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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10 Must-know Introductory Photoshop Skills For Beginner Photographer

19th December, 2009

For many beginning photographers, any version of the image editor, Photoshop, can look quite daunting to use. With all the menu options, palettes, tools, filters, layer styles and various changes you can make to an image, it’s difficult to know where to start. This article provides some ways to get started with the most popular […]

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Five Essential Smart Mailboxes For Apple Mail [Mac]

16th December, 2009

Next to haggling with dozens of web browsing pages scattered all over my desktops, managing several dozen emails per day used to be the bane of my computer-using life. But not much anymore after I started using Smart Mailboxes in Apple’s Mail. Smart Mailboxes work like smart albums in iTunes. They manage files according to […]

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10 Simple Tips To Make Home Videos Look Professional

9th December, 2009

In the era of YouTube, home videos are as popular as family photos. Even if all you have is a video camera on your phone or digital camera, you still can create good videos. However, a dedicated video camcorder, such as a Flip Camcorder is a much better option. No matter which video camera you […]

Essential Video Tutorials For Shooting & Editing Video

Essential Video Tutorials For Shooting & Editing Video

5th December, 2009

Over the last several years I have shot about three dozen weddings using a Canon GL2 and various versions of Apple’s iMovie. When I first started out, I paid for a couple of video tutorials to help learn the craft, but nowadays you can learn all the basics by watching (and practicing!) free online video […]

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Basics: Aperture and Shutter Speeds for Beginning Photographers

2nd December, 2009

When you have an advanced compact or 35mm digital camera, the only way you can take full advantage of its advance features is to practice taking shots beyond the camera”˜s automatic mode. When you shoot in automatic mode, you’re telling the camera that you want it to figure out everything out for you. And in […]

Start The New Year With A Flickr Self-Portrait Project

Start The New Year With A Flickr Self-Portrait Project

28th November, 2009

One of the most popular groups on Flickr is one aptly called “365 Days“ , a year-long creative Flickr self portrait project started by Flickr member, Chris Maverick. Chris was inspired by another member, Stephen Poff, who was doing the project before Chris started the group, which has grown tremendously over the last several years. […]

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12 Ideas On How To Take Better Photographs

20th November, 2009

Although I primarily photograph weddings and other special events, as a photographer who loves the craft of making photos I still need to get beyond my paying gigs and everyday family photos and explore other subjects to photograph. More-so, it’s important to tear myself away from browsing  and admiring wonderful and powerful travel photos posted […]

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How To Create New Design Projects Using Avery DesignPro

19th November, 2009

To save money on digital printing costs, I use Avery media resources for doing small or short run print jobs, such as business cards, name badges, CD labels, and binder materials. The card stock for Avery resources has greatly improved over the years, and while its Matte White business card stock for ink jet printers […]

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3 Inspiring Virtual Libraries for Avid Readers & Book Lovers

16th November, 2009

If you’re an avid reader of books like I am (though I don’t read nearly as many books as I used to, thanks to the Internet), there are a handful of useful social networking sites where readers can share and discuss what they reading. The best part about each of these sites is they provide […]

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Chipotle – A Free iPhone Food Ordering App Done Right

12th November, 2009

I don’t want this article to sound like a PR piece for the Mexican grill restaurant, Chipotle, but writing as regular customer of the eatery, I want to share how well designed the company’s iPhone and iPod touch app (App Store link) is and why it should be a model for other eateries looking to […]

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Browse Nikon Images on Your iPhone with Nikon’s Learn & Explore

8th November, 2009

If you’re a Nikon camera user and the owner of an iPhone or iPod touch, you’ll want to download the company’s recently released free application, Nikon: Learn and Explore (iTunes app store link.) The app is a multimedia magazine, featuring professional images and how-to articles by and about professional photographers. It doesn’t replace a well […]

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Tips For Taking Digital Photography Using Live View

31st October, 2009

Nearly all digital cameras these days come with an LCD screen allowing users to instantly review photos as they are taken. This one feature has drastically changed and improved how we take photos. However, an equally useful feature on digital cameras is what is called Live View technology, a feature that allows you to not […]

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10 Features You Should Know About Your Digicamera

25th October, 2009

Just because some cameras are called point-and-shoot doesn’t mean that they’re literally supposed to be used that way. With the advent of digital photography, point-and-shoot and compact cameras include basic and advance features designed to help make the cameras easier to use, while also helping you improve the quality of images taken. The following tips […]

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10 Flickr Groups For Serious Shutterbugs

20th October, 2009

If you’re a serious shutterbug, there are few places on the Internet better than Flickr for sharing photos and discussing all aspects of digital photography. Flickr offers both free and paid subscriptions, and after you open your account and start building your own photostream, you’ll want to sign up for several of the tens of […]

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How to Automate What You Do in Photoshop with Actions

18th October, 2009

If you are fairly new to Photoshop CS3 or CS4 and you find yourself using it on a regular basis, you’ll eventually discover that you perform some of the same tasks or procedures over and over when you’re processing photos or creating designs. You may, for example, tire of duplicating layers, recreating the same layer […]