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Nick and Derek’s Photo Walk: March 27th, 6:00PM



Woo! It’s finally not absolutely miserable here in Indy, and that means it’s time for Nick and I to break out those cameras and get back to actually taking photos outside. Where they keep all the fresh air. And, as always, we’d like to invite you to come along.

For those of you who’ve joined us before, skip to the next paragraph for time and date. For those of you new to the notion of our photo walks, here’s the skinny: periodically through the spring/summer/fall Nick and I will arrange for a couple hours in the evening or morning to just go somewhere and take pictures. It’s nothing serious, and we pretty much never really have plans or expectations. It’s just some time out on foot with camera in hand and an excuse to try and burn a few frames. And we love it when interested people come out and do the same. Then, it’s a social thing. We talk, we chat. If you have questions, we’ll help you. If we can’t, often times there’s someone out there who can. You get to meet other local photographers, or aspiring photographers, or students, or just generally cool people. There’s never a cost to show up (though, sometimes you’ll have to pay for parking.) Sometimes we’ll bring a model out, and if we do we’ll warn you in advance. Even if we do, Nick and I make sure they get some money for their time out of our own pockets, you don’t have to bring a dime to shoot with them. But, we’ll also pass a hat around in case people want to tip them more for coming out. It’s worked well in the past, and we think it’ll keep working well in the future. Occasionally, we’ll hang around afterwards at the slightly more adult-oriented but still all ages brew pubs like Ram or Rock Bottom and have something fried and a drink, and everyone’s welcome to come to that too if we do so. We’re not actually getting paid or on the clock to do these, it’s less about selling you things and more about getting out there and, you know, just shooting. And meeting people. And having fun.

So, we’re bring the photo walk back for its fifth anniversary, on March 27th (which happens to be the exact day we started making them public originally). It’ll be at 6pm in the evening. Interested parties should meet us at the north-east corner of South and Meridian St here in Indianapolis (there’s a big lot there we Roberts employees park at, it’s pretty cheap). We’ll be there a few minutes before 6 ourselves, and we always wait around until 6:15 for stragglers before walking off. This’ll just be a classic photo walk: no models, just wandering and still life / street photography. Bring whatever gear you like–smartphone, point-and-shoot, DSLR with off-camera lighting, large format glass plates, whatevs. We aren’t judging. It’s about pictures, after all, not gear. We’ll walk for an hour or two, then Nick and I will retire up the street to Ram for a bit if anyone wants to hang around and socialize. If not, cool too. Just want you to feel welcome.

So, that’s the plan? We good? Excellent! Any questions before then, or leading up to then, hit us up in the comments, on Facebook, at my email (, or on Twitter. If you feel better having a contact for that day in case you miss us or get lost along the way, email me and I’ll give you my cell. If you call the store with questions, be sure and ask for Nick or Derek, otherwise you might get some mixed information, and we want to keep you on the straight-and-narrow.

Also, hey, a link to add this event to whatever e-calendar you use (for you pen-and-paper types, well, you know what to do):


Nick and Derek’s Photo Walk Is Back!


Quick, you. Yes you. Grab a calendar. A calendar? Paper thing, lots of boxes on it with numbers in them? Probably a picture of a dog or a cat or a sports car or a bikini girl at the top? Or a horse, yes. That’s it. Oh fine, use your phone if you like (I do). Just, find March 27th. Circle it, highlight it, draw a crown on it, or just otherwise make note to keep yourself available that evening. Because we’re back. That’s right, Nick and I are officially announcing the return of our long-missed photo walks, just in time to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our first one so many years ago. Where “so many” equals “five,” because I said that.

For those of you who are new, here’s how it works: Nick and Derek’s Photo Walks are loosely endorsed by Roberts, but in fact Nick and I are off the clock for them. Every so often we just decide to get together before or after our shifts and, well, take photos. And we invite you all to come out and join us as pals, or just generally curious people wanting to learn more. Like a club, except less organized. We’ll name a place, and a time. If you’re there, you walk around with us and take pictures of… well, whatever. We don’t judge, you don’t need lots of experience or a fancy camera. Cameraphone? Great. DSLR? Love’em. Heck, once we had a guy bring out large format film. Anything goes, everything’s cool. We try and keep them free. We’re not paid to be there, you don’t pay us to come. You might be out whatever parking costs these days, but that’s it. If we end up going some place that charges money, we’ll warn you in advance. We want everyone to be able to come out, you see.

Sometimes we’ll bring a model out, too. Nick and I will cover a small donation for their time, but we’ll also pass a hat around at the end if you want to tip them more. You don’t have to, and if you’re a student especially it can be a great way to get some experience on the cheap. We understand, we’ve been there. But if you want to chip in, cool. Again, we’ll warn you in advance if a model will be out, so you can plan.

For this first time back in the saddle, we’re keeping it retro. We’re going to do downtown Indy, no model. Just like the original photo walk. Old skoooool. We’re still hashing out details, so, expect to see more of this maybe next week. This’ll be rain or shine, so, we have to think a bit. We’ve had some bad luck in the past, but it’s always been a lot of fun. We suspect it will be again.

So, did you highlight, circle, or otherwise mark the 27th of March on that calendar yet?

Good job.

While you wait on deets, why not look through some of my photos taken during previous ones over the past five years?

Also, look, a poll! How excited does the return of our photo walks make you? We want to know, spill.

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Its Back to (Photography) School Time!

Now that kids are back in school and the semester is in full swing,  its time to schedule a class or two for yourselves.  Along with our regular event schedule of camera operational classes we offer beginner and advanced courses and fun photo walks!  The “City at Night” event w/ Jarrid Spicer is an opportunity to try your hand at night photography in downtown Indianapolis.   We have an introductory course to help you refine and improve the quality of your pictures.  If you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level, take look at our Advanced Speedlight class with John Scott.   And last but not least, the always tough situation of “Low light and Fast Action” will be covered in an upcoming class.

