Are you Interested in
Digital Photography but still a little unsure?
Well have a look at my Q
& A index...
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What is digital photography?
How do I get started in digital
What equipment do I need get the
most out of digital photography?
What benefits does digital
What can you do with digital pictures once you take them?
How do you
store digital pictures?
How long do
digital pictures last?
many pictures can a digital camera hold?
What's the difference between how digital and traditional
Can I convert my film pictures
to digital ones?
How can digital technology
improve the quality of my pictures?
How creative can you be with
Is digital photography
Q: What is digital photography?
A: Digital photography is a great new way
to capture, preserve, and share your memories.
Digital cameras work just like traditional film
cameras, but with a few key differences.
Like a film camera, they use
a lens and a shutter. But instead of recording the
picture on film, the images are captured with an
electronic image sensor that converts the image
instantly to a digital file, which is saved on a
removable memory device.
A key feature of digital
photography is that the image you shoot can be
viewed on a small screen on the back of the camera
immediately or on your home computer later. It
then can be printed at home, through an online
or at retail outlet such as Jessops. The images also can be instantly
shared via e-mail, on a Web site, or in an online
Q: How do I get started in digital photography?
A: Pick up a digital camera and start
taking pictures. It's that simple.
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digital cameras are as easy to
use as traditional film cameras. With automatic
focus and flash, you're just a point-and-click
away from great pictures. Even better, you can
view your image on a small screen on the back of
the camera. If it's not exactly what you want,
simply delete the picture.
What equipment do I need get the most out of digital
A: Digital photography begins with a
digital camera and most cameras include a removable memory
device that stores the pictures you've taken, the web is a
great place to find the best deal on digital cameras but bear
in mind the back up arrangements that may be required if the
camera developes a fault!
have a home computer? Simply bring this memory device to a
retail photofinisher with a digital photo kiosk (such as
Jessops) and they will print your images out at a reasonable
If you do use a home
computer, you can enjoy the additional benefits of
digital pictures. Start by downloading your
pictures for storing and sharing. In addition, you
may want to have a colour, image-quality printer
on hand to make prints of your pictures.
There are countless other
accessories you can use to enhance your digital
photography experience, including advanced
software to manipulate your pictures I presently
You can also purchase carrying cases for your
camera, and additional memory cards so you can
keep on shooting.
Q: What benefits does digital photography offer?
A: Digital photography is fast. It allows
you to view, print, and share your pictures almost
instantly. Digital pictures are easy to store and
organize on your computer's hard drive, on
removable media such as
CD-ROMs and zip drives, or online at many photo
storage websites, this reduces
clutter and the possibility of lost photos or
Digital photography can also
improve the overall quality of your photo
collection because you can delete pictures you
don't like, take pictures you never would have
tried before, and use your computer to fix
pictures that almost came out just right. With all
these benefits, there's no reason not to go
What can you do with digital pictures once you take
A: Even without a computer, you can take
your camera's memory card to a store with a
digital photo processing kiosk (such as the
And once the
images have been downloaded to your home computer, there's
even more you can do. You can print out copies at home and give your prints a
professional look you can create great gifts, post the
pictures to a Web site, make an online album, or
e-mail them to friends and family all over the
world. The options for sharing your digital
photographs are at your fingertips-limited only by
Q: How do you store digital pictures?
A: You don't have to do anything to store
your digital pictures. The camera does it all for
you. The moment a picture is taken on a digital camera, it's saved to a removable memory
device, which can hold lots of pictures, depending
on the size of the card and the quality and
resolution selected for the pictures.
From there, you store them
right onto your computer on removable media such
as CD-ROMs and zip drives, or in an
online album this then reduces clutter
and allows you to organise them by date, subject
- however you like - with a few clicks of the
Q: How long do digital pictures last?
A: Just like any information stored on your
computer, there's a wealth of options for storing
your digital pictures. You can save them on your
computer's hard drive, record them to a removable
storage device (such as zip drives and CD-ROMs)
for long-term storage, or store them online.
Your pictures will last as
long as you save a copy of them somewhere, and the
quality will not degrade over time, regardless of
how many times you print or send them.
Q: How many pictures can a digital camera hold?
A: That depends on the size of the
removable memory device and the quality and
resolution you have chosen for the picture. Before
you take a picture, you can choose the level of
quality and resolution. The higher the quality and
resolution, the more memory it will take up. As a
general rule, pictures with larger file sizes will
look better, but will take longer to e-mail or use
on the Internet.
The removable memory devices
are available in a wide variety of sizes, from
just a few megabytes up to a more than a gigabyte
(1000 megabytes). The advantage of using a large
memory device or having several memory devices on
hand is that you can keep shooting; you don't have
to stop to download the pictures to your computer
to save them. Also, because you can delete
pictures you don't want, you have plenty of memory
to save only the best ones.
What's the difference between how digital and
traditional pictures look?
A: The resolution of digital pictures
now virtually equal pictures shot on film. In fact,
today most digital cameras are so advanced that
few people can tell the difference.
The key to making your
at-home digital prints look their best is to use a
good colour printer and good quality photo paper,
or visit a
retail photofinisher such as Jessops for good
quality prints. Any of these
methods will give your pictures a professional
In addition, as the price of
digital cameras goes down, the quality of the
pictures they produce continues to improve. In
fact, many professional photographers now use digital
Q: Can I convert my film pictures to digital ones?
a digital scanner, you can take your film prints and make
digital copies of them. These digital copies are just like
pictures taken with a digital camera-you can share,
manipulate, and organize them the same way. Between a scanner
and your digital camera, you can keep all your memories, new
and old, together on your home computer, on removable media (CD-ROMs
and zip drives).
How can digital technology improve the quality of my
A: When you take a digital photo and view
it on the camera, you can choose to delete it,
eliminating blurry or poorly-framed shots. For
example, if someone blinks, you can take the shot
again. You keep the good ones as you go, so only
the best pictures remain to preserve your
memories. Digital photography also makes it easy
to fix those pictures that almost came out just
With advanced software like
can also manipulate pictures on your computer. You
can easily get rid of red-eye, change the contrast
or brightness, or remove background clutter. Plus,
digital manipulation allows your imagination to
run wild; you can insert text or shapes, alter the
colours, create composites out of different
pictures, or add your pictures to greeting cards
or invitations. There's no end to what you can do.
How creative can you be with digital photography?
A: If you can imagine it, digital
photography lets you instantly and easily capture
your vision. The result-you may find yourself
taking pictures you would have never tried before.
For example, because you can
see the pictures right away and decide whether to
keep them, you'll feel freer to experiment with
odd angles and unusual compositions. You can take
a shot over the heads of people in a crowd or hold
the camera at arm's length to take a
self-portrait. And you can keep taking pictures
until you get the right one. You can also
experiment with the features and different formats
your camera offers - removing the guesswork and
allowing you to have more fun and be more creative
with your pictures.
And once you've chosen the
pictures you want to keep, you can push your
creative frontiers even further with advanced
software that lets your manipulate pictures on
your home computer.
Q: Is digital photography expensive?
A: Up until now, one reason some people
have shied away from digital photography because
of the cost. No more. Many full-featured digital
are priced very competitively with traditional
point-and-shoot film cameras. Plus, as the price
goes down on digital cameras, the quality of the
pictures they produce continues to rise.
In the long run, digital
cameras may be more cost-effective than
traditional photography. There's no film to buy or
process, printing is inexpensive, you don't have
to pay for prints you don't want, and there's no
cost to share the pictures by e-mail or over the
The choice is now yours, if you
require any further help feel free to email me...
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