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Summer is here, so why not start a vlog indoors, comfortably shielded from the sun and all its unpleasant warmth? Obviously, you’ll need something to capture video, be it a camcorder, camera, smartphone, or tablet. What about the sound, though? Often overlooked by newcomers, the vlog’s audio quality really does matter and it makes a difference to your audience, even if they don’t know why some...
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If your dad is anything like mine, then shopping for him can sometimes be tough. After all, what do you get the man who once replied to a request for gift ideas with the word, “comb.” Luckily, today’s consumer tech gives us plenty of additional options, including great gear from brands like Apple, DJI, and Bose®. Here are some of our top recommendations. Apple Watch Series 6 One thing dads...
1 week ago
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Our sun, the star at the center of our Solar System, is a fantastic subject for both viewing and photographing and humans have been viewing it since the beginning of time. A special form of solar viewing is the solar eclipse. There are few experiences in nature as awe inspiring as an...
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What is the best lens focal length for photographing the total solar eclipse? Well, there really isn’t a correct answer to that question. There are many factors involved, so let’s outline some options for different types of cameras and budgets. Above: The Hinode satellite X-ray telescope...
2 weeks ago
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Sports photography is a true test for cameras. Perhaps more than any photo discipline, shooting sports photography leaves you little opportunity for a second chance and demands that your camera works at peak efficiency. I’ll save the classic caveat that you can shoot any subject with any camera for another article, and while I encourage all photographers to start with the camera they have, there...
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Whether you’re shooting a basketball game from the sidelines or the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, you’re going to want a camera with a lens that’s fast enough to catch all the action. While some prefer the flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system with a large sensor, others dislike the bulk and weight of the gear involved. Fortunately for us all, technology has caught up to...
3 weeks ago
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There is still one basic truth about photographing sports—access is everything. Remote work aside, if you are not near the action, you will not get a photograph. Does this mean you need a sideline pass at the Super Bowl or a family member in the NBA “bubble?” No. Those are good to have, and media credentials for a Super Bowl is a professional feather in your cap, but “access” can be found in many...
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Whether you are shooting a fashion editorial, a wedding reception, or anything in between, on- and off-camera lighting can make a huge difference outdoors. Natural light is wonderful, but there are scenarios in which you simply cannot run the risk of an unexpected cloud...
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It’s no secret that a disorganized home or workplace causes stress. Recent studies have shown that our physical and mental well-being can be negatively affected by overly cluttered environments. One easy solution for combatting the stress that comes from a disorganized space is a label maker. Label makers help keep tabs on all your easy-to-lose-or-misplace items. They designate where things go,...
4 weeks ago
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Despite everything functioning in a digital world, there’s still something to be said for having hard, printed copies of important documents. Especially in the workplace, sometimes a printed form, document, photograph, letter, invoice, and so on is just what you need. And, with the workplace now shifting to home for many of us, having a printer at home is one of those necessities for making your...
1 month ago
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With temperatures rising and restrictions lifting, this summer looks to be one where we can get back together with friends and family. If there is anything more essential to summer parties than people, it's good food, and even better music. To help you get back into the swing of things, we'll look at some of this season's portable water-resistant speaker options and highlight what makes them...
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Off-camera battery mounts are popular among all types of users for situations where a direct mount isn’t available. Compact lights, for example, whether basic or professional, don’t have a direct mount for V-mount and Gold mount batteries, so clamp mounts provide a convenient solution. Below we discuss some popular jaw clamps, C-clamps, crocodile clamps, belt clips, and actual belts, all...
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One of the biggest challenges when shooting video on location, especially when you need to stay mobile for a long period of time, is how to keep all your gear powered without adding excessive weight to your rig. When I was out shooting long days handheld, there were many choices to keep the camera and accessories powered for a long shooting day. There’s a wide variety of mobile power options...
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When building a new mirrorless lens system like the Nikon Z system, camera manufacturers quickly learned that in order to get novice and seasoned pro photographers to switch to the new system, they needed to back up that system...
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