Digital Photography

Sunday, December 25, 2005

I Have a NEW DIGITAL CAMERA - HELP

In order to help you people need to know what you have - and what you want to do.

Figure out the answers to these questions. The box the camera came in should have most of the answers - as a last resort look in the specifications area of the manual.

Brand - ( Olympus )( these are sample answers )

Style and/or # - ( Camedia C-770 )

Pixels - ( 4 MP )

LCD - ( yes )

Viewfinder - ( yes )

Memory Card - type and size - ( xD 16 - 512 )

Movies - (yes - MPEG 4 )

Sound - (yes )

Optical Zoom - ( yes - 10X )

Type of battery - ( ion rechargable w/ charger )

What mode settings - ( Portrait/ Sports/ landscape/ night/ self-portrait/ A/S/M/ P/ Movie

Point & Shoot ( P&S ) - ( yes ) ( Fixed Lens )

DSLR - ( Digital Single Lens Reflex ) - (no) - ( can change lenses like on the 35mm cameras )



What kind of pictures do you want to take?

Indoor - Outdoor

Still - Moving

Close - Really Close - Far Away

Day - Night

Portrait

For publication in print

For web

For E-Mail

How many pictures per session

How big do you want your prints to be - 4x6 - 5x7 - 8x10 - 16x20

Will pictures be shown as slideshows on TV or bigscreen

Do you want to go further than simple snapshots

How will you process your pictures - straight from camera at lab - print at home

How much post processing do you want to do

How much time do you want to invest in getting the pictures you want

Are you wanting to digiscrap - partial or total digital layouts

Is professional photographer or professional designer your goal


Once you can answer most of these questions someone will be able to give you much better help with your problems.

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