USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0 for Photographers. Is It Really Faster?

USB 3.0 is faster than USB 2.0Is USB 3.0 really faster than USB 2.0? By how much? And what does the extra speed mean to photographers? Read on for real-world test results.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 First Steps:
Exporting Images From Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom 3 For Beginners - Exporting ImagesLearn the basics of exporting images from Adobe Lightroom 3 for emailing, uploading or burning to a DVD in this step-by-step tutorial.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 First Steps: Develop Module Basic Panel

Learn to use the Basic panel in Adobe Lightroom 3's Develop module.The Basic panel is the best place to start adjusting images in Adobe Lightroom 3′s Develop Module. Learn how to adjust white balance, exposure and color.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 First Steps: Develop Module Intro and the Crop Tool

Adobe Lightroom 3 Develop Module and Crop Tool TutorialLearn the basics of Adobe Lightroom 3′s Develop module and how to crop your images using the Crop Tool.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 First Steps: How to Add Your Existing Images to a New Catalog

Add existing images to a new Lightroom catalogLearn how to add existing images from your hard drive into a new Adobe Lightroom 3 catalog.

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Batch Watermarking in Photoshop using Actions and the Image Processor

Batch Watermarks with Adobe Photoshop Cs5 Actions and Image ProcessorWatermark a folder full of images in one batch using Photoshop’s Image Processor and actions – along with a few other secret weapons.

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Lightroom 3 Watermarking Using Logos and Graphics

How to create and apply graphic watermarks in Adobe Lightroom 3Use Adobe Lightroom 3′s Watermark Editor to apply a logo, graphic or stylized text to your photos. Learn how in this step-by-step tutorial.

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Compact Flash CF Card Speed Comparison: How Fast Is Fast Enough?

Compact Flash CF card speed comparison. Lexar vs. SanDisk.Compact Flash cards come in so many flavors it’s hard to know which to buy. The fastest card is often not your best bet. Read on to learn about card speeds and camera compatibility.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Olympus PEN E-PL2 Real World Camera Review

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Hands On Real World Compact Camera ReviewThe Olympus PEN E-PL2 compact mirrorless camera is a big improvement over its predecessor, the E-PL1. With it’s built-in flash, it even gives the top-of-the-line Olympus E-P2 a run for its money. Find out why the E-PL2 deserves a place in your camera bag.

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Process Raw ORF Images In Olympus Viewer 2

Use Olympus Viewer 2 to process unsupported raw .orf images that Lightroom doesn't recognize.Adobe Lightroom 3 still doesn’t support raw (.ORF) images from the new Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera. Learn how to use the free Olympus Viewer 2 software that comes with the camera to process them now.

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Lightroom 3 Doesn’t Support My New Camera’s Raw Files. Now What?

Some image operations were not performed. The files are from a camera which is not recognized by the raw format support of Lightroom.ORF, NEF, CR2, ARW, RAW. Capturing raw images with your new digital camera? How do you process them if Adobe Lightroom 3 doesn’t yet support your camera’s raw file format? Here’s your best option.

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How to Use Adobe Lightroom 3′s Watermark Editor to Protect Your Online Images

How to Make Text Watermarks with Lightroom 3's Watermark EditorAdobe Lightroom 3 makes it easy to protect your online images with watermarks. Learn how to create and apply text watermarks to whole batches of images in this step-by-step tutorial.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Nikon Coolpix P7000 vs Canon Powershot G12

Nikon Coolpix P7000 vs Canon Powershot G12 ComparisonThe Nikon Coolpix P7000 and the Canon Powershot G12 are both high-end, raw-shooting compact cameras. Which is better for a pro or serious amateur travel photographer? Let’s compare some key features.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Nikon Coolpix P7000 Real World Camera Review

Nikon Coolpix P7000 Hands On Camera ReviewWith raw capture and 28-200mm zoom, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 camera is designed for photographers. In this real world in-the-field review, find out how it performs in the hands of a travel photographer.

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How To Open Nikon Coolpix P7000 NRW Raw Files in Lightroom 3 & Photoshop CS5

How to open Nikon Coolpix P7000 raw NRW photo image files in Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5Raw images from new cameras like the Nikon Coolpix P7000 NRW files aren’t recognized by the current versions of Lightroom or Photoshop. Find out how to update your Adobe software to make it work.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 vs Photoshop CS5. Which to Buy?

Adobe Lightroom 3 vs Photoshop CS5 Comparison - Which is Better?Should you buy Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 or Photoshop CS5? Lightroom does everything most of us photographers need, so save your money. Here’s why you probably don’t need Photoshop.

