Light is the key to great imagery. Poor lighting = Disappointing results. Enter the Dracast on-camera light. You get 160 LEDs, dimmer, and color temperature adjustment. Add its two batteries that last for hours, mount to a camcorder or DSLR, and get ready to make your videos look better.
This Staff Pick brought to you by Joe. Stop by Studio 300 and see this device in action.
There’s a new camera available for use at Studio 300! The Canon Vixia HF G20 is a versatile, lightweight camcorder that rivals the performance of more expensive camcorders without sacrificing pro-level features that appeal to true video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs.
- Dual SD Card Slot
- 32 GB of Internal Memory
- External Microphone Input
- 3.5-Inch Touch Pannel LCD Viewing Screen
- Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Check out the video below for a better idea of the G20’s quality and versatility.
We’ve recently added Nikon gear to join our large inventory of Canon photography equipment. This includes a Nikon 5300 DSLR and several extra lenses that match our Canon inventory. Stop in to Studio 300 to see what’s available for use in the lab and for 3-day checkout.
Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera
The Yi Action Camera is very impressive. It boasts 4K UHD and 2.5K Video at 30 fps, 1080p up to 120 fps / 720p up to 240 fps, and 12MP Photos with 30 fps Burst Mode. Other features include an ultra wide angle lens (with in-camera lens distortion correction), electronic image stabilization, dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity and video / photo time-lapse modes. The video and stills captured by the Yi are spectacular!
One of the best features of the Yi is the 2.19″ LCD touchscreen on the back of the camera. Unlike other action cameras, you can view, review, and change settings via the touchscreen.
Yi Action Camera Touchscreen
This item will soon be available in Studio 300.
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
If you’re looking for a small action camera that can capture video at 4K/UHD (3,840 pixels wide by 2,160 pixels high), it doesn’t get much better than the GoPro Hero4 Black. The captured video is nothing less than stunning.
The Hero4 is capable of 4K30, 2.7K60 and 1080p120 video, 720p240 video for super slow-motion, and 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second. Other features include ProTune recording, time lapse photo, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s also waterproof to 130 feet (with case).
Stop by Studio 300 and check out the Hero4 for up to three days. You will be amazed at what this camera can do.
In a world full of big dreams sometimes it’s the smallest details that may change your perspective. Or, at least, that’s what a macro lens can reveal. Recently, Studio 300 acquired the Tamron 60mm f2 macro lens, and, of course, we created a class for its debut. All of the patrons who participated in this hands-on class really enjoyed the extreme close encounters they had using the macro lens and a DSLR camera. Take a look at some of the great photos they took in the video below or by visiting our Flickr site.
Turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a mini-Studio 300 with a few well-chosen apps. This Summer Studio 300 offers three chances to learn about free (and inexpensive) apps that complement Studio 300 resources. The free class shares tips on the best photography, video, music, library, organizational and productivity tools, and more. So even when Studio 300 is closed, you can feed your creativity using these tools on your Android smartphone (or tablet). Later, you can finish what you started using Studio 300.
Sign-up for these upcoming dates:
This class is part of our new Appy Hour series of programs. Check out the other entries by clicking here.
Check out this cool video of a GoPro. In a water bubble. In space.
NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst used a GoPro camera while on the International Space Station. What makes this exception is that they submerged the camera in a ball of water. The video shows the results below:
Don’t forget you can check out the GoPro from Studio 300! And it’s O.K if you take it into space, but the checkout period is only 3-days so it’ll have to be a short flight.
Want to use a Nikon lens on a Canon camera? Or a vintage Minolta lens on an Olympus? You need a lens adapter to re-purpose those lenses to work with today’s DSLR cameras.
Adapters are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. They simply mount between the lens and the camera body. It’s important to note that most lens adapters are purely mechanical. They provide a mechanical interface between the lens and camera. As a result, focus and aperture adjustments must be done manually.
From the latest iMac computers and top shelf microphones to state-of-the-art video equipment and more, there’s no doubt that Studio 300 is loaded with great gear. However, even with the latest and best, each piece of gear has its physical limitations. While it may seem that some gear, such as mic stands and cables, can withstand repeated heavy use, every piece has its breaking point when given the right circumstances. Care should be taken when using all of the gear.
We’ve recently found some damage to one of our audio interfaces. Here is a picture of the circuit board and the inside of the headphone jack. The jack itself is cracked and broken as if the headphones had been struck while plugged into the interface. While the exact circumstances aren’t known, this is something that could have been avoided with proper care and handling.
Here are a few ideas ensure that the equipment in Studio 300 will last for years to come:
- Plan on taking time in your session for setup and tear-down. Rushing while handling gear is a recipe for mishaps.
- Educate yourself and your group about the gear you’re using. Ask the staff if you don’t understand.
- Make sure to run microphone, power, and patch cables so that they are not in danger of being tripped on.
- Secure mics and cameras on their stands and tripods and extend the stands and tripods correctly so there is no risk of tipping.
- When using studio monitors and headphones, turn volumes to a low setting during initial setup to prevent harm to your the gear and your ears!
- When equipment is not in immediate use (such as digital cameras and handheld camcorders) keep them in their protective cases.
- Use care when plugging in power cables, as they are fragile at both ends and prone to cracking and fraying.
Follow these tips to keep the equipment collection in top working order so every person gets an opportunity to use it.