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Creating a backyard theater may sound like a daunting task, but it’s easier than you may think. Check out our tips for building a movie theater in your own backyard. Home Entertainment, Theatre, Backyard Movie Theaters, Backyard Movie, Backyard, Entertaining, Movie Theater, Building, Tech
How To Build A Backyard Movie Theater
Creating a backyard theater may sound like a daunting task, but it’s easier than you may think. Check out our tips for building a movie theater in your own backyard.
Each manufacturer has varying approaches to protecting its camera equipment depending on how it is expected to be used. That a top-of-the-line telephoto lens designed for sports and wildlife photographers is going to be more thoroughly sealed than a kit lens should come as no surprise. Most cameras can survive light rain, but what if you end up caught in a downpour or plan on shooting in the desert? Here are some tips to prepare your camera for nearly anything. Rc Lens, Rain, Cameras, Camera Equipment, Pro Audio, How To Protect Yourself, Equipment, Downpour, Lens
How to Protect Your Camera Against Nearly Anything
Each manufacturer has varying approaches to protecting its camera equipment depending on how it is expected to be used. That a top-of-the-line telephoto lens designed for sports and wildlife photographers is going to be more thoroughly sealed than a kit lens should come as no surprise. Most cameras can survive light rain, but what if you end up caught in a downpour or plan on shooting in the desert? Here are some tips to prepare your camera for nearly anything.
Looking for the right Apple Product? Check out our list that breaks down top Apple items to find the best one for you and your loved ones. Desk Setup, Desk Goals, Computer Workstation Desk, Imac Desk Setup, Office, Computer Workstation, Desk, Imac Office, Workplace
Choosing the Right Apple Product
Looking for the right Apple Product? Check out our list that breaks down top Apple items to find the best one for you and your loved ones.
There are several ways to do close-up, or "macro" photography, but the macro lens is the easiest path to creating and capturing compelling, detailed close-up images of the larger world. Photography, Macro Photography, Macro Lens, Camera Lens, Macro, Close Up, Photo And Video
Macro Lens Buying Guide
There are several ways to do close-up, or "macro" photography, but the macro lens is the easiest path to creating and capturing compelling, detailed close-up images of the larger world.
Video cameras have only recently begun to add water resistance to their built-in housings, but even with that protection, they will still need protection from rain or being totally submerged in water. It's a scary prospect to submerge your hard-earned gear, so let's look at some options that will protect your investment when you really need that water shot but the mega-budget, slow-motion effect just doesn't work for you. Video Camera, Video Cameras, Water Shoot, Motion, Submerged, Underwater
Take Your Video Underwater
Video cameras have only recently begun to add water resistance to their built-in housings, but even with that protection, they will still need protection from rain or being totally submerged in water. It's a scary prospect to submerge your hard-earned gear, so let's look at some options that will protect your investment when you really need that water shot but the mega-budget, slow-motion effect just doesn't work for you.
When producing audio for video, television, or online content, it’s expected that you’ll have to record sound far away from the comfort of a fancy studio. Whether capturing on-set dialog, interviews, sound effects, or music, you’ll need an audio recorder/mixer that is equally portable and powerful. Let’s look at ten portable audio recorders rightfully sitting at the top of many wish lists. Studio, Music, Mixers, Audio Recording, Portable Audio, Recorders, Recording Studio, Audio
10 Portable Audio Recorders and Mixers
When producing audio for video, television, or online content, it’s expected that you’ll have to record sound far away from the comfort of a fancy studio. Whether capturing on-set dialog, interviews, sound effects, or music, you’ll need an audio recorder/mixer that is equally portable and powerful. Let’s look at ten portable audio recorders rightfully sitting at the top of many wish lists.
With consumers demanding higher resolution and less compressed video from cameras, manufacturers have responded by supplying memory cards that are not only more durable, but more capable. Today, cameras are recording 4K video to microSD cards and raw HD video to SD cards. Luckily, memory cards have kept up with the rising demand, and the fastest cards around rival SSD drives, though finding out which ones are truly fast can be a challenge. Challenges, Cards, Sd Card, Ssd, Buying Guide, Demand, Memory Cards, Challenge
The Fastest Memory Cards Money Can Buy
With consumers demanding higher resolution and less compressed video from cameras, manufacturers have responded by supplying memory cards that are not only more durable, but more capable. Today, cameras are recording 4K video to microSD cards and raw HD video to SD cards. Luckily, memory cards have kept up with the rising demand, and the fastest cards around rival SSD drives, though finding out which ones are truly fast can be a challenge.
