Reviewing Your Pictures

Looking at and sharing your just-shot pictures is one of the joys of owning a digital camera. True, the LCD viewfinder is tiny and you won't be able to see much detail, but by golly, you are assured that you got your picture and can instantly show it off.

Depending upon how your camera is set up, the last picture you shot may automatically appear on the LCD viewfinder for a few seconds (giving you the option to delete or save it), or you may have to manually switch from camera to playback mode. Usually, the playback symbol on your camera is an arrow icon inside a small box (see Figure 3-5). Press or turn to it, and the camera will display your photos. To page through them, press the left or right arrow of the jog button.

Figure 3-5: Typically, the playback icon looks like the forward button of a VCR.

PLAYBACK OPTIONS

Depending upon your make and model, you may (or may not) have viewing options when you look at your photos on the LCD.

■ While the default setting for playback fills the entire LCD with a single photo, many cameras also allow you to view thumbnails (tinier versions of your pictures), four or nine at a time. You really can't see much of each, but you can see more images at a single glance.

■ Many cameras have a feature called pan and zoom that allows you to magnify and move about a recorded image by pressing the left/right and up/down arrows of the jog button.

This way, you can see more details. However, the magnified image will be too large to display at one time in the small LCD viewfinder, which is why you'll need to pan or move about to see the areas that spill over the edges.

You may be able to copy, crop, delete, protect (mark them to make it more difficult to accidentally delete them), orient (have all the pictures standing up rather than laying on their side if you shot them sideways), and display information about your pictures (called metadata).

Many cameras have a feature called slideshow, which automatically cycles through your pictures, displaying them for a few seconds before moving onto the next and the next and the next.

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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