Previously, in Part 1 of this series on studio monitors, we discussed the advantages of mixing your productions on "studio monitors" instead of of "speakers." To recap, we learned that monitors will replicate the volume of different frequencies (or pitches) with far greater accuracy than speakers, and, as such, are best suited for engineers needing to to make informed decisions in their mix.
In the early 1920's a couple of German physicists were messing around with powerful magnets and thin strips of aluminum, and they managed to invent our beloved ribbon microphones. These ancient recording tools recently staged a formidable comeback in home and professional studios. Why? Because ribbon microphones deliver an uncanny smoothness that can mellow out brash sounds, and bring an old school vibe to recordings that you just can't deny.
The definition of a 'compact camera' has changed somewhat since the days of glass plates and tintypes, though the criteria for choosing a sensibly-designed and easy-to-use camera rings familiar. The following tips on choosing a good 'hand' camera were offered by Townsend T Stith back at the turn of the last century in Chapter II of his wonderful book ,'The Photographic Instruction Book' (1903, Sears Roebuck & Company).
Video-enabled DSLR cameras have become the Tickle Me Elmo's of the creative production world, but one thing Elmo isn't laughing at is the audio quality of the built-in microphones. Whether your camera has a microphone input or not, you should consider using an external digital audio recorder to handle the sound recording for your next video production. Using an external audio recorder in video production and filmmaking is often referred to as "double system." This practice requires a bit more work on your part; but if the ultimate goal is to create an excellent finished product, then capturing good sound should be a top priority.
They say you should learn something new every day. And if you're a photographer, learning new things about the tools and techniques of picture taking ultimately manifests itself in the form of better pictures. That goes for pros and amateurs alike. A trick here, a bit of common sense there, and before long your pictures start taking on quality characteristics they might not have had earlier on. And that's what 'Rules of Thumb' is all about.
Have you ever been working on a creative project on your computer and you reach a point where the work looses its spark and starts to go downhill? It's a painful scenario in which the creative potential of your digital tools somehow destroys the idea you were chipping away at. This is a problem I've struggled with, and instead of giving up on all of my digitally-based artistic endeavors and going back to finger painting, I've decided to try a new approach to how I save my work.
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