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

July/August 2006 HelpLine

Be Sure Of Your Backup

    * 50 Ways To Lose Your Data
    * Stuck On Auto
    * From Film To Video

  Be Sure Of Your Backup     * 50 Ways To Lose Your Data     * Stuck On Auto     * From Film To Video 50 Ways To Lose Your Data Before I answer your questions, I want to touch on a topic I’ve mentioned before—but one whose importance I can’t stress enough: backup! Image file sizes are getting bigger, storage mediums are carrying... Read more

June 2006 HelpLine

White Balance And RAW

    * Do You Need White Balance With RAW?
    * Protective Filters
    * Reboot For Performance

 White Balance And RAW     * Do You Need White Balance With RAW?     * Protective Filters     * Reboot For Performance Do You Need White Balance With RAW? Q)  Since I got my digital SLR, I’ve really enjoyed the flexibility that comes with shooting RAW. While this “digital negative” has been fun, I do wonder about bothering... Read more

Posterize An Image

Technically, the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop is designed to analyze the pixel colors of a selected area of an image and reduce the number of colors—while maintaining the “look” of the original image. Creatively, you can apply this adjustment to make photos look like wood-block color artwork.

Technically, the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop is designed to analyze the pixel colors of a selected area of an image and reduce the number of colors—while maintaining the “look” of the original image. Creatively, you can apply this adjustment to make photos look like wood-block color artwork. 1. The Posterize adjustment is easy... Read more

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
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