Winter Warmerland: Winter Gear to Beat Back the Cold

I hate to be the one to say it, but winter is just about here and now’s the time to get ready for it. It feels like I just wrote my beach gear article, but here it is… the end of November and I’m wearing boots and sweaters to work. But winter shouldn’t be a depressing time—sure, the days are shorter and colder, but we have holidays and snow days and skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, and football (and, of course, tailgating). There are plenty of great activities to do, even if it’s just walking down a quiet street during a blizzard to listen to the silence.

Be Prepared to Find Your Way to Safety

We’re spoiled these days—there’s no denying it. With so many of us outfitted with dedicated driving GPS units in our cars and smartphones in our pockets, getting lost is a fleeting occurrence that is, at worst, a minor annoyance. The trouble with relying on all that technology is that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, cell towers may not work and you might not be able to recharge the electronics that you’re using to navigate.

Introduction to Portable Power in the Field

Some people are content to leave technology behind (or at least turned off and stowed away unless there’s a dire emergency) while others need battery-powered devices to keep their kids quiet and maintain contact with Civilization because of work or other obligations. Others simply like to go glamping and just get away for a bit without sacrificing all the things that make our modern world awesome—like cat videos and YouTube comments.

10 Essential Tips for Night Photography

Making pictures by night is a curious practice. While specialists of this subject embrace it as a deep-seated passion and have a never-ending quest for technical and creative advancement, those more familiar with daytime photography are often unaware that tried and true photography rules often need to be adapted or even overlooked at night. With this in mind, consider the following tips the next time you venture out in the darkness, to help you to adapt.

The Pre-Game Party: Essential Tailgating Gear

I went to my first NFL game when I was about 14 years old—and I went with a group of fairly affluent people who were also raging superfans. We drove to the game in a purpose-bought touring van with a custom interior, complete with a team-matched color scheme, a refrigerator, card table with six swiveling captain’s chairs, a hot plate, and microwave.  As a naïve kid who wasn’t that much into football, I figured going to the game like that was the exception rather than the rule. Then we got to the parking lot and, boy, was I wrong.

What Do You Do When the Lights Go Out?

What do you think of when you hear the word “Preparedness?” It’s a subject that gets an increasing amount of attention. Popular entertainment has glamorized radical climate change, technology gone wild, and other "disaster" scenarios. While Hollywood has entertained us with these, the reality is that we are much more likely to have to deal with something more simple and common.


Flashlights You Never Knew You Wanted

The ubiquitous flashlight is such a part of the modern world that few give it much thought. Except for select professions such as law enforcement, the military, or certain trades, most people only think about flashlights when a storm is coming and they realize that the batteries are dead. That there are so many configurations, switches, and uses, makes this common tool an excellent gift choice.


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.

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