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Your Questions About Saving Digital Images

David asks…

Reduction of Image Size?

Hello,

I have few pictures/images from Digital Camera. These are BMP
Images and size of each picture is 2MB+. I have to reduce the size
of these pictures so that I may be able to use these images on
my web site. It takes a long long time to display such heavy sized images. Is there any free software out there, that can help my in
reducing size of these images without harming the quality of the
pictures?

PS: I do not want to sacrifice quality of pictures as well :)

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Azher

Pip answers:

Always use thumbnails of your images displayed in a jpg format. Provide link to original image with information about the original image like size of file, format, description whatever you deem important. If someone needs to see original image then they’ll have some idea of what they are in for.

If you are selling these, then the original image should be saved for shipment and a copy in original format with watermark should be available for viewing.

Ron

Nancy asks…

New to digital camera; having trouble transferring image?

I have photoshop 6 – I click to resize. I change image size, I change every damned thing but still my pic is 3.04 meg. HELP!!!!! I just want to send around 20 images in an email and with the old fool proof scanner and glossy pics I had no problem! Any advice welcome. Thank you.
Ah! I wasn’t aware of a change of setting in the camera. It’s Canon Ixus, and too bloody scared to press any buttons!
See, thing is – I downloaded the 30 day trial of Photoshop because on Yahoo answers lots of people reckon that it is relatively easy to resize.
Yep, I certainly have the option to save as jpeg (I always would) but no option to save as any sort of condensed pic for email

Pip answers:

Photoshop should have an option to save as jpeg and save as e-mail size. (200-600k).
If not then try another program, Microsoft office 2003 has Picture manager that has this option, or download a free photo program from www.filehippo.com that can do this.

Windows Photo Gallery (included in Vista/ in xp I think?) has an e-mail option that can re-size your photos.

Photoshop is a very advance program, if you like to spend hours touching up/ making layers etc it a very good program. But if you just need to do the basics then Photoshop is overcomplicated for your needs.
Picasa 2 and Gimp are both free and have all the basic functions you would need for everyday tasks like sizing photos for e-mail.

More info:

http://www.videojug.com/interview/viewing-your-digital-photos#how-do-i-resize-my-digital-photos

“You can use Adobe Photo Shop and use the image size command,”

Steven asks…

Why some digital images are preferred storing in an uncompressed image format?

Thank you so much

Pip answers:

Raw images are basically the equal in the digital world to a negative of a film camera. When you save something to a JPEG your camera is dropping some of the information in the original photograph because of compression. This missing information makes it much harder to correct things that may be wrong about the photo, such as white balance or an overexposed or underexposed image. In still photography I love shooting with raw and would recommend everyone does if they are comfortable with it. I like the amount of flexibility I have to edit with even if sometimes I do not need all of it.

So in short raw is an uncompressed not processed file that retains all of the date in the original file. It allows you to do the processing in editing and correct any mistakes that otherwise might be harder to correct with a JPEG. The only time I might not shoot raw would be for shooting burst shots like the kind you use in sports photography. Since raw files contain more data the buffer size is larger so you cannot get as many photographs before the camera slow downs or stops shooting.

Linda asks…

digital camera?

Ok, I never owned a digital camera before . I always use the kodak disposable ones. I dont know how to buy a digital camera , meaning what is the best or close to the best brands and how to even download pics. to your computer (notebook). Its like I’m from the stone ages with certain things lol, so please describe in details on which cams are good and how do u download . Thanks in advance.

Pip answers:

I’m going to start saving my answers….here’s an answer I wrote last week, but it’s relevant to your question.

These days, digital cameras are incredibly affordable. I would make sure you do your online research at websites like http://www.dpreview.com or http://www.imaging-resource.com which will help to familiarize you with features on digital cameras.

The first question to ask yourself is: what can I afford? This will determine exactly which digital camera and features you will get.

Next, look at cameras in your price range. Cameras will feel different in your hand. Make sure the controls (on/off, zoom, shutter release, playback, etc.) feel logical and intuitive to you. Check the back liquid crystal display (or LCD) to make sure it’s big and easy to see.

Finally, here’s some things to consider:
1) the number of megapixels. Generally, more is better, as you get higher resolution. However, it also means bigger files.
2) the type of memory card used. Most cameras these days use Secure Digital or SD memory. Cameras which use Memory Stick, xD, or some other memory format are probably electronic dead-ends, except for Compact Flash memory, which is used in high-end cameras (which also happen to be physically larger).
3) Zoom–make sure it’s an optical zoom and not a digital zoom. At a minimum, get a 3 x zoom.
4) Image stabilization–also a useful feature.

I would say minimum specs these days are 5 megapixels, 3x or better optical zoom, secure digital memory, and image stabilization preferred. Good brands: Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and Panasonic.

To download: take the memory card out of the camera, plug the card into a specialized card reader, plug the reader into the USB 2.0 port. See the files on your computer!

Donald asks…

Help with resizing my digital image please!?

I know just enough about digital photo editing to screw a lot of things up!

I’m still reading, but hoping you can help me with quick advice. PSE7 “Process Multiple Files” converts my RAW images to JPEG at 240dpi with dimensions 2000 x 3008 pixels; size 3.68 MB.
I changed dpi to 300 – which changed dimensions to 2500×3760. 4.89 MB.
Because this is HUGE I changed the dimensions to 1197×1800 still at 300dpi. File size dropped to 109KB.
Uploaded to Mpix and they say I can print up to an 11×14 after the resize. I am worried about the drastic drop in file size. How do you think an 8×10 or 11×14 print will come out now? Will it look crummy?
Please guide me in my workflow. I realize the only purpose of converting to 300 dpi is for printing, but I need a good way to reduce file size, esp. when I am uploading a lot of photos.
Thanks!

Pip answers:

1) ALWAYS shoot at your cameras highest resolution
2) When processing RAW files, save them to the highest quality JPEG file you can.
3) HUGE is good when making photographic prints. I send 7 mb JPEG’s to my printing service all the time and they can make prints that are up to 2 x 3 feet from them
4) When you do resize your images for posting on the Internet, always save them as a new file name so you do NOT overwrite your original file.

The most common posting size file is a 600 x 400 @ 72 DPI image file. They are from 200k to 350k depending upon the number of pixels on your sensor.

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Your Questions About Compare Nikon Canon And Sony Digital Cameras

Mandy asks…

Looking to buy a digital camera – any advice?

I’ve never bought a camera before, so I’m not sure what to look for exactly.

I’m a college student wanting a fairly decent digital camera (for non-professional use) that balanaces quality and price, makes it easy to upload pictures to facebook, and is somewhat compact (I don’t want a bulky camera with too man unncessary features that I won’t use). I would also like something with a fairly long battery life.

Any advice?

