Under Create a Backup CD click New

A backup set keeps track of the files that you're backing up and the location where they're saved. (If you've backed up before, your sets appear on the dropdown menu pick one of these if you want to follow a previously established backup routine full details follow after step 5.) Figure 7-3. According to Picasa, backing up your photos should be as easy as 1-2 you don't even need a 3. First you create a backup set, which Picasa uses to remember where to save your backup files and which files...

Tweaking white balance color balance

Here's a mind-bending example of the way your eyes and your camera see things completely differently. It turns out that different kinds of lightsregular incandescent lightbulbs, fluorescent office lighting, the suncast subtle tinges of color on everything they illuminate. When you shoot non-flash photos indoors or in open shade outside, you'll get a bluish or cool cast. If you shoot without a flash under incandescent lighting, then the shots will have a warm tint, mostly yellow and red. So why...

Index

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z file size dilemma overcoming it 2nd slider bar fill-in flash 2nd 3rd Film Grain effect Picasa filter softening Filter Gallery Photoshop Elements Filtered B amp W effect Picasa filters 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Photoshop Elements 2nd 3rd applying categories FireWire port Fisheye effect EasyShare flash auto auto mode built-in vs. external external 2nd fill-in forced outdoor photos indoor use nighttime mode outdoor portraits...

Creating and Removing Albums

Albums are your primary tool for organizing photos in EasyShare Figure 5-8 . You impose order on your photo library by creating albums for different subjects Museum Sunday, Oregon Vacation, Nature Photos, and so on, much the same way you organize your photos into folders in Windows XP. Albums have a distinct advantage over folders, though They don't take up nearly as much room on your computer's hard drive. So go ahead and put a single photo into more than one album if you want. For example,...

Taking advantage of open shade

Working in open shade, like the shadow of a tree, produces less dramatic portraits than rim lighting, but very pleasing ones nonetheless. Open shade eliminates harsh shadows around the face and keeps the subject from squinting. Here again, forcing the flash on your digital camera is a great idea. Look for a subtle background without distracting elements. The beauty of this technique is that you capture an evenly lit, relaxed subject with a perfectly exposed background. You won't even notice...

Refining your search

Date Range Search Slider

Because Picasa uses such a broad range of properties for its searches, your results may include too many photos. For example, you may wish you could search for baby only when it appears in keywords, not captions or folder names. Unfortunately, Picasa doesn't give you a way to limit searches to certain properties. With experience, you can find ways to increase the odds of finding the photos you want and filter out the photos you don't . Here are some techniques to help you refine your searches...

Slowsynchro or Nighttime flash mode

This automatic mode synchronizes your flash with the very slow shutter. It may have a stars and mountain or stars and person icon. The camera opens the shutter long enough to compensate for the dim twilight lighting, capturing all of the rich, saturated colors. The flash, meanwhile, throttles down, emitting just enough light to illuminate the subject from the front. Figure 3-15. To capture a star trail image like this one of the Pleiades constellation sometimes called the Seven Sisters , you...

Scrolling Through the Lightbox

At most, the Lightbox shows only a few dozen thumbnails at a time to see more, you need to scroll. Picasa's scroll bar Figure 5-12 works differently from the standard Windows scroll bar. In the middle of the scroll bar is a single button with arrows pointing up and down. Drag the button, and the Lightbox scrolls through your photos. The farther you drag the button away from the center, the faster the thumbnails scroll by. When you release the button, it snaps back to the middle as though it's...

Bulb mode for extended shutter times

When using film cameras, photographers rely on the camera's B setting, in combination with a cable release a shutter button on the end of a cord . The B setting short for bulb keeps the shutter open for as long as you hold down the release. Many a photographer has stood out in the cold, thumbs pressing down on icy cable releases, softly counting One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three Your digital camera probably doesn't have a B setting although a few do have Bulb modes . But...

Getting Photos Online with Shutterfly

Shutterfly is an online photo service that lets you store, share, and print your digital snapshots. Shutterfly gives you three ways to upload pictures. You can transfer photos one-by-one using your Web browser. With the help of a browser plug-in, known as the Picture Upload Assistant, you can upload several photos at once. Shutterfly also provides a standalone utility program called Shutterfly Express, which you can use to perform minor edits and then upload photos with a few clicks. Note At...

Strategies to Protect Your Photos

Photos from your digital camera may not fade, crumble, or turn yellow like your grandfather's old prints, but they're vulnerable in a different kind of way. Digital photo files are nothing more than a series of 0s and 1s stored in a particular order. They only last as long as whatever media they're stored on, and CDs, DVDs, and hard drives are just chunks of plastic and metal that are vulnerable to water, fire, accidental erasure, and breakage. Scared yet Good. Here's rule number one for...

Taking the picture

Once you've set up your inanimate subject and have the lighting just right, here's how to set up your camera for the shot Adjust your camera's white balance for the type of light you're using Section 3.2.2.3 . Uncorrected incandescent lights produce an overly warm reddish cast flash tends to produce images a bit on the cool bluish side. A tripod helps keep the camera in precise position. If your camera has a manual-focus mode, use it to lock the focus on the object's area that's most important...

