Friday, November 30, 2012

Photo Contest Winner!

We are pleased to announce the winner of the KEH Camera Photo Contest!  Congratulations to Solson Scherman!  His photograph entitled "Doña Iris" was selected by our panel of judges as the winner and recipient of a $200 KEH Camera gift certificate.
Doña Iris, by Solson Scherman

Behind the Image:
The photo was taken on the occasion of Doña Iris' birthday. She's the Grandmother of my best friend, and suffers from advanced Alzheimer's disease. At the time of the photograph she believed she was 10 years old, and no longer recognized her son (hugging her). His joy is seeing his mother happy, hers, was the cake and presents. That's kind of what family is all about, trying to find the good despite the bad.

Thank you so much Solson, and thank you to all who participated!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Defining Moment: Capturing the Music

There are moments in life when everything comes together and time seems to stop.  Many call this the “defining moment”, a heightened emotional experience that signifies a climatic point in time.  A Definition of Time Known as The Incredible Experience is a body of work about that defining moment.  I am an avid lover of jazz music, and I have listened to countless recordings of both the famous and the unknown performers.  While I cannot imagine a world without recorded music, it is the live performance that best defines the essence of jazz.

Randall Vaughn (Trumpeter), Intown Barbershop, by Michael Reese

Included in this body of work are photographs of several celebrated jazz personalities, as well as some unknown artists.  The work is not about one personality in particular, but about an artist’s ability to reach a state of full immersion in their musical craft.  This state of immersion is often referred to as the being “in the zone”, which is an intensified level of performance and involvement a musician experiences while engaged in their musical expression.

Curtis Lundy (Bassist), Montreux Music Festival, by Michael Reese

This body of work is also about passion, and my experience as I witnessed the defining moment of a musician during their performance.  Jazz, especially live, is pure emotion to me.  I wanted to capture that feeling through the photograph, enabling me to share with the viewer a small part of the experience of live jazz.  It is my belief that no written word or image, no matter how fabulous, can truly capture the energy exchange that comes from a live performance.   The images are but a brief glimpse into the incredible experience of listening to live jazz music.

Dizzy Gillespie (Trumpeter), Atlanta Jazz Festival, by Michael Reese

 Looking back on my work now, it is interesting to see the evolution of my artistic approach.  When photographing this particular body of work, I was shooting with film equipment, but my current photographic process is primarily digital.  I’ve noticed that my shooting style has changed since I’ve embraced the digital process. When I shot with film, it was a much slower process, as I essentially did not want to waste film. I would wait for the perfect shot, and it was a much more measured approach to shooting, and involved a completely different mindset.

Nina Simone (Vocalist, Pianist), Center Stage, by Michael Reese

For me, shooting with film allowed for a more “Zen-like” experience.  It was a slower, more meditative approach to shooting.  I feel that shooting jazz, or any live music, is challenging because you are trying to translate a living and breathing artistic expression into a completely different form of expression: the two-dimensional photograph.

Marc Curry (Pianist), Atlanta Jazz Festival, by Michael Reese

This particular body of work lends itself to a much more thoughtful approach when firing the shutter and waiting for the defining moment. The defining moment isn’t always present, but it can appear at any given moment during a performance.  It can be missed if you are simply “looking” for the shot.  As a photographer, I believe there is a difference between “seeing” and “looking” for the perfect shot.   To me, “looking” is more of a quick, passive action, whereas “seeing” is allowing yourself to be immersed in the passion of the moment you are photographing.  If you are in the action of just “looking”, I have found that the defining moment will not reveal itself.   You must participate in the act of “seeing” to truly capture the essence of the defining moment.
 
Nancy Wilson (Vocalist), Atlanta Jazz Festival, by Michael Reese

In the digital realm, there is less “waiting” because there is no reservation about film waste and cost.  I call it the “endless roll syndrome”, and the positive side is the ingestion period of learning how to use a camera is quicker. The result of your error or triumph is instant, and readily available for immediate viewing.  Digital technology has brought with it a revolution to the photographic medium, which I find exciting. Photography has never been this accessible, or used by so many people, thanks in part to the ubiquitous camera in all of our smartphones. I think this is a positive thing in that we are able to capture significant documentation of our lives as they unfold.

