Liquid Crystal Ball: What We Hope to See at CES 2017

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Ask any attendee about their experiences at CES, and the first thing they’ll likely mention is the size. One of the largest trade shows on the planet, the Consumer Electronics Show spans 2.5 million square feet and attracts nearly 4,000 exhibitors, spread out across the Las Vegas Convention Center and beyond. Trying to visit even half the booths leaves you feeling like you’ve run a marathon.

So why did more than 170,000 people attend last year? To get a glimpse of the future. CES is where major brands and upstarts alike launch new products and prototypes, from smartphones and tablets to TVs and home theater receivers, from DSLRs to VR to UAVs. It’s even become another stop on the auto show circuit, as the line between cars and consumer tech continues to blur.

CES has given us some of the most influential tech ever: The camcorder, VCR, DVD, and CD were all introduced at shows past. More recently, portable projectors, 4K TVs, micro four-thirds cameras, and overhead-firing speakers have all been shown in the Las Vegas desert.

If CES 2016 was all about wearables, we’ve got a few expectations about what will dominate this year’s show: Drones; the Internet of Things and home automation; VR-ready computers. Even more smartphones. And of course, the latest and greatest from your favorite photo, video, and audio manufacturers.

But, as with every CES, you’re best off expecting the unexpected. Things move fast in this world. Sixteen years ago, in 2001, Microsoft launched the very first Xbox. Just 16 years before that, Nintendo unveiled its granddaddy, the NES. What will the world be talking about once all the booths are taken down and the huddled hordes return home? Let us hear your predictions by commenting below.

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50 Tips from 50 Years Behind a Camera

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I picked up my first camera in September, 1966. In the five decades since then, I’ve come to understand a number of truisms about the art and craft of picture taking.

The following are 50 tips I’ve compiled, based on my professional and personal experiences shooting with film and digital cameras, ranging from 8mm Minox spy cameras to 20 x 24″ studio salon cameras.

My list is broken down into two sections: Basic and Advanced. Some of these tips are obvious, others less so, but they all hold true as guides for better picture-taking habits.

Basic

1. Read the manual. Your camera should be transparent to you and intuitive to use. Even seasoned pros don’t know everything about their new cameras.

2. Open your eyes better cameras do not make you a better photographer. If you’re not visually attuned, your choice of camera is inconsequential.

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Pictures are happening all around you, but if you want to see them, you have to open your eyes and look around.Allan Weitz, 2016

3. Unless your subject can maul you, get closer. Tight close-ups have better visual dynamics. If you prefer more personal space between you and your subject, use a telephoto macro lens.

4. Can’t get closer? Try cropping. Today’s higher-resolution cameras allow you to crop deeper into the frame with less impact on image quality. (Bonus tip! Yes—it’s OK to crop. If anybody tells you otherwise, have them to talk to me.)

5. Want to isolate your subject from the foreground and background? Shoot at wider apertures.

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Wedding Photography Workshops

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Photography workshops can be a touchy subject for some people. There are those who dismiss them out of hand, preferring to make their own path. Even some wedding photographers, perhaps the most social of all photographers, choose to not mix it up in this manner—but I disagree. Once you set ego or shyness aside and make the time, photography workshops can be the most satisfying experiences in your photographic journeys. Of course, they teach skills and offer professional insight, but they can also create a network of friends and colleagues that might last a lifetime and, most important, they can provide you with a sense of belonging, a confidence in your work and a realization that we are part of great tradition to which we bring our unique and ever-improving style. 

The first months of the New Year bring with them two of the best wedding photography events on the calendar, the first being Mystic Seminars, which fits nicely into the above description of an event that is fun, creates life-long connections, but most important, can change lives and inspire careers. To quote one attendee, “Mystic Seminars is a community of photographers, not only a convention. You can talk with anyone and have a great time—names don’t matter here, big smiles everywhere you go. A place to grow, create, and enjoy what photography is supposed to be.” I encourage you to check this page of their website for more quotes extolling the seminar and its “ridiculously inspiring” spirit.

