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TRAVELER PHOTOS IN A HURRY

Impressive Digital Photo Color for People in a Hurry

Most of us have great digital cameras that do a least 50 things.  But life is short so we usually use the “Automatic” setting. Delays caused by resetting the camera can loose the moment.  Although it’s important to have the correct white balance setting, you can get more impressive color with a little cheating.  One way is to change your camera white balance setting from “sunny” to “cloudy” the next time you’re shooting outside.  The ‘Cloudy” setting adds deeper shades of red and yellow to your color photos.  This, in turn, warms up the resultant colors, making areas such as grey sand more attractive, greens more intense, and skies more impressive.  You can also get a more colorful picture by boosting your contrast and saturation.  Many digital cameras have a “vivid” in-camera control that does this.  However, you’re better off boosting color later using the simplest version of Photoshop (Adjust Color, Hue/Saturation, etc).  Adding too much color and saturation at the time of capture can sacrifice important details that can’t be recovered later, such as peeling paint, skin shade differences or the middle tones of grey.    

Quick Camera Tip
Adjust Exposure to Fit the Scene

If you need to adjust a scene's brightness or darkness, try the Exposure Compensation feature, included with most digital cameras. This is particularly useful when your subject (especially a person) is set against large areas of white or dark, like bright sandy beaches or dense woods. If your camera averages these large areas into its meter reading, it will underexpose the beach scene to accommodate the white sand or overexpose the woodland scene to factor in the dark forest. The result will be dull gray sand and a dark subject on the beach, or muddy trees and a light subject against the woods. By adjusting the Exposure Compensation to increase or decrease exposure, you can change the tones to match what your eyes see. For light objects, set the Exposure Compensation to overexpose by two stops (+2 EV); for dark ones, set it to underexpose by one to two stops (-1 or -2 EV). To be on the safe side, try shooting the same scene at three different settings.


Digital Photo Tip:  Are your photos fading on the wall?
I’ll bet it’s your printer ink. There are two types of inks, pigments and dyes. Most color printers use dyes.  Dyes fade more quickly than pigment.  Switch to a printer with pigments if you are looking for longer lasting colors.  A search on “printer pigments digital” will give you several useful articles (Imaging-Resources.com).  The type of photo paper you use also counts, but the pigment factor is usually more significant.



The “fast security check” at airports is called “Registered Traveler” and there are a few different vendors supplying the service.

Airport Security Pass Service (advance purchase of pass that shortens security waits):   www.flyclear.com/

Website from the Transportation Security Administration that’s supposed to explain EVERYTHING about what is and isn’t allowed on the plane with you (including silicon gel implants☺):   www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/index.shtm       
It’s called Travel Assistant.

       



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