​Is 360 Video DEAD? Let's Look and See

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In this video, Lok Chung takes us on an adventure with the Insta360 ONE Action Cam, a compact 360 camera system that’s designed to work with iOS, and allows you to design your camera movement in post. 360-degree video has been around for a while, but with all the options available, many people might wonder how one can utilize 360-degree video these days. Join Chung for a look at this tool of the trade. 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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The Year-End Schmooze: Favorite B&H Podcast Episodes from 2017

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For the B&H Photography Podcast, 2017 has been a wonderful year. We published our 100th episode, surpassed one million downloads, and reached #1 on the iTunes podcast chart in the Visual Arts category. Achievements aside, we are simply pleased with the remarkable guests we have hosted on our show, the variety of subjects we have covered, and the consistently entertaining and intelligent conversations we have published. And honestly, we are proud to have maintained our production output—week in week out—and to still really enjoy what we do. With this in mind and with gratitude to our listeners, guests, co-workers, and the management at B&H, we have cobbled together a 2017 year-in-review episode in which we discuss our favorite shows from 2017 and play a few clips of the most interesting moments from these episodes.

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Hands-On with the Simple-Interfaced Rhino Motion Slider Systems

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With no exaggeration, the motion controller in Rhino’s slider systems has the simplest and cleanest interface that I can remember ever using. The entire workflow follows suit, as well. When you turn on the controller, a blue-and-white OLED screen asks you to select a slider, and below that you see a short list of sliders, neatly organized in a vertical display. Turn the dial button to jump to the slider you’re using (24″, 42″, etc.), and click it in to select your choice. On comes the next page, presenting you with another short list: Live Motion, Time Lapse, and Settings. Turn the dial and press it on one of these, and another short list appears where you can set the parameters for the selection.

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No matter which option you select, you get a similar clean, short list. Everything in the options is in plain English, the parameters within them take seconds to set, and between them you can achieve manual motion-controlled slides at whatever speed you rotate the dial, custom-designated slides, looping slides, simple time lapses, and advanced time lapses.

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Included among the available slider packages is an Arc unit, which adds a panning axis to your motion-controlled slides. Including motion-controlled slides in your work already raises production value to another level, but having a panning axis in addition to that adds a whole other dimension. You can set up a custom motion where the camera slides past a subject and at the same time pans to keep it in frame. This is great for highlighting a product in commercials, as well as for performing cinematic motions in movies. There are many ways you can set up your slider, including slanted on a tripod, so combining left/right motion with panning motion allows you to execute numerous cinematic moves.

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6 Common Mistakes of the Low-Budget Filmmaker

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In addition to working on commercials, documentaries, and feature-length films, I’ve experienced the pleasure and misery of working with low-budget and first-time filmmakers. Most of these filmmakers tend to make the same mistakes and, sadly, I must admit that when I’ve made my own short films, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and made some of the same mistakes against which I’ve cautioned others. So, in hopes of helping you prepare for your production, I’ve outlined a variety of problems that often plague the low-budget and first-time filmmaker. Remember, the less money you have, the more planning you need to do.

If you are a first-time director, an experienced producer can be a great ally to help get you through your first production….

Failure to Delegate

This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. There is a lot to handle, including casting, planning, budgeting, transportation, and more, so much more. For example, when I’m casting, I like to have someone with me to handle any details that come up, and they can read with the actor if needed, so I can concentrate on the actor’s performance. Your experience, as well as your film, will be so much better when you have a team working with you. So, if you are directing, find a producer. Not only will you have another person to help, but you now expand your circle of contacts. If you are a first-time director, an experienced producer can be a great ally to help get you through your first production.

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What Kind of Electric Guitar Is Right for You?

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Are you just getting into playing electric guitar? If so, thank you—it feels like there’s a dearth of us these days! But also, let’s address an issue you might be facing in purchasing your Instrument, best summed up by the following question:

“What kind of electric guitar is right for me?”

