Download (direct link):
Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) probably provides some free Web space you can use to create pages for your pictures. Check with your provider for instructions on how to use this space. Even easier is using the services provided by online companies like SmugMug, Yahoo!, and PBase. Their Web sites lead you hand-in-hand through the process.
If you use an online sharing system or online gallery to display your images, youíll find that many of them offer some space for free. In the case of an online community, such as America Online, your monthly fee to AOL includes access to the companyís AOL Pictures (formerly Youíve Got Pictures) feature, which enables you and others to view your images online. You get free Web space, too, which you can use to store and display your photos.
Other commercial sharing services known as online galleries allow you to post your images for free in exchange for posting a few ads on your Web pages. Other sites make their money through software they sell, such as image editing or photo album applications.
Some sites, like Kodakís EasyShare Gallery, let you upload your photos for viewing but also offer the ability to send picture postcards and order prints, enlargements, mugs, T-shirts, and other related items.
Sound intriguing? Check out Book VIII for more on sharing your photographic treasures online.
Building Your Digital Photography Studio
The 5th Wave By Rich Tennant
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suitable digital photography arsenal, with explanations of all the key features of the weapons at your disposal, including camera equipment, computer gear, printers, and cool accessories like tripods, electronic flashes, and (if youíre going the digital SLR route) add-on lenses.
I also give you in-depth explanations of key features, including zooms, viewfinders, storage options, and whether you really do need a gazillion megapixels of resolution. Youíll find out how to set up your computer, transfer pictures from your camera to your hard drive, and archive your photos effectively for posterity. I also explain some of the more puzzling aspects of printers and scanners and show you how a few accessories can make a dramatic difference in the quality of your photos.
Chapter 1: Choosing the Right Camera
In This Chapter
^ Selecting a camera category ^ Key components of digital cameras ^ Evaluating lens requirements ^ Understanding sensors and resolution ^ Choosing exposure controls ^ Selecting exposure options ^ Exotic digital camera capabilities ^ Finding a camera thatís easy to use
Choosing the right digital camera has gotten a lot more exciting recently! Digital single lens reflex (dSLR) cameras ó the ones that have interchangeable lenses and show you an optical (not electronic) preview image through the same lens that takes the picture ó have dipped under the $1,000 price point and are nosing around the $600 neighborhood, making them a reasonable choice for many more serious amateur photographers. Affordable 8-megapixel (and up) cameras provide sharper, better pictures without busting your wallet. Digital cameras are becoming smaller and easier to use and are packed with special features we never dreamed were possible as recently as a year ago. This is a great time to be choosing a digital camera, whether youíre a snapshooter or a dedicated photo hobbyist.
Yet, selecting the right digital camera isnít as daunting a task as it might appear to be on the surface, even with the increased number of features and options to choose from. Most of the leading vendors of digital equipment produce fine products that take great pictures. Itís really hard to go wrong.
All you need to do is a little homework so that youíre aware, when you make your purchase, of the features you need ó and features you donít need. The vendors write their brochures and ad copy so that those who donít sort out features and benefits ahead of time might think that every feature is essential.
80 Choosing a Camera Category
Trust me: Theyíre not. The ability to shoot several pictures consecutively, each using different color settings to make sure that one picture is perfectly color-balanced, might sound cool, but itís not something many people need every day. But if you find yourself constantly taking pictures under varied lighting conditions, and color accuracy is very important to you, a feature like that might be a lifesaver. Only you can decide for sure.
The key is having the upfront information you need to wisely choose the camera that has the largest number of your must-have features ó and a nice sprinkling of nice-to-have features ó at a price you can afford. In Book I, Chapter 2, you can find an overview of the choices you need to make. There, you can find an introduction to the chief things to consider, which are
? Lens requirements
? Viewfinder options
? Sensor resolution
? Exposure controls
? Storage options
? Ease of use
This chapter looks at each of these considerations, plus others, in more detail, with a brief mention of the newest digital SLR cameras (which are covered more exhaustively in Book III). Although much of the information can help you select a camera, you can also find some basic explanations of digital camera nuts and bolts that will be helpful as you take pictures. If you ever wanted to know what shutter speeds and lens openings do, this is your chance.