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Smartphone photo tips for the holidays

'Tis the season for photos of holiday feasts, opening presents, and lots and lots of lights. Here's how to snap great-looking holiday shots with a cell phone.

Demystifying digital camera sensors once and for all

Forget megapixels. A camera's soul is its sensor, and not all are created equal.

How to shoot great fireworks photos with any camera

Believe it or not, it’s fairly easy to capture dramatic and vivid fireworks in a photo.

Total sharpness: Hyperfocal photography

Follow these tips to put everything into focus.

How to shoot macros of flowers and bugs

Everything you need to know about getting some really nice close-up photos with almost any camera.

How to minimize noise in digital photos

Though the days of grainy photos are far behind us, digital photos have a similar problem, called digital noise. Here's how to get rid of it.

Action! Capturing motion with shutter speed

Let's take a look at how to use shutter speed to capture action with your digital camera.

Cool night photos with long exposures

You can get some great photos by exploring shutter speeds from 2 seconds to 16 seconds.

Outsmart your camera by turning off the autofocus

Autofocus is like magic, and it's often done well even by simple, inexpensive cameras. But sometimes it's better to turn off your autofocus control and do it the old fashioned way.

Five tips for shooting great Halloween photos

No matter what kind of camera you're using, learn about the best time to shoot, the best way to light your subjects, and the best ways to capture spooky photos.

Camera shopping quick tips

Ready to buy a digital camera? Jump right in. In this section of our digital camera buying guide, we'll cut to the chase and give you some basic tips for making a decision.

Camera specs explained

In this section of our digital camera buying guide, we'll dissect what some often-mysterious camera specs mean in the real world.

Choosing the right kind of digital camera

In this section of our digital camera buying guide, we'll explain the differences between the most popular types of cameras and help you pick a winner.

Shoot, Share, and Edit Your Photos and Video on the Cheap

You don't need to a spend a fortune to share your holiday photos or edit your family videos. We'll show you how to do it for cheap or free--plus, check out our tips for buying new camera lenses.

The Early Adopter's Guide to Editing and Sharing 3D Video

Editing and playing pro-quality 3D video is still very expensive, but there are some cheap-and-easy ways to experiment with the third dimension. Here's what's out there right now, from several-thousand-dollar setups to no-budget options.