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With temperatures rising and restrictions lifting, this summer looks to be one where we can get back together with friends and family. If there is anything more essential to summer parties than people, it's good food, and even better music. To help you get back into the swing of things, we'll look at some of this season's portable water-resistant speaker options and highlight what makes them...
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Off-camera battery mounts are popular among all types of users for situations where a direct mount isn’t available. Compact lights, for example, whether basic or professional, don’t have a direct mount for V-mount and Gold mount batteries, so clamp mounts provide a convenient solution. Below we discuss some popular jaw clamps, C-clamps, crocodile clamps, belt clips, and actual belts, all...
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One of the biggest challenges when shooting video on location, especially when you need to stay mobile for a long period of time, is how to keep all your gear powered without adding excessive weight to your rig. When I was out shooting long days handheld, there were many choices to keep the camera and accessories powered for a long shooting day. There’s a wide variety of mobile power options...
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When building a new mirrorless lens system like the Nikon Z system, camera manufacturers quickly learned that in order to get novice and seasoned pro photographers to switch to the new system, they needed to back up that system...
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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 lens's focal length. This number is...
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Whether you’re working from home, traveling, or doing a bit of both, it’s crucial to have a laptop that balances performance with portability. Having a system that suits your workflow can have a significant impact on the time and energy it takes to communicate with clients and create content in different environments. Fortunately, HP has you covered with a selection of business-class laptops that...
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Everyone should be securing their data. While you may not have to worry about that movie you downloaded from iTunes, you likely have some more sensitive data you would like to protect in a digital vault. And then you still might want to toss that into a real, physical safe. The constant threat has brought secure portable hard drives to the forefront and it seems companies are coming out with more...
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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly to or from an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With...
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Although studies show that remote work is beneficial to employees and employers, there are definitely some challenges involved. How do I set up my virtual office? What are some best practices for maintaining productivity? What kind of computer equipment do I need? To answer that last one, we’ve put together a...
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After the camera, a photographer’s next closest friend should definitely be a hard drive. Think about it. For the modern digital photographer, hard drives are the new albums full of negatives. They hold all your work and, if backups are being performed regularly, they keep your images safe and sound for many years, letting you pull up archived images quickly with speedy searches, as opposed to...
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The gaming community has grown exponentially, driven largely by the availability of high-performance gaming laptops that allow members to play and create content from almost anywhere. Whether you’re at home, a coffee shop, or events and parties, you’ll always be ready to compete or play cooperatively alongside friends with a gaming-capable notebook on hand. However, gamers are as diverse as the...
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If you ask most consumer-camera owners why they keep a filter on their lens, a majority will most likely reply, “For protection.” Although filters do, in fact, protect the surface of your lens against dust, moisture, and the occasional thumb print, the primary function of lens filters is really to improve the...
The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm
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If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “A 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens, or “Nifty Fifty,” is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own…and use. Why? Before I tell you all the reasons, I will tell you a sea story....
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That time of year approaches again, and although weddings may look a bit different this year than usual, you can bet that come springtime, couples across the country are going to be tying the knot. Due to the pandemic, many of the ceremonies and receptions may be smaller than they otherwise would be, but look on the bright side—this may be a good opportunity to try your hand at shooting your...
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Just like any other genre of photography, portraiture is a creative field that knows no bounds. There are no rules dictating how a portrait needs to be made, how it needs to look, or more specifically, how it was shot. On the other hand, photographers love to categorize and label things based on “best” and “typical” usage situations (and I’m certainly guilty of doing this). One of the labels that...
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