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Master a camera's depth of field

Depth of field is the region in a picture that's in sharp focus. So how do you control the depth of field in your own photos? It's easy, once you understand the three factors that contribute to depth of field: aperture setting, focal length, and the ...

Fix your white balance

White balance filters measure the quality of the light hitting the sensor in your digital camera and automatically adjusts the image so the colours in the final picture are consistent. Good balance yields better colour photos. Learn all about it.

Ulead Photoimpact 11

Ulead's Photo­Impact is a handy program marred by a dramatically overstuffed inter­face. PhotoImpact 11 addresses this problem by providing specific workspaces for different tasks. It's a good idea and a big step forward, but in the end this $189 app...

Soft focus for your portraits

Softening the focus helps hide wrinkles, age lines, and skin blemishes, but it can also be used to give a somewhat dreamy quality to any subject. Read on to find a few ways to add soft focus to your own pictures.

Resizing your digital photos

Although your 8 megapixel camera may take great shots, what's the point if you're never going to print them to their full potential? Read on to find out how to resize manually or with tools, for e-mail or for the Web.

Scanning, fixing and restoring old photos

Your photo archives are in danger as prints fade and the emulsion on slides and negatives dry out and deteriorate. If you want to be able to pass your photos on to future generations, you'll have to do it digitally. Scanning is the way.

Understanding colour profiles

A colour profile defines the range of colours that can appear in a digital photo. They've been developed to apply consistency to the way images are displayed. Read on to find out what type of profile you need to use to improve your digital photos.

Common digital photo questions

My favorite part of every magazine that I read is the reader mail section. I enjoy the questions and comments, and I love reading the responses by the magazine's editorial staff. So this week I'm rummaging through the virtual mail bag and answering s...

Shooting Snow

Capturing winter scenes can be tricky. Here are some tips to prepare yourself and your camera.

Shooting in RAW

If your camera has a RAW capture mode, and you've been wanting to try it out, now is a good time. Using RAW means that your digital photos won't be processed and compressed while still in the camera. Learn some tips and tricks for getting the most ou...

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