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Archive for July, 2011

Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

Stop right now! Wherever your photography is right now, it doesn’t matter. You could have ten years of experience with your camera, or you could be a total beginner. I am about to show you five simple steps you can take to get a good photo right now. If you follow them every time you’re out in the field, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, give these 5 steps a try.
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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

Flash is a very powerful tool in photography, but it only works as well as the person behind the camera. Great pictures are destroyed with flash as easily as they are created. Most of time, I advise you to avoid flash altogether. This time, I’m going to show you an alternative that might just allow you to have your cake and eat it too. We’re going to learn how to change your camera’s flash output and why it’s important.
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How To Take Photos Of Mist On A Lake After Sunrise

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How To Take Photos Of Mist On A Lake After Sunrise

The sunrise and the fog. They are two of the most dramatic elements you can add to any photograph. When you combine them, they can create the feelings of mystery and foreboding. Today, we’re going to learn how to take pictures of mist on a lake just after the sun has risen. There’s a special trick to this, and once you figure it out, you’ll have some pictures that are no less than awe-inspiring.
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How To Correct Leaning Buildings In Photoshop

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How To Correct Leaning Buildings In Photoshop

What is it with buildings and photography? Why do they almost always seem to come out a little funny, no matter what you try? Most consumer camera lenses do an awesome job of photographing things on the everyday scale, but they often fail miserably with oversized objects like buildings. I want to show you why that’s so and what you can do to fix it with Photoshop Elements.
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What Lens Should I Use On A Regular Basis?

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What Lens Should I Use On A Regular Basis?

If you only had one lens to use, what would it be? That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer. Lenses come in all shapes and sizes, but some of them are better at capturing the majority of what’s out there. As you’re about to find out, there is no answer that applies to everyone. There are only a few general rules.
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Don’t Get Sucked In! 5 Photography Myths

Don’t Get Sucked In! 5 Photography Myths

Photography is a mysterious art. Somehow, by pressing all the right buttons and using all the right settings, you can turn an ordinary scene into a work of art. Because photography is so strange, so out of the ordinary, certain photography myths have grown out of our desire to explain what’s going on behind the lens of the world’s great photographers. Have you fallen for these myths? Let’s take a look.
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Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

There are countless ways to sharpen an image, but which one is correct? How much sharpening do you need to do? It’s time to clear up the confusion surrounding sharpening once and for all. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, we’re going to sharpen photos the right way. Once you learn this little trick, you’ll want to sharpen every picture you take. Here’s what you need to know.
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Should I Use The GIMP Photo Editing Program? It’s Free!

Should I Use The GIMP Photo Editing Program? It’s Free!

When I found out the price of Adobe Photoshop CS, my gut reaction was nothing less than shock. At $670 a copy, it’s simply too much. How can the average photographer, somebody doing it for the love and not the money, afford such a thing? Some of you may be tempted by the other option, GIMP. It’s a free photo editing program that anyone can download and use right away. But I want to persuade you not to go for it, even though it’s free. Here’s why.
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Ask David: Lenses, Shots Out Of Sequence, Cropping, Lenses to purchase, Megapixels

Ask David: Lenses, Shots Out Of Sequence, Cropping, Lenses to purchase, Megapixels

In my regular Ask David column, I answer common questions from my readers. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we have a bumper edition covering why you shouldn’t get a film camera; how shots get out of sequence; why images aren’t always cropped correctly; a good set of lenses to purchase; and how many images you can fit onto your memory card.
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Capture the moment – a wonderful newborn image

Capture the moment – a wonderful newborn image

I received a wonderful photo a few days ago from a reader, Roger Urquhart. Here’s his comment:

My daughter has just given me my first grandchild and i had my camera there and started clicking immediately I’ve attached a photo that i took within seconds of him being born and i am so proud of, it made my daughter cry. I really would like a honest opinion as the family and i are seriously biased and we only see what we want to see.

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Why Does Sharpening Help? What Does It Do?

Why Does Sharpening Help? What Does It Do?

Today’s digital photography tools have changed the profession in ways that nobody could have imagined. Photography has always been an art, but now it involves more than the use of the camera. Half, if not more than half, of the technique of photography is carried out in the post-processing phase. Sharpening has grown to become an important step in that process.
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Why Use Auto Exposure Lock?

Why Use Auto Exposure Lock?

Here’s a handy one for you point-and-shoot photographers. Have you ever wanted to get one part of the scene just right, but you could never get the colors to pop out? Sometimes you know more about the thing you want to photograph than your camera does. You know you want the sky to be blue, really blue, but your camera assumes you want everything to have equal importance. How can you put an end to this? Auto exposure lock, that’s how.
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How To Keep Camera Sensor Clean

How To Keep Camera Sensor Clean

Looks like you’ve done it again. For a while there, you thought you had it all taken care of. I mean, you just cleaned your digital camera sensor. How could it possibly have gotten dirty again? Having a clean sensor isn’t just about the periodic cleanings. It’s about making sure more dust doesn’t get in. Try out these tips, and you’ll find yourself worrying a lot less about sensor dust.
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Why Is The MM Range On A Film Lens Different On Digital?

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Why Is The MM Range On A Film Lens Different On Digital?

It’s one of the weird relics from the transition to digital. We’ve still got the old lenses, but the cameras we’re attaching them to are no longer the same. When you use an old lens with a digital camera, you have to multiply the lens’ focal length by a number known as the crop factor. I’d like to take a quick moment to tell you what a crop factor is, how it affects your photography, and why it’s important.
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Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

This question comes from reader Rick Bergesio. He’s tried the red eye flash setting on his camera, and it hasn’t done much to reduce red eye in his night shots. If the system isn’t working as advertised, then what’s going on? Why do his photos still have problems with red eye?
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