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July 16, 2007 HelpLine


Q) My new lens came with a weird-looking lens shade. When do I use it? I'm told I should use it to avoid flair with the sun. Is that the only time?

Q) My new lens came with a weird-looking lens shade. When do I use it? I'm told I should use it to avoid flair with the sun. Is that the only time? Devin S., Via the Internet A) If someone is watching you, you should always shoot with "flair"! What…

July 9, 2007 HelpLine


Q) I feel kind of silly asking this question, so I thought I would send you an e-mail and plead that you keep my last name out of it. Someone recently talked to me about a video tripod. Isn't a tripod a tripod? I suppose there's something to do with weight with some of those bigger video cameras, but some are pretty lightweight, too. So my "stupid" question: Is there such a thing as a "video" tripod?

Q) I feel kind of silly asking this question, so I thought I would send you an e-mail and plead that you keep my last name out of it. Someone recently talked to me about a video tripod. Isn't a tripod a tripod? I suppose there's something to do with…

July 2, 2007 HelpLine


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?

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? Cindy Z., Via the Internet A) I hate to be blunt, but when someone tells me not to worry because I can "fix" it on the…

July/August 2007 HelpLine


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?

DPMag
• Capturing Fireworks • Illuminating flash guide numbers ------------- 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…

June 18, 2007 HelpLine


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?

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…

June 11, 2007 HelpLine


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.

Michael Decker
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. Mark Johnson, Via the Internet A) Just put it…
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