Basics of Digital Photography for Cavemen

Do you secretly curse all technological changes? Do you long for the days when you had to get out of your chair to change the channel and popcorn was cooked on the stove? If you still feel more comfortable capturing memories with cave drawings, maybe it’s time for you to learn the basics of digital photography.

Advantages of Coming out of the Stone Age

Unlike the cameras of yester year, you do not need to purchase film and pay for developing. You will never have to figure out what to do with those little film canisters.

Digital cameras offer convenience in the extreme. You don’t have to keep your fingers crossed in hopes that you got a decent shot of that once in a lifetime event. You can immediately see if you got a good picture, or if you need to keep snapping.

Since there are no film costs, you don’t have to feel guilty about taking hundreds of pictures. You can simply delete the inferior photos and keep only the winners.

With editing software you can crop, resize and color correct, from the convenience of your own computer. You never have to be surprised by a stack of photos of red-eyed people.

You can store photos in your computer for easy sharing. Photos can also be stored on CDs and DVDs, which take up tiny amounts of space. Think of what you can do with all of that free space in your cave!

Digital cameras tend to be more durable than film cameras because there are fewer moving parts to wear out. In the long run, digital cameras can save money over their film counterparts.

New-Fangled Terminology

When considering the basics of digital photography, it’s necessary to understand the vocabulary. For starters, you need to know that a megapixel is not the same thing as a giant Pixie Stick.

Each digital camera has a megapixel rating. Without getting too technical, the megapixel rating has to do with the number of little dot thingies, or pixels, that will make up each picture. Hmm… Perhaps we should get more technical than that.

If a camera has a low megapixel count, the pictures will be fuzzy when enlarged. A higher megapixel count means a sharper image. Always consider the largest size prints you expect to make when determining the number of megapixels you need in a camera.

You will also need to consider the size of the camera’s sensor. This can be as important as the megapixel number. Cameras with larger sensors typically produce better images.

How to Use Your New Gadget

While learning the basics of digital photography, it is perfectly acceptable to leave your camera set on “automatic”. As you become more comfortable, you can experiment with other camera settings.

You will need a memory card to store photos within the camera. Unlike film, the memory card is reusable once you have transferred the images to a computer or CD. You simply erase the images from the memory card and it’s ready for more great shots.

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