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Four Ways to Get Stunning Depth of Field

Put your subject in focus--but leave your background blurry--for dramatic photos.


Extend the Background to Clean Up a Messy Photo

Use this quick trick to cover large blemishes or widen a photo in your image editor.


Frequently Asked Photo Questions for September

Dave answers reader questions about photographing photos, finding exposure metadata, megapixels versus megabytes, and more.


Free Software for Making Panoramas

Stitch your digital images into a panoramic photo without spending money on software.


Play Music Off an External Drive

Daniel Shaughnessy wants iTunes and WMP to see the music on his USB drive


Create Elegant Fades in Your Photos

Use your image editor to add a touch of class to wedding photos and portraits.


Fun, Free Photo Editing Tools

These unusual image editing applications let you get more out of your digital photos.


Get Good Photos in the Great Outdoors

Follow these digital photography tips to make the most of what Mother Nature throws at you--or fake it with Photoshop when you get home.


Use a Tilt-Shift Image Editor to Simulate Miniatures

Add the "dollhouse effect" to your digital photos with free image editing software.



DJ Dan Shaughnessy asked for advice on switching from CDs to MP3s


Grab Web-Ready Screenshots with ScreenDash

Part software, part Web service, ScreenDash makes it snap to capture anything visible on your screen, then share it with the world.

Frequently Asked Photo Questions for July

Dave answers reader questions about reusing photos from the Web, taking photos in low light, and more.


Bugs and Fixes: Grab an Essential Fix for Internet Explorer

Plus: Close serious holes in Office, Reader, Shockwave, and Firefox.