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Olympus SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Set Review

Once you Learn how to record hi-def video with your Olympus PEN E-P2 or E-PL1 camera, you’ll want high-quality sound to go with it. The Olympus SEMA-1 Stereo Microphone Adapter Set is one solution.

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The Lightweight Photographer: Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder Real World Review

Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder Real World ReviewThe Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is a must-have accessory for any serious E-P2 or E-PL1 camera owner. Find out why you should own one – despite one annoying flaw.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Olympus PEN E-P2 Real World Camera Review

Olympus PEN E-P2 Real World Camera ReviewThe Olympus PEN E-P2 compact camera could have been named the E-P1 PLUS. The E-P2 has a lot in common with the older E-P1 – with one enormous plus. The E-P2 is a big deal no matter what you call it.

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Easy Watermarks with Russell Brown’s
Adobe Watermark Panel Plugin for Photoshop CS5

Use the Adobe Watermark Panel to watermark images in Photoshop CS5The Adobe Watermark Panel makes it easy to add watermarks to a folder full of images. And it’s free! Find out where to get it, how to install it, and how to use it.

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Adding Custom Watermarks To Your Photos With Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use Adobe Photoshop CS5 to Add Watermarks to Your ImagesSo, you’ve created a watermark file. What’s the best way to apply it to your images? If you have a few, special images that need to be subtly watermarked, hand apply the watermark to each image individually using Photoshop CS5. Find out how.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Real World Review

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera ReviewThe Olympus PEN E-PL1 is the simplest and cheapest member of Olympus’ PEN line of compact, mirrorless digital cameras. It’s a big step up from a point-and-shoot and, in the hands of a serious photographer, a useful creative tool. Learn about the E-PL1′s charms and faults as I put it through its paces in the field.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Real World Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Real World Camera Review.The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 compact camera is one more in a growing list of mirrorless compact cameras designed for serious photographers. Is it a worthy contender or a chump? Find out as I take on the GF1 in this in-the-field review.

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The Lightweight Photographer: Sony NEX-5 Real World Camera Review

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Digital Compact Camera hands on real world review for travel photographers.The Sony Alpha NEX-5 mirrorless compact camera is beautifully designed. Is there more to the NEX-5 than good looks? Read on to find out more as I put this camera through its paces in this in-depth hands on review.

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Sony NEX-5 Raw (.arw) Files Don’t Open in Photoshop CS5 or Lightroom 3. Or Do They?

The Sony NEX-5 camera produces .arw raw files which can be opened in Lightroom 3.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.2To work with .arw-format raw images from the Sony NEX-5 and other new camera models, download the beta version of Lightroom 3.2 or, for Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw 6.2. Here’s how.

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Create Visible Watermarks In Photoshop CS5

Create a watermark in Adobe Photoshop CS5Add a visible watermark to your web images to reduce image theft. Find out what’s important in creating a watermark and learn how to make one using Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Watermarking Images for the Web

Watermark your web images to prevent image theftPhotos displayed on the web make easy targets for image thieves. Add a visible watermark to your online images to reduce copyright infingement. Learn about watermarks and the pros and cons of using them on your photos.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Olympus PEN E-P1 Real World Camera Review

Olympus PEN E-P1 compact digital camera reviewThe Olympus E-P1 reviewed by a travel photographer. Top image quality, easy to use, lightweight. And interchangeable lenses too! The search for the perfect compact digital camera comes to an end. For now.

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$100 Rebate on Tamron 18-270mm Lens Ends June 21st. Get Yours Now!

$100 rebate on the Tamron 18-270mm LensGet a $100 rebate on a Tamron 18-270mm VC lens for your Canon or Nikon camera. The rebate is good only until June 21st, so if you’ve been lusting for this lens, buy it now!

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Photographing Falls Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Photographing Falls Park in Sioux Falls South Dakota USAFalls Park on the Big Sioux River gives Sioux Falls, South Dakota its name. The park gives photographers the opportunity to capture images of both the natural – the falls – and the man-made – the remains of industry surrounding the once commercially exploited river.

