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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Charger

Mary asks…

What’s something to look for when buying a digital camera?

I have $150 to spend on a new camera, what is something to look for?

Pip answers:

The following information should give you some options to consider. One big thing is cleaning battery and camera electrical contacts.

Consider this battery tale of woe. The camera reports battery low and cuts off … It’s really bad electrical contacts. The battery goes into a 16 hour non automatic charger, but the battery is not really low. The battery may now be severely damaged by overcharging.

Many of the new cameras come with only an LCD display. Would suggest that you find one that has an optical view finder because the LCD is almost impossible to see in bright sun.

Higher mega pixels may not really be the best thing to look for. It is more expensive, takes longer to process, and may not be needed unless you are making a really large picture or blowing up a small part of a picture.

Check the second source link for a camera that may be just what you are looking for. This is a digital video and single-lens reflex cameras that can show the finish line action in a video so it does not rely on the fast click of the shutter to catch the winner.

Via the built-in USB port, the device can be connected to any normal computer, using the power supply from the USB bus to enable continuous operation. The DV-5000G can therefore be used as a full PC and web cam with VGA resolution (640 x 480) at 30 fps. Http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9886342 …

Check with some of the Geeks at camera retailers and find out what they have. The information about my camera is just to show that you don’t need the biggest and best.

My camera has 5.2 mega pixel, but I use 3 most of the time because it gives great results, is faster, and takes less memory. Also, it only has a 3 x optical zoom and 7x digital zoom. I never use the digital zoom because making pictures larger works better on the computer. This is an old camera, but everyone is impressed with the quality pictures it takes … Like magic. Check with the Geeks in several stores and compare prices. Ask what cameras they own. Once you select a camera read all about it in the owner’s manual.

Check this camera. FUJIFILM – FinePix 10.0-Megapixel Digital. This is more camera for the money.
Wide-angle shooting, a 12x optical zoom and picture stabilization mode combine in this camera for exceptional shooting performance, even at a distance. Plentiful scene modes, autofocus and automatic white balance controls make this camera a snap to operate. Life time Warranty (Parts & Labor)
You may be able to find it on the Internet for a lower price.
Http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8879234&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat152400050001&id=1212192673855 …

This could be the best slim line camera.
Http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Sony%20Cyber-shot%20DSC-W150%2FR%20Digital%20Camera:1995337750;_ylc=X3oDMTB0bjZzaWNuBF9TAzk2NjMyOTA3BHNlYwNmZWVkBHNsawNlbGVj …

The last source link will show you most of the old and new cameras available today.

The first source link will help you clean camera and battery electrical contacts. Digital Cameras require lots of power. If the contacts are not really good, it can cause lots of problems.

William asks…

Does anyone own the Sony Cybershot digital camera?

I lost both the charger to my camera and the USB cable to download pictures on my computer. Is there anyway I can charge my battery with something different or something? Do you have a link that I can order a new charger and cable? Any help?

Pip answers:

Go to any Sony dealers and ask if you can buy a charger. As to downloading pictures, you can buy a card reader. No need for cables.

David asks…

Does anyone own the Sony Cybershot digital camera?

I lost both the charger to my camera and the USB cable to download pictures on my computer. Is there anyway I can charge my battery with something different or something? Do you have a link that I can order a new charger and cable? Any help?

Pip answers:

Go to any Sony dealers and ask if you can buy a charger. As to downloading pictures, you can buy a card reader. No need for cables.

Ruth asks…

Shall I remove the battery of the digital camera when not using the camera?

It seems that the battery dies out when it is inside the camera, even if the camera is off !!! may be I should remove it when storing the camera away, or it will die out any way?

Pip answers:

If batteries are removed more than a few hours, the date/time setting and other set-up information will be lost. If the camera is being stored for a long time, the batteries should be removed and stored properly.

Carry and dispose of batteries in baggies, blister packs, or other containers to protect ends from short circuit. Batteries explode when short circuited. NiMH batteries are environmentally friendly and may be discarded with trash.

Most NiMH rechargeable batteries lose charge and should be recharged when not used after two weeks, but Duracell new formula 2000mAh NiMH batteries hold charge one year when not used. Also, 2000mAh batteries seem to have a longer life. Did not like these batteries at first, but have 12 over five years old and all are still as good as new. Higher mAh batteries (about one year old) still work well in flashlights, but won’t start my camera.

