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March 3, 2015
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Behind the scenes of Joe Simon’s “Fragments” (shot with EOS C100 Mark II)

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Go behind the scenes of the short film, “Fragments” by Joe Simon, and learn how he uses the features of the EOS C100 Mark II to creatively capture a love story. See what goes into the preproduction process, how to plan for transitioning sequences, creating light and air, and more.

The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema camera was announced in October, is available for pre-order at B&H Photo and Adorama. Price is $5,499. More tutorials here.

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March 2, 2015
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Canon One of Most Admired Companies in 2015 (says Fortune Magazine)

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Fortune Magazine lists Canon as one of the most admired companies in 2015. Fortune’s company profile for Canon is here. And no, neither Sony nor Nikon are listed ;-)

Canon Receives Prestigious Accolade From FORTUNE Magazine As One Of The World’s Most Admired Companies In 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 2, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., has been named to the 2015 FORTUNE magazine World’s Most Admired Companies list in the computers category. Considered by FORTUNE magazine as the “definitive report card on corporate reputations,” Canon received its highest ranks in innovation, social responsibility and long-term investment value.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine and well-respected industry leaders,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The results of this year’s rankings are a testament to Canon’s commitment to investing in our customers and technology, and our core belief of being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve.”

The 2015 list was separated into 55 industries from a variety of business areas. Over 600 companies from 29 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked by executives, directors and analysts in their respective industries based on nine reputation drivers, including financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, quality of management, quality of products/services, innovation and global competitiveness.1

The FORTUNE magazine World’s Most Admired Companies list can be found at www.fortune.com/wmac.

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March 2, 2015
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Josh Hutcherson To Star In A Film Inspired By One Winning Consumer-Created Trailer From Canon’s Project Imagination (contest open for submissions)


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Canon press release:

Josh Hutcherson To Star In A Film Inspired By One Winning Consumer-Created Trailer From Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer Contest, Now Open For Submissions

Canon Launches Trailer Editor tool to Turn Everyday Footage into A Movie Trailer, With Winner Selected by Hutcherson And Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Ron Howard

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 27, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Project Imagination: The Trailer is now open for submissions. For the first time ever, your life can become a movie trailer that inspires a Hollywood film. Based on the concept that anything in life can be made into a movie, and every movie starts with a trailer, Canon’s newly launched Trailer Editor tool at imagination.usa.canon.com allows users of all skill levels, even those who have never picked up a camera before, to easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a creative movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks. One winning trailer selected by Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson will ultimately inspire a short film in which Hutcherson will star and produce.

“There’s something so special about creating a project that has taken root outside of Hollywood. With one winning trailer created from everyday photos and videos as the film’s inspiration, the creative possibilities are endless, and that’s the most exciting part,” said Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games franchise, who is helping Canon engage a new audience through the Project Imagination: The Trailer campaign. “I’m also looking forward to collaborating on this project with Ron Howard, as he’s inspired me throughout my career.”

Consumer submissions can be up to 60 seconds in length, and must fall into one of six themes: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Children & Family, Sci-Fi, and Suspense/Thriller. Creative contributors Howard and Hutcherson will choose only one to inspire a short film starring Hutcherson. Each submission will be judged based on creativity demonstrated through characters and storytelling, how inspiring or imaginative the trailer is, results from a public vote, originality and overall impression.

“Most people have more imagination and creativity than they’ve ever given themselves credit for,” said Howard. “And with Project Imagination: The Trailer, I encourage people to have fun with their storytelling. Don’t try to script anything — just go about your everyday life, shoot and collect. You’ll be surprised by how everyday photos and videos can turn into something truly captivating.”

Consumers can also visit imagination.usa.canon.com to view sample trailers from each genre, a welcome video from Ron Howard and an inspirational trailer from actress and filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard, who was the first official “graduate” of Canon’s Project Imagination franchise directing the short film “when you find me” in 2011. This time around, Bryce directed “solemates,” a 60-second trailer about love, personalizing her family’s love stories by shooting this in her home, with her husband, children, and their grandfather.

Bryce Dallas Howard said, “Creativity is all around us, and some of the funniest, most beautiful, and touching moments happen when you least expect it. This year, I’m joining forces with Project Imagination to invite all of you to get creative and turn your favorite everyday moments into a 60-second trailer.”

The site also offers tiered options that enable people at any level of expertise to create and submit trailers into the contest. For those who have never picked up a camera before, to amateurs and advanced amateurs more familiar with capturing photos and videos, to more advanced filmmakers, consumers can:

  • Use the Trailer Editor tool to auto-generate a trailer
  • Use the Trailer Editor tool with advanced features to create more customization
  • Upload a trailer that has already been independently edited

Project Imagination: The Trailer is the third iteration of Project Imagination, Canon’s ongoing initiative to empower creativity in everyone. The program marks Ron Howard’s third time partnering with Canon, a brand that aligns with his conviction that people’s everyday lives are visually and cinematically worth recording, bringing high quality and ease to photo and video capture with Canon cameras and lenses. It also marks Canon’s third time working with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company, the production company of the previous Project Imagination films.

Project Imagination showcases how innovation in storytelling and the power of creativity can engage consumers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “To be a true creative enabler, Canon is providing the platform and editing tools for everyone, regardless of their expertise, to participate in Project Imagination: The Trailer.”

