Digital photography

June 3, 2009 RENU

  1. Buying: Biggest consideration is how you’ll be using the camera. For emailing photos or putting images on Web, both low resolution applications, or will you be printing high resolution photos in a glossy magazine? Look for camera that offers a range of resolution settings from low to high. Most digital cameras come with quick start guide. Try automatic exposure & focusing till feel comfortable with the camera, then experiment with full range of controls framing each shot in eithre a viewfinder or LCD on back of camera. Click the shutter button to get 1st digital image.
  2. Storage: Need reusable memory cards. Popular types-Compact Flash, SmartMedia, SD, xD, Memory stick. Camera determines which card type can be used. Card types aren’t interchangeable, have slightly diff dimensions, come in range of megabyte capacities as high as 4GB. Camera resolution settings determine the amount of storage space you need. Higher the resolution, bigger the image size in terms of stored info. Most cameras come with a small starter card. If you will be taking many high resolution shots for detailed 8*10 prints, u’ll need a higher capacity card. 1GB cards have become a good value. Always carry extra memory cards.
  3. Download: Card readers allow to quickly download the contents of the memory card into hard drive via USB connection. Drag & drop image files i.e photos into folder, then eject the card. Load card back into camera & use camera setting that reformats the card. Manufacturers recommend this method of erasing images from the card.
  4. Edit: Real fun begins now. Use image-editing software to enhance, clean up or manipulate each image. It could be simple as brightening exposure to compensate for poor lighting or as complex as editing a person into or out of an image. Use desktop publishing programs to import images for designing brochures, ads, invitations, etc.
  5. Print: For high quality prints, inkjet printers & special paper needed. Both dedicated photo printers & general use inkjets do a good job.
  6. Archive: Burning images to disc is a cost effective storage option. DVD-Rs can hold 4.7GB. Archiving software is available to manage photo collections. If you store photos in hard drive, backing up data is a smart thing to do b’cos hard drive crash could lose it all.
  7. E-mail: Most e-mail programs allow to send images as file attachments. For all Web & e-mail applications, images need to be formatted as a specific file type to keep size small so that transmission & downloading are speedy. Image-editing software will guide you through converting images into the desired file type.
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