Put Your iPod To Good Use - 9/24/07 I remember my first Sony Walkman. It was awesome: totally affordable, able to play an infinite amount of music (provided you had those little information cassettes that stored the music files) and really portable-it almost fit in your pocket!
Photographer Of The Week: Parish Kohanim - 9/17/07 I just got off the phone with Atlanta-based beauty photographer Parish Kohanim. He's not only a great conversationalist, but also an amazing photographer whose work will not only benefit those of you who want to delve into the world of studio or fine art photography, but exploring his eloquent images serve as great exemplification of what is possible in a controlled environment, or elsewhere.
The Digital Dentist - 9/10/07 Oral hygiene must be on the decline these days. I don't have the stats to back it up, but it seems like every portrait I shoot reveals yellow teeth. Sometimes it may be a case of bad brushing, but more often than not it seems to result from the digital camera.
Master White Balance For Better Color
Auto white balance is an effective tool, but you often can do better with other, more controlled settings
White balance and the digital camera are like the engine in a car for many people. As long as it works, they don't worry about it, and for many users, automatic white balance works just fine. But if you want the optimum color and consistency from your images, plus more creative work from your camera, it helps to understand and use white balance beyond automatic.
October 2007 HelpLine
A Bridge Too Far
Switching Hard Drives
Q) I had to replace my C drive and, as a result, reload all my software. This meant resetting preferences in my programs, etc. I had spent considerable time in Adobe Bridge classifying my pictures in various categories. Now that I reloaded CS2 and Bridge from scratch, those categories are "lost." I have the old C drive set up so I can access some of the information on it. Is there a file I can copy from the old drive onto the new drive that would restore my categories in Bridge?
Trade Tricks: Selective Focus
Using depth of field creatively
Using selective focus is a powerful technique to help frame and present your subject. Playing with depth of field will help transform your image from one that looks like a quick snapshot to one that shows you've put some creative thought into how you want to present your subject.
Letting Your Image Take Off
Ideas soar when you envision the end result
The opening image for this column was inspired by something that I try to do all the time in real life, with my photography and in the digital darkroom: have fun! The image looks as though my son and I are soaring at top speed high above beautiful blue water in a colorful biplane. It's one of my favorites, which I created after a family trip to the Florida Keys, and it captures the speed, fun, excitement and togetherness of our experience.
September 3, 2007 HelpLine
Getting Back To Backups, Part II
Q) I appreciate your recent advice on keeping files backed up (the June and September issues of PCPhoto). I'd add one more caution: If you're using an automated backup program (i.e,. one running automatically on a schedule), be sure that the program is actually running and that there's still room on the drive to which you're backing up...
Breaking The Rules - 9/3/07
The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. Likewise, the first rule of photography should be that there are no rules. The problem is, all those rules and regulations we've learned regarding composition and f-stops and shutter speeds do make perfect sense as a starting point.
August 27, 2007 HelpLine
Getting Back To Backups, Part I
Q) You mention the importance of backing up files frequently. I'd like to share my solution to this "problem." The cost of external drives has been going down as the size of these drives has been going up. (I recently purchased a 500 GB drive for about $200.) I do an automatic backup of my critical files to this external drive every day...
Long-Life Power Play - 8/27/07
A friend of mine just gave me the best advice I've heard in a long time: use AA batteries. Sounds simple, but he meant to get rid of my heavy battery packs that give my flash short recycle times and lots of flashes with every charge.