Pip answers:

There are point and shoot cameras by the dozens and many work well for under $200, but I am going to recommend that you invest in a DSLR camera. It is an investment but it can be well worth it. DSLR cameras have the larger sensor so you get a higher quality images. You can change lenses which can be valuable, by allowing to adjust to different needs.

There are a number of good brands so don’t be sold on the idea one brand is better than another. I would keep your costs down. I would get a DSLR with a short zoom (like a 18-55mm) to start. No reason to spend more than $400 to $550. Either a 10MP or 12MP will do just fine.

Below, I listed some links, the first link listed below is to a web page that lists the 3 of the 4 DSLR cameras I am recommending. This list will let you compare features and specs, also it has links to reviews of the cameras, the reviews include sample images from the cameras. Also I included some links to some dealers so that you can try and get the best price. Some dealers have some nice extras, free shipping is very common, and sometimes they are offering a free memory card and/or camera bag. Sometimes you have to click in the “add to cart” button to see the actual price. The 2nd link will take you to over 10 customer reviews at B&H Photo for the Sony A230 since the first link has no review for it.

Here are some models that I think are well worth researching including estimated price range:

Sony Alpha A230 DSLR Digital camera with 18-55mm Lens – $399
Nikon D3000 10MP DSLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens – $460 to $480
EOS Rebel XS (1000D) 10MP DSLR Digital Camera Kit w/18-55mm IS Lens – $499 to $525
Pentax K-x 12MP DSLR with 18-55mm Zoom (has HD Video also) – $485 to $525

Pick a price range, some features you know you want, and even consider which camera feels good in your hand as a factor. Plenty of great cameras, get one you like and start learning the principles of photography and you will be on your way to making some great images.

Most people go with Nikon or Canon but, I think the Pentax could be of special interest, since it can do HD video and has excellent quality at higher ISO settings which can be useful in low light places and helping get the picture. These features, especially the HD video, on a Nikon or Canon will cost you $100 to $200 more.

If you have any questions and if you think I can be of help then please do contact me.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Mark

marksablow.com

Helen asks…

what the best digital camera available for a reasonable price?

i currently have the finepix Z and its a nice camera but doesn’t have the cool features that i am looking for like the more recent cameras offer. im looking for a nice camera for a reasonable price. thanks for the help

Pip answers:

Recommendations for YOU at the VERY bottom with 2 asteriks, but general info that will help you out before that.

Before i start let me remind you to buy from reputable online dealers such as beachcamera.com, bhphoto, buydig, adorama, ritz camera, J&R, amazon, etc. NOT ebay. Look around those to get the best price. Just remember to check resellerratings.com and BBB.org to see the reputation of the vendor. There are a lot of scam artists online these days.

REMEMBER, megapixels DON’T MATTER, it’s a marketing tool. Any photographer will tell you megapixels have nothing to do with image quality.

If you want REALLY good zoom look at some of the prosumer point and shoot ones, they come with 20x zoom while compact point and shoots usually have 3-4X. When looking at zoom ONLY LOOK AT THE OPTICAL zoom. Digital zoom means NOTHING. If you want to take another picture immediately after, prosumer point and shoots and dslrs are better than compact camera. So if you shoot a lot of moving things or sports, you may require a prosumer point and shoot or a dslr. However most compact point and shoots these days can do fairly well on that too, but no where near as well as a dslr would.

Here are my general suggestions in each range of cameras, organized by 3 groups, compact point and shoots, prosumer point and shoots (basically higher end and bulkier point and shoots), and dSLRS.

Compact Point and shoot: Canon SD 880 IS (comes in gold and sliver), this is one of the best point and shoot cameras out so far and costs around $250 I believe.

Prosumer point and shoot: Sony HX1 or Canon G10 or Canon SX1IS. All three of these are excellent, you can compare them yourselves to see which one you like. These cameras offer a lot more manual control than point and shoots and have higher zooms. They are a bit more advanced than the typical compact point and shoot cameras. They’ll also be more expensive, around 400-600.

Dslr: These are your really serious cameras, with interchangable lenses. These will cost a lot! They have interchangable lenses and offer a lot of flexibility and creative control. When you buy these you buy a system and will build on it with life by purchasing more lenses as you go, flashes, tripods, etc etc. Just one of the lenses alone will cost more than your point and shoot will, so they aren’t cheap. Here are my recommendations for dslrs.

Entry level: Nikon D40, Canon Rebel XS (around 500 total with kit lens)

Mid level dslr: Canon XSi or the New T1i (700 for xsi, 900 for T1i with kit lens)

More professional models: Nikon D90 or nikon D300 or Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 50D (1000 + )

Full frame: these are the most expensive cameras in the world and will run around as much as a car for the whole system, so i won’t recommend these cuz if you were in the market for these I’m sure you wouldn’t have asked any questions here on yahoo answers, you’d be a professional taking photos for a living.

*NOTE: canon and nikon are the two biggest and best companies when it comes to cameras. Canon by far leads the way when it comes to point and shoots. In SLR, it’s debatable but I prefer Nikon SLRs

**optical zoom is important, megapixels not so important. Stick with canon point and shoots if you are on a budget. It would help if you told us your budget, but just follow those recommendations and you’ll end up with a good camera in whatever price range you have. Remember don’t buy compact point and shoots if you can afford to go over 300. There are better options as i mentioned in my suggestions.

Sandra asks…

what features should i look for in a digital camera ?

I own a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T77/B , and I’m not happy with the pictures quality, especially in low light conditions, noise-shaky-and lots of red eyes.
I’m looking for a camera that doesn’t have these problems, takes the best quality pictures, has the sweep panoramic feature,preferably as slim as my current camera, i’m not gonna print my photos and i’m not on a limited budget , and i’m leaning towards canon.
any cameras you would recommend and more importantly what are the features i should look for to avoid the problems i mentioned.

Pip answers:

I don’t like to give recommendations for particular cameras because there are too many choices and too many variables in what people are looking for. I find it much more useful to help you think this over, then make up your own mind.

Point & Shoot cameras are wonderfully handy because of their small size.
When light conditions are ideal, they even take really nice photos – all of them do.

However, they all DO have limitations – they don’t do very well in low light situations (i.e. Noisy photos, hard to avoid blur, etc). The little onboard flash is very harsh at close range, and doesn’t reach very far.
Many of them have no manual functions, so you are limited to only very basic photos, you can’t compensate for unusual situations, or do many fun “tricks” and special effects.
P&S’s also suffer from frustrating shutterlag and many of them chew through batteries rather quickly.

If you’re ok with all those limitations, then go ahead and pick one, most of them (the same type and same price range) are rather similar. Personally I would pick either a Canon or a Nikon, and would certainly stay away from Kodak.

A higher end P&S will give you more manual options and better quality. Many of those even give you the option of adding a proper flash (which makes a big difference to your flash photos).

