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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to use Brushes in iPhoto for iOS

    iPhoto for iOS is not only a joy to use, it's easy to learn—even if you've never used the desktop verion of iPhoto '11.

  • How-Tos: How to create a personalised cookbook

    Whether you’re just discovering the pleasures of cooking or are an established domestic god or goddess, you’ve probably plenty of recipes scattered about your kitchen. Armed with Photobox's photobook service, we aim to organise your kitchen.

  • How-Tos: Make basic edits in iPhoto for iOS

    Half the fun of iPhone photography is editing and altering your photos in various photo apps. And now that Apple has introduced its iPhoto app for the iPhone and iPad, bringing its desktop photo management and editing software to the touchscreen interface, users have a great, all-in-one photo-editing tool at their fingertips.

  • How-Tos: Four Easy Tricks for Better Photos

    There are about a million books about photography on the shelf of your local bookstore. I should know, because mine is one of them. But you don't need to remember a book's worth of tips and tricks to improve your photography; for the highlights, you might want to play with an online camera simulator. And when you get right down to it, there are just a handful of easy things you can do to make a dramatic improvement to your photos.

  • How-Tos: Create a mini world in Photoshop with polar coordinates

    We show you how to use the little-known polar coordinates filter to produce some unique artwork.

  • How-Tos: How To Make And Publish Movies For Free

    It's never been cheaper or easier to make movies, but many budding amateur filmmakers are still put off by the initial expense of purchasing a good camera and audio equipment. Thankfully, there's plenty of free content available for public use if you know where to look. You can turn that raw material into creative and inventive works of cinema with a few free video editing tools, some hard work and a place to share your movie with friends and family.

  • How-Tos: Change Your Facebook Profile Photo

    I've made no secret of my distaste for Facebook's interface, which is equal parts messy, confusing, and outright maddening.

  • How-Tos: Create an animated GIF from a video clip

    Animated GIFs have been around for almost two decades, allowing users to create and share simple animations online. The file format has persevered despite its shortcomings (e.g., no sound), and in fact, it’s recently seen a resurgence in popularity. People have taken to converting short, often comical video clips into animated GIFs, which they then post to blogs and social networking sites.

  • How-Tos: How to rotate a photo in Facebook

    Facebook made its new-look profile, which has been dubbed Timeline, available to all of the social network's members in December this year.

  • How-Tos: How to create online albums with Matilda

    One of our favourite apps in Google Chrome's Web Store is Matilda. Here, we show you how to use this free tool to create online photo albums that you can share and collaborate on with others.

  • How-Tos: Take Great Product Photos for Your Online Store

    When you're selling items on shopping sites such as eBay and Etsy, presentation and marketing are just as important as producing a high-quality product. Customers are bombarded with images of goods of all shapes and sizes. Since they can’t try things on or test them out, it's important for you to provide a clear, accurate, and appealing representation. Even if the cashmere scarf you knitted is beautiful in person, no one will want it if it appears out of focus, looks poorly lit, or sits wrapped around your unshaven friend’s neck.


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