Holiday 2012

Holiday 2012: Ultrabooks

Ultrabooks are more than just glorified netbooks or tablets with keyboards attached to them. They don’t sacrifice performance just to fit in your book bag. In fact, Ultrabooks find that perfect balance between fast, reliable performance and ultraportability.

Holiday 2012: Using Video Filters

This video from B&H surveys various optical filter options for video production. Mia McCormick discusses the basics of neutral density filters, circular polarizing filters, UV filters and soft effect filters. You’ll learn about the unique benefits of using an optical filter during the capture process—benefits which cannot be replicated in post production.

Holiday 2012: Digitizing Your Analog Media

As technology advances, older analog media is always in danger of becoming antiquated. Those slides, film negatives and prints from historical family events, rites of passage and vacations, the VHS tapes of your kids' first steps, or your favorite cassette tapes from the late 1970s have all been rendered obsolete by digital media.

Holiday 2012: DJ Controllers

Everyone wants to be a DJ these days, and with good reason—DJs are cool. Movie stars are doing it. Sports stars are doing it. Guess what? You could do it, too.

Holiday 2012: IPS Monitors

IPS monitors are high resolution computer monitors that provide clear images and accurate color from almost every angle you happen to view. They are normally a tool for pro photographers, printers, graphic designers and post-production professionals who demand exacting contrast, details and color replication.

Holiday 2012: Surveillance Toys

You can’t go anywhere these days without your every movement being caught on a surveillance video. Gas stations, department stores, banks—everyone has their electronic eye on you at some point. While most of the surveillance out there is greatly beneficial to law enforcement, some surveillance video is of a more personal nature.

Holiday 2012: Earphones versus Noise, from Isolation to Cancellation

Earphones, not to be confused with earbuds, have one major advantage over headphones when it comes to blocking out ambient noise, they go directly in your ears!  Because of this simple fact, every model of earphone will isolate the ear canal to some degree.

Holiday 2012: Six Apps for the Sony NEX 6

The Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera gracefully straddles the line between compact point-and-shoot and DSLR and in doing so, demonstrates why mirrorless cameras are becoming more and more popular with serious shooters.

Holiday 2012: Game On!

I know you’re probably out there right now looking to purchase me your usual assortment of socks and sweaters as holiday gifts, but I was hoping this year to leave this letter on the kitchen counter and have you read this before you went shopping.

Holiday 2012: Tethered Shooting

Before talking about a number of tools, tables and accessories that will improve your tethered photography, let’s just be clear about what we mean by tethered photography. Of course, like so many things, it’s not as complicated as it might seem.

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