Maximize Sharpness - 5/18/09
A simple and effective test to determine lens sharpness If you spend a lot of time online reading about photography, you find a lot of concentration on the technical aspects of equipment—like lens sharpness. As important as sharpness may be, it’s not the only thing that makes for good lenses or good photos. And if you spend all your time worrying about which new lens might be the sharpest, you’re missing the point.
In-Camera Digital Infrared - 5/11/09
Make actual infrared photos with your D-SLR Often, film effects recreated digitally after a picture is made—by post-processing in the computer alone. But there’s an old-school film effect that requires some special in-camera consideration even when shooting digital—infrared photography.
Top Ten B&W Printing Mistakes - 5/4/09
Avoid these pitfalls to improve your prints. Sometimes the abundance of options in the digital realm makes certain tasks increasingly difficult. How do you choose the best approach if you don’t know which methods aren’t up to par? For quality black & white prints, avoid these common mistakes for a much better chance at success.
Top Travel Camera Tips - 4/27/09
Protect your gear, and your pictures Summer’s almost here, and that means one thing. To quote the immortal words of The Go-Go’s, “Vacation. All I ever wanted.” Alas, Belinda Carlisle probably wasn’t traveling with a camera. If she were, her lyrics surely would have contained more practical advice on protecting such sensitive equipment and important images.
How to pass for a fashion pro - 4/20/09
Fake it where it counts—in your portfolio So you want to be a fashion photographer but you don’t want to quit your day job and move to New York? Here’s an idea: pretend to be a fashion photographer instead. Armed with these essential tips—more than just dressing in black and sporting cool sunglasses—you can fool any fashionista into thinking you’re the real deal where it really counts, your portfolio.
Better portraits are all in the eyes - 4/13/09
Improving eyes in the camera and the computer Eyes are the windows to the soul, or so they say. Photographically speaking, that means that in any given portrait one of the first places a viewer will look is the subject’s eyes. And if they look dark, or murky, or tired or anything other than ideal… well, the person in the portrait just won’t look their best. That’s why so many photographers put so much emphasis on making the eyes look perfect. Here are some tried and true tips to make sure the eyes have it—in the camera and in the computer.
Debunking Digital’s Urban Legends - 4-6-09
Wading through a web full of camera misinformation The Internet is full of amazing information—and some equally impressive misinformation, too. Receive a forwarded email enough times and it can start to look like fact! For pop culture myths, Snopes.com separates fact from fiction. For digital camera myths, it’s up to us. Here are a few urban legends about digital cameras to be debunked as junk.
Beautiful Beauty Shots Without Retouching - 3/30/09
Three exposure tricks that make any face look great In Hollywood’s glamour era of the 1930s and 40s, the studio machine churned out star after star, all the while relying on gorgeous promotional portraits to aid in the process. The great names of the era—like George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull—certainly were master photographers who could retouch their images with the best of them.
Four Ways to Use Metadata Effectively - 3/23/09
Improving your image files with metadata Metadata can be almost anything—literally any information that provides information about other information. Easy, right? In photography terms, metadata usually refers to the information that digital cameras, photo software and individual users attach to their image files.
Three Easy-to-Use Photoshop Tools for Cropping and Resizing - 3/16/09
A beginner’s guide to adjusting image sizes and proportions Let’s say I’ve got a great shot—maybe an interesting image of an interesting building. I really like this picture, but I don’t like its size or shape, or I’d like to simplify the composition by eliminating some extraneous information. Sounds familiar, right?
Permanently Preventing Data Loss - 3/9/09
Build a Better Backup Plan Most people start thinking seriously about backing up their data at precisely the wrong time: immediately after they’ve had a catastrophic meltdown and lost precious pictures and other important information.