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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/August 2006 HelpLine
Be Sure Of Your Backup

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    * From Film To Video

Display Your Photos Right
Prepare your prints for framing and long life
Display Your Photos Right

Though discussions about photography in magazines, classrooms, message boards and camera clubs often focus on the latest photographic equipment or the hottest Photoshop tip, in the end, it really comes down to one simple thing: the print. It's nice to share an image via e-mail or by allowing a friend to look over your shoulder at the camera's LCD, but there's no better way of sharing your unique vision of the world than by reproducing it on paper.

Top Photoshop Techniques
Improve your image-editing skills with these typical adjustments for popular subjects
Top Photoshop Techniques

Photoshop is such a powerful application, with deep menus and a vast array of tools and controls, that even experienced users continually find new ways to use the program for better photography. One of the best ways to improve your skills with Photoshop is to see how other photographers use it for specific results, so we've compiled a few of our favorite techniques for particular subjects.

October 2006 HelpLine

Image Sharpness Revisited

* Image Sharpness Tip
* Card Reader Or Camera For Download?
* Quest For The Perfect Histogram

Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed
Crayon color choices have some important similarities to how color spaces are defined and used
Color Spaces & Printer Profiles RevealedWhen I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I didn't realize was that Binney & Smith (Crayola) makes hundreds of different colors. The typical set includes all of the hues kids need to make refrigerator-ready artwork. But it's possible to assemble a 64-piece set that includes some colors that aren't found in the standard box. And that's where color space comes in.

Trade Tricks: Sharpening The Right Way
Unsharp mask can work magic—if you just don’t overdo it
Trade Tricks: Sharpening The Right Way

Sharpening is an important step in the image-editing process. While it won't make an out-of-focus image (or an image blurred by camera or subject motion) sharp, sharpening will increase the contrast between light and dark pixels at edges in the image, which makes the image appear sharper. Digital imaging provides lots of useful tools, but you still have to focus accurately and hold the camera steady when shooting.

Black & White With A Digital Camera
Concentrate on tonality for the best monochrome results
Black & White With A Digital Camera

At its best, black-and-white photography is a true art form, as a glance at the works of its many masters demonstrates. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, John Sexton, Robert Werling and William Garnett are some of my favorites, but there are many others. Study photo books of the masters' works, or better yet, visit a museum or photo gallery and enjoy their original prints. It's amazing what a talented photographer can do with just black, white and shades of gray.

The Color Of Light
Master white balance for greater quality and control
The Color Of Light

White balance is one of the new features we've had to learn to make the most of in digital photography. It's often seen as yet another technical hurdle photographers have to leap over in order to get a good image. Learn how to set it "right," and we'll have one less thing to think about while taking pictures.

Jumpstart Layers
Gain more power and control in photoshop by mastering layers
Jumpstart Layers

The use of Layers is consistently the most feared part of Photoshop. I've had photographers tell me that they just can't deal with Layers, and I know very good photographers who do excellent Photoshop work, but still believe they "aren't ready for Layers," or "don't really need Layers" or even "just can't do Layers."

4 Fundamental Photoshop Skills
Learn these essential tools and techniques and you'll be equipped for most common image enhancements
4 Fundamental Photoshop Skills

Photoshop and other sophisticated image-editing applications can be overwhelming at first. The surest way to get comfortable working with them is to begin by mastering a few of the techniques you'll use most often. Once you've achieved some success with them, you'll have a solid foundation for exploring the rest of the software's tools. We've chosen four key skills that you'll need for the most common image enhancements to help you get started.

HD Video Primer
HD Video PrimerDuring the early days of digital camera development, product design teams learned that the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) that provided the brainpower for digital still cameras could be mutated to offer video capture features. Good news, eh? No, not really—not at the time.


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