Composition Explained

Composition is the arrangement of your picture the interplay between foreground and background, the way the subject fills the frame, the way the parts of the picture relate to each other, and so on. Before pressing the shutter, veteran photographers compose pictures by asking themselves a few questions Will the shot be clearer, better, or more interesting if you move closer What about walking around to the other side of the action, or zooming in slightly, or letting tall grass fill the...

Forcing the flash to fire

The solution to the situation in Figure 3-9 is to force the flash ona very common trick. If you're close enough to the subject, then the flash provides fill light to balance the subject's exposure with that of the surrounding background, as you can see in the bottom photo. If you're using your on-camera flash, stand within about eight feet of the subject so you can get enough flash for a proper exposure. The fill-in flash can dramatically improve outdoor portraits. It eliminates the silhouette...

Star Trails

If you really want to impress your friends with your budding photographic skills, try capturing star trails. Surely you've seen these dramatic shots one star, located in the center of the frame, remains a point of light, but all the other stars in the universe seem to carve concentric circle segments around it, as though the galaxy were spinning dizzily. That one fixed star, in case you were wondering, is the North Star. It remains steady as all the other stars seem to travel in a circular path...

Image Stabilizer Vibration Reduction

The hot new feature for 20062007 is built-in image stabilization. This feature, available in a flood of new camera models, improves your photos' clarity by ironing out your little hand jiggles. It's an enormous help in three situations when you're zoomed in all the way which magnifies jitters , in low light meaning that the shutter stays open a long time, increasing the likelihood of blurring , and when your camera doesn't have an eyepiece viewfinder forcing you to hold the camera at arm's...

Trailing Car Lights

You've seen this shot on postcards and in magazines neon bands of light streaking across the frame, with a nicely lit bridge or building in the background. The trick to these shots is to keep the shutter open long enough for the cars to pass all the way from one side of the frame to the other Figure 3-14 . Figure 3-14. Don't wait until complete darkness for this type of shot, or your sky will go pitch black. Twilight is the best time to Figure 3-14. Don't wait until complete darkness for this...

Creating Panoramas

How many times have you showed a travel picture to a friend and remarked, It looked a lot bigger in real life That's because it was bigger, and your camera couldn't capture it all. Capturing a vast landscape with a digital camera is like looking at the Grand Canyon through a paper-towel tube. Digital camera makers have created an ingenious solution to widen this narrow view of life panorama mode Figure 1-8 . With it, you can stitch together a series of individual images to create a single,...

Creating a flattering effect with rim lighting

Model Face

Once you've experimented with fill-in flash Section 3.2.1.3 , try a variation that pros use to create striking portraits rim lighting. Position the subject with her back to the sun preferably when it's high in the sky and not shining directly into your camera lens . Now set your camera to fire the flash the lightning bolt, not the automatic setting . If the sun is shining into the lens, block it using your hand or a lens shade. The first thing you'll notice is that the sun creates a rim light...

Creating Flattering Headshots

In professional portrait photographs, everyone looks great. Surely photographers use some kind of tricksancient, carefully guarded trade secretsto make Uncle Ernie look so distinguished and handsome. On the contrary, there are no fancy secrets to great headshots. You can make any subject or any uncle look his best by applying the simple principles in this section whenever you shoot someone from the shoulders up. You can take good portraits even if you have the cheapest camera on the planet. But...

Burst Mode for Rapid Fire Shooting

When you press the shutter button on a typical digital camera, the image begins a long tour through the camera's guts. First, the lens projects the image onto an electronic sensora CCD Charge-Coupled Device or CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor . Second, the sensor dumps the image temporarily into the camera's built-in memory a memory buffer . Finally, the camera's circuitry feeds the image from its memory buffer onto the memory card. You may be wondering about that second step. Why...

Optical Viewfinder

Every year, digital camera screens get bigger. That's a welcome trend, because framing your photos and, later, showing them off to other people is a heck of a lot more satisfying when they're bigger than a postage stamp. These days, though, some screens fill the whole back of the cameraand leave no room for an optical viewfinder the little glass hole you can peek through . Plenty of people are perfectly happy composing their shots on the screen, but remember that holding a camera up to your...

Pointand Shoot or Single Lens Reflex

What type of photographer are you Do you always have a camera in your pocket or purse so you can pull it out for quick shots at work or at the ball park Or are you a photographer who loves toting around lots of gear and enjoys having the best tools for the job Do tripods and macro-lenses sound like fun to you Pro aspirations anyone Answers to these questions point you toward the digital camera of your dreams. Your camera should become a natural extension of your vision. If you and your camera...

Image Resolution and Memory Capacity

The first number you see in a digital camera description is its megapixel rating. A pixel short for picture element is one tiny colored dot, one of the thousands or millions that compose a single digital photograph. One megapixel equals one million pixels. You can't escape learning this term, since pixels are everything in computer graphics. The number of megapixels your camera has determines the quality of your pictures' resolution the amount of detail that appears . A 5-megapixel camera, for...