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Digital Picture Frame Choices Can Make The Shot

Aug 17, 2007
In this high-tech age of computers and digital images, many people forget the value of a beautifully framed print. Pictures locked on a camera might be safe, but it's hard to show off the latest baby picture or that family vacation when prints aren't available. This is where a digital picture frame can come into play.

Choosing to make prints of digital shots can result in one of two things. The first option, is a substandard print that is broken up and ugly to behold. The second is a crisp, clear picture that can rival anything printed out from a 35 mm camera. The difference will be in the camera itself and in the printing method.

Good digital pictures are taken on cameras with higher resolutions. This is measured typically in mega pixels. The pixels basically equate to the dots per inch of the digital image. The greater the number, the better the quality of the finished picture in most cases. Remember though, even with a high mega pixel camera, the quality can be dictated by settings. In general, for good frame quality digital prints, the way to go is the highest quality settings possible.

When shooting digital pictures with framing in mind there are some things to consider. Digital cameras can and often do provide superior images over 35 mm prints, but the cameras themselves have some downfalls. Even expensive cameras can have a long reset time, which means fast action shots can be very difficult to capture. Also, small children will often be very difficult to photograph because they tend to move out of the frame before the camera clicks.

The best ways to overcome the problems are to remember digital technology allows the shooting of a lot of pictures. There's no fear of wasting money on film or prints that aren't wanted. With this removed, it kind of gives the shooter the psychological freedom to shoot like mad and even try to "anticipate" shots.

Anticipating shots is an art that may or may not pay off with a digital picture that's worth framing, but when it does, it does so in a big way. When taking pictures, this practice involves aiming and shooting in an area where you expect the action to move. Continue clicking away. This works for sports pictures and even for a crawling baby. Basically frame the area where you expect the people or action to move and keep clicking.

Once "the shot" has been obtained, a simple print will suffice for showing others what you'd like to share, but a framed print can make a bigger statement. Digital framing is a little easier to handle, too, since it's often easy to manipulate the image on computer to see what it would look like in different types of frames. Some pictures, for example, look great in gallery type frames, complete with matting, and other simply pop out in very simplistic colored frames. There are many camera programs that come with framing options to help users choose the right look for their digital images.

Remember a digital camera is a great investment for getting the right shot, but if pictures haven't been printed, few will see them.
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