New GoPro Hero 4

The New GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver were announced today!

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HERO4 Black
$499.99
4K 30 / 2.7K 50 / 1080p120 fps
12MP / 30 fps Burst
Waterproof to 131’ (40m)

HERO4 Silver
$399.99
1080p60 / 720p120 fps
12MP / 30 fps Burst
Waterproof to 131’ (40m)

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5 Cool Features on the New Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBy Jeffrey M. Greene

Canon finally upgraded it’s popular 7D series DSLR yesterday with the new
Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Optimized to make even the most challenging photographic situations
effortless, the 7D Mark II has a pro-level set of cutting-edge features
and a robust, ergonomic design. The new 20.2 Megapixel APS-C
CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, plus a host of
new and refined capabilities, makes the EOS 7D Mark II the
perfect camera for photographers looking for a pro-grade APS-C DSLR.

Here are 5 significant upgrades:

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APS-C CMOS Sensor utilizing Dual Pixel technology.Canon 7D Mark II

65 point auto-focus system
All cross-type 65 pt sensor utilizing Canon’s ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ (iTR) focus system.65pointAF Eagle

10 frames per second
When shooting in continuous mode. Shutter rated for 200,000 actuations.10fps bike

Dual memory slots:
For Compact Flash and SD (SD, SDHC, SDXC) memory cards.CF and SD

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For geotagging images with longitude, latitude, and attitude…

Pre-Order the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Omega Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II – body only    $1799.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/ Canon 18-135 f /3.5-5.6 IS STM     $2149.00

Call or stop by Omega Photo to reserve yours now.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 455-2126

Upcoming Photography Workshops

If you are looking to expand your photographic horizons, both literally and figuratively,  nothing beats a good seminar or “hands-on” workshop with an experienced professional. You will absorb more in one day than you could ever learn by reading books, magazine articles, or surfing the web. 

Here are some upcoming seminars, workshops, and photo excursions that are produced by Omega Photo, our vendors, and  affiliated photographers. 

iPhone & Smartphone Photo Class
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Instructor James McDaniel will cover the fundamentals of iPhone & smartphone photography and discuss their strengths and limitations. Discover camera apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, and how to “develop” the results on your smartphone or tablet.
“The best camera is the one you have with you” , and if you want to make the most of the camera in your pocket, this class is for you!

Cost: $30 and includes $15 store voucher.  
Call Omega Photo (425) 455-2126 to register.

 

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Canon Live Learning Seminars & Workshops

Designed for intermediate and advanced Canon DSLR users, these EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops provide the tools you need to take your photography skills to the next level. Learn about Canon DSLR functions, Canon Speedlite fundamentals, and brilliant storytelling techniques utilizing your DSLR’s HD video.

Saturday Seminar: $89
Sunday Workshop: $325
Seminar & Workshop Combo: $$379

Seattle  May 18-19    – Great group both days. Thanks Seattle!
New York City June 8-9
Tampa  TBD
Phoenix TBD
Chicago TBD
Boston TBD
Nashville TBD

 

2013 Durango Photography Workshop
July 8-11, 2013
dsng-bannerLed by local photographer and Omega Photo regular Jeff Greene, this intensive four-day photography & video workshop will capture the striking beauty of Durango and Southwestern Colorado.  Photographic highlights include  the world famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, mountain bikers, 1800′s mining town Silverton, CO, and much more

 

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Fun Film Photography Class 
New date TBD

This class is dedicated to the world of film photography using novelty cameras, Lomography, instant film, pinhole, and vintage cameras. Instructor James McDaniel will lead this two-hour class at Omega Photo in Bellevue and tickets are limited.
Cost: $30 and includes $15 store voucher.
Call Omega Photo (425) 455-2126 to register.

 

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Nikon School

Nikon School will inspire your digital SLR photographic efforts, whatever your level of experience. For more than 30 years Nikon School has been helping photography enthusiasts master new techniques and improve their picture-taking skills by providing clear, direct information on a wide range of technical and creative topics.

Tulips Photography Workshop

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Omega Photo will be leading a three hour tulip photography workshop in Washington’s beautiful Skagit Valley from 9am-12pm on Wednesday, April 24th 2012.  Our sources inform us that the tulips will nearing their peak blooms that week and we anticipate capturing some fantastic images.

The workshop is planned for mid-week to minimize crowds and maximize access to the tulip fields. During the workshop Jeff and Carmen will discuss exposure fundamentals, basic composition, macro-photography, and panorama techniques.

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 Class size is limited to 16 students to ensure plenty of one-on-one / hands-on instruction for every attendee. Participants should be prepared for an intensive shooting session and are encouraged to bring ALL their camera gear, foul weather gear, boots, and knee pads.