Don’t worry too much about megapixels – all modern cameras have plenty enough, plus there is a limit to how many pixels you can squash into a tiny P&S sensor before you actually LOSE quality rather than gain it. 6 megapixels is about the upper limit for those little sensors.
Don’t worry about digital zoom, in fact, don’t EVER use it. It simply crops away pixels, i.e. Destroys information. The only real zoom is optical.

Some people ask for a camera that “doesn’t take blurry photos”. Blur is the photographer’s problem, NOT the camera’s. Even the most expensive camera will take blurry photos if the person behind it doesn’t know what they’re doing. The tiny sensors of P&S cameras have low light issues, if you really want to get away from those, then you need a camera with a much bigger sensor, i.e. A DSLR.

Some words about special effect features such as color accent, or even just b/w or sepia:
About applying any sort of effect in camera: DON’T DO IT !
Imagine if you just happen to take the best photo you ever took – surely you would want to have it in all its glory, right?
Always set your camera to biggest size, best quality (and to color).
That way, you start with the best possible photo as your original.
Then you make a copy and edit it to your heart’s content.
You have much better control over any editing on your computer, even something as simple as b&w will look MUCH better when it was processed properly instead of in camera.
You can do all sorts of things to it PLUS you get to keep your original.

Decide which features are important to you, and look for cameras that have that feature.
Then go compare a few models on www.dpreview.com .

The very best thing you can do for your success is to borrow some books and learn about photography. A bit of knowledge will make a much bigger difference to your photos than your choice of P&S camera can.

For what it’s worth – if I was in the market for a P&S camera right now, my choice would be a Canon Powershot SX20 IS http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=19208

Lizzie asks…

What kind of camera should I buy?

I am thinking about buying a camera, for obviously taking photos. But i want one that’s good quality in pictures because i plan on editing them and posting them on my deviantart account. So if anyone could suggest some cameras that would be great.
I do not need fancy cameras (because i am only 15)
So please include the price as well.
~Thanks :)

Pip answers:

Search in All Products, whatever it is, specify your requirement
You can get everything here for very lowest prices, you can compare
Many suppliers will sell here, so competitive prices are here.

Http://auto-partsstores.com/index.php?k=digital+cameras&c=all

Bookmark the website and get your product online
You can see many products with different price ranges. You can choose yours.
Online buying is always cheapest as compared with any other shopping
You can see product reviews and specifications
Get free shipping directly to your address

Best Digital Cameras list I am giving
Nikon D3000
Nikon D90
Nikon Coolpix P100
Canon EOS Rebel
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Canon Powershot S90
Panasonic Lumix DNC-Z57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F35
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V

you can buy as per your budget and specifications.

Chris asks…

How good is the nikon coolpix L24 digital camera? ?

Is it more of a low end quality camera or a high end or kind of in the middle? How is it compared to the Olympus sp-310?

Pip answers:

Olympus sp-310 is way too old to be compared with coolpix L24 . Coolpix L24 will certainly give you better pictures ,

but you can even get better camera at the price of coolpix L24 , look at sony dsc w530 , canon ixus 105 and 115 . Much better camera in terms of sensor and lenses .

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Cameras India

Chris asks…

How good a digital cam can i buy for my brother from India, my budget is 10,000?

I have promised my bro a digital cam on his b’day later this month. 10,000 rupees is my budget.
Please suggest me some good digital camera models from good company along with their current market price.Thank u

Pip answers:

Kodak C653 price 9999/-
Kodak M753 price 10999/-
Kodak V1003 price 9999/-
Kodak V803 price 7999/-
Kodak Z885 price 8500/-
Samsung 170 price 10990/-
Samsung S1030 price 10990/-
Sony Cyber Shot DSC H50 price 8800/-
Sony Cyber Shot DSC W110 price 9990/-
for more models and features detail available at http://www.ebhav.com

Mark asks…

I am going to Dubai and was told that it is better to have an international adapter(electrical)…?

In India, I located one such adapter but the packet indicates various countries except Dubai (UAE). What do I do in this case and which brand is usable in Dubai. I wish to charge mobile phone and sony digital camera (retail price rs 150 of good quality international adapter)

Help.

Pip answers:

Dubai uses a mix of UK and continental European style outlets, so have one plug adapter of each type..

Richard asks…

Is it possible to charge a Lithium Batterie without a wall? maybe AA batteries?

I will be traveling to India and want to bring a digital camera but am concerned about charging my digital. Is there like a AA pack that charges a rechargeable lithium style battery?

Pip answers:

I’m not sure. There probably is, but it will be expensive. Maybe not even worth it. You could always get a new camera that takes AA…
If not, it’s understandable.
Some tips: Make sure you have a replacement battery and that both batteries are fully charged before you go (duh!)
If you can, put the camera on low energy consumptiono and automatic turn off after 5 minutes or so of idleness. There’s no use in having it on when you don’t need it!
If it has a hold button use it as much as possible especially if you are going to keep the camera in a bag or somewhere it might be accidentally turned on.
Make sure you have an extra memory card or two if you are going to take lots of pictures or videos.

These are mostly common sense, but if your camera doesn’t have these features, you might want to look into buying a new one. Best Buy and any Sony brand have good cameras that will last.

John asks…

Which is the best digital camera in india range within 8000 to 10000 Rs?

Hello,

I am looking for a digital Camera with particular feature in it – image Stabilization or Blur Reduction.
Earlier I have used Sony Cybershot but when I clicked some fast moving objects the result image was blur and not clear so this time I am looking for that particular feature.

Kindly suggest me some models with this feature.
My Budget is from 8k to 10k.

Best Regards
Sudeep

Pip answers:

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
Rs. 9500
The Fujifilm S2950 camera belongs to the Finepix S-series of point and shoot cameras. This advanced digital camera by Fujifilm comes loaded with the 18x Fujinon zoom lens, and can also zoom digitally up to 4x. This 14 megapixel digital camera has CCD sensor, which allows you to take clear and crisp pictures. The camera has focal length of 5 mm – 90 mm, and the 35 mm film equivalent focal length is 28 – 504 mm.

This Fujifilm S2950 has an aperture range of f/3.1 – f/5.6. The digital camera also has a TTL contrast detection Auto Focus with Single Auto Focus and Continuous Auto Focus modes. The sensitivity can be automatically adjusted by the camera between the ISO range of 64 – 6400, which lets you click pictures even in low light conditions.

The Fujifilm S2950 comes with pre-installed scene modes such as Natural Light, Portrait, Baby, Smile, Landscape, Sport and many more. The camera also comprises of technologies like Face Detection to recognize the number of faces in a picture, Blink Detection and Auto-Red Eye correction. The CCD-shift type dual image stabilizer counters camera shake and helps you click clear pictures. This point and shoot digital camera from Fujifilm has self timer mode that permits you to delay clicking a picture between 2 – 10 seconds.

Best choice with good overall performance, good features, good durability and is value for money product. GO with it.
=====SM======

Donna asks…

Which is best camera below 10k in india?

