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There’s a saying in audio that goes something like, “You should never mix in cans.” There is some truth to this adage but, with the right gear and realistic expectations, you’ll find that there is quite a bit that can be done in headphones, allowing you to be productive even when you don’t have the luxury of working on loudspeakers. In my experience mixing in headphones, I've found that my...
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As we start the countdown to the event of the year, I spoke to some people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working, both inside and outside of B&H, to get a sense of what people are bringing with them to witness this amazing event. Let’s see what’s in their bags. Peter Martin CLEMSON UNIVERSITY College of Science “We are expecting huge crowds for our...
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Is the solar-photography filter a one-trick (or eclipse) pony? After the solar eclipse, does your solar-photography filter become a paperweight, a forgotten photo accessory in the bottom of your drawer, or is it destined for the classified section of a local newspaper in the path of the next eclipse? Before you retire your solar filter, know that you can use it for a few interesting things before...
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When viewing or photographing the sun, or any phase of a partial solar eclipse, remember that you MUST observe safe practices to prevent damage to your eyes and/or equipment (but mostly to your eyes).
  • NEVER look directly at the sun with your naked eyes. Permanent damage to your eyesight, up to and including blindness, may result.
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    Aiming your camera at the sun is inherently difficult due to the brightness of the sun—especially with long focal length telephoto lenses. The longer the focal length, the narrower the camera’s field of view and the more difficult it is to target the sun. One of our Explora readers, Chris Haecker, came up with an easy homemade solution that he was generous enough to share with us. Haecker is a...
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    Are you ready for the August 21, 2017 North American Solar Eclipse? You'd better be! And, if you are on this blog, you are likely going to be taking photographs of the event and, because this is 2017, you will want to share them on social media. So, here is the brief, official unofficial B&H Photo social media guide to the big show! Whom should you follow? 1. NASA and NASA EDGE Your tax...
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    As was discussed in the first part of this two-part article, my camera was producing an overexposed arc through the center of the image frame. After ruling out many possible causes by trying the camera with different lenses, settings, and in varying light, I reached the point where I...
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    It’s a cliché to even say it, but everybody has a podcast. I myself have, like, I don’t know—six? I kid. It’s more like two. With a glut of podcasts hitting the media landscape, how do you make sure yours stands out? Marketing, of course—one hopes for the viral kind. But still, it helps immeasurably if your podcast is a pleasing listen, transporting audiences from their dull lives commuting to...
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    Let’s begin with what you won’t see in this article: You won’t find the customary list of mics, their governing attributes, or a list of instruments they flatter; mics age differently, making that kind of list largely moot. Also, it wouldn’t necessarily help if you didn’t have those microphones, many of which are quite expensive. Likewise, you won’t see a right-brained crystallization of concepts...
    by Philip Nichols
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    For well over twenty years, people working with audio have seen dither on hardware, digital audio workstations, and plug-ins, yet many fear to tread near it. Some have filed it away as unexplainable and irrelevant. Others proclaim startling “truths” about its miraculous powers. The good news, or perhaps bad, is that dither will not transform your musical mud into gold, nor will it topple your...
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    Whether you’re trading stocks, playing games, or using the computer for everyday tasks, you must have felt the constraints of having only one monitor. There’s nothing wrong with using only one, and you’ve probably earned a degree in “alt-tabbing” by now, but once you get more, there’s no going back. With additional monitors, the gate to more efficient multitasking opens and that’s something we’re...
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    Hi, my name is Nick, and I have a problem. To fix the problem, I need to take certain steps, the first of which is to admit that I am powerless—specifically, I am powerless over my sensitivity to sibilance. I’m an avid listener to radio, records, singles, and podcasts, so it can be a burden: If those esses haven’t been tamed, I wince with every offending syllable. And when I listen to an old...
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    Time-lapse videos have invaded nearly every form of media in recent years, even breaking into our social media apps with the recent development of the hyper-lapse. These types of videos can be quite difficult to make, especially with the time requirements inherent in capturing and transforming a lengthy event into a few seconds of footage. They can also be some of the most stunning and...
    by Dawn M. Wayand
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    As photographers, we tend to monitor weather conditions before deciding whether to shoot outdoors on any given day. After investing thousands of dollars in a camera and lenses, we are determined to protect our gear at all costs. But if you truly think that rain or snow is an obstacle to getting outdoors and building that portfolio, you’d better think again!...
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    In these days of digital post production, filters are often overlooked as an image-control tool. But there are times when filters can be extremely useful, especially when capturing images from a drone. Common filters available for done cameras include UV, which are typically used as “protective filters,” neutral density filters (ND), which reduce light levels, and circular polarizer filters (CP...

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