Friday, July 27, 2012

Free Shipping is Back This Weekend!

Place an order of $100 or more of qualifying used photo gear and get free shipping via FedEx Ground to anywhere in the contiguous United States between Friday, July 27th and Sunday 29th (Eastern time). Want to upgrade to expedited shipping or are you placing an international order? No problem! We will credit you $9.95 towards your shipping costs.   
 
Visit us today at www.keh.com to start shopping, or if you'd like to speak to one of our knowledgeable, professional sales associates, please call 770-333-4200 to place an order during operating hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

KEH News and Special Promos!



* KEH was featured last week on the Film Photography Project in an interview on their Podcast, Episode 64. Check it out HERE. Our segment starts around 62:00.


We have a bunch of great promotions going on right now, so be sure to read ahead. (If you're on our email list, then you may have seen a few recent emails about these next couple of topics....)


* For a limited time, we're paying our highest prices ever for the digital items we want the most. We're offering up to 70% of retail price for these items, so it's a great time to sell or trade your digital equipment to us! In addition, we have rolled out our new "quick pay" system, enabling you to be contacted by us with our offer within 24-48 hours of having received your package (Monday-Friday). You can get a quote for your gear online HERE, or give us a call at (770) 333-4220 or (800) 342-5534.


* We're also buying more photo stuff than ever before, with no minimum purchase price required. We want cool used cameras and camera accessories that are just collecting dust, Polaroids (models 180,190,195, SX70, SX680 and 600 only), manufacturer's flashes (Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc.), KODAK Brownie cameras, old film or digital bodies and lenses, stereo cameras and viewers, 16mm and 8mm Movie cameras, collectible cameras, Vintage camera advertising, tripods (Gitzo, Bogen, or Manfrotto only),etc. 

Don't worry about getting a quote first for this stuff, just box it up and send it in. Make sure to include your contact info. and we'll evaluate it and call you with an offer. Send it in today and it will cost you nothing for the shipping- We will pay for your ground shipping whether you accept our offer or not! Due to the nature of this offer we can only pay for ground shipping and not the packing, or expedited shipping. Please include your original receipt or a copy of it and we will add that amount to the check we send you for your equipment. Please allow 7 to 10 business days to process your quote, and include a list of what you're sending, along with your name, address, email address, and phone number.  

You can send your package to the following address:

KEH Camera
Attention: Walter
4900 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082


* For the remainder of July, we are taking 10% off of our already low selling price on select film gear (meaning most, not all). The price has already been reduced on the website so simply Click Here to get started.


* We have tons of Nikon Refurbished products that have just hit our shelves. We've got everything from D-SLR camera bodies, to lenses, to flashes, to digital point & shoot cameras. This is a great alternative to buying new- the latest gear at used prices. Listed below is a sample of what is available...
Important Note

Our refurbished product is graded LN-
Most refurbished product is indicated in the description. Refurbished product normally comes with a 90 day warranty from the mfg., however, our no-cost 6 month warranty will replace the mfg. to give you double the protection!

Bodies
D3s
D90
D700
D300s
D5000
D5100
D7000

Fixed Digital Lenses
Digital Zoom Lenses (DX lenses)
Zoom Lenses
35 f1.8
40 f2.8 Micro
50 f1.8 AF-S and D
85 f3.5 Micro
18-105 G VR
18-200 G VR
18-55 G VR
18-55 G AF-S
55-200 G VR
55-300 G VR
70-200 f2.8 VRII

Point & Shoots 
L24
L110
L120
P100
P500
S1000PJ
S3100
S4100
S6200
S8100
S9100

Flashes
SB-700


 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Free Shipping This Weekend!


Place an order of $100 or more of qualifying used photo gear and get free shipping via FedEx Ground to anywhere in the contiguous United States between Friday, July 20th and Sunday 22nd (Eastern time). Want to upgrade to expedited shipping or are you placing an international order? No problem! We will credit you $9.95 towards your shipping costs.   
 
Visit us today at www.keh.com to start shopping, or if you'd like to speak to one of our knowledgeable, professional sales associates, please call 770-333-4200 to place an order during operating hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Behind The Image: Will Harris

This week on the blog we're running a new mini-series from a few chosen photographers that will be explaining the "behind the scenes" experience of creating one of their images.




