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Bounce Flash – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Photographing people indoors often requires the use of flash for added light. Direct, on camera flash however often results in multiple problems, red eye, washed out or overexposed subjects and of course, harsh, unflattering light. If you use the flash built in to your camera, you don’t have many options. However, if you use an …

Optimal Lens Aperture for Sharp Photos – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Lenses have many apertures available for use.  Aperture is used to modify the amount of light entering the camera body and can have the effect of increasing or decreasing shutter speeds and depth of field. It also has an effect on the sharpness of your image. Stopping down a lens (using a smaller f-stop / …

Other options for Macro Photography – Choosing a Macro Lens Part 2 – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Last tip I talked about choosing a macro lens. There are other ways to do macro photography without a dedicated macro lens though. Bellows and extension tubes enable you to move your lens further away from the camera body which in turn enables you to focus closer and get in tighter to your subject resulting …

Choosing a Macro Lens – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

A friend and fellow photographer, Scott Simons, recently put on a presentation discussing early morning photography. During that presentation he was asked why use one macro lens over another. It was a good question and one that I will answer here for you today. This is for the most part, specific to people shooting with …

Using Colour as Your Subject – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

On Monday night I had the pleasure of viewing several wonderful slideshows from members of my local camera club. One of those was a great presentation by Karen Fulham. Karen’s photos are full of colour which also happened to be the subject of her presentation. Using colour as your subject is a good method is …

Keep Your Eyes Open – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

For most people, it is natural when they bring the camera up to one eye, to close the other. In most situations where you may be taking a photograph, this works just fine. There are situations however where you may find it advantageous to keep both eyes open. When photographing a subject where you are …

Magic Hour – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

I have mentioned in a past post but Graham pointed out that I haven’t really explained what Magic Hour is. (Click through to view full size) Magic hour is the first hour of sunlight after sunrise and the last hour of sunlight before sunset. During this time the quality of light is softer, more diffuse, …

Identify Your Camera – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Several of my blog feeds this week featured a story of how a couple in New York did some very impressive work and was able to track down the owner of a found camera based upon images contained within the camera. Losing your camera is of course one of every photographer’s nightmares and we cannot …

Rear Curtain Sync – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Leanne, my wife, recently wanted to go rollerskating. There is a rollerskating rink about a 30 minute drive away, but we had never been. While looking up information,  I noticed the following photo on one of the pages and new what my next tip would be about. Rear or 2nd curtain sync. The original and …

Photo Recovery Software – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

If you have ever deleted an important photo on your digital camera accidentally, you know what a gut wrenching feeling that could be, or even worse, accidentally formatted your memory card. We place a lot of faith in our technology and expect that our cameras will properly store our precious memories and let us retrieve …

2008 Calendars – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

For the past few years, I have created a small wall calendar for friends an family. I have used 13 images, one for each month and one for the cover.  I  created the calendar pages in Photoshop including such customizations as birthdays and anniversaries, printed them first 6×4 (6×8 calendar) and later 7×5 (7×10 calendar), …

Adding colour back into a Photograph – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

One of my co-workers, John, received a Christmas card this week and asked me how he could replicate the image on the card. The image was a black and white photo with a colour Christmas wreath hanging from a bridge and a river running under the bridge in a pastel blue. This is easy to …

Useful Shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

As a computer power user, I like to make my computer experience as fast as I can. One of the ways that I do that is to maximize my use of program shortcuts. Today I provide a list of common shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, many of which can be used in other versions …

Using Multiple Lights for Effect – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

The application of light in photography can make or break a photo. One of the things photographers do to make an outstanding photo is manipulate light to create depth, dimension and effect in their photos. They use multiple lights and light modifiers to do that. In this photo, I have used two camera flashes, but …

Sample All Layers – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

I have talked in the past about non-destructive editing in Photoshop Elements 5 any of the full Photoshop versions including CS2 and CS3.  This week I will introduce a way to make non-destructive edits to pixel layer detail. Several of the tools in Photoshop Elements 5 including the magic wand, spot healing, clone stamp, paint …

Diopter Adjustment – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

If you wear glasses, you may find that using the viewfinder on you digital camera is difficult. They lenses in the view finder are made to focus at a certain point, and often glasses may interfere with this. One thing you can try is to adjust the diopter on the eyepiece to match the prescription …

Using your Depth of Field Preview – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

I have talked about depth of field and using aperture to minimize or maximize depth of field in the past. Today I will talk about Automatic Depth of Field function some camera’s have and depth of field preview. Automatic Depth of Field (A-Dep or DEP) is creative mode on some camera’s that will help you …

Basic Digital Retouching Seminar – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

As mentioned in the past, I am President of the Niagara Falls Camera Club. As part of our move this year to digital competitions using projected images, I recently put on a program at the club covering some basic digital editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5. In my program I covered topics including red eye …

Take a Step Back – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Where do you stand when it comes to your own photography? Are you too emotionally invested in the image? Maybe it is time you took a step back and re-evaluated your photos. We often have an emotional attachment to our images that clouds our view of the quality of an image. A memory of the …

Do You Need A New Camera – Digital Photography Tip Of the Week

Digital photography or more specifically digital camera have become disposable items. New models are released at regular intervals and previous models do not hold high resale value. New models incorporate new technology, usually resulting in higher megapixel ratings, new features, and better quality images. But do you need one? There seems to be a community …

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