DT&G gets lots and lots of inquiries and questions about digital cameras and digital photography. A lot of people are puzzled with the array of features whistles and bells when facing a switch to a digital camera. Let's take a look at some aspects of the field of digital photography -- and as always, please join the discussions in the Design Cafe and Photoshop 911 forums at www.dtg-forums.com/
Nikon D700 Guide
Summer photos? Learn your camera RIGHT! Mastering the Nikon D700 provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D700 in detail
Photoshop Picture Packages with InDesign?
A subscriber in the Design Cafe asked how to make creative picture packages. He sent along a sample -- and was expecting us to show how to do it in Photoshop! Well, Adobe InDesign is much, much better for such projects, so here's a free tutorial on making creative photo montages you can sell to your clients using Adobe InDesign rather than Photoshop!
FotoMagico raises the bar for storytelling
FotoMagico 3 introduces many new features to create professional slideshows in pristine quality. FotoMagico 3 makes it easy to mix photos with HD movies as provided by many recent DSLRs. With support for multiple audio tracks and an integrated audio recorder, every show can be enhanced with soundtrack, audio effects and narration -- so you can End Boring Presentations
Find the right photo in the stock photo jungle
Speaking of challenges inherent in publication design -- when you need a specific photo for a specific project -- what do you do? A good photo is worth its weight in gold, but should you have to put up with the misery in the stock photography jungle out there? We had too many happy faces for a project and needed some sad ones -- so we discovered the Bright Qube
Scanning with a digital camera
If you can take a picture of something with your camera, you don't need to buy a scanner. Prizmo corrects lens distortion and perspective, it can scan documents of all sizes, including custom portrait and landscape documents indoor and outdoor photographs. This is a handy application -- especially for iPhone users who want to Scan with the camera
The Nikon D90 Companion
Here's a full-on photography class that covers everything including technical matters and exposure theory, composition theory, and how to find images and expand your visual sense. However, unlike a regular photography class, this book is built specifically around the D90, which means every concept is written about in terms of the D90's controls and features. The Nikon D90 Companion
Color Efex Pro for Lightroom
Color Efex Pro is now compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom -- photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. The update is free to current owners of Color Efex Pro 3.0. (Site features some really helpful video training!) Color Efex Pro for Lightroom
Nikon Creative Lighting
Nothing can ruin a good photograph faster than a rude flash exposure. Flash photography has become an art in itself and should be mastered by all aspiring photographers. Nikon owners, and those with cameras that can use the Nikon lighting components should get this book, study it, and improve your photography 100% Nikon Creative Lighting
Scanning Negatives and Slides
Scanning Negatives and Slides you will learn how to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide, and how to build a workflow to make this process efficient, repeatable, and reliable Scanning Negatives and Slides
Hydra HDR Imaging
Hydra goes beyond the physical limitations of camera sensors. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene, Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range image which is much closer to what one can actually see. Hydra HDR Imaging
Picturesque for Mac OS X
If you haven't seen Picturesque, then you should. The new 2.1 is a major update to the Apple Design Award winning image beautifying application. Picturesque makes images look gorgeous for the web, adding Web 2.0 style effects. Picturesque for Mac OS X
Photographic Multishot Techniques
Photographic Multishot Techniques -- the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field Photographic Multishot Techniques
NEW for the season: Olympus Digital Cameras
Just in time, Olympus introduces several new products that deliver breakthrough innovations: a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof camera with new Tap Control, a sleek ultra-slim shooter, a 20X optical zoom in a more compact body, new classy budget cams with features galore. We revisit the best cameras tested by the DTG labs, Olympus Digital Cameras
Photographers using Photoshop
The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, spotlights only the critical tools you'll need most often in one compact reference -- Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals. Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
Deke is back... and even better
The One-To-One series is the best in the market for learning any of Adobe's Creative Suite. Read the lesson. Watch the video. Do the exercises, and you'll learn Adobe InDesign CS4 from expert and Adobe guru Deke McClelland. Deke McClelland goes One-on-One with InDesign CS4
Photo Books make Great Gifts
Now is the time to start thinking about gifts -- particularly if you want very thoughtful yet fairly inexpensive gifts. Planning is important, and as you shoot -- keep your photo book concepts in mind and shoot for the purpose. Here, MJ Johnston shares some tips on photo books
Photographic Greeting Cards
You probably have a great treasury of photos that could be put to real use! Here, noted photographer John Huegel shares tips and guides you to create some truly great, high-quality cards you will be proud to send -- and your recipients will by happy to save... Photographic Greeting Cards
Using Cheap Media?
