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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How To Properly Use The Image Playback Feature On Your Digital Camera

5th February, 2010

One of the most exciting features of digital photography is the ability to instantly review shots as they are taken. Just this one feature alone has practically changed the dynamics of how we take photos. Used effectively, the image playback of camera can help us greatly improve our image making. However, if you’re just beginning […]

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3 Easy-To-Create Simple Automator Workflows For Everyday Use

3rd February, 2010

Apple’s Automator is probably one of the most underused but powerful applications that comes installed with the Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. It enables you to build custom automator workflows for repetitive tasks you perform on your Mac. Here’s a set of Automator hacks articles we’ve previously published on MakeUseOf. This how-to article focuses […]

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How To Get Started With Macro Photography

2nd February, 2010

Macro photography is one of the great art forms of the image-making genre. Most novice photographers rarely try it because they are accustomed to point-and-shoot photography, which is the complete opposite to approach macro photography. But this art form can be achieved by anyone interested in learning how to handle some essential macro photography techniques. […]

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5 Free Awesome Graphic Design Tutorial Sites You Should Check Out

29th January, 2010

Whether you’re a graphic designer or a wannabe just starting out life with Photoshop or other image editors, you’ll surely need a helping hand. One of the easiest ways to get started with image design is to follow online guides and graphic design tutorials. Due to the vastness of the Internet, there are literally hundreds […]

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BigHugeLabs Lets You Create Awesome Things Using Photos

25th January, 2010

Digital photos are great, but often times we just post them straight to a website page or let them languish on our computers. For several years now,however, Big Huge Labs has provided some awesome and practical photo related projects that can be done in a short amount of time, with very little computer skills needed. […]

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How To Autofill Music On Your iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch with iTunes

22nd January, 2010

While I keep my 5th generation iPod filled to capacity and use it solely as a music player in my car, I can’t stuff 20 gigs of audio files on my iPhone 3G. And having the same set of selected songs on my iPhone can get a little stale, especially when I don’t sync the […]

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Flavorsme – Create Your Own Free Personalized Webpage

20th January, 2010

Twittering the other night, I stumbled upon a service called Flavors.me. It’s a personal portal website for linking all your content from around the Internet. Which means that visitors to your Flavors.me page will get links to say your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Posterous, Netflix and other social networking and content sites. It’s a one-stop place […]

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How To Learn Principles of Design From Pre-Installed Templates

18th January, 2010

In a digital age, desktop publishing has made it possible for nearly anyone to produce well-designed online and paper documents, such as newsletters, business cards, websites, posters, letterheads, PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, etc. While professional graphic designers are the best resource for producing high quality designs, nearly all of us working in professional fields could […]

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How To Use NPR’s Free iPhone and iPod Touch News App

15th January, 2010

According to Wikipedia, National Public Radio is one of the few nationally syndicated news organizations in the U.S. that still thrives and provides a diversity of news programing. It’s a “privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicate to 797 public radio stations” in the nation. It “was created […]

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How To Create Your Own Services Menu Options on Mac

13th January, 2010

Hey you wanna-be Mac Power users, this article is a follow-up to Your Quick Guide To The Services Menu On Snow Leopard published on Monday. While Apple has improved its Services Menu in Snow Leopard, it’s not very useful unless you have items in it that you can use. Some 3rd party applications will automatically […]

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Your Quick Guide to Services Menu on Snow Leopard

11th January, 2010

In the release of Apple’s latest operating system, Snow Leopard, Apple made some significant changes to its Services Menu feature, so that it’s a little easier to manage and more practical to use. The upgrades are far from perfect, but if you want to be a Mac power user, you should know about how to […]

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6 Digital Photography Websites With Free Tutorials

8th January, 2010

I owe a significant amount of my digital photography knowledge and skills to what I’ve learned from the abundance of digital photography sites with free tutorials on the Internet. Sure there’s lots of photography equipment you can purchase and courses you can take, but there’s lots of material produced by veteran photographers in the field […]

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How To Use WorkLog To Log Your Client’s Work Hours on iPhone

6th January, 2010

WorkLog is among several mobile time-logging applications, but its one of the few that offers a free version that includes all the features of the paid version, except that users are limited to storing three days of data. So if you need a mobile application to occasionally log and calculate total work hours, WorkLog might […]

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6 Photography & Photoshop Tips For The Perfect Family Portrait

4th January, 2010

If your family is anything like mine, making a family portrait is almost as hard as winning the lottery. We manage to get a portrait done once a year, and it’s usually a few days before or after the Christmas holiday. Here are a few of my portrait photography tips from my recent session. First, […]

6 Beginner Resources For Learning Mac Programming

6 Beginner Resources For Learning Mac Programming

1st January, 2010

I’m determined to learn computer programming in my lifetime. Yes, it’s all a foreign language to me, but I so admire the work that developers do. I think they should receive Emmy awards or something. Many of them certainly don’t get the recognition (or financial backing) they deserve. If you’re like me and are curious […]