Welcome to the 440th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is
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It's been a slow week for PCIN as I've been on vacation and doing various
things with Lisa celebrating our 10th anniversary. Therefore the newsletter
is much shorter than normal. Everything should be back to normal next week.
Viacom ratcheted up its battle against YouTube Tuesday, announcing it has
sued the video portal and its parent Google for more than $1 billion in damages,
citing alleged infringement of the company's copyrights. The suit, which
was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York, also seeks an injunction prohibiting YouTube and Google from further
Using Selective Focus Points - Digital Photography Tip of the
I am a control freak. When I shoot, I like to have as much control over my
photo as possible. I use primarily aperture priority mode to control my depth
of field though will switch over to shutter speed priority when I am shooting
an image where I need to stop action or where there may be movement in the
frame that I do not want to capture. I also often use full manual mode which
allows me to control both aspects of my exposure independently of each other.
I shoot RAW to ensure I have complete control over how the image is processed.
For my macro photography, I manually focus to ensure that my focus is always
exactly where I want it. For much of my other photography though I use auto
focus, but I still control that aspect of my photo.
The default mode for cameras that offer selective focus points is usually
either the center focus point or all focus points. The problem with using the
center focus point is that is not conducive to good composition. Sure you can
focus on your subject using the center focus point then recompose your image,
and if that is the only option you have, it works, but I think that people
in general will not do this on a regular basis. Using all of the focus points
your camera offers can cause problems for you as well. While you know what
part of the subject you want to be in sharp focus, the camera does not and
so may focus on a different part of the your scene than you would.
By turning off both of these options and selecting one single focus point,
I can be sure that where I put my focus point in my photo will be sharp. My
camera offers 5 focus points across the middle of my frame and one centered
above and below the middle. I generally the focus point second from the right
though of course, it is really determined by my image. For portraits where
I want the eyes sharp, that will be the focus point used most often as I tend
to shoot most of my portraits vertical and that particular focus point lines
up almost right in line with where I want the eyes to be place in my image.
Camera manufacturers all have different methods of selecting focus points.
To find yours, refer to your manual.
The digital photography tip of the week is written by
the PCIN Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer
and is currently the President of the Niagara
Falls Camera Club. You can see more of his photography at his Photo
of the Day website.
If you have a tip to send Chris, or a question about digital photography
he can address in the newsletter, send it to email@example.com.
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
the tips in this newsletter.
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