HDSLR Guide Chapter 6: Focus Control

Using the lens focus ring to focus is the most basic and economical way to pull focus. It’s a good way to jump into the world of manual focus and also offers the simplest, smallest and lightest setup. In many situations, however, there will be a need for a better and more refined way of controlling focus.

Scenes from the New York Photo Festival Press Preview

Yesterday, I visited the B&H Booth at the New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn, and I also attended the tour for the Press, with a group of many other reporters. During the tour, the group was taken from one gallery to another, where the works of various photographers and multimedia artists were on display. Much of the work was absolutely fascinating. Seeing photos of the work cannot compare with seeing them in person, in the environments in which they are displayed. 

The Festival takes place from now until May 15th, and is definitely worth checking out if you need inspiration or if you want to get some fresh new ideas. Here are some scenes from the Press tour—all shot with the Fuji X100.

Nikon Coolpix P500

The Nikon Coolpix P500 comes with a 36x zoom—the longest zoom available in a point-and-shoot camera today. To capture your still images as well as full 1080p video,  Nikon includes a 12MP, back-illuminated CMOS sensor that is sensitive up to ISO 3200.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography

Good street photography is able to capture fleeting moments in the streets and summarize the entire experience in one photo. Part of it is also accepting that not every photo you shoot will be breathtaking. But before you even think about any of this, you'll need to get rid of your fear of shooting, which many people have. Here are a couple of tips on how to do this.

Editor's Note: Many of the photos in this story are selections from the B&H Flickr Group. Hover over the photos to see who shot them.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 7: Monitoring

While LCDs on some cameras have a high resolution, at 3" most objects appear too small to accurately judge focus and frame a shot. It is also difficult to see the LCD in bright daylight. Most HDSLRs (except for cameras with an electronic viewfinder) disable the optical viewfinder during video/live mode, so it's of no use other than for setting up a shot before going into live mode.

Meet B&H: Portable Entertainment

In this edition of Meet B&H, we take a look at the Portable Entertainment section of the store. Here you'll find loads of MP3 players and headphones which you can test and compare before making your purchase. Click Read and Discuss for a photo tour of this section.

Calibrating the Diopter of Your Camera

Did you ever pick up your camera and think your eyes had suddenly gotten worse? In photography, there's good blur—and there's bad blur. When your diopter isn't calibrated correctly, it's bad blur. This can lead to your shooting photos that aren't in focus, because what you're seeing through the viewfinder is not exactly what the camera is seeing. Here are ways to remedy this problem.

Nikon CoolPix P300

Join us as we take a look at the Nikon CoolPix P300, a 12MP point-and-shoot camera with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor that is  sensitive to ISO 3200. This camera has the brightest lens ever on a CoolPix as well as an f/1.8 Nikkor lens with a 4.2x zoom, giving you a 24 to 100mm equivalent angle of view.

Signs That You're a Hipster Photographer

According to Gizmodo, hipsters "sort through the detritus of pop culture, appropriate what they find appealing in its quirkiness, cultivating an aesthetic that considers all, but allows surprisingly little. To be hipster is to hate." Indeed, there are photographer hipsters as well. Here's a list of some of their most common characteristics.

Photo by VMPastore

HDSLR Guide Chapter 8: Camera Supports

Motion control, to borrow a term, is another caveat of the HDSLR. Its form and ergonomics were designed to shoot stills without the need to record in motion. By the way the camera is held and where the start/stop button (shutter release) is located, it's obvious HDSLRs weren't designed for shooting video.


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