Saxophonist (Jam Session), Catfish Station, by Michael Reese

The conundrum is that with all of this image taking, there is less editing.  I feel there is a deeper need now for discernment in what images should be shown.  Although the digital process may require less reservation when taking a photograph, I believe the “defining moment” can be captured digitally. The digital revolution has changed the photographic process in many ways, but what hasn’t changed is that one must still be able to truly “see” before pressing the shutter.

Bassist, Atlanta Jazz Festival, by Michael Reese

Contributor Bio:
Michael Reese has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography, and has been shooting professionally for over 20 years. After graduating, he began teaching for the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Michael was the chief photographer for the Atlanta Jazz Festival from 1996-2002.  His work can be viewed on his website, and was culminated in a 2007 retrospective exhibition and book 30 Years The Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Michael’s current interest is doing work outside of the normal confines of conventional photography. He’s been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment of Arts, City of Atlanta Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta Hartsfield Airport and MARTA. His multi-media and installations are concept-based works that explore social and humanistic concerns.

Website:
www.michaelreesephotography.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free Shipping Continues!

Cyber Monday may be over, but you can still take advantage of FREE shipping!  It's not too late to get something special for the photographer in your life, or equip yourself with the gear you need to take great photos this holiday season.


To qualify for free shipping, simply place an order of $100.00 or more of USED equipment and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States. This is a limited time offer, and subject to end at our discretion.      

Qualifying international and expedited shipping orders will receive a credit of $9.95 towards shipping costs.

Start saving today by visiting us on the web at www.keh.com, or by contacting our friendly & knowledgeable sales department (click HERE for hours & contact information).

It's not too late to save, so shop now!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale!

Cyber Monday is finally here!  Take advantage of our biggest sale ever, ONE DAY ONLY!

All EX+ and EX gear has been discounted by 7%, and all BGN and UG by 10%.  

Bring these great deals home with FREE shipping on all orders of used gear $100.00 and over! 


Prices have already been discounted on the web, so the price you see is the price you pay. 

To qualify for free shipping, simply place an order of $100.00 or more of USED equipment Monday, November 26 (promotion ends midnight Eastern time) and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States.      

Qualifying international and expedited shipping orders will receive a credit of $9.95 towards shipping costs.  

Start saving today by visiting us on the web at www.keh.com, or by contacting our friendly & knowledgeable sales department (click HERE for hours & contact information). 

This is a limited time offer and ends TONIGHT at midnight Eastern time! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Free Shipping on Used Gear + More!

Free shipping is back on all orders of used gear of $100.00 or more!  We have even discounted our most popular grades by 7% (that includes all EX+, EX, BGN & UG gear)!

KEH wants to help you avoid the long lines, traffic and crowds, and best of all, get your holiday shopping done early!


Prices have already been discounted on the web, so the price you see is the price you pay.

To qualify for free shipping, simply place an order of $100.00 or more of USED equipment and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States (qualifying international and expedited shipping orders will receive a credit of $9.95 towards shipping costs).

Start saving today by visiting us on the web at www.keh.com, or by contacting our friendly & knowledgeable sales department (click HERE for hours & contact information).

This is a limited time offer and could end at any time!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reminders + Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a friendly reminder that KEH Camera will be closed on Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen on Friday, November 23 (social media will resume on Monday).  


Also, don't forget to enter our Photo Contest (click here for details).   The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, November 26 Eastern time.  Good luck!

KEH Camera would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

KEH on Pinterest

We are pleased to announce that KEH Camera is now on Pinterest!  


Many of you may already be using Pinterest, and enjoying all the nifty features the website has to offer.  For those who aren't familiar, Pinterest is essentially an online, image based pinboard.  It allows you to create virtual boards where you can organize and share all the interesting things you find online. 

Follow KEH Camera on Pinterest and discover great camera gear, DIY crafts & projects, photography tips & inspiration and all sorts of fun things.  You don't have to search all over the internet for photography related items and ideas, we've got everything organized in one place for you! 


Pinterest is a great way to organize your favorite KEH gear by creating virtual shopping or wish lists.  You can also find inspiration for your next photo project, and save ideas for later.

Be sure to check us out on Pinterest by clicking HERE.  We hope our boards help inspire your creative side!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Double Promotion This Weekend!

Take advantage of free shipping on LN- bodies & lenses + 10% off accessories during KEH's pre-Thanksgiving sale! 