I know the answer my parents had for that question: “the cheapest,” but if you’re shelling out your own hard-earned dosh, deciding what kind of axe to purchase is a choice fraught with implications, both obvious and subliminal.

You see, different electric guitars don’t just sport different sounds. Their very look telegraphs information, both to the audience and to your musical peers; if I were to show up at a straight-ahead jazz gig with a suit, a tie, and a Guild S-100, I’d turn some heads—and not in the best way, even though that axe is a suitable one to grind (humbucker in the neck and a tone knob set to mellow? I can get jazzy with that).

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Guild Guitars S-100 Polara – Newark St. Collection – Electric Guitar with Premium Gig Bag

As we dive in, do keep in mind these are guidelines—and largely aesthetical ones; on my own recordings, I play jazz on a PRS and metal on a T-Style, because those specific guitars work great for my needs. I’ll bring the PRS to a metal gig, though, and a T-Style to a country gig, because they fit with the look, and to some extent, I sound like me on whatever guitar I play.

Solid Body

Roughly speaking, the mainstream of solid-body electric guitar shapes can be split into three categories, all of which are trademarked by their original manufacturers, hence the generic descriptions employed.

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Modern Classics: Leica MP and Voigtländer 50mm f/3.5 Heliar Lens

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Leica’s latest digital rangefinder camera—the Leica M10—is an undeniable derivative of the Leica M3, a revolutionary film camera first introduced in 1954. Place an M3 or, for that matter, any Leica M-series film camera side-by-side with an M10 and you can’t help but notice how faithful the flagship digital camera is to its film-based ancestor in terms of design and functionality. Better yet—the M10 accepts almost every M-mount lens made since 1954.

Yet despite Leica’s full-fledged embrace of digital technology, Leica still produces not one, but two analog cameras to satisfy the needs and desires of what’s become a growing resurgence of film photographers.

The Leica M7, originally introduced in 2003, was the first M camera containing an electronic shutter that enabled manual and Aperture-priority operation. The M7 was welcomed by forward thinkers and derided by purists, who believe Leica cameras have been and should always be totally mechanical in nature.

The Leica MP (MP stands for “Mechanical Perfection”) was introduced a year later, in 2004. Like the original M3, the MP is totally mechanical. The camera’s 12mm center-spot meter is the only non-mechanical component in the camera. If the battery dies, you can continue shooting until you run out of film. But there are other attributes of the MP that make it rather special.

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18 Companies with Products Featuring a Made in USA Status

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In an era that has witnessed rampant outsourcing of products and services, and innumerable items manufactured in foreign lands, it’s heartening to know that the B&H website offers more than 8,000 product SKUs from close to 250 companies promoting a Made in America status.

Featured below are 18 such companies, and their associated products that caught our attention.

Imaging Products

* The golden era of American-made cameras harks back to the 1880 launch of the Kodak Box Camera, which had the slogan “You press the button—we do the rest.” Throughout most of the 20th Century however, domestic camera-making ceded ground to foreign interests, leading to the widespread manufacture of cameras and electronic products overseas.

Yet one niche that stands apart from this trend is the growing area of infrared (thermal) imaging products. Thermal imaging systems detect the infrared energy (heat) emitted by people, objects and materials, allowing the operator to see in total darkness, adverse weather, and through such air pollutants as smoke and haze. Oregon-based FLIR Systems was established in 1978 to pioneer the development of high-performance, low-cost thermal imaging systems, and in the intervening years has become a global leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of infrared cameras for professional and recreational use.

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5 Top Monitor Features for Creative Professionals

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So, you’re in the market for a new display and find yourself surrounded by terms such as LCD, OLED, TN, IPS, 8-bit, 10-bit, calibration, HDR, lions, tigers, and bears. Oh, my! As if these seemingly cryptic phrases aren’t confusing enough, there are other considerations, such as how big of a monitor do you need? Can you still get by with 1080, or do you need a 4K or 5K display? Do you need a dual-monitor setup? Maybe you’d like a display that has peripheral connectivity. Read below to find the top features that creative content professionals should be looking for when selecting a new monitor.

