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How to Take Pictures of Animals

With practice, you can get great photos of animals (whether they’re your pets or wildlife). Though you can’t get animals to pose for a picture, you can capture quality animal images by following some guidelines [more…]

Adding Filters to Your Digital Camera’s Lens

Filters, glass disks that you can screw onto your digital camera’s lens, can change the look and feel of your digital photos. You can use filters to get unique image results: [more…]

How to Use Existing Light when Taking Digital Photos

If you don’t have access to lighting equipment for your digital photos, you can adjust the existing light (called ambient light by photographers) to create the effect you want. Work with the existing light [more…]

Choosing between an SLR or Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera

The majority of digital cameras are automatic, point-and-shoot models. They offer convenience and ease of use, providing autofocus, autoexposure, and auto just-about-everything else. But photographers [more…]

Selecting a Part of Your Digital Image by Color

In your photo-editing program, you can select pixels in your digital image based on color. Elements calls its color-based selection tool the Magic Wand, but other programs call it the Color Wand, Color [more…]

Creating Panoramic Pictures by Using Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera doesn’t give you a way to take a panoramic photo. But you can take several overlapping pictures and stitch them together to create a seamless panoramic shot. To create your photographic [more…]

How to Sharpen Your Digital Photo in Image-Editing Software

Use your image-editing program’s Sharpen tool, if it has one, to “paint” sharpness in only those places in your digital photo where you want things to look clearer or crisper. To use a Sharpen tool in [more…]

Sounding Out Audio Equipment for Your Digital Camcorder

All digital camcorders have built-in microphones, and most of them record audio adequately. After spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a high-tech digital camcorder, you may be frustrated [more…]

Understanding the Bokeh of a Digital Camera Lens

The quality of the out-of-focus areas of an image that a lens produces (its bokeh) has become a digital-photography obsession. Some lenses are prized for their wonderful bokeh, whereas others are reviled [more…]

Using a Flash Attachment on Your Digital Camera

Virtually all digital cameras come with a built-in flash. But if you have a midrange or professional camera, you can also add external flashes, which better control how your flash lights your camera’s [more…]

How to Frame Your Digital Photos

Framing, in photo-composition terms, means using elements of an image to form a sort of picture frame around important subjects. Frame your digital photos when you construct the shot. You can use framing [more…]

Computer Monitor Resolution

Like digital cameras, computer monitors (and other display devices) create everything you see on-screen out of pixels. You typically can choose from several monitor settings, each of which results in a [more…]

Transferring Photos from Your Digital Camera to Your Computer by Cable

You can transfer image files directly from your digital camera to your computer with a cable. This cable plugs into your camera at one end and your computer at the other. With the cable connecting them [more…]

Taking Pictures in Flash-Off Mode

If you're a sports fan, you've probably noticed that each big play at a night game ignites a thousand points of flash in the grandstand. Professional photographers joke about the phenomenon, because they [more…]

Working with Your Digital Camera’s Focus

Most digital cameras have autofocusing. A few fixed-focus cameras, which you can’t adjust, come prefocused for subjects at distances from about five feet to infinity. Other cameras have manual focus settings [more…]

The Parts of a Typical Digital Camera

If you’re new to digital cameras, you might be wondering what all those parts — the buttons, LEDs, and windows — are for. Here’s a quick introduction to the key components of the average non-SLR digital [more…]

Editing Your Digital Photos Like a Pro with Advanced Image-Editing Software

If you edit pictures on a daily basis or just want a lot of control over your images, you may want to use an advanced photo-editing program, which provides you with flexible, powerful, and convenient photo-editing [more…]

Removing Red Eye from a Digital Photo with Adobe Photoshop Elements

Your digital picture subjects may end up with a case of red eye. If you can’t prevent the red eye when you take the picture, you can remove it in Adobe Photoshop Elements using the Red Eye tool designed [more…]

Using Special Lenses with Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera might have come with a good lens — but you can get better lenses that let you get wide-angle or very close (telephoto) shots without buying a new camera. To attach these special lenses [more…]

Making the Connection Between Pixels and File Size

Each pixel in a digital photo adds to the size of the image file. If you pack your image with pixels, you have to deal with its huge file size. To keep your pixel count [more…]

How Many Pixels Are Enough in Your Digital Images?

Because printers and screen devices think about pixels differently, how many pixels you need depends on how you plan to use your digital picture. So, the answer to the pixel-number question is, “It depends [more…]

Compensate for Backlighting when Taking Digital Photos

When the sun or a bright background is behind a subject (backlighting it), your digital camera frequently adjusts to the backlighting, rather than the subject, leaving the subject in the dark. Prevent [more…]

How to Use Your Image Editor’s Correct Camera Distortion Filter

If you get a distorted view of a subject in a digital photo, use your image-editing program’s Correct Camera Distortion filter to change the distorted image to a normal perspective. Just remember that [more…]

Coordinating Your Digital Camera’s Flash and Shutter

Digital cameras use shutters to expose the sensor when you take a picture. Because the flash is a short burst, the flash must be fired only when the shutters entirely uncover the sensor. You can synchronize [more…]

How to Photograph Fireworks

Maybe you’ve avoided taking pictures of fireworks with your digital camera because you thought capturing photos of fireworks’ bursts of color was too difficult. The secret to shooting fireworks is to do [more…]

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