Many lay people and beginners believe, somewhat naïvely, that they have a pretty good understanding of microscopes. However, like many scientific instruments, microscopes come in many shapes and forms, with varying levels of intricacy and accuracy. And—much like many of the tools that have been around for centuries—as technology has advanced, so have microscopes. In this buyer’s guide, we’re... READ MORE
We’ve all seen video from surveillance cameras, whether on news programs, TV and/or movies, and via the Internet. Surveillance can and should be an important part of a physical protection system, and helps provide peace of mind to homeowners, parents, and employers, by allowing you to keep an eye on things when you cannot be physically present. However, there is an enormous range of products... READ MORE
Mirrorless cameras have been on the market for a decade, but they have really begun to make waves in the past few years. Most serious photographers would have certainly been shooting with a DSLR camera just a few years ago, but now many have traded in their DSLRs for the smaller and lighter form factors that mirrorless cameras provide. Not only are mirrorless cameras usually lighter and smaller... READ MORE
As with so many consumer products these days, selecting a projector can be daunting, since there are just so many options. However, choosing the right projector is pretty simple as long as you can supply three pieces of information:
The screen size (width, most importantly).
Distance between the projector and the screen (throw distance).
An estimate of the amount of ambient... READ MORE
Most people don’t take the time to consider what their computer is and what it does until there’s a problem. Your computer is probably one of the most important devices in your life, right up there with your car and your cell phone. You use the computer for almost everything (including reading this article), but you don’t really give it the time of day. You maintain it and understand it, but you... READ MORE
Many hobbyists reach a turning point in their craft when they decide to pursue wedding photography seriously. With the transition to pro comes the task of updating your lens kit accordingly, and most photographers would agree that investing in quality glass is essential. Unlike the rapid turnover of DSLR bodies, lenses will last for years and can make all the difference in creating truly... READ MORE
Through the late 1980s and 1990s, while hip-hop and grunge music took over the airwaves, another revolution affected nearly every listener, manifested in the way they consumed their favorite songs. The home stereo system, once a modular system of silver-plated and vacuum-tube-driven components devoted to high fidelity, or Hi-Fi, was replaced by “mini-systems” and “boom boxes;” all-in-one... READ MORE
DSLR cameras represent what are often considered the preeminent digital capture technology available today through their meshing of the highest image quality, speed, intuitiveness, and modular capabilities to suit nearly any type of photography imaginable. Being the first step toward serious photography for many, or simply additional tools or upgrades for the veteran, DSLRs cover a broad expanse... READ MORE
The gift-giving season is upon us. Chances are you’re one of the millions of people shopping for a new digital camera this year. Whether for a friend, a loved one, or you’re simply spoiling yourself, tackling the ever-changing and expanding market can be daunting.
So where to start? There’s no overly specific technical formula for buying a camera. Be sure to do thorough research and ensure that... READ MORE
It happens every holiday. I go racing down every aisle of every retailer in my neighborhood in a mad frenzy, competing with other harried parents as we search for that perfect doll or remote-control automobile, or remote-control doll or whatever the television has been screaming at my kids to buy. And in that insane crush, I always ask myself, “Am I buying the right gift for my kids? Will it last... READ MORE
We live in a digital age in which our mobile devices are capable of capturing high-quality images. But remember when a camera was just a camera? With all due respect to technology, let’s ensure that the children of today and tomorrow grow up understanding and appreciating cameras in their own right. There are future artists and perhaps future legends among them, and we want to nurture their gifts... READ MORE
Whether shooting a DSLR or mirrorless camera, interchangeable-lens cameras significantly broaden the photographer’s range of creative possibilities. There’s a good chance that the kit lens included with your camera was a zoom lens that offers a zoom range suitable for most of your initial photographic pursuits. A fixed focal length camera lens, or "prime" lens, offers a great way to improve the... READ MORE
The goal of this article is to help you narrow your choice of options, pick through what is important to you, and make it easier to choose the right tripod to suit your needs and your budget. For the purposes of this article, the term "tripod" is used to include the head and legs, with each component being discussed separately. Price, of course, is always a determining factor in your choice, but... READ MORE
Once upon a time, laptop PCs were considered to be the lightest, fastest mobile devices available. This was back when laptops weighed almost eight pounds and were about two inches thick when closed. Along came cellular phones, which also, at their inception, weren’t that portable either. As technology progressed and microchips became faster, lighter, and more energy efficient, cellular phones... READ MORE