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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Photographer Replaces His DSLR's Translucent Mirror With Saran Wrap

    If you are a DSLR owner like me, you are probably also deathly afraid of even looking at your camera's innards. Whenever I change a lens I make doubly sure to keep the body pointed downwards at all times, and I will immediately send it back to Nikon (no matter the cost) if I ever need the sensor or mirror cleaned.

  • Opinion: Nikons New Adapter Brings Big Glass to its Small Nikon 1 Cameras

    Nikon just launched its new FT1 mount adapter that lets you attach any Nikon DSLR lens onto the Nikon 1 Micro Four Thirds Camera.

  • Opinion: Vitamin D Turns Your Webcam Into a Security Camera

    Recently, I decided I wanted to use a webcam connected to my desktop computer as a security camera, to see what's happening around the apartment when I'm away. I then started looking for programs that would let me do that, and stumbled upon Vitamin D, which can turn one or more webcams into a full-fledged video surveillance system. It's available in a free Starter edition, a $49 Basic edition (reviewed here), and a $199 Pro edition.

  • Opinion: Super Bowl 2012 Will Be Streamed Live

    For the first time ever, a free live stream of the Super Bowl will be available during the big game in February.

  • Opinion: Viacom, EFF Are Odd Bedfellows in South Park Video Fair Use Lawsuit

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and media giant Viacom haven't always seen eye to eye in the past on the fair use of copyrighted material on the Internet, but a case currently in the courts that involves the parody of a viral video has made the pair allies.

  • Opinion: Three Tips for New Roku-Box Owners

    Roku boxes are hot, hot, hot this year, especially that sexy new $49 Roku LT. So don't be surprised to find one under the menorah tomorrow night or under the tree Saturday morning.

  • Opinion: Get Two More Lenses Out of Your 50mm Lens for Cheap

    A 50-mm lens is just about the second thing every photographer should have in their kit after a camera body. It's compact, sharp, and versatile, and it's possibly the least expensive lens you will ever buy. But did you know you could also turn it into two additional lenses for less than $100?

  • Opinion: MIT's Light Speed Camera Snaps a Trillion Frames per Second

    Slow-motion video has already shown us so much about how bullets make fruit explode, how birds fly, and how lizards running on water. Now they can capture a streak of traveling light. A team from the MIT media lab has created a camera system that can capture a trillion-frames-per-second and visualize the speed of light.

  • Opinion: Send Video Business Cards with the Eyejot Video Mail App

    Business cards are so 20th-century. (They might even date back to the 19th; I'll have to check.) Think about it: someone hands you a business card and it ends up stuffed in your pocket, crumpled, forgotten.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Holiday Gift Guide for Portrait and Outdoor Photographers

    As a kid, I asked for a really fancy Erector set several years in a row but never got it (it came with three motors and some sort of remote control); apparently Santa didn't love me enough. These days, I have my mind set on a ContourRoam, a $200 hands-free HD camera that I can use to document my outdoor adventures. You never stop wanting toys, apparently. Over the last few weeks, I've recommended photo gifts for all manner of photographers on your holiday list, including new photographers and casual and action photographers.

  • Opinion: Can I Post Videos that Use Other People's Music on Youtube?

    Spiderowych asked the Answer Line forum if it's legal to post a remix of copyrighted songs on Youtube.

  • Opinion: YouTube's Big Redesign is a Letdown

    Sorry, Google, but I was expecting more from the big YouTube redesign that launched this week.

  • Opinion: Internet Service Providers May Start Usage-Based Charging

    If you ditched your cable television subscription figuring your wallet would be happier with a subscription to Netflix, you may be in for a surprise. At least one major cable operator is expected to start charging usage rates for its Internet service, starting next year, according to analyst Craig Moffett.

  • Opinion: Photography Gift Guide for Casual and Action Photographers

    The holidays are a special time of year--not just for the food, family, and togetherness, but because it's when photographers can look forward to getting goodies like new cameras, gadgets, and software. Last week I kicked off my annual holiday gift guide by suggesting some goodies for photographers who are trying to stretch their skills.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 14: Don't Trust All Your Eggs in One Basket

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 14

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 13: Storing and Managing Pictures in the Cloud

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 13

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 12: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 12

  • Opinion: Stream 'Mission: Impossible' from Facebook

    Paramount Studios announced Tuesday that the first three Mission: Impossible films can now be streamed directly from Facebook.

  • Opinion: Holiday Gifts for New and Growing Photographers

    When I was a kid, this time of year I'd comb through the pages of the Sears Wish Book and make a list filled with GI Joe sets, Lego blocks, and Erector sets. These days, I put grown-up toys on my wish list--even though it's scientifically proven that you can never outgrow Legos. Over the next few weeks, I'll take a page from my own wish book and give you recommendations for digital photo gadgets and goodies. I'll start with some gift suggestions for new and growing photographers. Come back for suggestions aimed at casual snapshot takers, action photographers, and people who love to shoot portraits and outdoor photos.

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