Tips & Tricks

Lexar Elite Photographer Joe McNally discusses why he uses Lexar Professional memory cards. Joe has used Lexar memory cards to store every single digital image he's ever shot, and knows that he can trust his most important images to Lexar.
With so many options available in the world of digital photography, it can be daunting making sense of all the choices. With memory cards offered at different capacities and speed-ratings (and some with no speed-rating at all), how can you decide what's ideal for you and your type of photography? The answer is this: speed-rated cards are a smart investment for all photographers and offer a...
The very nature of my photography (bad pun there) demands that the vast majority of my image processing be done in the "field." My Dell notebooks (M65 & M70) because of this demand are fitted with the necessary hardware (160GB HD, 2GG Ram & 2.4 dual processor) and software (CS3, Capture NX, DigitalPro 4.0) so I can function. While all of this is to insure I can work, all of this...
Most digital camera owners neglect to read their instruction manuals that say their cameras are "delicate optical instruments." And almost no one reads the fine print in the back of the manual, warning against using a camera in rain, salt spray, freezing conditions, or in an explosive atmosphere. Digital camera manufacturers would prefer to have every owner use their digital camera in...
This panorama was produced from 3 pictures taken in Kenya, Africa. The short tutorial that follows explains how the image was put together. Three images were shot individually, not as overlapped images to be stitched together, then were put together in Photoshop. The images were matched with image adjust> match color and then placed on a new file in Photoshop, larger than the combined images...
They're still the best choice for creative photography in the digital age. Here are the ones you need most. The great shift from film to digital capture over the last five years has transformed the entire picture-taking process in incredible ways. Images are now stored on hard drives, flash memory cards, and discs as electronic files that can be retouched or altered in Photoshop or with...
Photographing exotic wildlife is exciting and intriguing, but we don't always have the time or resources to jet-set to an African safari. So, where's the next best place to capture images for your own photographic menagerie? Take a trip to your local zoo! From butterflies to buffalo, the zoo is a great place to get stunning images of the daily lives of almost any species. In order to take...
Since kids grow up so fast, now is the time to pick up your camera and capture all the special moments — both big and small — of their childhood. By following some of these tips and tricks, you can enhance your photographs and turn precious memories into lifelong keepsakes. 1. Get low You are much taller than your child and tend to shoot from a bird's-eye view. However, the best...
Many times we wish to highlight a subject by allowing the background to fall out of focus, setting the subject apart from a busy background. The background can be recognizable as to general location, etc. but be soft enough to add depth. Ideally it is best to accomplish this with the camera. Shoot the subject with a wide aperture to minimize depth of field. Even better, use a longer lens. Use a...
Every 4th of July, family and friends gather to watch the local fireworks shows across America. We are attracted to the spectacular display-with its vivid colors, various patterns, and loud explosions. This year, make it a point to bring your digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera along. With the following tips, you're sure to capture some impressive images of the show: 1) First of all, make...