April 2, 2007 HelpLine

Shooting Hoops
Q) I’m new to digital SLRs and want to photograph my son’s indoor basketball games. Working in shutter- and aperture-priority modes, I can get sharp photos or bright photos inside, but haven’t been able to get sharp, properly exposed photos without a lot of noise. My white balance and ISO are both set on auto. What am I doing wrong?

Shooting Hoops Q) I’m new to digital SLRs and want to photograph my son’s indoor basketball games. Working in shutter- and aperture-priority modes, I can get sharp photos or bright photos inside, but haven’t been able to get sharp, properly exposed photos without a lot of noise. My white balance and ISO are both set on auto. What... Read more

May 2007 HelpLine

Making Workflow Work

    • Raw File Processing
    • The “Oh-Really?” Factor

Making Workflow Work     • Raw File Processing     • The “Oh-Really?” Factor RAW File Processing Q) I don’t know what’s best when working with RAW files-opening and working on the RAW file and then saving it as a TIFF  or first converting it to a TIFF and then working on it? Does it make any difference? I intend... Read more

March 26, 2007 HelpLine

Interpreting Interpolation
Q) When I’m resizing my images, I’m given several different options for interpolation. People tell me to use bicubic, but there are two sub-options. Which should I be using?

Interpreting Interpolation Q) When I’m resizing my images, I’m given several different options for interpolation. People tell me to use bicubic, but there are two sub-options. Which should I be using? M. Stewart Via the Internet A) Anytime you resize your image using interpolation-whether increasing or decreasing image size-your software... Read more

March 19, 2007 HelpLine

Dust In The Wind
Q) Now that I’ve switched over from film to digital, I’m fighting one problem that nobody told me about-namely, dust. Why didn’t I have this problem with film?

Dust In The Wind Q) Now that I’ve switched over from film to digital, I’m fighting one problem that nobody told me about-namely, dust. Why didn’t I have this problem with film? Larry K. Via the Internet A) You did have problems with dust before. If you shot transparencies, anytime you projected them, you fought dust. If you shot... Read more

March 12, 2007 HelpLine

Making Contactâ?¦Sheets
Q) I’m looking for a program that will permit me to make and print out proof sheets that I can file with my photo CDs. A long time ago I did this with my negatives and it was very helpful.

Making Contactâ?¦Sheets Q) I’m looking for a program that will permit me to make and print out proof sheets that I can file with my photo CDs. A long time ago I did this with my negatives and it was very helpful. John A. Rogers Paducah, Kentucky A) If you’re running Windows XP, you can print proof sheets with the built-in Photo Printing... Read more

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
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