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The Atlantic Photo blog is a gathering spot for our favourite customers, photographers, gear hounds, and suppliers.

Here's where we'll share enthusiasm, insider tips, and creative inspiration for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro - and we hope you'll share the same with us. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Marc MacArthur of Heckbert Studio & Gallery (Charlottetown PEI), Liam Hennessey of Applehead Studio Photography (Halifax NS), and Chris Lovegrove (Northern NB) for our banner images. We've got a diverse professional community in the Maritimes, and we're proud to be a part of it.

the APS photographer's circle

Q  |  "As a wedding photographer, what does creativity mean to you?"

A  |  "You know that ‘think outside the box’ saying? We like to get outside the box and then run as far away from anyone that seems to be gathered around outside it. We don't do the Public Gardens. Converse chucks are suitable wedding shoes for a bride, groom or photographer. Tattoos are awesome and love does not always need to look at the camera and smile."

~ Liam Hennessy, Applehead Studio, Halifax, NS

on the bookshelf

Portrait Photography by Mark Cleghorn

From choosing the right equipment to artful composition and making your subject comfortable, this book lays out the essentials of capturing moving and unique portraits.

The Photographer's Guide to Portraits by John Freeman

This inspiring, practical guide explores everything from composition and light to digital tweaks. Learn how to set subjects at ease, and how to photograph with all kinds of light, lenses, and tools.

Mastering Black and White Digital Photography by Michael Freeman

With this essential guide, discover how to create a stunning monotone image, and experiment with colors as gray tones, manipulating tonality for dramatic effect, and high contrast, infrared, and pseudo non-silver looks.

Mastering Digital Flash Photography by Chris George

Learn how to decrease contrast and shadows in outdoor portraits, control the light using bounce techniques, and employ high-speed and rear curtain synchronization to create impressive motion-blur images.

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

"This book is all about you and I out shooting where I share the secrets I’ve learned, just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak." ~ Scott Kelby

Digital Photography by Steve Luck

Explore the digital explosion, the difference between film and digital, and how to choose a camera wisely. Get a grasp on ISO, megapixels, post-processing, slideshows, printing, and compositional theory.

Black & White Digital Photography by Les Meehan

From basic concepts to advanced techniques, learn how to create great monochrome prints via camera calibration, white balance, and scanning equipment to emulating traditional darkroom techniques.

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Telescope Power

   Celestron PowerTank LithiumThis may sound a little strange but I was pretty excited when our Celestron shipment showed up this week.  In it was Celestron’s new PowerTank and it is one you can really get charged up about.

   Until now, if you wanted to get a power supply to run your telescope you were limited in your choices. Celestron made two, and all were wet cells.  While they worked great, they were heavy and a little cumbersome but most importantly could not be fully drained of a charge.  If they were fully drained they would no longer hold a charge and became just a big heavy door stop.

   Over the years at the store, in the field or at trade shows we would have to make sure we turned off the Power Tanks at the end of the day and diligently remember to charge them.  Otherwise, dead tank.

   Celestron’s new PowerTank is power by a lithium battery.  It lasts up to 10 hours when used with a scope, and up to 25 hours if you just want to use it for light (it offers both white and red light).  It also has a couple of USB ports so you can charge other devices like a tablet or phone.

   The other thing I like about it is the size.  Unlike the wet cell power tanks this one is relatively small and lightweight.  The smaller size and weight makes it possible to strap the  to one of the legs of your telescope – no more tripping over it in the dark.Celestron Lithium PowerTank

   Oh, and I almost forgot – you can charge and discharge this battery pack more than 2000 times.  This is a power source that is going to last just as long as the telescope you are using it with.

   We received a limited supply (more to come) but if you’d like to grab one drop by our Dartmouth store for a look and a demonstration. 

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