Hello,
I am planning to buy a new digital camera. My budget is Rs Ten Thousand. So Can you please suggest me which is good and best camera below Rs Ten Thousand

Thanks

Pip answers:

*****Sony Cybershot DSC-W530
14.1 Megapixels
Optical Zoom: 4x
Rs. 8799
The Sony DSC-W530 belongs to the Cyber-shot family of point and shoot cameras. This digital camera uses a CCD sensor, which has a resolution of 14.1 megapixel. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens of this Sony camera has the focal length ranging between 4.7 – 18.8 mm and 26 – 105 mm in the 35 mm film equivalent format. The zoom options of this Sony camera include 4x optical and 6.7x digital zoom.

The aperture range of DSC-W530 is f/2.7 – f/8.0. This Cyber-shot camera has TTL contrast detection Auto Focus with the normal focus range of 60 cm and macro focus range of 5 cm. The sensitivity of this Cyber-shot camera can be adjusted between ISO 80 – 3200 if you need to capture pictures in low-availability of light.

*****Nikon Coolpix S3100
14 Megapixels
Optical Zoom: 5x Optical Zoom
Rs. 8682
The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a 14 megapixel camera, which is powered by EXPEED C2 image processing technology. The camera has 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The Coolpix S3100 is slimmer than its predecessors in the Coolpix series.

The Coolpix S3100 comes with a 5x optical Zoom NIKKOR glass lens, which has a focal length of 4.6 – 23.0mm. The camera can zoom digitally up to 4x and optically up to 5x. The TTL contrast detection Auto Focus has a range of 50cm at Normal mode and 10 cm at Macro mode. The sensitivity of this Nikon camera ranges from ISO 80-1600 on Auto and ISO 80-3200 on Manual. This Coolpix camera has Mechanical and Charge-coupled electronic shutter and has a shutter speed of 1/2000 sec – 4 sec. The built-in Flash has range of 0.5 to 4.5 m (Wide) and 0.5 to 2.2 m (Tele). The Aperture ranges from F/3.2-6.5.

These are the best choice having good overall performance, good durability and are value for money products. Buy any of these.
=====SM=====

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Your Questions About Storing And Backing Up Digital Images

Mark asks…

How do I put pictures back in my camera when they’re in the computer ?

I imported my pictures in my computer, but now i want to import it back into my camera. What do i do ? It’s a canon powershot A540.

Pip answers:

You can try, but it may not work … It is pretty much a one-way trip .. Subject > camera > sensor > analog/digital converter > memory card.

While the images are on the card, unchanged by a computer, they can be viewed at will. Once they have been copied to a computer, modified in any way, the camera will not “see” them.

If you want to try, open your file manager and then open the memory card .. You will see a file folder called “DCIM” and within that file folder, another one that is named something that is specific to your camera. It is within that folder that the image files are stored. Try copying them there and see what happens.

Where the problem may be lies in what is sometimes called an image index file. It can be held anywhere on the card …sometimes next to the DCMI file folder (maybe called MISC or it could be embedded withing the files themselves).

If you have changed the image at all (rotated it, changed the colour balance, size, even name) it will not be seen by your camera.

Remember to format your card after you have safely copied all your images to your computer This will refresh your card and help prevent corruption on the card caused by deleting images on the card using the “delete” feature on the camera or moving the card while the camera is still in the “on” position

William asks…

What is the best way to remove someone from a photo?

Other than cutting or cropping them out, is there a way to remove someone from a photo and still keep the entire picture? I have the photo stored on my computer, and I have many different kinds of photo editing software, but I’ve never tried to remove a whole person from a group shot. And, honestly, I’m just not that good at it. Is there any way to do this and keep the background? Any ideas? I’m looking for a way to make them just “disappear”.

Pip answers:

Eaaaasy … If its digital :P first you must understand if they are takinng up too much space in the picture… Itll be too much effort annd wont look good…. But if it is like just thier face… Thats easy..
U need photoshop and the stamp tool….. Basically you take the background near thier head …. And stampit over thier head so they donnt look there at all… Hold alt and click the back ground….then click on thier face… And goto work….

Itd be aloot easier if you had a link to the image…

Sandra asks…

How to keep a digital library of movies?

I just bought a 2 TB hard drive and was looking for a way to digitally back up all my movies on there and watch them by plugging my hard drive into my Xbox 360.

I need help knowing how to rip them, how to store them, and the file type so I can watch them in best quality on my 360. All help and suggestions are welcome. Please help!!

Pip answers:

To rip the movies use DVD decrypter http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ Its free to download. Its the one I use. Easy to install and use. Also download all the audio and video codecs incase you computer is missing some http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm

To store them: Firstly you must have sure your harddrive is FAT32 format, because this is what xbox uses. This will show you what to do and will probably explain it better than me lol http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/mods/USB%20Hard%20Drive%20Mod.htm then simply plug in your hard drive to laptop/computer and drag or copy/paste the files on the hard drive.
You may need this also http://partitionlogic.org.uk/

Xbox 360 only plays WMA files as far as I know, so you need to convert the dvd image files you’ve ripped into WMA files. To do this you need to find a programme that will convert them. Its hard to find one thats free, even though there are loads of them out there, I was cheeky and downloaded one illegally (shhh, don’t tell anyone) using utorrent. Here’s the one I downloaded http://btjunkie.org/torrent/SUPER-Video-Converter-NXOR/2412edf362add8071926587b2ca86dae62ddfa2d84d3 If you don’t know anything or much about torrents just google it, plenty of info online.

Hope this helps. Even though I’m pretty useful with computers I’m crap at explaining things lol so apologies for that :)

James asks…

Does anyone use a camcorder that allows you to record on a DV or miniDV and then save digital pics on an SD?

Do you think the dual function is better or would you advise me to have a seperate digital camera and camcorder? I am using this to record trips and family functions and my new baby.

With a dual function and dual storage camcorder, do you have to keep switching back and forth to which type of memory you want the image stored on, or switch back and forth between pic mode and video mode, or does the camera automatically do it?

Pip answers:

As others have said, camcorders do better videos, digital cameras do better stills. I love video, but I have to admit that digicams are much more convenient for those “baby moments”. I’d go for a separate digicam and camcorder, keep the digicam handy and use the camcorder when you’ve got the time.

Maria asks…

Which Is Best For Online Digital Processing in UK?

I am not necessarily looking for te cheapest I would rather pay more and get quality flawless prints. My photos are stored on my computer so I just want the covenience of sending them to be processed via the iternet.

Thanks For Your Time.

Pip answers:

I’ve been really impressed with snapfish.com

I would steer you away from photobox. Allow me to explain why!

I’ve been a fan of photobox for years, I think I first opened an account with them about the same time that I had my first digital camera back in 2003. I’ve always been impressed by the variety, speed and quality of their service and I’ve been a very happy customer. When a friend of mine asked me, last summer, who I, as a professional photographer, used to print my images I was happy to tell them that it was photobox. No sooner had the words left my mouth than began a series of wrecks, both minor and major all coming from photobox. And like an abused lover I kept giving them one more chance. Until today.

