Chandler Griffin's feet have always been itchy. From Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, he's walked around the globe as a documentary filmmaker. His optimistic eyes peer pensively through a thoughtful camera lens. With human issues at the heart of his unique brand of filmmaking and teaching, he's partnered with UNESCO in Burundi, the Desmond Tutu HIV foundation in South Africa, and FXB in Rwanda.
Each year, millions of iPods and other MP3 players are sold around the globe. Most of them include a basic set of earbuds so you can listen to your favorite tunes right away. A lot of people keep those earbuds for years, but there are plenty of good reasons to ditch the bundled buds and step up to something better.
Many of the more interesting announcements and product rollouts found at this year's PMA show were consumer-oriented. New DSLRs making real-world debuts included the 4/3-format Olympus E-620, which makes claim of being the world's smallest and lightest image-stabilized DSLR. The new camera contains a 12.3Mp Live MOS sensor, a TruPic III+ image processor, a 7-point AF system, in-camera IS, and can capture images as JPEG, RAW, or a combination of the two. As part of the celebration Olympus also introduced a new Zuiko Digital ED 7-14/4 ASPH (14-28mm equivalent) zoom lens, which should take care of all of your wide-angle needs.
When it comes to creative control, it's handy to be able to tinker with the laws of optics when the need arises, and that's what tilt-shift lenses enable you to do. By rotating, tilting, and/or shifting the forward section of the lens, tilt-shift optics enable you to selectively expand or reduce the plane-of-focus as well as reposition the subject within the frame from a fixed camera position.
The EOS 5D Mark II, one of the latest offerings from Canon, is the world's first dSLR camera to offer Full HD video recording capability. But what if you want to capture great sounding audio to accompany your great looking video? The 5D MkII records stunning video clips at a 1080p resolution with a frame rate of 30fps, but the audio is recorded with a tiny built-in mono microphone. Thankfully the camera also includes a stereo 3.5mm microphone input that will enable you to capture much better audio than that offered by the built-in mic. Shooting video on the MkII is very easy.
As the only pro photographer in my neighborhood, I sometimes get asked to shoot a quick photo of an event or a friend at the very last minute. My studio is only 15 minutes away, but I do most of my file processing, printing, and gear prep in my home office. So I keep a small set of portable gear at-the-ready for photographing whatever pops up. This week, one of my favorite neighbors, Anna (whom I affectionately call Anna Banana) was to receive an award at school and hated her school picture that was to go onto the plaque. So, Will to the rescue with an impromptu portrait session in my living room on a Tuesday evening. Yes, even big-time pro photographers shoot portraits in their living rooms sometimes!
There is an old chestnut that goes "there's a first time for everything;" this review takes that notion and squares it. After scouring our archive of B&H newsletters, I think this will be the first dedicated review of a DVD we have produced. B&H stocks a large selection of tutorial videos, software, and books; frankly we all own at least one educational tool that we were forced to rely on when the product manual wasn't enough. The fact that I am not one for watching a lot of television is an amusing irony that should not be missed while reading this overview of the very informative Nikon School Creative Lighting DVD.
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