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
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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

November 2004 HelpLine

Digital Terms

    * A Quick Guide To Some Common Terms
      Associated With Gear That You Might Buy

Digital Terms     * A Quick Guide To Some Common Terms       Associated With Gear That You Might Buy       Probably the most common letter I get from readers goes something like this: “Dear HelpLine, Your column is the best in the magazine.” (Okay, so I threw that in. They don’t always start that way; sometimes they... Read more

October 2004 HelpLine

White-Balance Settings

    * Understanding White Balance Can Help
      You Better Deal With Color In Your Photos

White-Balance Settings     * Understanding White Balance Can Help       You Better Deal With Color In Your Photos                     Since this issue is our annual how-to guide, I thought I’d discuss the subject of letters that I receive on a regular basis-white balance. Many readers new to digital have become confused... Read more

September 2004 HelpLine

Monitor Vs. Photo Size

    * Photos On The Monitor
    * Digital Terms
    * Depth Of Field And Digital Cameras

Monitor Vs. Photo Size     * Photos On The Monitor     * Digital Terms     * Depth Of Field And Digital Cameras Photos On The Monitor Q)  If I open a high-resolution picture from my computer via any photo-imaging software, I can see the entire image. Yet if I attach that image to an e-mail, the recipient opens that picture and it’s... Read more

Lab Work

You probably like the convenience and control of making prints at home with your inkjet printer. With a little practice, you can get outstanding results and a good measure of personal satisfaction by doing your own printing. There are times when it might be a better option to turn to a professional photofinisher to do the work, however. In the early days of digital, this usually wasn’t an option, as most labs weren’t yet capable of printing from digital files. A lot has changed in a few years, and now even the photo lab at your local drugstore may be offering prints from your digital images.

You probably like the convenience and control of making prints at home with your inkjet printer. With a little practice, you can get outstanding results and a good measure of personal satisfaction by doing your own printing. There are times when it might be a better option to turn to a professional photofinisher to do the work, however. In the early... Read more
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