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More Photo & Video Opinion

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: Work with playlists

    [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: Givit Enables Private Video Sharing

    Givit is an iOS and Android app that lets you store and privately share videos with anyone who has access to email and a browser. It solves an obvious gap in the video-sharing market. YouTube is great for sharing videos with the world, but its private sharing options are cumbersome, and Skype works only for real-time video conversations.

  • Opinion: Finding an Alternative to the Free Picnik Photo Editor

    If you haven't yet heard the news, allow me to bring you some sad tidings: Google is shuttering Picnik, the superb free online photo editor that Google had acquired back in 2010 and that I've recommended in the past.

  • Opinion: Photoshop CS6 Will Blur Your Images to Fake a Shallow Depth of Field

    Previously we've seen Adobe show off how Photoshop CS6 will be able to recover your badly blurred images. Now Adobe wants to add blur to your images to emulate a shallow depth of field that can only be produced otherwise by a wide-aperture lens.

  • Opinion: Find User Guides Online, Compare Camera Sizes

    It's been way too long since I've covered useful, free online services. The last time was just before Christmas, when I pointed you to Ebates, a cash-rebate service that gives you money back on purchases. This week I'll tell you how to find user manuals on Retrevo and I'll introduce you to CameraSize.com.

  • Opinion: Watermarking Photos, Removing Date Stamps, Erasing Power Lines, 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: For Flash on Linux, There Are Open Player Alternatives

    When Adobe announced last week that it plans to discontinue its standalone Flash Player for Linux, it noted that updated versions of Flash Player will subsequently be available to Linux users only through Google's Chrome browser.

  • Opinion: How to Gauge Camera Size Before Ordering Online

    In the market for a new digital camera? If you're smart, you'll buy it online, where prices are usually significantly lower than in retail stores.

  • Opinion: Three Ways I Want Apple to Improve iTunes

    I don't know about you, but the iTunes Store is feeling a bit staid lately, especially considering the competition that's been ramping up since Apple's last update to the store three years ago. No one, but Apple, knows when the next iTunes Store update will be rolled out for sure. But grumblings of an overhaul have started over at the site 9 to 5 Mac. It is reporting Apple will revamp the iTunes and App Stores later this year.

  • 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.



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