The next link is about prolonging the life of lithium-based batteries which last from two to three years, but are very expensive. A Sony series G rechargeable 960mAh lithium-ion battery is $49.88 at Walmart.
Http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm …

A friend asked me to clean and charge her new 2000mAh Duracell batteries as described in the next link. Those batteries are still going strong after four months of normal use and have not been recharged.

Camera reports batteries low, but is it low charge or bad electrical contacts? Overcharging can ruin good batteries! The secret to making digital cameras work better is having good electrical contacts between batteries and camera.

Click this link for complete instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts.

Http://www.google.com/base/a/4210404/D13701973093918363271

Digital cameras require lots of power. Bad electrical contacts can cause lots of problems so battery and camera contacts must be cleaned properly. Batteries may be fully charged, but camera will indicate “low” if contacts are not really good. The LCD screen is a low steady load, but when lens extension, optical zoom, focus, and flash charging are added in the capture mode; the load is very heavy. Bad contacts make cameras do strange things like making bad pictures or shutting off with the lens out.

CAUTION Do not overcharge! Batteries can be damaged. Use an automatic two or more hour Energizer Compact smart charger with temperature monitor, trickle charge technology, and safety timer ($9.76) at Walmart. Use pre-charged 2000mAh Duracell ($12.97) or RayOVac ($5.97) batteries (both hold charge one year) and a full cycle charge. To preserve battery charge, use the viewfinder.

NiMH batteries should be recharged when camera reports batteries low. Old batteries can discharge over night, but may provide normal service immediately after being charged. Battery pairs no longer usable in cameras may work well in flashlights. Do not drop batteries or allow voltage below one volt.

CAUTION To prevent memory card corruption, keep batteries charged and don’t delete. Wait for lights to stop flashing then turn camera off before removing memory. For card readers, double click Safely Remove Hardware. Select, then click Stop and OK.

Never touch battery ends or camera electrical contacts. Oil from fingers will contaminate contacts. Use batteries in matched pairs of same brand and rating. Do not mix old and new batteries. New will only do as well as old.

Click this link for other camera tips and complete instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts.
Http://www.google.com/base/a/4210404/D13701973093918363271

Sandy asks…

what would be a good choice for a rather inexpensive digital camera?

I am in need of a new camera but I do not know what to look for, I just take everyday shots but need something with zoom lens.Who is the better maker and what mg do I look for.?

Pip answers:

Here are a few things to consider when looking for a new digicam:

1). Requires regular (AA) batteries or not? There are many cameras that all you do is recharge, (like a cellphone), the camera. I like cameras that use your basic AA batteries. You can buy rechargeable AA batteries, and buy regular ones in a pinch anywhere, should you find your camera without power, instead of being without a camera to use while it’s hooked up being recharged. (What happens if you need to replace the lithium ion battery? Might be costly to replace and not easy to find). It’s true that digicameras use up disposable batteries quickly. But you can buy rechargeable ones and they last a long time. It should be a must to buy rechargeable batteries (with it’s charger), There are some AA (stick with the name brands), that now recharges in an hour, or even less! (Remember to figure in the cost to buy rechargeable AA/AAA battery and battery recharger).

2). Media Memory Format? SD/MMC (Secure Data/Media Memory Card) I know for sure this ‘memory card’ is used by Canon, Kodak digicams; and I’m sure they’re other brands that do too. Then there are other brands who require xD and CF (Compact Flash) and Sony uses exclusively their memory ‘sticks’ (pro Duo and other different configurations). The Pros for having a camera that uses SD/MMC, is that they are also used in other electronic devices and are the most affordable media memory storage.

3). An optical viewfinder is very useful for those times when it’s difficult to see your subject on your screen, i.e, a distance face in a crowd; too sunny to see subjects in the LCD screen; fast action shots. It can help conserve power of your camera by periodically turning off the LCD screen and using the optical viewfinder. This feature seems to be important to some, (me included), but to others, not necessary. (This is where IS [Image Stabilization] comes in. Helpful if your camera does not have an optical vierfinder.)

4). Don’t get sucked in by the more MP (megapixels [10 and above]), the camera has, the better. It is not always the case. 5-6 mp is sufficient for most.

