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How To: Use a digital camera as a webcam for Skype

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a digital camera as a webcam on Skype. Users will need the AV cable and a USB capture device. Begin by connecting the AV cable to the USB capture device. Plug the cable to your computer and your digital camera. Users will need to download and install the Debut Video Recording software. Open the program and click on Device. Users may have to go to Options and configure the settings. On Skype, right-click the person you want to call and select Sh...

How To: Simply use a flash on a Nikon DSLR

There are a lot of things that a flash can do for you when you are taking pictures. It can be used to fill shadows, light up subjects, and much more. The video demonstrates the various tilt and pan settings that the flash can be used in for bouncing light in various circumstances. Ceiling bounce tends to add unwanted shadows under the chin and eye brows when doing portraits. The side bounce from a pan adds light from a specific direction. Flashes have different modes to offer including pre-fl...

How To: Set up the Pocketwizard with a Nikon SB-800 and SB-900

In this Electronics video you will see how to set up the Pocketwizard with a Nikon SB-800 and SB-900. When you use Pocketwizard as a master to trigger the flash, the remote flashes for a working distance of 1600 feet as against 33 feet. First attach a Pocketwizard unit to the flash by using the Velcro stickers. Plug in the cable supplied with the Pocketwizard in the ‘Flash’ slot. Open the rubber door on SB-800 and plug in the other end of the cord into ‘sync’. Turn it ON. When the connection ...

How To: Do high key video lighting for product photography

This video shows you how to do video lighting for product shots. In order to do this the presenter begins by putting the product on a plate. He has three lights that are placed around the product. 650 watt shooting onto the background. The second light is 1000 watts, with an open face shooting into a soft box. It has a flag to protect the light. The third light has an umbrella giving fill on the background. He then shuts off all the lights except for the background light giving a shot of the ...

How To: Use the Nikon SU-800 Commander

This video tutorial is going to show you how to use the Nikon SU-800 Commander speed light. It requires only one 123A 3V Lithium Battery. A tiny switch allows you to switch between close-up. Another flash can be connected to it by a long cord. SEL button allows you to select. With the left and right arrow buttons increase or decrease the flash power. You will use the MODE button to program the speed light. TTL is for through the lens, AA for auto aperture, M for manual and so on. Watch the fu...

How To: Use the Nikon SB-400

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how learn about the Nikon SB-400. The Nikon SB-400 is consumer grade speedlight that is designed for a consumer DSLR (D40/D60). It also has a lot of limitations that prevent you from having the full control of the speedlight such as, no ability to rotate the flash head for better bouncing performance and no rear controls with a big LCD. It only has a rear on/off switch, flash ready lamp and lock switch. This video will benefit those viewers who are intere...

How To: Manually adjust the zoom position on the Nikon SB-900

This is an Electronics video tutorial where you will learn how to manually adjust the zoom position on the Nikon SB-900 with the diffuse dome attached. This is called the dome trick. It is not documented in the SB-900 user’s manual. The manual states when the diffuse dome is attached to the flash head, it gives a fixed zoom position of 14mm. However, if you attach the diffuse dome upside down, you can adjust the zoom position manually. The video then demonstrates changing of zoom position aft...

How To: Use the RPT mode on a Nikon SB-800 and SB-900

This is an Electronics video tutorial where you will learn how to use the RPT mode on a Nikon SB-800 and SB-900. Repeat mode gives a flashing strobe effect with which you can take multiple shots in one single long exposure. In Nikon SB-800, switch on the flash and select the RPT mode. The video then demonstrates the various selections available in the RPT mode. In Nikon SB-900, again switch on the flash and select the RPT mode by pressing on ‘mode’ button. The video then goes on to demonstrat...

How To: Use Vibration Reduction or VR on a Nikon DSLR lens

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use Vibration Reduction (VR). Vibration Reduction is the name if an image stabilizer engine that helps estimating unwanted blurriness when using slow shutter speeds or panning shots. VR has two modes: Normal and Active. Normal mode is designed for hand holding or panning shots where it estimates camera shakes when holding at a slow shutter speed. Active mode is designed for using on rapid moving surfaces. This video is very descriptive and gives gr...

How To: Levitate in a photo

In this video from Dom Bower Photography, he demonstrates how to make it look like a person is levitating in a photo. He sets the timer on the camera and takes the picture of himself. It takes a few tries to get a picture where he is airborne when the picture is taken. The trick is to try to pose while jumping so that it doesn't look like you're jumping. It might take a few tries, but if you use some of the tricks shown in this video, you'll be able to take a picture that makes it look like a...

