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Camera Tripod

 

Camera Tripod

Camera Tripod

By Anne Ahira

If you own a camera whether it is of the film variety or a digital camera or even a camcorder. One thing that you are going to want to get as the first accessory after a camera bag is a Camera Tripod.

This really neat thing allows you to take better photos by mounting the camera or camcorder on it and it steady’s the unit so that there is no camera shake so you get e less blurry photograph or video even in lower lighting.

The other thing that a Camera Tripod can do is allow you to use the self-timer mechanism on the camera so that you can dun up and get in the shot as well. Let’s face it, it is hard to hold a camera and be in the shot too.

The tripod makes it possible for dads everywhere to finally be in some of those family photos instead of always behind the camera and out of the picture.

A Camera Tripod comes in several varieties. There are light and heavy duty and then there are some with levels to make sure that the photo is square and level to the ground. Some of the tripods have what is known as a quick release. Normally when you mount a camera to a tripod you have to screw the camera onto the tripod-mounting shoe.

However if your Camera Tripod has a quick release feature, you take the show off the tripod and screw that show onto the camera and then the camera can just snap on and off the tripod in seconds as opposed to taking a but more time to hand screw on and it also saves the wear and tear on the camera mounting screw.

The Camera Tripod will some times have a handle on it to allow you to carry it more easily and they are made out of lightweight aluminum alloys to allow them to be very light weight.

The Camera Tripod will allow you to raise it in height both by adjusting the legs, which usually have three sections and the center pole also extends with a crank to raise the camera up to a comfortable angle. On top of that the head where the camera mounts may also tilt up to 90 degrees to allow for different camera angles so you can get different shots.

Some of the Camera Tripod choices out there even come complete with a carry case to allow you to store the tripod when not in use keeping it dust and scratch free so it keeps looking good and brand new for a long time after purchase. This is a must have accessory that should be purchased by anyone buying a camera or camcorder for the first time.



Nice USB Adapters for Desktops, Netbooks, and Old Laptops

 

USB Adapters

By Anne Ahira

A lot of the modern desktops and laptops can be found in virtually every computer store and on sale in popular online retailers like Amazon.com.

However, not all people may be willing to give up their older systems simply because they are satisfied with the performance of their systems. Others may not have the budget for buying the latest models.

One of the biggest reasons in replacing their older systems with the newer is to take advantage of built-in features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

 

With many of the older systems having a few USB 2.0 ports, USB adapters can be purchased instead so their older systems can do things that the newer models can do. Here are some of the nice USB adapters that should work fine in any old systems with USB 2.0 ports.

Wireless USB Adapters

Only desktops that have special motherboards with built-in Wi-Fi can connect to a wireless router or other wireless devices. If not, an Ethernet must connect to an available Ethernet port of the wireless router in order to have wireless access. Older laptops may not have built-in Wi-Fi adapters either which leads to the purpose of Wireless USB adapters.

Average wireless adapters with 802.11g 54 Mbps can go as low as $20 while there are newer ones like the Linksys WUSB600N which features dual-band wireless-N that costs around $80 in Amazon.com. With the diverse selection adding wireless capabilities is easy as long as the driver is compatible with operating system in use.

Bluetooth USB Adapters

Bluetooth USB adapters are just about the same size as the wireless USB adapters, but do not have an antenna. These adapters grant laptops and desktops to send data wirelessly to devices with Bluetooth. It is useful for connecting and syncing with phones and other mobile devices.

If the mobile has 3G and can connect to the Internet, the phone can share the Internet with the laptop so the laptop can access the Internet wirelessly playing the role of a Bluetooth modem.

USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI Adapters

Even newer laptop models have DVI or HDMI outputs for connecting with the newest monitors and high definition TVs. Getting a VGA-to-DVI adapter is one way to bring that connectivity to old laptops, but a USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI saves up the VGA slot and uses a USB one instead.

Some devices like the ARKVIEW USB-1612 Multi-Display USB adapter are better because of their support for multiple displays. It is recommended for the system to have at least 512 MB RAM to take advantage of multiple displays.

Plugging in any of these USB adapters pretty much makes the system as feature-rich as the average laptop or desktop being sold today. This means that a new system is needed if the hardware specs like the processor need upgrading.