Buying a Digital Camera
If you buy locally, you are going to pay retail for your camera plus taxes. I buy all of my cameras through mail order but chose the companies I deal with carefully. Do not use the companies that advertise in the back of photo magazines. A good place to check prices is here (you'll need to turn on cookies for this page to use your zip code to compute delivery charges.) Check out the companies here.
- Compare CompactFlash card prices
before buying elsewhere. If you have a 2 MP camera and are going on a
vacation and won't be downloading the photos for a week, buy a 256 MB
card. If you will be downloading daily, a 64 mb card will probably be
big enough. If your camera is larger than 4 MP and/or takes video, consider
getting a 512 MB card. Don't waste money on a high-speed card unless you
are sure your camera can go that fast (most cameras can't). In an emergency,
buy a card locally (Target, Walmart). I haven't found brand to make much
If you need to undelete photos from the flashcard, get this software for free.
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All comments are related to photos of people, not scenery, and are based on my experience with my 4MP Canon camera.
- Green landscape is best photographed
in early morning when everything is still moist.
Software & Printing
I use Ofoto to professionally develop photos although Walmart might be a good local option. I find it cheaper to have photos professionally printed than to do it myself on a cheap printer that costs $100 a year in ink and paper.
You may want to get good software to edit your photos. At the high end is Photoshop ($570 but more than you need for home photos), in the middle is Paint Shop Pro ($80), and at the low end is whatever comes with your camera and the free software you get at Ofoto.
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