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Traveling Light with Rob Knight

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The better your travel experience, the better your travel pictures will be.”

Photographer Rob Knight provides practical tips on how to pare down your gear assortment so you’ll carry a lighter load and, along the way, makes a good argument for shooting with Panasonic Lumix cameras and Micro Four Thirds format lenses. Some of the tips that Knight relays seem pretty obvious, like eliminating gear you don’t use, but it takes experience and a degree of confidence to know when you will not use a particular lens and to be “okay” with passing on a shot when you don’t have that lens.  He also emphasizes the advantages that can be gained by working with only one lens for an extended period. He demonstrates how to use the library filter tools in Lightroom to analyze which focal lengths you use most often, and offers his suggestions on what gear and apps to use (Lightroom mobile, Snapseed, wireless hard drive, iPad Pro) when traveling light is paramount. Knight also recounts the various camera systems he has used during his career and tells how he arrived at his current setup, based around Lumix mirrorless and even point-and-shoot cameras. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.

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Street Photography and the New Fujifilm X-T2

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Photographer Omar Z. Robles brings an insightful discussion on street photography to the B&H Event Space, filled with many examples of his own work, and general and specific tips to improve your work. He starts with his three basic rules for street photography: know the law, know your gear, and shoot every day. He also peppers his talk with some quotes from the masters (Winogrand, Capa) and discusses his preference for getting close to his subjects and using wide-angle lenses. Robles is very open about his fears, his motives, his methods, and how to handle the confrontations that may occur when shooting strangers on the street. He wraps up by mentioning some photographers who have influenced his own work, suggested street photographers to follow on Instagram, and his reasons for choosing Fujifilm X-series cameras and lenses. 

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Announcement: Startech 4-in-1 USB Type C A/V Multi-Adapter Hub

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If you’ve been searching for a multi-port video output hub with 4K display support for your USB Type-C compatible system, such as the Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro (Late 2016), look no further than the Startech 4-in-1 USB Type-C A/V Multi-Hub Adapter. Built with a sturdy aluminum housing, this adapter will allow you to connect your USB Type-C system to an external Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, Dual Link DVI-D, or VGA display. Supported video resolutions include a maximum digital resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a maximum analog resolution of 1920 x 1200, while the Mini DisplayPort and HDMI port also supports resolutions of 2560 x 1600, 1920 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, and 1280 x 720, and the Dual Link DVI-D and VGA outputs also support resolutions of 1920 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, and 1280 x 720. Please bear in mind that in order to pass a DisplayPort video signal through the USB Type-C port, your system must support DP alt mode. Additionally, only one video output may be used at a time. If multiple outputs are used, only one will function.

The Mini DisplayPort and HDMI outputs also support 7.1-channel surround sound, and this adapter is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 devices that are capable of outputting a DisplayPort signal. Other features include VESA certification, plug-and-play installation, and a small footprint and lightweight design, allowing placement within your workspace that won’t take up much room, as well as portability for ease of use when you’re on the go.

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DIY Fine Art Printing

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In this B&H Photo Event Space presentation, photographer Evan Parker talks about the importance, relevancy, and value of printmaking. Approaching printmaking as an extension of the photographic process, Parker explains how to navigate the workflow of digital printmaking, including color management, reproduction accuracy, archival pigmented ink sets, and the various fine art media substrates that are available to digital printmakers.

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Mitsubishi Improves Event Printing with CP-D90DW Printer

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Event photographers and photo booth owners have greatly appreciated dye sublimation printers, and Mitsubishi has been there to satisfy their needs with a collection of highly capable options. If we examine the CP-D90DW, the company’s latest offering, we see a great focus on creating a much more streamlined form with a smaller footprint that will definitely be appealing to many users. Also, it implements features such as an Image Analyzing Engine, a Rewind Function, and more, that make it an enticing choice.