The holidays are nipping at our heels, which means it’s time to unfurl those shopping lists, unfreeze your credit cards, and cast aside any concerns about cost or consequence. However, if you’re not feeling so cavalier with your capital—fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 50 great gifts, all under $50. We’re talking stocking stuffers, high-quality bargain-buys, and all-around great gear for a price that won’t cause your credit score to V-fib. Decoration, Ideas, Gift Ideas, Ethical Gift, Sustainable Gifts, Eco Friendly Gifts, Eco Gifts, Eco Friendly Holiday, Eco Friendly Travel
50 Gadget Gifts Under $50
The holidays are nipping at our heels, which means it’s time to unfurl those shopping lists, unfreeze your credit cards, and cast aside any concerns about cost or consequence. However, if you’re not feeling so cavalier with your capital—fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 50 great gifts, all under $50. We’re talking stocking stuffers, high-quality bargain-buys, and all-around great gear for a price that won’t cause your credit score to V-fib.
With the deluge of new cameras hitting the market, it has been easy to miss the latest studio tools that have been released over the past few years. Never fear! We’ve rounded up the most-wanted studio gear from our holiday wish lists so you can treat your favorite photographer—or yourself. Lights, Lighting Gifts, Studio Lighting, Studio Gear, Photographic Studio, Lighting Gear
Lighting Gifts for Studio Photographers
With the deluge of new cameras hitting the market, it has been easy to miss the latest studio tools that have been released over the past few years. Never fear! We’ve rounded up the most-wanted studio gear from our holiday wish lists so you can treat your favorite photographer—or yourself.
Having the right gear can make all the difference for producing a podcast. Check out this holiday gift guide geared toward the podcaster in your life! Gifts, Podcasts, Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gifts, Gift, Check, Guide
11 Gifts For The Podcaster
Having the right gear can make all the difference for producing a podcast. Check out this holiday gift guide geared toward the podcaster in your life!
If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to whom you’re looking to give the perfect photography gift, or if you’re looking to reward yourself with a new piece of kit, here are some gift suggestions to suit all outdoors shooters. Outdoor, Outdoors, Landscape Photographers, Photography Gifts, Photographer, Landscape, Photo
Gift Guide for Landscape Photographers
If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to whom you’re looking to give the perfect photography gift, or if you’re looking to reward yourself with a new piece of kit, here are some gift suggestions to suit all outdoors shooters.
Video is getting bigger and better every year. This can mean big, important pieces such as a camera or lights as well as tiny, essential accessories that make life a whole lot easier. If you are looking for something to gift your filmmaking friend or for some key components to upgrade your kit, check out the following. Accessories, Gear Gifts, Great Gifts
12 Gifts for Filmmakers
Video is getting bigger and better every year. This can mean big, important pieces such as a camera or lights as well as tiny, essential accessories that make life a whole lot easier. If you are looking for something to gift your filmmaking friend or for some key components to upgrade your kit, check out the following.
Smartphones are the cameras that most people always have on them; making the smartphone their best camera. And the best can get so much better. The industry has accounted for this major shift toward mobile imaging platforms and has created amazing tools to help elevate the simple smartphone camera into a serious photographic tool. Here are some of the best. People, Iphone, Smartphone, Best Camera, Smartphone Photography, Electronic Products, Iphone Photography, Tools
5 Tools for Improving Your Smartphone Photos
Smartphones are the cameras that most people always have on them; making the smartphone their best camera. And the best can get so much better. The industry has accounted for this major shift toward mobile imaging platforms and has created amazing tools to help elevate the simple smartphone camera into a serious photographic tool. Here are some of the best.
If you are looking for something to gift your filmmaking friend or for some key components to upgrade your kit, check out this list. Greats, Kit
12 Great Gifts for Emerging Filmmakers
If you are looking for something to gift your filmmaking friend or for some key components to upgrade your kit, check out this list.
The easiest, most cost-effective way to improve the quality of your videos is to add an external mic to your phone. Viewers are more forgiving of camera mistakes than they are of poor sound quality, and while your phone has a great camera, the built-in microphone just won’t cut it. A good mic is that must-have item for telling your story clearly without your message getting lost, improving the way you connect with your audience and helping you build your online community. Youtube, Videos, Sound Quality, Sound, Youtube Videos, Microphone
Inexpensive Smartphone Mics for YouTube Videos
The easiest, most cost-effective way to improve the quality of your videos is to add an external mic to your phone. Viewers are more forgiving of camera mistakes than they are of poor sound quality, and while your phone has a great camera, the built-in microphone just won’t cut it. A good mic is that must-have item for telling your story clearly without your message getting lost, improving the way you connect with your audience and helping you build your online community.
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 also allowing for growth. All of this should combine to foster a passion for photography. Best Cameras For Beginners, Growth, Future, Options, Beginners
What is the Best Camera for Beginners?
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 also allowing for growth. All of this should combine to foster a passion for photography.
