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Table of Contents,Table of Contents,Introduction The Benefits of Digital Photography. Part I Camera and Technology Tips,Tip 1 Getting the Right Digital Camera. Tip 2 Digital vs Film Analog Resolution,Tip 3 Optical vs Interpolated Resolution. Tip 4 Reducing Shutter Lag,Tip 5 Speed Up Click to Click Processing. Tip 6 LCD Viewfinder Pointers,Tip 7 Improve Your Photos Using Metadata.
Tip 8 Your Next Digital Camera Night Sky Photos As Litmus Test. Tip 9 Memory Card Care and Corruption, Tip 10 Your Next Digital Camera Is It Time for a CMOS Image Sensor. Tip 11 Optical vs Digital Zoom,Tip 12 Digital Focal Lengths. Tip 13 Using Digital Zoom,Tip 14 ISO Settings,Tip 15 Bulb and Time Settings. Tip 16 Demystifying Large Memory Cards,Tip 17 Scanners Resolution and Bit Depth. Tip 18 Scanner Cleaning,Tip 19 Fast Photo Scanning.
Tip 20 Batteries in Winter,Tip 21 LCD Display and Saving Batteries. Tip 22 Batteries, Tip 23 Converting Negatives and Prints to Digital Good Reasons and Ideas. Tip 24 Alternative Image Formats,Tip 25 Bit Depth,Tip 26 What Is Metadata Why Is It Helpful. Tip 27 GIF vs JPG, Tip 28 Hints on Web Sharing Your Digital Photos Successfully. Tip 29 Resolution DPI Pixels and Printing,Tip 30 Photo Printing Paper Choosing the Best.
Tip 31 Resolution for Digital Prints,Tip 32 Upsampling Images for Print. 1 www ACDSYSTEMS com,Table of Contents,Part 2 Photography Tips. Tip 1 Flash Photos Done Right,Tip 2 Translucent Impressions. Tip 3 Black and White Photography Good Times to Use It. Tip 4 Using EV Compensation for Effect,Tip 5 Portraits in Three Layers. Tip 6 Fantastic Urban Foregrounds,Tip 7 Impressive Winter Landscape Photos.
Tip 8 Special Low Light Effects Bulb and Time Mode. Tip 9 Night Photography Ideas,Tip 10 Phantasmic Fog Photos. Tip 11 Phenomenal Fall Photos,Tip 12 Landscapes and Scale. Tip 13 Mastering Indoor Flash Exposure,Tip 14 Group Photos Made Easy. Tip 15 Rare Rainy Day Photos,Tip 16 Controlling Color in Indoor Photos. Tip 17 Sharp Action Photos,Tip 18 Landmarking Landscape Photos.
Tip 19 Better Digital Photo Color,Tip 20 Portrait Photos that Impress. Tip 21 Flash and Action Flash Freeze,Tip 22 Using Depth of Field. Tip 23 Low Light Campfire Photos From family fun to office know. Tip 24 Light and Color Richness how you ll find lots of useful. and time saving digital pho, Tip 25 Chasing Lightning tography information right. Tip 26 Fabulous Flowers here,Tip 27 Macro Photos Framing. Tip 28 Sunset Techniques,Tip 29 Detail Mystery at Dusk.
Tip 30 Moon Shot Hints,Tip 31 Mountain Prospects,Tip 32 Sunny Day Techniques. Tip 33 Fantastic Waterfall Shots,Tip 34 Beating Background Noise. Tip 35 Action Panning Techniques,Tip 36 Shutter Priority. Tip 37 Using Lens Perspective,Tip 38 Take some photos for me Please. Tip 39 Falling Light Texture,Tip 40 Tough Focusing.
Tip 41 Light and Contrast,Tip 42 Black and White Photography Hints. Tip 43 Lighting Scenarios and Effects,Tip 44 Pre Focus and Moving Subjects. Tip 45 Pre Focus and the Rule of Thirds,Tip 46 Alternative Landscapes 5 Ideas. Tip 47 Window Tableaux,www ACDSYSTEMS com 2,Table of Contents. Tip 48 Fixing Indoor Light with White Balance,Tip 49 Watch Those Windows.
