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Whether you're just learning photography basics or you need some advice on an advanced photo technique, our How-To section offers tips for shutterbugs at every level.



Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos
Cool enhancements for jazzing up digital images
Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos

Check out my photograph of a young musician who was performing at a local park. My son thinks the photo rocks. He likes the spotlights shining on the subject, the blurred motion of the rocker’s hands and guitar, and the red-hot border that frames the image. He also likes the way I composed the picture, tilting my camera down to one side to create what’s called the disequilibrium effect. What’s more, he likes the way the young rocker is brighter than the background, which makes him stand out prominently in the scene.


Protecting Your Rights Online - 11/17/08
Read the fine print of user agreements before uploading your photos online
Protecting Your Rights Online - 11/17/08

Issues of copyright and protecting photographers’ rights may seem like they’re only pertinent for professionals who make any or all of their income from the sale and licensing of their photographic talents. But amateur photographers should also be aware of the ways in which photo contests, online communities and forums license a user’s pictures when they’re uploaded to a Web site.


The Portrait Equation
Five steps for better portraits
The Portrait  EquationWouldn’t it be great if there was a simple formula for creating striking portraits? There is! Follow these steps, and be on your way to making better portraits on your next shoot.

Saving For The Web
How to make your photos look their best when posting them online
Saving For The WebWhen making fine-art prints, more resolution is better, but on the web, it’s more complicated. You want to strike a balance between image dimensions, typical screen resolution and file size.

All-Digital Polaroid Transfers - 11/10/08
Emulate the Look of Polaroid Transfers…without all the fuss and muss!
All-Digital Polaroid Transfers - 11/10/08

Polaroid film is slowly disappearing, and with it goes some wonderful photographic techniques. One of the most popular and beautiful effects is the Polaroid dry transfer. The original effect is created by rubbing the colors from a processing Polaroid onto a sheet of watercolor paper. The imperfection of the process is part of its charm, and its look is unmistakably unique.


D-SLR Facts
10 things you should know about your digital SLR
D-SLR Facts

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Camera’s don’t take pictures; people do.” Sure, that’s true, but you still need a camera to create a permanent record of your visual experiences. It’s also true that the more sophisticated the camera, the more creative control you can have over your photographs. However, all digital SLRs, from entry-level to high-end, share many features and functions. Some are obvious, and some happen behind the scenes.


Polaroid In The Digital Age
As a favorite film of many photographers is discontinued, learn how to keep the creative look alive in the digital darkroom
Polaroid In The Digital Age

“Due to marketplace conditions, Polaroid has discontinued almost all of its instant analog hardware products. Polaroid has also made the difficult decision to cease manufacturing of instant film products in 2008.” This announcement by Polaroid was an arrow through the hearts of many visual artists around the globe.


Improve Your Digital Imaging Skills In One Simple Step - 11/3/08
Rely on recipes to repeat your retouching successes
Improve Your Digital Imaging Skills In One Simple Step - 11/3/08

Experimentation is crucial for any photographer's creative growth. How many successful pros have you seen profiled in these pages that cite rigorous experimentation as the key to their success? This is particularly due to post-processing and retouching. It seems like the vast majority understand the importance of fiddling around on the computer to find new ways to make interesting photos.


December 2008: HelpLine
Defining Terms
December 2008: HelpLine

Photography is a hobby of mine and I recently began researching submitting photos to stock companies. However, I have some questions about releases. Model releases are self-evident, but property releases seem a bit more complicated.


The Subtle Twist That Makes Any Image More Interesting - 10/27/08
Use off-kilter framing for unique angles anywhere
The Subtle Twist That Makes Any Image More Interesting - 10/27/08The names are great: Dutch angle, oblique, tilt, cant, and the British even call it a Batman angle. Whatever you call it, the effect is almost always great-an off-kilter composition that does wonders for an otherwise humdrum scene.

Hollywood has utilized the Dutch angle for decades, frequently to represent disorientation or confusion. In funkier films, Dutch angles are often used in lieu of square compositions. You can use it for a dramatic purpose, or to just make your shots more interesting; either way, there's probably no easier special effect to achieve than the Dutch angle.

When Wrong Is Right - 10/20/08
Set your work apart from the crowd by shooting in the wrong direction
When Wrong Is Right - 10/20/08Ever lug your camera a really long distance to get a shot-to the rim of the Grand Canyon for a great vista, or all the way to Paris for a snap of the Mona Lisa, only to find that not only has someone beat you to it, but that someone is actually in the way of your great shot?



 
 

 
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