Photographers use depth of field to blur distracting backgrounds and make their subjects stand out clearly. It’s a very effective technique, but it’s not so easy to do now as it used to be, partly because sensors are smaller and partly because most of us use zoom lenses with restricted maximum apertures, rather than the fast "prime" lenses of yesteryear.
With iOS 5, iPhone users finally have native photo editing. But Apple kept things simple, so all you get is rotate, crop, red eye removal, and auto-enhance doing its thing. Prior to this small selection there was nothing, so the App Store is packed full of alternate cameras and photo editing apps for your shutterbug delights.
iOS 5 now has a nifty new feature that lets even the most amateur of photo editors turn their mediocre shots into photographic masterpieces. You can now touch up your photos on-the-go, right from the Photos application, and shoot, edit, and share your photos with ease, all without the use of other apps. (Unless, of course, you want to turn your photos into hipster-ific vintage photos. iOS can't really help you with that.)
This week's tips show you how to export and share your Contacts with your friends, batch upload photos to your Facebook page using a free app and different ways to peruse and organize your apps in iTunes. Plus, an updated tip on securing your iOS devices with a passcode.
While we’re all busy hightailing it into the digital age, photographers everywhere are also rediscovering the charming aesthetics of the analog days gone by.
Lomography--or casual, snapshot photography using Lomo cameras made in Russia--is getting hot (yes really--check out lomography.com for more). But having to purchase a separate camera for the sole purpose of taking slightly out-of-focus, high-contrast photos seems a little drastic. So if you already own either an affordable point-and-shoot or a fancy DSLR and have access to Photoshop, why not just apply a few simple filters to give that trendy look to your digital photos?
The CoolPix L110 is a low-cost superzoom from Nikon’s “L” line of consumer shooters, and while its 15x zoom is attractive, the camera’s other features are somewhat limited. For users with modest needs, the 12-megapixel L110 offers straightforward photography at a good price, but advanced shooters will quickly outgrow the L110’s minimal feature set.
Whether you're a seasoned Mac veteran or a brand new Mac user, chances are you use iPhoto to keep track of those precious memories. But regardless of your Mac user status, there's a good chance you're not using iPhoto to its full potential. We've gathered together 20 helpful tips and tricks to totally utilize iPhoto's features and become the ultimate power user. Your friends will never look at your photo albums the same way.
The P100 is Nikon’s latest compact superzoom camera. It’s a further refinement of the P80 and P90 models that came before it, with a new backlit 10-megapixel CMOS sensor designed to improve low-light picture quality, a slightly increased 26x zoom range and--most exciting of all--full HD movie mode with stereo sound.
The newest installment of Photoshop is now available, but the price tag is probably not too attractive to the average consumer. Though Adobe undoubtedly delivers incredibly reliable and versatile products--not to mention user-friendly--there are free alternatives that can get the job done as much as their pricey counterparts. Take Gimp, for instance. This open source image retouching and graphics editing tool can emulate most of Photoshop's features at absolutely no cost to you. It recently became available for the Mac OS X operating system and now we're here to help you get acquainted.
The thing with open source applications is that, because they have so many developers coding away at them at once, they can be confusing at times. We've compiled a small selection of tutorials to give you a basic introduction of all the essential tools in Gimp--and show you what this free application can really do.