Any LN- camera body or lens order of $150.00 or more will receive free FedEx Ground shipping within the contiguous United States.  That includes all refurbished bodies and lenses too!

To sweeten the deal, accessories are 10% off as well. That includes caps, filters, straps, lens hoods, manuals, bags, etc.


Prices have already been discounted on the web, so the price you see is the price you pay.

To qualify for free shipping, place an order of $150.00 or more of qualifying LN- equipment (bodies and/or lenses) between Friday, November 16 and Sunday, November 18 (promotion ends midnight Eastern time), and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States (qualifying international and expedited shipping orders will receive a credit of $9.95 towards shipping costs).

Visit us on the web at www.keh.com, or call one of our knowledgeable, professional sales associates at (770) 333-4200.  Our sales staff will be happy to assist you during operating hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

This is a great time to double dip on savings!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

KEH's Most Wanted

Featured below are a selection of KEH Camera's "most wanted" Nikon auto focus zoom lenses.  If you have them, we want to buy them!      






Other lenses we are actively seeking are:

* Nikon Auto Focus 18-35 f3.5-4.5 D IF ED Aspherical Zoom Lens

* Nikon Auto Focus 28-200 f3.5-5.6 G IF ED Aspherical Zoom Lens (with black finish)

* Nikon Auto Focus 35-105 f3.5-4.5 D IF Zoom Lens

* Nikon Auto Focus 35-70 f2.8 Macro Zoom Lens

* Nikon Auto Focus 70-200 f2.8 G ED IF AF-S Zoom Lens

* Nikon Auto Focus 70-200 f2.8 G ED IF AF-S II Zoom Lens

*  Nikon Auto Focus 80-200 f2.8 Macro ED Zoom Lens

* Nikon Auto Focus 80-400 f4.5-5.6 D ED VR II Zoom Lens

To help with identification, the following list of abbreviations are used by Nikon to designate their products:

ED: Extra-low Dispersion

IF: Internal Focus

VR: Vibration Reduction

AF-S: Auto Focus Silent (uses a "Silent Wave Motor" to focus)

If you are looking to sell any of the items featured above, or have other equipment you would like to sell, please call us at (770) 333-4220 or (800) 342-5534.  We are currently offering top market value for your clean, used gear.  To sweeten the deal, if you send us your equipment, we'll pay for shipping!  Turnaround time is typically 24-48 hours once your equipment arrives in-house.  Once you approve our offer, we'll send you a check.  With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great time to make some extra cash or upgrade your camera gear!  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Photos of the Month

All images submitted to and chosen from the KEH Camera Flickr Group pool.  To view a photographer's profile or to enjoy a larger version of their photograph, click on the link below the image to be directed to their Flickr page.

Thank you to our Flickr members for the wonderful submissions.  Please join our group, and your photograph might be featured in next month's post!




















Monday, November 12, 2012

Behind the Scenes: KEH Camera Road Shows

In addition to purchasing used camera gear online and via telephone, did you know that KEH Camera also has road buyers that travel across the United States buying used photographic equipment?  We do!  Our road buyers travel across the country every week from one city to the next (and sometimes internationally too!) in search of used camera gear to purchase.

Through the years, we have formed great partnerships with countless camera & photo retailers across the nation.  Our partnerships have developed into successful dealer hosted buying events.  Our road buyers travel to a camera shop, and the camera shop in turn hosts a buying event at their store.  It's a great way to shop at your favorite local camera shop, and sell your used photo gear to KEH at the same time.

KEH will generally have a table set up in the camera shop where customers can bring in their photo gear for sale & receive a quote from our road buyer.  Our road buyer will do a quick evaluation of the equipment and provide an offer on the spot for the used photo equipment.  If accepted, you walk away with a check!

Our road buyer Everett at a dealer hosted buying event.

Attending a buying event is a great way to sell your used equipment without the hassle of selling it online, and the worry associated with shipping it across the country (and it arriving in one piece).  Another benefit to attending a buying event is the dealer will oftentimes offer a trade in reward.  What this means is, if you decide to receive store credit at your local camera shop instead of a check, you will receive a bonus amount added to the price KEH will pay for your used gear. 