The Evolution of Project Imagination

In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. launched Project Imagin8ion, the first photo contest in history to inspire a Hollywood short film. Project Imagin8ion resulted in one film, “when you find me,” directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard, inspired by eight winning photographs.

In 2012, Howard and Canon teamed up again for Project Imaginat10n, the first photo contest in history to inspire a film festival. Project Imaginat10n resulted in the production of ten films, five of which were consumer directed and five of which were directed by influential celebrities from five diverse backgrounds, Jamie Foxx (entertainer), Eva Longoria (actress), Georgina Chapman (co-founder of Marchesa; fashion), James Murphy (formerly of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM; music) and Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter; technology). The collective project was inspired by 91 winning photographs, one from each of ten core tenets of storytelling. The 91st photo from the tenth theme, Discovery, was selected by Ron and woven into all films to create a common thread.

Grey New York, Canon’s agency partner for more than thirty years, is developing the creative and digital elements of Project Imagination: The Trailer. Grey Activation & PR is managing the partnerships with Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson, as well as the promotional, event and public relations efforts.

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March 2, 2015
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Canon expands Ambassadors Programme with Six of the Best

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Canon Europe has revealed the latest members of its Ambassadors Programme with the addition of six new ‘Explorers’ – highly talented photographers and filmmakers from across Europe who share a passion for photography and film with a love of shooting with Canon equipment.

The new Explorers joining the Ambassadors Programme have been specially selected by Canon representatives from across Europe and they come from a wide range of genres including wildlife, photojournalism, architecture, adventure and filmmaking.

The six new Explorers to become part of the Canon Ambassadors Programme are:

The six latest Explorers joining the Ambassadors Programme mean the Explorers tier has now swelled to 53 top imaging talents from right across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, each of whom being superb exponents of their art. They join the 11 Canon Ambassadors – world-class photographers from a wide range of photographic disciplines and from all corners of the world and the four Masters – world-renowned industry influencers and spokespeople.

Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Programme was launched in June 2008 and over the past seven years the Canon Ambassadors, Explorers and Masters have lent their expertise to workshops, seminars and major photography shows around the world, as well as providing expert feedback to help in the development of future Canon imaging products.

Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Marketing Director, Canon Europe, explained: “We very much value the relationship we have with our Masters, Ambassadors and Explorers, and the addition of six new Explorers means we can continue to connect with Canon photographers who are actively using our products to further their creative vision.”

To find out more about Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Programme, and discover more about all of the current Ambassadors and Explorers, just click here.

February 27, 2015
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See What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2014 (video)

LensVid published an analysis of what happened to the photography industry in 2014. Their findings are based on the recently published CIPA statistics. While everything is resumed in the 12 minutes video above, the folks at LensVid sums it up:

  • Camera manufacturing/sales (all types) went down in 2014 by 31% (in 2013 we looked at close to a 40% drop).
  • Lenses manufacturing/sales (for DSLR/mirrorless cameras) went down in 2014  by 12% (in 2013 it went down by %20).
  • Japan is still a huge photography market (13% of all cameras and 14% of all lenses sell in Japan which has less than 2% of the world’s population), however the rest of Asia is the only place which seems to gain any momentum in 2014.
  • Mirrorless cameras (despite all the hype) are still just 7% of the entire camera market (up from a mere 5% in 2013).
  • Compact cameras are a dying breed – going down from a 108 million units in 2010 to only 29 million in 2014 (and this number is likely to go down even further in 2015).
  • Predicting the future of the camera market proved challenging in the past – IDC (the American market research, analysis and advisory firm) failed to predict what will happen to the mirrorless camera market. In 2012 they concluded that in 2014 we will see no less than 13 million mirrorless cameras sold worldwide. Only 3 million mirrorless cameras were actually sold…

Head over to LensVid for the full story and to see the infographic in the video at full resolution.

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February 26, 2015
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Canon “The Photography Show Facebook Competition” (Canon UK and Ireland)

The Photography Show 2015 (21-24 March 2015, NEC, Birmingham) is the UK event for aspiring photographers of all levels.

There is a The Photography Show Facebook Competition promoted by Canon UK and Ireland. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for the competition. Quoting:

To enter this competition, comment on any of our Canon Photography Show Facebook posts from 25th February 2015 on https://www.facebook.com/CanonUKLtd  with your best image based on the theme ‘a new perspective on your city’ for a chance to win one of five prizes which include:

A pair of tickets to The Photography Show

A pair of tickets to the VIP Canon stand event at The Photography Show

Your photograph displayed on the Canon stand during The Photography Show

Your image printed on one of our large format printers at The Photography Show

Canon’s press release for The Photography Show 2015 is here.

February 26, 2015
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10 Things Photographers Don’t Like About Nikon

Image courtesy of Photography Bay

After having posted a list of 10 things photographers do not like about Canon, Photography Bay posted a list of 10 things photographers dislike about Nikon (just fair, isn’t it?). Each of the following points is discussed in the original article.

  • Too Many Recalls & Product Advisories
  • Price of Lenses
  • Nikon Lags Behind in Video Features/Accessibility
  • Niche Products are Too Niche
  • Lens Rings Rotate the Wrong Way
  • Lack of a Meaningful Mirrorless Camera/System
  • No Video Lenses
  • Nikon’s Menu System Sucks
  • Wireless Connectivity Should be Standard
  • Where is the Nikon D400?

No way to compete with Canon :-)

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