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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.

Fire In The Sky
Turn good sunsets into great sunsets
Fire In The SkyWe all love watching sunsets, looking at pictures of sunsets and, of course, photographing sunsets! The warm colors—deep shades of red, orange and yellow—evoke feelings of peace and tranquility and a sense of awe at nature's wonders.

May 7, 2007 HelpLine
Around In Circles About Polarizers

Q) I know you've answered this in the past, I but can't seem to find my issue. I want to get a polarizer for my camera. Which type should I get?

June 2007 HelpLine
Next-Generation Memory

Q) I'm going on the trip of a lifetime in a few months and I was looking to stock up on memory cards so I don't have to bring my laptop with me. With prices coming down and card sizes going up, I thought I'd have an easy decision. When I got to the store, I became confused. There used to be just one flavor of SD; now there's SDHC. Should I try out the new cards?

April 30, 2007 HelpLine
Controlling Noise

Q) What's the best way to control noise when shooting? I recently took some photos of the Northern Lights and the results were very noisy.

April 23, 2007 HelpLine
Tamperproof Photography

Q) An interesting problem came up recently with regards to evidence of bylaw contraventions in Pretoria, City of Tshwane, South Africa. The City Councils officials have switched to digital cameras for much of their work. However, it turns out that in court proceedings, the magistrates/judges aren't prepared to accept digital photographs as evidence because of the possibility of "fabricating" evidence. This is a valid point, and they want photographic film evidence, either positives or negatives. The question then is whether there's any photographic processing done in-camera, which leaves a watermark (maybe we should call that a "digimark"), which will indicate when pixels in the original have been removed or added, as opposed to colour, gamma and highlight or shadow adjustment to improve the original photo WITHOUT altering any evidence that might be required in court. If not available yet, this is certainly worthwhile exploring.

April 16, 2007 HelpLine
Balancing White Balance

Q) I'm starting to pay more attention to white balance in my photography. I've read some of what you and others in PCPhoto have said about not forgetting white balance when shooting RAW. So now I've been trying some photography while keeping the dial off of AWB. For the most part, it has been working well. But there have been some situations where I haven't been satisfied. So I'm wondering about custom white balance and whether I should always be using that?

April 9, 2007 HelpLine

Need More Space
Q) I'm running out of room on my hard drives! While I've been archiving my original images to DVDs, I have hundreds of images on my computer. I'd like to add more storage, but I'm not sure which direction to go.

April 2, 2007 HelpLine

Shooting Hoops
Q) I'm new to digital SLRs and want to photograph my son's indoor basketball games. Working in shutter- and aperture-priority modes, I can get sharp photos or bright photos inside, but haven't been able to get sharp, properly exposed photos without a lot of noise. My white balance and ISO are both set on auto. What am I doing wrong?

True Colors Part 2
Boost your HDTV's performance with this home theater colorimeter
True Colors Part 2As prices have dramatically dropped, sales of high-definition televisions have skyrocketed. The chances are good that you already own an HDTV or are planning to buy one in the near future. And with new products like Apple TV and Windows Vista Media Center bringing your image libraries to your home theater, the long-promised convergence of computers and home entertainment is finally happening.

Ultimate Travel Photography
Camera techniques to help you shoot like a pro on your next photo adventure
Ultimate Travel Photography

Beryl Markham begins West with the Night, her wonderful and enthralling book about her adventures as a bush pilot in East Africa in the mid-1930s, with the question, "How is it possible to bring order to memory?"

Digital Image Enhancement With Adobe Camera Raw
The latest version offers terrific new tools and support for TIFF and JPEG
Digital Image Enhancement With Adobe Camera RawAdobe Camera Raw rocks! RAW shooters know that. But get this-the new version of Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 isn't only for RAW shooters and wannabe RAW shooters who may have been intimidated by RAW image processing. This image enhancement tool is for all digital photographers, JPEG and TIFF shooters included. You see, the new Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), with all of its creative controls, actually lets you process JPEG and TIFF files, too. Who would have ever thought?


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