Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

Feel free to contact at bchavanu@makeuseof.com

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Three Free Yahoo Search Apps For The iPhone/iPod Touch

31st March, 2010

There are plenty of Internet search apps for iPhone and iPod touch users (if you’re looking for an interesting search app, check out my previous article Dragon: Two Free Voice Recognition Software For The iPhone), but if Yahoo happens to be one of your favorite search engines, the company offers three Yahoo iphone apps that […]

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How To Read Your Camera’s Histogram And Take Perfectly Balanced Images

29th March, 2010

Digital photography provides us with a variety of tools to help make better photos. Unlike the old film days, we now have ways to review how well exposed or metered our shots are before actually printing them. Most photographers contend with reviewing images on the back of the LCD screen to assess how well exposed […]

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10 Things To Know About Digital Camera Memory Cards

26th March, 2010

Over the past ten years of the digital photography revolution, digital camera memory cards have become increasingly more affordable and larger. They are the film of digital photography, but thankfully a lot less expensive. So what is the least you should know about digital camera memory cards? Here are my recommendations.

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Learn Digital Camera Exposure Settings Using Your iPhone

24th March, 2010

If you want to get serious about digital photography, you will eventually need to learn about how to shoot beyond Automatic mode on your camera, and understand how to meter your shots using various camera exposure settings. I’ll be honest and say that it took me a while to really understand the triangular relationship between […]

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The Kindle Reader For Mac Has Arrived [Mac]

20th March, 2010

A few weeks before the release of Apple”˜s free e-reader, iBooks, Amazon has released Kindle Reader for Mac. It comes about four months after the Kindle reader was made available to PC users. We reviewed that version here. Back in December, I wrote an MUO how-to article on Kindle for the iPhone, and for the […]

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10 Automator Apps You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes [Mac]

19th March, 2010

Most of us don’t have the skills or the time to create our own custom Mac apps or plug-ins, but when Apple produced Automator, a program installed in the latest versions of Mac OS X, it enabled users to create little time saving applications and Mac Automator workflows that can be customized for personal user […]

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How To Use The Character Panel In Photoshop

17th March, 2010

If you admire the professional type designs on the titles of books and magazine covers, gift cards, product packages, and posters, and you wanted to learn how it’s done, well you might try learning some of the tools in the Character Panel of Photoshop (or Adobe InDesign). What you will learn in this article won’t […]

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The Commentor- A Visual Online Collaboration & Annotation Tool

15th March, 2010

There are several tools on the net for written online collaboration. For example, MUO recently published an article about TypeWith.me for writing collaboration. But for those working on and seeking feedback on visual media projects, The Commentor might be a useful online collaboration tool. This site is useful for web designers, photographers, advertising agencies, and […]

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How To Create Essential Smart Albums for Your iPhoto Library

12th March, 2010

One of the best features of Mac OS X applications is the smart folder technology found in the Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, Mail, and Address Book. Smart folders collect files based on rules you set for them. In many cases, smart albums can be the most useful ways to manage your computer content, saving you the […]

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Share Your Media and Screen Sessions with Screencast

10th March, 2010

A few of us writers here at MUO are pretty fond of the free screen capture application, Jing, because of its practical and time saving features and because, if you haven’t noticed, we use lots of screenshots in our articles. MUO has already published a few articles about how to use Jing for both image […]

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How To Lighten Dark Photos In Photoshop

8th March, 2010

Often times when you take photos with your camera’s Automatic mode, the images might come out too dark or too bright. The best the way to avoid that problem is to learn how to use your exposure compensation settings in your digital camera, by opening your aperture, or sometimes raising your ISO to increase your […]

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Viewing Recent Searches On Google & Why Would You Care?

5th March, 2010

Without doubt, Google is the premier search engine for the Internet world. So much so that its name is both a noun and verb. We not only link to Google, but we also “google” stuff. Many of us “google” something several times a day because of its speed and accuracy of search results. But as […]

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How To Use Your Mac’s Preview Application To Edit Photos

3rd March, 2010

Every Mac comes installed with Apple”˜s simple and useful application, Preview. Typically this application is used as the default program for viewing PDF’s, but this application can also be used to preview and edit photos. That’s right, some of the same basic editing and adjustment tools that you find in iPhoto or Photoshop are present […]

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The Best Free Audio Recorder For The iPhone

1st March, 2010

If Apple”˜s default audio recorder, Voice Memo, were in the boxing ring with Blue Microphone’s Blue FiRe [iTunes link] iPhone and iPod app recorder, Apple’s Memo would be TKOed in the first round. Even though you may not need a lot of advance features in an audio recorder for iPhone, when a company like Blue […]

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The Basics of How to Properly Resize Images in Photoshop

26th February, 2010

As the megapixel size of cameras get larger (the standard size seems to be 8 megapixels and larger), it means that the photos from your camera will be larger in pixel and document dimension sizes. These larger sizes do matter when it comes to printing, emailing, or posting images on a website. Any version of […]