5). Optical zoom of at least 3-4x. Higher optical zoom, a bonus. Don’t be fooled by a high digital zoom number. Opitical is what you’re looking for.

6). IS (image stabilization) and face detection? This is a personal choice for what an individual wants, and on some models, it’s a standard feature.

7). Camera size: Compact or subcompact? You might compromise in some functions and options when you go with a small and sleek camera. Camera size will dictate what functions and features will go into the camera. This too, is a personal choice for an individual.

Don’t forget to consider in your budget: Rechargeable batteries and extra memory cards/sticks. Good to have if your camera also takes video. Nothing more frustrating than running out for memory space on your card/stick.

In no particular order, stick with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Kodak, Pentax. They have models that can fit your budget.

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk

Richard asks…

canon digital camera solution disk ver 33.0 on a Mac?

So i installed my canon digital camera solution disk ver 33.0 on my mac but i cant download d picture. Apparently its been installed but it wont open. Help?
The camera wont connect, and i doubt its the usb cable because it works perfect on my pc
When it attemps to open it says, failed to initilize program

Pip answers:

You should be able to open iphoto and get the pictures that way. If not, there could be something wrong with the wire.

Daniel asks…

How can I download videos from Canon DC330 to PC?

The cd that came with the camera is for mac, so I downloaded from Canon -Europe website the driver. The computer doesn’t detect the camcorder. I use the cable that the camera came with, it is the right cable. What is the problem with the Canon DC330 camcorder?.. I uninstall the programs and did everything again and nothing. Can anybody that knows about this help me? Please

Pip answers:

If it is like my Canon camera, you first have to install the disk that came with it (even though it is not the correct disk for your Operating System) Then go to the Canon websites and download and install the correct drivers, If you note the wording on their download site, you will see that it says ‘Updater’ after the driver name.

I had all this when I changed and upgraded my PC. I contacted Canon and they replied stating that I need both, first the original disc (not the one with the Corel, the other one called ‘digital solutions’ or similar and then the updater driver.

Adam, My sincere apologies that I did not tell you this the first time you asked the question. (I also just got your email)

Hope this works for you as well.

Paul asks…

Do all flash memory and hard drive camcorders not use firewire?

I am shopping for a new video camera, and it seems the ones with digital memory are all the rage. But i am used to using tapes and having to upload with a firewire cable. I like firewire better, but it seems all cameras with digital storage use USB. Are they any that use firewire?

Pip answers:

As far as I know, all consumer grade flash memory (and hard disc drive) camcorders do not have a DV port – so no firewire. The process for getting video to a computer is different from miniDV or Digital8 tape based camcorders.

But there are pro-grade camcorders that use some sort of flash memory that have a firewire port… Like the Panasonic AG-HVX200, Sony HVR-Z7 and JVC GY-HM100… Among a couple of others. BUT, these camcorders record to the same DV/HDV formats like miniDV tape based camcorders.

Just because flash memory (or hard disc drive) is used for the camcorder storage does not make it somehow “more digital” than miniDV tape or Digital 8 tape. Remember, the “DV” in miniDV = Digital Video. This is not analog video (like that captured by Beta, VHS, VHS-C, Hi8 and others). The zeros and ones written to those digital tape formats are the same as the zeros and ones on the flash memory, hard disc drive or DVD based camcorders – but those zeros and ones are treated differently. The video data files written in DV/HDV format are a lot less compressed than those written to the consumer grade MPG or MOD standard definition files or MTS or TOD high definition files common to the consumer grade flash memory, hard disc drive or DVD based camcorders.

Data video compression = discarded video data = reduced video quality.

Just because something is new does not necessarily make it “better”. If that were the case, in the case of camcorders, the professionals would have jumped to the newer flash memory, hard disc drive or DVD based camcorders technology – and they have not… For lots of may reasons. Since no one should ever waste their money on DVD based camcorders, there will be no more discussion on them.

The camcorder manufacturers figured out that most consumers think the newer technology must be better and blindly buy into their “hype”…

When you connect a miniDV (or Digital8) tape based cam to the computer with a firewire cable and import, that importing process decompresses the video and puts it in a format that the computer and video editor can deal with. If you don’t re-use the tape, it is the long-term archive. Simple process, well defined.

