Many of use who grew up in earlier times have fond memories of Christmas morning when we were children. Just as we youngsters were opening our treasures Santa left; a parent would enter the room and turn on the movie camera topped with bright blinding lights. In the past it was quite an ordeal to take home movies. But, despite the blinding light, we would dutiful parade in front of the camera with our new treasures.
Now, our parents were not experts in movie camera technology and certainly none of us were trained on how to act for filmmaking. However, we managed to create some wonderful and memorable documents not only of our family, but of an era in human history. In watching those home movies over the years, the parental genius as a cinematographer became more obvious.
Thus, it is that we must encourage ourselves not to wait until we can afford the best equipment or have the best talent to capture. The path to better equipment and more experienced talent is found as we capture the moment and the stars before us today.
Now, that you have overcome the first objection to documenting your memories via photographs and video, you may find yourself waiting for that perfect event or moment. Are you one of those people that leave the camera equipment in the bag until that perfect moment arrives?
If so, you need to understand cardinal Rule #2 of documenting history. Those who have their cameras out, loaded and busy capturing imperfect moments will be the ones that have camera in hand when the perfect moment arrives.
Experience shows it is not the subject that required hours of preparation to photograph that shines. It is the inspired moment that came and went much too quickly that is the most enduring over time. When a photographer is prepared and observant, they will naturally need expend only a little effort to let the shutter capture a special moment and thereby bring them great esteem, recognition and years of joyful reminiscence.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
- Capturing the Moment and Archiving the Memory
Different Kinds of Digital Cameras Available
Where Have All the Lenses Gone?
Professional Digital Technology at Consumer Prices
Shopping for a Low-End Digital Camera
Digital Photography Myths
There is More to Digital Than Pixels
PART TWO: BASIC DIGITAL CAMERA USE
- Getting to Know Your Digital Camera
The Ease of Using a Digital Camera
Tips for Shooting a Better Digital Picture:
Taking Photos of Your Pets:
Taking a Better Night Picture:
Tips and Tricks: Horizons and Sunglasses
PART THREE: WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS
- Sharing Your Digital Pictures
Printing Your Digital Pictures
Printers for Digital Photography
Digital (Photography) Rights
PART FOUR: ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTO INFORMATION
- What is White Balance?
Interpolation and Digital Zoom
What is EXIF?
Raw DIGI photos
Defining and Fine Tuning Image Noise
PART FIVE: DIGITAL PHOTO EXTRAS
- Free Windows Photo Editors
More Than a Flash in the Pan
The State of Memory (Cards)
Important Equipment for Traveling with Your Digital Camera
Recharge Your Knowledge of Batteries
Turning Digital Photography into a Moneymaker
Digital Photography and Printing for Fun and for Money
Digital Photography Exposed