March 5, 2007 HelpLine

Playing Your Cards Right
Q) I’ve followed your recommendation about using a card reader instead of connecting my camera directly to my computer. But I’m not sure of formatting. It seems to be working fine. but I’m not sure I’m choosing the right option.

M. Donavan
Cincinnati, Ohio
 

Playing Your Cards Right Q) I’ve followed your recommendation about using a card reader instead of connecting my camera directly to my computer. But I’m not sure of formatting. It seems to be working fine. but I’m not sure I’m choosing the right option. M. Donavan Cincinnati, Ohio A) I’m glad you took my advice on the... Read more

With The End Result In Mind

Thanks to digital, I have total control over my images—and so do you. If I couldn’t see the effect of exposure settings on the LCD and make adjustments on the spot, I’d have a lower percentage of keepers. What’s more, I couldn’t make enhancements—creative decisions would be left to a photo lab, as it was when I first got into photography. And don’t forget the power of a RAW file, from which you can recover up to one stop of an overexposed area! Here, I’ll share a few enhancements made using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Thanks to digital, I have total control over my images—and so do you. If I couldn’t see the effect of exposure settings on the LCD and make adjustments on the spot, I’d have a lower percentage of keepers. What’s more, I couldn’t make enhancements—creative decisions would be left to a photo lab, as it was when I first got... Read more

February 26, 2007 HelpLine

Hyper About Hyperfocal
Q) I was out taking some photographs this weekend and a fellow who was nearby was suggesting that I should be setting my lens to a hyperfocal distance. I had no idea what he was talking about.

Hyper About Hyperfocal Q) I was out taking some photographs this weekend and a fellow who was nearby was suggesting that I should be setting my lens to a hyperfocal distance. I had no idea what he was talking about. F. James Via the Internet A) Hyperfocal distance relates to depth of field. Depth of field is a range before and after your focus point... Read more

February 19, 2007 HelpLine

Examining EXIF
Q) I’m looking for the perfect photo organizer. Most of those I’ve tried, if you try to organize images by their date, want to use the date they get from the EXIF data for the image.

Examining EXIF Q) I’m looking for the perfect photo organizer. Most of those I’ve tried, if you try to organize images by their date, want to use the date they get from the EXIF data for the image. That’s probably fine if we’re only organizing digital photos, but many of my image files are pre-digital, scanned from negs, slides... Read more

March/April 2007 HelpLine

In Search Of ISO
    * ISO Settings And Exposure Compensation
    * RAW Delivered
    * Travel Tip

In Search Of ISO      • ISO Settings And Exposure Compensation      •RAW Delivered      •Travel Tip   ISO Settings And Exposure Compensation Q)  My SLR offers ISO settings in 1?2-stop increments. Is the range of light control insufficient or as good using exposure compensation? Frank Moore Via the Internet A)  This is... Read more

January/February 2007 HelpLine

Spot Begone

    * Dust And The D-SLR
    * Workflow And The Unwanted
    * Tip For Image Sharpness

Spot Begone     * Dust And The D-SLR     * Workflow And The Unwanted     * Tip For Image Sharpness     Dust And The D-SLR Q)  One issue that concerns me about D-SLRs is the problem of dust accumulating on the sensor while changing lenses. I’m told that using canned compressed air to clean the sensor will damage it and that the only... Read more

Fast Basic Fixes

Readers of PCPhoto know that for my professional work, I depend on Photoshop CS2 for my image enhancements. For pros like me, it’s the coolest program around. However, Photoshop Elements, CS2’s little brother so to speak, offers many professional image-enhancement features, too. In fact, most of the image enhancements and creative stuff you want to do can be accomplished in Elements.

Readers of PCPhoto know that for my professional work, I depend on Photoshop CS2 for my image enhancements. For pros like me, it’s the coolest program around. However, Photoshop Elements, CS2’s little brother so to speak, offers many professional image-enhancement features, too. In fact, most of the image enhancements and creative stuff... Read more

Fine-Art Conversion

Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera.

Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera. Though the self-portrait is a good photograph, I thought it lacked the touch... Read more

October 2006 HelpLine

Image Sharpness Revisited

* Image Sharpness Tip
* Card Reader Or Camera For Download?
* Quest For The Perfect Histogram

Image Sharpness Revisited * Image Sharpness Tip * Card Reader Or Camera For Download? * Quest For The Perfect Histogram   Another Tip For Image Sharpness: Know Your Limitations Cameras can be heavy, especially when you add a longer lens to them. An obvious key to sharp images is keeping the camera still. Last month, I gave you... Read more

Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed

When I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I didn’t realize was that Binney & Smith (Crayola) makes hundreds of different colors. The typical set includes all of the hues kids need to make refrigerator-ready artwork. But it’s possible to assemble a 64-piece set that includes some colors that aren’t found in the standard box. And that’s where color space comes in.

When I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I didn’t realize was that Binney & Smith (Crayola) makes hundreds of different colors. The... Read more

Clean Up The Background

In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it’s just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we’re traveling, we don’t always have control over our subject’s surroundings, so we may have to take photos with backgrounds that distract from the subject.

In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it’s just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we’re traveling, we don’t always have control over our subject’s surroundings, so we may have to take photos... Read more

Display Your Photos Right

Though discussions about photography in magazines, classrooms, message boards and camera clubs often focus on the latest photographic equipment or the hottest Photoshop tip, in the end, it really comes down to one simple thing: the print. It’s nice to share an image via e-mail or by allowing a friend to look over your shoulder at the camera’s LCD, but there’s no better way of sharing your unique vision of the world than by reproducing it on paper.

Though discussions about photography in magazines, classrooms, message boards and camera clubs often focus on the latest photographic equipment or the hottest Photoshop tip, in the end, it really comes down to one simple thing: the print. It’s nice to share an image via e-mail or by allowing a friend to look over your shoulder at the camera’s... Read more
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