When you use a consumer grade flash memory or hard disc drive camcorder you have some steps – depending on the camcorder, the file format it produces and the video editor’s capabilites – and your own requirements. With flash memory or hard disc drive based camcorders and standard definition video, you connect with USB and copy the video files to the computer. They typically need to be transcoded from the MPG or MOD file with a utility before the video editor can deal with them. Once transcoded an archive copy can be made – but neither optical disc nor single external hard drive are acceptable – a RAID1 hard drive array would be… All that time people *thought* they save because copying the files is easier/faster compared to importing just got eaten up. Then, when that transcoded video is pulled into the video editor, decompression happens. This is not very time consuming with standard def, but with high def MTS/TOD files, can be very time-intensive.

I am continuing to use miniDV tape based camcorders for lots of reasons (including the above). It is too bad the manufacturers are abandoning quality video and well defined and stable process for high compression, low quality, video and ill-conceived storage solutions – they know the general consumer will think it is somehow “better” when it really is not.

That said, in the consumer environment, Panasonic still has a few of their PV-GS line (like the PV-GS320), Canon has the ZR960 and HV40. But many retailers may not carry them. Ironically, while Sony has abandoned miniDV tape in their consumer line, there are no AVCHD camcorders in their HDR-FX series prosumer or HVR pro lines (or HDCAM or XDCAM, either); no internal hard drives in their HDR-FX series prosumer or HVR pro lines – and the only non-tape system in the HVR line is the HVR-Z7… And it records DV/HDV/DVCAM and HDCAM formats to special compact flash memory (not ProDuo memory).

Apparently, not good enough for the pros – but acceptable for consumers. I disagree, but that’s just me.

James asks…

Free program to conrol canon DSLR BULB exposures?

I have a canon rebel XT and want to use my laptop to control bulb exposures, do any of you know of some free software??
The software that came with the camera doesnt control bulb exposures.

Pip answers:

These programs came with your camera, don’t they work?

CameraWindow / Digital Photo Professional / EOS Capture / EOS Digital Solution Disk / PhotoRecord / PhotoStitch / RAW Image / ZoomBrowser

While there may be some third party programs to allow you to control your camera from your computer, the chances of them being free is slim.

Charles asks…

Things to check before buying a used canon 400d?

I was thinking for a while now to buy a dslr.i have been saving ,but they are still too expenisve ,so i will go for a used one…i am going tomorrow to a store to check out a used canon 400d that i find really awesome ,and i would like some tips on what to check ,so that i don’t get screwed over :/ thanx a lot!

Pip answers:

Take an SD memory card and test the camera.

Check ISO settings, white balance, the cameras light meter, the lenses auto-focus and make sure that the camera comes with all the accessories that it came with when new.

What’s in the Box:
Digital Rebel XTi Body
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Eyecup Ef (not shown)
Wide Strap EW-100DBII
Video Cable VC-100
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Battery Pack NB-2LH
Battery Charger CB-2LW
EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals
“Great Photography is Easy” Booklet and “Do More with Macro” Booklet

You can find this information on the Canon website as I did

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Your Questions About Manipulating Digital Images

George asks…

who can tell me all about image manipulation?

Pip answers:

Is the technique of modifying a photographic image by either analog or digital means.

In digital manipulation, photographs are usually taken with a digital camera and input directly into a computer. If a digital camera is not available, a printed photograph may be digitized using a scanner. Photos can also be obtained from stock photography databases. With the advent of computers, graphics tablets, and digital cameras, the term photo manipulation encompasses everything that can be done to a photo in a darkroom or on a computer. A photo manipulation is most commonly subtle (eg alterations to colouring, contrast, so forth), but may be explicit also (eg overlaying a head onto a different body, changing a sign’s text). Sometimes a photo manipulation has little or no resemblance to the photo from which is started. Image manipulation software is then used to apply effects and warp the image in whatever way possible until the desired result is achieved.

Before computers, photo manipulation was done by retouching with ink, double-exposure, piecing photos or negatives together in the darkroom or scratching Polaroids. Photo manipulation is as old as photography itself; the idea of a photo having inherent verisimilitude is a social construct. Manipulation has been used to deceive or persuade viewers, or for improved story-telling and self-expression. As early as the American Civil War photographs were published as engravings based on more than one negative.

