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Reduce noise

Learn to bring out detail in low-tight photos

Digital noise is the grain that can sometimes appear in photos and reduce their quality. It’s a particular problem when shooting in low light. Increasing your ISO to make the sensor more sensitive to light and brighten up the shot can help to create a well-exposed image, but it also has the side effect of creating digital noise. However, this also depends on the camera. You could brighten up your shots by using a slower shutter speed or wider aperture instead, but if this isn’t possible, editing software can help save the

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Red-Hot Mama

The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney loves a good challenge. I Iere, the actress, director, writer (her first novel comes out this month), and mother of two shares her tips for turning dreams into reality.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES. When Alison Sweeney did her first shoot for SHAPE in early 2012, she had never posed for a magazine cover in a bikini. “I was so nervous about showing my body,” recalls Ali, who had struggled with her weight since she began appearing on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives at 16. Despite having successfully lost 30 pounds

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RE-AWESOMISE YOUR iPAD 1

It can’t run iOS6 and your friends have started using it as a tea tray. Never fear: Mark Wilson has some apps and accessories that’ll make your first-gen iPad essential again

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Turn it into a Windows 8 tablet

Or an OS X Lion iPad, depending on your home computer. Install the free Splashtop Streamer on your Mac or PC, and you can control your desktop remotely on an iPad via the Splashtop 2 app. It even streams audio and video, so you can watch HD films or play games over Wi-Fi or your data connection. Splashtop 2 /

£2.99.

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READERS QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Editor-at-large Peter Maddison answers readers’ questions

Q: I’VE JUST MOVED INTO A1930S HOUSE. ALL THE WINDOWS NEED REPLACING. THE FRAMES ARE RUNDOWN, ROTTING AND CRACKED, AND THE DOUBLE-HUNG SASHES HAVE MOSTLY JAMMED. WHAT SORT OF WINDOWS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND, AND CAN I CHANGE THE OPENINGS EASILY?

A:1930s houses generally have hardwood window frames and sliding sashes that were generally well made, but they need periodic maintenance, particularly if they are in full sun or in a continually moist area. If your windows had been well looked after and maintained, that is, sanded back and painted periodically, with weights and pulleys

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ProAc Response D40/R

£6125

As is the way with ProAc, it’s going to be rather hard to get excited about the D40/R speakers based on their looks and specification. But as we learned with the D18s on page 64, the relatively small British manufacturer is capable of producing extraordinary sound from rather ordinary-looking boxes.

Take a closer look at the D40/Rs and there are a couple of details that might hint at something more than ordinary. There’s a ribbon tweeter for a start — a 6 x 1cm unit that gives the speaker the ‘R’ in its name. You can buy a standard

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PROPELLERHEAD

Reason 7

As well as hugely expanding the sonic arsenal, this freed up the Swedish developers to concentrate on the core app rather than being the only ones developing modules for Reason.

The system requirements have crept up slightly but remain comparable with other similar apps, and you’ll want 4GB of RAM or more and a dual-core processor, Mac OSX 10.7, Windows 7 or has always been good at and recognises hardware efficiently tends to dominate stability in version hardware is far from partly has enjoyed something of a related to the lack of support for conventional plug-ins (and don’t

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PROJECT IDEAS

ARROWHEAD BUILDING SUPPLY INC.

«Versetta Stone for your next project. Easy to install with no mortar needed. Light in weight, so it can be used without having to add more support. Available thru Arrowhead Building Supply Inc. www.ArrowheadBuildingSupply.com or www.OutsideElegance.com.

KIMBERLIN CONSTRUCTION

KITCHEN LIBERTY

Replace your 5‘ unused kitchen desk with the Levity Device task lamp and double charging stations from Kitchen Liberty. The Levity Device is 1/4″ thick on your countertop when not in use. Turn your unused island into your office annex. www.KitchenLiberty.com 314.898.7513

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bath or adding on to your home,

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POWERSKIN POPN BATTERY CHARGER

An extra battery for your iPhone that doesn’t suck

Getting your iPhone’s battery to last all day can be a challenge. We’ve all got chargers stashed around work, home, and our vehicles, but, obviously, none of those are very helpful when you’re nowhere near a power connector. By tossing the Powerskin PoP’n in your bag, you can effectively double your iPhone 5 battery life. Since it’s not a form-fitting case, the PoP’n will also charge other lightning-port-equipped devices.

The Pop’n case attaches to the back of your iPhone via suction cups. While we’re not overly thrilled with the connection —

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PMC Twenty 23

£2300

The Twenty 23s are diminutive for floorstanders, but the sound they produce belies their size.

Transmission-line technology

PMC uses a transmission-line design to improve bass performance. The rear output of the mid/bass driver forces through a damped path within the cabinet, where most high frequencies are absorbed, leaving the lowest notes to exit the speaker.

Physics are so annoying. Not least because they dictate that a small driver is never going to produce huge volumes or the very deepest bass. And so it goes with the PMC Twenty 23s. These are a speaker of relatively compact dimensions (by floorstander

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Planning a location suoot

Craig Roberts explains the do’s and don’ts of planning your own successful location shoot

The key to a successful shoot is the planning. The event, especially where landscapes are concerned, is not all about taking the picture, but rather the work that goes into arriving at the location at the correct time, in the right conditions, fully prepared. Some planning and a little homework — days, weeks or even months in advance — go a long way in helping to prepare for a successful shoot.

Getting to know the location as much as possible before you even arrive not only

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