June 2005 HelpLine
Viewfinder And Glasses
* Eyepoint Revealed
* Digital Projection Format
* Memory Card Considerations
Trade Tricks: Easy Color Management
For the best prints, take control over your color When your goal is to create a beautiful print, understanding basic color management is a key component in the digital darkroom. Because monitors and papers are two completely different media, it's important to realize your print isn't going to be an exact match of what you see on your screen. If you continually test your printer's capabilities, however, much like you would with various filters and papers in a traditional darkroom, you may end up developing interesting techniques. What really matters in the whole process is whether you like your end result.
Better Travel Photos Made Easy
Go for the great shots you can hang on the wall or use in a dramatic slideshow of your trip
Before most of us have visited a particular location, whether exotic, foreign or domestic, usually we've seen it first in photographs. The images themselves sometimes inspired us to go, and in many cases, they gave us ideas about what to see and where to explore. Invariably, photography is linked to travel.
Trade Tricks: Family Snapshot
Create a custom book to capture a slice of your child's early years
Unpacking some old boxes in storage, I stumbled on a relic from my childhood: a book by Dr. Seuss entitled My Book About Me. It's intended for young children and attempts to capture all of the little details of the child's daily life. The book lets the child be coauthor, filling in details from his or her height and weight to the number of steps to the nearest mailbox and all kinds of other facts and trivia. I was happy that my parents had helped me make this record, and it was a blast learning that when I was five, I wanted to grow up to be either a fireman or a magician. I guess editor falls somewhere in between.
Myths, Misinformation & Misunderstandings
Well-meaning reporters and marketing hype all contribute to problems in communicating digital information
True, you can learn things about digital cameras and photography everywhere-your local newspaper, newsmagazines, prestigious financial papers and much more. Digital photography has become so popular that everyone is getting into the act. Yet the quality and accuracy of that information isn't always what it could be. I've I've read articles about equipment or technology PCPhoto has covered and scratch my head. Are they talking about the same things we are?
September 2005 HelpLine
* Panorama Problems
* Family Photo Issues
* What's A Body To Do?
* Batteries Revolting
Trade Tricks: Replacing Backgrounds
Three easy steps to save or enhance your portraits
Do you have a portrait of a subject who looks lovely, but is ruined by a busy and unappealing background? Consider performing some simple tricks in the computer to help it out. Replacing the background can introduce a new feel or mood and save a photograph that might otherwise be headed straight for the trash bin.
Back To School
Enrich and expand your photography knowledge through workshops
So you want to learn more about photography or perhaps hone the skills you've already acquired. This is great news! It demonstrates your passion for the craft and a yearning for knowledge and creativity. With a variety of photography workshop organizations around the country, there are many classes available, all of which are geared to boost your technical expertise and open your creative eye.
10 tips to help you get going quickly in using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
If asked to list the most intimidating parts of digital photography, a large number of photographers would include Adobe Photoshop. Without question, it's the premiere image-processing software on the market, but its high price matches its learning curve. The good news about Photoshop is that it has a huge number of controls; the bad news about Photoshop is that it has a huge number of controls.
October 2005 HelpLine
Diagnosing Computer Problems
* Software Problems Are Hard
* Card Readers
* JPEG Revisited