New camera kits on the block

Nick Ross Australia is a country that's surrounded by sandy beaches and has lots of sand in the middle. Yet a single grain of sand can ruin a camera, whether it's by jamming a focus ring or killing a crucial...

How to keep family videos private

Illlustration: Kerrie Leishman

Imaging Not everything you film need be shared online with the entire world.

Stuck in a bad mode

soft focus

Terry Lane You know those scene mode settings on your digital camera? Do you ever use them? The portrait mode is supposed to give better separation between face and background.

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Black and white photo magic

black and white

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Terry Lane There are photographers around who still think the black and white image is the real deal while the colour picture is eye candy.

Q and A

iphone sms

Nicole Manktelow Every time I plug my iPhone into my Macbook, it opens iPhoto as well as iTunes. I don't mind iTunes opening but how do I stop iPhoto?

Let the internet come to you


George Skarbek I suggest that any reader who visits some sites on a regular basis should click on the orange RSS symbol and experiment with RSS.

Macman: fingers the best cursor control


Garry Barker A little button on the tab-bar of Firefox's latest browser, version 3.5, has kindled a new flame in the hoary debate on whether it is quicker to use keyboard shortcuts rather than a mouse.

Cover the fridge with happy snaps

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Terry Lane When photographing children it is essential to get down on their level and to get in close - either physically close or with a telephoto lens.

Take better party photos in a flash

Hold the flash.

Terry Lane Taking snaps at a party is not our idea of fun but if the ordeal is inescapable we have a few words of advice. First, if all you have is a compact camera with in-built flash, say no.

Where the Photoshop action is

Photoshop actions: you can do it yourself.

Terry Lane Actions, for those who haven't encountered them, are to Photoshop what macros are to Word. They are little automated routines that you can create yourself to add special effects to photos.