It all started with a single crease in the middle of a print. It was a deep crease and was immediately obvious from the pristine outer packaging that it had occurred before it was despatched. Now, I don’t know if photobox hand pack or computer pack, but either someone neglected to check what was going in the envelope or they don’t check the photos before they get sent for packaging. I had to order a new print, which meant delay to my customer, and I wrote to ask for a refund. I didn’t get a reply. This must have been August or early September.

In November I was invited to attend a school Christmas fair and I jumped on the opportunity and realised that I’d put off for too long preparing promotional material like photobooks and large framed prints, as I’d previously relied on the website. I ordered the various books, calendars and large prints with time to spare but thought to ensure rapid delivery I would pay for courier delivery. Which was probably my biggest mistake.

Photobox use DPD couriers (previously parceline), and I’ve been lead to believe that they are notorious for their bad customer service:

*DPD failing to deliver good safely
*DPD failing to find someone
*DPD generally failing in a variety of ways

I was having the products delivered to me at my part-time job and was told when I called to chase the items that the courier was ‘refused entry’. This is of course a lie. There are about 2,000 people in this building and as the security guard, whom I know and trust, told me they always allow couriers in to the building and will happily sign for items if the person it’s for is not around. You could say I’m blaming photobox for the courier’s mistake. But, the lawyers amongst you will know that my contract is with photobox and not with their sub-contractors. So, in order to ensure that the same courier didn’t ‘not-deliver’ the rest I asked if I could change the delivery method to first class recorded post. I was told absolutely, not a problem. There were three items left to be delivered. Item 1 was sent first class recorded post, item 2 was sent by courier and turned up after the fair, item 3 was sent in the regular post and didn’t turn up. Shall we say I was a little sad about this?

I wrote a v angry letter to Photobox outlining the mistakes that I’ve covered here, including my prior problem with getting a refund. I made it expressly clear that I didn’t want print credit or the equivalent. I was so disappointed to be writing that I even copied in my local MP!

The response I got back from photobox was lacklustre at best. The individual writing to me did his best to explain nothing as to why they had had so many problems, so I still don’t know if this was a one-off or a problem they’ve been having with their distributors. Nothing. I got a refund for the lost items, but I don’t count that as good service, that’s simply what you should do in such circumstances. I also got print credit for a photobook or calendar. So not only did they give me something I didn’t want but they restricted it to two particular items. This was in January.

I almost gave up but decided to give them one last chance, after all these years. It was probably a problem with Christmas delivery, they’d have been snowed under and…and…and…

Before Christmas I did a shoot of a lovely couple and they placed an order for two small prints, a medium print and a canvas. One last try photobox. I receieved four small prints (one set duplicated) and one medium print. When I called to follow up my email to the customer services person telling them what had happened I was told I’d get an email within the hour. For some reason this person thought that speaking to a customer was too much like hard work or that human interaction is best conducted through email. My answer? They hadn’t forgotten about the canvas, it was being printed and I was patronisingly told to look at the website of service times. I did. I also looked at my delivery status – ‘item despatched’. I was told that was a bug with the software.

I give up. Photobox have shown no interest in resolving my problems, they give lots of excuses but their actions don’t demonstrate sincerity. I’m sick of reading “I’m sorry to hear about….” because they’re n

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Slr

Linda asks…

What is one of the best Nikon SLR digital cameras?

I would like to buy a Nikon SLR camera but I’m wondering which one would be the best buy, or the newest model, or the best rated?

Pip answers:

If you like Nikon i would recommend Nikon D90
Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, the D90’s breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more. The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90’s cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.

Donna asks…

what is the difference between a digital camera and an SLR?

I’m looking into buying an expensive camera and I noticed for nikon they offer a 12-megapixel digital camera for $100 dollars less then a 10.2-megapixel SLR camera.

Since I am Pretty much a camera newbie and really only know the higher the megapixel the better the picture, so my question is what is the difference between the two that I am missing here.

Which do you believe is the better buy?

Pip answers:

There is a massive difference in the quality of photos and video when you compare compacts with fixed lenses (regardless of price or brand) and dSLRs. The main reason is the image sensor size not the pixel count.

You can ignore pixel counts because they don’t mean better quality images. A 10 megapixel compact and a 10 megapixel dSLR are very different. The image sensor in a compact is so small, that it would take 12 or more of them to cover the image sensor in an entry level dSLR.

That larger image sensor has less noise, can take cleaner shots in low light, has better dynamic range, detail, color and contrast when compared to the tiny sensor in a compacts, or the even smaller sensors used in cell phone cams.

You can also get compact-ish cameras with large image sensors like the Sony NEX line, 4/3rds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic and the new 1 series from Nikon like the J1. So you are paying for the image sensor, that’s the big difference.

So if video and photo image quality, speed etc is your top priority go with any kind of camera with a large image sensor. If compact size and low cost are your priority, just get a cheap compact.

Nancy asks…

I want to take good pictures during Rock concerts in low lighting what is the best way to take such pictures?

I have a Nikon D50 Digital SLR camera. Any suggestions about f stop settings, shutter speed etc would be most appreciated.

Pip answers:

IF you have the regular kit lens, there’s not really much you can do but use “P” mode and spot metering (direct it as you focus on the faces of the performer) and jack up your ISO to the most you can get, and hope for the best. You’d really have to use a faster lens (f/2.8) to really use a lower ISO and avoid “noise;” do not use a slower shutter speed than 1/60th or you will surely get blurred images from the movement of the subjects and from camera shake. It’s not a bad camera; it’s just the nature of the lens you have and the limitations thereof. IF they stage has colored lights, expect the images to have the lighting effect. Get a white light reading before you do anything. Good luck and very best wishes.

Laura asks…

why and how can slr cameras take higher quality photos than regular digital cameras?

i have a nikon digital camera and it has 8 megapixels.

but i notice that the nikon d40 which has 6 megapixels takes better photos..

why is this so?
ok so would buying a nikon d40 be a downgrade or upgrade?

Pip answers:

In a SLR Camera digital or not, the single lens reflex lets you see exactly what the picture will come out as. The digital screen on the camera is not as clear as your eye. Composition also, digital cameras tend to focus on everything, while slr cameras can be broad or narrow focus.

Those awesome pictures of a subject while the back is blurry and all lit up (love them don’t know why) but yeah this is only really able to be successfully attained through the use of an SLR camera.

Pretty much just have to look at the price tag, but yes, any SLR thus far should be better than a standard digital camera.

I can walk down the street and buy a standard 12MP digital camera with a touch screen for 250 bucks. A D40 would still cost at least 450 …
I think the price is actually 500 for a 6.1 MP
My cell has a 5MP camera on it, the new phones will have 8, but they won’t be that great. It has a lot to do with lighting, composition, ISO settings (which my phone surprisingly does have) and many other settings.

