Saving For The Web

When making fine-art prints, more resolution is better, but on the web, it’s more complicated.

When making fine-art prints, more resolution is better, but on the web, it’s more complicated. You want to strike a balance between image dimensions, typical screen resolution and file size. SIZING IMAGES Ideally, people will want to scan your photos in a gallery of thumbnails and view selected images larger. If you use online gallery services like... Read more

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos

Check out my photograph of a young musician who was performing at a local park. My son thinks the photo rocks. He likes the spotlights shining on the subject, the blurred motion of the rocker’s hands and guitar, and the red-hot border that frames the image. He also likes the way I composed the picture, tilting my camera down to one side to create what’s called the disequilibrium effect. What’s more, he likes the way the young rocker is brighter than the background, which makes him stand out prominently in the scene.

Original 1. Check out my photograph of a young musician who was performing at a local park. My son thinks the photo rocks. He likes the spotlights shining on the subject, the blurred motion of the rocker’s hands and guitar, and the red-hot border that frames the image. He also likes the way I composed the picture, tilting my camera down to one... Read more

October 2008 HelpLine

I typically use my camera in automatic mode, but occasionally I step out of my comfort zone and move into some of the other modes. I really understand the full manual mode but, quite honestly, I don’t get the whole aperture priority and shutter priority. I know what they are supposed to do and I sort of get when you are supposed to use them, but when I take pictures, I often switch between the two and I really don’t see much difference. Is it me or the camera?

This Article Features Photo Zoom The image on the left is the result of choosing a small aperture in aperture-priority mode. There’s a lot of depth of field, but the camera compensated for the small aperture by selecting a slower shutter speed, which blurred the fountain water. The image on the right was shot in shutter-priority... Read more

Create A Web Gallery

It’s pretty much expected these days that if you’re a photographer, you’ll have some kind of web gallery.

When it comes to designing web pages, simpler is usually better, especially for online photo galleries. Displaying fewer images per page at larger sizes not only looks better at a glance, but makes it easier for your visitors to appreciate your photography. Don’t try to show everything at once; instead, pair or group similar or related images... Read more

Print Smarter

Printing is one of those areas of digital photography that lead to baldness. Seeing a photo on paper, and often expensive paper, that looks nothing like the image on screen will have you pulling your hair out—hence, the baldness problem. There are a few ways to keep your hair and ensure that you’re getting the best possible print.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Printing is one of those areas of digital photography that lead to baldness. Seeing a photo on paper, and often expensive paper, that looks nothing like the image on screen will have you pulling your hair out—hence, the baldness problem. There are a few ways to keep your hair and ensure that you’re... Read more

Add A Creative Touch To Your Pictures

We all strive for pictures that look unique, artistic and creative. That goes for when they’re framed and hung on a wall, when they’re posted on the web, and maybe even when they’re published in a book or magazine article. One creative idea is to add emphasis to the main or central subject in an image. Another is to dress up the image with a digital frame or border. In this column, we’ll cover a few easy techniques for accomplishing both goals—and more.

Original We all strive for pictures that look unique, artistic and creative. That goes for when they’re framed and hung on a wall, when they’re posted on the web, and maybe even when they’re published in a book or magazine article. One creative idea is to add emphasis to the main or central subject in an image. Another is to dress... Read more

Keep The Noise Down In Your Digital Images

Noise, the digital equivalent of film grain, can be a challenge to overcome.

After The same image after reducing noise with Nik Software Dfine 2.0. Plug-ins like Dfine can help reduce the appearance of noise without a critical loss of sharpness. Noise, the digital equivalent of film grain, can be a challenge to overcome. It appears as an irregular, sand-like texture that, if small, is essentially invisible; if large, it can... Read more

Photoshop Actions And Batch Processing

I frequently hear photographers talk about maximizing their time behind a camera and minimizing their time at the computer.

I frequently hear photographers talk about maximizing their time behind a camera and minimizing their time at the computer. It’s not the creative postproduction that these photographers want to avoid—it’s the digital drudgery that can consume so much of a one’s time. Tasks like file management and basic processing aren’t nearly... Read more

September 2008 HelpLine

While searching online for a mid-priced, 67mm circular polarizer for my Nikon D200, I came across this filter description that has me puzzled: “Used like and gives the same effect as [a] polarizer, but designed for cameras with beam-splitting metering.” Is this filter a polarizer? How do I know if my D200 has beam-splitting metering, and if I use this particular lens with my D70 or something new later on, will this filter no longer work? Is this a concern for all circular polarizers, or is this model by Tiffen something special?

This Article Features Photo Zoom HELIOPAN CIRCULAR POLARIZER Beam-Splitting Headache Q) While searching online for a mid-priced, 67mm circular polarizer for my Nikon D200, I came across this filter description that has me puzzled: “Used like and gives the same effect as [a] polarizer, but designed for cameras with beam-splitting... Read more

Adventures In Aperture

I made this image during my trip to Carnevale in Venice, Italy, this year. Sure, the model is terrific, and the location, an 800-year-old palace, is fantastic. From a technical standpoint, the image is super-sharp, the lighting is flattering and well balanced, the colors are vibrant, and the tight crop draws attention to the subject.

AFTER CROP 1 I made this image during my trip to Carnevale in Venice, Italy, this year. Sure, the model is terrific, and the location, an 800-year-old palace, is fantastic. From a technical standpoint, the image is super-sharp, the lighting is flattering and well balanced, the colors are vibrant, and the tight crop draws... Read more

Pro Tips: Black-And-White

Getting good black-and-white prints used to mean mixing batches of chemicals, being secluded in a darkened room, calculating exposure times, dodging and burning, then finally watching an image magically appear out of the developer soup onto a sheet of paper. While digital photography made it easier to get images without the effort or cost of processing film, it wasn’t until the last few years that software applications and, more importantly, inkjet printers were equipped to handle the ever-growing desire of photographers to create and print black-and-white images that rival—or sometimes exceed—what once was the domain of the traditional darkroom.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Getting good black-and-white prints used to mean mixing batches of chemicals, being secluded in a darkened room, calculating exposure times, dodging and burning, then finally watching an image magically appear out of the developer soup onto a sheet of paper. While digital photography made it easier to get... Read more

July 2008 Helpline

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About a year ago, you helped me decide on an SLR camera, and I love it. I’ve taken a short camera class only to learn there’s so much more to learn. Now I want a versatile lens, so I can carry just one lens with me. I’ll need a zoom (150mm to 300mm?) as I’m sure to be far away when I want to take pictures of tennis players and capture action shots. I know from friends that the lens can’t be too long or you can’t take it into sporting events, and I need a lens with stabilization. Also, I teach first-grade speakers of other languages, and I enjoy taking their pictures, too.

This Article Features Photo Zoom It’s tempting for photographers who want to travel light (and economize) to seek out the “perfect” zoom lens that will tackle all of their favorite subjects. That’s a tall order, though, because desirable lens specs for sports photography are different than those for... Read more
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