Imagine for a second that when you step outside the only thing that crosses your mind is that your skin is on fire. Followed by your body's feeble attempt to cool it’s self down, you feel drops of sweat pouring down your face. Now if that were not enough, you’re also stressing about the moisture that is building up in your camera, potently damaging you film. Lifting the camera to your eye, you manually focus on the subject, press the shutter, and pray that you got the shot. This is my typical thought process most days as I photograph the soldiers in my unit. About 50% of the photos of them are shots of them working, but occasionally I do get to pull them aside and photograph them in a more artistic manner.

My two main cameras of choice are a Mamiya 645 1000s, and my Rolleiflex F2.8 (a gift from a fellow NCO). As for film, I use anything I can get ahold of. Being deployed, I am limited to whoever ships out to where I am stationed. Most of the time, the film that I use is bought with donations, mainly from the families of the soldiers I’m deployed with, or sometimes random people that come across my photos on Flickr. As far as developing goes, I use a changing bag to get my film into a canister, and develop it in our restroom sinks. From there, the negatives get air dried in my room.




The following photographs are from a personal series, “Stuck on Deployment.” The idea stemmed from the fact that being deployed isn't easy for most of these men and women. Most have spouses and children that they have left behind to serve their country. Being away from home always introduces the feeling of isolation. That longing to be home almost feels like if you were prisoner to your own situation. In addition to the main overall theme, I always love trying to get my subjects to express more specific emotions, such as desperation, longing, and distant memories to name a few.


Shooting at night and using the ambient light provided from our guard tower, I metered off of their faces and set my camera according to those settings, 1/30th of a sec at F2.8 for most shots. I used a Rolleiflex F2.8 loaded with Kodak’s Ektar 100. The film was metered at 400 and pushed during development using Tetenal’s C41 developing kit.

Occasionally to get a point across, I may put one of the soldiers into a situation that may be hard to explain if someone were to walk up on the photo session. As a sergeant, it would have been difficult to explain to higher as to why I had a soldier stuck in constantine wire, such as for this photo (top image) of Private First Class Edmonson. I’m pretty sure that "for the sake of photography" would not have made the cut (no pun intended).




This image (below) is of Staff Sergeant Bradley. It was supposed to be a shot of him behind a barrier also, but his response to the idea was that 'he was a grown man, and men don't hide behind barriers'. So instead, we compromised and he rested his back against one. I feel that the photograph still expresses the theme of the series, while also retaining his personality.





Bio: Will Harris is an Air Defender in the United States Army. Currently he serves with Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Flickr: www.flickr.com/willharris



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Behind The Image: Curtis Baker

This week on the blog we're running a new mini-series from a few chosen photographers that will be explaining the "behind the scenes" experience of creating one of their images.


Last year, I was lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three opportunities to have an all-access pass to photograph the amazing Dolly Parton. Using a friend of a friend connection, I simply asked if there was any chance that I could come to her opening show in Knoxville, Tennessee. I never thought I would get a “yes” considering how much of a legend she is, but I did- I had complete access to the arena and could go anywhere I wanted with the exception of Dolly's bus which not many people are allowed on. Over the next few months, I went around the southeast to shoot her shows and all the excitement that follows her around.

Making friends with her security team was the first step to gaining trust and access, so a lot of time was spent capturing a real behind the scenes look at how the team prepares an arena for a show for such a legend. Once Dolly comes out, it's all eyes on her. Sometimes she'll do a "meet and great" where she will shake hands and say hello to VIPs, or fan club members. But most of the time, she likes to go from the safety of her lavish tour bus straight to the stage with no interruptions. So most of the pictures I shot of her backstage, include her moving swiftly through ugly cinder block hallways, with low florescent lighting, safely amongst her security team.


One of my favorite pictures of Dolly is her about to go out on stage with her white, crystal encrusted fiddle against her chin ready to play to all her fans (top photo). It's a nice dark silhouette, showing a little bit of sparkle. That moment spoke to me. I'm standing 7 feet away from a living legend that I grew up listening to. She is about to be seen by thousands of her biggest fans, and she is calm, cool, collected, and silent (as was I). The band starts playing and the curtain busts open and she struts out on stage playing the fiddle while basically skipping to the beat of the music. Being a photographer, I can relate to musicians, we are all artists trying to better our craft. So being a relatively young photographer in the earlier stages of my career, standing next to someone who has basically reached the pinnacle of her craft, was pretty special for me.

