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How to Take a Digital Photo in Black and White

Most digital cameras have options for creating black-and-white photos. With most cameras, you just select the black-and-white photo option from a menu, and you can start taking those artistic images in [more…]

Setting Printer Options for Your Digital Photos

To get the best possible prints of your digital photos, you might need to get used to adjusting your printer’s settings each time you plan to print photos. You can do this by adjusting the printer’s properties [more…]

Shooting a Portrait with Your Digital Camera

When you take a portrait picture with your digital camera, you need to consider position (of your camera and your portrait subject) before you shoot. A person wants to be in a portrait photo that flatters [more…]

Categorizing Types of Digital Cameras

Digital cameras fall into several overlapping categories, which are usually defined by a number of features. Specifications that define a category change over time. However, the categories themselves have [more…]

How to Use a Photo as Wallpaper on a Mac

The image that appears on your Mac’s main screen is called the wallpaper. Instead of sticking with the default wallpaper, you can plaster one of your favorite photos on the desktop as wallpaper. [more…]

Investing in Adobe Photoshop to Edit Digital Images

Adobe Photoshop is the digital image-editing program everyone respects. Photoshop allows you to manipulate your digital photos in just about every way. You do have to figure out how to use Photoshop’s [more…]

Taking a Picture of a Moving Subject with Your Digital Camera

You probably want to take pictures on your digital camera of people or things that move. When you’re taking pictures of moving subjects, use these tricks to stop a moving object in its tracks: [more…]

Editing a Layer of a Digital Photo with Adobe Photoshop Elements

You can edit part of an image without changing the rest of it by making changes to a particular layer in Adobe Photoshop Elements. You just need to make sure that the part you want to edit resides on the [more…]

The Advantages to Film Cameras over Digital Cameras

A couple of downside issues about digital photography exist. Digital photography’s negative aspects may or may not outweigh its benefits for you. To help you decide whether digital photography is right [more…]

Getting the Best Monitor and Display for Viewing Digital Images

You use your computer’s monitor display when working with your digital images, so get only the very best display available (that you can afford). For digital photographers, your display and video card [more…]

Using the Rule of Thirds in Your Digital Photos

Use the rule of thirds when framing a photograph with your digital camera. This rule divides the camera frame into three squares across by three squares down, and you position your photo subjects in relation [more…]

Composing a Digital Photo Using Geometric Forms and Patterns

Repeating geometric forms can give you the basis for an interesting digital photograph. You can add variety to your digital photography by including geometric forms and patterns in your photo’s subject [more…]

Avoiding Common Problems with Using a Telephoto Lens

Telephoto lenses have a few potential pitfalls. When you use a telephoto lens on your digital camera, be aware of the problems you may experience. To prevent problems when taking picture with a telephoto [more…]

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…]

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…]

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