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Are you tired of forgetting to get film for your camera and then missing a great photo opportunity?  Or, are you ready to try something new in photography?  Consider the purchase of a digital camera

Digital photographer's complete guide to HD video
Rob Sheppard & Michael Guncheon.
New York : Lark Books, c2011.
HD video is one of the hottest new features on digital SLR cameras, and photographers are eager to understand how it works and optimize their results. Rob Sheppard and Michael Guncheon, longtime digital experts and contributors to HD Video Pro magazine, have created an up-to-date guide to all the basics. They address gear, recording audio, shooting techniques, formats and standards for HD video, editing video and audio files, and outputting final video files-everything a photographer new to the technology needs to know!
     
The Life guide to digital photography : everything you need to shoot like the pros
by Joe McNally ; foreword by John Loengard.
New York, N.Y. : Life Books, c2010.
Photography has been the business and the passion of LIFE since the original weekly magazine’s inception in 1936, and it continues to be the business and passion of LIFE Books and LIFE.com in the new millennium. But photography has surely changed during these many decades. The rigs and gear of old have given way-first slowly, then all at once-to sleek miracle machines that process pixels and have made the darkroom obsolete. The casual photog puts eye to lens, sets everything on auto and captures a photograph that is... perfectly fine. One of LIFE’s master shooters-in fact, the final in the long line of distinguished LIFE staff photographers-was Joe McNally, and he has always believed that with a little preparation and care, with a dash of enthusiasm and daring added to the equation, anyone can make a better photo-anyone can turn a “keeper” into a treasure. This was true in days of yore, and it’s true in the digital age. Your marvelous new camera, fresh from its box, can indeed perform splendid feats. Joe explains in this book how to take best advantage of what it was designed to do, and also when it is wise to outthink your camera or push your camera-to go for the gold, to create that indelible family memory that you will have blown up as large as the technology will allow, and that will hang on the wall forevermore. As the storied LIFE photographer and photo editor John Loengard points out in his eloquent foreword to this volume, there are cameras and there are cameras, and they’ve always been able to do tricks. And then there is photography. Other guides may give you the one, two, three of producing a reasonably well exposed shot, but Joe McNally and the editors of LIFE can give you that, and then can show you how to make a picture. In a detailed, friendly, conversational, anecdotal, sometimes rollicking way, that’s what they do in these pages. Prepare to click.
     
Digital photography : an introduction
Tom Ang.
London ; New York : DK, c2010.
In this update of the 2002 edition titled Digital Photographer's Handbook, a leading digital photographer argues that digital photography builds on, rather than makes obsolete, conventional photo techniques. Ang includes tips on buying equipment, trouble- shooting and quick fixes, a note on how digital equipment makes photography more accessible to people with some disabilities, glossary, and Web resources. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Capturing mood, ambience & dramatic effects : the dynamic language of digital photography
Joseph Meehan.
New York : Lark Books, c2009.
Photographers who need help getting in the mood and expanding their creative potential will find the guidance they’ve been seeking in this beautiful reference book. Using his most breathtaking work as examples, photographer Joseph Meehan demonstrates how to take photos that go beyond mere representation to make a statement, convey a feeling, or capture an emotional atmosphere. This is a must-have how-to for all photographers wishing to imbue their images with personal expression. nbsp;nbsp;
     
Digital photographer's handbook
Tom Ang.
London : DK, 2009.
This is certainly one of the best and most comprehensive books available about digital photography . . . highly recommended!--"Library Journal."
     

Print your own pictures

With a digital camera there is no more film. Instead, you can choose only the shots you like, make your own prints, and e-mail pictures to family and friends. Digital photography can turn your personal computer into a photo studio.

The easiest way to describe digital photography is to compare this type of camera to a traditional camera.  They are quite similar as both include such familiar features as a lens, flash, and shutter.  However, a digital camera does not use film to record the scene you are photographing.  Instead, digital cameras use sensors, or arrays, called CCD's (Charge Coupled Devices) that convert light information from the photographed scene into a digital image.

Digital images are made up of individual picture elements called pixels. These pixels are tiny dots of light that is the basic unit of measurement for images on a computer screen or in a digital image.  Pixels create the picture that is stored as a digital file.

Buying the right camera

Size:
Credit card, compact, medium, or large

Megapixels:
2-3 for snapshots; 4-5 for larger prints, 5+  for the serious photographer

Price:
$200-$1000

Zoom range:
At least 3X

Battery:
AA batteries, battery packs, rechargers

Speed:
Some models take 7 seconds between shots 

(Better Photo.com gives you more ideas)

When a digital camera is used to take a picture, it takes the actual image that you can see and converts it into a digital file. This digital image is then stored as a file in your camera's memory, or on a memory card. It can then be transferred to your personal computer.

Once the digital image file is on your computer, there are several things you can do with it.  The image can be cropped, color and contrast adjusted, and special features or textures added.  When you have the image looking the way you want it can be made into cards, put on a T-shirt, emailed to a friend, or printed off on a color printer.  What you plan to do with your image may help you decide how much time to spend working to get it to look just right.

The number of pictures you can take on your digital camera will depend upon the amount of available memory and the resolution of the images. A higher-resolution image contains more pixels (the term megapixels is used), thus they will take more space in your camera's memory or in your memory card.

Once your memory card is full, you simply can copy the images from your camera to your computer (called downloading). After this is done, you can delete the images from your camera's memory or memory card.  Next, you are ready to begin taking more pictures. It is so great that you never have to buy camera film again!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff