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Digital Photography 101: Beginners Digital Photography

Apr 22, 2008
When thinking about purchasing a digital camera, a number of things need to be taken into consideration. For a new person, this could be quite intimidating, but digital cameras are easier to understand than you might think.

How to Pick a Camera

One of the most important tools needed when adding digital photography to your lifestyle, is the tool itself. What type of camera should you buy? What makes a digital camera good or better? In actuality it boils down to four major features plus the type of software that's packaged with the camera. The four features include: resolution, lens aperture, lens zoom range, lens quality and software.

Resolution is the first thing you should be looking for when purchasing. Resolution refers to the number of pixels per image and that translates in camera resolution. Basically, the higher the resolution, the more detailed and clear your photos will be.

Lens zoom range refers to how close you will be able to zoom in on your subject while keeping your distance. A zoom lens has a variable focal length, which determines the magnification of the lens. Most digital cameras have a 3x zoom, which allows you to get really close to the subject in your photo without making the photo blurry.

How to Get Started

When you've chosen and purchased the camera, that's when the fun starts. Take some time to get to know the camera - play around with it a bit to find out all of the bells and whistles that the camera has. Take some fun shots of your pets or just go outside and take some pictures of the passing scene. Try taking pictures of trees, flowers and the like. In this way, you'll start learning to manage the camera's settings so that you can get better pictures.

Transferring Images to Your Computer

Once you've taken a fair amount of photos, you're going to want to transfer them either for printing or display. With a regular camera, you could expect about one in twenty-four shots to be good. When you sent your film to the shop, or started developing it yourself, you'd have to remind yourself not to be disappointed that what you saw in your head didn't transfer to the shot.

With digital photography, this process is all but eliminated. Because these cameras work digitally, you can simply look at and delete the pictures you don't like. You can, therefore, continue to take a shot until you get the image you want.

Periodically you'll want to download all your pictures onto your computer. This means that digital photography often results in a bigger collection of photos than you would have otherwise. You can file them all on your computer and then print off the ones you like on your own printer. Or you can take your memory card to a store that offers photo printing services and have your prints made there.

With photo retouching software you can also play around with the shading, tones and crispness, as well as eliminate red-eye.

Many people still find that printing out their photographs is the best, while others rarely print out their shots, opting instead for keeping photographs digital in the form of slideshows and screensavers. Most people share photos with friends and relatives through photo sharing services, email and by building small websites where they can blog and post photos.

Digital photography is a flexible, exciting new method of taking pictures. Once you get started, you'll be taking shots of everything. Digital photography will bring out the creative person in you.
About the Author
Jason Mann is editor of the Technology Basics Section at i-KnowHow | Information for Life, where you'll also find ideas and tips for hobbies, home and garden, personal finance, family and much more.
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