5 common photo problems, avoided or solved

Here are five common digital photography problems and how to sidestep them or fix them in an image editor.

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Sharpen Fuzzy Photos Automatically



In a perfect world, all the photos we snap would emerge from the camera perfectly formed, impressively sharp, and ready for display at the Louvre. Of course, in reality most digital cameras take photos that are a tad soft--which is why it's often a good idea to sharpen your images a little before printing or sharing them.

One way to sharpen your photos is to let your camera do it for you. Check out your camera's user guide, and you'll probably find a way to sharpen every photo automatically, as it's taken (as you see in this page from the user guide for our new number-one megazoom, the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS). A built-in sharpening feature is a simple and painless way to give images a little bite, but it isn't perfect. You have no real control over how much sharpening is applied--and worse, the sharpening affects the entire photo.

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