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As Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, these photos show the making of modern history

Britain’s longest-ever ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, turns 92 today (April 21). Living through the terms of 21 UK prime ministers and 16 US presidents, she has reigned for 65 years as one constant in a world that has enormous change.<p>Through photos from the year she was born to present day, …

Queen Elizabeth II

Camera Basics: Understanding Hyperfocal Distance, Depth of Field, and How Focus Works (VIDEO)

Just because you have a camera with a fast and accurate autofocus system, and a bag of lenses to match, that doesn’t mean you should simply depress …

Depth Of Field

Bite Size Tips: How to Get the Perfect Exposure with a Histogram

The histogram is one of the most useful tools in the camera that helps to evaluate proper exposure and is also one of the least understood and used …

How To: Get ALL of Your Data onto Your New Android Phone

Setting up a new Android phone can be a pain. Although Google has some automated features, it does not restore everything. When it comes to …

Broadcast camera lenses at the Olympics can cost as much as a Lamborghini

These 59-pound boxes contain lots of glass and a ton of tech.<p>Look around the sidelines of any Olympic event and you’ll see rows of photographers with enormous zoom lenses— gear that can easily climb above the $10,000 mark. They’re the stuff photographers dream about, but that equipment can seem …

Cameras

19 Smart Home Hacks That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Know About This Sooner?"

Low-stress tricks and shortcuts.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length or clarity.</i>

30 lens tips to make the most of your range

<b>Angela Nicholson has a few suggestions that will help you get to know your lenses and extend your creative range</b><p><i>Amateur Photographer</i> has rounded up …

Landscape Photography

What Is Sequence Shooting and How Can It Help You Be a Better Storyteller?

When you set out to shoot, how do you know what kinds of shots to capture?<p>No matter what you're shooting, be it a documentary, a feature, or even …

5 practical tips to take your timelapse to the next level

Timelapse used to be the realm of high tech studios and a few dedicated photographers & filmmakers. Now, anybody can do it. We even have apps on our …

Why having no headphone jack is a bad idea

2002 was an interesting year, as it was the first time that DVDs outsold VHS tapes. While people didn’t want to purchase their video collection again on a new format, DVDs made a compelling case. Not only did the discs take up less space than VHS tapes, but the audio and video were of vastly higher …

The History of the Casio G-Shock

Born of a desire to create a watch that never breaks, the Casio G-Shock is revered by many as “the toughest watch on the planet”. But it is much more …

Use This Simple Technique to Fake Some Basic Gimbal and Glidecam Camera Movements

Glidecams and gimbal stabilizers have become a staple in the filmmaking toolkit. They provide users with amazingly stable footage, eliminating almost …

Filmmaking

Focus By Wire: Why It Sucks (Featuring Possible Solutions!)

It seems every other TCSTV episode, Jordan Drake is complaining about focus-by-wire lenses. So Jordan and Chris Niccolls decided to explain what …

Follow These Six Shooting Tips to Make Editing a Breeze

A great way to hone your videography skills is to get frustrated while editing video. As you may know, there are plenty of ways to get frustrated …

Why I am Anti-Instagram

If you like Instagram please please please, keep using it.Instagram has empowered a lot of photographers and artists. After all, it is free, allows …

Social Media

Why Your Camera’s Auto Function Isn’t Your Friend: An Excerpt from You Can Be a Film-maker e-Book

With his new e-Book <i>You Can be a Film-maker</i>, British documentary and corporate filmmaker Martyn Moore offers budding moviemakers some simple but …

Filmmaking

How To Use Flash Outdoors | Flash And Ambient Light Balancing For A Natural Effect

It’s a funny thing how there is a tendency for those who consider themselves to be ‘natural light photographers’ will often express a “fear” of using …

Become a Google Drive power user with these 20 tips and tricks

Boost your productivity<p>When Google Docs first appeared more than a decade ago, the idea of software running in a browser was still a strange and unusual one. Since then, the rebranded Google Drive has gone from strength to strength, with millions now relying on the free word processing, …

Software

How to Focus ⅓ Into a Photo for Deep Depth-of-Field

Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned. If you’re a landscape …

Landscape Photography

Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

Shooting high-quality video has never been easier and cheaper than it is today. Most digital cameras offer at least high definition 1080p quality and …

Wide Angle Photography Tips

Ahh…wide angle photography, probably one of the easiest types of photos to take, but also one of the hardest areas in which to excel. Have you ever …

Behave, foreigners! Kyoto issues etiquette guides

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kyoto residents have had enough. A surge in tourism in recent years has brought with it an outbreak of dirty toilets and misbehaving travelers.<p>The city of Kyoto is battling the problem in what might be seen as a typically Japanese way -- issuing polite guidelines amplified by adorable …

Japan

Why Are Movies Shot With Ridiculously Complex Cinema Camera Rigs Instead of Simple Setups?

A video camera is a machine that has recording capabilities that captures images through an attached lens. Whether it's your phone, DSLR, film, or a …

Watch: An Essential Guide for Wrangling Cables, Cords, and Rope on a Film Set

Learn how to properly wrap all different kinds of cables and cords you use during a film shoot.<p>Other than caffeine and a tremendous amount of …

How to Master Framing in Photographic Composition For More Powerful Shots

Frames are the portion of “land” in which any masterpiece can live. They define the boundaries in which a scene resides, and they can be seen in …

Buying A Microphone | Basics You Need To Know Before You Buy

From the podcast that you listen to on Podbay to the music recorded by your favorite artist on Spotify, microphones play an essential role in our …

5 Exercises To Help You See

Guest Post by Lauri Novak.<p>We are all photographers. Phones. Tablets. Cameras. Every one of us can at almost any given moment take a photo. The …

F**k Photojournalism: It’s Time for the Industry to Change Before It Dies

If you were to ask me whether or not I was surprised that there is another scandal in the photojournalism community, I would reply with a resounding …

How Much Do We Really Know About the Speed of Light?

Light-Speed, Explained<p>In one of his videos from earlier this year, YouTuber Joe Scott, host of “Answers With Joe,” takes on the <i>glaring</i> question of …