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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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For some time, Capture One has built its reputation on its efficiency and quality. Much like Phase One’s cameras and other hardware, Capture One has the aura of a truly professional tool, with few unnecessary features, but a whole lot of functionality available for nearly all aspects of image editing. Best known for its tethered-shooting feature set, Capture One has also gradually shifted into...
by Bjorn Petersen and Shawn C. Steiner
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For creatives, there is one critical computer peripheral that can completely change how you work: the monitor. Everyone will remember the first time they stepped up to a “serious” display with accurate colors, a larger area, and high resolution. As creative professionals ourselves, we were excited to take a look at LG’s new...

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According to the warranty that accompanies every Pelican Hard Case, these hard-shelled cases are guaranteed for life against everything and anything, with the exception of shark bites, bear attacks, and children under 5' tall. In this B&H Photography video, we take a Pelican hard case out on the town to see how tough Pelican cases really are.

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