photo in the group and right click on “Rename.”Replace the current number ID under the photo with“Venice.” (Remember – this whole time the entiregroup of photos must still be blocked out.) Hit “Enter”after naming; the first photo of the group will benamed “Venice,” the second photo “Venice (2),” thethird photo “Venice (3),” etc. Your computer willautomatically attach the name and add the sequentialnumbers to the rest of the block.Move on to the next place, such as “France,”and repeat the process. Each place you visited willnow have photos with the topic name plus sequentialnumbering. An added plus is that if you print your photos at the local photo shop, the back of the photoswill also be printed with the name and sequentialnumber as it appeared in your file.
SORT PHOTOS, THEN TITLE
Digital photography makes it almost too easy to shoothundreds of photos. The downside is in finding aparticular photo or remembering a place that lookslike other photos. If you’ve deleted photos in thecamera, the order may be scrambled. The easy wayto sort your photos is to organize them by number sequence, size or date. Go to the top TOOLBAR andclick LIST under the thumbnail icon. Click DETAILS,then choose any of the four choices at the top of thephoto layout; name, size, type, or date. The photoswill be rearranged numerically or your preferredchoice. The sequence choice can be changed at anytime. Add titles and coordinate the numbering anewafter deleting the bad photos
BETTER DIGITAL ON AUTO
Think your digital camera set on “auto” is goodenough? There’s room for improvement. Why shoota hundred extra photos just to be safe and thenspend the next month sorting out the best ones?Shoot smarter, then enjoy your free time.
Overexposure is better
(your photos, notyour outfits): Given a choice between a slightly too-light (overexposing) or too dark (underexposing)photo, stick to overexposing. Darkening a photo later will produce less “noise” than lightening a photo.Whether you do it on your computer or at the photostore, touchup results are better from overexposedphotos. (This only refers to digital photography).
Digital batteries don’t last as longin cold weather. Shooting snow? Then bring abackup battery or your photo session will be shorter than planned.
One Leg Up on Tripods:
Tripods havethree legs. Make sure only one leg faces you whensetting up your tripod. If you’re on an incline and thecamera starts to tip, the single leg will act like ananchor and keep it from falling. In other words, putting the two-legged side on the ground witha single leg on a rock or hillside (not where youare), will usually cause the camera to tip over in thedirection of the grounded legs.
TRAVEL SEASON IS COMING. VISITPHOTOSECRETS.COM TO FIND THE BESTSHOTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Part of the excitement of travel is envisioning whatyou’ll do and see ahead of time. It may be worth your time seeing the tips top photographers have on of thebest locations worldwide for getting that “perfectphoto.” One website I recommend isPhotoSecrets.com. This website includes not onlygeneral tips and advice, but also city by city lists andphotos by other photographers. The tips are dividedaccording to photography level, from beginner toadvanced. Although the website is set up to primarilypromote books on photo topics and places, theinformation includes shoot locations and photos thatare exceptional and informative. These ideas andhints will prepare you for 100’s of photo destinationsas well as stir up a little excitement before you travel.
IMPRESSIVEDIGITAL PHOTOCOLOR FORPEOPLE IN AHURRY
Most of us havegreat digitalcameras that do aleast 50 things.But life is short sowe usually usethe “Automatic”setting. Delayscaused byresetting thecamera can loosethe moment. Although it’s important to have thecorrect white balance setting, you can get moreimpressive color with a little cheating. One way is tochange your camera white balance setting from“sunny” to “cloudy” the next time you’re shootingoutside. The ‘Cloudy” setting adds deeper shades of red and yellow to your color photos. This, in turn,warms up the resultant colors, making areas such asgrey sand more attractive, greens more intense, andskies more impressive. You can also get a morecolorful picture by boosting your contrast andsaturation. Many digital cameras have a “vivid” in-camera control that does this. However, you’re better off boosting color later using the simplest version of Photoshop (Adjust Color, Hue/Saturation, etc).Adding too much color and saturation at the time of capture can sacrifice important details that can’t berecovered later, such as peeling paint, skin shadedifferences or the middle tones of grey.
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