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  • Opinion: Play With an Online Simulator to Learn Camera Settings

    Modern digital cameras make photography so simple that it seems like you just need to press the shutter release to take a good photo. While that might be true for snapshots, there are many situations in which a little knowledge of photography goes a long way to helping you get a better picture. Have you ever wanted to really understand how all the variables--focal length, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and so on--contribute to your photos? A while ago, I explained how you can use a simple point-and-shoot camera like a photo laboratory to experiment with exposure settings, but this week I've got something even cooler: a Web site that simulates the operation of a digital SLR. You can use it to tweak the settings and see the results instantly.

  • Toshiba launches world's first glasses-free 3D laptop

    Toshiba has unveiled the world’s first glasses-free 3D laptop. The Qosmio F750 3D is a 15.6in screen Windows 7 laptop that can display 3D images that can be viewed without the need for special 3D glasses. It will go onsale in the UK from early August with an expected RRP of £1,300 including VAT.

  • How-Tos: How to create vector masks in Photoshop

    In graphic art and design, a mask is a tool that lets you isolate part of an image from the area surrounding it. Once isolated, you can apply adjustments (for example, special effects or color balance) to that area alone, or use the mask to eliminate the background completely. With Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5, you can create masks using both pixels and vector paths, but masks created with vector tools are almost always more accurate than those created using pixel-based tools. Moreover, vector masks are easier to edit later on. Here are some quick steps you can use to create a vector mask.

  • Feature: PC Advisor today - top technology news, reviews and tips, 04/07/2011

    PC Advisor editors pick the day's best technology news, reviews, tips and tricks

  • Feature: Send us your best photo taken on a smartphone to win an iPad and a WD My Book Live!

    PC Advisor, in association with Western Digital, wants to find the best smartphone photographer in the world! And if you enter, you could win an Apple iPad 2, and a WD My Book Live NAS device.

  • Buying Advice: Buyers' guide: Video-editing software

    Video memories are evocative but, unless you set up a scene in advance, you’re unlikely to end up shooting exactly what you want. We outline what features you should consider when choosing an effective video-editing package

  • Buying Advice: Buyers' guide: Super-zoom compact cameras

    With summer just about here, it’s a great time to dig out your digital camera and take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight to shoot some photos. A compact digital camera takes up little luggage space, and isn’t so heavy that it gets left in the hotel room rather than accompanying you on your expeditions. But what model should you buy?

  • How-Tos: How to connect an HDTV to the network to view iPlayer programmes, photos

    How to connect your TV to your home network, so you can watch programmes and view photos from the web.

  • Feature: 25 great gadgets for summer

    Only the most useful, hardest-working gadgets earn a place in PC Advisor's hand luggage. Here are our tips for how to pack light but still be fully kitted out for a summer trip

  • News: Ricoh to acquire Pentax, set sights on digital SLR market

    Japan's Ricoh plans to acquire Pentax as part of a push to get into the digital single-lens reflex camera market, it said Friday.

  • Olympus PEN E-P3 cameras announced

    Olympus has announced three new Micro FourThirds cameras, set to go onsale in the UK from August. The 12.3Mp Olympus PEN E-P3 will be the flagship model and will retail for £799 with a 14-42mm lens kit.

  • Olympus PEN Mini camera unveiled

    Olympus has unveiled a new model in its line-up of Micro FourThirds cameras. The PEN E-PM1 is a Mini model aimed at newcomers to SLR photography

  • News: Red Giant releases Magic Bullet Suite 11

    Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 11 boosts colour correction tools and adds cosmetic effects and format conversion, though no Final Cut Pro X support yet

  • How-Tos: How to protect your holiday snaps abroad

    We're not suggesting that your camera or camcorder is going to be lost or stolen on holiday, but how upset would you be if it was? We show you how to back up the photos and videos you capture, just in case the unthinkable happens.

  • How-Tos: How to create dramatic photos with high dynamic range

    High dynamic range can add drama to your photos. We show how it works, even on a fairly ordinary digital camera.

  • News: Apple Addresses Final Cut Pro X Outcry with FAQ Posting

    Apple is attempting to do damage control over the flurry of negative comments on the company's new version of Final Cut Pro X video editing software. Apple posted a FAQ on its site that aims to address some of the concerns customers have raised so far, including a couple of straightforward "no" answers.

  • News: Apple Final Cut FAQ: FCP7 import isn't coming

    Apple has posted a document on its website titled “Answers to your Final Cut Pro X Questions.” The FAQ aims to address the ongoing controversy surrounding Apple’s release of the re-architected professional-grade video editing software. (See Macworld'sreview here.) The document addresses common questions about importing old projects, multicam editing support, and other features—and not every answer will satisfy disgruntled pro editors.

  • Opinion: Reader Questions on Thumbtack, Background Blur, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many questions as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from March, April , and May.

  • Opinion: Apples iCloud is a real memory killer

    Apple's at it again, cruelly dumping its users' memories at the altar of a few pennies more profit.

  • How-Tos: Make Your HDTV Web-Ready

    By now, you're used to watching all kinds of video via the Web. You get caught up on your favorite TV shows with Hulu, enjoy a movie or two with Netflix Instant Watch, maybe even sneak in a cat video or two (or a dozen) on YouTube during your lunch break at work. You're used to searching the Web to find what you want to watch when you want to watch it.



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