If you have a foodie in your life looking to begin their photographic journey, or have a friend already taking some sweet photos, check out this gift guide. Diet And Nutrition, Paleo, Healthy Recipes, Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Paleo Food List, Paleo Meal Prep, Healthy Recipes For Weight Loss, Foods To Avoid
Gift Guide for Food Photographers
If you have a foodie in your life looking to begin their photographic journey, or have a friend already taking some sweet photos, check out this gift guide.
Read on for some musical gift ideas to get your guitar-playing dad. Play, Guitar, Musicals, Musical Gift, Guitar For Beginners, Guitar Tips, Playing Guitar
12 Gifts for Your Guitar-Playing Dad
Read on for some musical gift ideas to get your guitar-playing dad.
Congratulations! You are just about to start your adventure in photography and, while the school may provide you with a list of equipment to have on hand, it may give you some freedom in what you choose. Not to fear! We have put together our own list, complete with recommendations, to guide you. Let’s get started! First Year, First Year Photos, Student, Start, Photography Majors, School, Photography For Beginners
First-Year Photo Student? Here’s What You Will Need!
Congratulations! You are just about to start your adventure in photography and, while the school may provide you with a list of equipment to have on hand, it may give you some freedom in what you choose. Not to fear! We have put together our own list, complete with recommendations, to guide you. Let’s get started!
The new school year is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to take your classrooms into the 21st Century by replacing that dusty, chalk-stained slab of slate at the front of the room with an interactive whiteboard solution. There are a lot to choose from, but hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. Education, Educational Apps, Interactive Whiteboard, School Year, Language Education, Bilingual Education, Classroom, Technology Integration, Development
Top 5 Interactive Whiteboard Solutions for Schools
The new school year is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to take your classrooms into the 21st Century by replacing that dusty, chalk-stained slab of slate at the front of the room with an interactive whiteboard solution. There are a lot to choose from, but hopefully this list will help you narrow it down.
Whether you’re a freshman experiencing dorm life for the first time, or a returning student with a few semesters of dormitory living under your belt, you can certainly do a lot to improve your living quarters. The proliferation of home automaton devices is making smart homes ubiquitous. Your dorm room should be no different. It’s a living space that will benefit from a system that can control devices such as smart plugs, lighting, doors, sensors, and doors. Home, Belts, Smart Home, Dorm Life, Dormitory, Home Automation, Dorm
Creating a Smart Dorm Room with Home Automation Devices
Whether you’re a freshman experiencing dorm life for the first time, or a returning student with a few semesters of dormitory living under your belt, you can certainly do a lot to improve your living quarters. The proliferation of home automaton devices is making smart homes ubiquitous. Your dorm room should be no different. It’s a living space that will benefit from a system that can control devices such as smart plugs, lighting, doors, sensors, and doors.
Summer is over, and that means students have returned to the classroom and, perhaps, the dorm room. Aside from the basic school supply list, you should also start upgrading your tech for the upcoming academic year, and adding a smart speaker with a virtual assistant is a good way to go. With a smart speaker in your home, you can have questions answered, control smart home gadgets, play music, order food, and much more. Here’s a look at the best smart speakers for students. Speakers, Gadgets, Summer, Smart Speaker, Supply List
7 Smart Speakers Any Student Can Use
Summer is over, and that means students have returned to the classroom and, perhaps, the dorm room. Aside from the basic school supply list, you should also start upgrading your tech for the upcoming academic year, and adding a smart speaker with a virtual assistant is a good way to go. With a smart speaker in your home, you can have questions answered, control smart home gadgets, play music, order food, and much more. Here’s a look at the best smart speakers for students.
Many of today’s photography programs are being taught using digital working methods exclusively. As a photo student, you’ll certainly be expected to print your photographs for critique or discussion, and printing is a good habit to get into no matter what. Here’s a look at five of the top inkjet papers for students. Photography Programs, Digital, Photo Programs, Printing, Inkjet Paper, Photography Student, Matter, Print
Top 5 Inkjet Papers for Students
Many of today’s photography programs are being taught using digital working methods exclusively. As a photo student, you’ll certainly be expected to print your photographs for critique or discussion, and printing is a good habit to get into no matter what. Here’s a look at five of the top inkjet papers for students.
When I was asked recently if I wanted to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO Quantum Dot LED TV, I didn’t want to appear too eager. I am, after all, a professional… but it’s certainly not an everyday occurrence to be asked to take home such a lavish piece of equipment. VIZIO decided to let me try the P659-G1, and I was excited for the opportunity to upgrade from my plasma, at least temporarily. Smart Tv, Home Décor, Consumer Tech, Quantum, Led Tv, Tv
My Hands-On Experience with the VIZIO P659-G1 Smart TV
When I was asked recently if I wanted to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO Quantum Dot LED TV, I didn’t want to appear too eager. I am, after all, a professional… but it’s certainly not an everyday occurrence to be asked to take home such a lavish piece of equipment. VIZIO decided to let me try the P659-G1, and I was excited for the opportunity to upgrade from my plasma, at least temporarily.
