shoots Hasselblad) have become the recognized team for many major motorcycle and automobile enthusiast publications, including Baggers Magazine, Road Iron, Trucking’ Magazine, H.O.G. Magazine, and many more.

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Hasselblad cameras and broncolor lighting equipment allow Don to capture the highest quality imagery, setting him apart from the competition. Photographing motorcycles presents a particular challenge. “Because motorcycles have so many exposed contours and reflective surfaces, creating a pleasing, well lit image is a hard thing to master,” notes Don.

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To push the envelope further, Don often opts to shoot on-location outdoors. For this, Don choses the broncolor Move 1200L pack system. “I need to be able to pump a full 1200 watt-seconds out of a single head and no other pack offers that power. Using a strip bank, I’m able to create a beautiful highlight in a metallic part or pipe.” The combination of the output power of the Move 1200L and Hasselblad HC lenses’ leaf shutter 1/800s sync speeds allows Kates to control the light on location completely.

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“Shooting on location, I often use a longer lens and move further away from the light, so I just love the RFS triggering system…I’ve never had a misfire.” said Don. By taking advantage of the RFS receiver built into the Move 1200L pack, he is able to fully control the power of the pack from up to 650 feet away.

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In the studio and on location, Don is using the Hasselblad H4D-50 and H5D-50C cameras. “Many of publications demand really high resolution and detail, and you can’t beat what I get from my Hasselblad’s. Every time I open a file, I can’t believe how clean it is and how much detail is there.”High quality lenses ensure that the images Don captures are always the best possible, and with Hasselblad’s latest digital back, his 50C can really take full advantage of his optics. “Sometimes on location, you really just need to push the image and the CMOS sensor has been a godsend. It’s performance at high ISO’s is absolutely wonderful.”

Thanks to Don for sharing his great images, make sure to visit his site at the link here: www.shootersimages.com