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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.

Trade Tricks: Family Snapshot
Create a custom book to capture a slice of your child's early years
Trade Tricks: Family Snapshot

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
Myths, Misinformation & Misunderstandings

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

Better Panoramas

    * 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
Trade Tricks: Replacing Backgrounds

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
Back To School

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.

Jumpstart Photoshop
10 tips to help you get going quickly in using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Jumpstart Photoshop

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

Get your monitor to accurately portray the colors of your digital photos
Match-MakingI was thrilled when I bought my first inkjet printer and couldn't wait to make my first color print. After spending about half an hour perfecting the portrait photograph in Photoshop, I sent the image to the printer and was immediately disappointed. If the person had been a visiting extraterrestrial or suffering from jaundice, the yellowish skin tone might have been acceptable. Neither was the case. I was just another photographer experiencing the frustration of having an inkjet print that didn't match what was on the monitor.

A Classic Method Goes Digital
Easy ways to achieve beautiful digital black-and-white prints
A Classic Method Goes Digital

Classic—the personification of black-and-white images. Weaving that classic look of black-and-white printing into the digital realm is easier than ever today. Software has a range of effects that enables greater control over your images in a way that traditional black-and-white film printing never could. In addition, plug-ins, specialized inks and papers are available that, when combined, produce beautiful high-quality prints with smooth tonal transitions, depth and detail.

The Better Print
10 tips to help you dramatically improve your color inkjet output
The Better Print

Getting a good print today has become the norm with the latest digital cameras and printers. While you still may have some challenges, printer manufacturers, in particular, have worked hard to give users the ability to create outstanding prints. Now it's time to move beyond simply outputting a good print. I want to help you find ways to make your prints better express what you saw when you took the picture and how you felt about the subject.

Layers 101
Understanding and using layers increases your tools and capabilities for refined image processing
Layers 101

Imagine software that allows you to substantially adjust part of your photo, yet also lets you go back to that adjustment when you change your mind. Imagine what it would be like to be able to make changes to your image that were never permanent so you could readjust as needed without quality loss.


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