Invite friends and relatives to see your latest home movie and count on a generous outpouring of stammered feeble excuses designed to keep them at a safe distance. If the assumed victimes are already trapped, simply threaten to bring forth your vacation video-then watch your guests scurry like...
How's your self-image? Are you plagued with self-doubt? Do you find yourself paralyzed with prepresentation jitters? Does your insecurity cripple you socially? And cure may not be on your therapist's couch but in front of your camcorder. Generally we use video recording systems to document events...
With filters, you can see the world through rose-colored glasses, psychedelic patterns, and a protected lens. Some professional still photographers carry a groaning weight of filters in their gadget bags. They press special use filters into service on nearly every shoot. Why? Because filters make a good session great. Other photographers never...
If the director is the leader of the orchestra, the cameraman is the first violinist. The director may be able to inspire his shooting crew to produce an Academy Award-winner, but he can't make "music" alone. He must rely on the cameraman, with his camera violin. I'll be so bold...
Whether professional, hobbyist, or rank perfectionist, any videographer willing to go to the trouble and expense of using lens attachments does it for a reason: Of all the accessories available to videomakers, lens attachments affect the image most directly-with most creative impact. A tripod will help ensure steady images, an...
Minimal Investment of Time and Money Big Payoff in Quality and Convenience If you're like most people, you have a shoe box or two hidden away in a closet, carefully tucked behind an old pair of ski boots. Every year during spring house cleaning you pop open the lid and...
Even though I have a background in aerial still photography and had a high-wing Cessna 172 at my disposal, shooting videos from the sky proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. With the advent of small, high-quality equipment, moving to video was a natural progression. I decided to use...
A renewed interest in wildlife preservation has increased the frequency of animal "shootings." Fortunately, they're happening with video cameras! There's no better way to capture the reality of the wilds than with the "aliveness" of video. However, taking a video camera outdoors to record animals in their natural habitats presents...
Yearning to give your videomaking a new look? Creative special-effect visuals are only a lens manipulation away. If you're a photographer turned videomaker, you're probably already familiar with the tricks of the lens trade. If you're new to the game, however, prepare to let your videomaking creativity soar. Getting super close-up...
With so much videotaping going on, it's been easy to notice something that protessional film and videomakers have known for years: People react to being taped and to seeing themselves on tape. Now the significance of this observation may not be immediately apparent But any videomaker who has taped ordinary...

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The best mirrorless cameras and DSLRs for video — 2021

These are the best mirrorless cameras and DSLRs on the market today, organized by use case. All are worthy of your hard-earned dollar.
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