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Ten Tips For Better Low-Light Photos - 5/19/08

Low-light situations can be tricky, but they can also make for great shots you're up to the challenge. Here are ten great ways to turn low-light situations into fertile ground for fabulous photos.

1. Don't fight the light-think about new ways to make your compositions work. Maybe a silhouette is the perfect solution; it's often ideal when the day's last light is silhouetting a unique shape like a tree or a skyline or a body. Whatever the case, go with the sillo and you'll not only create an interesting shot but you'll get to hand-hold the camera because of the faster shutter speed it enables.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Low-light situations can be tricky, but they can also make for great shots you're up to the challenge. Here are ten great ways to turn low-light situations into fertile ground for fabulous photos. 1. Don't fight the light-think about new ways to make your compositions…

Darkroom Effects Improved In The Computer - 5/12/08

Sometimes digital techniques are barely adequate stand-ins for their original chemical counterparts. Other times, however, the computer provides so much control that the old darkroom method pales in comparison. Sabattier and solarization techniques are the perfect example of the new method improving on the old.

In the darkroom, solarization (or what is technically called the Sabattier effect) is achieved essentially by re-exposing the print or negative to light during processing. This made parts of the print reversed, turning dark areas light and light areas dark. The first time you create this effect in the darkroom it's very exciting. The first time you do it in the computer it makes you wonder how anyone ever accomplished anything in a darkroom.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Sometimes digital techniques are barely adequate stand-ins for their original chemical counterparts. Other times, however, the computer provides so much control that the old darkroom method pales in comparison. Sabattier and solarization techniques are the perfect example of the new method improving on the old.…

Learn Lighting From A Point-And-Shoot - 5/5/08

Whenever I pick up a point-and-shoot camera, the first thing I do is change the mode to "Night Portrait." It's a simple little setting that makes great effects, thanks to a long shutter speed combined with a flash exposure. It always seems to deliver a well balanced flash/ambient mix.

This ambient/flash setting doesn't always work well in bright sun or other well-lit situations, but when you're indoors or when the subject is in front of an illuminated background the combination of a longer shutter speed and stop-action flash makes for great results-the kind of thing you create when you're a lighting genius.

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomWhenever I pick up a point-and-shoot camera, the first thing I do is change the mode to "Night Portrait." It's a simple little setting that makes great effects, thanks to a long shutter speed combined with a flash exposure. It always seems to deliver a well…

Try A Tilt/Shift Lens For Funky Focus - 4/28/08

From casual family shooters to high-profile pros, many photographers use the same tools for vastly different effects. Sometimes the results from using a tool the wrong way are more interesting than when things are done by the book.

Architectural photographers have long used view cameras with movements to adjust the plane of focus and control perspective in their photographs of tall buildings and tight interiors. In the digital era, though, those movements are unavailable on dSLRs. Unavailable, that is, unless you have a special lens.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom From casual family shooters to high-profile pros, many photographers use the same tools for vastly different effects. Sometimes the results from using a tool the wrong way are more interesting than when things are done by the book. Architectural photographers have long used view cameras…

Digital Start To Finish

quick fixI usually devote this column to fixing and enhancing pictures in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS3 and, more recently, Adobe Lightroom. For a change, I thought I'd share my digital start-to-finish process, covering what I do, and what you can do, in the quest to make a picture-perfect inkjet print.

By Rick Sammon
I usually devote this column to fixing and enhancing pictures in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS3 and, more recently, Adobe Lightroom. For a change, I thought I'd share my digital start-to-finish process, covering what I do, and what you can do, in the quest to make a picture-perfect inkjet print.…

May 2008 HelpLine

helplineQ) A lot has been written about the amazing things that can be done with plug-ins. PCPhoto has given me a lot of great tips as I've been learning more and more about using layers in order to fine-tune my digital images. I've become fascinated by what I can do with filters when editing my images. So now I'm wondering about whether I even need any filters when I take my digital photographs.

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom While software filters can do a remarkable job of emulating traditional filters, for some applications, there's no digital substitute. The soft waterfall effect seen here required a neutral-density (ND) filter to block enough light so that, shooting at my smallest aperture, I could get a…
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