Digital photography


A brief introduction to digital photography
Digital photography is quickly becoming more and more popular as digital cameras become more affordable. Until recently, digital cameras, particularly at the cheaper end of the price range, have not always fulfilled their promise of producing prints that are equal in quality with standard photographic prints from a conventional film camera. However, newer models are closing the gap and the quality of digital prints are now becoming exceptionally good.

Why take up digital photography?

The benefits of digital photography are fairly obvious.

1. You can view the results instantly

2. No more repeatedly buying rolls of photographic film

3. No more developing costs (Although you can still use a local photo
    service to produce your prints if you prefer)

4. Very easy to transfer your pictures for use in a variety of ways.
    For instance using your images in printed documents and on websites.

5. Easy to rectify pictures with poor colour and contrast using suitable
    photo/graphic software.

6. You can also create an amazing variety of special photographic effects
    with appropriate software and your home computer.

7. Very simple to crop and resize your digital images to get the best
    composition or remove unwanted features

8. You can store thousands of pictures on a few CD roms or DVD disks and
    find them quickly and easily

9. You can make multiple copies and back-up pictures with ease

Perhaps one of the most popular reasons that people are now changing to digital photography is the ease at which you can send your pictures by email to friends and relatives around the world.

Choosing a digital camera

The heart of a digital photography system is the digital camera. To produce high quality prints you'll need a digital camera that provides an image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels or higher. A 2 megapixel camera can provide images that will produce acceptable small prints but for larger prints of around A4 size you will need to consider a 4 megapixel camera or better.

When taking digital pictures you should set your camera on the highest resolution possible to get the best results. You may not get as many pictures as you would using lower settings but if you want to produce good quality pictures then always use the highest setting. Consult your camera manual to determine how many pictures you can record on the highest setting. If you need to take more pictures than you can achieve with a single memory card/stick then always carry spares.

Other requirements

Itís not essential for you to have a computer to produce prints from digital photographs, you can have prints made through a photo lab, but since you may be reading this on your home computer then you already have the next most important item in your digital photography system. With a good selection of software you can easily produce high quality pictures that will be suitable for all your needs.

After downloading your digital pictures on to your computerís hard disk you can then open them up in a program such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and start getting creative. The professionalís choice Adobe Photoshop CS will enable you to manipulate and do practically anything you want with your digital images.

The book The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby is particularly good for anyone interested in getting creative with their digital photographs using Photoshop and has been described by one reader as being ďa treasure trove full of techniques that you can use to work with your digital photos.... far more useful than a reference manualĒ

If you want to get serious about digital photography the list of books in the adjacent column will teach you everything you need to know about digital photography and how to get the best out of your new hobby.

You will also need a printer of course if you simply want to make your own prints or create documents. Most new colour inkjet printers produced by the major manufacturers will give good results.

Suppliers of digital photography equipment

UK suppliers online: Jessops, PC World, Dixons, Internet Cameras Direct

US suppliers online: Adorama, A&Mphotoworld, Cameraworld

Recommended books on digital photography

Books available in the UK

40 Digital Photography Techniques for Beginners 
by Youngjin.Com

The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers 
by Scott Kelby

How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera
by Dave Johnson

50 Fast Digital Camera Techniques 
Gregory Georges, Chris Maher, Larry Berman

The Complete Guide To Digital Photography 
by Mark Towse

Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Deke McClelland, Galen Fott

Photoshop Restoration and Retouching 
Katrin Eismann, Doug Nelson

Light and Lighting: The Definitive Guide
for Serious Digital Photographers
 
 by Michael Freeman

Mastering Digital Printing
by Harald Johnson

The Photographer's Website Manual 
by Philip Andrews

Professional Techniques for Digital
Wedding Photography

by Jeff Hawkins and Kathleen Hawkins

Digital Photography Special Effects 
by Michael Freeman

Close-up Photography: The Definitive Guide
for Serious Digital Photographers

by Michael Freeman

Going Digital: Wedding Portrait and Photography
John Henshall, Joel Lacey

Search for more books on digital photography at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
 

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Digital photography software choice


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Photoshop Elements 2.0

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