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) 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'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 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?
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.
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?