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Use Your Head

Maybe the most important part of your tripod is the head. That’s why many tripod makers give you options, and most tripod designs have removable heads so you can switch them out or upgrade.
By Jon Canfield
Maybe the most important part of your tripod is the head. That's why many tripod makers give you options, and most tripod designs have removable heads so you can switch them out or upgrade. The type of photography you do—and whether you'll be using your camera's video-recording capabilities—play into the…

Alien Skin Snap Art 2

Sometimes a photograph is better looking as a painting. But instead of busting out a brush and palette, let Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 2 do the work for you.
By The Editors
Sometimes a photograph is better looking as a painting. But instead of busting out a brush and palette, let Alien Skin Software's Snap Art 2 do the work for you. Using sophisticated algorithms, the program is able to simulate brush strokes and canvas textures that transform your stills into unique…

Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop is the gold standard for image enhancement, but for many photographers, it’s overkill.
By Dave Willis
Photoshop is the gold standard for image enhancement, but for many photographers, it’s overkill. Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, now up to version 8, focuses on the best tools Photoshop has for typical adjustments and distills them into simple steps for improving your photos quickly, with a gentler learning curve than Photoshop.…

Beyond The Kit Lens

Buying a digital SLR as part of a kit that includes a lens is a popular option, especially for those moving up from a compact camera or switching brands.
By Jon Canfield
Buying a digital SLR as part of a kit that includes a lens is a popular option, especially for those moving up from a compact camera or switching brands. Usually for just a small increase in price, you get the camera body with a zoom lens—enough to get you started.…

Portrait Professional Studio 9

Nobody’s perfect. Hollywood makeup artists earn their livings on this fact—but most of us don’t have a stylist with us every time we shoot a portrait.
By The Editors
Nobody's perfect. Hollywood makeup artists earn their livings on this fact—but most of us don't have a stylist with us every time we shoot a portrait. That's where software like Portrait Professional can help smooth out the rough edges for the most flattering results. Recently updated to version 9, this…

Support Your Gear

Even if you have very steady hands and a stabilized lens or camera, for the sharpest images possible, using a tripod or other camera support is the only surefire solution.
By David Willis
Even if you have very steady hands and a stabilized lens or camera, for the sharpest images possible, using a tripod or other camera support is the only surefire solution. Camera supports also are indispensable for keeping your camera in place for meticulous compositions; and if you're a fan of…

Gear On A Budget

Big-ticket items may have to wait for the holidays, but there are scores of accessories you can use to try new techniques and improve your photo experience without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars.
By The Editors
Ansmann Digicharger Vario When you’re on the road, keep all of your rechargeable batteries powered up using the Ansmann Digicharger Vario. It works with Li-Ion and lithium-polymer battery packs, as well as AA/AAA, NiMH and NiCd batteries, making the charger compatible with most cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, PDAs, flashlights and…

A Traveler’s Lens

To outfit my first SLR, purchased in what seems like a hundred years ago, I acquired a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom.
By Seth Weber
To outfit my first SLR, purchased in what seems like a hundred years ago, I acquired a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom. Now, decades later, my basic travel kit still relies on two camera bodies and this simple lens combination; only today, the wide choice is a 10-20mm lens (to…

Manage Your Photo Library

Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you’ll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks.
By Dave Willis
Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you'll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks. Whether you prefer the total control of creating your own file structure or letting your software manage your files automatically, there are many excellent applications for…

Auto FX Mystical Tint Tone And Color 2.0

Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements?
By The Editors
Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements? With software plug-ins like Mystical Tint Tone and Color from Auto FX, you can replicate professional photo effects without needing any special technical skill in Photoshop. Big Variety Of Effects Version 2.0 offers 60…
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