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

May 2005 HelpLine

Airport Security And Digital Files

    * Card Safety
    * Why Not JPEG For Everything?
    * Will My Pixels Be Alive In 2525?
    * Increasing File Sizes

Airport Security And Digital Files     * Card Safety     * Why Not JPEG For Everything?     * Will My Pixels Be Alive In 2525?     * Increasing File Sizes Card Safety Q)  I purchased a digital camera and 1 GB card. I took my camera with me on a trip that required travel via airplane; I then noticed that my card wasn’t operating... Read more

March/April 2005 HelpLine

Memory Cards Vs. Film

    * When Digital Film Isn’t Film
    * Caught In The RAW
    * Making It On Television
    * ƒ-Stop Exposé

Memory Cards Vs. Film     * When Digital Film Isn’t Film     * Caught In The RAW     * Making It On Television     * ƒ-Stop Exposé When Digital Film Isn’t Film Q)  Does it make a difference in picture quality if we use the nonbranded (cheaper versions) of memory cards? Are the super-speed SD better than the normal SD? ... Read more

January/February 2005 HelpLine

Image Organizing

    * Bringing Order To Your Images
    * Red-Eye Myth
    * Choose The Right Disc
    * CF Card Differences
    * Resolving Resolution 

  Image Organizing     * Bringing Order To Your Images     * Red-Eye Myth     * Choose The Right Disc     * CF Card Differences     * Resolving Resolution Bringing Order To Your Images Q)  I’m in transition between film and digital. I’d like to be able to drag around the photos to create a preferred sequence of images... Read more

December 2004 HelpLine

Cold Weather And Digital Cameras

    * Winter Wondering
    * Changing Backgrounds
    * Cropping Problems?
    * Resampling For Size

Cold Weather And Digital Cameras     * Winter Wondering     * Changing Backgrounds     * Cropping Problems?     * Resampling For Size Winter Wondering Q)  I live in Florida, but will be traveling to Yellowstone to snowmobile in January and I don’t know how my digital camera will react to the cold weather. What should I know,... Read more
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