Are you ready to risk your images just to save a few bucks? Is it Ok to Use Cheaper Media in Your Digital Camera? Andrew Malek provides some advice why you should purchase memory media for your digital camera with caution and try to avoid buying or Using Cheap Media
12 Creative Photography Ideas
You'll be taking a lot of photos in the weeks to come. Here, photographer John Huegel says "Keep these ideas in mind, to get your creative juices flowing and increase your skills and value as a photographer" Just try some of these 12 Creative Photography Ideas
High Dynamic Range Imaging
How to Capture the Beauty of Infrared Imagery - In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. Practical HDRI
Learn the Canon Digital Rebel
Get to know the Digital Rebel XSi/450D and how it works -- this is a super reference for taking stunning pictures, creative tips, technical advice for capturing professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots -- the ones that usually cause the most problems. Learn the Canon Digital Rebel
Master the Canon EOS 40D
Learn to master this magnificent camera, and learn it the photographer's way; from the basics of exposure and metering to focus modes, live view, bracketing, continuous shooting, and flash photography. Master the Canon EOS 40D
ImageFramer custom image framing
This little gem can save hours and hours. Yes, we've known how to do this in Adobe Photoshop for years. But what ImageFramer does, are dozens of Photoshop steps instantly. Apply photo-realistic frames to digital images, drawings or any original artwork plus watermarks, batch processing with ImageFramer custom image framing
Make your photos FUN
Funtastic Photos could possibly be the most fun and most capable photo editor to come along for the Mac. The 1-Click Styles function creates stunning effects that would take hours in Photoshop or Elements. More importantly it has at least two of the most asked-for image editing techniques: tile-photo-montages and multiple image print layouts. Funtastic Photos
Digital Photo Depth of Field - Focus Fall-Off
In this free Photoshop tutorial we demonstrate the ease of gradient masks, layer masks and blurring to save a one-time-only photograph for a web page. We also utilize the cool photo filter to finish this shot with Depth of Field or Focus Fall-Off
Photo Folio: Tracy Martin
It's always a pleasure to visit DTG readers and their portfolios -- and sometimes, maybe one out of every so many hundreds of entries, along comes one with true vision. When we looked at Tracy's images were then frozen to the moment. You must experience the Photo Folio of: Tracy Martin
Photo Folio: Jerry Jividen photos saving wildlife
Jerry's folio submission arrived and we immediately took a little trip over to his photo site where we found a huge diversity of great shots... but the story in this post is saving wildlife through photography! Jerry Jividen: photos save wildlife
Reviews: Help for Digital Photographers
This month we focus on digital photography and getting ready for the spring/summer shooting season...
Digital Photography Companion the practical photography advice you can take anywhere
Digital Photography digital photography from the ground up
The Photograph for the serious intermediate and advanced photographer
Photonic for Flickr Mac OS X's first full Flickr application
LightZone access to extensive video tutorials
Ultimate photo retouch kit for PROs ONLY!
Blow up those JPGs
one of those frequent questions we get all the time is "How can we enlarge our JPG images, or shots downloaded from the web?" Sooner or later, if you have a digital camera and a computer, you're going to want to enlarge an image. This time we're challenged with enlargements over 1000 percent... but we solved the problems with a good dose of Genuine Fractals
Banana Bee Denoise noise and grain suppression
Today's digital cameras are far more capable of low-light photography than ever before. But with that benefit comes grainy photos. Now you simply drag an image on to Denoise and watch the magic continue reading...
