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    Digital Photography

    Copyright Michael B. Karbo DK-6000 Kolding, Denmark. www.karbosguide.dk

    Preface

    A picture says more than a thousand words - an old phrase with much truth in it. Photographs can express feelings, moods and attitudes . Just as strongly as the written word. Photography is a delightful hobby for many people and modern cameras are both brilliant and inspiring tools! Digital cameras reflect a very high level of technology. They are built as a mixture of optics, mechanics and electronics plus a dose of sophisticated computer and software technology.

    I got my first digital camera in 1997. It was one of the first models, which worked and at the same time was generally available: a Canon Powershot 600, which compared with contemporary cameras, is a large and clumsy affair. But it worked! The camera only had a resolution of 570.000 pixels, so it wasn. t the ideal substitute for my analog SLR camera. But, none-the-less, I was full of enthusiasm for digital photography, which led to lots of other things I had to deal with such as image processing with programs like Photoshop, colour printers, etc.

    At the same time, I started scanning old analog film reels and slides. The whole photo collection was moved into a computer, where it is fortunately situated!

    It's easy to be a better photographer

    One of the best things with a digital camera is that you almost can't avoid becoming a better photographer. It is in many ways much easier and much more inviting working digitally. Every time you take photographs, you automatically learn something new. You get immediate feedback . you see the results of your photography . right on the spot. So it. s easy to make an assessment on whether the image is good enough or whether a new one should be taken.

    You can go on taking pictures until you are satisfied. This is the really big advantage of a digital camera: The individual photographs are in principle free of charge. There is no film or development involved in the photographic process, so that the bad photographs can be deleted either immediately or later in the computer. Modern memory cards have easily enough room for 200 images before the camera has to be emptied. So it's not too strenuous snapping 100 pictures in an afternoon

    All this means that it is very easy to become a good photographer. If you are interested and invest a minimum of time and concentration, then you can easily take good photographs under all sorts of conditions. But just as in so many other aspects of one. s life, profit is dependent on investment. The better you understand your camera, the better your photographs will be.

    Advanced cameras with many facilities

    Modern digital cameras are, in fact, small technical wonders with incredibly advanced facilities and mechanisms. Unfortunately, this can be too much of a good thing for ordinary photographers. If you try reading the manual, there are scores of new expressions, mechanisms and facilities you have to introduce yourself to. The facilities often have different names from one camera to another, which doesn't make the situation any easier. It doesn. t make it less complicated either that lots of facilities are squeezed together on a few buttons or hidden away in at times complicated menus.

    It is crucially important to get thorough instructions on how to use digital technologies. Unfortunately camera manuals aren't always good enough. The worst examples seem to be written by Japanese engineers and then translated into other languages by a computer program. It. s a shame, because many amateur photographers never learn to use a fraction of the facilities and options a camera, in fact, offers.

    Figur 1. Photograph taken with a Canon Powershot 600. Despite the small number of pixels, the photograph is very successful. But it cannot be enlarged to the size of a poster. The resolution is much too low for this.

    About the book

    In this book you can read a thorough description of the digital camera and all of its possibilities. Most start taking photographs as soon as they have unpacked the camera. But there is a long way from here to mastering the camera. s full potential. I hope this book can help you.

    Technology develops quickly so newer models have since replaced some of the cameras we have illustrated. But the fundamental technology doesn. t change, so anyone can read the book regardless of which camera he or she might have. Thank you to Jette, Per and Ulrik for reading and comments. A huge thank you to the members of the family and others I have used as models. And thank you to Canon, Olympus, Fujifilm, Nikon, Minolta, Sony and Pentax for the loan of equipment and lots of other help. Without all this positive support the book would never have been written.

    Michael Karbo, September 2005.


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