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A turntable uses a phono cartridge to convert mechanical energy into
electrical energy, which is processed through your stereo system and
then output intelligibly through your speakers. A high-quality
cartridge is essential for good sound.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions
Things You'll Need
Phono Cartridges

Buy a
moving-magnet cartridge if you plan to spend less than $400 on a
cartridge or if your phono pre-amplifier will not support low-output
moving-coil cartridges.
Choose a moving-coil cartridge if you have
heard moving-coil cartridges, prefer their sound quality, and can
afford the initial and ongoing costs.
Select a specialty cartridge
if you have a tur

Whether you are a DJ who loves spinning records or an audiophile who
prefers vinyl rather than CDs, the sound quality of high-fidelity
turntable will be music to your ears.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions
Things You'll Need
Tone Arms
High-fidelity Turntables
Phono
Cables
Phono Cartridges
Phono Preamps

Budget
the total amount you are willing to spend for record-playing
equipment. Include turntable, tone arm, cartridge, cables, phono
preamp, isolation products and any other optional equipment you will
need.
Check the recommended components lists in the most recent
April or October issue of Stereophile for prices and suggestions of
models worthy of au

Although CDs are the most popular format these days, older recordings
might still only be available on LPs (or even 78s). Also, records are
a must for you amateur party DJs. These instructions are for buying a
basic turntable. If you're an audiophile, see the Related eHow "How to
Buy a High-Fidelity Turntable."Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You'll Need
Turntables

As inexpensive
turntables made by Japanese manufacturers have noise-inducing plastic
bases and plinths, consider buying a used turntable.
Buy a
belt-drive turntable if possible, as they cost less and provide
greater tonal accuracy and isolation from motor noise than
direct-drive turnta

This article explains how to set up a home entertainment center for
all your audio visual entertainment needs. It discusses all the key
elements of a home theater and how they come together to create an
entertainment room that will blow everyone
away.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
TV or
Projector
The want to be entertained
Reciever and Speakers
class="error">Your Home, Your NeedsFirst of all you must decide what
you want your home entertainment center to do. There are the obvious
things which most people expect from a home theater like watching TV
and playing movies and surely you want to be able to listen to your
mustic collection on it, but a home th
Choosing between types and brands of print paper can be confusing, but
it's an integral part of the printing process.Difficulty:Moderately
EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Photographic Print
Papers
Camera Accessories
Cameras
Darkroom
Chemicals
Darkroom Equipment
Paper Safes
class="error">Decide on the paper size. Photographic print paper comes
in a range of standard sizes from 3 1/2 by 5 inches to 16 by 20 inches
and larger.
Consider the type of finish you want. Matte, semimatte,
pearl, luster and glossy are some of the most common. Matte prints
feature extremely low reflectivity while glossy prints are highly
reflective, giving the impression of greater
Taking pictures in low-light conditions requires attention to light
sources and an understanding of how light affects film. The amateur
with some camera experience can take pictures at night by following a
few guidelines.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Things
You'll Need
Notebooks
Pens
White Index Cards
SLR
Camera
Film
Tripods

Use a tripod with slow
film (under ISO 100) for landscapes and architecture and fast film
(ISO 400 or above) for moving subjects. Fast film has a much more
noticeable grain than slow film, but the long exposure times required
for slow films preclude using it for moving subjects.
Adjust the
film speed to a hi

Underwater photography is open to the casual snorkeler and the
experienced diver alike.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions
Things You'll Need
Camera Accessories
Dive Masks
Wide-angle
Lens
Camera Filters
Diving Gloves
Film
Wet
Suits
Underwater Camera Flashes
Snorkeling Gear
Camera
Bags
Flash Polarizer Filters
Swimming Fins
telephoto or long
lens

Get a camera system tough enough to weather
inevitable knocks. Although cameras from Instamatics on up can produce
decent results, the Nikonos system, designed to operate to depths of
165 feet, provides the greatest latitude for the serious underwater
photographer.
Select a

Neutral-density, color-graduated, color-compensating, enhancing,
polarizer, soft-focus and specialty filters are used in color
photography. Experiment and play with various filters to create your
unique, personalized style.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things
You'll Need
Camera Bags
Camera Filters
Camera Polarizer
Filters
Cameras
Film

Study the scene you
wish to photograph. Look for any extreme contrast in light. In a
sunset or sunrise, the foreground is darker than the sky.
Use a
graduated filter to compensate for these differences in contrast. A
graduated filter is half clear glass and half neutral or a color. It
allows the foreground to absor

Creating a studio can be a simple or complex task depending on the
desired results, but in either case a few simple rules apply. You need
sufficient space, a lot of electrical outlets, the ability to shut out
light when necessary etc.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things
You'll Need
Brushes
Reflector Boards
Cupboards
Full-length
Mirrors
Paint Rollers With Extension Pole
Studio Lighting
Air
Conditioners Or Ventilator
Dressing Room Curtains
9-foot-wide
Paper Rolls
Cameras
Flash Meters
Tripods
Electrical
Outlets
Stepladders
White, matte interior paints
class="error">Choosing the RoomFind a room that's 15 to 18 feet long
to allow for
Printing images from a negative distinguishes those who simply take
snapshots from the serious photographer. Learning your way around a
camera is only the first part of a complete process that culminates in
the darkroom.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Things
You'll Need
Enlarger Timers
Masking
Easels
Cardboard
Squeegees
Tongs
Dodging And Burning
Tools
Photographic Print Papers
Developing Tank And
Reels
Enlargers
Fixer
Focusing Aids
Processing
Drums
Safelights

Making a Test Strip and Making
the PrintReview contact sheet and pick a negative to enlarge. Take
negative strip out of sleeve and place inside the frame in


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