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Just as image stabilization can make the difference between a sharp handheld picture and a blurry handheld picture, remote controls can make the difference between sharp and not-so-sharp pictures taken with a tripod-mounted camera. And that's because even if your tripod weighs more than your neighbor's Great Dane, manually pressing the shutter button can makes things move and things that move can easily result in shaky-looking pictures.

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3 years ago
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The good news about your DSLR's pop-up flash is that it's right there whenever you need it. The bad news is the light it produces is harsh, prone to weird shadows and red eye and seldom—if ever—flattering. To right these wrongs, Light Scoop has introduced a pair of mirrored bounce attachments designed to soften the blow of your pop-up flash.

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3 years ago
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It’s impressive how news crews can descend upon a scene and broadcast live video within minutes of their arrival. This is made possible in part by the use of wireless broadcasting equipment that can put you on the air in no time. 

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3 years ago
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One of the greatest inconveniences any professional videographer ever has to deal with is getting all their gear to the location in fine working order. There’s a lot to carry, and it all must be properly protected during transit, especially if air travel is involved.

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3 years ago
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Panasonic has added a trio of new guns: a Lumix G 14mm/2.5 ASPH wide-angle, a Lumix G Vario 100-300mm/f4-5.6 OIS super zoom and most intriguing of the three, a "two-eyed" Lumix G 12.5mm/f12.5 3D lens designed to capture 3D imagery when used with Panasonic Lumix G series cameras.

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3 years ago
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For those in need of an inexpensive, easy-to-use flatbed scanner for copying documents and flat artwork, Canon offers you two choices, and both are priced well under $100 with enough change left over for a nice dinner and a movie.

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3 years ago
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People love National Geographic magazine, the TV specials on PBS and the many different TV programs on the National Geographic Channel for the fabulous photography and videography. Perhaps, if you carry your gear in a National Geographic camera bag, a bit of that National Geographic perfection will shine through in your own work. 

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3 years ago
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Flip Video has unveiled its fall line of UltraHD and MinoHD pocket camcorders. Most models now have built-in image stabilization and capture video at 720p/60 frames per second. The UltraHD 2-hour version (black or white) debuts the FlipPort, a proprietary connector that can be plugged into specially designed accessories including external microphones (wired or wireless) for audio pickup close to the subject and external batteries for extra power.

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3 years ago
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Though video capture has become a standard feature in many DSLRs, capturing decent video remains elusive to many newbies simply because shooting video requires more thought and practice than shooting stills. A key to successful  video capture is a proper support system.

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3 years ago
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Nikon's new AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2 ED VR II is the latest in a series of 200mm f/2 optics that Nikon has been producing for many years, and pros who need glass that's long and fast will truly appreciate the latest incarnation of this Nikkor classic.

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3 years ago
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For photojournalists, wedding photographers and others who often find themselves shooting stills or video under less than desirable lighting conditions, the new Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G completes the trifecta of Nikkor high-speed hotties that include Nikon's previously released AF-S 85mm f/1.4G and AF-S 24mm f/1.4G.

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3 years ago
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Lots of great new prosumer cameras have been announced recently, and if you thought you had settled on the one to buy, think again—it's time to add the new Canon PowerShot G12 to your short list. Had you decided to buy a Canon G11, but haven’t yet made the purchase? You're in luck, because Canon took the already fabulous G11, polished it just a bit and announced the new PowerShot G12.

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3 years ago
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Olympus has cranked up the performance levels of its professional camera lineup in the form of the Olympus E-5, a solid, magnesium-alloy FourThirds-format DSLR that can capture high-res stills (JPEG, RAW or JPEG+RAW) at up to 5 fps of continuous shooting as well as HD 720p video with PCM linear audio (mono on camera or stereo via 3.5mm output jack and optional stereo mic). 

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3 years ago
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 I have been using Kata bags for a while now. To haul my lighting gear, I was using the Kata OC-88. However, I found that it wasn't quite long enough to fit light stands or a portable backdrop. So, my photographer-husband, Andy Dunaway, did some research and found a good fit for me - the Kata OC-97. It's long enough to fit two of my Manfrotto Stacker Light Stands, an Elinchrom Rotalux softbox, an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger pro set, some Lastolite Tri-grips, five Nikon SB-900's and more.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

School started last week in the New York area. That means lots of people, students and teachers alike, are in the market for new notebook computers. Fujitsu’s product lineup is so comprehensive, there’s a model that suits everyone’s needs. I’m going to go over some of Fujitsu’s lineup and, in the spirit of how kids are lined up in school—at least when I went—I’ll cover these portable computers in size order.

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3 years ago

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