Digital Photography Seminars

The world of photography is rapidly going digital, but that doesn't mean digital photography is new. We have been working with digital imaging, including scanning, Photoshop® and printing for close to two decades and with digital cameras for half-a-dozen years. Our photography background goes back forty years to our first black and white process darkroom. Hundreds of our photos have been published in newspapers and magazines and many more are in use on websites and CD-ROMS.

If you are new to digital photography or you are a seasoned pro looking to expand your knowledge we can provide a group or individual seminar or field trip to meet your needs. We regularly schedule seminars and field trips in the Highlands of Virginia (Bath and Highland Counties). Check Here for a schedule of events.

Also, you may contact us to arrange individual or group training at your site. Our rates are very reasonable. All of our seminars offer a full money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied simply return the materials provided for a full refund.

Digital Photography Tips

Buying a digital camera:
Purchase a camera that will meet your needs for the life of the camera, which doesn't have to be the latest greatest most megapixel model available. For the average hobby photographer, a 3 megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom will be more than adequate. Ignore the "digial zoom" advertised with most cameras. This feature simply throws away part of the image giving the illusion of zoom. The same thing can be done later in a computer or at the print kiosk. Remember, a camera works with light. The quality of the lens is one of the most important features. Look for a multi-element, coated all glass lens.

Making Prints:
Many people who "go digital" anticipate being able to make prints at home using a computer and an inkjet printer. And indeed, great prints can be made from digital photos on inkjet printers that cost under $100. However, these prints aren't cheap in either time or money. Save the inkjet prints for special enlargments and custom printing where full control over color and other print quality is required. For everyday 4X6 prints, and even enlargements to 8X10, take the memory card to a local Walmart, Ritz or other store that offers direct from digital printing. The process is fast and easy and cheap and in most stores prints are ready in an hour or less.

Do I need a computer?
No, take the memory card from the camera to a local store to crop, edit, adjust color and print digital photos. Some stores can even make a CD of the images for long term storage.

How much will it cost?
A 2 or 3 megapixel digital camera with 3X optical zoom cost less than $200. Add another $50 to $75 for a spare set of rechargable batteries and a 128 Meg or larger memory card. Of course, top end SLR digital cameras cost many thousands of dollars, but only pros need spend more than a few hundred dollars to enjoy digital photography. You can spend as much as you want on a digital camera, but more money will not mean you get better pictures if all you plan to take are family snap shots and vacation pictures.

Want more information?
Download our free ten-page introduction to Digital Photography. You will need the Adobe Reader to open the PDF file. Also, sign-up for one of our seminars.




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