Joseph Stalin was reported to have retouched photos for propaganda purposes. On May 5, 1920 his predecessor Lenin held a speech for Soviet troops that Leon Trotsky attended. Stalin had Trotsky retouched out of a photograph showing Trotsky in attendance. Nikolai Yezhov, an NKVD leader photographed strolling with Stalin in at least one photograph, was shot in 1940 and subsequently edited out of the photograph.

Later creative uses of manipulation include the photomontage of John Heartfield and other 20th century artists.
Manipulated cover of Newsweek
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Manipulated cover of Newsweek

The pioneer among journalists distorting photographic images for news value was Bernarr Macfadden and his composograph in the mid-1920s. A notable case of a controversial photo manipulation was a 1982 National Geographic cover in which editors photographically moved two Egyptian pyramids closer together so that they would fit on a vertical cover. This case triggered a debate about the appropriateness of photo manipulation in journalism; the argument against manipulation was that the magazine depicted something that did not exist, and presented it as fact. There were several cases since the National Geographic case of questionable photo manipulation, including editing a photo of Cher on the cover of Redbook to change her smile and her dress. Another example occurred in early 2005, when Martha Stewart’s release from prison was featured on the cover of Newsweek; her face was placed on a slimmer woman’s body to suggest that she will have lost weight while in prison.
OJ Simpson magazine covers
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OJ Simpson magazine covers

Another famous instance of controversy over photo manipulation, this time concerning race, arose in the summer of 1994. After O.J. Simpson was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and her friend, multiple publications carried his mugshot. Notably, Time published an edition featuring an altered mugshot, darkening his skin and reducing the size of the prisoner ID number. This appeared on newsstands right next to an unaltered picture by Newsweek. Outcry from minority rights groups followed. Time illustrator Matt Mahurin was the one to alter the image, saying later that he “wanted to make it more artful, more compelling.”

Michael asks…

Does anyone know what photo impression is?

Well its a photo editing thing that u install on ur computer and u can like do just about everything on it its really cool i just wanted to kno if anyone knew how i could get it on my computer…i had it on a disc that i found im not sure where we got the disc but i really liked it bc i could make really cool icons and pics and stuff on it…id crop people out and put them in a diff background and stuff its really a cool program but its not one of those programs where its hard to understand like its really easy…please help thanx
can u try to give me one that doesnt cost??? lol

Pip answers:

PhotoImpressions is a program used to retouch and manipulate digital images

You can buy it here

http://www.arcsoft.com/estore/software_title.asp?ProductCode=PI65

Steven asks…

What is your opinion on ‘digitally manipulating’ photos?

So……whats your opinion? I see a lot of people on here that like to do it, but, personally, I believe that if a picture isn’t good enough in its original state, then its not good enough at all.
:)
guys I’m only talking about digital manipulation, darkroom manipulation is heaps different, it actually requires skill

Pip answers:

I agree with you. A great images is good as it is in the beginning. That is the reason no one in magnum does digital manipulation and why the best publications would not accept digital images.

Remember that in a place like this you would see “professional photographers” that have never develop a roll of film or make a print, but because they did a wedding and by buying an SLR they would consider themselves as professional.

James asks…

what moral problems does digital photography pose?

as opposed to analogue photography, please help, im writing an assignment and ran out of ideas:(
thanks guys, especially william, arthur and i need a job fella:) that is what i’m focusing on, photoshop, invasion of privacy, etc… william i will develop your idea if i may:) x

Pip answers:

Different question…..

I guess you mean the ability to easily manipulate images and the like.

With film, unless you were an enthusiast and had the space and time to do your own development then the pictures had to go to a lab and consequently others would see the pictures. That meant that people kept their pictures relatively “decent”. With digital this is no longer the case so a lot more can be kept “private and hidden”. This gives the more dodgy characters in society the opportunity to stay hidden.

Manipulation of pictures was a lot harder with film and it was (unless very expertly done) harder to hide the fact that a photo had been altered.
Now with the easily learnt programmes on the market, it is very easy to change a photograph (there have been cases of press photographers changing shots to give a totally different shot). This makes it very easy to manipulate public opinion.

