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    Cameras are very good at freezing moments in time. Browse through your photo collection, and no doubt you'll have lots of examples in which a fast shutter speed captured an instant and preserved it, seemingly in amber. What's missing from photos like those, though, are any sense of drama. If you're shooting moving subjects - at a car race, a sporting event, or an airshow, for example - then you might want to preserve some of that action. You should learn to pan your camera.

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    The line separating reality and science fiction continues to blur. Whereas 40 years ago, cameras that focused themselves were unfathomable, auto-focus lenses have been a routine part of photography since the 1980s. Fast forward to today, and you can purchase the Lytro camera, which does away with the idea of focusing entirely: You can change the focus of Lytro photos after they're taken. The coolest part? I'm going to tell you how to simulate Lytro photos with the camera you already own.

  • How-Tos: What are your rights as a photographer?

    You probably don't think about the legality of taking photos very much, but it's more important than ever to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a photographer--even if you aren't shooting covers for Time magazine. It's certainly true that the U.S. Constitution recognizes a formidable array of rights and freedoms; but when it comes to taking photos, in a lot of situations your rights aren't so clear-cut.

  • How-Tos: How to improve smartphone battery life

    Fed up with those low battery warning on your smartphone? We offer some simple tips and tricks you can use to eek out extra hours of use, including dimming the screen plus some other nuggets you probably don't know about. UPDATED: 12th April 2013

  • How-Tos: How to fix a laptop with a blurry screen

    If your laptop has a blurry screen there is a very good change that you can fix it within a matter of minutes. Here's how to fix a laptop with a blurry screen.

  • How-Tos: Publish an eBook with images and protect your copyright

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  • How-Tos: How to stop Windows 8 installing updates automatically

    If you're running Windows 8 and you went with the recommended settings automatic updates will be switched on. This can be annoying so here's our guide to stopping Windows 8 installing updates automatically.

  • How-Tos: Prevent WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files

    When you download an ISO file you may find that it is compressed into a .RAR file: this allows you to access individual files within an ISO, but may not suit your purposes. Our Helproom Editor explains how to stop WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files.

  • How-Tos: How to monitor and manage your PC from any smartphone or tablet

    It's 2013, and computing has entered a new age of mobility. If you're still wasting time trudging over to your PCs to perform routine maintenance, check for software updates, and power down every night, you haven't gotten with the program.

  • How-Tos: Play TV recordings from USB stick via HDMI

    How you can play via your TV's HDMI port TV programmes recorded on to a USB flash drive.

  • How-Tos: How to record YouView TV shows from your smartphone or tablet

    Disaster! You've run out of the house forgetting to set your YouView box to record EastEnders. Fortunately, you can still record it using the free YouView app for your iPhone.

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    Using your smartphone or tablet to control your Tivo box is easy and offers a lot of flexibility in recording shows and channel surfing.

  • How-Tos: Remains of the Day: The boys of summer

    It may be the summer of the iPhone 5S; Apple's considering dropping into China; and an old friend of Apple's has some advice for Tim Cook. The remainders for Tuesday, January 15, 2013 love for you will still be strong.

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    Is it illegal to download YouTube video for personal use? Many people would answer that question by suggesting it's something of a 'grey' area. Actually it's pretty black and white.


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