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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Mastering Your Camera's Many Exposure Modes

    I have friends who seek out my advice when buying a new camera. They want to know which ones "take the best photos." But after they get their new camera, they never take it out of Auto mode, and are ultimately disappointed with the results. In reality, cameras don't take great photos--but they come with controls that allow people to do so. Unfortunately, it isn't always obvious how to use those settings. In recent weeks, I've explained how to use shutter speed to take action photos and how to dial in great depth of field with the aperture. This week, let's look at the most common exposure modes in popular cameras and talk about why you would use each one.

  • Opinion: Build a 360-Degree Camera Crown on the Cheap--And Look Ridiculous in the Process

    Panorama modes on smartphones are becoming increasingly common and easier to use, all while producing better and better images. The panorama setting on my Galaxy Nexus produces some pretty decent results.

  • Opinion: Use the Aperture to Control the Background in a Photo

    Are you a manual transmission or an automatic transmission kind of person? If you enjoy shifting gears rather than letting the car do it for you, you probably also appreciate taking control of other gadgets, like your camera. But even if you drive your car by moving the stick from P to D, I am sure you'll enjoy mastering your camera's various exposure controls--it just makes for better photography. Recently, I explained how you can improve your photos by understanding when and how to change the shutter speed. That's only half the story, though. This week, let's see how your camera's aperture control can give you a range of different effects.

  • Opinion: Netflix Surges Past Apple, Takes Lead in Online Movie Biz

    Netflix surpassed Apple last year to become the largest U.S. online movie streaming service in terms of revenue, says market research firm IHS.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: Send Video-Enhanced Business Cards with Eyejot vCard

    Goodbye, inconvenient, easily forgotten business cards. Hello, smarter modern-day alternative.

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: Metadata, sorting, and sharing

    [Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there’s something you’d like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]

  • Opinion: Five Fun and Geeky Alternatives to Instagram

    Instagram is one of those apps that's a little like brussels sprouts: you'll either love sharing photos with fancy, vintage-style filters plastered on them, or you'll loathe seeing the same filter applied to mundane shots of someone's lunch.

  • Opinion: Amazon Instant Video App Lands on Xbox 360

    For users of Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, the wait for game console support is over.

  • Opinion: This Insane 4K Video Camera Captures Four Billion Pixels Per Second

    If you thought LG's 84-inch 4K HDTV was too crazy to be real, you probably won't believe in this insane 33-megapixel Super Hi-Vision-format camera.

  • Opinion: Facebook Camera Sucks, But Don't Blame Facebook

    After paying $1 billiondollarsforInstagram about six weeks ago, Facebook recently launched its own Instagram clone, FacebookCamera, and like many people I wanted to check it out right away.

  • Opinion: Move Over Instagram, Here Comes Facebook Camera

    Facebook might have acquired Instagram, but that's not stopping the site from releasing a social photo-sharing app of its own.

  • Opinion: Stream Media From Your PC to Your Roku Box

    To borrow from Woody Allen, love is too weak a word to describe how I feel about my Roku box. I lurve it.

  • Opinion: 5 Steps for Great Action Photos

    Summer is upon us, and that means we'll be spending a lot more time outdoors, capturing photos of stuff--kids, friends, cars, planes, dogs--in action. Perhaps you've applied some of the ideas in "Digital Photography Tips: Capture Summer Action," and discovered that some of your action photos lacked the excitement you saw in the viewfinder. That's the problem with freezing the action. Sometimes, it's just too frozen. The antidote? A classic photo technique known as panning. This week, let's review five things you need to know to pan the action to get some exciting, vibrant action photos.

  • Opinion: Gifting Mac App Store apps, emailing videos, and more

    It's time to flush out the latest collection of too-short-for-a-full-entry Mac 911 questions and answers. We start with reader SuSu:

  • Opinion: Nintendo Wii U Not Yet Out, But Purported Photo Surfaces

    Nintendo isn't quite ready to pull the curtains off its next generation Wii U, but a purported photo of the game console has already circulated on Twitter.

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: Syncing tips

    [Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there's something you'd like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]

  • Opinion: Netflix Launches Snazzy New In-Browser Video Player

    Netflix Wednesday rolled out a much-needed update to its in-browser video player. The new player features a revamped control bar, the ability to browse other episodes during playback, and informative text overlays that pop up when you pause the video for a few seconds.

  • Opinion: Organize videos by groups in iTunes

    In iTunes, there are two ways to categorize your videos: as either Movies or TV Shows. Movies are displayed individually, but TV shows are organized in groups, as they would be if they were episodes in the same show. One anonymous Mac OS X Hints reader takes advantage of this to organize all kinds of videos, regardless of their actual source. He uses his Movies library for very large files and puts everything else in TV Shows. So, for example, in his TV Shows library, he has groups called YouTube Videos, Home Videos, Work Stuff, and so on.

  • Opinion: Tricks for Photographing Flowers

    I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, the temperature is on the rise, and all around me, flowers are starting to bloom. This is a great opportunity to grab a camera and capture some of the natural beauty around us, whether it's in your backyard, at the local park, or along a hiking trail just out of town. Recently, I've explained some general-purpose photo tricks like "A Fast Trick to Salvage an Underexposed Photo" and "Four Easy Tricks for Better Photos." This week, let's focus on tips for capturing some great flower photos--they are a great addition to the advice I gave last year on photographing spring flowers.

  • Opinion: This App Lets You Make 3D Models Out of Snapshots

    We blogged last month about 123D Catch, a software package from Autodesk that lets you assemble 3D models from snapshots or video. Autodesk demonstrated it by sending a microcopter around their offices and building a model out of the video it sent back. Now that software has come to your iPad, it's free, and it doesn't require any additional hardware besides the camera already built in.

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