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One of the most underrated and possibly least understood tools of the macro world is the bellows. Seemingly antiquated and perhaps intimidating, a bellows is, simply put, a flexible tool that adds distance between a lens and your camera body to decrease the minimum focusing distance and increase your reproduction ratio. A bellows functions on the same concept as the more popular genre of...
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There are many different macro lenses on the market today, with focal lengths from 15mm to 200mm. Most of them hit the same 1:1 magnification ratio that gives shooters the life-sized reproduction they want for superb close-ups. With so many options to choose from, how should you go about making your decision? To...
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Close-ups taken with wider-angle lenses also expose subtle detail, but by framing your subject in its surroundings, you also create a narrative to go along with the visual detail. “Normal” macro photographs expose detail, ultra-wide-angle close-ups tell stories. Photographs © Allan Weitz Macro photography is fascinating in the way it enables us to focus on the kind of subtle details we seldom...

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In this B&H Event Space video, Eileen Rafferty discusses the significance of the creative muse, and its importance to the artmaking process. After a brief overview of the creative muse in ancient history, Rafferty introduces three artist-muse pairs from 20th Century photo/art history, examining the range of influence the muse can play on the artist, and how this influence manifests in the...
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Have you ever looked at digital vacation photos from years past and come across a photo from that cool town in Southern France? Or was it Northern Italy? Or was it another cool town in Southern France? One way to help your memory is through adding a geo-tag to your photographs. This is easy to do and accomplished in different ways based on the gear you have at your disposal. For those who don’t...

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In this video, photographer David Flores explains how to capture photos through a spotting scope with a smartphone—a process known as digiscoping. Using the 20-60x80mm Vanguard Endeavor XF and the...
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Casting is one of the most crucial elements of your film—casting the right actor to play the role can make your film, and casting the wrong actor can break it. It is easy enough to get actors interested in your film, and you don’t have to be limited to friends and family unless that is the aesthetic you are pursuing. There are lots of actors, and lots of people who want to be actors, and want to...
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Working with a fluid head can be a joy. When set up with your camera properly balanced, it is a boon to your production. However, when set up incorrectly, operating your tripod can be a nightmare. I remember when I just started out shooting, I acquired an Akely Gyro head. It was built for 35mm cameras way back in the early 1900s and used gyros to smooth out operation. And there I was, trying to...
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Memory cards—like memories—come and go all the time. Most people who shop for memory cards do so for storage, but there are many other reasons to buy a memory card. Here’s a short profile of some memory card shoppers, some recommendations, and even some tips on how to shop smart.
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Every so often it is a good idea to sort through all your gear. With winter releasing its grip and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to assess what you have, what you’ve lost, give it a good cleaning, and figure out what needs repair, what needs replacing, and what you should just shed. If you are a gear junkie like me, the thought of getting rid of any piece of gear probably...
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Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s also a great for networking with new coworkers and people you’ve just met. However, you should always control who can see your profile and what you post. We’ll go over how you can improve your privacy on three of the most popular social media platforms. Facebook Facebook’s privacy settings can be a bit confusing....
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We spend a lot of our time online browsing Facebook, tweeting Tweets, snapping Snaps, and posting selfies on Instagram. And that’s not all. We also rely on emails, online shopping, banking, and plenty of other services and websites. What this means is that your information is hardly yours anymore. Sure, the sites you visit can claim they’re safe and protected, but how much trust do you place in...
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Data breaches and unsecure networks are serious business. When a gigantic corporation like Yahoo or Home Depot can’t prevent unwarranted access to its data, what hope does a private citizen, armed with a router and a cheap spyware program have to protect their valuable information? Last year, data breaches reached an all-time high. According to the Identity Theft Research Center, data breaches...
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Any form of security or protection is only as good as its weakest link. When it comes to cybersecurity, that weakest link is almost always people. As convenient as it is to blame security breaches on smartphone or computer operating systems, people are usually the ones to blame for security mishaps. It doesn’t matter whether your computer web browser is vulnerable to viruses if you download and...

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Recorded live in B&H’s booth on the NAB 2017 show floor, this panel of five industry experts—Larry Thorpe, Ted Kenney, Don Sperling, Jeff Jacobs, and Ken Kerschbaumer—discusses modern reality and sports productions. When anything can happen at any time during the production, many different considerations must be considered to ensure a balance between quality and quantity, and all the...

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