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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Adobe Eyes Creatives With Cloud Service, Photoshop App

    If you are a Web designer, graphic designer, or other creative professional, most likely you work with the Adobe suite of products. Up until now, you haven't been able to migrate your work to your tablet PC of choice. That's about to change. Adobe on Tuesday announced two products available in the coming months that will drastically shift how creative professionals will work: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for tablets.

  • Opinion: Exec: Apple--Not Piracy--Is Movie Industry's Big Problem

    Piracy is less of an issue for the movie industry than is the dominance of the digital distribution channel by a single company, such as Apple.

  • Opinion: Everything You Want Know About Megapixels, Megabytes

    You kids today have it so easy. Back in the old days, using technology like digital cameras and photo editing programs was difficult. My first book on digital photography came out around 1998 and was filled with page after page of arcane troubleshooting tips, like how to get your camera connected to a PC's serial port (this was before USB) and how to get your software to read TIFF files. But whether you're just starting out and looking for tips or you're a veteran who has been reading this column for years, I bet there are still some things about photo files you don't know.

  • Opinion: Flickr Becomes Instagram's Android Nemesis

    Flickr has launched an official app for Android phones, one that rivals the popular Instagram social photo-sharing app that is exclusive to iOS. Flickr also announced Photo Sessions, a feature that lets you watch photo slideshows with friends in real time, anywhere around the globe.

  • Opinion: Best Time to Shoot, Understanding Lens Crop

    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.

  • Opinion: Amazon Inks Deal With Fox for 2,000+ Streaming Movies

    Amazon announced Monday that it would add more than 2,000 TV shows and movies to its streaming video services this fall in a new partnership with Fox. The new content, which includes classic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and TV shows like the X-Files and the cult hit Arrested Development, will bring the total number of instant streaming titles on Amazon to more than 11,000.

  • Opinion: Ripping foreign films with subtitles

    An interested party who would prefer to remain anonymous is curious about ripping DVDs. The Unknown One writes:

  • Opinion: Internet Domain Seizure Program Rankles Speech Advocates

    A controversial Internet domain seizure program has notched another victory for the federal government even as free speech advocates continue to raise concerns.

  • Opinion: 'World's Smallest Camera' Goes on Sale

    Hammacher Schlemmer now sells what it claims to be the world's smallest camera for $100. The miniature digicam is small enough to rest on a finger, measuring 1.125 inches long, 1 inch wide and 1.062 inches deep.

  • Opinion: FAQ: When Can You Capture Cops on Camera?

    Bay Area Rapid Transit's August shutdown of wireless service to squelch a demonstration in San Francisco raised anew questions about the use of tech in the face of authority. In this first installment in a series of FAQs, we discuss your rights when photographing police.

  • Opinion: Netflix Qwikster Change May Be What You Wanted

    With more money and focus going into Netflix as a streaming media entity--totally detached from DVDs by mail--the move, while upsetting, may be exactly what you want.

  • Opinion: Facebook Could Be Eyeing Deeper TV, Music Partnerships

    Facebook appears to be eyeing new partnerships to integrate music and television with its service in its continuing effort to be a one-stop shop for everything in the social media landscape and conquer growing rival Google+.

  • Opinion: PlayBook Software Update to Finally Add Native Email

    Research In Motion is looking to add more punch to its PlayBook tablet -- along with competitive pricing -- to spur sales.

  • Opinion: YouTube Video That Captured Senior Moments Goes Viral

    Webcams are not only hip for young people, but they also can be good for seniors even if they don't know how to use them.

  • Opinion: Store and Share Your Media With Free 4Shared

    4Shared is more than just a virtual drive for storing your digital content. And it's more than just a service for sharing that content with friends and family. 4Shared (free) accomplishes both of these tasks, but with its browser-based sharing of audio and video, it also does more than that.

  • Opinion: Taking Dreamy, Misty Ocean Photos at the Beach

    The beach is one of those idyllic, picturesque settings that begs to have its photo taken. No matter what kind of camera you have or how you take pictures at the beach, you almost can't go wrong when you're standing on the sand and shooting the ocean. But while most people tend to take pictures midday to capture a gorgeous blue sky with fluffy white clouds above the sand and sea, I'd like to suggest another way to shoot the ocean: Use a slow shutter speed to turn the water into a moody, foggy blur. This isn't the first time I've explained how to capture the essence of water motion with a slow shutter speed (check out "How to Photograph Waterfalls and Moving Water"), but this week let's look at how to apply this technique at the beach.

  • Opinion: Freemake Video Converter: Still Free And It Gets Better

    Freemake Video Converter (and its sister product, Freemake Video Downloader) are products I use regularly, because they do specific things very well. In the case of Freemake Video Converter, that thing is converting videos from one format to another quickly and easily. The fact that it's free doesn't hurt, either. There aren’t even any ads, popups or watermarks.

  • Opinion: How to take pan motion photos

    Are you looking for a way to take the coolest photos at your kids’ track meet? The pan-motion photographic effect can make them look like they’re the Flash.

  • Opinion: Netflix Quitters Turning to Blockbuster Streaming?

    Blockbuster may soon offer a streaming movie service to compete with Netflix, and Blockbuster's timing couldn't be much better.

  • Opinion: Photograph Star Trails With Your Digital Camera

    You probably know that Polaris--the North Star--remains stationary in the night sky, and all of the heavens rotate around it. If you could lie under a cloudless sky at night for several hours, you would see the stars spin around the sky like they were tracks on an old vinyl record. Perhaps it has occurred to you that this would also make a great photograph. In the past, I've told you about how to take other sorts of night photos, so this week let's see what it takes to shoot star trails.



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