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Archive for the ‘Digital Photography’ Category



How To Shoot Fireworks

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Digital Fireworks

In the US we celebrate Independence day on July 4th while our friends up north celebrate Canada Day on July 1. With this in mind I thought an article on photographing fireworks might be helpful.

OK, first off, I want to stress that fireworks are tricky—no getting around it, no digital silver bullet to make this one easy. Even people who have shot fireworks for years sometimes… Continue reading

White Balance

More and more digital cameras are allowing you to customize your “White Balance”. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Probably wondering if you strayed off into the brighter laundry newsletter, but rest assured, you’re still in the right place.

White Balance is basically the color “temperature” adjustment for light (note this really has nothing to do with how hot the object producing the light may or may not… Continue reading

SLR or Compact Camera

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Digital SLR or Compact?

First, we jump into our time machine and look into the past…

Circa 2000

The digital SLR (Single Len Reflex – basically an interchangeable lens camera) was expensive. Entry was $5,000-$10,000 and only the pros could justify it (and they still had a hard time explaining it to their spouses). So, when the average guy went digital, it was with a compact digicam.

Fast forward to… Continue reading

The Polarizer—a Pro’s Secret Weapon

Ever notice how photos taken by the pros seem to have incredible color? The blue sky is extra-blue, the trees seem greener, the flowers seem more vibrant. How do they do it?

One trick is to use a filter called a “Polarizer”. Basically this filter’s sole purpose in life is to remove reflections. I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a world… Continue reading

Color Modes

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Color Modes

One of our readers asks:

My imaging software has several different types of imaging “color modes.” It’s currently RGB, but I also see Grayscale, indexed, CMYK, and a couple others. Should I change from RGB to something else?

Probably not. RGB (Red Green Blue) is the normal color mode for digital photos. However, if you want the whole scoop, here are a few of the more common image… Continue reading

Sharpening Your Pictures

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

OK, so you have a digital camera and you’ve been hearing about how you can use software to “sharpen” photos. Sounds great, but as with any digital imaging technology, there are deadly pitfalls that await the unsuspecting picture-fixer-upper.

First off, let’s discuss two things the sharpening tool won’t help with:

1. Blurry photos due to camera or subject movement. You know the kind. You take a photo and the camera… Continue reading

Camera Buffer Basics

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Buffer Overload

A reader asks…

“I love my digital camera, but sometimes when I take a lot of photos all at once it seems to ‘overload’. It gets to a point where it just won’t take any more pictures for a minute or so. It’s really annoying when I am trying to get a shot and the camera won’t work. Do you know what causes this?”

Yup, sure do. Your… Continue reading

Memory Card Reader Basics

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Using Memory Card Readers

Seems like everyone is using memory card readers. If you want to find out what the fuss is all about, read on.

First off, most of these work in pretty much the same way. You plug it into your computer, Windows XP / ME automatically installs it (win 98 usually needs drivers), and you’re ready to start reading your memory cards.

Once you have the reader… Continue reading

Get Rid Of Red-Eye

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Ohh, we’ve all been there. You take a snap shot of your kids (or grandkids) and the devil in ‘em seems all too apparent. Those big red-eyes glaring back at you from the photo, screaming for some time in PhotoShop. Continue reading

Make Your Images The Right Size

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Making Pictures the Right Size

What’s the “right” size for a picture? Well, that depends on the photo. Most monitors display at 72 dpi (dots per inch). So, if you want the picture to be 5 inches wide (probably about the biggest you would want for an e-mail message), the picture would be 360 pixels wide (5 inches x 72 dpi = 360 pixels).

Pixel is short for “Picture Element”… Continue reading

RAW Image Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

“RAW” Digital Photography

Many newer digital cameras are now offering a “RAW” file setting in addition to the “standard” JPG and TIF options. As its name suggests, this is a file type that needs to be “cooked” (OK, processed :-) before you can use it.

Before we get into the hows and whys, let’s look at how a camera typically processes an image.

When you snap the shutter on your… Continue reading

3 Steps To Better Digital Prints

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

3 simple steps you can take to get better prints from your digital photos…

1. Watch the resolution – Remember that in order to get a quality print, you’ll need to have the DPI to back it up. The “Dots Per Inch” – pixels if you will – are the stuff your photos are made of. If you don’t have enough of ‘em, you aren’t going to get a good… Continue reading

Jpeg Quality Loss

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Watch Those JPEGs!

JPEG is a great format, ya know? They can take a huge 30 meg file and make it look great at 3 meg – if only my diet worked so well :-)

However, there is a hidden danger behind all that digital dexterity. JPEGs are a “lossy” compression scheme. What they do is “dump” unnecessary information when they are created. The higher the compression rate, the more… Continue reading

Strange Colored Prints

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Strange Colored Printouts

Have you ever perfected a photo in your imaging program, only to get bizarre colors when you went to print it? You know, the photo is all green, pink, etc? It used to work fine, but now the printouts are making your eyes water with all their hideous color.

Well, if you’ve never been there, just hang on—ya probably will be!

If your printer has been doing… Continue reading

Converting Megapixels

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Digital Imaging: Here’s a question one of our readers had:

Q:
I have a 2.1 megapixel digital camera and I just got a new 5 megapixel camera. I know that the more megapixels, the better. Is there any way to convert my 2.1 megapixel images to 5?

A:
Actually, it’s really easy – Just use your new 5MP camera to re-take the photos you shot with your 2.1MP… Continue reading

Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Buying A Digital Camera

It’s time for a digital camera huh? We get oodles of questions every week about which camera is best, what to look for, how much resolution, and on and on. For most people, it would be easy to spend several weeks sifting through the sands of digital camera gadgetry and terminology. Hopefully this series will scrape some time off that learning curve for ya!

So here’s… Continue reading

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