Q&A For Digital Photography
This new column will attempt to provide solutions to problems readers may have in getting into and using digital cameras, scanning, and using digital photographic images with a computer and different kinds of software. All questions sent to me will be answered with the most appropriate information I can access and provide. However, not all questions and answers will appear in the column. Readers can send questions to me addressed to Shutterbug magazine, through the Shutterbug web site, directly via e-mail to: Fotografx4@cs.com or by US Mail to: PO Box 2830, Lompoc, CA 93438.
Q. I got a Kodak
digital camera ("210 Plus" I think) for Christmas and have
been visiting your forum a little trying to learn how to make it sing.
I downloaded the two .PDF files explaining digital photography, but
the real issue I'm finding is what to do with those images. My
dad got the same camera and he was in even worse shape, with huge 2-5MB
image files clogging up his hard drive, not knowing that Adobe was converting
First of all, I must commend you for availing yourself of the information
provided to you by the camera manufacturer. That it was insufficient
to serve your needs fully, follows a long tradition which I cannot complain
about as it has kept me busily employed for many years. However, what
is supplied in the way of instructions as to using the software supplied
with a digital camera to transfer images from camera to computer, must
be relied on as each manufacturer's software and camera setup
for this purpose varies to some extent. At this point though I must
suggest that there are other options as many photo-imaging software
applications like Adobe's PhotoDeluxe 3.0, LivePix 2.0, MGI PhotoSuite
II, and Microsoft's PictureIt 99, include support to download
images from most popular digital camera models directly. These applications
all provide relatively good "Help" as well as Wizards and
Guided Activities making the download process as easy as possible.
Q. I have a few questions
for you. I have been taking pictures of specific plants for a few years.
I sell copies to plant label companies, publishers, and Green Industry
people. I have also sold to CD-ROM publishers for gardening subjects.
I am in the process of developing my own CD-ROM for the industry. Something
quite unique for the industry and homeowners.
of all, your consideration of the Nikon Super CoolScan 2000 is definitely
appropriate for what you are describing as your uses and applications
of your images. I have used this scanner, with the addition of LaserSoft
SilverFast 4.1.4 software, for some time now, very successfully scanning
slides and color negatives. If you want then to reproduce these scans
by printing, currently for non-archival purposes, the ink jet printers
I have obtained the best results with are the Epson Stylus Photo EX
and 700. You might also look at the new Canon BubbleJet 5100 as well
as the HP PhotoSmart printers. Currently desktop 8.5x11 and 11x17 ink
jet printers provide the best photographic quality on their respective
brand glossy photo paper. Independent paper suppliers like Digital Wizard
and Amazon Imaging also offer matte and even canvas papers for popular
ink jet printers. Lyson also has an archival ink for the Epson printers
that is currently being evaluated by Epson. However, although there
are archival pigmented inks for wide format jet printers, obtaining
the same level of color saturation as is achieved with standard inks
is not currently possible. Even high quality archival art prints made
with Iris printers on expensive artist media display color qualities
which are muted compared to a typical photo lab color negative print.
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