Hot Pic of the Week
Get published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.
Here's how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don't forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.
This Week's Hot Pic: "Dewdrop Necklace," by Gilbert Vela, Santa Maria, California
Gilbert says that he took this picture early one foggy morning in March, when dew had collected on a rose bush outside his house. "The dew had formed droplets on the tips of the leaves," he says. "I used my Olympus C5050Z camera in its Super Macro mode to capture them."
This story, "Digital Focus: Fake a Soft Background" was originally published by PCWorld.