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Audioengine HD6 Speaker Review – Yes, I can hear you now!

This bookshelf speaker system offers serious kick.
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“Wasps & Lavender” – Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera or Canon C100 II? (Video)

Shooting wasps is an exercise in patience. That's the first thing I learned. It's also an exercise in liberal sunscreen. Squinting. And, waiting some more. I now have utmost respect for those who stake out exotic locales and spend hours upon hour awaiting the perfect shot of that Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan. And here I...
Tested: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

Test Shots: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens on Canon EOS 80D DSLR

I've heard about the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens ($1,949 USD) for ages. Widely regarded as a legendary lens, it's been on my lust list for as long as I can recall shooting on DSLR. You see it as sporting events all the time, the white casing unmistakably...
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 on mission to kill the DSLR

It looks like Apple is on a mission to kill more than just the headphone jack. Camera. Camera. Camera. For a relatively long segment of today's Apple presentation, the emphasis was on the innovative software technology behind the camera in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rather: cameras. As...

DSLR Filmmaking Gear: What’s in my bag? (Too much!)

I found myself doing what I tell myself never to do: taking gratuitous photos of my gear. Sigh. Why on earth do all of us involved in videography feel compelled to do this -- as if we're taking monumentally profound shots of famous landmarks, or memorable events, or loved...
Rebel Without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Need filmmaking inspiration? Read ‘Rebel Without A Crew’ asap

Some times less is more. Often it seems creativity flourishes in an absence of infinite resources. Case in point: Robert Rodriguez. At only 23 years-old, the Texas native -- now, famously -- scrapped together $7,000 to shoot his first film. Not only would his epic work ethic result in the starry-eyed dreamer's...
Pebble Health App Updates 2016

Pebble 4.0 is here, all about “glance and go” and fitness tracking

In advance of its next wave of smartwatches -- Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 -- the upstart company that continues to innovate where others have slowed has released a significant update. Pebble today took the wraps off its latest software update. The Silicon Valley-based wearable company says the new 4.0 release...
Loni Stark the Oil Painting Clown

Clowning around on Stark Insider

You can't take life too seriously -- at least some of the time. Right? We like to put that idea to the test every now and then here on Stark Insider. If that means throwing caution to the wind, creating the occasional quirky video, and embracing our alter egos, than all...
Pebble OS 4 - Timeline Quick View

Pebble smartwatch OS update brings unobstructed, Wear-like notifications

Pebble just keeps getting better and better. But will it be enough? Nextgen Pebble smartwatches are around the corner. In the coming months the Silicon Valley upstart will ship the Pebble 2 ($129) and Pebble Time 2 ($199). Update models include heart rate monitors, larger e-paper displays, and even better...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame DSLR Camera

Should you buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera?

The wait is over. Well, almost. Canon has unveiled the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark IV full frame DSLR. For now, you can pre-order one ($3,499 USD via Amazon or B&H Photo Video), and drill down on the specs, until the mighty camera ships later next month (September 2016). Headline features for the...