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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Tupac's Coachella 'Hologram' Performance Explained

    Rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas back in 1996, but this past weekend, the acclaimed artist took to the stage once again, only this time in hologram form. In a surprise gig, the Thug Life rapper "performed" several of his greatest hits at the Coachella festival in Indio, California, before being joined on stage by Snoop Dogg.

  • Opinion: Wal-Mart Launches Vudu Disc-to-Digital Store Program: Here's How It Works

    Want to turn your bulging library of digital video discs into high-definition video streams that you can access anytime without spending a fortune?

  • Opinion: Make a Radiant Portrait

    No doubt you have heard someone be complimented with the effusive expression, "You are positively radiant!" I love the sentiment, but I've never quite seen it in real life. Who has skin that actually glows? Perhaps I'm being too literal. Nonetheless, regardless what you think of this in real life, you can create a radiant glow in your digital portraits through some clever photo editing trickery. Using a technique similar to the Orton Effect--which works very nicely in still life and landscape photographs--you can add a warm and romantic glow to your portraits. Here's how.

  • Opinion: How to capture video from an iOS device

    Reader Andrew Lane is interested in the technique I used to capture video from my iPad's screen. He writes:

  • Opinion: Instagram, Facebook Deal Sparks Privacy and Quality Concerns: Here's How to Quit

    It's been a rough week for Instagram purists.

  • Opinion: Using Creative Commons to Find Photos You Can Use

    Photos and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. For as long as there have been web browsers, people have generously posted photos online--which other people have then downloaded and used for their own purposes, whether or not they've actually asked for permission. To make it easier to legally and ethically reuse photos posted online, the Creative Commons license was created. I first mentioned Creative Commons in "Your Photos, Your Rights, and the Law." This week let's learn a little more about Creative Commons--both how you can use it to share your own photos and how to use other peoples' works.

  • Opinion: Google Glasses All Hype or Reality?

    Google fans hope the Internet search leader's proposed augmented reality glasses are more reality than hype, even if history shows companies are more often releasing videos touting technology that may take years to actually come to life.

  • Opinion: Photo Files 101: All About Megapixels, Megabytes, and DPI

    To take good photos, you don't really need to know a lot of technical details about digital photo files any more than you need know how a car engine works to drive to work every day. But sometimes it can help, especially when it comes to sharing and publishing your photos. Take the seemingly simple concept of resolution. Do you know what size a photo should be in order to turn your photo into a high-quality 8-by-10-inch print? What if you want to email it? What do megapixels and megabytes have to do with one another?

  • Opinion: Round the Corners of Any Digital Photo with RoundPic

    Ever notice how much cooler photos look when they have rounded corners?

  • Opinion: Using White Balance With RAW, Resetting a Photo's Date, Understanding Crops, and More

    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: Can I Spread Wallpaper Across Multiple Monitors?

    Roaddogg asked the Answer Line forum how to spread a single photo across two monitors as the desktop background (AKA the wallpaper).

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: Album art and tagging

    [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 Interested in HD iPad Streaming

    A recent update to Netflix's iPad app provides Retina display graphics for menus and navigation, but not for the streaming videos themselves.

  • Opinion: Resume YouTube Videos Where You Left Off

    YouTube videos are getting longer all the time. Heck, you can now watch full-length movies on the site thanks to integration with Google's new Play service.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshoot Journals in iPhoto for iOS

    Let me emphatically state at the outset: The new iPhoto for iOS is one impressive piece of software. It sets a new standard for how a productivity app can take advantage of a touchscreen interface. If anything, it may be a bit too feature-rich; more than with any other Apple iOS app, I want to consult a manual when I launch iPhoto. Regardless, the editing capabilities of the app are outstanding.

  • Opinion: Givit Offers FlipShare Users a Helping Hand

    Three million Flip users cast aside when Cisco shut down its handycam division last year will get a helping hand from Givit, a private video sharing service that will provide support for FlipShare, the exclusive Flip camera sharing network.

  • Opinion: Intel May Muscle into Crowded Streaming Internet TV Business

    Intel is next in the long line of companies dreaming of killing cable and launching a streaming Internet TV subscription service, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Journal says the company has been meeting with content providers, hinted at building its own set-top box and hopes to launch the service by the end of 2012.

  • Opinion: Understanding Your Camera's ISO Control

    A few weeks ago, I wrote that photography is often called "painting with light." In response, a reader asked me what you do when there isn't any--light, that is. Well, unless you're shooting inside a closet or at the bottom of a mineshaft, there's always some light around. Your job as a photographer is often to make the most of whatever light you have access to. I've explained how to get the best results with your flash, but there's a way to maximize the natural light in your scene as well: Using your camera's ISO control.

  • Opinion: Browser Firm Opera Talks HTML5, Successes, and Challenges

    Norwegian browser maker Opera took me out to dinner last night, and we talked about what the company has been up to. In a nutshell, Opera - the only browser maker located outside the US - says it's doing well.

  • Opinion: Zoom Facebook Photos Just by Mousing Over Them

    I'm a big fan of anything that makes Facebook less of a hassle. Don't get me wrong--I like Facebook a lot, but certain aspects of the service can be annoying.



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