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Full-Frame Comparison: A Look at the 5D Mark III and 1D X

Canon has introduced two landmark full-frame, professional digital SLRs in 2012 — the EOS 5D Mark III, and the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. In today’s two-hour presentation at B&H’s Event Space, Canon product educator Eric Stoner will deliver an informative and exciting presentation highlighting the relative strengths of each, as well as dissecting their differences.

Zombie debt collections: Hollywood Video is dead, but bills still haunt consumers

The stores may be gone, but people are still getting bills from the defunct video store chain.

Talk about Red Tape: Consumers across the country say they are being harassed into paying bills they don’t owe to a company that no longer exists. And it’s not the first time. Like a monster in a bad horror flick, every time this Hollywood Video debt collection controversy seems to be killed, it keeps coming back to life.

When Hollywood Video and its parent, Movie Gallery, went out of business in 2010 and declared bankruptcy, they had only one real asset: unpaid fees. About 3 million U.S. residents owed money to the firm — a lot of money — nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, according to the Rhode Island attorney general’s office. But attempts to collect that money on behalf of Hollywood Video’s creditors have become a series of bad horror flicks to former customers, who claim they are being repeatedly harassed by debt collectors waving bills the consumers don’t owe. And now, an NBC News investigation of 500 complaints filed against one of those firms in the past 90 days — Universal Fidelity — shows that consumers accuse the company of everything from bullying to threatening to ruin their credit, despite promises to all 50 state attorneys general that it would never do so.

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Modifying Lights for a Talking Head Interview

Rich Harrington demonstrates how get the most out of the lighting you are using. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview.

Modifying Lights: DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington: Adorama Photography TV from AdoramaTV on Vimeo.

Video of Curiosity’s Descent onto Mars

At 10:32 PST Earth Time on August 5th, 2012, the scientists at JPL in Pasadena received the signals indicating that Curiosity safely touched down on Gale Crater on the fourth planet from the sun. The first small 64×64 thumbnails set the scientific community but now some full resolution images are coming through.

Here is a shot of Curiosity with it’s parachute deployed as it decelerates from over 13,200 mph to just 2 mph in a matter of 7 minutes.

The video of the descent:

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