Comuniart is launching exhibitions in London’s most excellent bars and pubs. Point101 thinks this is going to be a lot of fun!
Comuniart has organised 3 trails of exhibitions in over 20 pubs and bars across Camden, Islington and the East End in order to celebrate emerging artists and make their work more accessible across the community. From the 18th of August till the 18th of September. To embark upon the Camden trail, start at the the Lockside Lounge and pick up a free map, in Islington start at the Kings Head Theatre Pub,in the East End, start at the Queen of Hoxton.
Comuniart is not just an organisation; it is a movement: Our aim is to change the way people regard their local art scene by making art more accessible: encouraging the public to take a more creative approach to life by incorporating the work and skills of artists into their homes, businesses and personal lives. Whether its commissioning a portrait, turning a past adventure into a personalised illustrated book, or having a mural painted on the wall, these are just some of the infinite ways in which art can be used to enrich life.
We believe this movement should begin in Britain’s great unifying institution: the pub. What better place to expose fresh, affordable work to wider audiences while simultaneously communicating our message that enjoying art need not be limited to spectating and purchasing but can be something that can be integrated into daily life in practical and exciting ways.
For info about which venues and artists are involved go to www.comuniart.com
“Consumerism and mass culture have imposed a homogeny across society that can only be dissolved by the creative efforts of its members.” – Justin Agius, Director.
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Olympus have just announced three new Pen-series SLR-like cameras, showing their commitment to the mirrorless camera format… and we have to say we are tempted.
Sitting at the top of the range is the PEN E-P3 which features a new super-fast auto-focus system, a three-inch tap-sensitive OLED display and dials on the back for making quick adjustments to exposure and aperture.
Then there’s the Pen Lite E-PL3 which is described as being a scaled down version of the E-P3 and has a thinner camera body and swivelling LCD. The controls have also been slimmed down and simplified.
The PEN Mini (E-PM1) is then being marketed as ‘the world’s smallest and lightest system camera with interchangeable lenses’ and is an even smaller and simpler version of the E-PL3 having fewer buttons and a unique GUI.
Obviously all three of the cameras take the same interchangeable lenses which Olympus claim deliver SLR quality while being “remarkably small and chic.” Great news for all you documentary photographers looking to get canvas printing done on our larger sizes!
For years Point101 has been telling its customers not to fuss too much about buying megapixel-heavy cameras. “After a certain point it doesn’t make much difference” we’ve been saying.
Which is why we feel a bit bad about drooling over the upcoming Sigma DS1, a 46 megapixel sensor-packing beast. But we can’t help it. Imagine blowing up your images as king size perspex prints and getting every bit of detail in their in your panoramic landscape shot!
The classically 35mm-styled camera – which is due for release in Japan on 10th June – has a light-weight magnesium alloy body and a Foveon 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. But all those megapixels don’t come cheap. The DS1 is due to sell for around £6,000.
A spokesperson for Sigma said: “Incorporating a 46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, the SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model.
“Adopting a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy for its body and O-ring sealing connections to make a weather-resistant design throughout for use in harsh conditions.”
We really wish these tiny Canon cameras were fully-working miniature photography gear, unfortunately they’re not. You’ll have to use your real SLR to get enough pixels to blow up to your favourite canvas prints.
They are however, working USB drives offering 4GB of Canon camera shaped storage memory – and what’s not to like about that.
Admittedly details are a bit thin on the ground and it’s not clear if the diminutive devices – which were featured on behance.net – are commercially available products.
For now, all we do know is that the USB drives look amazingly detailed and come in three models IXUS 200IS P&S, LEGRA HD camcorder and 5D MkII.
The IXUS 200IS P&S and LEGRA HD camcorder have the USB adaptor hidden in the body of the camera and pops out, while on the 5D MkII it appears beneath a removable ‘lens’.
Leica and Apple are two brands famed for the quality of their commercial design and ability to produce iconic products.
And with this in mind, the good folks at design house Black Design Associates have taken it upon themselves to imagine what would happen if the two combined forces to create a new product.
The result is the ‘LEICA i9 for iPhone4′ a Leica camera add-on for the iPhone4 which appears to snap around the popular phone making a lot more suited to taking quality photographs that you can turn into canvas prints with Point101 of course!
