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Using Digital Cameras

The first step is of course to take the picture. You basically have three different options here. 1) You can take a picture with a regular camera, have the film developed and scan the finished photo using a scanner. 2) You can take the picture with a regular camera and have your local developer put the picture on a photo CD. (This is not available everywhere but if you have a Wal-Mart locally you might try there to get it done.) 3) The simplest option is to take the picture using a digital camera. There are many digital cameras out there right now and they have a wide variety of price ranges so do your research before investing in one.

Taking a digital picture (or a picture intended to be viewed digitally) is very simple. Make sure your project is well lighted. Digitalizing the pictures will often make them a little darker. If you are using a digital camera (or when you get to the scanning step using a regular camera) pay attention to the resolution that you are using. This will usually be a dpi (dots per inch) number and refers to the quality. You want to use the lowest resolution you can and still have a fairly visible picture. This is so that the file size of your picture will not be too large.

When you download the picture into your computer make sure you save it as a JPEG image (that is a file with the extension .jpg). JPEGs are the easiest viewable pictures for others because any web browser will be able to view it. Also they are basically the standard on Web pages. If your picture requires some touch ups use a simple photo editor to correct colour or brightness. Some even have adjustments that can be made for red eye such as Paint Shop Pro, but there are others like Photo Suite, Microsoft Photo Editor. Walmart has a wonderful site for being able to upload your photos from your digital camera, fix and edit any imperfections, and have them mailed to any address very affordably.

When your pictures are saved on your computer you can start to share them with everyone you know. Won't your family and friends be happy to see what you're been up to lately?  Recently a few online sites have started to offer free online photo albums. Some examples of this type of website are Picturetrail and Sony's, Image Station . The best sites are the ones that allow you to password protect your pictures and only allow viewing to those that have a password. You could also post your pictures on a personal website. But if the pictures are personal in nature I would advise you to have a secure area on your site that requires a password to enter. You can also send you photos as attachments to emails. If you are doing this make sure the file size is fairly small. (Under 1 MB for sure) Attach the picture as you would any document to an email.

As with any information that you post to the Internet you have now made that picture public. So if you do not want everybody on earth to be able to see, download, copy, and edit that picture make sure you protect yourself by putting it on a copyrighted site or in a password protected environment.