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…

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.…

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…
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