Digital Photography

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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…]

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…]

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