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A monolight is a self-contained light source in which the flash head  contains the lamp, modeling light, cooling fan and power supply, as opposed to component systems featuring separate heads and power packs, which are commonly referred to as generators, power packs or pack-and-head-systems.

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Light meters work by measuring the ambient or reflected light levels within the area you plan on photographing. Using medium gray, or 18% gray as a reference point, the meter takes this information and converts it to a combination of shutter speeds and lens-aperture openings. 

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Most underwater exploration takes place during the day, in open water. The underwater photographer can create three-dimensional-looking images by carefully balancing the ambient light of the background with the artificial light that is used to illuminate the subject.

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Electronic Flash - Electronic flash is daylight balanced (5500K, or Kelvin) and can be used for almost any studio application. When shooting with electronic flash, the actual exposure is made by the discharge of a powerful micro-burst of light, which is generated by the power pack (or generator) and output through the flash lamp head.

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Sometimes, the phrases, acronyms and strings of numbers or number-letter combinations used to talk about photographic lighting or techniques can be daunting to the uninitiated neophyte photographer. We've prepared a list of the basic terms. Have we left any out that you think should be added? Please let us know!

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Sometimes, the phrases, acronyms and strings of numbers or number-letter combinations used to identify photographic hardware or techniques can be daunting to the uninitiated neophyte photographer. We've prepared a list of the basic terms. Have we left any out that you think should be added? Please let us know!

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Some accessories in video production and HDSLR filmmaking are so essential that they transcend being just add-on gear, and become part of the camera system itself. One such item is an on-camera monitor. Sometimes referred to as a “video-assist monitor,” they’re used to help the camera operator (or assistant) focus the camera.

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At B&H we stock a number of cameras designed specifically for use underwater, and most of them are relatively easy to use. We also stock a selection of rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras that can be used―depending on the make and model―down to 30-plus feet below the surface of the water.

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Compact DSLRs and “regular” or full-size DSLRs are the Digital counterparts of traditional 35mm film cameras, specifically Single Lens Reflex cameras. Single lens reflex cameras allow you to view the scene through the camera’s lens via a mirror and prism system, i.e., a reflex viewing system. DSLR is an abbreviation of digital single lens reflex.

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A point-and-shoot camera is easy to use, usually small and light enough to take anywhere and is able to take sharp, well-exposed photographs under almost any lighting conditions for both Web and print applications, without your having to think too much before pressing the shutter button.

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Image stabilization (IS) is a terrific technology for better ensuring sharp photographs taken under less than desirable lighting conditions, especially when shooting with a slower aperture lens, which includes almost every kit zoom lens.

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Compared to traditional photo paper, i.e. silver-based photographic paper, inkjet papers include an extremely broad variety of fiber-based (and non fiber-based) surfaces. What makes any given paper specifically an inkjet paper are the coatings found in the surface.

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This all depends on what type of lighting system you currently own. If you are shooting with tungsten or other form of continuous lighting, you’re in the game. If you’re shooting with electronic flash, the news isn’t as good unless you plan on shooting video one frame at a time. Strobes are simply the wrong tools for capturing video.

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In the summer of 2008, Nikon released the D90, a DSLR with an extra feature: HD video recording. It rocked the digital photography and video worlds. Suddenly photographers could shoot dynamite video and videographers could get the look and feel of a cinema camera without the cinema camera price tag. HD video quickly became the feature to look for in a DSLR. A new category of camera was born: the HDSLR.

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This chapter discusses the many benefits that HDSLRs have to offer, as well as the limitations that have to be considered when making the choice of adopting these cameras. Each benefit or limitation needs to be weighed against the specific needs of each user. However, there will always be situations where HDSLRs may not be the most effective choice.

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