Printing Photos from a SD Card

PictBridge technology may be a popular way to share phenomenal photos with family and friends, but it is hardly the only way. Another very effective and easy way to print frame worthy shots is through a card reader. These days you will be hard pressed to find a digital camera that doesn’t have the memory space to store at least a few thousand high-resolution pictures. However, if you want to move your cherished shots from your camera directly onto your computer without using cables, you’ll need a card reader. This is where a Secure Digital (SD) card comes into play. … Continue reading

The Freedom That Comes with Digital Photography

Does anyone still use a traditional film camera these days? I’m sure some professional shooters and a few die-hards cling tightly to their trusty picture-taking tools, but for the most part, the industry has gone digital and most of us have followed without complaint. Personally, I don’t have a single complaint, especially since I was never fond of toting around dozens of rolls of extra film for my bulky point-and-shoot that never quite fit into my pocket or purse. I also dreaded waiting days to find out if the photos I snapped were worth saving. According to a new study, … Continue reading

What Else the Digital Era has Eliminated

In a previous blog I detailed the single event that made me switch from my trusty and beloved traditional film camera to my new shiny and mighty digital one. (For the record I am still holding tightly to my film camera, though I rarely shoot with it anymore.) Up until a couple of years ago I was the type of person who reluctantly embraced change. These days though I have learned that positive things can happen when you venture out of your perceived comfort zone and take advantage of new and exciting opportunities. I’m willing to bet that many photographers … Continue reading

Features to Consider Before Purchasing a Photo Scanner

You finally made up your mind and decided to add a photo scanner to your home office. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part—-what to look for prior to making your purchase. RESOLUTION Hands down this is the main feature to consider when shopping for a scanner. Resolution is measured in pixels per inch (dpi). At least 2700 dpi is required to enlarge slides and negatives for an 8 x 10-inch print. Keep that number in mind when you’re out shopping. Though for the most part the majority of photo scanners on the market today scan at least at 3,200 dpi. … Continue reading

Digital Cameras for Christmas

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who is requesting a new digital camera? As prices drop (you can get a decent digital camera these days for about $200) it seems as though the number of people without digital cameras is dwindling. The pocket-sized devices are becoming an indispensable part of everyday life and the statistics prove it. According to a recent study, more than 105 million digital cameras were purchased in 2006. So what happens if you have a loved one who is requesting a digital camera for Christmas, but you don’t know which one to get? … Continue reading

Camera Tricks and Tips—Reducing Red Eye and The Power of Zoom

My brother used to call it “The Curse of the Cat Eye.” He was referring to the redness that appears in a photo when the flash bounces off a subject’s retinas. When we were growing up (decades ago) “red eye” was a frequent occurrence in family shots. These days most cameras come equipped with a “red-eye reducer.” However, if your camera does not feature this convenience there are other ways you can reduce “The Curse of the Cat Eye” from ruining your shots. First, increase the light in the room you are shooting in. For example, open the blinds or … Continue reading

Snap Happy Parents Unite!

In a previous blog I revealed that I might be a tad overzealous when it comes to snapping pictures of my daughter. I’m not nearly as snap happy as some parents, but needless to say, there are some days when I seriously consider constructing an additional room just to accommodate all of the albums, photo storage boxes, and picture frames I have filled with my daughter’s photos. Considering she is only 3-years-old (I’ve been snapping since the day she was born) one room may not suffice. (One of my favorite shots of my daughter stored in the “3-6 month” section … Continue reading

Are You Using All Of Your Camera’s Features?

Perhaps a better question might be: “Are you familiar with all of your camera’s options?” My inspiration for this blog comes from a playgroup date my daughter and I had earlier this week. The mom who was hosting our playgroup had family visiting from another state-—her brother and his wife. While her brother was waiting for his wife to get ready for a day of sightseeing he grabbed our hostess’ camera and started taking of shots of the kids playing. He got a great shot of one of his nieces jumping rope. When he showed his prize shot to his … Continue reading

Kodak’s New HD Line

Are you familiar with Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things” show? Each year the talk show queen reveals the products she simply can’t live without and shares them with her audience. A few years ago she gave everyone in her studio audience a new Kodak digital camera. (Where was I?) After I got a look at the new items Kodak is releasing in time for the 2007 holiday season, I had to wonder if some lucky members in Oprah’s audience wouldn’t be walking away with one of them this year. Last month Kodak unveiled two new HD-enabled cameras–the Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS … Continue reading

Upgrading Your Digital Camera

Christmas is coming… the geese are getting fat… please put a new camera under my winter doormat. Okay, those aren’t the song’s exact words, but it is likely a growing sentiment among amateur photographers who are hoping Santa will bring them a new camera this holiday season. Paging through my camera catalogs I’ve noticed a growing trend in digital SLR cameras. It appears because of their wider availability, lower price tags, and ease of use, SLR cameras are edging out smaller point-and-shoots. Recent studies show that the SLR market has grown about 35 percent over last year. What’s more, camera … Continue reading