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 Issue # 23 September 2005 
  • Greetings from the Edi...
  • Ecards -R- Easy!
  • Talking with Tony
  • Cook's Delight
  • Spiced Tomato Jam
  • Gone Digital
  • Kickoff is Here!
  • Reading on the Move
  • Buy it! Sell it!
  • Fun but Fickle!
  • A Good Laugh
  • POM - R C Electronics
  • The Winner's Circle
  • Kudos
  • Hellos and Goodbyes!

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  • Gone Digital
    by Mike Rochelle
    September 2005
    Digital photography is not the "wave of the future" - it is HERE. With no film required, and endless storage and use capabilities, you will be filling those scrapbooks with memories from a "digital age"!

    "How does it all work?"
    A digital camera captures an image through a sensor called a "CCD". This sensor has light sensing dots called pixels. These pixels are how a camera gets it's megapixel designation. The more megapixels, the bigger or clearer the picture. Once you have clicked the "snapshot button", the image is placed on some sort of "storage device". Storage devices may be a "card" or a "memory stick" that is inserted in your camera.
    These storage devices hold tons of data and can be downloaded to your computer. You can attach your camera to your computer with a cable, or you can remove the storage device from the camera and insert it into a "card reader" in your computer (if you have one). If you do not, they are a peripheral that you can purchase.

    Once you have put the picture in your computer...the possibilities are endless. You can use the photos on greeting cards, email them to friends and family, share them on the web, print them for an album, edit and enhance them, etc.

    Digital cameras are so versatile, they can be used any place your good 'ole 35mm camera could. However, most digital cameras are lighter, smaller, easier to use. Plus, you don't have to buy film and have it processed only to find out that in your haste, you took a picture of your left foot! Most digital cameras allow you to "view" the pictures while they are still in your camera, and you can quickly delete the ones you don't want, BEFORE you even download them to your computer. The storage devices can be erased, and used over and over, saving much money on the cost of film!

    One of the drawbacks to digital picture taking in the early days, were the "prints". You had a great picture captured on your computer...but how could you print a nice copy to send Aunt Mable at Christmas time? That dilemma is gone. Many places offer "do-it-yourself" photo printing services. For example, you can take your floppy disk, CD, or memory card to Walmart, pop it in their machine, pick the photos you want to print and push the button. Within an hour, you have professional quality prints on quality photo paper that you can share "just like before". Other options for having your photos printed on professional photo paper is to order them online through places like:

    Walmart Photo
    Wink Flash
    Fuji Color

    Many of these sites also offer convenient ways to "share your photos online" with family and friends. You can post your pictures to a site, and then give you friends and family password protected access. That is a great way to share online vacation albums and family event albums, without trying to email tons of photos!

    Here are a couple of other helpful links if you want to learn more!

    Big Sky Fishing
    microsoft Digital Photography
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