Invasion of privacy?? – There is no real difference in the actual taking of pictures (in the UK there is no privacy law anyway) but it is easier for a person “publish” a picture as everyone and their grandma has a web page and it is extremely easy to post digital pictures to these.

Donald asks…

Digital camera question?

I have a cannon rebel digital camera, and I want to know how to make take black and white pictures with just like the blue eyes showing color, or maybe a red dress just showing color?

Pip answers:

You cannot do this in the camera, you will have to manipulate the picture in photoshop or similar by turning the whole picture black and white and then working on the areas you want to to overlay colour or copy the colour from the original colour image.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras 2013

John asks…

How long before this camera is considered obsolete?

My son is a high school senior. Next year he wants to go to community college and live at home (at least that is reasonably affordable) instead of going away to school. He wants to take an expensive major however. Video production. We have been able to save about $5,000 towards his education. We are not wealthy people. The rest will have to come from loans and maybe a grant or scholarship.
We are looking at some “entry level” pro cameras in the $1500-1800 range. That’s about 1/3 of our savings for his education.
Models include these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/518555-REG/Sony_HVRHD1000U_HVR_HD1000U_Digital_High_Definition.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/745707-REG/Sony_HXR_MC2000U_HXR_MC2000U_Shoulder_Mount_AVCHD.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/878341-REG/Panasonic_hmc40kit_AG_HMC40_AVCCAM_HD_Camcorder.html

and

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/749467-REG/Canon_4922B002_XA10_HD_Professional_Camcorder.html

My concern is he starts September 2013 so these products may not even be available by then or others will be available. We hope he graduates May 2015. He tells us when he graduates he will maybe find a freelance job or shoot local cable news, build up some experience, maybe after 2 years go for a B.A. at least part time.
Is anything we buy him in 2013 (summer) going to be any use to him as a working professional in 2015 (summer)? So let’s say you are a class of 2012 graduate with an AAS in video production. The camera you purchased in the summer of 2010 when you first started, do you still use it professionally? Can you make anything doing freelance news videos, PR videos or local account commercials with this equipment?
We’re going to do everything we can to help him. No doubt he will still be living at home in the summer of 2015. By then he’s going to have a student loan to pay off. We have a 2005 Hyundai Accent that we are going to give him for college. I hope that thing still runs when it is 10 years old and he isn’t making car payments on top of that. The thing has 120,000 miles on it but runs really well. I just fear when he graduates he’s going to be in deep debt and have limited employment. I may be wrong. What do you think? Thanks.

Pip answers:

Hi “Upwardly Mobile”:

Fellow Contributor “L” covered most of the bases quite well, but the only point he didn’t underscore is that MOST good video & film production programs at community colleges HAVE the cameras, lights, mikes, tripods, and other gear that the students will learn on & use.

When I went to a local (but nationally prominent) university with a Broadcast/Film Dept., portable video was still fairly new, but all the film cameras, tripods, & light kits were supplied by the Department for students to “check out” as-needed for class projects.

And most video production students start out with Studio Production techniques (where it’s easier for groups to learn 3-point lighting, camera setup & tripod/dolly operation, shot composition, audio techniques & mixing, etc.). No need for portable field gear there.

For field production & Electronic News Gathering, a good college will have a fair number of camcorders for students to use & check out (if needed for outside-of-class projects).

The same is true for Editing Software & computer workstations. Some college programs might be economizing and making students supply their own laptops for this, but all the major software companies offer Academic Editions of their normally-expensive edit suites at discounted prices. And of course, nowadays, apps like iMovie (Mac) and Movie Maker (PC) come “free” as part of the operating system and can accomplish what older (and expensive) software used to do, as far as basic editing.

As “L” mentioned, do a bit of “homework” yourself by contacting the community college’s department head & instructors for your son’s chosen major. Tour the facilities (studio and edit suites) and ask about the “equipment room” for student project gear. See what textbooks (a major expense) are required, and whether computer/laptop & software expense will be part of what’s expected of your son. Only if there’s little-or-no camcorder gear (or no hands-on studio cameras) would I recommend buying anything like the models from B+H that you listed.

