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Should You Buy a Used Digital Camcorder?

Many people have wondered whether it's a good idea to buy a used digital camcorder. Used digital camcorders should be much cheaper than a new video camera. It should also be possible to buy a...[more]

The 5 Best High End Digital Camcorders

If you are in the business of shooting professional looking videos, you will want to have one of the digital camcorders mentioned below. A good digital camcorder will be light in weight, yet still pack a...[more]

The 5 Best Digital Camcorders On a Budget

With technology progressing at an amazing rate, digital camcorders have fallen so much in price that they are easily within reach for those looking to produce high quality home videos. If you are on a budget, then...[more]

Important Features in Photoshop for Graphic Design

Photoshop graphic design is an artistic expression of types of visual electronic information that can be designed for a website or advertisement. It has also been used in print media. Using the important features found...[more]

5 Basic Tips for Wedding Video DVDs

Today's wedding videos are delivered to the customer on a DVD. The days of the analog video tape have become extinct, as we have now entered the digital age. Here are 5 basic tips to...[more]

5 Tips for Your External Camcorder Microphone

If you're serious about videography, then you should invest in an external camcorder microphone. An external microphone will greatly improve the quality of the audio you capture with your video. Here are 5 tips for...[more]

5 Tips for Filming an Outdoor Wedding

Shooting an outdoor wedding is a lot harder than shooting an indoor one. The reason why is because you're dependent on the weather. Usually a bride having an outdoor wedding wants a sunny day or...[more]

5 Tips for Your Internal Camcorder Microphone

Most camcorders with a microphone come with an internal microphone, so that you can record sync sound with your video. While this comes in handy a lot, you should not rely on it if you...[more]

The Best Camcorder Tripod for Filming a Wedding

When you're filming a wedding with your camcorder, a tripod is going to be needed. After all, you could have the best looking image in terms of focus, resolution and color, but if the shot...[more]

How To Do Wedding Video Titles

When you're editing a wedding video, you need to think about the titles. At the very least, you should have a title in the beginning of the video stating whose wedding it is and the...[more]

Consumer Camcorders Vs. Professional Camcorders

Never before have consumer camcorders and professional camcorders been so close to each other in terms of quality. Since HD was introduced a few years ago, it has now become the standard resolution on all...[more]

How To Dub a Camcorder Recording to DVD

Dubbing your camcorder recording to DVD is an effective way to preserve you're videos in one of the most modern ways possible. It would be useless if you can't watch all your precious videos that...[more]

Video Editing: Obey the 45-Degree Rule

A primary concern for any video editing is whether or not your subjects were lit correctly during shooting. By obeying the 45 degree rule when shooting, you can achieve the best results while making video...[more]

The Best Tripods for Your Home Movie Camera

You can shoot your home movie with ease by using a tripod with your digital camcorder. A tripod helps you steady your camcorder, which enables you to stabilize your shots. It also allows you to...[more]

5 Tips For Outdoor Home Movies

A popular way to preserve your family's memories is through home movies. By following some of the following shooting tips, you can easily make entertaining home movies. 1. Outdoor Light Considerations Considering the weather and...[more]

External Camcorder Microphones: Wired vs. Wireless

When it comes to external camcorder microphones, you have two choices: a wired mic hooked into the camera or a wireless mic that clips onto your subject. Each microphone has its positives and negatives, and...[more]

Recording Yourself on a Camcorder

Recording with a camcorder can be fun, but also challenging...especially when you're recording yourself. After all, it's difficult to set up what you can't see. But, recording yourself is possible with a tripod, tape and...[more]

5 Basic Tips for Editing Wedding Videos

Editing wedding videos is an important task. You are molding a product that two people are going to cherish for the rest of their lives. That means that they could very well still be watching...[more]

6 Basic Wedding Filming Tips

Wedding filming is not as easy as people try to make it out to be. It requires the videographer to be focused and alert for a few hours. There shouldn't be any detail on that...[more]

5 Worst Video Editing Effects

Video editing has come a long way from the era of manually cutting and splicing film clips and taping them together. Long gone are the days when you have to manually patch in several camcorders...[more]

Wedding Video Editing: Music

There are several things to remember when doing wedding video editing. The music that accompanies these wedding videos can either make or break the video. Read below for more information regarding the importance of music...[more]

Video Editing: How To Avoid Jump Cuts

Video editors and creators are often faced with the problem of avoiding jump cuts. Jump cuts in editing occur due to several reasons. One may be if you have a continuous clip that you want...[more]

A Basic Guide to iDVD

If you are looking to make dvds in less time, iDVD may be for you. With this program, you can make your own movies and photo slide shows that are of a professional quality. These...[more]

How to Set and Adjust a Camera Ring Flash

A camera ring flash is commonly used for macro or close-up photography. Your camera's master flash can produce shadows, as the focused light is produced from a single direction. By using a ring flash, shadows are decreased,...[more]

Using the iPhone Camera Flash with the Clarifi

Because of the iPhone's disappointing built-in camera quality, iPhone developers have made the iPhone camera flash app that works to fill the void that a flashless camera has left behind. Although iPhone's built-in camera is a weak 2...[more]

How To Fix Photoshop 'Scratch Disk Full' Errors

In Photoshop, scratch disk full errors can pop up unexpectedly. The message could mean that one or a number of things have gone wrong. Step 1 - Check your scratch disk You will first need to...[more]

