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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Four Secrets About Light and Flash

    Photography, it's often said, is "painting with light." In fact, understanding how to use ambient light and your camera's flash is generally the best way to improve your photos, since you can do everything else right, but if the light is wrong, you won't like your photos. I've written about using your flash before--such as "Two Ways to Freeze Action With Your Flash." This week, let's focus on five critical tips for getting better photos with light and flash.

  • Opinion: Hulu Gets Into Original Content Biz with Series Called 'Battleground'

    Hulu on Tuesday launched "Battleground," an original new "dramedy" series.

  • Opinion: Changing the Face of TV: Video Streaming Gains Ground in U.S.

    Do you stream? The popularity of video streaming is growing rapidly in the United States, as consumers snap up single-use media devices, such as Roku and Apple TV, and use them to watch movies and TV shows via the Internet.

  • Opinion: Sneak Peek: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Content-Aware Move and Expand Tools

    With Photoshop CS6 expected to drop this spring, Adobe started posting weekly sneak peeks of Photoshop CS6's new features. This week, Adobe Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes demonstrated the new Content-Aware Move and Expand features.

  • Opinion: Hang Your Favorite Photos at a Virtual Museum

    Ask any photographer who owns more than one lens for their digital SLR, and they'll probably admit that they've long dreamed of someday getting their own photography exhibition. Well, no matter what kind of camera you own, and even if you never get your own show in real life, making it look like you've got one on your PC is a snap. In the past, I've told you how to incorporate your photos into fun projects like lifestrips and photo booth photo film strips. This week, let's treat ourselves to a photo exhibition by compositing photos into a museum scene. Or a billboard. Or on a giant screen in Times Square.

  • Opinion: How Do I See Who's Been Using My PC?

    AzharIqbal asked the Other Hardware forum how to see who else is using his computer.

  • Opinion: Game Your Video for iPhone

    Shooting videos on the iPhone is fairly easy. But editing those clips into something compelling enough to share with the world can be a daunting task, especially for those of us who aren’t iMovie or Final Cut Pro pros. Global Delight’s Game Your Video wants to make the video-editing process as simple as possible, and it does an excellent job of it.

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes Match confusion

    [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: Flip camcorders down, but not out

    Reader Robert Grenley has some discontinued technology that he hopes to use with his current gear. He writes:

  • Opinion: Must-See Digital Photography Websites

    We all have our favorite websites for those subjects that are near and dear to our hearts. There are sites I visit for tips on playing drums, for example, as well as improving my fiction writing. But what of digital photography? Obviously, you already read Digital Focus. And while you're here at PCWorld, you might also check out the monthly Hot Pic photo contest slideshow and check in on the latest camera reviews. But what's going on elsewhere on the Internet, you ask? Great question. Follow along while I take you on a tour of some of my favorite online resources.

  • Opinion: Dropcam HD Launch Delayed to Fix Video Quality Issues

    I was thrilled to get the latest Dropcam Wi-Fi mobile connected camera in house, the Dropcam HD, shortly after it debuted at CES. I reviewed the previous model last spring and was impressed with its easy setup and cool companion apps for Android and iOS. With a more sleek design and 720p HD video capture and streaming, the Dropcam HD was one of the more exciting connected home gadgets I saw at CES. The Dropcam HD was supposed to ship at the end of January to customers, but now its launch has been delayed.

  • Opinion: Get 5GB of Extra Dropbox Storage, Free

    A free account from beloved file-sharing and -storage service Dropbox nets you 2GB of space. Want to boost that to 7GB? You can, and it won't cost you a dime extra.

  • Opinion: Creating freeze frames in iMovie '11

    Reader Gary Duffel finds that iMovie ’11 may not yet be his bag. He writes:

  • Opinion: This 5.4-Megapixel Micro-Display Is the Future of Electronic Viewfinders

    A Micro Three-Fourths camera can just about do anything an SLR can do, thanks to its interchangeable lenses and a sensor that's larger than what you'll find on the typical point-and-shoot cameras. The only problem is a lackluster electronic viewfinder that just can't match the quality of real light passing through an optical-viewfinder.

  • Opinion: Using Your Camera's Settings: Program Mode, Shutter Speed, and More

    Attend any digital photography workshop, and inevitably you'll hear questions about digital camera exposure controls. Photographers want to know: How are aperture priority and shutter priority modes different? What does the ISO setting do? When would you want to use Program mode rather than Auto? Knowing which mode to use for specific photographic situations, and how your camera's various controls interact with each other can help you take dramatically better photos, and more easily, to boot. Let's start with a common question: What's the difference between Program and Auto mode?

  • Opinion: Sony's New Backlit CMOS Camera Phone Sensor Can Shoot HDR Movies

    The boffins at Sony have developed a new back-illuminated CMOS sensor for phones. The new sensor promises better shooting performance in low light and HDR movie making.

  • Opinion: Sh*t End Users Say

    Killing a video meme with one of our own

  • Opinion: Use Your Photo Editor to Add Water Reflections

    Most of us use a photo editor for touch-up work--fixing red eye, straightening a crooked photo, perhaps even some color correction. Last week, for example, I explained some simple ways to clean up a portrait by removing red eye, whitening teeth, and erasing skin blemishes. But programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and GIMP can do so much more. What if you wanted to add a reflection to a photo, for example, as if your scene were surrounded by water? Today I'll show you how to do it using Photoshop Elements, and it'll take about five minutes.

  • Opinion: YouTube Tops Four Billion Views Per Day

    It appears the human race really, really loves YouTube.

  • Opinion: Blu-screen thinking

    With the recent Thai floods resulting in inflated hard-drive costs, we've been forced to look elsewhere for our storage needs.



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