Almost every cable TV & freelance video job I’ve had over the past 30 years has “supplied” (rented or company-owned) the cameras & grip gear I needed. I bring my own gear only when it’s a “favor” or when what I have is better-suited to the task, or they want a “director with gear”. My point being, your son doesn’t need to own =any= camera gear to make a living freelancing. A good camera operator can stay busy in almost any part of the country, with just his/her skills. (Same for sound mixers & boom/wireless mike operators.)

hope this helps, and hope it saves you some money,
–Dennis C.
 

Jenny asks…

What’s some advice for visiting Fairbanks over Christmas?

I’m from Southern California and I’m visiting Fairbanks this december. What’s some advice? How cold is it really? What are some must-see activities?

Pip answers:

OK this does not have to be a bad idea, shame that some people are so negative about it.
Not everyone hates the cold, and it is actually the extremeness of winter that makes Fairbanks really special for many of us.

Layers are key. Avoid cotton (especially socks) If you are planning on organized outdoor activities many provide a parka and appropriate boots. But you should come with layers that include good long johns, wool or synthetic socks, and a decent pair of boots. A hat, gloves, and neck gator or scarf. Sweater or fleece pullover, and heavy pants. You may be able to use boots you already own inside a pair of insulated Neos (google NEOS overboots). And a heavy parka. If you are here for awhile you can grab one locally. Lots of options for shopping and they will have any gear you may want.

Yes it can be brutally cold. (-40 is not unheard of) But amazingly enough we have this thing called heating, and buildings have it, so you will not be freezing to death. (unless you do something kinda stupid that you are unprepared for) Oh and we also have these neat little vehicles called taxi’s and they are warm and driven by people who drive up here all the time. (amazingly enough Fairbanks does not shut down in the cold of winter, we are all pretty used to it by now) *although Thank you is right about driving if you are not used to it, do be careful. And the Pedro monument is excellent for Aurora watching. Things will be lit up for the holidays, and there are usually holiday bazaars, many of which showcase native crafts. But excellent carving and bead wok can also be found in the shops on Second Ave downtown or at the UAF museum.

There is lots to do year round, here is just a taste:
and our local paper will have events listed as well (scroll down to calendar)

http://www.newsminer.com/

Cultural Center & Museum – inside and offer special programs year round, check closer to your visit for current info.

Http://www.morristhompsoncenter.org/

http://www.uaf.edu/museum/ – also check the UAF community calendar for other events on campus.

In the winter Chena Hot Springs is super fun, sit outside at sub zero in a natural hot springs (you can freeze your hair into some really cool punk rock styles). They also have other activities, and rent arctic gear to guest for their visit. They are about 50 miles from town (they have a van service) so you could plan to spend a few days there and then the rest of your stay in Fairbanks.

Http://www.chenahotsprings.com/

Our local mushing club will be holding sprint races in Dec. (they have a heated clubhouse with viewing if it is too cold outside)

http://www.sleddog.org/races/2012-2013-race-schedule-and-results/

The local chamber of commerce has an events calendar, and the First Friday shows are worth checking out (you can go downtown and easily walk between a number of the galleries and participating business)

http://fairbanksalaska.com/events/first-friday/

And in North Pole they will be having the Winter Carnival and Christmas in Ice, as you might imagine they really go all out for Christmas in North Pole:

http://www.explorefairbanks.com/events

If you do not have people in Fairbanks and are looking for a little more assistance Go North is well respected

http://www.gonorth-alaska.com/index.php?id=243

There are a number of good hotels and B&B’s in Fairbanks, many are right downtown if you want to minimize driving or cab fares.

Silver Gulch in Fox is an excellent brew pub, Lemongrass has GREAT Thai food, Turtle Club is known for prime rib, LuLu’s is an awesome bakery coffee shop, good food is not hard to find.

FYI, chemical hot hands are your friend, and can be purchased up here. Worth having some even if you don;t need them, because they are cheap and frostbite sucks.
Regular batteries freeze and are useless at sub zero temps, so if you use batteries make sure to get lithium, they handle the cold (although your digital camera might not like it, keep it in an inside pocket till you want to shoot).
And it is nice to have a little LED headlamp, they are cheap and small and a really nice thing to always have on hand. Petzl makes good ones, you don’t need the big fancy one, a little $15-20 will work nicely, just use lithium batteries.

Now you do not mention why you are coming or what you want to get out of the vacation, so I can not really be specific. But the point is, do not let other people’s negativity stop you from what could be an amazing adventure!!

