In the past five to six years, camera technology has advanced by leaps and bounds and, in that time, cinema-quality video has become significantly more accessible. Consider the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. This camera has a Super-35mm-sized sensor with a global shutter, and it... READ MORE
One idea that resonates for me, having worked as a Sound Mixer for many years, is that there is no one way to do anything. Putting a lavalier microphone on talent is a skill that requires as many “solutions” as you can possibly devise. The person with the largest number of options and... READ MORE
If you use a speed light on your camera, chances are that at some point you will move that flash off your camera and, when you do, a whole new world opens up before your eyes. You’ll start to have dreams of umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors, light stands, beauty dishes, and other light modifiers that can turn a... READ MORE
With all of the technical considerations that go into choosing a digital camera, it's easy to forget the strap. You get one with your camera, but it looks like an afterthought—a functional necessity with no style. If it were a fashion statement, it would be the equivalent of wearing black knee socks with a cocktail dress—functional, but less than attractive.
You can easily improve this situation... READ MORE
Storage space in the digital realm is similar to a reality TV show about people who hoard too many belongings—a computer’s internal storage is crammed with so much data that an external storage drive is necessary for providing additional space. The myriad choices can be a bit overwhelming for the average digital pack rat, and squirreling away images of every angle of your kid’s fourth birthday... READ MORE
If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Writing files directly to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With the ever-increasing data-transfer demands brought on by more megapixels, higher audio bit rates, and higher-... READ MORE
Many interchangeable-lens cameras, be it DSLR or mirrorless, are sold today with what we call "kit" lenses. Current kit lenses, in general, thanks to computer technology and advanced manufacturing techniques, are more capable and of higher quality than those of yesteryear. However, many of us who use interchangeable-lens cameras feel the gravitational pull of other lenses that are not yet in our... READ MORE
No matter what you're using to shoot video these days—a mirrorless hybrid, a DSLR, or a more traditional palm- or shoulder-mount camera—you are capturing both moving images and sound. Although more emphasis is placed on the visuals, the importance of sound should never be overlooked. There are a great number of things you can do to improve the audio quality of your video productions, and using a... READ MORE
One day, while you're putting the final touches on a big project and sipping your coffee—black, unsweetened, like nature intended it to be consumed—it dawns on you: you're working from home for a living, and you’re actually living. You've made it. Congrats! Now it's time to flesh out that dream and put the pieces in place to build the ultimate home workspace you never thought was possible.
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When someone describes themselves as an audiophile, it is easy to immediately imagine an elaborate home setup, with expensive speakers, pricey amps and cables, audio receivers, and turntables. However, listening habits change over time, and for those with long daily commutes to school or work, more and more time spent listening to music is spent while on the go. Thankfully, there are a number of... READ MORE
Purchasing a laptop for yourself or a loved one this holiday season? It’s not an easy decision. You have to ask yourself what you need the laptop for—some heavy writing, with a little entertainment thrown in? How about some heavy graphic design with an emphasis on gaming? Or, how about you go all grown up and get a laptop that can handle a heavy workload, no frills included?
The buzzword this... READ MORE
No matter how experienced the bird watcher in your life may be, there is almost certainly something missing from that person’s rig. Whether it’s a new set of compact glass or an accessory to round out their bag of tricks, this is a gift opportunity that should not to be missed. This year, instead of giving your friend or family member a gigantic tin of flavored popcorn, give them a gift that will... READ MORE
A camera is only as good as the eye that sees behind it, and the eye is just an extension of a photographer’s point of view. In this article, we highlight four photographers with very different points of view: a mountain landscape photographer who hangs on the edges of cliffs at the Everest Base Camp; a globetrotting dance photographer; an editorial photographer who captures the quiet interiors... READ MORE
Making the leap to 4K video is more exciting and affordable than any major video-format shift in recent history. Mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic GH4, Sony a7S... READ MORE
Figuring out what young people want used to be fairly a mysterious process, but these days, it's a bit more obvious. Electronic gadgets are found in the pockets and at the fingertips of students far and wide. Below, we've compiled a list of gift suggestions, all of which are compact and portable, making them ideal for dorm rooms and small apartments and allowing for easy transport. Whether the... READ MORE