How To: Shoot lightening in the daytime

This video shows you how to photograph lightning in the daytime. Set the ISO to 100.The aperture set at f32 and set for half of a second. Meter should be showing averaged. Photograph in the manual mode so that the setting won't change between photographs. Manually focus lens to infinity so you won't have to wait for the focus to lock on. A remote shutter to just hit the button. Be safe and keep camera safe when taking lightning photographs. Don’t get under trees. When lightning starts strikin...

How To: Use your back button focus & why

Do you have a SLR and yet you feel that you are missing out on some features? Let's check out the back button focus. When you press the shutter button half way, it moves the focus to the back button. One can activate their camera's focus while the taking the picture which pretty much becomes a manual mode but gives you a lot of independence while taking pictures and it helps keep your subject in focus. This will benefit in taking pictures of high contrast.

How To: Set a custom white balance with a Canon 40D

This video shows how to set a custom white balance with a Canon 40D camera. Whether you have fluorescent, yellow tungsten, or camera white light, you will still get a good picture with the custom white balance. The video shows pictures taken with the different lighting and different vibrant colors without the custom white balance that come out pretty good. Then a picture is taken of a white paper towel or something pure white. Then the custom white balance is set by going to the menu, white b...

How To: Edit your digital photos easily

In this video Dionne from the Gadget show explains how to improve your digital photos easily using widely available free software. The first thing she instructs us to do is to download and install Google's free photo editing software Picasa. Next, once Picasa is installed you can use it's one click settings to easily remove red eyes from photographs or increase the brightness of a photo. The next thing we learn to do is to adjust the white balance of a photograph. This makes the photo appear ...

How To: Understand histograms on digital cameras

A video from Graham River Productions, presented by Shannon Smith, explains how to interpret Histograms on modern Digital Cameras. Just because a captured image looks nice on the camera screen does not mean that it is really good. One of the better checks for quality of a photograph is the histogram display that is available on many modern cameras. Histograms accurately tell whether the full potential of the the camera's optical sensor has been utilized or not; and are the tools of choice for...

How To: Use AV mode & high ISO to brighten your images

In this video brought to us by No Mac No Cheese, by Shannon Smith, he teaches you how to use AV mode and a higher ISO to bring more light into your pictures, especially when you are taking pictures indoors. He says you will need to go into the AV mode and raise the number of the ISO. What that does is make the shutter speed a lot slower so you get as much ambient light as you can.

How To: Set a custom white balance on the Canon 5D Mark II

Most DSLR's like the Canon 5D Mark II come with pre-programmed white balance settings: daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent. But what do you do when you're in a mixed lighting situation and you want to balance between exterior daylight and interior tungsten light? If you set it to daylight, your tungsten light will be too orange. If you set it to tungsten, your exterior light will be too blue. The solution: set a custom white balance to balance the disparate lighting situations.

How To: Mount a Canon 5D Mark II on a Glidecam 4000 HD

Dave Williams from Lens Rentals demonstrates how to properly affix a Canon 5D Mark ii to a Glidecam's 4000 HD rig. Laying out all the included parts, he explains how to assemble and balance the rig with the camera attached. It's important to note that you'll need to rebalance the camera with each modification: lens, follow focus, filter, etc.

How To: Select the AF points with the Canon 40D

Watching this video will teach you a couple different ways to use the auto-focus function on your Canon 40D camera. You can set the auto-focus to the same for every shot, or you to change it for every shot very easily. Whichever one you choose, this video makes it easy to understand.

How To: Share and print photos with HP Snapfish

This video describes how to import pictures from a digital camera onto your computer and use them in various ways. Simply plug in a flash drive with your stored pictures and they will immediately load onto your computer. Once this is done, you can share your pictures on Snapfish by opening the program and using its various programs. Within the program you can print your images, share, or even create gifts such as posters and mugs with your uploaded pictures. If you would like any more informa...

How To: Understand the difference between a F1.8 & F5.6 lens

What is the difference between a F1.8 lens and a F5.6 lens? It's really very simple! F8.1 has a much larger lens, and therefore it allows more light to pass through. There are several benefits in having a larger lens. Number one: The quality of the background is improved. Number two: Your focus speed is faster. Number three: Low light ability is better. F1.8 lens are a professional level. F5.6 lens are the commercial kind. For a higher quality photo, you might consider using a larger size lens.