Now for the stuff photographers like... For this shoot, I walked around with my 70-200mm 2.8 VRII lens on my Nikon D3S and kept a 35mm 2.0 attached to my Nikon D700 hanging from my shoulder for the first half of the show. Having the zoom lens attached allowed me to be just about anywhere in the venue and get the shot I wanted. Shooting from the side of the stage and down in the seats gave me the best viewing angles. I used the 35mm for wider crowd shots and backstage pictures. After the intermission, I took the D700 and a Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 with a Manfrotto Magic Arm and attached it high up to the huge video wall behind the stage. I used a Pocket Wizard remote trigger and cord to fire off wide angle shots of Dolly facing the crowd. Every time the house lights came on to light the crowd and her hands went up, I would push the little button on my Pocket Wizard in my shirt pocket, hoping for a magic shot.


As for setting and lighting, the stage and band aren't lit very brightly, but Dolly on the other hand has three spotlights on her at all times. So getting a shot of the band and Dolly was nearly impossible with a digital camera. Most of the time, I stayed on a setting that would get me nice, crisp shot of Dolly. With the three lights being so bright, I was able to keep my ISO down around 1000 or lower, and shoot at shutter speeds near 200th of a second to keep my shots sharp, to catch rhinestones and tassels bouncing through the air. I prefer a shallower depth of field so I usually shoot at 2.8 or lower.

I don't do much editing with Photoshop or Lightroom, with the exception of the recovery tool in Adobe Camera RAW. With all the bright lights and sparkles, I had to use that slider to keep the highlight from being blown out. And a little fill light allowed me to show some of the band or audience.




Bio: Curtis Baker is an Atlanta native and has been photographing for about five years. “I have spent that time shooting everyday, learning, and researching photography and photographers. I started as most do, photographing dogs, babies, and just about anything. Now I am a Fashion, Beauty, Commercial, and Unit Stills (movie set) Photographer. I am happily married and have a wonderful 2 year old daughter. When I'm not shooting, I'm riding my bike or hiking with my daughter and dog, (and thinking about shooting)."

Instagram: curtyphotog


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Behind The Image: Paul Vecsei

This week on the blog we're running a new mini-series from a few chosen photographers that will be explaining the "behind the scenes" experience of creating one of their images.




It was an evening out on the water on Great Slave Lake. Imagine a body of water the size of one of the Great Lakes, but placed in the Sub-Arctic Canadian wilderness. We left Yellowknife (a town situated on the lake) during stormy weather. The waves were breaking and spraying over our heads and was quite an interesting site. Nothing in this shoot was planned. The guy on the right in the photo was a guest and really not in his element, but the guy on the left was totally at ease with the situation. My camera ended up getting quite wet, but since the waves were coming from behind me, the camera survived.

The intense boat shake made photography quite difficult. Another obstacle to getting the shot I wanted was that the water barely showed in the actual photos. I ended up using slow-sync flash to capture the water, and the results were dramatic improvements. Still, I feel that the intensity of the ice water smashing into us is not felt in the resulting image.

After much persuading from others to “get the photo out there”, it ended up winning in various contests where the image was submitted. However, I still feel this image is a total failure compared to what I was feeling and experiencing at the time. The noise of the water, the tremendous swells that lifted and tossed the boat around, lost in a photo that simply froze a moment. It is a very sedated version of reality.

I shot this image with a Nikon D200 with Nikkor 12-24mm zoom lens, set to its widest setting. Not much post-processing was done, just minor cropping.

Hangin' with the big boys 

Bio: Paul Vecsei is a fisheries biologist living in Yellowknife, Canada. He has traveled extensively throughout North America on fish-related work and has spent many years on the Great Lakes prior to moving North. He spends most of his free time doing underwater photography of coldwater species.



Monday, July 16, 2012

Behind The Image: Kate Parker

This week on the blog we're running a new mini-series from a few chosen photographers that will be explaining the "behind the scenes" experience of creating one of their images.



This image happens to be one of my favorite images I've ever taken. I like the strangeness, and I like the light and dark and moody quality. I shot this image as part of a personal series that I am currently working on called Treasures Found. The images in the series juxtaposes the rawness and character of the American South through garage sales, antique markets, and tag sales, with stylized shots of my two girls with some of the strange treasures that we pick up at the sales.

I found this fake chicken at a garage sale in my neighborhood. It was the only slightly "off" thing nestled among baby toys and old clothing. I snatched it up quickly (although I don't really think there were a lot of other takers though), paid my dollar, and was on my way. 

