Holiday 2019

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Doug Guerra shares some gift ideas for the filmmakers in your life. With one exception, these gifts cost less than $300! More Gift Ideas:8 Last-Minute Gifts for Filmmakers12 Great Gifts for Emerging Filmmakers
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Jake Estes, from B&H, has holiday gift ideas for the photographer in your life. Whether they (or you!) are beginner photographers or seasoned professionals, there's something on this list for all to enjoy. Plus, these all cost less than $260! More Holiday Gift Ideas:6 Practical Gifts to Give Your Photographer Friends
by Morgan Lyle ·Posted
Time was, the smallest flashlight you could get was a penlight. It had an incandescent bulb that was dim by today’s standards and required disposable batteries. You can still get penlights today—many people like having a slim light with a clip that slips easily into a shirt pocket—and they’ve come a long way, with bright, long-lasting LEDs having replaced the bulbs and rechargeable batteries that never need to be replaced. But these days, there are many
by Morgan Lyle ·Posted
You don’t have to be a hunter to have fun with a trail camera. Monitoring your property with one (or a few) of these handy little gadgets is a fascinating hobby for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, kids, or just folk who enjoy being surprised at what goes on in their backyard after dark. Also known as a trap, game, or wildlife camera, a trail camera is equipped with a passive infrared motion detector that triggers the shutter when an animal (or trespasser) walks into
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
Choosing a camcorder for vlogging (video blogging)? I get it—it’s confusing. There are so many, brands, prices, features, and choices, all of which seem to be calling your name when the inevitable GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) kicks in. After reading this article, check out the Video Solutions for Vloggers article, which also discusses other essential tools for vlogging. However, in this instance, I want to delve a little deeper into the world of
by Morgan Lyle ·Posted
Portable electric and electronic devices enhance our work and play, but only when there’s electricity to power them. There’s a wide range of equipment designed to store power, or to convert solar energy into electricity, to extend the time we can spend un-plugged-in. Whether it’s an extra charge or two for your smartphone, a boost for a navigator in the back country, or portable power stations that permit the use of household appliances and tools during blackouts, B&H has the gear you need. Here are few examples of modern technology
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
One of the most significant filmmaking innovations of the past decade has been the explosion of affordable drones with high-quality cameras. This has made it possible for nearly anyone to capture stunning aerial photos and video. The explosion in drones has been seen nearly everywhere, with YouTube videos sporting awesome shots from the sky and your everyday television and journalism now benefitting from a bird’s-eye view. Here are seven that we
by Mary Latvis ·Posted
Shallow depth of field, large-format sensors, longer lenses, moving subject and camera positions—all these factors present a challenge when keeping your video shot in focus. “But my camcorder, DSLR, or mirrorless camera now has touch focus and autofocus,” you say? While such systems continue to improve, they do not provide the fine-tuned, immediate control that you get using a dedicated follow focus system. Consider that, when touch focusing, you probably grasp your camera with only one hand to free the other for touching the screen and you’ll
by Allan Weitz ·Posted
Cherry-picking the “best” point-and-shoot cameras from among the 200-plus point-and-shoots we carry at B&H Photo can be challenging, considering the criteria on which we base our choices. For this year’s best point-and-shoot camera roundup, we took every category of point-and-shoot camera in our vast inventory—from full-frame to 1/5" sensor-size cameras—into consideration. From there, we short-listed them based on user popularity, along with our own personal likes (and dislikes) in a bid to come up with a fair representation of what we
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Before you come storming the front doors of the B&H SuperStore with your torches and pitchforks, complaining about yet another new type of media you have to purchase, I should tell you that the latest format is a definite upgrade. This is no simple battle between two competing formats; this is an evolution that will make things better for everyone involved. What is this up-and-coming hero? CFexpress.
by Cory Rice ·Posted
First, a disclaimer: Like composition, lighting portraits is a subjective exercise. A setup that works for one situation may not work for the next, and lighting that one photographer adores might repulse another. Cultivating a personal lighting style involves an awareness of conventional approaches and willingness to go beyond what everyone else is doing. Study portraits made by photographers who you admire and
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
Despite film being “dead,” there’s still a surprising number of different and unique films to choose from in 2020, ranging from the classics from the major manufacturers to some more creative films from up and coming, smaller brands. Here’s an overview of the current black and white films available right now. Kodak It’s hard not to start with mother Kodak in an article like this, with all of the history—the ups and downs—Kodak is still one of the true household names
by Lindsay Finnegan ·Posted
Are you new to food photography or looking to advance your lighting techniques? This article takes you through how to use existing light to your benefit as well as how to create it yourself. Both approaches will yield similar results, but each has its own unique advantages. It’s up to you which path to take.  Natural: Work with Window Light The simplest way to photograph food is to shape light that already exists.
by Christopher Witt ·Posted
In today’s world of keyless… well, everything, the ubiquitous keychain seems like it’s becoming something of a dinosaur. But I disagree. I don’t think we’re that close to getting rid of the keychain just yet, and so I present some gear that will make you more than a little reluctant to give it up if and when you can lock your house, get into your car, and start the engine with your smartphone. Flashlights There was a time, not that long ago, that keychain lights were barely useful. They had dim incandescent light bulbs that often broke, and
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Smartphone photography is getting better and better each year. It’s now possible to create usable images in near pitch black and capture stunning photos of the night sky. I would advise you not to do that, at least not all the time. Dedicated smartphone photographers know this and go hunting for the best possible light for their photographs. I’m here to tell you that you no longer have to rely on available light to get a great smartphone shot, there are plenty of new lighting tools available, developed exclusively for smartphones. Compact LED