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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 28, 2014 0 comments

You know better than to carry a camera in your trouser pocket, but who wants to look like they’re wearing a goofy fanny pack? Manfrotto offers what is arguably the best compact camera belt pouch ever made. Best looking, too. Want to know why I think so?

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 20, 2014 0 comments

The Vanguard Reno 22 is as light as a feather but it’s a real heavyweight where it counts. This may be the bag that you Micro Four Thirds shooters have been waiting for.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 13, 2014 0 comments

She’s beautiful on the outside, but it’s what you can’t see on the inside that makes this number so special. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 06, 2014 0 comments

Some cameras, including my classy and not-so-cheap Sony RX100, charge through the USB cable. There’s no need for a separate charger; simply plug the adapter into the wall and the small connector into the camera. There are pros and cons to this system.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 30, 2014 1 comments

Flatbed scanners are great for copying documents and creating high resolution image files from printed pictures. Every serious photographer should own a flatbed. However, there are times when a digital camera trumps a scanner at its own game. “When?” you ask. Read on!

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 23, 2014 0 comments

Forget Photoshop for a few—let’s talk about three physical filters that you’ll fully enjoy while the fall foliage flourishes as well as later when the yearend holiday festivities finally flow in. In fact, you’ll find them fun to use anytime, frankly. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 16, 2014 0 comments

The unsung hero of our age is the rechargeable battery. Can you imagine using a cell phone, digital camera or notebook computer without high capacity, long lasting batteries? The battery technology of choice for the past several years has been Lithium Ion. Here are five things you need to know about it—for your own safety and convenience. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 09, 2014 0 comments

Tired of multi-tools that have slackjawed pliers that pinch your fingers and scratch things up? Me too, so from now on I’m packing a Guppie. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 02, 2014 0 comments

When you see a crowd of people snapping photos, can you spot the professional photographer?

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 25, 2014 0 comments

Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13. Both have cool new features. If you’re a user of version 12, should you upgrade? The answer is: it all depends. Here’s the advice I give my friends.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 18, 2014 0 comments

You bought your DSLR or high-end compact camera to shoot by available light without flash. The latest digital cameras, for the most part, are capable of producing exceptional results at high ISO settings under very dim conditions. But there are times when a little flash makes all the difference in the world. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 12, 2014 0 comments

Looking for some fresh places to take pictures as the summer winds down? You may be living near one of autumn’s best locations and not even know it. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 04, 2014 0 comments

Last month readers enjoyed our Easy Photo Tip that explained how to zoom during exposure to create an exciting special effect. But a few readers had trouble mastering the technique. Here’s a way to achieve nearly the same results using Photoshop Elements 12.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 29, 2014 0 comments

Deleted images do not “go away.” Formatting a memory card does not “erase” the images. Never sell or loan a memory card unless you’re willing to share every image that’s ever been on it.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 22, 2014 0 comments

Many features of Photoshop Elements can be customized to suit your liking. Surprisingly, some experienced users overlook this powerful capability. A great place to start is at the Preferences menu. This screen shot is from the Mac version, but the same concept applies to Win as well as full-blown Photoshop products.

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