Friday, April 9, 2010

Save Photos From Your Digital Camera

Once you've taken photos with your digital camera, you need to store them.  You could always leave them on the memory card, but that would get rather expensive, so let's explore a few other options:
  • Transfer your images onto your computer.  Most cameras come with a wire to connect your camera to your computer, a CD with a downloading program and an instruction booklet.  Transferring the images is fast and simple.  Once they are on the computer, you can delete the images from your memory card and start taking more photos.
  • Burn your images onto a CD. If you have a CD burner on your computer, you can make photo discs to store or share with others.  When it comes to pictures, it is often best to use a CD that can't be written over.  This will save the heartache of losing precious photos.  Label the CD and store it in a safe place that is readily available when you need to see your pictures.  It helps that it is in a place that you won't forget where it is.
  • Store your images on a public web site.  There are many photo-hosting sites on the internet.  Some charge for the service, but many are completely free.  You have the choice to password-protect your images or share them with the world.  This option helps if your computer should crash.  Your pictures are safe.  Make sure to back them up onto a CD when you get the chance.  Servers on the web can crash too!
  • Print your images and place them in a photo album.  Many people still like turning the pages of a photo album and reviewing the memories.  This also makes it possible for those without a computer to view your pictures.
  • Create a digital photo slide show with your computer.  There are many software programs you can use.  These slide show programs allow you to even create a DVD that you can watch on your television.  Saves you from lugging out a heavy scrapbook that only 2 or 3 people can crowd around.  Check the photography forums for the best available programs for your PC or Mac.  Fotomagico comes highly recommended by Mac users.
  • Create a photo gift.  There are many places out there including photofinishing places online that will take your image from your digital camera and place them on t-shirts, mouse pads, cups, calendars and numerous other items.  These make wonderful gifts and provide a way to keep a cherished picture near at all times.

These are just a few suggestions.  You will come up with many more ideas if you just use your imagination.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Three Things to Consider When Buying Your First Digital Camera

You've decided it's time to buy a digital camera, but which one?  The aisles are full of different brands with different features and a wide variety of prices to match.  There are so many choices on the market today that the task of choosing the right digital camera for your needs can be a little overwhelming.  Here are three things to consider to make your decision easier:
  • Do your research.  Talk to people who have digital cameras and ask them how they like theirs.  What features do they use often and which ones are just there?  Go online and visit sites that review different cameras and read what they have to say.  Many camera retailers allow you to compare features online.
  • Decide how much money you are willing to spend on a camera.  There is no sense going into debt over a camera unless it will be used as your major income source.  Decide how often you will use the camera, what places you will be using it and who else will be using this particular camera. How much money can you reasonably spare?  You can also sort cameras by pricing on many of the online camera retailers too.  All these things will help you narrow your choices.
  • Evaluate your needs and experience level.  Do you have experience or is this your very first camera?  Do you have time to learn a lot of features or are you happy with a camera you can just point and click?  Do you plan on growing in photography?  If so, a digital SLR may be your choice as it is easily upgradeable by adding more lenses and accessories as you become more proficient.
Buying a digital camera doesn't have to be a purchase full of stress.  Do your homework and know what you are looking for, then stick with the decision.  You are the best judge of what you need, trust yourself.  Each of the above steps will help you narrow your choices considerably and make that final decision easier to make.  Discover the joy and wonder of photography with your new digital camera purchase.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How Much Digital Camera Memory Card Should I Get?

Does it really make a difference what size memory card you use? To your camera? No. To you, however, it could mean the difference between getting the picture you want or running out of space on your memory card.
When choosing the most logical size, take into account how many pictures you usually take at a time. Your needs, if you are a world traveler, will be different from those of a person who only uses a camera for holiday get-togethers. You also need to decide how big the files are of the pictures you take. The size of the files depends on the Pixel rating of your Camera. A 3 megapixel camera will take pictures that have smaller files than a 10 mega pixel camera. Smaller files such as pictures for online will take less space and enable you to fit more on a card. Larger files for printing will need more room.
If you have a 2 mega-pixel camera, 128MB is usually enough. For a 3 or 4-megapixel
camera, a 128MB or 256MB memory card is usually plenty. For a 5-megapixel camera, start with a 256MB memory card.
Here's a rough guideline of how many pictures a flash memory card can hold:
  • A 128MB flash memory card can store about 21-41 large, uncompressed images or up to 100 small, compressed images. This is good enough for most photographic needs.
  • A 256MB card will store about twice that, 42-82 large pictures and nearly 200 smaller ones. Important events like weddings and once in a lifetime events might warrant this size just to make sure you donĂ­t miss that one special moment.
  • A 1GB card has room for nearly 4 times as much as a 256MB card, If you are planning a long vacation with a lot of picture taking, this might be best with the capacity to hold 168-328 large images and a total of close to 800 smaller images.
Whatever you decide, remember you can always use several smaller cards and just change them when they are full. It only takes a few seconds to switch memory cards, so don't panic if you don't have a large memory card.
P.S. - If you are planning to take lot's of pictures don't forget to take extra batteries with you too!