Roberts is committed to an excellence in education.  Let us help you make your next great image.

Happy shooting and happy learning!


Novus Select Multimedia Workshop – DSLR Filmmaking For Photographers.

Dialed in for working still photographers and the skilled amateurs looking to step up into the biz, the Novus Select Multimedia Workshop (previously the Aura Multimedia Workshop in Boulder, Colorado) is available in two flavors.

101 – a seminar on “the fundamental issues facing still photographers moving in to video and dSLR filmmaking.” This will go from 8am Saturday August 10th through 6pm Sunday August 11th.

201 – The seminar as well as a hands-on workshop running from Monday 08/12 through Thursday 08/15. Head on over to Photography At The Summit for the full scoop and registration details. Video after the break.

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink Lighting Class

We have locked in the dates for a new class.  A Guide to Understanding Light is a comprehensive and fundamental instruction in all things lighting.  This means everything from better understanding light that exists in a scene so you know how to make the most of it to breaking out the big studio strobes to completely engineering your own creative vision. 

Whether you are family shooter, hobbyist, amateur or pro, everyone will benefit from this course.  We will be using a variety of products in the second and third sessions including some of my favorite Westcott products from the Apollo line and the uLite series from the Photo Basics line.  The latter are some of the best entry level constant light kits currently available.  I just purchased the Apollo Orb with the Orb Grid for a lightweight on location portrait lighting system and absolutely love it.  

Come join us for three great evenings in April.


New Sony Camcorders at CES 2013.

CES is well underway in Las Vegas, and Sony has announced many new camcorders to their already impressive consumer lineup.

First, Sony has stopped producing  their last two standard definition models, SX45 and SX85.  The entry level, CX220 will have an 8.9MP sensor for still image, Carl Zeiss lens, AVCHD and MP4 video recording, and 60p record capable.  That’s a lot of camcorder for only $249!  The CX230 get you all that and 8GB of internal storage for $279.  The CX290 gives you optical stabilizer for $349.


Balanced Optical Steadyshot came out on last years CX760 model and it was a very impressive feature.  The lens seems to “float” as you move the camcorder around and coupled with the optical steadyshot, it’s as if you are walking around with the camera on a steadycam arm.  The problem was to get all of that you had to spend $1499.  Not anymore!  The new CX430V and  PJ430V will have that feature and are $699 and $849.  Both have 8.9MP sensor, 60P recording, GPS integration, 5.1 channel mic and mic input, 16GB of flash memory, and Multi Interface Shoe.  The PJ430V adds a projector as past models have had, but this one adds HDMI input, so you can project video/stills from other devices.

The top dog is the PJ790V.  At $1600 it is a premium price, but you get some premium doodads on it.  First, it has a 24MP sensor for great stills and unbeatable low light shooting.  Sporting 96GB of flash memory, you get hours of record time without needing an SD card.  The cool part is the projector.  They upped the brightness of the projector to 30 lumens so it should be a pretty respectable piece, unlike previous models where it was more a novelty.  With the HDMI input, you could use it as a projector for all your toys while you are on the road and bored in the hotel room.

Sony expects to ship all of these goodies in mid February.  We will know more when we get our hands on them!



Local Shooter Marc Lebryk Talks Dado, Arena Lighting, and Derby Mayhem

Shot by Marc Lebryk

A little while back, local shooter Marc Lebryk approached us about whether or not we’d be interested in helping light-up the local convention center for the Monumental Mayhem girls’ roller derby event. Now, astute readers might remember Marc from his review of the Radiopopper wireless trigger system, and a few of you might have met him at one of our photo walks. So, he’s a guy we know, and we worked out something with our own Nick Henry and rentals to get some gear out there for shooters, along with some of Manfrotto’s neat new DADO balls. And now, Marc has his blog post about the whole experience up. You should, of course, hop over there for the whole experience from a career-shooter’s view.


Canon Day 2011

It’s time once again for Canon Days here at Roberts. If you haven’t checked, we have a bunch of highlighted products in the promos section over on our site (including a special starter accessory kit for just $99.97 with any Canon DSLR purchase).

But, if that’s not enough for you, and you can make it out to Indy or Carmel this Saturday, Nov 19th, you’ll find we have even more in store (get it? in store? oh, I slay me…) In both our brick-and-mortar stores this Saturday you’ll be able to meet the Canon reps, try all the cool toys, ask questions, get answers, and enter a few special promotional giveaways for prizes like a free PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (both stores), or a photo contest to win a Galaxy Tab Android tablet (made possible thanks to Canon’s new PIXMA Pro 1 inkjet printer, Carmel store only).

So, make sure to schedule some time this weekend to come out and see us, if you can. The festivities will happen from 10am-3pm at both stores here in Indiana. How about it? You going to come out and see us?

Are you coming out for Canon Day 2011?

  • You betcha! (73%, 8 Votes)
  • But... I don't shoot Canon! (27%, 3 Votes)
  • Sadly, I can't make it. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I don't live close enough and wish the website had more specials instead. (0%, 0 Votes)
total voters: 11
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Nikon P7000 Photo Walk Full

Well! Just in time for the event itself tonight, we’ve got all our open spots for tomorrow’s event filled up. More people are welcome to come join us and shoot with whatever you like, but we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to loan you a P7000 to try (and for those wanting to enter the special photo contest, all entries do have to come from a P7000, that’s how it is). For everyone who did get a reservation in, we’ll see you tomorrow at 6pm, Holliday Park, we’ll meet out in the parking lot area and figure things out from there. Be sure to bring your own SD cards for use in the cameras, yeah?