Do yourself a favor, if you buy the D40 … Read every page, and work on perfecting the uses of every setting, there are so many that you will neglect if you don’t know about them or why to use them.

Thomas asks…

Why to alot of people say that Cannon and Nikon make the best digital cameras?

I hear alot of peolpe say that Cannon and Nikon make the best digital cameras, what so speacial about them.

Pip answers:

For professional gear, Canon is the market leader, Nikon is a distant second, and the other companies trail way in the distance. Canon and Nikon owe their leading position to three facts:
* They make the best digital SLR cameras (for field work) that money can buy. In terms of megapixels, build quality, speed, and features, no other company can touch them.
* They have a phenominal range of professional lenses and accessories. In the lens department, only Zeiss and Leica can out-do them, but those companies don’t have good enough cameras. (If you want to, you can use some Zeiss/ Leica lenses on a Canon, and Zeis has even started making lenses for Nikon.)
* Canon and Nikon offer professionals world-wide support.

For semi-pro and even for entry level digital SLR cameras, every single Canon and Nikon model is excellent value for money. And of course, Canon and Nikon are the only companies that offer a real upgrade path (including a huge selection of used gear on eBay)

With compact cameras, the market is more open and there are several good alternatives. Even here though, Canon usually offers good value for money – I believe that Nikon is having a harder time in this market segment. With point & shoots, it pays to read reviews for specific models. Some good places to do that are here

http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

and here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/default.asp?view=alpha

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Your Questions About Digital Photography Basics

Robert asks…

Beginner digital photography?

I am into digital photography. I have my own digital camera. its a Kodak easy share. I plan on going to photography classes winter quarter. Can any one give me hints on how to take better pictures?

Pip answers:

Edwin made a point that I had almost forgotten. I, too, remember that first print appearing on the paper in the tray of dektol. In fact, I think in all the time I’ve spent in a darkroom, I never lost that thrill when almost like magic an image appears on a piece of plain white paper sitting in a tray of developer.

But back to your question. Absolutely take the class and do all the class assignments. If they want you to use a film camera, do so. In my opinion, you will never get a better foundation in photography than learning how to capture the image you want on film.

If you want to get a head start, by all means get some book on photography. Start learning the basics of composition and exposure. How to use depth of field to achieve a specific result. Start to visualize how your finished picture will look and think of how you can achieve that picture with your camera.

Good luck.

Lisa asks…

Where to find an affordable camera?

I want a quality camera that’ll teach me the basics of digital photography at a GOOD PRICE. Where can I find one?

Pip answers:

I love Cheetos!

EBay will provide you with a very affordable camera.

Check this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nikon-N90S-35mm-Film-Camera_W0QQitemZ320318748574QQihZ011QQcategoryZ15241QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

or this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Argus-C3-Type-Rangefinder-35mm-Film-Camera-50mm_W0QQitemZ380077779584QQihZ025QQcategoryZ15234QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Richard asks…

Which is better for the beginner digital photographer, PSE4 or PSPX?

I’m new to digital photography, which is better for a beginner to get good results–Photoshop Elements 4 or Paint Shop Pro X. I even have Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10, so I’m confused about which one will give me the most bang for my buck as far as quality pictures and enhancements goes.

Pip answers:

You can download trial versions of PSE4 and PSPX and see which you like the best. I think between the two (have used both) it’s more of user preference than anything. PSPX has more overall flexibility, but PSE4 has a more user friendly interface. Personally, I prefer PSP8 … Tried both 9 and X and went back to 8.

My recommendation is that you choose one program, then concentrate on learning it inside and out. Then, down the road, if you feel a need for something more, or different, you will have the basics down to transfer to anyother program.

Mark asks…

Whats the difference between these three courses?

i am thinking of doing a photoshop course and dont know what one to go for so am asking for your advice… digital photography for beginners, adobe photoshop, and digital imgaing for photographers

Pip answers:

Depends on what you really want to do with this.
If you want to learn how to make your pictures more beautiful then you would take the beginners course to learn the basics of photography first so that you can take a good photograph.
If you just want Adobe I would consider looking for a Computer Art course. I took that and it introduces you to PS and its other tools. Digital Imaging for Photographers requires you have some knowledge of PS. Adobe Photoshop sounds it would be good but I think Computer Art would benefit you more if it is available.

Nancy asks…

looking for a place that conducts digital photography lessons for kids in the Brisbane area?

My daughter is 14 yrs old and just wants to learn basics to start with. Do not want places that do it via online, some where we can go together mum and daughter.

Pip answers:

I’d ask at your local photography shop or continuing education/ neighbourhood house type place. They’re sure to run something if enough people ask. So gather some friends :)

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Your Questions About Saving Digital Images

Mandy asks…

Digital images question?

What are the differences between the following types of digital images? Explain how each image format will help you in the creation stage.
a)Images with file extension *.jpeg or *.jpg;

b)Images with file extension *.gif; and

c)Images with file extension *.png

d)Images with file extension *.xcf or *.psd

Pip answers:

*.JPEG* – image file which can be varied in the amount of compression.
-This enables the file size to be smaller than a .bmp (bitmap – uncompressed) while retaining the quality.
-The file could also be saved at (eg.) 150dpi if the image was to be used as a thumbnail, or at 300dpi – 600dpi if the image was to be printed by a printer at 300dpi.
-If printing the jpeg it would ideally be turned into a high resolution PDF before printing.

*.GIFs* are compressed files to reduce file size and are also limited to 256 colours.
-These are commonly used as visuals on the internet rather than for printing.

*.PNG* – large file size. These are 24-bit RGB (or 32-bit RGBA) rather than CMYK so are not used for printing on todays CMYK digital and large format printers.
-They have a wide variety of transparency options (jpeg does not support transparency options).
-They are typically much larger than jpegs with little quality difference.
-They are, however, better than jpegs for images with text, line art and graphics, where they can be a smaller file size but noteably sharper.

*.XCF* – native image format of the GIMP image-editing program. It supports saving each layer, the current selection, channels, transparency, paths and guides. GIMP is a free software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool.

*.PSD* – is Photoshop’s native file format.
-Photoshop uses color models like RGB, CMYK, grayscale, and duotone. Photoshop has the ability to read and write raster and vector image formats such as .EPS, .PNG, .GIF, and .JPEG.
-psd files can be saved with the layers present, for editing later. And the file can support transparencies, spot colours, etc.
-The file format can be exported to and from Adobe illustrator.

Betty asks…

How do I save a picture as a jpeg image?

Pip answers:

By default, all images made by digital cameras are saved as JPEG’s

There are a few professional cameras that will save images as RAW images which then can be converted as JEPG’s or TIFF’s

When using a photo program, there are choices when saving your re-sized or manipulated images.

George asks…

how to save image in corel painter?