Tip 50 Why Zoom Four Good Reasons,Tip 51 What s Your Angle. Tip 52 Don t Forget Those Legs,Tip 53 Festive Photos I Glittering Lights. Tip 54 Holiday Posed Portraits Steps to Success,Tip 55 The Art of Sunstars. Tip 56 Aperture Light and Focus,Tip 57 Long Exposures The Art of Blur. Tip 58 Low Light Experiments,Tip 59 Intrepid Hiking Photos.
Tip 60 Cool Action,Tip 61 Seasonal Reflections,Tip 62 Bug Portraits. Tip 63 Sports Photos The Defining Moment,Tip 64 Architecture I Perspective and Color. Tip 65 Architecture II Night Shots,Tip 66 Silhouettes. Tip 67 Pet Portrait Tricks,Tip 68 Fill Flash and Range. Tip 69 Water Photography I At the Beach,Tip 70 Water Photography II Reflections.
Tip 71 Water Photography III Morning Steam,Tip 72 Cool Macro. Tip 73 Lock and Shoot, Tip 74 Festive Photos II Preparing for Group Shots. Tip 75 Landscapes in Perspective,Ideas to inspire and techniques. to take you there,3 www ACDSYSTEMS com, Whether you are a seasoned digital photography enthusiast or a new digital. Credits camera owner this guide offers you tips and tricks for taking better photos. and using your digital camera to its full potential. Writer and Editor, Kris Butler ACD Newsletters Editor To receive ongoing articles on digital photography as well as related software.
and equipment you can sign up for ACD E Mail Newsletters in the ACD. Community at, Contributing Writers www acdsystems com English Community Newsletters Signup index. Robert Cooper Charles Edwards, To enter any ACD photo contest simply sign up for a newsletter check the. Stephen Canning and Frederick details on the Enter Contests page in the ACD Community and send in your. Kristjanson photos Contest details can be found here. www acdsystems com English Community Contests index. Graphic Designer We hope you ll find this guide useful and fun to read Thank you for using. ACD digital photo software,Steve Schmidt,On behalf of all the staff at ACD Systems. Production Assistant,Kris Butler,Christopher Corbett ACD Newsletters Editor. Copyright ACD Systems 2004,All rights reserved,4 www ACDSYSTEMS com.
Introduction,Introduction,The Benefits of Digital,Photography. Have you explored all the benefits of digital photography While film. photography still has much to offer digital photography has become. easier and more cost effective than ever The fact you have a digital. camera means you already recognize some of the key advantages. However the list below includes details and insights you may not have. considered yet, Once you have made your investment you can forget about the contin A good rule of thumb is to delete only. uing cost of film as well as the concern that the roll will run out at the those photos that have clearly not worked. wrong time Although memory cards do fill up they can be changed out Why First off even the biggest camera. quicker than film Plus if you run out of space you can always delete a LCD screens are small compared to a com. few shots that are not that great and make room for more puter screen so it can be hard to distin. guish important details in photos that are,not obviously flawed. Instant Previews, Share the moment that you just captured right away By looking at the Also the light levels on your LCD screen are. preview screen on your camera you immediately know if the shot has not an accurate depiction of the actual. generally worked out or not Is uncle Ted s head partially cut off because light levels in the photo it may look too. he s so tall Simply try again and delete that shot to save memory card dark or light but wait until it s on your com. save See note puter to be sure Finally many OK photos. can be made to look great with a little help,from photo editing software.
New Sharing Options, When you switch to digital photography a whole new set of electronic. sharing options opens up to you With the right digital photo software. such as ACDSee you can choose to send images by e mail share. them free online using ACD SendPix or if you are computer savvy. and have you own website generate HTML photo albums for quick. web posting,For more information on ACD SendPix,free online photo sharing go to. Environmental Benefits www sendpix com, Without traditional developing the use and disposal of photographic. chemicals is reduced substantially,Print Savings, When you go digital you can pick and choose the photos you d like to. print So while digital prints can be more expensive than traditional. prints you don t pay for prints you don t want,www ACDSYSTEMS com 5.
