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Printing images – size does matter

Printing images – size does matter

Digital cameras do a lot of things that film cameras could never do. But in a way, film photographers had it kind of easy. There was no such thing as “file size”, because everything you shot on a roll of film was exactly the same “size” as everything else you shot on that roll of film.

Today we are blessed – or perhaps cursed – with the ability to shoot photos at any resolution and quality setting we want. But all of these choices come at a cost, and that cost is most obvious when you try to print the photos that you take with your digital camera. Let’s see why….
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How to Organize Your Digital Photographs

How to Organize Your Digital Photographs

Film photographers were so much more organized than we are. They had shoeboxes. Remember shoeboxes? When you got your photos back from the lab, you flipped through them, you gave away a few extra copies, and then you stuck them in a shoebox, promising yourself that one day real soon you would put them into a photo album.

Today’s shoebox equivalent is the hard drive. I’m very sorry to say, that just because you store your digital photos on the computer does not mean that they are more organized. If you want to be able to retrieve your digital photographs with ease, you need to have an organizing system in place. In case you don’t know where to begin, here is a short list of suggestions.
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How to use Dropbox to Backup Your Photos

How to use Dropbox to Backup Your Photos

That moment of panic when you realize your hard drive has crashed (or something worse) and your photos are lost. Hundreds or even thousands of images can be lost in a split second in disastrous ways we don’t even want to think about. That’s why backing up is the only way to ensure you have extra copies of your files stored elsewhere just in case. One of the popular sites for backing up files is Dropbox. If you’re not familiar with them, think of them as an online storage cabinet that holds all your precious images. It’s easy to set up and use, and the peace of mind that comes with it will let you sleep better at night.
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Scanning Film Negatives With Your DSLR Camera

Scanning Film Negatives With Your DSLR Camera

It’s a digital world. Our books are digital, our visual entertainment is digital, and our pictures are digital. But if you’ve been taking photos for more than a decade, you probably also have files full of old film negatives that don’t fit into the same mold as all of your digital-age images. And if you’re like most busy people, you probably haven’t done anything with them in years. So the question is, how can you get them out of that old, archaic storage system and into the real world with your other photos? Digitize them, of course! Here’s how.
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The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet

The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet

Just like your photo albums used to be, your DSLR is likely full of images that you can’t wait to share. The question is, where’s the best place to upload and share online? Luckily for you, the options are many. It’s a matter of determining your personal goals and matching them to the best photo hosting site for you.
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Why Aren’t Colors The Same As My Screen When I Print?

Why Aren’t Colors The Same As My Screen When I Print?

You don’t have to be a fan of Office Space to hate printers. They’ve been my worst enemy for years. Printers always seem to be the most error prone device you can connect to your computer. If it’s not a PC LOAD LETTER error, it’s something else. And what’s worse is trying to print a shot with the same colors for my photos as I see on my screen. It’s hard to do properly without specialised equipment, but I’ll show you how to get it mostly right.
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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

If you’ve been around since the beginning of digital photography, you no doubt understand how much progress we’ve made. Today’s models make the first digital cameras look incredibly weak, and the reason is resolution. For a lot less than you would have paid back then, you can get a digital camera with ten times the resolution. Does that mean your images will be ten times better? To answer that question, we need to get a better understanding of what resolution is and what it isn’t.
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Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

The process of printing photos can be complex, which is often why most people don’t even bother to do it themselves. Why purchase an expensive printer, ink cartridges, and paper when your local supermarket can do the same thing for much less? Some of these places advertise amazingly low photo printing prices. Is it possible to get your images printed for so low, or are they just stringing you along?
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Will Lowering Your Resolution Result In Less Noise?

Will Lowering Your Resolution Result In Less Noise?

As manufacturers cram more and more megapixels onto the same size sensors, vibrations, heat, and other natural forces have a larger effect on the image. The result? Some high resolution image sensors actually take noisier pictures than their lower resolution counterparts.

To solve this problem, some camera owners are intentionally lowering their camera’s resolution to reduce the noise in their images. The underlying thought is that the same image sensor, set to a lower resolution, will be less affected by heat and small vibrations. But does this really do anything, or is it another camera gear myth? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out.
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The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

If you are like me, you love taking as many digital photos as you can. You go out to shoot, fill up your SD card, and then pull a few more cards out of your pouch before continuing on. By now, you probably have at least a few gigabytes of digital photos on your hard drive. That is a lot to keep track of, and if you don’t manage them somehow, you’ll end up losing all of your favorites. So, in an effort to make your photo viewing and sharing more enjoyable and less frustrating, I am presenting my tried and true digital photo storage methods. They have served me for years, and I am certain they will serve you.
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Sending Pictures By Email

Sending Pictures By Email

Do your images take a long time to email to your relatives? Do your friends ask that you not send pictures to them because of the download time?

This usually happens when your photos are a very large size. Large images take a long time to transfer over the Internet.
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