There are a lot of hard decisions to make as a student, especially if you’re a burgeoning photographer looking to attain professional status. But, as a student, means are often limited and you need to be more conscious about what gear to add to your kit. What gear is critical and worth the investment versus what are some of the things you can ignore for now and splurge on later? It really whittles down to what you need versus what you want. Back To School, Student Budget, Budgeting, Hard Decisions, Decisions, Investing, Professional
Back to School: What You Want vs What You Need
There are a lot of hard decisions to make as a student, especially if you’re a burgeoning photographer looking to attain professional status. But, as a student, means are often limited and you need to be more conscious about what gear to add to your kit. What gear is critical and worth the investment versus what are some of the things you can ignore for now and splurge on later? It really whittles down to what you need versus what you want.
If you chose to pursue a degree in a creative discipline, it is very likely that graphics and imagery are going to constitute a large part of your workload. And the only way to make sure all the colors you are looking at are right is to invest in a color-accurate display. Not only will many of these serve as color-critical monitors for reviewing your work, many can serve as a dock for when you return to your room after a day of classes. Here are four that we would recommend. Graphics, Discipline, Creative, Display, Work
Back to School: Creative Students—Check out these 5 Color-Critical Displays
If you chose to pursue a degree in a creative discipline, it is very likely that graphics and imagery are going to constitute a large part of your workload. And the only way to make sure all the colors you are looking at are right is to invest in a color-accurate display. Not only will many of these serve as color-critical monitors for reviewing your work, many can serve as a dock for when you return to your room after a day of classes. Here are four that we would recommend.
Sometimes the freedom that comes with starting college leads to a bad habit or two—like dating that guy who always carries around a copy of Infinite Jest or promoting pizza to its own food group. To help fight some of these freshman failings, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite fitness accessories. They won't stop you from choosing problematic paramours, but they can help you to stay healthy and happy. Fitness, Pizzas, Fitness Gadgets, Workout Accessories, Fitness Accessories, How To Stay Healthy, Fight, College, Freshman 15
5 Fitness Gadgets to Help You Stay Healthy at College
Sometimes the freedom that comes with starting college leads to a bad habit or two—like dating that guy who always carries around a copy of Infinite Jest or promoting pizza to its own food group. To help fight some of these freshman failings, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite fitness accessories. They won't stop you from choosing problematic paramours, but they can help you to stay healthy and happy.
If you are going back to school, you are going to need a great backpack. We can certainly help you there and we will make sure our recommendations have plenty of pockets and security to protect your laptop, tablet, and any other tech you see fit for everyday carry. Also, these picks will help you show off a little bit of style. The only thing we can't help with is your decision to use one strap or two straps on your first day back. Backpacks, Backpack, Everyday Carry, School Tops, Going Back To School, Top Backpacks, Pockets
Back to School: Top 5 Backpacks for All Your Devices
If you are going back to school, you are going to need a great backpack. We can certainly help you there and we will make sure our recommendations have plenty of pockets and security to protect your laptop, tablet, and any other tech you see fit for everyday carry. Also, these picks will help you show off a little bit of style. The only thing we can't help with is your decision to use one strap or two straps on your first day back.
While film photography tends to take a backseat to digital photography nowadays, many photography programs still teach film photography to help you gain a better understanding of how the basic photographic process works. Without computers and an LCD screen to fall back on, shooting with film helps to reinforce technique and make you learn, understand, and trust yourself while shooting. Digital Photography, Films, Film Photography, Photography Classes, Process, Photography Techniques
Buying Guide for the Film Photography Student
While film photography tends to take a backseat to digital photography nowadays, many photography programs still teach film photography to help you gain a better understanding of how the basic photographic process works. Without computers and an LCD screen to fall back on, shooting with film helps to reinforce technique and make you learn, understand, and trust yourself while shooting.
School is back in session, and that means it's time to outfit the favorite student in your life with the latest and greatest gear and gadgets. Topping that list should be a brand-new smartphone, capable of navigating the sometimes-challenging waters of post-elementary life. To make sure your student is well-equipped and not left holding something technologically passé, we've compiled a list of five must-have smartphones. Time to study up! Study, Elementary, Wellness
Back to School: 5 Phones to Study Up On
School is back in session, and that means it's time to outfit the favorite student in your life with the latest and greatest gear and gadgets. Topping that list should be a brand-new smartphone, capable of navigating the sometimes-challenging waters of post-elementary life. To make sure your student is well-equipped and not left holding something technologically passé, we've compiled a list of five must-have smartphones. Time to study up!