Introduction,License to Experiment, Since you no longer have to worry about paying for shots that don t. work out you can experiment to your heart s content. At Home Printing Convenience, In addition to getting your digital shots printed through traditional labs. there are many home printers that provide brilliant quality With a fairly. modest investment in a high quality inkjet printer you can literally make. prints within minutes of taking a shot Also software packages like ACD. FotoSlate let you print out great album sheets no cutting or profes. sional style portrait sheets just like the ones you get at the studios. Video Clips, Many digital cameras now come with the ability to take short video clips. usually of 1 to 2 minutes in length If you pick up a larger memory card a. good idea anyway then you should be able to take several clips on a. card Video clips can be a lot of fun and in many cases if they are com. pressed well enough they can even be shared with friends by e mail. These are just the most prominent benefits of digital photography As. you get into it and become familiar with your camera and software you ll. be constantly surprised by the change in the way you think about pho. tos and in the amount of new and convenient things you can do. 6 www ACDSYSTEMS com,Introduction,Capturing Photos. A world of imagination and artistry has opened up to anyone who takes. up photography and this world has only grown with the dawn of digital. photos The tips in this guide will lead you into that imaginative world. with a practical exploration of many photography ideas and concepts as. well as concrete pointers on how to use your equipment to your best. You will also get sound advice on what to look for if you are thinking of. buying a new digital camera Of course since digital photography is so. new you will likely already have a large film photo collection and other. useful equipment such as a scanner Lots of great ideas await you on how. to get the most from your entire collection as well as all your equipment. www ACDSYSTEMS com 7,Part I Camera and Technology Tips.
Getting the Right Digital Camera, Thinking of buying a new digital camera Here are the key areas to. consider when making your move from film to digital or when. upgrading to your next digital camera Specific articles that explore. each of the areas listed below are also included in this section. Resolution, This term refers to the quality and clarity of an image In the digital. world it is generally measured in pixels For printing pixels per inch is. the standard measurement sometimes called dots per inch though. the two are not identical in meaning In the case of cameras resolu. tion is measured in megapixels Resolution is the one of the most. important aspects of any digital camera purchase, When it comes to deciding on the right level of resolution the most. important question you need to ask yourself is Am I going to want. to print enlargements and or crop and edit my photos before print. ing them at regular size, If you never print anything other than 4 x 6 pictures a 2 megapixel. camera should serve you just fine However if you would like to have. the option to enlarge your pictures to 5 x7 8 x10 or larger consider a. 3 4 or 5 megapixel camera This also holds true if you want the option. to perform significant edits on your digital photos such as cropping. and resizing, Basically bigger is better when it comes to megapixels Although.
when shooting at higher resolutions you will need more storage. capacity as your image file sizes will be significantly larger. Lenses Optical Zoom, Most mid level and higher digital cameras have great zoom lenses. Beware of the term interpolated resolution It On digital cameras optical zooms are measured by their magnifica. refers to the camera s software adding pixels, tion factor 2x 3x etc For comparison purposes it is often easier to. to the image after it is captured Interpolated, ask what the 35mm equivalent is This is because the magnification. resolution is useful in some cases but, effective resolution which reflects the actual measurements don t specify what size lens it is that s zooming. number of pixels in the camera s image sensor, it the most important for determining For instance a 2x zoom lens could mean a 28mm 56mm zoom a.
maximum print size and editing flexibility 35mm 70mm zoom or a 50mm 100mm zoom expressed in 35mm. Be sure you re comparing effective resolution equivalents These lenses would all have different properties so it is. when shopping for a camera or you may not worth asking for 35mm equivalents to be sure you understand what. get what you are really looking for you re getting. 8 www ACDSYSTEMS com,Part I Camera and Technology Tips. Exposure Modes, Will the basic automatic mode suit your needs Do you want shutter. priority for sports Aperture priority for portraits Spot metering for. difficult light There s a real range of available features in this area. even on cameras of similar prices Since exposure is the most impor. tant aspect of any photograph you will want to get as many expo. Be sure to look for the optical zoom rating, sure options as you can afford Here are some key features to look for. on a camera and not for the digital zoom,rating which can be much higher Digital. Shutter Priority zoom merely crops away photo information. Your ACD Guide to Digital Photography Better Digital Photo Color Tip 20 Portrait Photos that Impress Pre Focus and the Rule of Thirds

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