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While using the flash feature of your camera is important and needed sometimes in low or no light situations, let’s face it, using a flash can be annoying. They can often create awful shadows, wash people out and often messes up the background by overpowering it.
However, there is something easy and relatively cheap that you can pick up that will solve all of your flash photography problems without ditching the feature altogether, and it is a flash diffuser.
A flash diffuser is a simple piece of semi-see-through plastic that attaches to the external flash of your camera. They come in various shapes, textures, diffusion levels, colors and sizes, but are all used to lessen the negative effects of the flash. Essentially, a flash sends out a cone-shaped flash of light at your subject, almost like a spotlight. A diffuser (as you could guess by the name) diffuses this light and spreads it around the entirety of the photo, softening the light and giving you a better picture.
They are very easy to use as you simply attach them and then can enjoy their benefits immediately. Being as this attachment will change your photos, it is best to experiment with shooting on different angles and from different vantage points to see what yields you the best results.
Now that you know what flash diffusers are and how to use them, let’s recommend a couple to check out.The Movo Flash Diffuser Set is an affordable, and versatile set that includes 3 different diffuser types – white for regular diffusion, gold for a warmer tone, and green to correct fluorescent lighting or create novel fill effects.The flash diffuser set is available for Canon 320EX, 430 EX, Metz mecablitz flashes and Nissin Speedlite flashes.
The Movo MP Series are “soft box” style diffusers - collapsible, fabric diffusers that work universally with any flash. In addition to being portable, and affordable, these diffusers allow you to emulate natural window lighting for a beautiful natural look.The MP Series diffuser soft boxes works with all major external flash brands.
by Kale Havervold
How to Choose a Wireless Microphone
When it comes to getting good audio, it starts with the microphones. However, conducting interviews or making videos with pesky wired microphones can be a hassle. And while you can use your phone or other mobile device, the microphones in those are fairly low quality and leave a lot of be desired.
Instead of making compromises, why not get a wireless microphone system? These offer amazing sound quality, while also being incredibly portable. However, with so many options out there, how do you choose which one to go with? That is where this article comes in.
The first thing you should consider is what you are going to use the microphone for. If you need the microphone for interviews or for shooting a video or a presentation, you should use a clippable lavalier mic connected to a body pack transmitter. If you are looking to hold a live performance or doing something where multiple people will need to speak, a handheld microphone might be the way to go.
In general, you should also choose a mic that is comfortable and easy to use, should be fairly rugged to hold up to consistent use and it should have good feedback resistance. Also, if you want quality, you should go with a UHF mic over a VHF mic as they normally have better range and allow for less interference.
Of course, lastly, you also need to consider your budget. There are plenty of options at many different price points, so once you discover your budget and needs, you are sure to be able to find the perfect wireless microphone for you. If you are looking for a great entry level option, you could check out the Movo WMIC50 or the Saramonic SR-WM4C (which both come in at under $100), but if you are looking for a higher quality option, be sure to check out the Movo WMIC80 or the Saramonic UWMIC9 (which both come in at under $300).
by Kale Havervold
Smartphones are great for a lot of different things, but recording crisp, clean and powerful audio recordings generally isn’t one of them. If you are interested in getting the best audio out of your smartphone you certainly need an external microphone.
Thankfully, most of them are very affordable and generally pretty easy to use. Also, with Christmas right around the corner, they make a great stocking stuffer. There is no better time than the present to pick one up for a loved one (or for yourself)!
Without any further ado, here are some of the best options out there for external smartphone microphones:At barely over $10, this is an amazing option for a stocking stuffer gift for your friends or family. It is quick to set up, easy to use, and much better than the built-in microphone on your device. In addition to being compatible with your smartphone, it will also work with laptops, digital recorders and more. If you are after great value, you can’t do better than this.If you are looking for an affordable, compact and solidly constructed smartphone mic, look no further than the MA200. It weighs less than .6 oz and is perfect for those who want to record on the go. This product also features an adjustable head that lets you maneuver the mic in whatever direction you want for the best clarity.If you require an external mic for conducting interviews, this could be the one for you. This mic features two separate microphone heads, which connect into a single wire. Each head records individually and the “interviewer” mic has 5 feet of cable, while the “interviewee” has 8 feet. This allows for comfortably positioning without stretching the cable.If you have a bit of a larger budget (or are looking for a one stop shop for all audio recording needs), check this one out. It is very portable, while also giving you high-quality professional audio. It has two condenser microphones, an equalization feature and is great for many different situations and scenarios.by Kale Havervold
Movo Knowledge Center:Keeping you informed on new products and technology
Conventional wired microphone systems convert sound captured into an electrical audio signal that is sent through a cable and into the sound system. Wired systems are generally found to deliver higher quality audio when compared to wireless systems. However, when multiple different devices are all wired up the stage or studio can easily become an entanglement of wires and freedom of movement can be limited. This is where wireless microphone systems excel.
Wireless microphone systems work by converting audio signals created by the microphone into radio signals. The audio signals are sent by the transmitter to the receiver, which then converts the radio signal back into audio signals which can be used by the sound system. Wireless systems completely eliminate the need for cables maximizing your freedom of movement and adding simplicity to your set up.
Movo Photo offers a range of wireless microphone systems for any need:
The WMIC50 is a cost effective, and easy to use option. It pairs one transmitter with one receiver, operates at the 2.4GHz frequency, works with DSLRs and video cameras, and has a range of 164'.
At only $99.95, it's perfect for people just getting started with wireless microphones.
For professionals who need a more sophisticated set up, Movo Photo offers the WMIC70 and WMIC80 systems.
Both these wireless microphones offer professional audio quality - perfect for on-camera interviews, ENG, independent filmmaking, and more. Both systems broadcast on the UHF frequency range, and provide dozens of transmissions frequencies to choose from, so you can use multiple systems even in crowded or urban environments.
The WMIC70 is a one transmitter to one receiver system available for $179.95
The WMIC80 offers two transmitters to one receiver, allowing up to two people to be recorded at the same time. A great deal at only $299.95
Let’s briefly explore the All-New Movo WMIC80 an Ultra High Frequency and Dual Wireless lavalier microphone system! Whether you're recording and transmitting audio from a wedding, social event or even an up and close interview the WMIC80 will provide premium HD audio for your varied needs. You can attach your wireless receiver unit directly to your shoe mount on your camera to sync the audio right to your camera.
The WMIC80 with (2) included omnidirectional lavalier microphones clips easily to your shirt with the lapel clips while you attach the transmitters to your waistband or belt for easy portability and comfortability from a long distance.These mics provide uniform frequency response and limit unwanted noise pickup.
Another awesome feature is that the included mics while proprietary are not wedded to your system. You can interchange the lavalier microphones for most third-party microphones. The WMIC80 comes standard with cable adapters for microphones with both 3.5 mm and XLR connections.
Finally one of the best and most practical features of the system is the stylish Movo Hard Case for your equipment and accessories. There is a compartment for each piece of your system and is indispensable on shoots. All-in-all the WMIC80 Wireless by Movo arms you with everything you need to capture top tier audio at a price point we are proud of.
*More Fun Facts: The Movo WMIC80 Operates over frequencies of 584 MHz-607.4 MHz. It features 2 groups of 48 selectable channels (96 unique frequencies) and can operate and connect at over 330 feet (more than a football field away!).