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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.



Better Pictures In Any Light - 3/24/08
Rescue lost shadow detail with the Shadow/Highlight tool
Better Pictures In Any Light - 3/24/08I don't know if exposure accuracy has gotten better or worse in the post-light-meter, LCD-checking era, but I do know this: If I'm off by a little bit, I've got a lot of options to fix my shots in the computer.

Make Photos Into Art, Warhol-style - 3/17/08
Turn your photos into pop art masterpieces in just four steps
Make Photos Into Art, Warhol-style - 3/17/08Argue all you want about Andy Warhol's art, you can't deny it's unique. It's unique, but not so difficult that you can't do it yourself. With a few basic computer techniques you can put a fun twist on your favorite photographs-and get them gallery ready in no time.

Whether you're an advanced Photoshop user or you'd rather work with a basic graphics program, converting photos to Warhol's silkscreen style is relatively straightforward. I'm using Photoshop for this shot, but the same principles apply to almost any image-editing program. Look around in yours and your bound to find the same sorts of features and filters.

Head In The Clouds - 3/10/08
Download some fancy Photoshop brushes to add some interest to boring skies
Head In The Clouds - 3/10/08Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. I have to confess, though, that I get a little kick out of clouds, too. While it may be more fun to shoot outside on a nice, bright, sunny day under a cloudless sky, your photographs aren't likely to be as interesting as they might be with some cloud cover.

To The Rescue! - 3/3/08
What to do when your hard drive crashes and you think you’ve lost all your photos
To The Rescue! - 3/3/08Just last week, I had an experience that I knew was bound to happen eventually (even though I always secretly hoped it never would). My hard drive failed. I was searching for an archived photo on an external disk, and in midsearch, the computer locked up and I had to reboot. I don't know which came first-the crash or the drive failure-but it didn't really matter: my disk was no longer readable.

White Balance Creativity - 2/25/08
Use custom white balance settings to add a colorful twist to otherwise bland shots
White Balance Creativity - 2/25/08Some days I feel blue. Downtrodden and depressed, I can make myself feel a little better by making my photos blue, too. Or red if I'm angry. Or any other color to match any other mood I'm in. So many times we think about camera white-balance features just for making our photographs neutral or "correct"-appropriately matched to the color temperature of the light source we're shooting under.

Geared Tripod Heads - 2/18/08
When you’re choosing your next tripod, don’t overlook this insanely great feature
Geared Tripod Heads - 2/18/08If I ever had a three-legged dog, I would obviously name him "Tripod." But I don't. Instead I've named my tripod "Three-Legged Dog." TLD and I have been through a lot together, and I've always been able to count on him for a rock-solid foundation. But TLD's best attribute is in his head. Not your everyday tripod head; this one's got gears.

What's In A Name? - 2/11/08
Find and sort photos faster and easier when you're smart about your file names
What's In A Name? - 2/11/08Ah yes, my favorite photo I've ever taken? Certainly IMG_5264.jpg. Or was it IMG_6542? Well I'll just search for it here on my computer… Only several thousand matches of photo files with similar names. Hmm. Maybe I should name my files something that will make them easier to organize and find later.

Lightroom Hearts Photoshop
Together, these two powerful programs offer the ultimate in file management and image enhancement

quick fixCheck out the opening image for this installment of Quick Fix. It's the result of using both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3 on enhancing a photograph that I took in Cappadocia, Turkey, during a 2007 family vacation.


March/April 2008 HelpLine
Pick your approach
March/April 2008 HelpLineIn Windows XP, I have many subfolders defined for basic photo organization; however, I like to rearrange thumbnails in the folders as one would in a photo album. But I find that Windows often rearranges the thumbnails after I've spent a lot of time organizing them. I've tried turning off auto arrange, but it seems to happen anyway.

Trade Tricks: Color Harmony
For the best prints, get your printer and monitor on the same page
Trade Tricks: Color Harmony

The path to getting a better print starts with a color-managed workflow. Calibrating your monitor is an important first step, but for the ultimate in control, you'll also want to create ICC profiles for your printer.


Seven Steps For A Better Image
Use these techniques to get the most out of even the trickiest exposures
Seven Steps For A Better Image

Constructed in a remote area of Peru in the 15th century, the lost city of Machu Picchu, the grandest of all Inca sites, is truly one of the photographic wonders of the world. Adobe Photoshop and its little sister, Adobe Photoshop Elements, can be considered wonders of the photographic world, too—wonders for creative photographers who want to get the most out of their images. In fact, much like Hiram Bingham, who discovered the famous lost city, photographers can discover and recover seemingly lost details in their images.




 
 

 
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