May 2006 HelpLine

ƒ-Stops And Bad Crops

    * Digital Camera ƒ-Stops
    * Straight-Line Troubles
    * Cropping Casualty
    * PPI Canon Vs. Nikon
    * Out-Of-Shape Histogram?

  ƒ-Stops And Bad Crops     * Digital Camera ƒ-Stops     * Straight-Line Troubles     * Cropping Casualty     * PPI Canon Vs. Nikon     * Out-Of-Shape Histogram?     Digital Camera ƒ-Stops Q)  Is there a scientific reason that all or most digital cameras go down only to ƒ/8? I’ve been a photographic... Read more

Instant Classic

Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today’s top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You’ll find many retouching and restoration articles on the topic on the web and in photography and Photoshop magazines.

Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today’s top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You’ll find many retouching and restoration articles on the topic on the web and in photography and Photoshop magazines. In this column,... Read more

March/April 2006 HelpLine

Getting The Most From A Photo Workshop

    * Making A Workshop Work
    * Affecting Depth Of Field
    * USB Effects
    * The EV Answer
    * What’s In A Name?

  Getting The Most From A Photo Workshop     * Making A Workshop Work     * Affecting Depth Of Field     * USB Effects     * The EV Answer     * What’s In A Name?     Making A Workshop Work Q)  I’ve been doing more and more with my digital photography. I’ve decided that I need some more personal instruction,... Read more

Snapshot To Postcard In Five Minutes

Have you ever taken a seascape or landscape picture from inside a moving plane, boat or car, where the view of the horizon line was tilted? Have you ever had to shoot fast to get off a shot without making any exposure adjustments, resulting in an over- or underexposed picture?

Have you ever taken a seascape or landscape picture from inside a moving plane, boat or car, where the view of the horizon line was tilted? Have you ever had to shoot fast to get off a shot without making any exposure adjustments, resulting in an over- or underexposed picture? I’ve made both mistakes, most recently while shooting from a helicopter... Read more

January/February 2006 HelpLine

Sensor Dust

    * Keeping Dust From Your Photos
    * Camera dpi…Huh?
    * Standard-Sized Prints
    * EV Mystery

  Sensor Dust     * Keeping Dust From Your Photos     * Camera dpi…Huh?     * Standard-Sized Prints     * EV Mystery Keeping Dust From Your Photos Q)  I just bought a digital SLR, and my images have been plagued with sensor dust. What can I do to avoid it in the future? Jim S. Houston, Texas A)  Here are some good rules... Read more

Seaside Digital Effects

With winter in full swing, I thought we’d work with a tropical photo—remember, it’s summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere. Summer is obviously a great time for photography, and before we know it, the warm days will be back again. Winter isn’t all bad news, though—it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on photo fixes that we left waiting when we were playing in the sun.

With winter in full swing, I thought we’d work with a tropical photo—remember, it’s summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere. Summer is obviously a great time for photography, and before we know it, the warm days will be back again. Winter isn’t all bad news, though—it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on... Read more

October 2005 HelpLine

Diagnosing Computer Problems

    * Software Problems Are Hard
    * Card Readers
    * JPEG Revisited

  Diagnosing Computer Problems     * Software Problems Are Hard     * Card Readers     * JPEG Revisited     Software Problems Are Hard Q)  The first time I downloaded photos from my camera to computer, everything was fine. The second time, I got a “system error” message on the camera and it closed down. I’ve tried... Read more

A Classic Method Goes Digital

Classic—the personification of black-and-white images. Weaving that classic look of black-and-white printing into the digital realm is easier than ever today. Software has a range of effects that enables greater control over your images in a way that traditional black-and-white film printing never could. In addition, plug-ins, specialized inks and papers are available that, when combined, produce beautiful high-quality prints with smooth tonal transitions, depth and detail.

Classic-the personification of black-and-white images. Weaving that classic look of black-and-white printing into the digital realm is easier than ever today. Software has a range of effects that enables greater control over your images in a way that traditional black-and-white film printing never could. In addition, plug-ins, specialized inks and... Read more

The Better Print

Getting a good print today has become the norm with the latest digital cameras and printers. While you still may have some challenges, printer manufacturers, in particular, have worked hard to give users the ability to create outstanding prints. Now it’s time to move beyond simply outputting a good print. I want to help you find ways to make your prints better express what you saw when you took the picture and how you felt about the subject.

Getting a good print today has become the norm with the latest digital cameras and printers. While you still may have some challenges, printer manufacturers, in particular, have worked hard to give users the ability to create outstanding prints. Now it’s time to move beyond simply outputting a good print. I want to help you find ways to make... Read more

September 2005 HelpLine

Better Panoramas

    * Panorama Problems
    * Family Photo Issues
    * What’s A Body To Do?
    * Batteries Revolting

  Better Panoramas     * Panorama Problems     * Family Photo Issues     * What’s A Body To Do?     * Batteries Revolting  Panorama Problems Q)  I’ve started doing panoramas by shooting multiple images and using software to put them together. Every time I’ve tried it, I can see where the images come together. I’ve... Read more

July/August 2005 HelpLine

JPEG Reloaded

    * Saved By JPEG
    * Timing Of File Saving
    * It’s All In The Name

  JPEG Reloaded     * Saved By JPEG     * Timing Of File Saving     * It’s All In The Name   I received a lot of responses to a HelpLine question regarding JPEG and its effect on image files that ran in the May issue of PCPhoto. That much interest shows that readers are concerned about image quality. Since this is an important issue,... Read more

June 2005 HelpLine

Viewfinder And Glasses

    * Eyepoint Revealed
    * Digital Projection Format
    * Memory Card Considerations

  Viewfinder And Glasses     * Eyepoint Revealed     * Digital Projection Format     * Memory Card Considerations Eyepoint Revealed Q)  I’ve been investigating digital SLRs and have come across a term I don’t understand. What’s eyepoint and why is it important? S. Orlando Via e-mail A)  Eyepoint is a measurement of... Read more
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