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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.

Printable Paper Lens Hoods - 10/29/07
Printable Paper Lens Hoods - 10/29/07

One of the most underrated tools in a photographer's gadget bag is the lens hood. Without it almost any image is subject to flare (the errant light that can enter the lens creating halation and desaturation and downright damaging an otherwise perfect picture).

Get Your Camera Ready For Battle - 10/22/07
If there's one thing I've said a lot in my life, it's this: They're not dolls, they're action figures. Hasbro's G.I. Joe was always my favorite, and one of the saddest moments of my life was the day in seventh grade when my pal Robbie and I realized that we had officially outgrown our toys.

October 22, 2007 HelpLine
Previewing Depth Of Field

Q) I just bought my first digital SLR; actually, it's my first SLR, too. I've been spending nights and weekends trying to learn all of the various features, but there's one feature that I'm just not getting. Depth-of-field preview doesn't seem to work-all it does is make the viewfinder darker.

October 15, 2007 HelpLine
Erase Or Format?

Q) On my camera, I have the option of erasing my images, formatting my memory card and doing a low-level format of my memory card. Which should I be doing?

Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters - 10/15/07
Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters - 10/15/07

Photoshop CS3 has some pretty cool new features. My favorite might be the Smart Filters, which allow nondestructive editing and have the potential of revolutionizing, and streamlining, the "new layer/edit/save" workflow that many of us have come to know and (ahem) love.

October 8, 2007 HelpLine
Get The Red Out

Q) Red-eye has been a problem that I thought might go away with my new camera. I talked to someone and they were talking about red-eye reduction and red-eye correction. When I took a picture, they said that my camera didn't have red-eye reduction because the flash only fired once, but my manual says it does. What's going on?

Watch Out For That Tree! - 10/8/07
Watch Out For That Tree! - 10/8/07In my day, a slideshow meant the family sat around a darkened living room while grandpa projected Kodachromes of his most recent vacation onto the huge retractable screen he'd purchased for just such occasions.

October 1, 2007 HelpLine
Fireworks Burn Out

Q) I read your HelpLine column a few months back about photographing fireworks. Thanks for the tips. I really like the shots I got, but I'm wondering about overexposure. Also, the center of many of the fireworks seemed to be just plain white with no color. Was I exposing wrong?

Freeware: Resize! - 10/1/07
Freeware: Resize! - 10/1/07 There's no such thing as a free lunch, or so they say. But apparently, there's a world of free photo software online, and you might be surprised how useful it can be.

Put Your iPod To Good Use - 9/24/07
Put Your iPod To Good Use - 9/24/07I 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
Photographer Of The Week: Parish Kohanim - 9/17/07I 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.


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