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Everyone knows the name Kodak and can identify it as the company that took cameras out of the hands of professionals and into the hands of everyday users. What you may not know is that Kodak is in financial trouble. Why? Because those everyday users are now turning to digital cameras, leaving film-based cameras gathering dust in the closet. As the largest producer of film-based cameras, and photographic film, Kodak finds itself losing great gobs of money.
However, if you don\’t know how to use it a digital camera won\’t save you any money. Below are some pointers on how to use your camera, and take advantage of your Mac in the process.
You need a computer
While there are some cameras which allow you to view your photos on a TV, in practice a digital camera is pretty worthless without a computer. The best computer to have is a Macintosh with a USB port, which covers everything Apple has made since the iMac.
It will also help if the camera comes bundled with Macintosh-compatible photo editing/viewing software. Mac OS X 10.1 comes with software capable of downloading pictures directly from some cameras; you may not need to load a thing.
Learn the basics
Yes, you will probably need to read the manual. Be warned however that some of the cameras don\’t come with a printed manual; you\’ll have to read an Acrobat file from the CD-ROM that came with the camera. Take your time and play with the controls and learn how to use them. Make sure you know how to load batteries, plug it into your computer, and turn it on and off.
Take particular note of buttons you don\’t want to push. (I recently watched someone wonder aloud what one button did, so they pushed it — and watched their rechargeable battery fall into the Pacific Ocean.)
Typically speaking, the better the camera, the harder it will be to operate. Inexpensive digital cameras rarely support more than \”point and shoot\” technology. You point the camera, push the button, it takes a picture. The camera will try to auto-focus the image and adjust the exposure according to available light.
The more costly digital cameras allow you to manually adjust focus, focal length, lighting, and many other settings which will help you turn a good picture into a really bad picture — if you don\’t read the manual first.
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