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How to Use Your Digital Camera’s Auto-Rotate Feature

If your camera has an auto-rotate feature, it automatically rotates pictures that you take with a vertical orientation so that they rotate to display properly in the camera’s LCD monitor. To use the auto-rotate [more…]

How to Fix Color Casts in Your Digital Photos

A color cast is a tint that discolors your digital image. If a color cast appears in an image captured with a digital camera, get rid of that color cast by using your digital editing application. [more…]

How to Straighten a Digital Photo in Your Image Editor

When you use your digital camera, you may have a hard time capturing a picture that’s perfectly level. If you have a photograph that’s well composed but a little crooked or askew, you can easily straighten [more…]

How to Minimize the Flash Delays on Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera’s flash can cause delays because it needs to build up a full charge between shots. These delays can make you miss the perfect photo opportunity. You can minimize these delays, but you [more…]

Cloning in Your Digital Image to Cover Flaws

You can clone (copy and paste) pixels in your digital image to cover up defects in your photo. Just pick up the Clone tool, provided in most photo editors. With this Clone tool, copy and paste pixels simply [more…]

The Different Types of Batteries for Your Digital Camera

Most digital cameras accept standard AA batteries, but you have options in what kind of AA batteries you use. Disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries, and even battery packs can get your camera snapping [more…]

Editing Digital Photos in Corel Paint Shop Pro

Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is a general-purpose image editor with a reputation as the “poor man’s Photoshop” because Paint Shop Pro provides a substantial portion of Photoshop’s capabilities for less. [more…]

Deleting a Layer in a Digital Photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements

To adjust how your digital photo looks, you can delete a layer (or layers) from that photo. Deleting a layer removes that layer’s contents from the image file. Use Adobe Photoshop Elements to delete a [more…]

How to Take Digital Photos in the Middle of the Day

During the middle of the day, the overhead sun gives you no shadows to soften your digital photos. Though pictures in the midday sun may not look great, you can still take high noon pictures worth looking [more…]

Installing Your Digital Camera Driver on Your Windows Computer

To transfer digital camera photos to your computer, you need to install the camera’s driver on your computer. You can install a driver fairly easily on a Windows computer, and that driver lets you access [more…]

Tips for Taking Digital Photos in Stormy Weather

If you’re in a beautiful place with stormy weather, you can still take photos with your digital camera. Storms can give you beautiful shots. As long as the stormy conditions aren’t dangerous, you can get [more…]

Enlarging Your Digital Image’s Canvas

You can increase the size of your digital image’s canvas (a virtual backdrop for your image). Increasing the canvas for your image lets you add to that image. How you adjust the canvas varies from program [more…]

Avoiding Common Problems with Using a Wide-Angle Lens

Don’t be lulled by the creative opportunities wide-angle lenses offer you and your digital camera. You can use a wide-angle lens to create some arresting photos, but wide-angle lenses can also cause some [more…]

Using the CMYK Color System when You Print Your Digital Pictures

CMYK stands for the ink colors that printers mix to create all the shades in your digital pictures — cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). Some printers use only CMY [more…]

Buying a Digital Camera: Knowing How Much Resolution You Need

When deciding what digital camera you want to buy, keep resolution in mind. You can find cameras with any amount of resolution you could want, so get a resolution based on what you plan to do with your [more…]

Using the Camera Raw File Format for Your Digital Photos

The Camera Raw format, sometimes called simply Raw, was developed for photo purists who don’t want the camera to make any changes to the photo data. Camera Raw records data straight from the sensor, without [more…]

Choosing a Digital Camera Bag

Depending on the size of your digital camera and its accessories, you may need a camera bag. When deciding on a camera bag, you need to consider several factors to get the best bag for your digital camera [more…]

Resolution and a Picture’s Appearance and Quality

Before you print a digital photo, you specify an output resolution, which determines the number of pixels per inch (ppi) in the printed picture. Output resolution, also called image resolution or simply [more…]

Knowing How Many Pixels is Enough

If you think you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many megapixels, think again. Unnecessary pixels lead to bigger digital image files, which are great when you need all those pixels, but are [more…]

Using Basic Brightness/Contrast Controls on Your Digital Image

Many photo-editing programs offer one-shot brightness/contrast filters that adjust your digital photo automatically. Most programs also provide brightness/contrast controls that let you specify the extent [more…]

Taking Pictures without Being There with Your Digital Camera’s Self-Timer

Many digital cameras offer a self-timer mechanism, which allows you to take a picture without having to press the shutter button on the camera yourself. The self-timer enables you to be part of the picture [more…]

How to Use Automatic Exposure on Your Digital Camera

Most digital cameras offer an autoexposure mode, sometimes called programmed autoexposure. This feature does just what its name implies: The camera reads the light in the scene and then sets the exposure [more…]

Keeping Your Digital SLR Camera’s Sensor Clean

You can’t avoid getting dust on your digital SLR sensor, but you can take steps to keep it clean. Minimize the number of times you have to clean your dSLR sensor by following some clean-camera practices [more…]

Computer Printer Resolution

Printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). Printed images are made up of tiny dots of color, and how many dpi the printer can produce defines that printer’s resolution. The higher the resolution [more…]

How to Fade a Filter in Your Image-Editing Software

Your image-editing program’s filters, also called plug-ins because you can install or remove them independently, can change the look of your digital image in a variety of ways. Some filters correct less-than-perfect [more…]

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