National Geographic : 2004 Oct
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION WRTE F'1HOTO3F H CREATING More than any other digital feature, that little LCD display panel on the back of your camera can revolutionize your results. Use the LCD to: * Instantly check every image to be sure you get what you want " Verify your composition and lighting * Look for bright and dark areas and adjust your exposure if details are missing * Experiment freely, knowing you can delete bad shots as you go * Switch your setting to see if your shot has the tonal contrasts that would make it even more dramatic as a black and white image Power up Digital cameras use batteries up quickly. If you always have three sets, you can go out to shoot with a fresh set in your camera, another in your bag, and third on your charger so it's ready to go when you return. ENHRNCING Welcome to the digital darkroom By enhancing your photos on the computer, you can help them communicate more strongly. Use this step-by-step process as a guide for maximizing control, accuracy, and results. i.) Adjust overall exposure (brightness and contrast) 2.) Control overall color 3.) Isolate areas of your image for local brightness and contrast management 4.) Isolate areas for local color correction 5.) Sharpen and prepare for printing Protecting your images Back up your images outside of your computer. A CD-R, DVD-R, or DVD+R disk will save your work if your hard drive crashes. And be sure to buy higher quality recordable disks with long life to ensure your image data will remain stable. TRY THIS TIP <<< LOW LIGHT WILL INlCREASE DIGITAL GRARIl. USE A FLASH TO KEEP GRAIN AT A MINIMUM.