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Holiday 2012: Gifts for Commuters

Commuting can be a drag if you let it get the best of you. You can stand on the train and stew over the guy bumping into you and stepping on your shiny new sneakers every time the train jerks to the left or right, or you can occupy your time listening to music, reading or even watching television shows and movies.

 

Holiday 2012: Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones and Portable Speakers

Beats by Dr. Dre has glamorized the marketplace of designer headphones. These days they are omnipresent. Andre Romelle Young (better known as Dr. Dre) has made his signature line of headphones both a status symbol and a fashion accessory.

 

Holiday 2012: 50 Under 50

Looking for a quick gift idea to give to a photography, video or pro-audio fanatic? Check out this no-nonsense list of fifty gifts that each costs less than fifty dollars. There's even stuff in here that grandparents and grandkids will appreciate.

 

Holiday 2012: Gifts for Filmmakers

Curiously, it seems that even the most ardent champions of the digital revolution cannot bear the thought of calling themselves “videomakers.” Whatever the case, let us forget the technology war for a moment and take a look at some of the industry’s secondary tools. These relatively ageless tools should appeal to anyone with an interest in the art of filmmaking.

 

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.

Pancake Lens Buying Guide

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.

Holiday 2012: Video Gifts and Gear

Holiday shopping for a professional photographer or videographer can be hard to do without breaking the bank. Most professional grade gear is justifiably very expensive, and you probably don’t want to buy someone an inferior version of something they already have.

 

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