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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.



Long-Life Power Play - 8/27/07
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.


Point And Shoot Like A Pro
Why à la modes?
Point And Shoot Like A Pro

All digital SLR cameras offer the traditional exposure modes: program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE and metered manual exposure control. These are the mainstays of "serious" photographers because they provide control over important aspects of each shot.


Essential Processing Techniques
Tools all photographers should know for adjusting exposure, color and sharpening
Essential Processing Techniques

No matter what camera model you shoot with or file type you capture with, every image needs a little work before it's ready to show. Three key adjustments—exposure, color and sharpening—should be the foundation of your digital darkroom work. The approach to making these adjustments varies depending on the software you use, but the basic principles are the same. We'll look at different solutions for addressing these adjustments and techniques for getting them right.


Knockout Color!
Think color from capture to finish for stunning images
Knockout Color!

Good color in pictures is subjective. Some people like pictures that pop with saturated hues, while others prefer pictures more subdued. What's more, we see colors differently at different times of day—even our mood affects how we see colors. In this article, I'd like to touch on the basics of color in digital photography, with the focus on getting the best possible image at the time of capture. To illustrate the techniques, I'll use some pictures that I took on a recent trip to Panama, where my goal was to take color pictures of the three indigenous tribes: the Kuna, the Emberá and the Ngobe.


Creative Photo Projects
Fun ways to put your photography to good use, from classic to high tech
Creative Photo Projects

Taking, organizing and perfecting your images is a good start, but the best part of photography is getting the "Wow!" from friends and family when you share your shots. Online services and software are making it easier than ever for even casual photographers to create polished, pro-quality slideshows, greeting cards, web-based projects and more.

Part of the fun of photography is putting those finishing touches on an image and then putting it to good use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to be creative with photography.


August 20, 2007 HelpLine
Macro Flash On The Cheap


Q) I've been playing around with the macro feature on my compact digital camera. I have some nice shots, but now I'm trying to work with a flash. All of the shots I have so far are pretty disappointing. The right edge of the scene always seems to miss the flash. What can I do?


This UPS Really Delivers - 8/20/07
This UPS Really Delivers - 8/20/07Ah, summer in the Midwest. Nothing's more fun than sunburn and mosquitoes and 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity-unless, of course, you count the thunderstorms that can knock out the electricity (and the air conditioning) at any moment.

How A Notebook Computer Is Like A Print: Glossy Or Matte? - 8/17/07
How A Notebook Computer Is Like A Print: Glossy Or Matte? - 8/17/07

As I write this, I'm sitting on my porch swing in the warm night air working on my old iBook with a tolerable amount of processing power but a woefully exhausted battery.


August 13, 2007 HelpLine
Making Basketball Shots


Q) My son will be playing varsity basketball this coming senior year. I started shooting his basketball games a year ago and have gotten some good images. I know they don't want flashes going off under the basket during games. I've seen some photographers use strobes mounted high up, at least 15 or so feet in the air on special tripods. They usually have two set up, one on each corner of the basket and fired wirelessly. What do you call these contraptions? Where can you buy them? What's the best setup for a Canon EOS 5D that I'm thinking of buying?


Get It Together
Displaying, sharing and carrying your photos and media by getting digital products to play nicely with each other
Get It Together

We've come a long way from sharing photos with a slide projector over muffled yawns. Our digital photos can move from camera to computer to phone to iPod and be shared instantly with practically anyone, anywhere. With all of the options for sharing and displaying images, we've gathered the essential gear you'll need for a variety of sharing situations. Here are some suggestions on how to bring it all together.


July 23, 2007 HelpLine
ISO For Real?


Q) When I bump up the ISO setting in my camera, am I changing its sensitivity? If it does, couldn't I just leave it there and adjust my aperture or shutter speed?




 
 

 
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