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Video Microphones

Sound presents unique challenges to both photographers and videographers alike, especially when working with the limited capabilities of a DSLR's built-in microphone system.
By David Willis
Sound presents unique challenges to both photographers and videographers alike, especially when working with the limited capabilities of a DSLR's built-in microphone system. On-camera mics are generally a low-cost, single-channel system that are lacking in professional features like balanced XLR inputs, multiple mic support and manual control over sensitivity and…

Camera Supports

Using the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips.
By Kim Castleberry
Using the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips. The key factor is figuring out what kind of shooting you like to do the most and then choosing the most appropriate option. Whether it's a tripod…

Lenses

If you're looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you're in luck.
By William Sawalich
If you're looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you're in luck. Manufacturers have spent 2012 introducing many new models from which to choose. Whether you're shopping for an extreme zoom for your mirrorless camera or a superfast wide-angle prime for your DSLR, there's literally something…

Using A Teleconverter

Get extra reach with an affordable alternative to extreme tele lenses
By Mike Stensvold
Supertelephoto lenses are really expensive, but worth it for those who can afford the cost, due to their superb optics and AF performance, and fast maximum apertures. But there's an accessory that can give those on a budget access to supertele "reach" at a much lower cost: the teleconverter. PROS…

Master Your Flash

Start with the basics to take full creative advantage of modern flash systems
By David Willis
Flashes have never been so powerful. The portable, affordable and simple-to-use units pack a lot of punch in an efficient design that can be hidden almost anywhere within a scene, making modern flashes and their wireless capabilities a particularly versatile solution, whether lighting a single subject or orchestrating a complicated…
CAMERA CAGE Make better movies using your DSLR by giving it some solid support from the Redrock Micro ultraCage DSLR. Securing the camera at three points, the handheld rig screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot-shoe and locks the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. The…

Tools For Lighting Outdoor Portraits

Gear to add fill and enhance the quality of natural light for stunning portraits
By David Willis
When working with natural light, the singular light source of the sun is difficult to control. It's a large, directional light source, which means it produces a lot of "hard" light that comes from only one direction. This results in high-contrast images with a lot of shadows. There's nothing wrong…

July/August 2012

By The Editors
DN PRIMES Expand your perspective when shooting with an interchangeable-lens camera using the Sigma Digital Neo (DN) lenses. The 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN and 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN are designed for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEX cameras. The fast primes feature Sigma's Super Multi-Layer Coating,…

Water Armour

Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It's also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera.
By Kim Castleberry
Aquapac SLR Camera Case Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It's also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera. The deeper your relationship is with the water,…

Flash Modifiers

Make your portable flash more capable of professional results
By David Willis
Whether artificial or natural, light that comes from a single source is directional and harsh, which results in images that have a lot of contrast and heavy shadows. Generally, this is unflattering to a subject, especially when working with people. Even with limited swiveling abilities and wireless control over multiple…
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