Shotgun Microphone Roundup

Shotgun microphones are used to capture sounds such as dialog in film and video productions, for “spot” miking specific areas on sets, stages and installations, and for creating Foley and sound effects. 


On-Camera Monitors

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.

Essential Gear for the Working Pro

As a working photographer, the center of the universe is your camera bag and its contents. Your cameras and lenses are the tools of your trade. As you may have noted, both are mentioned in plural because just as you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a backup parachute, you shouldn’t attempt to photograph an emotionally spiked, non-repeatable event armed with only one camera.

People, Get Ready! Pre-Ceremony Photos

Making pictures of the bride as she prepares for the wedding requires spontaneity while catching the decisive moment with a tactful attitude. A wedding day generates tensions on all sides—and as a neutral third party you should be an understanding, positive force for the duration.

The Wedding Photographer's Guide to Outdoor Lighting

With the right tools, outdoor wedding photography can be a nice contrast to the more formal, controlled-light look of photographs taken within the confines of a catering hall or other wedding-centric indoor location.

Wedding Photography Tips: Softening Your On-Camera Flash

When aimed at people, the on-camera flash can often produce ugly and blown-out photos, something that won’t look attractive in a wedding album. Whether shooting indoors or outside, Joey Quintero provides several quick and easy solutions for enhancing wedding portraiture using flash modifiers that can deliver a flattering and soft light to your subjects.

Protecting Your Photo Gear When Traveling

Regardless of whether you’re a pro or a serious enthusiast, chances are you value the investment you’ve made in your photo gear and you try to keep it in tip-top shape, cosmetically and otherwise. Keeping your gear safe and protected when traveling can be particularly challenging, especially when your travels take you to places that involve trains, planes or automobiles, unpaved roads, steep climbs, sand, rain, humidity and other forms of wet and wild stuff.


Caring for and Cleaning Your Electronics

Cleaning resolutions spring eternal, but when it comes to protecting the investment in your flat-panel TV and other components, you’d be wise to follow through with a little preventive maintenance.

Pearstone FireWire Cables

Why pay more for quality FireWire cables now that Pearstone has rolled out a full selection of 4-, 6- and 9-pin cables in various lengths? The IEEE 1394 interface has long been favored by video and audio pros for connecting portable equipment like camcorders to computers. But misplacing a cable or not having the right cable with a 4- to 6-pin connection, for instance, can trip up anyone.

Using Lavalier Microphones with Recorders

The built-in microphones on portable digital recorders are great for recording ambient sounds and live music, and their line-level inputs are really handy when you need to connect a mixer. But how about taking advantage of the external microphone input on your recorder? Using tiny lavalier microphones with portable digital recorders opens up a wide range of creative recording possibilities. Check out this article to learn about the interesting things you can do with this gear. 


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