The Benefits of an HD CMOS

The HD CMOS image sensor has become a bench mark in professional photographic image quality. With resolutions of at least 1920 by 1080 pixels they are at the fore front of digital imaging technology. Some...[more]

The Rise of CCD Technology

CCD technology began in the 1960s as a new type of computer memory circuit that was highly sensitive to light. By the year 2000 the technology was appearing everywhere. Photocopying and fax machines depended on...[more]

How To Wrap an Image Around a Sphere in Photoshop

You may happen upon a desire to wrap an image around a sphere. Normally, you would need extra programming to make this work, but Photoshop CS3 has new features for this task. Step 1 - Find...[more]

How To Make Transparent Images in Photoshop

Your photos can be made into transparent images in Photoshop. The process is relatively simple for most images. Step 1 - Select the part you want to keep Simply deleting pieces of your image will not...[more]

How To Make the Most of Your Photoshop Scratch Disk

Proper management of your Photoshop scratch disk can drastically improve your photo editing experience. Setting yourself up properly will maximize the potential of the program. Step 1 - Understand your scratch disk Every time you make...[more]

How To Change the Photoshop Canvas Color

The Photoshop canvas is, by default, neutral grey. Normally, this serves as a great reference for your photo editing. However, if you get bored with it, you can change it. Step 1 - Canvas color The canvas reacts...[more]

How To Customize the Photoshop Menu

The Photoshop menu can be tweaked to suit your needs. You can hide menu items that you do not use and rearrange the ones that you do use to be more convenient for you. Step...[more]

How To Turn on and Off the Photoshop Layer Auto-Select

In Photoshop, layer auto-select can be extremely useful when you want to use it. However, if you do not know how to turn it on or off, it could become confusing. Step 1 - Auto-select on...[more]

Pros and Cons of Macro Zoom Lenses

Macro photography refers to close up images of small objects where the size of the image is approximately the same as it is in real life. Macro photography is achieved with macro lenses. These allow...[more]

How a Low Power CMOS Can Save Battery

Low power CMOS sensors are one of the greatest advancements in digital camera technology during the past decade. Digital imaging was first made possible through CCD image sensors that produced great images, but also required...[more]

Manipulating Type in Photoshop

Manipulating images is much easier than manipulating type in Photoshop.  So when you want to add some drama to your text, you can transform it as you would an image. Step 1 - Type Determine what...[more]

How To Center Prints on the Page with Photoshop 7

In Photoshop 7, you have more control over how you print your images than you had with past versions.  Usually, the print function will automatically center your photo on the page, but in Photoshop 7...[more]

3 Creative Ways to Trigger a Remote Camera Flash

A Remote Camera Flash is a very useful tool because it makes it possible to trigger your camera flash that is positioned away from the camera. There are many times when you might need to...[more]

How to Reset a CMOS Chip

If you are having trouble using your digital camera, you might consider learing how to reset CMOS. The CMOS chip is a type of image sensor which is used on cameras without CCD sensors. This...[more]

How To Use Color Historgrams on your DSLR

There are multiple histograms available for digital SLRs. Beyond providing information on the luminosity in your photo, they can also evaluate color data. Step 1 - Histogram basics Before you can start understanding color histograms, you need...[more]

How To Create the Embroidery Effect in Photoshop

There are countless effect Photoshop filters which can be applied to images, one very popular technique is applying an embroidery effect to your photos. The embroidery effect makes it look like your photos are needlecraft...[more]

Effects of CCD Size on an Image

The effects of CCD size on an image are simply that of image quality. A CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) consists of several individual elements which collect, store and transport electrical charge from one element to the...[more]

Ocean Photography: How To Photograph Translucent Creatures

One of the most difficult things to do in ocean photography is to photograph translucent creatures. Unlike their fellow sea creatures, they have a translucent, see-through body. However, given enough perseverance and the right equipment,...[more]

Ocean Photography: How To Photograph Translucent Creatures

One of the most difficult things to do in ocean photography is to photograph translucent creatures. Unlike their fellow sea creatures, they have a translucent, see-through body. However, given enough perseverance and the right equipment,...[more]

3 Types of Digital Camera Sensors

Digital cameras are many and varied, so for now we will examine the 3 types of digital camera sensors that are most commonly found. These 3 are: the CCD (Charge-Coupled Device), the Bayer Filter and...[more]

Ocean Photography: 4 Tips for Photographing Whales

Ocean photography is a beautiful practice that enables you to photograph whales. Photographing whales requires a lot of patience, even for professional photographers. Here are some tips for photographing whales: Tip 1: Choosing Your Boat...[more]

How to Use a Free-Roaming CCD for Astronomy

If you are interested in taking photos of the sky, it is now possible with simple digital cameras that feature CCD astronomy sensors. Until recently, it has been almost impossible for most people to afford...[more]

5 Tips for Photographing Deep Sea Animals

As may be expected, photographing deep sea animals is not something that is available to the average photographer. A combination of physical characteristics including pressure, light, temperature and the availability of oxygen are the main...[more]

How Many Megapixels Do You Need for Wildlife Pictures?

If you're a traveler who loves taking wildlife pictures, you might be shopping around for a good digital camera to take with you on your next trip. One of the most confusing aspects of choosing...[more]