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…

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…

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…
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