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You now have your photos on camera. What next?

There's Web pictures, e-mail and e-postcards, and a whole lot of post-production camera tricks that are really cool to try out. Take a look at what can you do with them and if you're lucky, there's even a bit of money in it for you.


Lab (orious) work

Not really, if you enjoy playing around with plain photographs. With the amount of software packages in the market, you've got a virtual studio in your computer. The power of your creative genius makes complicated retouching, resizing, archiving and even effect enhancements that you'd never dream of, a cinch. This can be accomplished with the funny Kai's Power Goo and Art Dabbler in addition to the popular PhotoShop Pro.


The e-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.

Why not send pics off to family and friends as attachments rather than by snail mail. To attach an image to an e-mail message, create a new e-mail message and address it to the person you're sending your photo to. Then select you're e-mail programs attach command, enter the name of the photograph and finally click the Send command.

Use an image format that most e-mail program's support and keep the image file size small, so that the recipient's system does not crash when the message is received.

There are people vein enough to want to see themselves in their own e-mail. Auto-sending an HTML based footnote that also includes their photograph can do this.


Images For the Web

You can post your images on to your Web site to support text. This can be done with simple and free packages like Microsoft's FrontPage Express or Netscape's Composer. When creating images for the web remember to keep them small, 20 KB or lesser. Reduce the image's resolution to 72dpi and the resize it for screen display- 800 x 600 pixels. If an image takes longer than a few seconds do to load do, the Web surfer will probably move to another site where it is easier to view pictures.



Printing demands image detail and crispness that only higher resolutions can deliver. All captured photos need to be enlarged in your image-editing software (otherwise you'd end up with postage-stamp size output on a 600-dpi printer) but enlarging the images will introduce pixelation and other scaling problems.

Therefore, consider 640 x 480 pixels to be good only upto 3 x 5-inch printouts, while cameras that just make the megapixel grade can get away with 5 x 7-inch printouts. Note again that image quality depends on other factors such as compression and the quality of the camera's sensors.


Instant gratification, yes!

Don't expect digicams to replace film cameras. They're still years away from challenging regular cameras in image quality and features for the price. Pictures from film cameras have resolutions of many thousands of dots per inch; most digicams have poor resolutions. If your application requires the highest possible image quality, your best bet is to use a film camera and then scan the processed photo. You'll be better off using digicams for screen oriented applications such as Web pages, e-mail attachments and for non-professional printing applications.


Advantages & Awareness in Computers

Stock up on batteries

Although you don't have to buy film, you still have to buy batteries. And digi cams use loads of them. Try and find rechargeable batteries. Or better yet, a long power cord.

Take advantage of compression settings.

Saving your images in higher compression models should be fine for all but the most detail-intensive images. The more your images are compressed, the less memory the use, and the quicker they are to download.


Mac fans beware!

All cameras seem to work with Macs as well as PCs, but some require a separate kit, and it's not always free with your purchase.


Adobe PDF files.

To publish photographs and text on the Web, you have to move beyond the HyperText mark-up Language or HTML. The most popular format now is Adobe's PDF where you create the document in Word or PageMaker and then save it as Adobe PDF file. Any user with Adobe Acrobat installed can be then open the document and it looks exactly like the original.



Make sure that you're well connected to a service network. This would be useful if your digi cam developed any snags that you couldn't figure out. Any old photo lab won't get them fixed, as the technology here is different. This is expensive technology, which can only be placed in the hands of capable repairmen.


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