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The Parallax Problem with Your Digital Camera’s Viewfinder

A parallax error occurs when you take a picture by looking through the viewfinder of your digital camera, and the picture doesn’t look like it did in the viewfinder. On many digital cameras, the viewfinder [more…]

Finding the Right Case for Your Digital Camera

Digital cameras are sensitive equipment, and you need to protect them in a well-padded camera case. The camera case you get depends on factors such as how you use [more…]

Editing Your Digital Photos with Roxio PhotoSuite

Roxio PhotoSuite allows you to do basic image editing on your digital photos. PhotoSuite is inexpensive (less than $50) and easy to use. PhotoSuite has many features that you may want in an image editor [more…]

Using or Disabling Your Digital Camera’s Instant Review Feature

Your digital camera may have an instant review feature. After you take a picture, your camera displays that picture automatically on the LCD screen for a few seconds, letting you immediately review how [more…]

How to Select an Image with Photoshop Elements 6

Manipulating images is what Photoshop Elements 6 is designed to do. This table tells you how to select your heart out — everything from adding to a selection in Photoshop to deselecting to hiding a selection [more…]

How to Maneuver through Photoshop Elements 6

Photoshop Elements 6 offers numerous tools you can use to look at and manipulate images in your computer. This photo and list walk you through the basics. [more…]

Toolbox Shortcuts for Photoshop Elements 6

You can access many of the editing tools in Photoshop Elements 6 through keyboard shortcuts. See this chart for the editing tool and its keyboard shortcut: [more…]

Photoshop Elements 6 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Editing photos in Photoshop Elements 6 is easy with a little guidance on how to maneuver through the application, how to use the shortcuts, and how to select images and parts of images. [more…]

Selection Tricks for Photoshop Elements

To make changes to a picture or part of a picture with Photoshop Elements, you need to make selections. Fortunately, Elements offers a whole bunch of shortcuts to help you select, deselect, add to, and [more…]

Using the Photoshop Elements Workspace

Photoshop’s Elements workspace provides you with a variety of tools to look at, edit, and organize your photos. Take advantage of the tools shown in the picture here: [more…]

Photoshop Elements Toolbox Shortcuts

Photoshop Elements provides you with numerous keyboard shortcuts to edit, alter, and generally play with your pictures. Explore these shortcuts and perhaps find some features in Elements you didn’t know [more…]

Photoshop Elements 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 7 offers a variety of tools to help make photo editing easy. Knowing the elements of the workspace gets you going, and when you add toolbox shortcuts and a range of tricks to help select [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D40 or D40X

You know that your Nikon D40 or D40X is advanced, right? Use the advanced exposure modes on your Nikon D40 or D40X digital camera a couple of ways: Adjust the aperture [more…]

Identifying External Parts of a Nikon D40/D40X Camera

Your Nikon D40 or D40X digital camera has external controls that may look intimidating. This visual guide to the Nikon D40 or D40X camera maps out all those buttons, dials, and other external features [more…]

Automatic Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D40 or D40X

For optimal images, get a firm grip on the automatic exposure modes for your Nikon D40/D40X digital camera. This overview of the Nikon D40/D40X exposure modes includes Auto and the seven Digital Vari-Program [more…]

Nikon D40/D40X For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Your Nikon D40 or D40X digital camera may be a lot less intimidating after you know how to identify the exterior parts of your camera and get a handle on the automatic and advanced exposure modes. [more…]

Photoshop CS4 Filter Gallery Colors

Most Photoshop CS4 creative filters use foreground color, background color, or both, and you should select these colors before you get into the Filter gallery. Use this list for important Photoshop filters [more…]

Troubleshooting in Photoshop CS4

When you run into a problem with Photoshop CS4, like the program won’t do what you want it to, or Photoshop simply won’t do anything, try these quick fixes to troubleshoot: [more…]

Selection Tricks in Photoshop CS4

Say you want to work on a part, or selection, of an image instead of the whole photo. Photoshop CS4 has a large group of selection commands and tools. Here are a few tricks to add: [more…]

Photoshop CS4 Layer-merging Tricks

Here are some tricks for working with layers in Photoshop CS4 if the Layers palette gets too crowded, or if you need to apply the same filter to multiple layers, streamline your Layers palette, or work [more…]

Photoshop CS4 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting around in Photoshop CS4 means knowing, not only the basics, but how to troubleshoot problems, use selection and layer-merging tricks, and getting acquainted with the filter gallery and its colors [more…]

The Canon Rebel T1i/500D Digital Camera Layout

Here’s a guide to the buttons, dials, and other external controls on your Digital Rebel T1i/500D. The lens shown in the digital camera below is the Canon EF-S 18–55mm IS [more…]

Exposure Mode Quick Guide for Your Canon Rebel T1i/500D Digital Camera

Use this table for a quick explanation of your Canon Rebel T1i/500D camera’s exposure modes (you select these using the Mode Dial on top of the digital camera). Control of picture-taking settings depends [more…]

Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Get to know the external controls and all the functions of the exposure modes on your Canon Rebel T1i/500D digital camera and you’re on your way to taking great digital photos! [more…]

Picturing Your Nikon D90 Digital Camera's External Controls

Here’s a handy reference guide to the buttons, dials, and other external controls on your Nikon D90 digital camera. The lens shown here is the Nikkor 18–105mm AF-S VR [more…]

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