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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.

July 2, 2007 HelpLine
White Balance Revisited

Q) I'm shooting RAW and my friends tell me to ignore white balance because I can fix it on the computer. Is that right?

Photoshop CS3
New and improved features make Photoshop faster, smarter, better looking, more fun and more inspiring. Who could ask for more?
Photoshop CS3

That's right, Photoshop fans—and Elements users who are considering moving up to Photoshop—the latest version of the world's most powerful image-editing program has just gotten better, big time! Read on, and you'll see why it's indeed faster (great for RAW shooters), smarter (if you use filters), better looking (if workspace is important to you), more fun (how cool) and more inspiring (creatively speaking) than ever.

The Details
Correct perspective and selectively control color with photoshop elements
The Details

One of the differences between a good photograph and a great one is how we handle the details. Check out this image of a beautiful Kuna woman who I photographed at the San Blas Hotel in the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of 365 islands that lies off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Compare it to the second and third photographs in this column, and you'll see that it has stronger colors and more contrast. I'll show you how to easily create a similar effect using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Of course, you can get to the same place using Adobe Photoshop. 

July/August 2007 HelpLine
Light Matters

Capturing Fireworks

Q) I thought I'd try to experiment with taking pictures during the 4th of July fireworks displays this year. A friend thought I should use film to do this. I'm thinking that I should be able to use my digital SLR. Who's right? And what's the best way of photographing the fireworks display?

Perfect Combination
Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Camera Raw offer two powerful tools—HDR and Photomerge—for combining images into a sum greater than their parts
Perfect Combination

Adobe Photoshop CS3 offers many new features, including those found in the new Adobe Camera Raw, that help us enhance and save (to a point) our exposures. From an exposure standpoint, two of the most amazing features in the latest version of Photoshop are High Dynamic Range and Photomerge, both greatly improved from previous versions—so much so that I want to share with you some of their capabilities.

Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers
Get more flexibility and control when you use these specialized Photoshop layers to apply image enhancements
Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Of all the tips and techniques that I cover when presenting or teaching, I'm most adamant about the value of Adjustment Layers. Next to the invention of the layer itself, Adjustment Layers arguably represent Photoshop's best feature for retouching.

Double-Process RAW
Optimize RAW files twice—once for highlights and once for shadows—for a better tonal range
Double-Process RAW

One of the big challenges of photography has always been how to best capture the tonalities and brightness of the real world. Every film, every sensor (and its processor) will interpret it slightly differently.

June 18, 2007 HelpLine
Dirty Pictures

Q) Since I've been using my digital SLR, I'm getting more and more worried about dust. I've noticed some of the newer cameras have some sort of dust-removal feature. I'm not able to get one of the newer cameras right now. What's the best way to avoid getting dust in the camera?

June 11, 2007 HelpLine
Lens Cap Madness

Q) I know this isn't a highly technical question, but the situation drives me crazy. When I take the lens cap off my camera, I never can remember where I put it. Any suggestions you could make would be sooooo helpful.

May 29, 2007 HelpLine
Bridging Troubled Waters

Q) I see all of those neat shots of waterfalls, where the water looks so strange. How can I do that? 

May 14, 2007 HelpLine
When To Sharpen

Q) At what point during image editing should I be sharpening? I've experimented with doing it while processing in Adobe Camera Raw, but I'm just not sure.


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