Helen asks…

Will Sony cameras stay this price until they are sold out, or will the sale end on Feb 2?

I’m confused. It says, “Now through February 2, 2013, or while supplies last, save $200 instantly on qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR cameras.”

I know this sale started in December and it said it would expire in January, but then they moved it up to February. Does this mean they are just trying to sell these certain models until they are gone? Or does the sale go away on Feb 2? I don’t know if I need to buy now if I want the $200 off price or if it’s no hurry. I also don’t know if I should wait for the a58 as it might be better. Maybe they are selling these off to put out new models? But the a37 is also discounted and it hasn’t been out that long.
There’s nothing I dislike about them, but if Sony is going to add the mirror-flipping feature and/or the OLED viewfinder in the a58, then I want to wait for that.

Pip answers:

Lets say they have 100 cameras to sell.
If they sell all 100 by 25th January – the sale ends
If they reach 3rd Feb and still have 20 left, then the sale also ends and those 20 will be sold at the full price.

Betty asks…

Can most digital cameras now all do full hd 1080p video recording?

Pip answers:

Most of them do 1080p HD video. However please be aware that most compact cameras, or smart-phones like iPhones, are not good at video recording. If light is good, they do an okay job. When light is dull, they are almost unusable. If you zoom in and do video, there can be lot of shake. You may be better off with iPhone or some digital camcorder that offers 30-40x zoom.

Read this article- it will provide you some relevant info:
http://photography-with-any-camera.blogspot.com/2013/03/video-recording-with-dslr-is-it-worth-it.html

Donald asks…

What is the 2012-2013 grade 10 school supply list?

My school doesn’t give them out so i’m completely lost on what to get. This is the first year I have needed to buy it myself and i have no idea what to get, please help ! :)

Pip answers:

Classroom Supplies
The Classic Pencil(s) #2
Hand Held Pencil Sharpener
A large pink eraser
Pen (red)
Pens (blue/black)
Highlighter
12″ Ruler
Pocket Folders
Single-subject Spiral Notebooks
POST-IT notes
POST-IT flags
Loose leaf paper (wide ruled or 3-hole punched if preferred)
Tabbed Dividers
Book Covers/Book Sox
3-Ring Binder
Colored Pencils
Crayons
Paper Clips
Index Cards
Graph paper
Glue Stick
Safety Scissors
School Supply Box
Whiteout
Portable 3-hole punch
Small Stapler
Printer paper

Clothing and Accessories
Umbrella
Gloves
Scarves
Calculator watch
School Uniform
Gym shorts
Breathable athletic shirt
Hair brush or hair comb
Rain Coat
Girls
Tights and Leg Warmers
Flat Shoes
Boots
Winter hat (Bucket Hat)
Jeans (Juicy Couture and Gap are hot brands this season)
Fall Jacket – denim or fleece
Dress – Trendy dresses
Bracelets
Jewelry
Purse
Designer Tops

Travel and Playground
Gym bag
Lunch box/bags
Backpack/Messenger – A bag that is suitable for your child
Gym/running Shoes
Reusable bag
Hygiene product – Deodorant perfume
Lip Balm – Chap Stick
Bandages – Band aids

Books
Dictionary
Thesaurus atlas Encyclopedia almanac
Calendar
Weekly planner
Textbooks
Time management book
Various books for $.99
Magazine subscription – Teen or favorite topic/hobby
Translation books – Spanish to English (Substitute your Childs language)
Bookmark
Flashcards or other learning aids

Electronics
USB Flash Drives (minimum size: 256MB)
Calculator – Review math course requirements before purchasing
Headphones
MP3 Player – Many inexpensive alternatives
All in One Printer – Scan, copy and print
Digital Voice Recorder – Simple and could be combined with many MP3 players
Alarm Clock
Digital Camera
Portable or car charger for electronics
Music – CD’s or iTunes Gift Card

Everything Else
Facial Tissue
Surface wipes
Closable baggies
Bicycle
Nail clipper
Lock – Combination or pad lock
Trapper Keeper
Locker stand
Poster board
New glasses – eye exam recommended
Hand Lotion
Clear tape
Batteries
Cough drops
Reusable water bottle
To go Snacks: Bars, Gum

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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.
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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.
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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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