Make Your Best Prints Ever
A step-by-step guide to perfect digital photo printing
One of the great joys resulting from the change to digital compared to shooting film is the ability to get great photo prints optimized for the subject and photographer. Everyone who used to try to get a good, custom print from a slide or negative knows what a challenge that used to be. There were multiple visits to the lab when an image didn't print right and had to be reprinted. Or often, you'd just accept the print as is because it was "good enough," and any changes weren't worth the back-and-forth with the lab. You probably know what I'm talking about.
March 26, 2007 HelpLineInterpreting Interpolation
Q) When I'm resizing my images,
I'm given several different options for interpolation. People tell me
to use bicubic, but there are two sub-options. Which should I be using?
Digital Photography Glossary
Check out common terms you need to know for digital imaging
To master the art of digital photography, there are some essential terms and concepts you need to know. Here you'll find explanations of the key technologies and photography terminology to help you get the most from your camera and equipment.
March 19, 2007 HelpLine
Dust In The Wind
Q) Now that I've switched over
from film to digital, I'm fighting one problem that nobody told me
about-namely, dust. Why didn't I have this problem with film?
March 12, 2007 HelpLine
Q) I'm looking for a program that will permit me to make and print out proof sheets that I can file with my photo CDs. A long time ago I did this with my negatives and it was very helpful.
March 5, 2007 HelpLine
Playing Your Cards Right
Q) I've followed your recommendation about using a card reader instead of connecting my camera directly to my computer. But I'm not sure of formatting. It seems to be working fine. but I'm not sure I'm choosing the right option.
February 26, 2007 HelpLine
Hyper About Hyperfocal
Q) I was out taking some photographs this weekend and a fellow who was nearby was suggesting that I should be setting my lens to a hyperfocal distance. I had no idea what he was talking about.
February 19, 2007 HelpLineExamining EXIF
Q) I'm looking for the perfect photo organizer. Most of those I've tried, if you try to organize images by their date, want to use the date they get from the EXIF data for the image.
Turn a fun snapshot into an art shot Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera.
Clean Up The Background
Remove distractions to enhance your subject In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it's just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we're traveling, we don't always have control over our subject's surroundings, so we may have to take photos with backgrounds that distract from the subject.
Posterize An Image
Use this photoshop adjustment to add an artistic touch to a favorite shot Technically, the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop is designed to analyze the pixel colors of a selected area of an image and reduce the number of colors—while maintaining the "look" of the original image. Creatively, you can apply this adjustment to make photos look like wood-block color artwork.