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If you're an iPhoto 5 user, three keyboard shortcuts can save time and make iPhoto KEY MASTER Using iPhoto's ability to exclude certain keywords, you can build powerful searches. Here, I'm selecting only New York City images that don't deal with kids or vacations. KEY MASTER Using iPhoto's ability to exclude certain keywords, you can build powerful searches. Here, I'm selecting only New York City images that don't deal with kids or vacations. more responsive. In Edit mode, press 0, 1, or 2 to...

Using Curves In Camera

Adobe Camera Raw 3, which is included with Photoshop CS2, adds a Curves tab to your Raw toolbox. This lets you make the same types of adjustments that you would make using Photoshop's normal Curves tool. The advantage to performing your curve adjustments in Camera Raw is that the curve gets stored in the Raw file's metadata along with the rest of your Camera Raw settings and parameters. This means that you can go back later, alter the curve, and reprocess the image. It also means that you can...

Turn The Flash On For Attractive Portraits

Your camera's flash-on mode is perfect for many outdoor portraits. In Auto mode, your flash usually won't fire outdoors, because it thinks there's already enough light to take the LIGHTEN UP Natural lighting outdoors is great for landscapes, but it can cause problems in portraits. This side lighting, combined with a bright sky, is unflattering for facial features (left). When we repositioned the subject and used the flash-on mode, the lighting was much more flattering. We also chose a better...

Exposure Compensation

Your camera's light meter always assumes that it's pointed at something that is 18 percent gray, because a scene generally reflects 18 percent of the light that strikes it. While this assumption is often right, you may need to tweak the camera's exposure settings to get the best results. Why It Matters Say you take a picture of a black statue. Since the light meter assumes that the statue is 18 percent gray, the exposure it calculates will reproduce the black carving as somewhat gray see...

Light Metering

No matter what your photographic goals are, the key to getting properly exposed images lies in your camera's light meter. When you press the shutter button down halfway, the camera runs through a list of tasks it calculates an appropriate focus, selects a white balance, and uses the light meter to measure the amount of light in your scene and determine an appropriate shutter speed and aperture. But your meter doesn't necessarily choose a shutter speed and aperture that will yield the best image...

Get The Perfect Exposure

Once you've selected appropriate ISO and white-balance settings, you're ready to frame your shot. The most important consideration here is getting a good exposure. At the simplest level, your camera's exposure controls ensure that there's enough light to yield a good image but not so much light that your image washes out. It does this by balancing its shutter speed the amount of time the shutter stays open with its aperture the size of the lens' opening . Your camera's auto-exposure mode can...