A Holiday Special from Phottix

Happy Holidays from Phottix! Click over to the Phottix Store and pick up some stocking-stuffers for the photographer on your Christmas list.  Phottix’s award-winning Hero and Hector LiveView Remotes, Wireless Shutter Releases, Lens Caps, Cleaning Kits: Buy them all online and receive 5% off if you buy before December 24. Indulge the photographer on your…

Pushing the envelope: Photographer Michelle Garthe

Singer, actress, photographer: Michelle Garthe is talented. From a Nikon point-and-shoot in 2007 to a high-end Canon DSLR and a portraiture business, Michelle has come a long way in a short time. Her work has graced the covers of several magazines. In her own words, her passion is capturing people and still life.  What drives Michelle Garthe? How did she get started? What is her vision? Learn more about Michelle in this week’s edition of Photog Friday.

Name: Michelle Garthe

Country of residence: United States

Brief Bio: Michelle is an award winning professional singer and actress for nearly 18 years (see www.michellegarthe.com). She runs Garthe Photo Arts which specializes in babies, children, family and maternity photography in Hong Kong. Her works are seen on the cover pages of American Women’s Association of HK magazine, The List magazine, Sassy Hong Kong website, Kanga News (Australian Association of HK magazine), Time Out Magazine, walls of US Consulate Hong Kong and Hong Kong Cultural Center.  She also does graphics designing and photography for Community Advice Bureau.

How did you first get interested in photography?
It all started when my husband Lou and I took a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand in 2007. Armed with a point and shoot Nikon camera, I was fascinated in capturing its enthralling landscapes, picturesque towns and fascinating culture. I purchased my first DSLR Nikon D40 and experimented on still life photography. Then I realized I needed a camera with bracketing capabilities so I sold my D40 to my brother and purchased a Canon 450D. I experimented on HDR (High Dynamic Range), clone effects, Dave Hill effect and high speed photography. I also began studying lighting techniques as well.

New Nikon Lens and Canon 7D Antarctic extreme weather test

On the Nikon front

Nikon Rumors is reporting that Nikon 85mm f/3.5G DX Micro lens now available.

A recent post on the same site said the new Nikon D3s would be in short supply in Canada over the next six months. Nikon issued a clarification saying they don’t expect shortages unless there is higher than expected sales during December.

Two fun things: Nikon Rumors is holding a Nikon Lomography kit giveaway, and is hosting a poll: Tell Nikon what you want in the Nikon D700 replacement

News from the Canon World

Canon Rumors has a sneak peek at the new Canon 5D Mark II firmware upgrade which has appeared various places online. The rumored firmware will give shooters the ability to record 1080p video at 24 frames-per-second, and also 720p video at a blistering 60 frames-per-second.

Phottix now on flickr

You’re on flickr, so we’re on flickr. Phottix is now on flickr, one of the web’s most popular photo sharing sites. Phottix Professional Photo Accessories will be using flickr to connect with customers: Giving them a place to discuss Phottix products and show off their Phottix-related images. Connect with the Phottix Journal on flickr. If…