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Digital Photography: Take Photos and Print Them In a Snap

Jun 9, 2008
Our fascination with capturing images started thousands of years ago. Prior to the invention of the camera, early man tried to capture images through paintings and drawings. The images, of course, weren't exact mirrors of the subjects; they were mostly a reflection of the skills of the painter and his interpretation of his subject. Minneapolis photographer Bob Dale says "With the introduction of the camera, though, we can now capture our subjects in their exact likeness through photographs."

Photos (or photographs) are images created when light falls on photographic film or electronic imager (e.g., CCD or CMOS chip). To create a photo, you would need a camera. Photography is the process of creating photographs.

Photos can be digital or non-digital. Film cameras produce non-digital photos. To print these photos, the film is processed in a dark room.

Digital cameras, on the other hand, produce digital photos. Instead of using film, digital cameras use a memory card or other storage device to save pictures. TIFF, JPEG and RAW are just some digital photo formats. Some digital cameras can be connected directly to a printer for printing photos, while some allow you to connect the camera directly to the computer, transfer the photos and print them straight from the computer.

When digital cameras entered the market, it paved the way for many people to get into photography. They made taking pictures easy; you can take literally thousands of photos without spending a lot of money on film. Pictures are stored electronically, and what's great is that you can print out the pictures you take yourself; you don't need to pay for your photos to be developed.

It's also very easy for anyone today to own a digital camera. For less than $100, you can have a digital camera that takes quality photos. With digital technology advancing at a rapid rate, companies are constantly introducing to the market digital cameras that have more features and are more powerful. "Our cell phones like the Apple Iphone will become our cameras and our viewing devices" says professional digital photographer Bob Dale.

A quality digital camera can enable you to take impressive photos. But even if you're into photography as a hobby, it would be to your advantage if you try to learn a few basic photo composition principles and techniques. This way, you'll be able to take more interesting photos.

In the digital camera market, Canon, Nikon and Fuji are some of the top brands. The Canon EOS series (e.g., Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 30D and Canon EOS 5D), the Nikon D80 and the Fuji S5 are all digital cameras that take great pictures.

If you want a digital camera that takes quality photos, you can't go wrong with a Canon. The digital cameras in the Canon EOS series are setting the standard in digital photography. These are considered some of the best digital SLR cameras in the market today, perfect for both amateur and professional photographers.

The digital cameras in the Canon EOS series are professional grade cameras capable of taking impressive digital photos. These cameras use Canon's 10.1 megapixel CMOS technology. If you're looking for a high-end digital camera, start with these digital cameras.

The Nikon D80 digital SLR camera one of the top rated digital cameras today, capable of taking professional quality photographs. It has a 10.2 megapixel CCD imaging sensor, a large LCD screen (2.5 inches) and a host of features that lets you do some in-camera editing. Carrying a mid-range price tag of $700 to $900, the Nikon D80 is ideal for photo enthusiasts who don't have a big budget to spend on a camera, as well as for those who are new to using SLR cameras.

If you have plans on turning your photography hobby into a full-blown professional career, then you'll do well to invest in the Nikon D300. This top-of-the-line digital SLR camera starts at $1,700. It supports live viewing, meaning you can preview your shots on the LCD screen.

The Fuji S5 is actually composed of several digital camera models. However, if you're still lacking the photography skills, you'll benefit from the Fuji S5 Pro digital camera because it comes with a number of auto-correcting features. Other features of this digital camera include: 12.3 megapixels CCD SR Pro technology, facial detection technology (for quick and easy zooming in on facial details), and 3 new film simulation modes for improved reproduction of natural skin tones. This feature-packed digital camera can be had for bout $1,500.

You can easily share the photos you take with friends and family. With a few clicks, you can upload the photos in your digital camera to your computer. Once in your computer, it's easy to e-mail the photos to your friends and family, as well as upload them to Yahoo! MySpace, FaceBook, Flickr and other photo sharing sites that allow you to create your own online photo gallery.

You can take it a step further by using software to create slide shows from the digital photos you've taken and burning them in CDs that you can distribute to your loved ones and friends. And if you're the creative type, you can use stock photography and use them with your photos. With a photo editing software, you can create unique and interesting photos.

With a digital camera, photo editing software, a few stock photos and a little bit of creativity, you'll discover that you don't have a limit for your photographic expressions. Some digital cameras allow for minor editing (e.g., correcting red eye, lighting and flesh tones), and there are small portable printers that allow for printing photos straight from the camera. Most of these photo printers have special photo effects like borders built in.

With digital photography, anyone can become a photographer. You don't need to know the complicated process of developing photos. Just aim your digital camera, press the shoot button and print your photos in a snap. It's that quick and easy.
About the Author
Discover digital photography and how to create great digital camera photos with Mpls. photographer Bob Dale. See other digital camera and digital photography articles at http://photo.dalestudios.com
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