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Article: Inside North Korea

I've traveled to some amazing places. But to visit North Korea, which has been largely closed to the outside world for more than 50 years, presented special challenges, particularly as an American. The public face the Democratic People's Republic...

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Article: Must-Know Image Enhancements

Photoshop and most other digital-imaging programs offer you many options for image enhancements. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can change, improve and rescue (to a degree) your images. These programs also can help you create works of art....

Article: Get It Together

We've come a long way from sharing photos with a slide projector over muffled yawns. Our digital photos can move from camera to computer to phone to iPod and be shared instantly with practically anyone, anywhere. With all of the options for sharing...

Article: August 27, 2007 HelpLine

Q) You mention the importance of backing up files frequently.  I'd like to share my solution to this "problem." The cost of external drives has been going down as the size of...

Article: August 20, 2007 HelpLine

Q) I've been playing around with the macro feature on my compact digital camera. I have some nice shots, but now I'm trying to work with a flash. All of the shots I have so far are pretty disappointing. The right...

Article: August 13, 2007 HelpLine

Q) My son will be playing varsity basketball this coming senior year. I started shooting his basketball games a year ago and have gotten some good images. I know they don't want flashes going off under the basket...

Also labeled: HelpLine, Flash and Lighting

Article: July 23, 2007 HelpLine

Q) When I bump up the ISO setting in my camera, am I changing its sensitivity? If it does, couldn't I just leave it there and adjust my aperture or shutter speed? ...

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Article: July 16, 2007 HelpLine

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?

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Article: July 9, 2007 HelpLine

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...

Also labeled: Photography Gear, HelpLine

Article: July 2, 2007 HelpLine

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?

Also labeled: HelpLine, Camera Technique

Article: Double-Process RAW

One of the big challenges of photography has always been how to best capture the tonalities and brightness of the real world. Every film, every sensor (and its processor) will interpret it slightly differently.

Article: Photoshop CS3

That's right, Photoshop fans—and Elements users who are considering moving up to Photoshop—the latest version of the world's most powerful image-editing program has just gotten better, big time! Read on, and you'll see why it's indeed faster (great...

Article: Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Of all the tips and techniques that I cover when presenting or teaching, I'm most adamant about the value of Adjustment Layers. Next to the invention of the layer itself, Adjustment Layers arguably represent Photoshop's best feature for...

Article: Perfect Combination

Adobe Photoshop CS3 offers many new features, including those found in the new Adobe Camera Raw, that help us enhance and save (to a point) our exposures. From an exposure standpoint, two of the most amazing features in the latest version of...

Article: Toolbox: Flash

Your camera's built-in flash is probably decent, but there's a reason why pros—and a growing number of enthusiasts—shoot with accessory strobes. Shoe-mount flashes provide the power, control and flexibility to push the light in your photography to the...

Also labeled: Gear, Flash and Lighting

Article: July/August 2007 HelpLine

Capturing Fireworks Q) I thought I'd try to experiment with taking pictures during the 4th of July fireworks displays this year. A friend...

Also labeled: HelpLine, Flash and Lighting

Article: 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...

Article: 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...

Also labeled: HelpLine, DSLRs

Article: 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...

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Article: June 2007 HelpLine

Q) I'm going on the trip of a lifetime in a few months and I was looking to stock up on memory cards so I don't have to bring my laptop with me. With prices coming down and card...

Also labeled: HelpLine, Drives and Storage

Article: Fire In The Sky

We all love watching sunsets, looking at pictures of sunsets and, of course, photographing sunsets! The warm colors—deep shades of red, orange and yellow—evoke feelings of peace and tranquility and a sense of awe at nature's wonders.

Article: 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? 

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Article: 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.

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Article: 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?

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Article: Make Your Best Prints Ever

One of the great joys resulting from the change to digital compared to shooting film is the ability to get great photo prints optimized for the subject and photographer. Everyone who used to try to get a good, custom print from a slide or negative...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Article: True Colors Part 2

As prices have dramatically dropped, sales of high-definition televisions have skyrocketed. The chances are good that you already own an HDTV or are planning to buy one in the near future. And with new products like Apple TV and Windows Vista Media...

Also labeled: Calibration How To

Article: Digital Image Enhancement With Adobe Camera Raw

Adobe Camera Raw rocks! RAW shooters know that. But get this-the new version of Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 isn't only for RAW shooters and wannabe RAW shooters who may have been intimidated by RAW image processing. This image enhancement tool...

Also labeled: Quick Fix

Article: Ultimate Travel Photography

Beryl Markham begins West with the Night, her wonderful and enthralling book about her adventures as a bush pilot in East Africa in the mid-1930s, with the question, "How is it possible to bring order to memory?"

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Article: April 30, 2007 HelpLine

Q) What's the best way to control noise when shooting? I recently took some photos of the Northern Lights and the results were very noisy. Q) What's...

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Article: April 23, 2007 HelpLine

Q) An interesting problem came up recently with regards to evidence of bylaw contraventions in Pretoria, City of Tshwane, South Africa. The City Councils officials have switched...

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