Memory Cards

The film for a digital camera CompactFlash. Memory Stick. xD Picture Card. MultiMediaCard. Secure Digital Card. SmartMedia Card. There is no lack of variety in the removable media market for digital cameras. These are the tiny devices that will store all of your precious photographs. Once again, there is no end to the information about …

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Filling The Frame

Get up close and personal with your primary subject Birds are notoriously bad photographic subjects. They don’t stay still for very long, they jitter all over the place when they are in motion and they’re tiny relative to their surrounding environment. This last attribute makes it hard to fill the frame when you are photographing …

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Megapixels

How many megapixels you need to print your favorite photographs When you hear the term megapixel, what comes to mind? A very large pixel The superhero of pixel land The total number of pixels captured by an image sensor If you answered number three, then you are already well on your way toward understanding why …

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Digital Camera Batteries

Whether you choose NiMh or Li-Ion, rechargeable is the name of the game You pretty much have two choices when it comes to digital camera batteries: rechargeable AA, or camera-specific battery packs. You can use standard (non-rechargeable) AA batteries in cameras that are compatible with them. The problem is that your digital camera will wear …

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File Formats

Welcome to acronyms 101 — JPEG, TIFF and RAW Finally we’ve come to something that is standard across all the digital cameras. Imagine that. Something that everyone agreed on! When digital cameras store photographs on removable media cards, they can compress the photo to save room on the card. This lets you take more photos. …

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Histograms

Histo-what? Here’s the good news for most of you: many digital cameras don’t let you see a histogram. You’re done now — you may get on with your life. For everyone else, here is a simplified approach to understanding the histogram. What is a Histogram? I like to thing of a histogram as a visual …

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