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No-Cost Lighting Tricks to Improve Your Digital Photos

You can find a huge assortment of lighting gadgets in seemingly every price range, all promising to produce a higher quality of light in your digital photographs. The following lighting tricks use household [more…]

Understanding Transition Types in Final Cut Pro

A transition is the visual magic that takes your eyes (and then your mind) to the next clip in a movie. Leonard Bernstein once defined music as "one note after another. [more…]

Using a Wide-Angle Lens on Your Digital Camera

Wide-angle lenses for a digital camera offer some creative advantages if you use them properly. When you use a wide-angle lens, you have opportunities to let your inner digital-image artist out. To get [more…]

How to Bracket Your Photo Subject

Bracketing is the process of taking three photos; one using the camera’s recommended settings, one intentionally underexposed, and one intentionally overexposed. The reason is simply to be sure you can [more…]

Choosing a Digital Camera Metering Mode

Many digital cameras offer a choice of autoexposure metering modes. Metering mode means the way in which the camera’s autoexposure mechanism meters — measures — the light in the scene while calculating [more…]

How to Make a Vignette in Your Digital Photo

A vignette is a circular border around the center of interest in a photograph, and vignettes are effective when used with a portrait. You can create a colorful vignette with a gradual blend to the subject [more…]

Repairing Vintage Photos in Your Image-Editing Software

When you look at all the problems with a vintage photo, the task of fixing that vintage photo’s damage may seem overwhelming. But image-editing software offers you many options to make that vintage photo [more…]

How to Fix an Underexposed Digital Photo

If your take a photo that you love but it’s underexposed, you can rescue the image in your image-editing software. Many image editors let you correct underexposed pictures, making them underexposed no [more…]

How to Backlight a Portrait Subject

Backlighting, also known as rim lighting, can create an almost magical glow or halo-like effect for your portrait subject. With backlighting, you create a rim of light that highlights your subject’s form [more…]

How to Take Better Vacation Pictures

A few simple tricks and guidelines can improve your vacation pictures, or make your travel photos more unique. After all, when you travel with your digital camera, you want to take pictures that tell the [more…]

The Benefits of Digital Images over Film

Using a digital camera offers many benefits that you simply don’t get with film. Digital cameras and the pictures they create have a lot of advantages in how you take the pictures, edit them, and share [more…]

Transferring Digital Photos from Your Memory Card to Your Computer with a Card Reader

By using a card reader device, you can transfer images from a memory card to your computer. Your computer sees the card reader as just another drive on the system. After you install your card reader’s [more…]

Using Your Digital Camera’s Fill Flash to Light a Photo

When you set your digital camera to fill flash (also called forced flash), the flash always goes off, regardless of the amount of light in the scene. Fill-flash mode is especially helpful for outdoor shots [more…]

How to Use the Liquify Filter in Your Image Editor

The Liquify filter in your image editor is more than a filter — the Liquify filter allows you to manipulate your digital image like warm taffy. You can use the Liquify filter to distort the entire image [more…]

Breaking Digital Photography Composition Rules

Although you can find all kinds of rules when composing a photograph, rules are made to be broken. When you take digital photos, you need to know these composition rules — but you don’t always have to [more…]

How to Take a Portrait Using Butterfly Lighting

A glamorous style of lighting is butterfly lighting. This type of lighting creates a subtle butterfly of light with the bridge of the nose as the axis for the “wings” of light that spread over the eyes [more…]

How to Remove Scratches and Spots from a Scanned Photo

A photo that you scan into your computer may have suffered some damage, and the scanning process can also add imperfections. You can use your image editor to remove this damage in the digital version of [more…]

Getting That Old, Grainy Film Look in Final Cut Pro

Attention is hard to get in a media-crowded world. Not everyone or every project needs to go high-tech with films that look like something from the 21st century. Some projects make more sense looking old [more…]

Cheap Lighting Gadgets for Your Digital Camera

For just a few pennies (well, maybe dollars), you can add some gadgets designed specifically for photography lighting to your arsenal. Decide how you want to manipulate the light for your photo, then get [more…]

The Best Features of a Digital SLR Camera

All digital SLR cameras have a variety of features that make your job as a photographer much easier, more pleasant, and more creative. When deciding whether to go for a dSLR, consider these dSLR features [more…]

How to Compose Photos with Good Backgrounds

Any time you shoot a portrait or a photo with one subject, you’ll have some kind of background in the image. A photo’s background can be a plus or a minus, depending on how you use that background in your [more…]

How to Blur a Digital Photo in Your Image Editor

You can blur parts of a digital image in most image-editing programs. Blurring reduces the color and brightness differences between pixels to make them similar. You might want to apply a blur to the background [more…]

How to Take Great Landscape Photos with Your Digital Camera

You can take beautiful landscape photos with your digital camera. Landscapes have their own set of rules when it comes to setting them up and photographing them. To capture a landscape properly in your [more…]

Setting Up Your New Digital Camera

Setting up your digital camera for the first time is easy. Just put in batteries and a memory card, adjust a few settings, and your camera set-up is complete. Get your new digital camera ready to start [more…]

How to Take Time-Lapse Photos with Your Digital Camera

Time-lapse imaging is easy — you just need to set up your digital camera and pop off a picture every so often to create a time-lapse sequence of photos. Creating time-lapse photos is as simple as pressing [more…]

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