A Gift Guide to Headlamps

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At the turn of the 20th Century, the only people who wore lamps on their heads were miners. Those early headlamps burned acetylene gas, until Thomas Edison invented an electric model, in 1914. Miners still wear headlamps today, as do dentists, doctors, electricians, plumbers, and many other professionals. The technology has evolved from gas flame to incandescent bulb to LED, but the principle is the same: you just can’t beat hands-free, portable light.

Of course, headlamps aren’t just for digging coal and drilling teeth. They’re perfect for a great many recreational and around-the-house tasks: walking the dog, repairing a car, cycling, setting up camp after sunset. I use mine for tying on a fly while fishing at night. A colleague wears one while setting up his telescope for stargazing. If the power goes out, a headlamp frees your hands to get your household ready to weather the outage. And if the adults don’t have a use for them at the moment, kids can have a ball with headlamps, indoors or out.

There are slim ultralight models you’ll barely notice when out for a run, and powerful, rugged units that can stand up to the elements and heavy use. They come in a wide range of styles and prices, and they make terrific gifts.

Lightweight Lights

Runners will appreciate the 1.7-ounce NU20 USB Rechargeable Headlamp from Nitecore, a brand known for high-end flashlights. Plug in the micro USB and two hours later, you’ll have a featherweight light with four brightness settings, from 1 to 360 lumens. The lamp shines a wide, 100-degree beam, and it tilts so you can position the beam to your liking. It’s available in seven cheery colors.

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Make Your 808s Bang (Without Blowing Your Speakers)

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Growing up in Miami, FL, in the 1980s and ’90s, I was exposed to a great deal of the Roland TR-808 sound. Found in roller skating rinks, and cars with “tricked out” systems across the city, the window-shaking, bone-shattering Miami Bass sound was literally inescapable. The other-worldly 808, with its long and resonant kick drums and toms, crispy snares and claps, and lighting fast hi hats was so pervasive, even my parents knew what an 808 was.

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Roland TR-808

I fell in love with the futuristic bounce of the 808, and it was a big part of what inspired me to want to make records myself. What I didn’t know at the time was how much frustration this would cause me in my early 20s, trying to figure out how to mix the darn things.

I remember the first track I finished that featured an 808 drum kit. I thought it sounded great in my studio monitors, and in my headphones, so I burned it on a CD so I could put it to the ultimate test—the car stereo. To my dismay, when I popped it in the CD player and cranked it up, the low end sounded downright awful. The speakers were buzzing, rattling, and distorting, and the sound bore little resemblance to the classic 808 sound I was going for. Why did the track sound great in my home studio, but terrible in the car?

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9 Drones of Distinction

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Someday, we’ll look back at 2017 and remember it as part of the Golden Age of consumer drones, a time when advanced, affordable UAVs were everywhere. In fact, our biggest gripe might be that there were too many quality options available (First-Person-View problems, amiright?). To help you sort through the over-abundance of aerial excellence, we’ve put together a list of nine distinctive drones that manage to separate themselves from the flock.

PROPEL’s Star Wars drones are noteworthy for reasons beyond their incredible design—although that’s certainly a big draw. These hobby-sized replicas let you choose between a TIE Fighter, X-Wing, or Speeder Bike, and pilot missions for either the Rebel Alliance or the Dark Side. In addition to being hand-detailed, movie-authentic clones of the originals, each drone can hit speeds of up to 35mph, perform 360-degree tricks and flips, and feature light-wave “weapon” systems that let you battle your friends. Better yet: each Star Wars drone comes in a collectible display case that features a light-up base and plays authentic songs and sound bites from the movies.

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Podcast: The 2017 Cameras of the Year and Best Sellers

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We’re offering our annual end-of-year listicle of a podcast a bit early, but it comes with a good deal more information than usual. We polled the writers and experts at B&H to put together a set of cameras that represent the best or most important cameras released in 2017 and we welcomed Levi Tenenbaum and Yaakov Adler, two of our most knowledgeable staffers, to talk about the pros and cons of these cameras.

To anyone paying attention to the photo industry, it should be none too surprising that new cameras from Nikon and Sony are competing for top honors, but you might be surprised at the rest of the cameras in our top ten list and at which point-and-shoot and medium format cameras come into play. Additionally, in the second half of the show, we offer statistics from the B&H website regarding the best-selling and the top-rated cameras of the year. These are not necessarily cameras announced in 2017, but we provide the top scores for cameras in all categories, as well as for lenses and accessories. Also, be sure to tune in next week for our companion episode on “Industry Trends for 2018!”

Any podcast with Levi and Yaakov as guests is bound to be informative and entertaining, and this is no exception. Enjoy.

Guests: Yaakov Adler and Levi Tenenbaum

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Top 5 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

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In this video, photographer David Flores shares five mistakes often made by beginner photographers, and how to solve them. By dealing with these technical and artistic pitfalls right away, photographers just starting out can begin making compelling photographs even sooner. 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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4K Production Series Part 3: Color Grading & Finishing

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In this third and final installment of our 4K Production Series, Doug Guerra explains how to finalize your video project and export the final product. Learn important tips and tricks, such as round-tripping to Resolve from Premiere and back, as well as export settings ideal for your delivery format. Whether you’re interested in creating content for the Web, TV, or theatrical release, knowing how to finalize your project will bring about an appreciable difference in the quality of your export. 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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5 of The Best Underwater Point-and-Shoot Camera Housings

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Whether you’re an East-Coaster looking to escape the cold this winter, or a resident of the West Coast or Southern Hemisphere with year-round opportunities for diving, there are tons of beautiful creatures and environments to photograph in the oceans of our planet. From the stunning coral reefs of Southern California to the incredibly diverse critters of the Caribbean and the 1,000 species of fish in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, the world is teeming with fascinating life calling out to be immortalized in great pictures.

