Digital Photo Tips
If you're going to take up digital photography, it's always good to have a few digital photo tips to refer to. Useful digital photo tips can relate to everything from buying your camera, to shooting photographs to printing out your own shots. In this set of digital photo tips, we're going to focus on some useful guidelines and ideas that you can use for printing and displaying photographs.
Digital Photo Tips:
• If you're keen to print your own pictures, when you buy a printer, buy a machine that can handle photographic paper.
• Make sure the printer can print the size photographs you want - most don't print anything larger than A4 (297 mm x 210 mm or 11 in x 8 in), but some will print A3 (420 mm x 297 mm or 16 in x 11 in) or even bigger.
• Make sure your computer can handle the relevant printer software and vice versa.
• Follow the instruction carefully when you install the printer driver in your computer.
• In most programmes, the print preview will allow you to select the paper and print size.
• For quality purposes, always be sure to select the correct paper type, for example glossy photographic paper or sometimes just photographic media (check the packaging against the options on your computer).
• If you don't have a printer, take your camera to a specialist photographic or print shop and pay them to do your prints - it really doesn't cost a lot and is often cheaper than a home print job.
• If you have prints done at a specialist photographic or print shop, have a CD made of the images you took so that you don't have to continue storing them on your camera's memory card.
If you don't want to print out all the photographs you have taken, but want to keep them on record, why not create a slide show and save it on a CD or DVD? This is reasonably easy to do, but you will need suitable software. In very general terms, what you do is to gather all the images together and then organise them in the order you want. Then you can add various transition effects, like fades, between each shot. These are usually dragged from a menu to the position between each picture, or you simply click an "add: button. It just depends on the software you are using.
Alternatively you could create a digital photo album, either on your computer or on the Internet. There are some great free sites that will allow you to do this, and some of them will offer you a whole lot more digital photo tips.