I can only save sketch pad file but how do i save it in jpg file?

Pip answers:

Save as export formats

http://i1-win.softpedia-static.com/screenshots/Corel-Painter-IX5_2.jpg?1353762493

Saving file is for Painter it self,
where exporting allows other formats,

Corel Painter 12

http://www.corel.com/corel/pages/index.jsp?pgid=800018

http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4150074

http://digital-painting-software-review.toptenreviews.com/corel-painter-review.html

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Ken asks…

using xd card in digital camera?

how do get my pictures onto xd card in my digital camera.
Do I just take picture & click save ??

Pip answers:

Your images are automatically saved to the memory card every time you take a shot.
But, if your camera also has internal memory, make sure you select the option (in the Menu) to save to the memory card instead of to the internal memory.

Helen asks…

Which is best for saving digital photos on?

Hi all,

I am needing to back up all my digital photos that are on my computer. Which is best for doing this? A flash drive or a CD?

I have been backing them up to a photo hosting site, but alas, you never know when they will go down.

TYIA,

Pip answers:

Either will do but no digital storage medium is really safe. Make multiple copies of your images on whichever medium. CDs have a life of about 10 years, so every couple of years you need to check they are still readable and make new copies.

Apparently thumb drives have the same time span for data retention – http://www.chuckstr89134.com/newsltrs/015.htm

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Repair

Daniel asks…

Where can I get my camera fixed?

I dropped my Sony digital camera at a party this weekend. I tried to use it and now it won’t take any pictures. The lens is half-way out and won’t return into it’s cavity. The display is telling me to turn it off and then on again. I tried that a few times and it won’t work still. Is there something I can try or info someone can give me so I can fix my problem.

Pip answers:

Damage caused by abuse – dropping the camera or getting it wet – is NOT covered by your warranty. Now you know why Sony thoughtfully included a wrist strap so you wouldn’t drop your camera.

Any repairs will be at your expense and likely cost more than a new camera.

Happy shopping!

Susan asks…

If I do not have warranty can I get my camera fixed?

I have a Sony Cybershot digital camera, I love it! However, it has been acting up. The screen will flicker or roll and sometimes when I switch between taking the picture and viewing the picture it will shut off. I’d like to get it fixed because I really can’t afford a new one and the other one I have I hate. Where could I take it? I live in the Canton, Mi area.

Pip answers:

If you have a local camera shop, take it there. They will probably suggest options… Such as buying a new one (if the repair would be expensive) or just getting it fixed (might be cheap). Leave it to the professionals, just take it somewhere. There’s probably something near you if you look in the yellow pages.

John asks…

How come my flash doesnt work?

I have a sony digital camera and all of a sudden my flash doesnt work! B4 i take pics usually this red/orange flash comes on and then the real flash but this time the red/orange flash comes on but not the real flash. ahhh. What should I do? help!

Pip answers:

If it’s still under warranty, you need to send it in for repairs.

David asks…

How much can I get if I sell my digital camera with broken LCD?

I have a sony DSC-w50 digital camera. I brought it with me to school and the LCD cracked when i dropped my bag somehow. I’m thinking about selling it on ebay since i know the cost fot the replacement is really high. But i wonder how much can i get from it. The camera is in perfect shape and working fine. Only the LCD cracked.
If not, is there a camera shop that can fix my LCD except sony?
thanks

Pip answers:

Damaged cameras go for very little on eBay, but some camera-only retail locations also have repair services available. It may be worth checking out, the repair service may be less if it’s done in-house and you also don’t have to worry about shipping the camera to/back from Sony.

Ruth asks…

where can i get a broken camera screen fixed?

i have a sony digital camera but it was dropped and the screen broke, where can i get it repair and for how much? thanks:)

Pip answers:

I brought mine to geek squad at my local best buy, it took about three days, and it wasn’t that expensive. You could always send it to the manufacturer but that would be very expensive.

Hope this helps!

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Reviews

Carol asks…

Is there a significant learning different between the Canon Digital Rebel XT and the Canon 40D?

I plan on renting a Canon 40D sometime at the end of this month. Currently I use a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I was wondering is there a big learning difference between the two camera? What is on the 40D that I have to learn that is not on the digital rebel? I plan on shooting in manual and in raw.

Pip answers:

No, I don’t think you will have too much trouble finding your way around the 40D. If you know how to use the XT…then the 40D is just a step or two up (updated features, and menu etc).

Check out the 40D video tour in the first link below.
The second link has a number of informative 40D review/tutorial videos from YouTube.
The third link allows you to download (and save) the 40D’s Instruction Manual. I suggest you download it…and read it so you get a head start on it’s various features and functions…

Paul asks…

How can I find a compact camera with best/widest dynamic range?

I already own a Canon Powershot S3 IS digital camera.
It has disappointing dynamic range. How can I find a digital camera with a reasonable dynamic range?

Pip answers:

The other two posters are mostly correct. Most compact digital cameras have a tiny sensor, which limits the light collection ability. As they said, the best bet is to go with a camera with a larger sensor. The ideal is an SLR, but if you want something smaller, get the Fujifilm Finepix F100fd. It has a 1/1.6″ sensor, which is large for a compact digital camera. It also has special high dynamic range modes AT REDUCED RESOLUTION that is “400%.” That might be worth looking into. It’s so new, there aren’t a lot of reviews on it though.

Richard asks…

What is the best digital camera brand to buy?

I now own a HP digital camera that works just fine. But before digital came along, I had a Nikon film camera which I just loved. Everytime I see a professional, they are using a Nikon. To me digital can’t even compare to film but it’s nice to be able to see the pictures before they are developed. I have taken thousands of pictures over the years that are still on my SD cards. Don’t get me wrong my digital camera is great and I have developed hundreds of the pictures, but when using digital you just can’t stop at one picture.

Pip answers:

Asking for an opinion between Nikon or Canon is like asking about religion. Both sides will argue until they fall unconcious. The truth is, both Nikon and Canon make fantastic D-SLR cameras.

If you owned a Nikon film SLR in the past and still have lenses, you already have a start on a Nikon kit. Almost all Nikon “F” mount lenses made will work on current Nikon digital SLR cameras. A recent exception is the Nikon D40 and D40x – they will autofocus only with Nikon “AF-S” lenses.

Canon, on the other hand, is as equally used by professionals as Nikon. They don’t have the decades of lens compatibility that Nikon does, but they do have a very developed hypersonic motor focusing system that they have used since the creation of the Canon “EF” lens mount. (Nikon uses their similar “AF-S” technology, but Canon did it first.)

Consider both brands equally and be sure to make your final decision standing in your local camera store with the cameras in your hands. Specifications and test reviews on the Web can only tell you so much. Eventually, you have to TRY the cameras and discover which one is for you.


http://www.lenslenders.com

Mark asks…

Please help me in selection of good semi-professional digital camera?

