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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
Three Ways to Do Macro Photography
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One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to expand your photographic horizons is to use your camera to explore the world on a very small scale. Close-up, or macro photography, can turn everyday objects into visually interesting images and bring a new dimension to your photography. As in almost...
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One thing many photographers learn quickly is that photography can be an expensive hobby. This is especially true if you head into a niche field and need some dedicated tools to get the shots you want. Macro is one of those specialties, and it asks you to purchase a dedicated macro lens that is generally going to be pricier than your standard lenses. Fortunately, the photo world is filled with...
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If you are a photographer who shoots on the go and prefers to travel light, artificial lighting is probably not a part of your daily carry. However, there are countless situations where a shot requires more than available light—whether as a primary source or to add fill. Luckily, there are many compact lighting solutions to keep you prepared for these scenarios without weighing you down....
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We all know that cameras make fantastic gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day (or on birthdays and holidays as well!), but what if Mom is already a photographer? B&H Photo has you more than covered! Is Mom a professional photojournalist? Or, is she the designated shutterbug for the local Scout troops? Maybe she is totally into floral macro photos. Or, is Mom responsible for the awesome family...
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Dynamic, condenser, ribbon, handheld, lavalier, shotgun… all are terms commonly bandied about when referencing microphones. One that may not be on the tip of most tongues is parabolic. If “parabolic microphone” has you puzzled, or if you need some guidance for your next parabolic microphone purchase, do read on! What are Parabolic Microphones? Whereas dynamic, condenser, and ribbon describe the...
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This year, Apple released two excellent everyday carry tablets: the iPad mini and the iPad Air. Both tablets boast qualities that make them ideal for everyday use: they’re portable, they’...
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Defining and recommending bags for someone to use every day is tough, though I will say the key to any good everyday carry (EDC) bag is that it be just large enough to fit your essentials. Taking that into consideration, I’m going to try and do the impossible and recommend some bags that creatives in various...
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Avid street photographers need, or at least want, to have a camera on them at nearly all times. Not all cameras are well suited to everyday carry. Big, bulky medium-format DSLRs aren’t going to cut it here. So, check out this list of highly capable and compact cameras that belong in your everyday carry (EDC) bag. 1. FUJIFILM X100F Of course, the...
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Regardless of your occupation or location, the things in your everyday carry (EDC) kit will often be essential to get you through the day. I have several pseudo-EDC kits in my life. I have a kit in the car, one on the boat, one in my bike pannier and, when on foot, a few items that make me feel unbalanced in their absence. Most EDC kits comprise what some consider essential gear, but if you are...
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It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the...
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When assembling a kit of lenses for photographing a wedding, one should take into consideration the location in which the wedding is taking place, the number of guests and, of course, the type of imagery you are seeking to create. To best represent a wedding in a dynamic manner, it is often preferable to have a range of lenses to achieve different perspectives of the event, rather than...
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Typically, discussions centered around introducing people to stargazing focus on children and adolescents, but I think that is too limiting. The reality is that there are as many and varied people who are interested in, and excited about, learning astronomy but are either confused about where to start or are unaware of the progress technology and manufacturing processes have made in recent years...
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One thing I really don’t enjoy when I’m out taking pictures is having to carry a tripod. My tripod came with a case, but I prefer leaving it home when I’m out taking pictures. When traveling from point A to point B, or when not in use, my tripod resides safely in its case, but when I’m out on the prowl with camera in hand, I prefer attaching a tripod strap from its ends and slinging it over my...
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As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their...
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