Stories by Dave Johnson

Shooting Fireworks

In this Here's How, we'll talk about how to capture a fireworks show, whether it's taking place in your home town or you're trying to capture a bit of New Years celebration.

Making the Most of Aperture Mode

Controlling the aperture on your camera will allow you to sharpen the focus of your subjects. In this Here's How we'll take you away from your camera's automatic mode and put you in control of your aperture and onto the path of shooting better pictur...

Shooting Photos for Panoramas

Digital photography has made panoramic photography popular. Once only within reach of professionals using specialty cameras and arcane techniques, now we can all do it quite easily. Learn to better prepare images that will be stitched together.

Dodge and burn improves exposure

Dodge and burn is a darkroom fundamental. It's been used by photographers for over a century to improve the exposure of photos. These editing tricks provide a unique boost after a picture has been taken.

Adding frames, borders to photos

A frame in the right color and style improves the look of a photo. This Here's How will look at some ways you can frame your photos while they're still on the computer screen.

Catch the perfect picture with bracketing

Bracketing is the practice of taking several photos instead of just one, but varying the exposure a little in each shot. Learn this old photography pro's trick for dealing with light conditions.

File format refresher

With so many file formats in common use, how do you know which is the right one for you? We'll tell you the difference between lossy and lossless and how to choose between the two.

Master a camera's depth of field

Depth of field is the region in a picture that's in sharp focus. So how do you control the depth of field in your own photos? It's easy, once you understand the three factors that contribute to depth of field: aperture setting, focal length, and the ...

Fix your white balance

White balance filters measure the quality of the light hitting the sensor in your digital camera and automatically adjusts the image so the colours in the final picture are consistent. Good balance yields better colour photos. Learn all about it.

Ulead Photoimpact 11

Ulead's Photo­Impact is a handy program marred by a dramatically overstuffed inter­face. PhotoImpact 11 addresses this problem by providing specific workspaces for different tasks. It's a good idea and a big step forward, but in the end this $189 app...

Soft focus for your portraits

Softening the focus helps hide wrinkles, age lines, and skin blemishes, but it can also be used to give a somewhat dreamy quality to any subject. Read on to find a few ways to add soft focus to your own pictures.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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