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X-Rite Optix XR and Monaco EZColor Work With 64-bit Windows 7

Optix XR Color Calibrator and EZColor software works with Windows 7 64-bitWith a little work, your old Monaco Optix-XR Monitor Calibrator (also know by its model number DTP94) and Monaco EZColor Software will work perfectly with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Here is how to get past a few pitfalls and install them.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Canon Powershot S90 Real World Camera Review

Canon Powershot S90 Real World Camera ReviewThe Canon Powershot S90 Compact Digital Camera looks good on paper, but how does it do in the hands of a travel photographer? Find out why this cousin of the mighty G11 is not much better than an average point-and-shoot.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Real World Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 Review by PhotoCitizenThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a classy digital compact camera with strong links to Leica. It’s small, it captures raw images and it has the features needed by any serious photographer. Does it deserve a spot in the travel photographer’s camera bag? Find out in this hands-on review.

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Postcard from Savannah, Georgia: Forsyth Park Fountain

Stock photograph of Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, Georgia, USAThe fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia offers some fine photo ops. Here, four tritons spout water from shell-horns in the lower basin.

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The Lightweight Photographer:
Canon Powershot G11 Real World Camera Review

Canon Powershot G11 Real World Review for Travel PhotographersThe Canon Powershot G11 is an excellent small camera for travel photography. Read a real world, hands-on review of this king of the compacts.

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New Camera? No Raw Support Yet In Photoshop? No Problem: Use Adobe’s Digital Negative DNG Converter

Adobe Digital Negative DNG for processing raw images from new model camerasBuy a new camera and you might find you can’t process its raw images in Photoshop or Lightroom until Adobe updates its raw converter software. Use Adobe digital negative (DNG) as your raw format until then. Learn how.

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The Lightweight Photographer: Four Compact Cameras for the Pro or Serious Amateur

Compact Cameras for Pros. The Canon G11, Canon S90, Panasonic LX-3 and Nikon P6000In the hands of a good photographer, a compact (or point-and-shoot) camera can capture excellent images. But only a few of these cameras are worthy of a pro or advanced amateur photographer. Find out how you can reduce your load and still get publishable pictures with the Canon G11, Panasonic LX-3, Nikon P6000 and Canon S90.

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Protect Your Lens With A UV Haze or Skylight Filter. Or Not.

Should filters be used to protect your lens?Should you protect your lens with a filter? UV/Haze and Skylight filters are commonly used to protect lenses, but keeping a filter on your lens all the time can lead to poorer-quality images. It might be best to use these filters only when they are needed and turn to lens hoods for protection that doesn’t affect your pictures.

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The Polarizer: One Filter You Need On Your Lens

A polarizing is one filter you need on your lens when photographing outdoors.Photographing outdoors? Use a polarizing filter. Software filters can simulate some of the effects of a polarizer, but only a polarizer on the end of your lens can cut glare and reflections. The result is more saturated color, better contrast and better pictures.

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Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Omaha Nebraska

Photographing the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha Nebraska USAOmaha, Nebraska is an interesting place to photograph. A new addition, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge over the Missouri river adds one more opportunity for photographers in this midwest city. Learn about photographing this thoroughly modern bridge.

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Stupid Photographer Tricks

Stupid Photographer Tricks on PhotoCitizen.comEver done something dumb with your camera? So many settings vying for our attention, it’s no wonder we sometimes screw it up. Or is it just me?

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Changing Time Zones? Change the Capture Time of Your Images in Adobe Lightroom.

Edit Capture Time in Adobe Lightroom 2As traveling photographers, how do we keep the capture time of our images in sync with changing time zones? Adobe Lightroom 2 makes it easy. Learn how to quickly edit the capture time on multiple images using Adobe Lightroom 2.

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Workflow: Traveling with Adobe Lightroom 2. Upload In-the-Field and Import from Laptop to Desktop at Home.

Adobe Lightroom for Travel Photographers. From laptop to desktop.Travel with a laptop? Learn how to import photographs from your CF card to your laptop using Adobe Lightroom. Then import your catalog to your desktop when you get home. All the work you’ve done in the field to keyword and caption your images will be preserved. Lightroom makes it easy – with a few caveats.

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ProShow Gold 4 Advanced Slide Styles Part 3. Create and Save Your Own Customized Slide Styles

Advanced Slide Styles Create and Save a Customized Slide Style ProShow Gold 4 TutorialLearn how to customize a slide style in ProShow Gold 4 and save it as your own so you can use it again in a future slide show production. Watch the 10-minute video and then follow along the step-by-step instructions. Start with one of ProShow Gold 4′s built-in slide styles. Change the motion effects, image sizes, caption, background, and colors. Then give it a name and save it in a new slide style category. Slide styles are a powerful new feature found in Photodex ProShow Gold 4.