Viveza comes to Aperture
Viveza plug-in works seamlessly within Aperture -- allows Aperture users to selectively control light and color in photographic images without ever having to leave Aperture. continue reading...
Slideshow Magic 5: Turn photos into a movie
Slideshow Magic 5: Turn photos into a movie -- this presentation tool offers rotate frames, a completely revamped interface, and more advanced slide titling options. continue reading...
Photographic Image Processing for Leopard
Jade uses state-of-the-art algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamic range -- it's an easy-to-use image enhancement and batch processing tool that will automatically improve digital images ... powerful Image Processing for Leopard
Make yourself a PhotoBook
Here's a great gift idea for your entire list ... make a PhotoBook -- hardcover photo albums -- using the Unibind PhotoBook Creator thermal binding machine ... Make yourself a PhotoBook
LightZone photo editing software
LightZone for Apple OS X Leopard presents innovative and powerful photo editing capabilities with support for a number of new digital cameras, available for both the PC and Mac -- LightZone photo editing software
Chroma Keying Plugin for Mac
Most people don't need Chroma key support in their daily lives. But when you need it, you need it -- and when it has to be perfect, DVDxDV Veescope Key gets the job done as a professional chroma keying plugin for Final Cut Studio and Motion. Chroma Keying Plugin for Mac
7 Megapixels for the price of 4
DXG 7 Megapixel digital camera - Compact Design, 3X Optical Zoom, Large 2.5 High Res LCD, User-Friendly Features at an affordable price. DXG 7 Megapixel digital camera
The camera that plays games
Quite frankly, we didn't believe this new camera until we actually played some games! The new DXG 589V has added the ability to become the Gameboy of the family along with 5mpx photos, video, audio recording, and even MP3 playback. It's the perfect family vacation companion... DXG-589V, digital camera/camcorder plays games
All-in-one Digital Camera
When my brother showed up at a reception with one of these little 'palm-sized' cameras, I have to admit I was skeptical. (Being a digital imaging professional!) But, when I began to really take a look at the results-- WOW -- I was blown away. You'll like these... All-in-one Digital Camera
Deke McClelland shows how to fix color cast in Photoshop
Using photos in promotions? Taking photos at events and gatherings over the coming weeks? Chances are, you'll encounter the dreaded "color cast" problem. Thanks to Deke, now you'll know how to Fix Color Cast in Photoshop
Travel and PHOTOGRAPHY Off the Charts
Reader Scott Eccleston says: "This book is a delight, one of those books that you feel fortunate to have in your hands. And it's really more than one book -- it's five books slipped into one cover" ... Travel and PHOTOGRAPHY Off the Charts
Traditional to Digital Photography
Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives provides the knowledge necessary to bridge the gap between analog (traditional) and digital photography. Traditional to Digital Photography
Mastering Landscape Photography
Thirteen essays on landscape photography by master photographer Alain Briot covers practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of photography -- helps build and refine your skills Mastering Landscape Photography
Visiting Digital Photographers
Photo Opportunities? Finding great photo opportunities can be a challenge. But when a wonderful photo subject follows you around every day, all you have to do is realize when to shoot. Enjoy these delightful photos and commentary by Penina Finger, Design Professional from Atlanta, Georgia
Capturing Life's Memorable Moments - visit Kevin O'Connell freelance photographer from N.Y., who finds his creativity in restoration and retouching with Photoshop.
Visions of Dubai - Pal Singh, professional print designer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates brings some unusual "Digital Photography" views of Dubai.
Particular Visions - Cile Bailey, professional photographer from Louisiana says "..Look who's watching!"
