April 22, 2011

Kim Komando answers your computer, camera questions


OSKALOOSA — Q. I just bought a 22-inch monitor. I expected to have more screen space. Everything on the screen is very cramped. How can I fix this?

A. The problem is that your computer's resolution is too low. Increasing the resolution will make things smaller, effectively giving you more space. Right-click your desktop background. In Windows 7, choose the Screen Resolution option. In Windows Vista, select Personalize and choose the Display Settings icon. In XP, select Properties and open the Settings tab. In each case, you will see a Resolution option. Set the resolution as high as it will go. That should be the best option. However, you can try other resolutions to find the one you like. 

Q. I want to shoot close-up pictures of spring flowers. What do I need for this?

A. Shooting objects close-up is called macro photography. Many point-and-shoot cameras have a close-up setting. Look for a flower icon in your scene modes. For true macro photography, though, you need a DSLR camera with a macro lens. Your local camera shop can help you select the right lens. You can also use an extender tube or diopter filter, if your budget is tight. Macro photography is a lot of trial and error. You’ll have to keep your camera very steady. You may want to use a tripod and shutter release cable. I also recommend using a reflector to bounce light onto the flowers. The reflector can also help you block the wind from moving the flowers.

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