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Photo Event: Soap Box Derby 2009 in San Diego

Photographing the 2009 Soap Box Derby in San DiegoGetting good photos at the Soap Box Derby may not be easy, but it can be done. And it’s fun! From start to finish, there is plenty to keep a photogapher busy. Learn about photo op possibilities before and during the race.

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ProShow Gold 4: Advanced Slide Styles. Part 2: Built-In Slide Styles.

ProShow Gold 4 Advanced Slide Styles Part 2 - Built-In Slide Styles by PhotoCitizenSlide Styles are one of the most powerful new features of ProShow Gold 4. In this video lesson, learn how to use ProShow’s amazing built-in slide styles.

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ProShow Gold 4 Intro: Create a Customized Slide Show to Share Your Photos

ProShow Gold 4 Advanced TechniquesSee some complex effects that can be accomplished using ProShow Gold 4, Adobe Photoshop, and a bit of work. Add pizazz to your slide shows.

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Photo Event: Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Faire in San Diego

Photographing the Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Faire in San DiegoSan Diego’s Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Faire is a colorful festival for photographers. Get photo tips from a San Diego travel photographer who has been there. There’s a lot of action, so be prepared to get some great photos.

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Photo Event: Big Bay Balloon Parade

With 22 large balloons and dozens of bands and other entries, San Diego’s annual Big Bay Balloon Parade offers plenty of colorful photographic possibilities. Here are a few ideas to get best photos including tips on the best locations, camera equipment, and photo techniques.

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On The Road: Websites I Can’t Do Without

Websites for on-the-road travel photographersTravel planning is a chore and we need all the help we can get. As travel photographers, we need to do a lot of research before, and during, a trip. Here are five websites that I never leave home without. They will help you choose a hotel and an airline seat, check the weather, get directions, and find the best prices for accomodations and flights.

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Steam Train in San Diego: The Final Chapter

Steam Train Final ChapterAfter weeks of planning including scouting a handful of locations for photographing the steam train that would arrive in San Diego from Los Angeles on September 21st, 2008, I arrived at Seagrove Park in Del Mar fully equipped and ready. Or, was I?

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Steam Train Update: Photo Locations

Steam Train Location UpdatePhotographing the steam train that is coming to San Diego on September 21st will take careful planning. Here is a scouting report on seven possible San Diego County photo locations from Soledad lagoon in the south to Batiquitos Lagoon in the north.

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A Steam Train in San Diego: Photographing A Bit of History

Adobe Lightroom 2.0 Adjustment BrushIt’s easy to find a steam train in a museum, but riding the tracks between two major cities? That’s special. San Diegans will have the opportunity to photograph two of these historic events in 2008. Read on for photo tips and a video of the June 1st, 2008 journey.

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Adobe Lightroom 2.0: Using the Adjustment Brush

Adobe Lightroom 2.0 Adjustment BrushAdobe Lightroom 2.0 is here and it is a big improvement over version 1.4. There are many subtle improvements and a few major additions. The adjustment brush tool is brand new. With the adjustment brush, you can selectively paint in all sorts of adjustments that you used to have to do in Photoshop: exposure, saturation, and more. Watch my video and learn how to use the new adjustment brush in Adobe Lightroom 2.0 here.

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Lighten Your Luggage: Ship Travel Brochures Home with USPS Flat-Rate Box

USPS Flat Rate Box

If you’re like me, you collect tons of literature while traveling. And, if you’re flying, it can be expensive to get it all home. That’s where the USPS Flat-Rate box comes in handy. Ship it and avoid excess-baggage charges.

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Photographing the Red Bull Air Races

For a long weekend in May, the Red Bull Air Races made San Diego bay their home. From Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th, San Diego hosted the second of ten races scheduled for the 2008 season. With plans to make San Diego a permanent stop on the race tour, a dozen daring pilots in high-performance aircraft navigated the 13 tight turns marked by air-filled pylons floating on San Diego bay.

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Monaco EZ Color and Optix-XR Works with Windows Vista and a New Driver

Optix-XR Color CalibratorThe Optix-XR monitor calibrator with software version 2.0 does not work with Windows Vista. But, there is a way to update the Optix software so that your Optix-XR doesn’t turn into an expensive doorstop. Follow these steps and the Optix-XR CAN be used with Windows Vista.

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Smartparts 8-Inch Digital Picture Frame (PX8) Review

The Smartparts SPX8 8-Inch Syncpix Digital Picture FrameDigital photo frames are a popular way to show off your photos. The Smartparts SPX8 8-Inch Syncpix Digital Picture Frame is a good choice. Find out what to look for in a digital frame and why the SPX8 is worth a look.

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