For those whose camera of choice is a point-and-shoot, B&H offers a variety of underwater housings that will enable you to descend to considerable depths and capture stunning images. These enclosures are compact and intended to replicate or approximate the feel of the camera in your hand; their controls are usually placed in the same positions as the corresponding function buttons and dials on the camera, and are often designed in a very similar way to make their operation as intuitive and natural as possible. In this piece, we’ll examine some of the best housings available on the market for several excellent point-and-shoot cameras.

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GPS For Cars, Bikes, Fitness, and Hikes: More than Turn-by-Turn

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It feels good to know you’re going the right way—especially if it doesn’t involve unfolding and re-folding a map or, heaven forbid, asking for directions. Auto makers and tech companies have catered for decades to our desire for accurate, hassle-free navigation aids, and today it’s hard to imagine a smartphone or recent-model car that doesn’t offer turn-by-turn GPS.

But modern stand-alone GPS units offer much more than maps and directions, and they’re not just for use in motor vehicles. GPS bicycle computers let you take part in virtual races, comparing your time on a given segment against others who ride the same road, and tell your elevation and heart rate (if you’re wearing the sensor). GPS units designed for truckers help with legally required record-keeping and warn of weight limits ahead. Some handheld hunting and hiking GPS units double as walkie-talkies and cameras. Global positioning is just one of a wide range of functions on many Fitbit wearables. And Garmin’s latest dashboard GPS allows you to go shopping without taking your hands off the wheel.

Stuff like this is fun and useful, even if you know the route by heart. B&H Photo carries a wide range of portable navigation units that use Global Positioning Satellite technology to keep you on course, whether you’re on two, four, or more wheels, or on your own two feet.

Perhaps it was inevitable that a virtual assistant would be offered for in-car use. After all, who needs assistance more than a driver who’s supposed to be concentrating on the road? The Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa mounts Amazon’s highly popular assistant on your windshield, where you can ask “her” to play music from Amazon Prime through your car’s stereo, operate your smart-home devices, run Alexa Skills apps, or make shopping lists and order goods and services from Amazon. It’s still a navigator, so you get turn-by-turn directions, info on local attractions and services and traffic updates, all updated automatically. Alexa will even crack a joke or share trivia occasionally to pass the time.

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“The New World of Travel Photography” at The Santa Fe Photographic…

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Before spending a week attending Krista Rossow’s “The New World of Travel Photography” class at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, I was guilty of more than one bad habit. After living and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia for most of the past ten years, I became adept at deciding which city (sometimes country) I would travel to at the last minute. While spontaneity is my strength, research of my destination(s) fell to the wayside. When traveling more quickly (to which most Americans with limited vacation time can relate), I often lacked the patience required to make a better image. I never made a shot list. I rarely scouted locations ahead of time. I even struggled with finding hooks to my stories other than the names of the exotic destinations I found myself visiting.

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And then I was sent out to The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops (SFPW) on behalf of B&H Photo to attend a workshop located only a few minutes away from The Plaza in the center of Santa Fe—B&H Photo is an educational partner of the workshops. Only a handful of my colleagues have had the opportunity to attend a workshop at SFPW, so I felt a little lucky and a lot excited to be a student for a week. As I walked toward the main office, it was impossible to not feel how much the campus and its staff reflect Santa Fe’s laid-back warmth and authenticity. Due to some rather last-minute travel arrangements, I didn’t stay in the campus housing; however, I did dine on-campus with my classmates and instructor, for every meal that didn’t conflict with our location shoots. My experience there was as wonderful—if not better than—what my B&H colleagues had disclosed before I left New York. Later, I discovered that SFPW also has a reputation for incredibly delicious meals.

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Choosing the Right Video Doorbell for Your Smart Home

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You’ve just seen a commercial showing a homeowner having a friendly exchange with their package delivery person via camera while they’re not at home, or another commercial showing a homeowner scaring away would-be burglars by shouting something witty into their smartphone’s microphone, sending the culprits scurrying into the night. You think to yourself, “That would be awesome—I need that, I can do that!” With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time than now. That’s it! You’ve decided to purchase a video doorbell of your own. Your home’s security will never be the same.

The package arrives. Thankfully, it arrived safely, because without your new doorbell installed, every delivery is now a roll of the dice in your security-heighted mind. You open it, you install it, and you’re finished. Your perimeter is now secured. Does that sound too easy? Well, it should, because there are a few things you need to consider prior to getting your new doorbell up and running. Don’t get me wrong—this isn’t an overly difficult process. With a little planning, your doorbell can provide years of security and peace of mind. Those commercials I talked about, that really could be you, with a little less drama, of course. Now in a few easy-to-follow steps, let us help you get there.

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