Holiday 2012

Holiday 2012: Home Portraiture and Lighting

We took a few minutes to speak with Mr. Joey Quintero, professional photographer and lecturer at the B&H Event Space, about ways we can improve our photography, especially in terms of portraits and basic lighting techniques.

Holiday 2012: Home Entertainment Televisions and Projectors

Around 1945 or so, America’s socio-economic health was measured by personal wealth and the abundance of luxury items. It was a time of great prosperity for America. Every home had a car in the garage, a refrigerator in the kitchen, and a college savings account for the children. But what really measured how well you were doing was the purchase of a home television set.

Holiday 2012: HDSLR Shotgun Microphones

When it comes to image quality, HDSLRs offer videographers some highly desirable aesthetic characteristics. However, issues like automatic gain and loud autofocus motors have given these types of cameras a poor reputation for in-camera audio.

Holiday 2012: Straps, Vests and Belt Systems

Professionals and discerning hobbyists know you’ve got to choose the right tool for the job, and specialization is usually the key. Of course, this inevitably leads to the accumulation of a simply massive collection of cameras, lenses and every kind of accessory you could ever imagine.

Holiday 2012: Family Pictures in Low Light

As the holidays approach, it’s a good time to get your game on, in terms of all those family photos you will be taking. Getting little Junior to smile and Uncle Harry to pay attention may be the most difficult aspects of creating a shareable family shot, but there are some technical elements surrounding quality holiday photography that we should discuss now.

Holiday 2012: Accessorize the iPhone 5

Whether you’ve already upgraded to an Apple iPhone 5, or you’re considering taking the plunge, you may be curious about the various accessories that are available. Even though this phone has only been around for a short period of time, there are already many exclusive accessories for the iPhone 5, and you can bet that many more are on the way.

Holiday 2012: Camera and Lens Care

Once a new camera is chosen, purchased and received, the depreciation clock starts immediately. Regular light maintenance is important in order to keep a camera in optimal working condition and ready for any situation.

Holiday 2012: Headphones for Audiophiles

What is an audiophile? I’ll answer for myself and hope you agree: an audiophile is a music appreciater who demands and actively seeks out the most accurate listening experience available.

Holiday 2012: Pancake Lenses

Pancake lenses, those small, fixed focal length lenses that barely protrude from your camera’s lens mount, are becoming increasingly common. Based on a simple Zeiss Tessar lens design that dates back more than a hundred years, pancake lenses are popular again due to their size—they extend an inch or less from the camera body—and weight, which is usually about 3 ounces.

Holiday 2012: Action Cameras

Each year, action-camera technology continues to improve and action-camera popularity continues to grow. Most major camcorder manufacturers now have at least one action camera, and there are a handful of other companies that specialize exclusively in action cameras and accessories for those cameras.

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