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Classic Black & White

In an over saturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don’t have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software tools to perfect the final image.
By Dave Willis
APPLE APERTURE In an oversaturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don't have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software…

Video-Editing Software

Now that professional still cameras are evolving to provide high-quality, high-definition video capture, the line between photography and video is blurring even further.
By Dave Willis
Now that professional still cameras are evolving to provide high-quality, high-definition video capture, the line between photography and video is blurring even further. Movies are called motion pictures, after all, and thanks to the ease and popularity of posting video online with sites like YouTube, photographers now have an extra…

Touching Up

Retouching a portrait usually takes several steps in Photoshop to make a well-exposed image effectively stand out.
By Adam Crawford
Retouching a portrait usually takes several steps in Photoshop to make a well-exposed image effectively stand out. Pros use techniques like cloning, burning and dodging; various filters; and localized color enhancements with layer masks to get a stunning portrait. It’s a fine art that takes a lot of practice. Luckily…

The X Factor

Let’s separate some fact from fiction when it comes to memory-card speed.
By Kim Castleberry
Let’s separate some fact from fiction when it comes to memory-card speed. High-speed memory cards save big digital images fast: True. The higher the speed rating, the faster your camera will write images to the card: Maybe. Using a memory card with a “write” speed rating faster than what your…

Designed For Digital Lenses

From fixed-focal-length prime lenses to wide-angle to telephoto zooms, modern lenses use a complex combination of high-end glass, unique materials and chemical cocktails capable of producing optics with incredible power.
By Dave Willis
From fixed-focal-length prime lenses to wide-angle to telephoto zooms, modern lenses use a complex combination of high-end glass, unique materials and chemical cocktails capable of producing optics with incredible power. Digital optical design has advanced so much that zooms now can extend up to an incredible 15x range, while wide-angles…

Image Browsers

Aimed at keeping the work flow for photographers fast and fun, image browsers are designed to offer organization functionality at affordable prices.
By David Willis
Aimed at keeping the work flow for photographers fast and fun, image browsers are designed to offer organization functionality at affordable prices. Most browsers are centered around simple interfaces to help you sort through images quickly, make the best selections and output them as prints, use them on the web…

Photographers’ Laptops

One of the joys of digital photography is the instant feedback you get from looking at your images right after capturing them.
By Jon Canfield
Above: Alienware Area-51 M15X Weight: 7 pounds Size: 14.5x10.7x1.3 inches List Price: From $1,299 One of the joys of digital photography is the instant feedback you get from looking at your images right after capturing them. Whether you're photographing a family event or traveling on vacation, having a laptop with…

Tele-Zooms

A tele-zoom is the convenient solution for getting close to the action, even when you need to remain at a distance.
By Dave Willis
A tele-zoom is the convenient solution for getting close to the action, even when you need to remain at a distance. For portrait, sports and wildlife photography, these zooms give you the compositional flexibility you need to frame your subjects creatively. Telephoto lenses tend to be large and often heavy,…

Framed!

One way to add interest and importance to a photo is to frame it.
By The Editors
Black-and-white images are particularly well suited to colorful frame treatments. For a color photo, try using a woodgrain or metallic pattern, or use Photoshop’s Desaturate command to change a color pattern into a monotone one (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). One way to add interest and importance to a photo…

2009 Editor's Picks

Looking for a perfect holiday gift for the “To Me, From Me” under the tree?
By The Editors
Looking for a perfect holiday gift for the “To Me, From Me” under the tree? We’ve compiled our annual list of a few of our favorite gear and accessories about which you’ll want to start dropping hints. From updated versions of essential tools to totally new ideas to make your…
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