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How Everyone Is Going Digital For Pictures

Aug 17, 2007
Soon the days of dropping off your photos at a print shop will be completely surpassed by the process of printing your own copies at home. All you need to have is a computer, photo paper and a reasonable printer and you will be well on your way to developing your vacation, graduation or birthday photos in a flash. Digital imaging technology makes it possible for all of this to occur.

Using a special kind of software, digital images can be transferred from a digital camera to a computer. After this process is complete and the images are displayed on your computer screen, you can choose to either edit what you see or print on the double. Not everyone will be able to enjoy high quality photos, but knowing the necessary tools to accomplish this will make your photographing experiences more gratifying.

When it comes to the transfer of your images to a computer, you should be aware of some of the tendencies that various software will have. Some will decrease the size of your photos, which is good for those planning on emailing them or placing them on the web, but not good for printing them out. If you wish to print out your digital images, you will not want your software to automatically downsize. Also, make sure your photos are presented with full resolution. A suggestion is to allow 300 pixels per inch to achieve high quality prints, which may depend on the capabilities of your camera.

If you were wondering what pixels are, they are the individual dots that create a digital photo. When purchasing a camera, you will notice that they are presented in terms of megapixels, which are the total amount of millions of pixels that it can handle. You should also consider that the number of pixels per image is already set, so if you wish to make the images larger, you will be spreading fewer pixels per inch. When you attempt to increase the size of a photo too much, you will drastically reduce the clearness and appearance of the image. Therefore, good quality images are created from a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch.

A benefit to utilizing digital technology is the capability to make changes to images before they are printed. This allows you to change colors, crop images, as well as completely erase items in the fore and background. Just keep in mind that every time you save a JPEG image, you will lose some of the data.
The quality of your image will continue to decrease with the increased amount of saves. To get around this result, minimize the number of times you edit an image. Saving the image under new file names also helps. If you store your images in a TIFF file, you will be able to edit as many times as you like without quality loss.

When you are ready to print your photos, there are two main approaches to consider. You can choose to print them on your own or transfer them to a shop that processes photos. There are many different online services that allow you to upload photos to a server for processing. After they are printed, they are mailed to you or available at a designated location.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as quality digital prints at http://www.qualitydigitalprints.com
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