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The Details

One of the differences between a good photograph and a great one is how we handle the details. Check out this image of a beautiful Kuna woman who I photographed at the San Blas Hotel in the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of 365 islands that lies off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Compare it to the second and third photographs in this column, and you'll see that it has stronger colors and more contrast. I'll show you how to easily create a similar effect using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Of course, you can get to the same place using Adobe Photoshop. 

By Rick Sammon
One of the differences between a good photograph and a great one is how we handle the details. Check out this image of a beautiful Kuna woman who I photographed at the San Blas Hotel in the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of 365 islands that lies off the Atlantic…

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…

May 29, 2007 HelpLine


Q) I see all of those neat shots of waterfalls, where the water looks so strange. How can I do that? 

Michael Decker
Q) I see all of those neat shots of waterfalls, where the water looks so strange. How can I do that?  Scott D., Rochester, NY A) What you're seeing is water captured with a slow shutter speed. If you want to do that yourself, first you need to use a…

May 14, 2007 HelpLine


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.

DPMag
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. Mark T., Via the Internet A) Sharpening should be one of the last things you do. How much sharpening you do will depend…

May 7, 2007 HelpLine


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?

DPMag
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? Lou K., Santa Fe, New Mexico A) There are two choices for polarizing filters: linear and circular. Both achieve…
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