Digital cameras and latency

Before you move into tips for taking great digital sports photos, you probably should spend a few minutes considering the deep, dark secret that digital camera manufacturers don't want you to think about When you press that shutter release button, many cameras have a noticeable time lag before the picture is actually taken. Although this lag is but a minor inconvenience if you're taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower, that delay can be fatal when photographing sports. Fortunately, there are some...

Plug the other end of the cable into the USB port on your computer or USB hub

Insert the camera manufacturer's disc into your computer if prompted t Windows automatically recognizes when a new device is added to a USB port. The first time you connect your camera to the computer, Windows r I might need to load drivers supplied by the camera manufacturer in t order to access the camera. 2 o r

Fixing a color cast

A color cast is a tinge a shade of red or maybe yellow that discolors your image, in whole or in part. Casts occur for a variety of reasons, including the age of the photo, the quality of your scanner (if you scanned a printed original), the print from which you scanned the image, or the film used to take the picture. If a cast appears in an image captured with a digital image, you need to reset something on the digital camera (what you change and how you change it varies by the camera). A...

Corel Painter

Painter, available for Windows and Mac computers, is a unique image-editing program from Corel. In fact, the term image editor is a bit of a misnomer for Painter. It's more of a program for creating original images than it is an editor for images from your digital camera. Painter 8, as shown in Figure 3-11, specializes in re-creating in digital form a wide range of traditional artist media, such as charcoal, pastels, and various kinds of paint. Painter includes a basic assortment of tools that...

Kodak Photo CD

Although mostly supplanted by the Kodak Picture CD (available from photo-finishers with your picture order), the Kodak Photo CD is still a viable alternative for storing digital images although the writers for this media are not within the budgets of the average digital photographer, and the number of labs offering them is diminishing. However, you can have your images transferred to Photo CD and take advantage of the unique features of the format. Photo CDs, originated by the Eastman Kodak...

Shooting panoramas

One of the most frustrating moments of travel photography comes when you find yourself literally surrounded by the beauty of nature and have no way to capture all that surrounds you in a single photo. A digital camera, tripod, and the right image editing software, however, make capturing a 360-degree panorama possible. Basically, you take a series of shots for your panorama and then stitch the shots together line up the images into one image on your computer. Although you can stitch images...

Dozen Exotic Digital Camera Features

After automobile manufacturers introduced heated seats and Global Positioning System GPS for their luxury cars, everyone wanted them, so the designers had to come up with other high-end features, like holographic rear-view mirrors and rocket-powered ejection seats. Digital camera vendors are in a similar race to develop features that are similarly too-cool-for-school. Here are some of my favorite features that are exotic now but probably won't be exotic by the time you purchase your next camera...

Kinds of scanners

Kinds Scanners

Over the years, a variety of nonprofessional scanners has drifted off into the fog of history. My first scanner was a ThunderScan unit that replaced the ink ribbon in an Apple ImageWriter and captured an image on a photo or piece of paper as it fed through the roller. Other scanners have included the hand scanner, which looked like an overgrown mouse. You used your hand to move the sensor and light source. Another kind mounted the sensor above the original on a mounting arm and looked something...

Prosumer models

Prosumer falling between consumer- and professional-level digital cameras are the models that photo buffs and even a few professional photographers favor. The avid photographer doesn't countenance much in the way of compromises and is willing to spend the 1,000- 3,000 tariff for these cameras in order to get the advanced features. Pros find them useful as backup cameras, even if most aren't quite rugged enough to take the beating that professional equipment is subjected to. Prosumer cameras...

Table of Contents

About This What's in This Book Book I Digital Photography Overview Book II Building Your Digital Photography Studio 3 Book III Taking Great Book IV Basics of Image Editing Book V Editing with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Book VI Restoring Old Photos Book VII Printing and Sharing Your Digital Images 5 Color insert Conventions Used in This Book Icons Used in This Where To Go From Here Book I Digital Photography Chapter 1 The Essentials of Good Digital Photography 9 Knowing What Equipment You...