Monitor Size, Display Resolution, and PPI

Don’t be fooled. When it comes to selecting a monitor for tasks such as post-processing, size matters. Given the ever-growing resolution of images, bigger is generally better, so measure your workspace to see how large of a display it can comfortably handle. If you’re going with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, I wouldn’t go smaller than 21.5″, and for 4K, you’ll want to go a bit bigger to notice the benefits. I’d suggest a minimum 4K display size of 27″, but 31.5″ will really let this resolution shine. In the 4K range, both the ViewSonic VP2785-4K 27″ 16:9 4K UHD IPS Monitor and VP3268-4K 32″ 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor have an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution, while the VP3881 38″ 21:9 WQHD+ 4K Curved IPS Monitor has a resolution of 3840 x 1600. Dell also makes worthy Ultra HD displays with the UP2718Q 27″ 16:9 UltraSharp 4K IPS Monitor and UP3216Q 31.5″ 16:9 UltraSharp 4K UHD IPS Monitor.

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A Guide to Neutral Density Filters

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The neutral density (ND) filter is one of those tools that should be in almost every photographer’s camera bag. However, ND filters are mysterious to some, and many folks just don’t understand how, where, and when to use them. Beyond that, manufacturers seem to vary in their preferences as far as how they name ND filters—adding to the confusion. In this article, let us navigate the world of the ND filter together and see if we can make sense of the nomenclature and also name some appropriate times for their use.

Photographs ©Todd Vorenkamp

What is a Neutral Density Filter?

The ND filter is basically a filter that, placed before the lens (or dropped into a filter slot) reduces the amount of light making its way into the camera. Think of the ND filter as sunglasses for your camera—albeit sunglasses that do not change the color of the light being captured by the camera and lens—hence the “neutral” nomenclature.

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Morning in downtown Brooklyn after a snow fall. Captured with a Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra 16-stop ND filter.

What do Neutral Density Filters do or allow you to do?

There are a couple of real-world uses for the ND filter—one involving aperture and one involving shutter speed.

1. Aperture — Shallow depth of field in brightly lit environments

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5 Tips and Tricks for Voice-Over Production at Home

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Hi there! Do you have a rich, velvety voice that people compliment all the time? Do you have secret desires to cut out of your nine-to-five grind and get into the illustrious world of voice-overs? Of course you do! (You clicked the headline, didn’t you?)

Let me start off by telling you two things: To get sustainable voice-over work is harder than you’d think—lots of people want to do it, and networking, no matter the industry, is a deleterious task worthy of all your contempt. However, it’s never been easier to produce professional-grade vocals at home for voice-over work. In fact, it’s easy enough for me to explain how to do it relatively quickly, in this article right here.

The first thing you need to think about is…

Consider the Room (Oh Hi, Mark!)

No room in your house is going to be perfect, so make peace with that now. The AC, the radiator, a wanton refrigerator nearby, maybe some electrical hum you didn’t even know you had—something is going to ruin the sonic experience. Some rooms will be better than others. Audition the bedroom or the living room first as possible contenders. As a general rule, parallel wells in a room will often create unwanted sonic effects when recording, but it’s often impossible to find a room in your house that isn’t a rectangle or a square. Don’t fret—there’s much you can do to offset the problems.

Once you’ve found a relatively quiet room, walk around and clap, listening for the dreaded flutter echo, which sounds like this:

You’ll want to minimize this effect, as it could muddy your recordings. In my own studio, I had a friend construct thirteen 703 Fiberglass panels. Three are on the wall to my left, three are on the wall to my right, three are on the wall facing me, and four are hung from the ceiling, creating a cloud. There is no flutter echo in this room anymore, and vocals recorded here sound dry and dead. You can also buy Fiberglass paneling from Primacoustic, Geerfab, and others.

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