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Mitsubishi CP-D90DW High-Speed Dye Sublimation Digital Color Printer

Let’s get started with the advantages of dye sublimation printers over more traditional inkjet models, in terms of installation and event printing. Dye sub printers use dedicated paper and ink ribbons that are easily replaceable and very often directly connected in terms of yield, meaning you won’t run out of one or the other first. They also feature a print technology that involves heating up sheets of ink, which makes them incredibly fast and reliable (no nozzles to get clogged). Another advantage of this process is that the prints receive clear overcoats that will protect your images. All these elements combine to make them great choices for on-location printing or being installed in kiosks.

Looking specifically at Mitsubishi’s new CP-D90DW, we found a few unique features that make this a worthwhile option for anyone looking to upgrade or set up their own print station. At its core, it does offer competitive specifications, including a print resolution of 300 dpi, the ability to produce a 4 x 6″ photo in just 7.8 seconds, and the ability to choose glossy and matte finishes without needing to swap out media. Where it begins to separate itself is in the number of print sizes available, and in advanced features.

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Batteries 101

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These days just about everything we use needs batteries, and while they’ve become indispensable to us in our technological age, very few of us understand how they work, or what the difference between lithium-ion, alkaline, and nickel-metal-hydride is—let alone amp-hours or volts.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a quick tutorial to help you understand this ubiquitous tool and why it’s important to match up the right battery with your device. For the sake of our sanity and to avoid confusion, we’re staying focused on common batteries that power things like flashlights, remote controls, and other such devices.

Anatomy

Terminals  Despite the differences in size and shape, the basic anatomy of a battery is the same. First are the terminals, marked Positive (+) and Negative (-). When connected to a load, the stored electrons (the charge) flow from the negative terminal to the positive. A load can be anything from an LED, a light bulb, a motor, or radio. It’s this flow of electrons that powers the device to which the battery is connected.

Electrodes  Inside the battery case are two complementary components, the Cathode (+) and the Anode (-), and together they are called Electrodes. The Electrodes take up the bulk of the battery and it’s where the chemical reaction occurs that produces the electrical current.

Separator  A barrier separates the cathode and anode so they don’t touch, while allowing the charge to flow between the two.

Electrolyte  An electrolyte is the catalyst that allows ions (positively or negatively charged atoms) to move between the cathode and anode. In the batteries we’re discussing here, electrolytes are made of soluble salts, acids, or other bases in liquid, gelled, and dried forms.

Collector  The Collector conducts the charge out to the terminals and into (and through) the load.

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Power

This is probably the least understood aspect of batteries, and could support an article all on its own, so we’re going to stick to the basics and keep this at primer level instead of delving deep.

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The ikan EC1 Beholder Ups the Game on Motorized Stabilizers

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The iKan EC1 Beholder improves upon the earlier Beholder DS1 with a variety of new features. First, the EC1 Beholder supports up to 4.5 pounds, expanding the range of cameras that you can support. However, it isn’t just the increased range of cameras that makes the EC1 Beholder such an improvement—it is the improvement of certain features. Along with the increased weight capacity, the balance plate has been redesigned, and it now features a quick-release mechanism. This means you can mount, balance, and unmount your camera faster.

Even more exciting is that the motors feature 360 degrees of rotation, so no more feelings of dread about hitting hard stops while panning or tilting with your subject, just the freedom to operate the way you need to while the camera stays stabilized. The joystick is still built into the handgrip, and it still allows you to smoothly control tilt and pan so you can adjust your camera’s position without interrupting the shot. If you need to operate inverted, not to worry—the EC1 Beholder can handle it. A new feature is dual ¼”-20 mounting screws on the sides of the handle, useful for mounting accessories, and for further flexibility you can operate with the handle inverted.

Perhaps the most interesting improvement on the EC1 Beholder is the new shooting mode. In addition to the standard modes—lock and 1-, 2-, and 3-axis follow modes, there is now a point-and-lock mode that allows you to aim the camera where you want it to point, and then engage the stabilizer to hold the camera where you pointed it. This can speed up finding and getting your shot. The 32-bit controller and 12-bit encoder combine with a new algorithm to provide precision operation and extended battery life. These many improvements make the new ikan EC1 Beholder a powerful production tool for stabilized shooting.

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