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Buying a Digital Camera: Knowing How Much Resolution You Need

When deciding what digital camera you want to buy, keep resolution in mind. You can find cameras with any amount of resolution you could want, so get a resolution based on what you plan to do with your [more…]

Using the Camera Raw File Format for Your Digital Photos

The Camera Raw format, sometimes called simply Raw, was developed for photo purists who don’t want the camera to make any changes to the photo data. Camera Raw records data straight from the sensor, without [more…]

Choosing a Digital Camera Bag

Depending on the size of your digital camera and its accessories, you may need a camera bag. When deciding on a camera bag, you need to consider several factors to get the best bag for your digital camera [more…]

Resolution and a Picture’s Appearance and Quality

Before you print a digital photo, you specify an output resolution, which determines the number of pixels per inch (ppi) in the printed picture. Output resolution, also called image resolution or simply [more…]

Knowing How Many Pixels is Enough

If you think you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many megapixels, think again. Unnecessary pixels lead to bigger digital image files, which are great when you need all those pixels, but are [more…]

Using Basic Brightness/Contrast Controls on Your Digital Image

Many photo-editing programs offer one-shot brightness/contrast filters that adjust your digital photo automatically. Most programs also provide brightness/contrast controls that let you specify the extent [more…]

Taking Pictures without Being There with Your Digital Camera’s Self-Timer

Many digital cameras offer a self-timer mechanism, which allows you to take a picture without having to press the shutter button on the camera yourself. The self-timer enables you to be part of the picture [more…]

How to Use Automatic Exposure on Your Digital Camera

Most digital cameras offer an autoexposure mode, sometimes called programmed autoexposure. This feature does just what its name implies: The camera reads the light in the scene and then sets the exposure [more…]

Keeping Your Digital SLR Camera’s Sensor Clean

You can’t avoid getting dust on your digital SLR sensor, but you can take steps to keep it clean. Minimize the number of times you have to clean your dSLR sensor by following some clean-camera practices [more…]

Computer Printer Resolution

Printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). Printed images are made up of tiny dots of color, and how many dpi the printer can produce defines that printer’s resolution. The higher the resolution [more…]

How to Fade a Filter in Your Image-Editing Software

Your image-editing program’s filters, also called plug-ins because you can install or remove them independently, can change the look of your digital image in a variety of ways. Some filters correct less-than-perfect [more…]

Choosing a Scanner Resolution for Photos

When you scan photos, choose a scanner resolution based on what you plan to do with the photo and whether you plan to enlarge it. The scanner resolution you choose for your photos impacts not only how [more…]

How to Make a Screen Saver Out of Your Photos on a PC

A screen saver is a series of images that display automatically whenever your Windows computer is idle for a period of time. Screen savers offer a great way to display your favorite digital photos. Screen-saver [more…]

How to Take Publicity and PR Photographs with Your Digital Camera

You take publicity photos to make someone or something famous, and PR (public relations) photos to make someone or something likeable. You, as the photographer with digital camera at the ready, need to [more…]

Reviewing and Deleting Pictures in Your Digital Camera

It’s easy to delete images from your digital camera’s memory card. Although you delete images a bit differently from different digital camera models, these steps give you the basics for erasing images [more…]

Your Digital Camera’s Memory Card

Your digital camera probably has a slot for a memory card, which can store the digital photos you take. Because a memory card is removable, you can replace it with a different, empty memory card or put [more…]

Using the JPEG File Format for Your Digital Photos

The JPEG file format is standard on every digital camera. And you can convert files to JPEG from other formats on your computer. JPEG is the leading camera format because it creates Web-friendly photos [more…]

The Different Types of Digital Camera Image Sensors

Two main types of sensors are used in digital cameras today: CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) imagers. Although each type of sensor uses different technology [more…]

Photographing with Your Digital Camera at Night

Don’t put your digital camera away when the sun sets. The world takes on an entirely different look at night, and you can capture that nighttime feel with your camera. When taking night pictures [more…]

Choosing and Setting Up a Tripod for Your Digital Camera

You can stabilize and position your digital camera by attaching it to a tripod. What kind of tripod you get depends on how you plan to use it. To pick out a tripod and then put it to use with your digital [more…]

Shooting Digital Photos with an Optical Zoom

Your digital camera may have an optical zoom, which is an actual, old-fashioned zoom lens (as opposed to a digital zoom). To use your digital camera’s optical zoom for close shots, take these picture-preparation [more…]

Making a Selection in a Digital Image by Using Marquee Tools

Making a selection in your digital image tells your software which pixels to change and which pixels to leave alone. Your editing software probably indicates selection outlines with a blinking, dashed [more…]

Drawing Freehand Selections on Your Digital Image

The freehand selection tools let you select irregular areas of a digital image by tracing around them with your mouse. Frankly, you need a steady hand to draw precise selection outlines. To brave the freehand [more…]

Checking out a Digital Camera’s LCD Viewfinder

LCD (liquid crystal display) viewfinders display more or less the exact digital image that the digital camera will capture. But you can find both good and bad LCDs. Check out a digital camera’s LCD for [more…]

Using Adobe Photoshop Elements to Work with Digital Photos

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a powerful junior version of the full Photoshop program. Elements has most of the functionality, but it lacks some of the standard Photoshop features that the average photographer [more…]

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