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If it will help improve your digital photography, it will be in DP's Tip of the Week. Check back each week for a new photography tip.



Camera Hack: Flash Bounce - 12/31/07
Camera Hack: Flash Bounce - 12/31/07One of the most flattering light sources you can use for a portrait subject is a large, even illumination. The wraparound shadows are softer and less harsh, making blemishes and wrinkles disappear.

The Tablet Shall Set You Free - 12/24/07
The Tablet Shall Set You Free - 12/24/07I made a tough decision this year: I sold the 35mm film camera system that has seen me through years of shooting. I also parted with some medium-format gear and a few other things that had collected inches of dust.

Sanitized For Your Protection - 12/17/07
Sanitized For Your Protection - 12/17/07

When will you get this through your head? Digital sensors are delicate instruments that need to be treated with care. Don't use canned air to clean them, never change a D-SLR lens with the camera turned on, and obviously avoid removing the lens in windy or dusty situations.


Build A Better Backup Plan - 12/10/07
Build A Better Backup Plan - 12/10/07

It's a shame that being a digital photographer entails a whole lot more than just shooting pictures. Concerns over where to store all those photos-not to mention how to make sure they're around in years to come so that you can find them-are as much a part of photography today as ƒ-stops and shutter speeds ever were.


Calibrate Or Die - 12/3/07
Calibrate Or Die - 12/3/07 If you work for a photo magazine, the number one question you get from everyone you ever meet is "What camera should I buy?" How come nobody ever asks about the importance of color-managed workflow?

How Zebras Help You Take Better Pictures - 11/26/07
How Zebras Help You Take Better Pictures - 11/26/07Part of the fun of being a professional photographer is whipping out a light meter. It looks a little mysterious and makes clients feel like they're getting their money's worth.

Mr. Wizard Says: Use Your Flash Outside! - 11/19/07
Mr. Wizard Says: Use Your Flash Outside! - 11/19/07

I am a recovering television addict, having acknowledged my problem and cancelled my cable service. I think it stems from an adolescence in which I stared at "educational programming" for hours on end.


Favorite Features: A Tiny Point & Shoot - 11/12/07
Favorite Features: A Tiny Point & Shoot - 11/12/07I'm a big American. I like big cars, big burgers, big houses and big hair. But for some strange reason I also like really tiny cameras.

Best Way To Avoid Red Eye? - 11/05/07
Best Way To Avoid Red Eye? - 11/05/07

Kodak recently announced the next generation of digital camera sensors could see low-light performance improve by a factor of four. That translates into an image file with the noise characteristics of an ISO 100 image but with the added light sensitivity of ISO 400.


Printable Paper Lens Hoods - 10/29/07
Printable Paper Lens Hoods - 10/29/07

One of the most underrated tools in a photographer's gadget bag is the lens hood. Without it almost any image is subject to flare (the errant light that can enter the lens creating halation and desaturation and downright damaging an otherwise perfect picture).


Get Your Camera Ready For Battle - 10/22/07
If there's one thing I've said a lot in my life, it's this: They're not dolls, they're action figures. Hasbro's G.I. Joe was always my favorite, and one of the saddest moments of my life was the day in seventh grade when my pal Robbie and I realized that we had officially outgrown our toys.



 
 

 
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