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Purchasing A Camcorder Bag

You have purchased a camcorder. Not just any camcorder, but the most recent camera which includes all of the technological "bells and whistles." You spent hours on the Internet reading review after review that evaluated the features and performance of the camcorder that you were interested in. You also conducted your homework that revealed any service problems and researched web postings that reflected any negative opinions offered by disgruntled customers.

You finally found that perfect camcorder. You then took in a deep breath and exhaled slowly and made your purchase. It was quite a bit of money, but you rationalize that it was the perfect investment to capture those special times in your family's life as well as those near and dear to you. Having made the purchase and getting over buyer's remorse you have one additional purchase to make to protect your investment. That purchase is a camcorder bag. Not only will this bag protect your investment, but it will serve a number of other functions as well.

Purpose

There are many useful purposes of a camcorder bag. The obvious reason is to protect your investment. A camcorder can range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars. A camcorder bag will protect your investment from the elements such as moisture, dust and the sun's damaging rays. Also, storing your camcorder in a camcorder bag will help keep it out of sight and out of mind so to speak. This may help to keep honest people honest.

Another purpose of a good camcorder bag is to help prevent accidental damage to your camcorder. A good camcorder bag will be made of quality material, such as leather, and manufactured so that significant padding is incorporated into the bag. This construction will absorb the shock experienced if the encased camcorder is accidentally dropped.

Features

There are many features that can be incorporated into a quality camcorder bag. These features are designed not only to be fashionable but provide function to enhance the use of the camcorder.

One feature is multiple pockets. These pockets could be closed either by using Velcro or zippers. These pockets could be used to store extra batteries, extra videotape or a disk, etc.

An additional feature that allows for the ease of carrying your camcorder would be a shoulder strap. Considerations of the style of shoulder strap, which comes with the camcorder bag, would be the strength of the stitching where the strap connects to the bag, whether or not the strap is detachable and the comfort of the strap as indicated by its width.

One other important feature in choosing the camcorder bag would be the design of the main pocket. Because it stores the camcorder, consideration should be given that the space is large enough to accommodate the camcorder. In addition, video footage is often an unplanned occurrence. Therefore, the ease of quickly removing the camera in order to take the unplanned video footage is a major consideration.

 


Best Uses For Your Digital Picture Frames

Digital frames are one of the hotest new gadgets on the market, quickly gaining popularity with consumers who want to better leverage their digital pictures. Many people have likely received one of these as a gift and are trying to determine the best use for their new digital photo picture frame. Their are lots of options for these new LCD devices, probably some you haven't thought of before.

The most common use for digital photo frames is replacing your traditional static picture frames. In essence, consider your new digital frame a high tech, dynamic version of your older photo frames, specifically designed for the new generation of digital pictures. Photo frames in your living spaces, kitchen, bedroom, or any other room can now be replaced with a digital frame. Immediately, instead of displaying a single static picture all the time, your new digital frame will be able to display a whole series of pictures via a slideshow, and you'll be able to change the pictures in these frames with new ones simply by transferring them with a memory device. If you take a go on regular vacations, have children or grandchildren that are growing up, or take a lot of digital photos for any other reason, you now have a more practical way to display this constantly changing collection. Many people consider digital frames more like digital photo albums than a digital version of a single picture frame.

Digital photo displays also have another use in that they can display different types of media. If part of your collection of pictures includes slideshows with music, or videos, these can be loaded on digital frames as well. Now productions that in the past were mostly limited to display on your television, now have another medium in your home for playback. Digital frames in essence are smaller, more portable versions of large LCD displays used in TVs.

Since many digital photo frames now use wireless technology, using your new frame around the house is easier than ever. Sign up for a new service with Flickr and FrameChannel, and stream pictures from your Flickr albums directly to your frame, or even news, weather, and other information from RSS feeds via FrameChannel.

Another popular use for a new digital photo frame is in your office. Many people have limited desk and office space, and generally have many loved ones that deserve photo frame real estate on their desk. Digital frames immediate solve this problem by combining the single photos of many frames onto one. Again, since your office desk is generally where your computer is, strongly consider a wireless digital frame (such as the Kodak EASYSHARE W820 Wireless Digital Frame) for your office so you can easily change pictures often via bluetooth.

There no shame in gifting or 're-gifting' a digital frame, mainly because they are so easy to customize, so if you have a space digital picture frame, load it with pictures your friend or loved one will identify with and send it to them as a gift. They will be able to open your gift, turn it on, and immediately start enjoying photos you both can relate to. This and many other reasons are why digital photo frames are very popular gifts.

Finally, you should consider the uses of digital frames outside of the home and office. Businesses are putting digital photo frames to use in many highly productive ways. Some use digital frames in lobbys or reception areas for advertising, welcome, or information displays. Digital frames can also be used as displays for calendars or schedules for teams or conference rooms, or as bullentin boards, mainly by displaying any information that can saved from PowerPoint into a JPEG file. Service industries like restaurants, doctors offices, or stores use them for marketing, scheduling, or daily information sharing. Again, just as digital frames have become dynamic versions of tradition picture frames, they are also become more flexible versions of tradition static display devices in business.

 


Adjusting White Balance On A Digital Camcorder

The function to adjust white balance on a digital camcorder is one of the most important features, but it can be one that is so often overlooked by hobbyists and even slightly more ambitious film-makers. White balancing is, however, a very useful and important facility and one that can greatly enhance and improve the final quality of your recorded footage.

The colour white is used by a digital camcorder as a yard stick against which all the other colours are measured. "White Balancing" simply confirms to the camcorder what the colour white is, so that it can make a representation of every colour in the scene with best possible accuracy. This is the reason for white balancing.

The time to adjust the white balance on a digital camcorder is whenever the shooting circumstances are affected by changes in lighting. Film outside in the glorious sun and then moving into a dimly lit room would be an obvious moment to adjust - and this will help ensure that your precious filming is most effectively represented in terms of colour accuracy.

The white balance control on a digital camcorder can be set very quickly and it is very easy to do, so it can be completed in a few seconds. Most camcorders will be equipped with a white balance button or alternatively will have a menu option to access this function. You'll need to identify where this function can be found on your camcorder - and if necessary consult your user manual.

To actually perform the adjust, basically you'll require an item that is white. Almost anything will suffice, although if you're on the move, something portable would be a good idea - like a piece of card kept inside your accessories bag. Zoom the camcorder onto the white item (covering at least eighty percent of the frame) and select the option on the camcorder. That's it!

Watching camcorder recordings where the colours are a little bit off; perhaps too much of a blue or yellow flavour upsetting the scene is a sure fire way to recognise that the simple function to adjust white balance was neglected.

 




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