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Impress your video-shooting loved one, or treat yourself to the gift of an on-board monitor. Mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, and action cameras are popular, compact choices for capturing video, but most lack a good-sized, high-resolution display screen. Look to "on-board" or "on-camera" monitors to fill the gap—most offer 5 to 7" display screens, with some also doing double duty as recording devices....
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It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air crisper, and the foliage is starting to change. I’m talking about fall and my favorite holiday—Halloween! Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, skeletons, witches, and anything that goes bump in the night. As a kid, I loved going trick-or-treating with family and friends, and some of my favorite memories were of the houses in my neighborhood...
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While specific bags are a matter of taste, you don't have to sacrifice style for solid protection of your camera gear. If you are looking for a fashionable camera bag as a gift for yourself or your favorite photographer, here are some camera bags that allow for practical protection of expensive gear and...
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Whether you’re a casual gamer, a hardcore veteran, a streamer, or just a member of the general populace, you’ve probably heard of the game Fortnite, from Epic Games. From the Fortnite Dance Challenge to popular Fortnite streamer Ninja (real name Tyler Blevins) going on Ellen, Fortnite has become the mainstream game to play. This immensely popular game is currently the number-one streamed game on...
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Leave it to the world of photography to confuse size and speed. In lens speak, the term “fast glass” refers to lenses with large apertures. The aperture is the opening of a lens. Its size is expressed as a number that shows the ratio of the opening to the size of the lens. This number is...
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For our final installment in the 500-Series guide, we’ll be looking at the available offerings of effects in the 500-Series format. I’m also including more utility modules that aren’t necessarily an “effect,” but don’t fall under the Preamp, EQ, or Compressor categories and are quite useful, nonetheless. Specialty Modules If you are after some serious color, it’s worth checking out the...
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Like other offerings available in the 500 Series format, there is a wealth of compressors to select in this increasingly popular form factor. Ranging from unique and original designs to emulations and clones of some of the most classic compressors heard on countless albums and songs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice. This piece will highlight some standouts. Chandler’s...
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If you want to learn about 500 Series, you need to start with API. API first started producing recording equipment in the late 1960s and has been on the cutting edge of recording technology throughout the ’70s and ’80s. The company’s large-frame consoles have gone on to become highly sought after and are comparable in quality to SSL and Neve, while providing a unique and sought-after sound all...
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No matter how many lenses a photographer has, there are often lenses that we still wish for and after which we lust. There are so many options out there that choosing your next lens can be a dizzying cavalcade of manufacturers, focal lengths, prime or zoom functionality, auto or manual focusing, and price. Here, we will help you choose the best lens to fit your specific needs, or at the very...
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If you’re reading this article, there is a good chance that you’re “the photographer” in your family. While this reputation may do little to advance your chances of earning a Guggenheim Fellowship or getting your photos on the walls of MoMA, it is usually accompanied by a set of expectations from relatives during the holiday season. Among them, the all-important family portrait. If you, like me,...
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Diversification and specialization has been a major trend in photography equipment in the past few years. Panasonic has gotten its own super trio of cameras for Micro Four Thirds, helping nearly anyone find a model that works best for their specific needs and shooting situation. This includes the all-around...
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Have you ever wondered how to set up dynamic lighting for your event or party? There are several low-cost and easy-to-program lighting systems that will allow you to create beautiful and engaging atmospheres for any occasion. In this article, we’ll explore various options of available lighting equipment and DMX, the programming language developed to control lighting equipment and related...
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The Luxli Timpani is gaining a great deal of popularity, and the reason is simple: everyone in professional video production needs a bicolor 1x1 panel, and the Timpani offers bicolor, RGB color, gels, effects, and remote app control, all in one, and at a price that’s a steal. Simple...
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There’s no law that says cameras must look boring. Not that there’s anything wrong with boring-looking cameras, but there’s something to be said about a camera that turns heads out of curiosity, intrigue, confusion, or a combination of the three. The following cameras are “statement makers” that are guaranteed to turn heads and, better yet, elicit wonderful smiles. 1. Polaroid Originals 600 96...
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What is the best camera for beginners? While this seems like a straightforward question, it is somewhat complex. Giving this question some thought and considering a few options may pay future dividends as a novice photographer evolves into a photographic artist. One certainty is that an entry-level camera should be easy to use, convenient to carry and employ, as well as being intuitive, while...
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