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Another year, another mid-range Nikon DSLR. Succeeding 2015’s D5500, 2017 has brought the newest iteration of the D5xxx series, with the D5600. This camera, and the series in general, is Nikon’s bread and butter, and represents a healthy mid-point in its DSLR lineup. It is not a top-of-the-line...

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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Presonus FaderPort 8, and how it can be a useful addition to any producer/engineer’s inventory. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of the FaderPort 8, including setting up the controller with different DAWs including ProTools,...
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The 3D Astronomy 8x42 Space Walker 3D Binoculars are changing the way star gazers and astronomers around the world are enjoying the night sky. These binoculars give users an immersive view of the stars and planets above in way that standard astronomical (or all-purpose) binoculars...
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The teleprompter setup consists mainly of a camera, mirror, and monitor. The mirror is a reflective glass that’s positioned directly in front of the camera lens. The monitor sits under the mirror and displays a scrolling script. The script is reflected on the mirror, and a presenter—a newscaster, for example—can read the script from the mirror while looking directly into the camera, since the...

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In the following video, photographer David Flores demonstrates the advantages of a dedicated filter system using the 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit, from Formatt-Hitech. Flores first shows us the filter holder and how to use it, including its ability to accept two 100mm...
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It’s been five years since the last Nintendo gaming console, and while the Wii U may not have been able to follow the popularity of the Wii, it did introduce some interesting ideas. The Wii U Gamepad felt like a prototype for the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-Con controllers feel like upgraded Wii remotes....
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A giant in the gaming industry, Microsoft’s gift to the gaming world was the good old Xbox. It was large, clunky, and people loved it. The selection of games was fun at the time, and that’s all that mattered because that’s all consoles were made to do. As our technology improved, we demanded more from our gaming consoles. They had to be better, faster, and have more features, all the while being...
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I am in a cave. It’s dark. Well, more like black. Pitch black, if we’re being honest; the darkest virtual cave in which I have ever found myself. I’m disoriented. I spin around, and off in the distance is a blindingly bright stream of light streaking down from above. The contrast is striking. And I mean “contrast” in a literal sense; I have an HDR-capable TV (a...
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Many serious underwater photographers travel with large DSLR cameras in huge housings. They also need a variety of lenses, ports, lights, and other accessories. As housings for small point-and-shoot cameras became accessible, underwater photography has become very popular. Above photograph:  Amanda Cotton, using Fantasea Line FRX100 IVRon Watkins In the past, these cameras had many limitations,...
by Scary Larry Neves
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Gamers around the world have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Switch, Nintendo’s latest foray into video game consoles. Nintendo has long been a powerhouse in the gaming industry, and with that great power comes great responsibility—many industry insiders believe that the Nintendo Switch is the last chance the Kyoto-based gaming giant has to reclaim its former glory. Fortunately, the...
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After sighing a deep sigh and promising myself I would not work in any puns about Apple incorporating the Touch Bar into their flagship DAW being “Logical,” I opened the Late 2016 MacBook Pro and downloaded Apple’s Logic Pro (version 10.3 is required). The two main DAWs I use are Pro Tools and Logic (where I prefer to do my programming and MIDI work), so having a familiarity with the software...

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In this B&H Quick Look video, photographer David Flores introduces Memento Smart Frames, a unique, state-of-the art 4K smart frame that enables you to display photographs digitally in a cutting-edge frame that emulates the look of traditional print photographs. Memento Smart Frames, which support...
by John-Paul Palescandolo and Patrick Chiang
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There are three stages to the film-making process: pre-production, production, and post-production. Pre-production involves work done on a film or broadcast program before full-scale production begins, and production is the act of shooting a project on film or digital media. Post-production refers to work done on a film or television show after shooting (production) has taken place, and is a...
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When 35mm reflex cameras (SLRs) began arriving on our shores 70-odd years ago, the widest focal length lenses available at the time were 35mm (about 60° AoV). Wider-angle non-retrofocus lenses existed, but because their rear elements back-focused to within 5 to 10mm from the focus plane (film or camera sensor), they proved impractical for use in SLRs, which require 35-40mm of back focus to...
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When I was a young AC, many years ago, I was day playing on a feature when suddenly a Steadicam showed up with a wireless follow focus, iris, and zoom system. Never having worked with one before and having no time to figure it out—the instructions made no sense—I did my best. But it was a horrible experience and I vowed never to give a wireless system the benefit of the doubt again. I will say...

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