There's A Fog Upon The Lake - Beth Rogers, freelance designer and photographer, takes us outdoors for some Alabama scenery
Building ealistic, complicated shadows
20-year photo retouching veteran Glenn Honiball returns with another tutorial for building shadows -- creating a shadow for a more intricate object, then placing it into a landscape! Realistic, complicated shadows in Photoshop
Digital Photo VacationPacking up and heading out for vacation this summer? Take your digital camera and take some great photos with these brief: Digital Photo Tips.
Digital Cameras On The GoWe'll follow our last article on "Digital Vacations" with some more tips and tricks for traveling with your digital camera. We'll touch on some position strategies, lighting situations, tripods, and sharing/showing your photos online... Digital Cameras On The Go
Swimming with Sharks
Mike Berceanu, one of Australia's premier photographers welds an underwater camera, a trusting little girl and several hungry sharks into this frightening yet truly wonderful visual masterpiece... Swimming with Sharks
Buying Digital Cameras
Technology has reduced the old photographic techniques of film and developing nearly to the point of extinction - eBay specialist Malcolm Silberman talks about getting the best deal on digital cameras at eBay...Buying Digital Cameras
Digital Photography RAW
Anyone who is serious about digital photography and wants to produce the best possible picture needs to shoot and process RAW... this book will help Digital Photographers Go RAW
Slideshows in a Picture Frame
just plug in a memory card and you've got a really cool way to show your digital photos -- in their own wood picture frame complete with sound and video... Image Moments
World-Wide Camera & Photographic Equipment Directory
Here's a page of our favorite camera stores as researched and proofed by our friend Doug Clifford... Camera Store Directory by U.S. State, and directory to World-wide camera repair, equipment and resellers
PMDA Announces Person Of The Year Awards
Given to Photo Luminaries for Lifetime & Technical Achievement and Professional Photographers. PMDA has announced the prestigious Awards given to outstanding individuals and services in the photographic industry PMDA Awards
Never Run Out of Memory Card Space
Picture Porter Digital Photo Album does it Securely -- Keep on Snapping Photos - Save Photos on the Road into this stylishly cool portable digital photo album. Save and view digital photos and video on a hard drive wherever you go... Picture Porter Digital Photo Album
Take Spectacular Nighttime Photos
Photography expert Andrew Malek shares tips on taking spectacular nighttime photos with your Digital Camera ...
Photographing your dreams...A lucky few are in the right place at the right time to see a princess-warrior -- clad in skins and chain-mail -- emerging from the woods with her companion wolf! Can you photograph such things? With the help of Victor Ciccarelli, you can. On this field trip we'll visit a place where you can actually photograph your dreams...
Home Run Baseball Photography TipsAndrew Malek shares tips and tricks for photographing Baseball -- America's Pastime! Follow along for opportunities to capture Home Run Baseball Photography!
Desktop PhotographyWe've updated and refreshed an article, first published here several years ago by Dennis Curtin, expert professional photographer and author of the Short Course Photography books, Digital Photography from the Desktop
Includes reference bibliography of best training books!
Photography 101Nature photographer Kelly Poal gives sage advice for those wishing to jump into photography... film photography that is! If you've never realized the thrill of capturing the image on film, perhaps you should. Follow along as our guest author clues you in with Photography 101
4 Megapixel digital camera under $200Low end 4 Megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom, and 30 Frames per second for movies comes in under $200... Concord believes people want better digital photos for less... Maybe this is what they're looking for
Photo MosaicsPhoto Mosaics are photographic images or pictures made up of many, usually hundreds, of smaller photographic images. Viewed very closely, the small tile images can be recognized as individual photos, but at a distance, the composite of these images make up an entirely different image. So we asked the DTG readers to help us learn all about Photo Mosaics
Digital Photos to Presentations...With all the great programs like iView and iPhoto for the Mac, Windows readers wonder what they can use... so, we turn to Scott Kilborn from ACE Camera Magazine, to share some details about ProShow Gold 2.0 slide show and presentation software
Do you believe what you see?Is it getting more difficult to believe news photos these days? There are ethical guidelines that photographers and photo editors should be aware of. We have a duty to report the truth. See 60-Second Window #168: Ethics in Digital Photography
Living Digital PhotographyEditor commentary on how to make your digital camera provide a better return on your investment... How many times have you said: "Darn, I wish I had my camera!" Well, perhaps you should take your camera along. Try ... Living Digital Photography
Special Feature: Why Black & White?Featured guest writer Robert Bruce Duncan provides us with a rich commentary on the virtues of black and white photography. Must reading for all graphic designers and photographers. With introduction by Scott Kilborn of Ace Camera Magazine and AceCam.com ... Why Black & White?
