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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.

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?

May 2007 HelpLine

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