We shot this particular image in my garage. Just me, my daughter, my Honda Pilot, and some great light….oh, and a stuffed chicken. My garage has the most amazing light. I use it all the time for a makeshift studio by closing all of the windows and letting the light in through one door. The shoot started with my seven year old negotiating her pay (3 tootsie rolls), and then parked her in the slash of light that was coming through the open door and went to shooting. I shot a few other images this same day with some vintage roller skates and some costumes that we also acquired and became part of the series.

My girls are not huge fans of me taking their pictures, but I shoot them daily. They deal with it, but I often get an eye roll and an “okay mom” (+ a sigh). I do pay them in different ways (i.e. the tootsie roll trade), and that seems to work. They do however think it is really cool when they see their image on the Internet or in a magazine. My daughters are some of my favorite subjects to shoot... they are always accessible to me and they are actually turning into really good models who take direction extremely well.

This image was shot with my Nikon D700 and 50mm F1.4 lens. The shots are edited in Lightroom. I used VSCO films black and white presets, but tweaked a bit to get rid of the grain. I love a saturated black and white, and wanted this image to be clear and clean.





Bio: Kate Parker is a mom, wife, photographer, and athlete. "I live and shoot in Georgia. I love the real, the honest, and the everyday, and aim to capture just that."



Friday, July 13, 2012

What's That...Squeak?!

Squeak, squeak, squeak... if you've been in photography long enough, you know (and probably hate) the sound of squeaks in your equipment. What is it? Why does it happen? What does it mean? And holy cow how can I get rid of this horrendous sound!?

The two most common 'squeakers' in the camera world are the Canon 'A' series cameras (A1, AE-1, etc..), and auto focus lens motors (mostly Nikon brand). Neither one is quite detrimental to the equipment, but it can cause issues with the operation and will surely annoy you and anyone else around.
On the Canon 'A' series of cameras, most people think that the squeak comes from the shutter, since you hear the squeak when you fire the camera. I thought this for quite a long time also, but this is not the case. The squeak that occurs in these cameras actually comes from the mirror governor/mirror dampening gear train/aperture control unit. This is caused by a dry bearing in the mechanism (also sometimes called the side plate). While there is no physical harm that comes from this item drying out, it can cause a delay in the execution of the shutter. The system is set up to make sure the shutter doesn't open until the aperture is opened correctly. If you are hearing the squeak, you may miss a shot if it throws your timing off, or the mirror may obstruct your images. Fortunately, this is easily remedied by re-lubricating the bearing.


The more annoying of the two squeaks has to be from the auto focus motors in Nikon lenses. The high-pitched squeak is not the best way to get candid shots or go unnoticed at a wedding or while photographing on the street. At one point, the preferred method for fixing this issue was to replace the entire AF motor. This expense however, is not really required. A competent repair shop should be able to go in and repair/polish the AF motor, which will completely take care of the issue.

If you start hearing squeaks or other odd sounds coming from your photo equipment, it is never a bad idea to have your camera repair shop check your equipment. Often if you start hearing squeaks, there might also be other things that need maintenance at the same time. On the Canon 'A' cameras for example, if the oil has dried out, it's likely that the cameras foam (light seals) have also deteriorated and needs to be replaced.

If you're hearing squeaks and would like a repair quote from the KEH Camera Repair Center, click here or call 770-333-4210.




- Sean McCreery

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Photos of the Month

All images submitted to and chosen from the KEH Camera Flickr Group pool. To view a photographers profile, click on the image to be directed to their Flickr page. 

that sound a fan makes...
That sound a fan makes, by Kate Parker

It's Summer Time It's Summer Time, by Srivatsa Gundala

;) ;), by Heather Stockett

{weather}
{weather}, by n8ivnyr76

Relax
 Relax, by Sequoia Creative

Figment of TimeFigment of Time, by Alexander Kunz 

Sailboat Races, St. Michaels Maryland Sailboat Races, St. Michaels Maryland, by Shawn Hoke

Winthrop, MA. Winthrop, MA, by Brian Maryansky

Untitled Untitled, by Istvan Pinter 

Moon Smoke 
Moon Smoke, by Kasey Trapp 

Untitled Untitled, by David Kirby

I always knew he was a winner. :)
I always knew he was a winner, by Little Pink Weeble

Shelton_Kids_2012_016 Shelton Kids, by Robyn Cox