Digital Photography Guides!40 Digital Photography Retouching Techniques, and 40 Digital Photography Techniques for Beginners by leading South Korean photography expert Zack Lee give you everything you need for stunning digital photography and image editing techniques. Just what the (digital) doctor ordered!
Interview: Katrin EismannJoin us as we take a short visit to the studios of Katrin Eismann, Photoshop Diva, and author of "Photoshop Restoration & Retouching" to chat a bit about retouching, black & white photography, and what's coming up in the world of Photoshop! In the "Diva of Photo retouching and restoration"
Digital Camera's Best FriendWhat's the most welcome gift for the digital camera owner... Memory! More specifically: storage. Prices are lower than ever on storage media for digital cameras. More importantly, are the new devices hitting the markets that utilize the same storage as digital cameras -- so you can never have enough Digital Camera Storage
Awesomely Good Minolta Film ScannerD'Lynn takes a look at the Minolta DiMage Scan Dual III, which is under $300, and compares scans from other scanners costing many times more! See her full story of the Minolta DiMage Scan Dual III
Creating Grid Masks in PhotoshopHow to do a cool crop of your digital photos? A reader wrote Photoshop 911 for help creating gridded montages... patterns and channels to the rescue! "Grid Masks are fun!"
Photoshop: Improve a photo with the Extract FilterClean up a client's digital photo, change colors of the subject, eliminate the "burn-in" of the flash, and lift the subject from the background for a depth of field effect -- using various techniques, most notably
The Photoshop 6 & 7 Extract Filter
Perspective Insets in PhotoshopPutting your digital photos to work! A reader wrote Photoshop 911 -- so we show how to create crafty insets using Transformation and layers for perspective in Photoshop! "Putting your digital photos to work!"
Perspective Correction for PhotoshopSpeaking of perspective, photographing buildings can create some perspective problems. Follow along as Dr. D'Lynn Waldron points out some pit-falls of perspective, and demonstrates how ImageAlign Pro can solve those headaches in Photoshop. "Image Align Pro"
Photoshop: Projected ShadowsThis reader writes in to learn about creating a projected shadow from typography. How could we resist? See: "Projected Shadows"
Photoshop 911 Call ReportsHere comes this month's batch of reports from the Photoshop 911 call line. The most interesting is how one user solves the problem of removing the background from multiple shots of a rotating product for a 3D video... there are seven others, and you'll want to read them all:
In the Photoshop 911 FAQ department
- Art Opportunities
- Real Digital Photography
- Olympus 400z... is a Home Run!
- Olympus D-600L
- Aging Photos... with Doug
- Workshops: The Sony Mavica
- Camera Review: Taking Better Pictures
- Swimming with Sharks...could this be happening?
- Dennis Curtin: Digital Photo Course
- Shooting Chrome tips & Tricks
- An In-House Digital Photography Studio
- Take more pictures! with Doug Clifford
- Summer film handling with Doug Clifford
- Art Opportunities with Doug Clifford
- Invent the Future with Doug Clifford
- Doug's Welcome a message from Doug Clifford
- Digital Art on Canvas
- Confession of a Photo Addict
- Photoshop 5 still works great
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