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January/February 2008 HelpLine

helplineQ) I'm trying to figure out how the exposure compensation works on my digital SLR. It doesn't seem to affect the metering. Am I using it the right way, or is there a problem with my camera?

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom • Inadequate Compensation • Learning To Polarize • Is It Stabilized? ------------- As I start this column, the first of the new year, I'd like to thank all of you who have submitted questions to HelpLine through the years—they have helped make this column a…

Simulating In-Camera Effects

With a digital SLR, and even with many compact cameras, you can manually select the shutter speed and ƒ-stop for powerful creative control. Fast shutter speeds (1?500 sec. and higher) freeze most action, and slow shutter speeds (1?30 sec. and slower) blur action. Wide apertures (ƒ/4.5 and wider) can be selected for shallow depth of field, and small apertures (ƒ/8 and smaller) can be used for greater depth of field.
By Rick Sammon
With a digital SLR, and even with many compact cameras, you can manually select the shutter speed and ƒ-stop for powerful creative control. Fast shutter speeds (1?500 sec. and higher) freeze most action, and slow shutter speeds (1?30 sec. and slower) blur action. Wide apertures (ƒ/4.5 and wider) can be…

December 2007 HelpLine

December 2007 HelplineStep Up To A Larger Filter

Q) I'm about to purchase a 28-75mm lens for use with my digital SLR. It has a 67mm diameter lens; however, I have a 77mm circular polarizer that I would like to use with the new lens. I also plan to purchase a 67-77mm step-up adapter so that I can use these larger filters on the smaller lens. My question is, how will the quality of the image be affected by not using the exact size filter required, i.e., a 67mm polarizer on a 67mm lens?

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom • Step Up To A Larger Filter • Switching To A D-SLR • Gray Area ------------- Step Up To A Larger Filter Q) I'm about to purchase a 28-75mm lens for use with my digital SLR. It has a 67mm diameter lens; however, I have…

Saving A Backlit Shot

One of the most challenging situations for a photographer is getting a good exposure of a subject when shooting into the sun. That's because the contrast range between the background and the backlit subject is usually too great for a good exposure of both the background and the subject.
By Rick Sammon
One of the most challenging situations for a photographer is getting a good exposure of a subject when shooting into the sun. That's because the contrast range between the background and the backlit subject is usually too great for a good exposure of both the background and the subject. Check…

October 15, 2007 HelpLine


Q) On my camera, I have the option of erasing my images, formatting my memory card and doing a low-level format of my memory card. Which should I be doing?

Q) On my camera, I have the option of erasing my images, formatting my memory card and doing a low-level format of my memory card. Which should I be doing? Noah J. Via the Internet A) I never erase the images on my card. I always do at least a…

October 22, 2007 HelpLine


Q) I just bought my first digital SLR; actually, it's my first SLR, too. I've been spending nights and weekends trying to learn all of the various features, but there's one feature that I'm just not getting. Depth-of-field preview doesn't seem to work-all it does is make the viewfinder darker.

Q) I just bought my first digital SLR; actually, it's my first SLR, too. I've been spending nights and weekends trying to learn all of the various features, but there's one feature that I'm just not getting. Depth-of-field preview doesn't seem to work-all it does is make the viewfinder darker.…
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