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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Netflix Qwikster Change May Be What You Wanted

    With more money and focus going into Netflix as a streaming media entity--totally detached from DVDs by mail--the move, while upsetting, may be exactly what you want.

  • Opinion: Facebook Could Be Eyeing Deeper TV, Music Partnerships

    Facebook appears to be eyeing new partnerships to integrate music and television with its service in its continuing effort to be a one-stop shop for everything in the social media landscape and conquer growing rival Google+.

  • Opinion: PlayBook Software Update to Finally Add Native Email

    Research In Motion is looking to add more punch to its PlayBook tablet -- along with competitive pricing -- to spur sales.

  • Opinion: YouTube Video That Captured Senior Moments Goes Viral

    Webcams are not only hip for young people, but they also can be good for seniors even if they don't know how to use them.

  • Opinion: Store and Share Your Media With Free 4Shared

    4Shared is more than just a virtual drive for storing your digital content. And it's more than just a service for sharing that content with friends and family. 4Shared (free) accomplishes both of these tasks, but with its browser-based sharing of audio and video, it also does more than that.

  • Opinion: Taking Dreamy, Misty Ocean Photos at the Beach

    The beach is one of those idyllic, picturesque settings that begs to have its photo taken. No matter what kind of camera you have or how you take pictures at the beach, you almost can't go wrong when you're standing on the sand and shooting the ocean. But while most people tend to take pictures midday to capture a gorgeous blue sky with fluffy white clouds above the sand and sea, I'd like to suggest another way to shoot the ocean: Use a slow shutter speed to turn the water into a moody, foggy blur. This isn't the first time I've explained how to capture the essence of water motion with a slow shutter speed (check out "How to Photograph Waterfalls and Moving Water"), but this week let's look at how to apply this technique at the beach.

  • Opinion: Freemake Video Converter: Still Free And It Gets Better

    Freemake Video Converter (and its sister product, Freemake Video Downloader) are products I use regularly, because they do specific things very well. In the case of Freemake Video Converter, that thing is converting videos from one format to another quickly and easily. The fact that it's free doesn't hurt, either. There aren’t even any ads, popups or watermarks.

  • Opinion: How to take pan motion photos

    Are you looking for a way to take the coolest photos at your kids’ track meet? The pan-motion photographic effect can make them look like they’re the Flash.

  • Opinion: Netflix Quitters Turning to Blockbuster Streaming?

    Blockbuster may soon offer a streaming movie service to compete with Netflix, and Blockbuster's timing couldn't be much better.

  • Opinion: Photograph Star Trails With Your Digital Camera

    You probably know that Polaris--the North Star--remains stationary in the night sky, and all of the heavens rotate around it. If you could lie under a cloudless sky at night for several hours, you would see the stars spin around the sky like they were tracks on an old vinyl record. Perhaps it has occurred to you that this would also make a great photograph. In the past, I've told you about how to take other sorts of night photos, so this week let's see what it takes to shoot star trails.

  • Opinion: Netflix Protest Quietly Ends as Price Hike Takes Effect

    Netflix's contentious new pricing structure has taken effect, and after weeks of noisy complaints, it's time to wonder: Did you make a big loud stink about the 60 percent price hike? Did you follow through by canceling your account? Or did you just quietly take Netflix's policy changes for what they are -- a business conducting business -- and pick a preferred format?

  • Opinion: Panasonic Makes Big 3D Push With High-End Camcorder

    Panasonic today announced a high-end 3D camcorder that will be the first 3D camcorder to use the AVCHD Progressive video format (albeit in in 2D capture mode). The dual-lens, six-sensor Panasonic HDC-Z10000 will offer 1080p/60fps recording, full manual focus and iris controls, high-end audio options, and manual controls to adjust the convergence point of the lenses during 3D capture.

  • Opinion: Goodbye, Netflix DVDs...Hello, Redbox

    The Netflix price increase announced in July goes into effect on Thursday, Sept. 1. Subscribers, now is a good time to drop your Netflix DVD service--but keep the streaming service, of course--before the $6 fee hike goes into effect.

  • Opinion: Cinetics Puts the Motion Back in Your Videography Ocean

    If you're tired of getting sea-sick from watching your home videos, and you're looking for a cheap alternative to a dolly system, you're going to want to keep your eyes on the CineSkates project that has recently received funding on Kickstarter. The CineSkates system is built to attach to a GorillaPod Focus tripod, and gives the tripod system wheels for the first time.

  • Opinion: Performance art

    Performance is a rather intangible concept. When we look at computing technology, it’s seen as a worthy goal – but how do you quantify it?

  • Opinion: Android Photo Apps, Backing Up Photos on a Trip

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from May, June, and July.

  • Opinion: Running Out of Polaroid Film? Build a Digital Sensor

    It’s official: This 8 by 10-inch color capture back is the world’s largest digital sensor. Christened the Maxback, this massive sensor was commissioned by professional photographer Mitchell Feinberg as a replacement for his quickly dwindling supply of 8 by 10-inch polaroid film.

  • Opinion: Apple Again Rumored to Be Preparing TV Release

    Apple is again rumored to be preparing to release a television set.

  • Opinion: GameStop Tries to Win Back Customers' Trust

    GameStop wants a do-over after angering customers by removing coupons for a competitor that were in boxes for a popular video game.

  • Opinion: Google TV to Launch in Europe

    Google TV isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. It will launch in Europe early next year despite a shaky start in the United States.



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