Designers using the i9 would instantly activate optical zoom, dedicated aperture and shutter dials, flash and light meter — all features any photographer would love to see added to their iPhone.
However, while we would love to see the i9 make it to market, something tells us we could be waiting for some time. Neither Leica or Apple are normally too keen on this sort of partnership.
If there’s one lens we couldn’t do without, it’s out trusty 50mm, it seems to spend about as much time on our DSLRs as all of the other lenses combined.
And Nikon have just confirmed their decade old ‘nifty fifty’ is about to get a makeover making it a great option for the millions of people who have bought a DSLR and are still struggling with the bundled kit lens.
That’s because the upcoming 50mm f/1.8 will include a built-in autofocus motor meaning it can be used with the entry level DSLRs which don’t have the motor inside the body which was required to drive its predecessor.
If you haven’t used a 50mm prime before, you can expect some of the sharpest images you have ever taken along with the ability to isolate subjects with the shallow depth-of-field and low-light abilities allowed by the f/1.8. Great for when you get your giclee printing done with Point101 of course!
Zurab Kiknadze, product manager of lenses, at Nikon Europe said the 50mm would be the, “ideal second lens for curious digital SLR enthusiasts wanting to venture beyond the kit lens and explore the creative possibilities that a fast aperture can offer.”
The new Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime is expected to go on sale in June for around £200.
What’s the most impressive thing you can do with your photographs? Other than printing your photos on canvas – of course! Now you can send them into space.
Yes, you read that correctly. A new firm has launched a bizarre service offering to send your snaps 70 miles into the atmosphere – that’s 8 miles more than is considered space.
Photos To Space are charging $4.95 to include each of your images on a flight which will take place in April 2011 and launch from Spaceport America, a commercial space landing field in New Mexico.
At that point your digital photographs could embark on a 15 minute flight which will see them soar to 70 miles high in around four minutes before returning to Earth.
Bosses of the firm say they “want to encourage people to become excited about the possibilities that are before us for the future of space travel” and give them something unique to do with their photography.
Anyone who pays to see one of their photos launched into space also gets a flight certificate with their photo embedded onto it, stats about the mission and a downloadable video of the rocket flight.
An amazing 360-degree photo of London has become the largest spherical panoramic photo after a photographer stitched together 7,886 high-resolution images.
In total the resulting image by Jeffrey Martin is 80 gigapixel — so big that it would measure 35m long and 17m tall if printed at a normal photographic resolution.
Martin captured the 7,886 photographs during a three day stint at the top of the 36 floor high Centre Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.
He used a DSLR camera with a 400mm lens, which is why people logging onto 360cities.net and zoom in and out on details and clearly see individuals going about their daily business.
The photographer says a powerful Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation was required to combine the images and featured a dual 6-core CPUs, 192GB of RAM, and a 4GB graphics card.
We would love to be able to offer canvas prints of this image so we’re going to contact Jeffrey to see if he would be willing!
Images by Jeffrey Martin, www.360cities.net
We are now offering all our customers one hour delivery time slots as standard; to make deliveries more convenient for you. You will receive an email on the morning of your delivery (before 9am) with an hourly delivery slot so you don’t have to spend all day waiting for your parcel. You now also have the option of Saturday delivery at a flat rate of £10.50 for any number of items – this is available as an option when you checkout.
We will also shortly be offering text notifications about your delivery time slot as an option when you check out – so look out for this very soon!
Order before 25th November and Save 5%
For those of you who want to avoid the Christmas rush, save 5% on photos on canvas if you order before the 25th of November. Just use the promotional code “november25″ when you checkout.
Christmas 2010 Order Dates for Guaranteed Free Delivery*
Perspex Prints – Monday 13th December 2010
Canvas Prints – Friday 17th December 2010
Giclee Prints – Friday 17th December 2010
Switchframes – Friday 17th December 2010
*Priority delivery may be available for a few days after this period but please check our website for details nearer the time. If you have any queries about your Xmas orders or have any special requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.
Having talked to our customers from last Christmas and seen the testimonials, our professional canvas prints still seem to be number one on people’s Xmas wanted list. Even though they are the first product that we launched, they still seem to be growing in popularity due to their accessible and affordable nature.
You can upload your photos to canvas and have your presents sorted in under 5 minutes!