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  • How-Tos: Tips for Photographing Birds

    Perhaps you've noticed something about photographing wildlife: It's really hard. The main problem, of course, is that animals will, almost without exception, fail to pose on cue. In fact, they refuse to take any direction from you at all. And if you thought it was hard to take a photo of a cat or a dog or a moose, just try to photograph birds. In the past, I've given some advice for shooting wildlife and pets, but this week let's zero in on tips for capturing our feathered buddies.

  • How-Tos: How to Resize Photos Easily

    One of the things they never tell you in school is that no matter what career you choose, you only spend about 20 percent of your time doing the really fun stuff. When I wear my writing hat, for example, I find that I spend about 80 percent of my time on administrative details (generally, stuff related to planning) to write. Likewise, as a photographer, a huge part of my time is related to what you might call file management, which includes tagging, organizing, and sizing photos for their intended publishing destinations. Recently, we discussed cropping and resizing but this week, I have an even better way to resize your photos.

  • Video: How to edit and print photos from an iPad

    We show you how to edit and print photos from an iPad using a great free app.

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Photos With Adobe's Camera Raw

    For years, you've heard that shooting in RAW is better than shooting JPEGs. Your camera's RAW mode packs significantly more visual information, so it offers the potential to capture better photos. That comes at a cost, however, since you need to do extra work to coax better photos out of your camera. To help you do that, most photo editors come with some sort of mini photo editor that you can use to tweak RAW images. Photoshop Elements calls it Camera Raw; Corel PaintShop Pro calls it Camera RAW Lab. If you've always ignored such programs, give them a second look.

  • How-Tos: Turn PowerPoint Presentations Into Polished Videos With PPT2DVD Pro

    If you'd like to free your PowerPoint presentations from the confines of Microsoft PowerPoint, say hello to Wondershare's PPT2DVD Pro. This application greatly simplifies the task of converting your PowerPoint content into a video file that you can burn to DVD, share on the Web, or view on numerous portable devices.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online

    The London 2012 Olympic Games is under way, running until 12 August. As the home broadcaster of the sporting action in the UK, the BBC has pledged to broadcast a staggering 5,000 hours of coverage, utilising all its digital channels. With all that content on offer, you won't want to miss out. Here's how to catch up on-demand or watch live online the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • How-Tos: How to Produce Online PowerPoint Presentations

    Once you've created a PowerPoint presentation, it's time to think about how you will present it. PowerPoint has a few options for making online presentations, but they deal with just a few scenarios. Fortunately, several free third-party products are available to help you achieve the results you're looking for.

  • How-Tos: Disrupted video playback from email

    Are you having problems playing video files received over email? One reader was, and our Helproom Editor explained how to troubleshoot problems with disrupted video playback.

  • How-Tos: Edit photos for free

    Now there's no excuse for subpar photo: you can edit your images online for free with Pixlr. We show you how.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Euro 2012 online

    The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, aka Euro 2012, kicks off on Friday 8 June and runs until 1 July. Hosted by Poland and Ukraine, UK football fans will be able to get their football fix free through the BBC and ITV. Here, we show you how to watch Euro 2012 online, live or on-demand.

  • How-Tos: Scanning Negatives, Shooting the Moon, Fixing the Colors in a Photo

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many 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.

  • How-Tos: Flash and Lighting Tips From the Pros

    Cameras are like sunflowers: They thrive on light. And when there isn't enough light to go around, you need to add some of your own--that's where your camera's flash comes in. Looking for ways to take better flash photos? You should learn to master your flash's various modes and settings, of course. But it's also important to understand how your flash works--the "physics" of flash photography, as it were. I've rounded up nine ways to improve the often harsh and contrasty photos that happen when your flash fires.

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  • How-Tos: Create faded and monochrome photos in Photoshop Elements

    Digital photos don't fade, so if you want to inject some character and fun into your snapshots, try out this easy technique in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. We also show you how to turn colour photos into punchy black and white shots.

  • How-Tos: Convert video for free using Freemake

    Video is rarely in the format you need, but there's a great free application - Freemake Video Converter - which does a great job and is easy to use.

  • How-Tos: Create an RSS feed of a YouTube search

    There used to be an RSS button on YouTube that allowed users to create RSS feeds of YouTube searches with a single click. Even though that is no longer the case, creating an RSS feed of a YouTube search is straightforward. Our Helproom Expert explains how.

  • How-Tos: 5 Essential iOS Apps for Photographers

    My friends call me a camera snob because I prefer digital SLRs and typically turn my nose up at camera phones. But lately, I've fallen in love with my iPhone's camera; more and more, I find myself snapping photos with my phone. One obvious advantage that a smartphone like the iPhone has over a traditional camera is portability. I've always got my iPhone in my pocket, while my Nikon often languishes at home. But another great advantage is apps: It's easy to add new features and capabilities to your iPhone by installing a free or inexpensive app. To do the same thing with a traditional camera, you'd need a degree in electrical engineering. Last year, I told you about five reasons photographers should love the iPhone. The apps I mentioned back then are still great, but this week, I've rounded up five more iOS apps that I highly recommend.

  • How-Tos: Create custom presets in HandBrake

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

  • How-Tos: Create a vector logo for your company

    Corporate identity is often inextricably linked with a company logo. Here we show you how to produce a logo that can be scaled to any size by using a vector drawing package.

  • How-Tos: Send video messages the easy way via Mail

    FaceTime and Skype make it easier than ever to keep in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. However, video calling isn't always convenient for everyone: Many folks still don't have cameras connected to their computers, and many others don't want to. In these cases, consider sending a short video message to your favorite people--you'll find that 30 seconds of video can convey much more emotion and nuance than any amount of text.


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