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To register, call Omega Photo during regular business hours at: 425.455.2126.
This workshop will fill fast so call today….

Don’t forget to visit our new location in downtown Bellevue.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

Phone:
(425) 455-2126

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

Call or “click” below for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing & print services, cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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Back Up Your Memories

flameAn acrid burning stench is spreading through the air.
Your eyes are stinging as smoke rapidly fills the room.
Sounds of yelling, screaming, and crying are everywhere.
Then you see the flames, an inferno.
Your house is on fire…

Hopefully, this will never happen to you and your family. But what if it does?
If, after your your family and pets were safely outside you could save one prized possession before evacuating, what would you chose?

Nearly everybody answers that question the same; the family photographs…
Precious moments of captured time that chronicle their most cherished memories, their family’s landmark moments, …their lives.

Sadly, you may not have the time or opportunity to rescue your photo collections and any number of calamities could befall them.
Fire, natural disaster, and theft are all constant threats, but the most common cause for loss is hard drive failure.

Most computer professionals will tell you that:

 “It’s not a question of IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN“.

The good news is that there are many options for backing up your photographs, as well as for preserving and archiving them to lessen the risk of damage or loss.

1) External Hard Drives:
You should be transferring all of your important digital files remotely so that they are not just on your Mac or PCs hard drive.

Data-Recovery-1Most photographers purchase external hard drives and I personally use two drives at once to double my protection. An external hard drive is no different than the computer’s internal drive. It WILL eventually fail, so I make sure I have an extra drive with backing up the archive. Furthermore, I store that drive off-site in my office for extra protection.

2) Cloud Storage:
There are several companies that offer on-line storage DropBox, Microsoft Sky Drive, and Carbonite are a few of the most popular. Some offer limited free space with expanded service for a monthly fee. This is a excellent solution since your files are stored safely off-site and can be accessed anywhere there’s an internet connection.

3) CD & DVDs:
I recommend disc storage only as a short-term alternative since most CDs & DVDs may deteriorate over time.

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After five years, you run the risk of the disk becoming corrupted and thus unable to retrieve the data. Archival Gold discs are the exception with a estimated life expectancy of approximately 100 years.

4) Scans:
Since consumer digital photography is barely ten years old, most everybody still has slides, negatives, and prints in their collections. The most important of those images should be scanned and digitized and then archived in one of the manners previously mentioned. Flatbed scanners are quite affordable, but film scanners are a bit pricier. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do the scanning yourself, Omega Photo offers several scanning services that will do the job for you.oldprints

To encourage you to get started, Omega Photo is offering the following specials through the end of April. If you have questions about our scanning, archiving, or printing services, feel free to email us or call the store anytime during our normal business hours.

~~~~~ 500 Print Scans $99~~~~
Purchase a Pioneer Storage box at Omega Photo for $99 and then fill it with up to 500 photos (5×7 or smaller). We’ll scan each print and burn them all to a CD for just $99 plus tax (total value over $150)

~~~~~ FREE Second Copy ~~~~
Free second DVD copy of all movie and VHS transfers to DVD

So get started and protect those precious photos and preserve your families memories for generations to come. If you have any questions, stop by our new location in downtown Bellevue.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

Phone: (425) 455-2126

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

Call or “click” below for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing and print services, a full line of cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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Costco Shutters Photo Processing Services

Omega Photo still processes film!

As of Saturday, February 16th, Costco ceased all film developing and processing services at their Issaquah, WA location. This has been a growing trend among large discount retailers due to the high cost of the specialized machinery and skilled staff required to process film and print high quality photos. When asked about other locations, Costco stated that most of their stores nationwide no longer offer film and slide processing, …or even a comparable out-lab service.

In short, chain retailers offering in-house film processing are a vanishing breed.

Omega Photo in Bellevue, WA has been serving the local photo community since 1964 and offers high-quality, in-house film processing and printing.  Locally owned and operated, our professional and experienced staff still processes and prints color and black & white film in 35mm, APS, and 120 formats. Custom enlargements are also available ranging from 5×7 to 24×36 in size. Omega Photo also offers a full slate of digital services including restorations, scans, calendars, and custom greeting cards and announcements.

~~~~ 20% Off Processing, Printing, and Enlargements ~~~~
Show your valid warehouse membership (Costo, Sam’s Club, etc.) card through March 1st
and receive 20% off any film processing, print, or enlargement order.
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We invite you to visit our new location in downtown Bellevue and try our personal and professional processing services.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

Call or “click” below for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing and print services, a full line of cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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