If your local camera dealer is hosting a KEH buying event, all you need to do is bring in the camera gear you have for sale, and a valid ID.  KEH will handle the rest!  Since the buying events are popular, there may be a wait from time to time to see our road buyer.  What we try to do to help alleviate the wait is offer an appointment only day, typically the day before the advertised buying event days.  We recommend checking with your local camera shop before an advertised event to see if they are offering an appointment only day, and they will be happy to schedule a meeting with a KEH road buyer.

In addition to dealer hosted buying shows, our KEH Camera road buyers attend many different industry related events.  We are present at annual photo conventions such as WPPI and Photo Plus Expo, as well as many other photography related shows throughout the year.  Some conventions may be open to members only or require a registration fee, but the trade shows are almost always open to the public.  Depending on the convention, the trade show may be free to attend.  Sometimes there may be a small fee, and other times attendance may be free with registration.  

Our road buyer Justin at the 2012 Photo Plus Expo in New York.

Expos and trade shows are a fun way for photographers from professional to amateur to see what's new in the photo industry. It's also a great way to visit with a KEH road buyer and sell your used camera equipment too! We have a booth or table set up at every trade show we attend, and we are able to offer a quote on the spot for your used photographic equipment.  Just as with dealer hosted buying events, if you accept our offer, you will walk away with a check in hand!

Our road buyers also frequent other photography related events, conventions and camera club meetings in search of used photographic equipment.   Sometimes we even host buying events at local hotels in an area we will be visiting.  KEH hosted events are always free and open to the public.  Our goal is to reach as many people as possible, and make it as convenient as we can for you to sell your gear to KEH.

Keep in Touch:

If you are interested in selling your used camera gear & want to know if KEH will be visiting a town near you, we have several ways you can stay in touch.

* The best way to receive updates is to sign up on our email list (sign up by clicking here).  We send details via email regarding our buying events to customers in the local area of a show location.

* Our road show schedule can also be found here on the KEH Camera Blog.

* Our road show events are also available on our Facebook Events page located here (you do not need to be a Facebook member, or even logged into Facebook, to view the main page listing for our events).

Tips:

Some handy tips to keep in mind if you would like to attend a buying event & sell your used camera gear to KEH Camera:

* KEH only buys used camera equipment at shows, we do not sell.

* If you cannot attend a buying event, have too much gear to transport, or have an estate sale, please contact KEH via email or by calling (770) 333-4220.  We will be happy to assist you with making arrangements to sell your equipment.  For large quantities, we may even have a buyer meet you before or after a show when at all possible.  

* Prices on camera gear can fluctuate depending on supply and demand.  If you are thinking about buying a new camera, it may be beneficial to sell your camera before the latest model is released, as buy prices generally drop once a newer model is available on the market.   

* We are not always able to make an offer to purchase certain older or broken items.  However, we will certainly be happy to help you recycle the items in an environmentally friendly manner if you would like to donate them to KEH.

Since 1979, we have earned the trust of customers worldwide by paying top market value for clean, used camera gear.  We hope you will stop by and see us the next time we are visiting a town near you!
~L.M.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reminder: Free Shipping Ends Tonight!

Just a reminder that FREE shipping ends tonight at midnight Eastern time!


To qualify for free shipping, simply place an order of $100.00 or more of USED photo gear by midnight Eastern time tonight, and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States.  International and expedited shipping orders will receive a $9.95 credit towards shipping costs too!

This is a great time to stock up on photo gear for the holidays!  Click HERE to start shopping!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Free Shipping This Weekend!

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy FREE shipping all weekend! 

Avoid the crowds, long lines and out-of-stock item disappointment by ordering today.  Plus, as an added bonus, you get to save!  Don't miss out!


To qualify for free shipping, simply place an order of $100.00 or more of USED photo gear between Friday, November 9 and Sunday, November 11 (promotion ends midnight Eastern time), and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Are you placing an international order, or perhaps looking to upgrade to expedited shipping? No problem! We will credit $9.95 towards your shipping costs!

Visit us on the web at www.keh.com or give us a call at (770) 333-4200.  Our friendly & knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to assist you!  Phones are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Photo Contest Reminder!

Don't forget to enter our Photo Contest for a chance to win a $200 KEH Camera gift certificate!

 
The last day to enter is Monday, November 26.  Click here for more information, details and rules.

Good luck!