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? Commercial CDs (like the discs that contain software or audio tracks) are pressed from a mold. CD-Rs and CD-RWs are marked with a laser, creating spots that represent data (in binary form). CDs are virtually indestructible (unless you crack, break, or severely scratch them) and can withstand a sunny day in the car or a night below freezing in that same glove box. Even so, CD-Rs and CD-RWs shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heat, although they are less vulnerable to such conditions than floppy or Zip disks.
DVD burners have largely replaced CD-only burners in most computers. Indeed, the older single-layer, 4.8GB DVD drives are themselves being phased out by double-layer drives that can record 8.5GB of data. In the home theater arena, there’s even a bit of fierce competition going on between Blu-Ray style and HD-DVD formats, which can handle as much as 50GB of information!
For the digital photographer, plain old 4.8GB DVD drives make a lot of sense until the technology settles down more. For one thing, single-layer DVDs cost much less than half what dual-layer blank discs sell for. And you can be assured that your dual-layer drive will read your old single-layer discs when you do migrate. The only real problem with sticking with the older technology right now is that the 4.8GB drives are becoming harder to find.
Storing and Organizing Your Digital Photos
Archiving and Backing Up Photos
Like CDs, DVDs also come in more than one variety:
? DVDs (the prerecorded kind) come with stuff prewritten to them. You can view what’s on them, but you can’t erase and then rewrite to them.
? DVD+R and DVD-R discs (note the use of the plus and minus signs) can be written to only once. The plus/minus varieties are separate formats, but most drives and burners can read both types. The -R version can be slightly more compatible with some television DVD players.
? DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs can be written to, erased, and written to again.
? DVD+/-RW burner/players can play DVD discs and play or write to DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW discs.
If your older computer has a DVD player in it, that doesn’t mean you can write to DVDs; it simply means you can play them. To write to a DVD, you need the burner version.
? DVD Dual Layer discs require a dual-layer compatible drive or player.
Offsite storage for maximum safety
If your photos are so precious that you’d be devastated if anything happened to them, or if they’re important for legal, financial, or other compelling reasons, don’t risk losing them to a fire or burglary. You can store your archives off-site in one of three ways:
? Use a bank safe deposit box.
? Use a safe located in a secure storage facility.
? Arrange to keep one of two archive copies with a friend or family member.
If you save your precious images to a CD or DVD, you can make two sets and store one set offsite, selecting one of the aforementioned places based on the level of security you need. The bank could burn down, but the safe deposit boxes are usually in or near the vault and are protected from very high temperatures, even in the event of a fire. If you keep a safe in a paid offsite storage space, the place is likely to be fireproof or well-protected by sprinklers and video cameras, so it’s probably more secure than your home. If neither of these is an option, find a friend or relative you trust and give the extra set to him or her.
Chapter 6: Printing and Sharing Your Pictures
In This Chapter
^ Making prints while you wait ^ Choosing among printer categories ^ Recommended print sizes ^ Sharing the wealth (of pictures you’ve taken)
ntil the cost of those huge flat-panel digital displays that hang on the wall like a picture frame dip below their current stratospheric price levels, you’ll probably want to use hard-copy prints of your best digital pictures to decorate your home or office. You’ll also find that prints are
more fun to pass around when you’re sharing your vacation with coworkers. And have you ever tried to tuck an electronic image of a loved one in your wallet?
No, prints are here to stay. Digital technology is just making prints easier for anyone to produce. Instead of stacks of photos of every single picture you’ve ever taken (plus shoeboxes full of “lost” negatives), you can have great-looking enlargements of the photos you want to keep, perfectly cropped and carefully corrected in your image editing program.
The ability to make prints is one of the best things about digital photography.
An alternative to sharing prints is sharing your pictures online through commercial sharing services or your own personal Web space. Such options let friends and colleagues view your photos even if they aren’t close by.
This chapter provides a quick overview of printing and printers and picture sharing services. You can find a lot more detail in Book VIII.
Creating Prints on Demand
Creating Prints on Demand
One of the reasons you’ll want a printer for your digital camera is the sheer joy of being able to produce your own prints any time in only a few minutes.