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Archive for July, 2008

6 Ways To Fix Too Bright and Too Dark Photos

6 Ways To Fix Too Bright and Too Dark Photos

Another email I received this week was from Mark Jones. Mark writes:

I would like some advice on the attached picture. I tried to photograph my band playing a gig in a pub and the light was shining through the window meaning the drummer/guitarist was in almost complete dark, how?why? What should i have had the camera set to?

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Flash Fingers

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Flash Fingers

No, it’s not a new kind of fish snack, but instead something to watch for when taking your next night-time shot.

A reader of my tips, Bob Johnson, sent me an email last week asking if I could help.

Hi David,

Have enjoyed your lessons and have learned a lot.

I have a problem with flash which you may be able to help me with. Some of my indoor night shots of groups of people are not turning out well. Generally the right hand side of the picture is well lit by the flash while the left hand is not. I generally use AUTO.

Not all shots are like these though. My camera has face recognition and I am wondering if this might have something to do with it.

I am at a loss to understand why and wonder if you know the answer

Cheers
Bob Johnson

Well, Bob, this is a common problem when using the flash with smaller cameras – and fortunately it is very easy to solve.
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Camera Hieroglyphics Demystified: The Camera Lens

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Camera Hieroglyphics Demystified: The Camera Lens

Welcome to the first in a series where I explain what all the numbers and symbols mean on your camera.

It’s a problem almost as old as cameras. Manufacturers want to impart as much information as they can about an item, but they don’t have room on the product to place paragraphs of explaining information. So they invent a shorthand and while it helps them succinctly provide information, it doesn’t help us poor consumers who have to read it!

Today begins a series where I decipher the information on your camera so you know what each of those mysterious numbers and letters mean. Today I’ll start with camera lenses. I’ll discuss what’s printed on my SLR detachable lens – those of you with a Point and Shoot camera (with an inbuilt lens) won’t see all this information. However your lens will have most of these values printed in the user manual.
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Should I purchase Photoshop from a Spam Email?

Should I purchase Photoshop from a Spam Email?

Every time I look in my spam folder, I see a lot of “Buy CS3” or “Buy Adobe Software” email. I’m sure you have seen the same email that sell software for less than 10% of the regular price.

It seems like a great deal – so should you buy from these companies?
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ISO Explained!

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ISO Explained!

You are probably familiar with ISO on film used in a film camera. It’s the ‘speed’ of the film – higher ISO values mean you can take photos in lower light.

But what about in the digital world?
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