I would like to have camera experts opinion in suggesting me a digital camera among the below three. ( suggestion of any camera model better than the below three is much appreciated :-) )

Got this list from many searches along with reviews.

Budget is <= Rs.15k

1.Canon PowerShot SX160 IS – Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 attracts me here
2.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V – 18.2 MP and Exmor R CMOS sensor
3.Fujifilm FinePix S4500 – Works good in manual mode

I am just going to start my photography ( much of nature , landscapes ) hobby with not a SLR but at least need a semi-professional camera.

Please suggest me a best one to use long time.

Pip answers:

You have no semi pro cameras on your list.

The models you listed are just cheap compact cameras. Don’t be fooled by the appearance on the outside, all of these cameras use tiny, cheap image sensors and optics like any other compact camera.

Here are four examples of semi pro cameras.

Canon’s 7D, Nikon’s D7000, Sony’s A77 and from Pentax the K5 II.

All the cameras you listed have poor image quality, especially in low light so if that’s all you can afford, just pick the one with the features you want most, honestly no single one stands out or beats the others with better image quality.

Daniel asks…

Please help me decide which of these 3 digital cameras is the best?

I want to buy a nice digital camera. I’ve heard good things about the Canon PowerShot SD750/ SD 800/ SD 850, Canon PowerShot A630/640, and Sony Cybershot DSC T100. These seem to be the 3 top models based on reviews. Can anyone help me decided which is the best? Or if there is another model that is also good or possibly better? Thanks in advance for your help!

Pip answers:

I favor the Canon SD750. There is a terrific video review of the camera at this page. It helped me decide.
Http://canon-directory.com/store/Canon/canon-SD750-digital-elph-camera

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Target

Susan asks…

Girls: What are some good quality digital cameras at walmart or target?

Well if you ask why I’m directing this question to girls It’s because girls tend to know more about cameras than guys. Anyways, I don’t plan on buying online.

Pip answers:

It really depends what you are looking for. What is your price range? I always shoot for canon i do have a kodak which i loved but soon as i got my canon i realized a big difference. If you want video try something hp740 quality those are the new ones on the market most camera’s are now offering this.
Batterys look up how much it is for a replacement battery you will want a rechargable one because digital camera’s eat up the batterys and if you get rechargable you can recharge the batterys as many times as it lets u. My canon takes 4AA batterys i have bought a second pack to carry around for when they die out i can always replace them right away and bought the charger for around 20 bucks. So check what type of battery it uses.
10 optical zoom should be fine if your not into scenery images 20 is better. Just depends on what your using it for again.
Anything above 5 megapixels should be enough unless you want to be a professional lol. Than anything higher is great.
You will also want an sd card. So check into how much memory your camera has alone w/out a card and how much a card will be. Usually its about 10 and up.
Walmart usually has the lowest price on camera’s. They have canon sd780 is which i was looking at before i got my canon powershot sx20is i love mine but it is very expensive.
If your looking for something cheaper. Try looking at youtube.com for test on cameras and also try flickr.com and photoshop.com and search for the camera you are looking at by going to walmart.com or whatever store you want to buy search the cameras then search for pictures on picture sights and view the qualities or view reviews on the camera u want on youtube thats what i did before getting my camera.
But again like the girl before me said canon and nikon will be ur best bet and they have good prices from 30 bucks on up for a good camera. Good luck

Mandy asks…

Which is the best deal for a digital camera?

I am looking to buy a digicam for thanksgiving for myself. Based on my needs, I guess I would need a 5 MP camera with a memory of about 256MB. There are several products flooding the market and I am confused on which one to choose and from where to buy. Should I go for a Canon or a Samsung or a Panasonic?
Should I base my choice on the cost only as all the brands have various prices with the same specs?
Also which would be the best place to buy one? CircuitCity or Walmart or Office Depot or Target? (these are the only places accessible to me).
Pleasse help me out b4 Black Friday.

Pip answers:

Consumer Reports for November 2006 has ranked the Canon Powershot A620 as the best compact digital camera. It is becoming almost a legend for longevity at the top of various consumer lists. It looks like this model has been replaced by the A630, which I would expect to be just as popular. The A640 appears quite similar and shares the “600″ series numbering, so I guess it’s just another upgraded version of the now-classic A620. It looks pretty much the same except for being a 10 MP camera.

I own a few Nikon DSLR’s and I’d buy the Canon A630 or A640 for myself.

The A620 was rated about twice as good as any as far a battery life. I hope the A630 and A640 are just as good. Use Energizer e2 LITHIUM batteries and you will be happy with battery life.

With this camera, you will find the memory card is a cute little token of thanks from Canon, but not much more. Buy a 1 GB Sandisk Ultra II or Extreme III card. You will NEED the increased capacity and write speed to fully realize the benefits of your camera.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_a620%2Ccanon_a630%2Ccanon_a640&show=all

If you want to trim the budget a little, the Canon Powershot A430, A530 or A540, are all great choices. You will need a decent memory card, though. I’d say get at least 512 MB.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_a430%2Ccanon_a530%2Ccanon_a540&show=all

Maria asks…

What kind of tripod is compatable w/ a Nikon Coolpix L6 digital camera?

And where can I buy one (ie. Target, Walmart, etc., preferably online)? Any size.

Pip answers:

Most all tripods have the same fitting that will screw into the hole on the bottom of your camera. Just buy one that will handle the weight of your camera, not one that is too flimsy.

Betty asks…

Which place is best to buy a digital camera?

Tax free holiday is coming to my town this weekend! I need a camera for my science project. Out of these three places, which is the place to buy a camera considering the quality and price?
1) Target
2) Best Buy
3) Circuit City
And what is the best brand names for a camera, Sony? Samsung? Other?
Thanks!

Pip answers:

Target, best buy, circuit city and even staples have good cameras you just have to bargain shop. Target and Best Buy probably will have the biggest selection. There is a lot that you look for when your looking to buy camera. First off you can get a camera with a lot of mega pixels which is good if your blowing up pictures but on a 4X6 or 5X7photo you will not see the difference between a 5 mega pixel and a 10 mega pixel camera because they are so close together. In my opinion the best camera is Sony because they have a Carl Ziess lens which makes a great quality picture. Cannon is a good camera too because they are originally a microscope company that puts really good lens on their cameras. Nikon is a good quality camera too. Kodak is good as well and has a high optical zoom which is always nice. But ultimately its what camera fits your needs the best and what your comfortable with and what looks good. So good luck.

Daniel asks…

What’s a good camera for photography course in high school ?

I’m almost done grade 10 and I’m going to take photography next year, I have to provide my own camera so I’m wondering what is a good camera that wont blow my bank account wide open ? Maybe a digital Nikon ?

Pip answers:

It depends on your teachers requirements, Powershots are good cameras but i would prefer going with a DSLR. Like a Nikon D5000 or something similar. You can go to Wal-Mart or Target, they usually sell the entry level Nikon & Canon DSLR.

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