Video Gift Ideas for Less Than $100

No matter what time of year, there always seems to be a party, occasion, get-together, or something that calls for some kind of gift. Last-minute panic gift-getting often leads to questionable choices that may cause you to be excluded from the next party or two—hey, the drug store was closing and all they had left was a combination manicure/toe-nail fungus kit and I didn’t want to show up empty handed. So, don’t let this happen to you. Read on for a guide to some of the best video-related gifts for less than $100, suitable for most any occasion.

Top 10 Photographic Items for Non Photographers

With so much gear to choose from, it’s not easy for the non-photographer or beginning photographer to know where to start. And as hard as it is for the non-photographer, it’s even harder for the person buying them a holiday gift. So, to make this holiday chore more fun, we’ve compiled 10 photographic items that should be as joyful to give as to receive.

Eight Timeless Tools for Photographers

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic, even in the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in today. Despite rapid and continuous evolution in the digital camera world, or constant improvements to optical design, new high-tech fabrics in bags, lightweight carbon fiber tripods, and so on, there are some photographic items out there that defy the need to evolve. They were simply perfected years ago, and are still available today to perform the same tasks they did back when they were cutting edge.

Develop Film at Home! A Step-by-Step Guide

One of the most intimidating aspects of working with film today is accessibility and availability of resources for processing. With professional labs becoming rarer and rarer in most parts of the world, except for major urban centers, one of the remaining options for the photographer pining to shoot film is to develop one’s own. The good news is, however, that developing film at home is incredibly easy, requires few tools and little space, and gives you superior results and control over what many labs could ever offer.

Back to School:17 Needs and 18 Wants for Film School

Whether you are starting a four-year undergraduate program, a two-year graduate school, or a single film-production class, you probably know or will soon realize that studying film production is different from other fields of study.

Being in a film production class is like being in a trade school; you develop tangible skills and learn best work practices that are just as valuable as the classroom theories. Film school is not just an intellectual challenge—you are making films, and to make films, you need equipment, tools, and supplies.

Classic Cameras: the 1936 Kodak Bullet and Walter Teague

Over the past few years, many cameras have been marketed as fashion accessories. Many point-and-shoots, not to mention high-end compacts and consumer DSLRs, have been available in a choice of colors—designed to match one’s wardrobe. Novel and bold as this might appear, the concept is far from new.

How I Made the Shot: Photographing the B&H SuperStore in Large Format

Assigned to photograph our headquarters, the B&H SuperStore at the corner of 34th Street and Ninth Avenue, in Manhattan, I was asked to make an image that was timeless and a unique portrayal of the building I encounter each day. While it may seem like an advantage to photograph a subject with which you are quite familiar, it also brings its own set of challenges, especially when attempting to show a new, interesting take on it.

360-Degree Video: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Cam Dual Pro Pack

Kodak continues its progressive contribution to the 360 VR industry with the introduction of the all-inclusive PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera Dual Pro Pack. Featuring two SP360 4K action cameras, a gimbal-style dual camera mount, editing and stitching software, and other accessories, the Dual Pro Pack includes everything you need to shoot and deliver 360-degree video in UltraHD 4K resolutions.

NAB 2016: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera

From NAB 2016, Paul Meyhoefer shows off the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K and how it can be used to capture panoramic 360-degree video using a single camera, and full spherical VR video when pairing two units together.

17 Macro Photos of Items in My Camera Bag

For a photographer, macro photography might be the perfect “rainy day” activity. Once you discover close-up photos of things, you realize that everything can be turned into a photograph, especially on the macro level.

All Images © Todd Vorenkamp

So, with so many “everythings” out there to shoot, what should you train your macro lens on?


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