MPEX Newsletter: May

Here’s what’s going on with Midwest Photo Exchange in May:

May 1 through May 25: We’re accepting submissions for our May Photo Contest through Saturday, May 25. This month’s photo contest theme is SPRING. The spring season is in full-bloom and filled with vibrant colors. This is your chance to show us your best photo that represents this beautiful time of year. This month’s photo contest is sponsored by TAMRON, a leading lens manufacturer for over 60 years. The Grand Prize is their award-winning Tamron SP70-300 Di VC USD, which delivers class-leading sharpness, brilliant color and striking contrast, and features Tamron’s fast and quiet Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) auto-focus drive and Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization. Enter now for your chance to win this awesome lens or a variety of other prizes.


Sunday, May 12: Mother’s Day! Get your favorite “mom-tographer” something she can really use. We’ve put together this handy Mother’s Day Gift Guide to give you some ideas.


Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18: Lighting for Portraiture with John WilliamsonProfoto evangelist John Williamson is returning to Columbus for a two-day intensive hands-on, portfolio-building workshop that focuses on Lighting for Portraiture. Attendees will learn about a wide range of lighting strategies and will have the opportunity to test these strategies out with a full studio set-up and professional model on the second day. This is a great class for photographers starting to move into studio and commercial work, or for photographers who simply want to learn from one of the best photo-educators around. Register here.

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Instructor John Williamson at our previous Lighting for Portraiture event

Saturday, May 18: Beginner DSLR with Tim NeumannGet in touch with all the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible. Make lifelong friends with your DSLR. This class covers basic camera mechanics, the selection of a file type, shooting modes and flash. Photographers will learn about the fundamentals of exposure and will begin to understand shutter speeds, f-stops and ISO settings. White balance, image resolution and focus will also be discussed. Students can expect to leave this class with a deeper understanding of the capabilities of DSLR cameras and how to use utilize their camera to capture outstanding shots. Register here.

Instructor Tim Neumann
Instructor Tim Neumann

Friday, May 31: An Evening with Explorer of Light Bruce Dorn.

From film to digital, and stills to video, Emmy-nominated Bruce Dorn has done it all. Dorn worked in Hollywood for 20 years as a director and producer of commercials for a “who’s-who” of Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Dorn has been traveling the world as a member of the Expeditions 7 team, documenting a two-year overland trip around the world. Dorn is one of Canon’s most active Explorers of Light, an elite group of the world’s leading professional photographers assembled by Canon to provide insight, inspiration, and education to future generations of creative photographers and videographers. Dorn’s “innate ability to recognize and celebrate subtle beauty” makes up the core of his successes as an image-maker – in any medium.

Dorn will be coming to Columbus to talk about his career and his transition from film photography, to cinematography, to HDSLR video, to what he uses now: Canon’s high-quality Cinema line of affordable, accessible professional video cameras, such as the Canon EOS C100. A champion of HDSLR’s ability to “democratize” the video-making process, Dorn’s presentation is designed to help Still Photographers feel more confident about making the plunge into HD Filmmaking. He will share how he, as a small-town photographer and filmmaker, has leveraged his hybrid capture skill-set to land projects that have literally taken him around the world.

This exclusive speaking event is perfect for wedding or event photographers looking to add video to their professional repertoire, current videographers who want to learn from one of the world’s leading digital videographers, or anyone else who likes to hear stories of travels and triumphs from a videographer who’s done it all. Register here.

bruce dorn

What about May rebates? Check out our full list of rebates here. Here are some of the highlights:

Save $50 with an Instant Rebate on Olympus PEN E-PL5 14-42. But don’t delay: this offer expires May 11.

Olympus PEN E-PL5 14-42
Olympus PEN E-PL5 14-42

Save $100 on the full-framed Nikon D600, and save additionally on select lenses and speedlights, with a smorgasbord of Instant Rebates.

nikon d600
Nikon D600

Save $100 with a mail-in rebate on Tamron SP60mm F2 1:1 Macro lens. That’s a true macro lens for less than $500, just in time for spring.

Tamron SP60mm F2 1:1 Macro
Tamron SP60mm F2 1:1 Macro

Save $150 on Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM with an Instant Rebate.

Sigma 70-200 F2.8
Sigma 70-200 F2.8

For a full list of our current rebates, click here.

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