Monday, February 1, 2016

LEICA LOUNGE: with John VanBeekum | Thurs, Feb 4, 2016 | 7pm - 8:30pm

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, February 4, 2016 with Miami-based photographer John Van Beekum. John's presentation is titled EVERYMAN, a tale of personal documentary photography.
The Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photographers, editors, gallerists and educators. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
About John:
During his decades-long journey through the American photojournalism world, with stops along the way at the Associated Press in New York City, the Houston Chronicle and Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas, US News & World Report Magazine and the Washington Post in Washington, DC, and, most recently, the Miami Herald, John Van Beekum kept his sanity between daily assignments by producing a steady stream of personal documentary photography.

Van Beekum earned his Master of Fine Arts in 2015 from the University of Miami, where he is currently teaching Introduction To Digital Photography in the College of Arts & Sciences and Advanced Documentary Photography in the School of Communications.

To view more of John's work, visit his website.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

FOCUS ON THE EVERGLADES: Photo Workshop with Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill


Improve your photography while spending the day on an airboat along the river of grass learning from the pros // PLUS WIN // some awesome product from MindShift Gear​, Peak Design​, Think Tank Photo​ and Polaroid University​ plus free prints from Image Pro International​. We are good to go with two final seats available!

Join Nikon Ambassador, Ron Magill and Miami Herald photojournalist Al Diaz, January 30th on an adventure destination photo workshop in the Everglades. After photographing sunrise in Big Cypress, our guides, Houston Cypress and Cesar Becerra will lead us to our destination — a private Miccosukee Village on an island deep in the Everglades. Transportation, breakfast and lunch included.
All inclusive  |  Full Day  |  Photography Workshop  |  Space is Limited  |  Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MindShift Gear: Lightest Weight Photo Backpacks Released

Our friends at MindShift Gear just released what might be the three lightest weight outdoor photography backpacks ever.  (The new UltraLight Single 16Lbackpack weighs in at a slim 1.9 pounds, including the rain cover!)  The UltraLight Sprint 16LUltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without first having to take off the bag. The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps. The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L also include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when you wish to drop your full pack and bag a peak with even less weight.
“All aspects of the UltraLight backpacks were refined with weight in mind, including lightweight fabric, thinner webbing, lighter buckles, and shoulder straps with less padding,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer.  “This allows the outdoor enthusiast to be able to go farther and faster as they are not weighed down by their pack.”

UltraLight Sprint 16L:
·       Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses, or primes
·       Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one to two lenses
·       Fits up to a 10” tablet or most 1.5 liter hydration reservoirs
·       Nine liters of capacity for personal gear
·       Maximum lens size:
o   Mirrorless: 70-200mm f/2.8 equivalents attached to body
o   DSLR: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body
UltraLight Dual 25L:
·       Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
·       Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and two to three lenses
·       Fits up to a 15” laptop or most 2.5 liter hydration reservoirs
·       Fourteen liters of capacity for personal gear
·       Maximum lens size:
o   Mirrorless: 70-200mm f/2.8 equivalents attached to body
o   DSLR: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body
UltraLight Dual 36L:
·       Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and two to four standard zoom lenses
·       Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and two to three standard zoom lenses
·       Fits up to a 15” laptop or most three liter hydration reservoirs
·       Twenty liters of capacity for personal gear
·       Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body with 70-200 f/2.8 detached
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high-quality YKK® Fuse zippers, 100D nylon shadow rip-stop, 420D high-density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


UltraLight Sprint 16L 
External Dimensions:  (25 x 47 x 15 cm)
Camera Compartment: (24 x 14 x 12 cm)
Tablet/hydration compartment: (24.5 x 27 cm)
Volume: 16 liters
Weight: 1.9lbs (includes rain cover)

UltraLight Dual 25L
External Dimensions: (26 x 55 x 17 cm)
Camera Compartment: (23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26 x 40 cm) W x H
Volume: 25 liters
Weight: 2.8 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)

UltraLight Dual 36L
External Dimension:  (28 x 60 x 22 cm)
Camera Compartment: (25 X 25 X 16.5cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26.5 x 49cm) W x H
Volume: 36 liters
Weight: 3.3 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)


MindShift Gear ( is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrรก, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Former Miami Dolphins Running Back Larry Csonka

Last week I met up with Larry Csonka during the Miami Dolphins Fifty Seasons Halftime Presentation. I quickly showed Csonka my photo of him scoring against the Chicago Bears in 1979. Thanked him for helping me build the foundation that launched a life long career in photojournalism. That photo along with others got my foot in the door for internships and eventually a staff position at the Miami Herald. Several minutes later Csonka reacts to seeing me again as we walk off the field. B/W shot with a Canon F1, manual focus 135/2.8 from the open side end zone at the ole Orange Bowl Stadium.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL: Portfolio Review with Al Diaz, Friday December 4, 2015

ON PORTFOLIO REVIEW PANELEven though AL DIAZ was the first photographer to launch the #MiamiHeat 's #DreamTeam , and...
Posted by The Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Photography Events at the Lowe and at Leica Store Miami

Photography Events at the Lowe and at Leica Store Miami

The Arnold And Augusta Newman Lecture Series in Photography: A Conversation with Magnum photographers Carolyn Drake, Thomas Hoepker, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, and Alec Soth

Alec Soth, Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002. Copyright Alec Soth/Magnum Photos.
Martin Parr, Norman Soper who won Best Pot Leek, West Bromwich, England, 2010. From Black Country Stories. Copyright Martin Parr/Magnum Photos.
Thomas Hoepker, Muhammad ALI, boxing world heavy weight champoin showing off his right fist, 1966, Chicago, USA. Copyright Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos.
Carolyn Drake, Healing Fatigue, Tajikistan 2008. Copyright Carloyn Drake/Magnum Photos.
Susan Meiselas, Nicaragua, 1978. Copyright Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
University of Miami Shalala Student Center Ballroom
1300 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Panel Discussion: 7 pm
Reception and Book Signing (Courtesy of Books & Books)
immediately follows.
Free for Lowe Members and UM Students;
non-members $15.
Parking available at Pavia Garage (free after 4 pm).
What is Magnum? Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative. Owned by its photographer-members since its founding in 1947, this legendary collective has survived for decades by consistently redefining itself. Join us for a conversation with five Magnum photographers: Carolyn Drake, Thomas Hoepker, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr and Alec Soth.
visit to learn more about the photographers.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Constantine Manos Looking Back at Leica Store Miami

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Constantine Manos | Looking Back | Gallery Opening and Reception -
Wed, Dec. 2, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Free Event at Leica Store Miami
Join our friends at Leica Store Miami on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM for a gallery opening and reception for Magnum photographer Constantine Manos. Manos will be on hand to talk about the show and share some of the stories behind his images.