Digital photography can be overwhelming for non-geeks. Fortunately, there are tons of excellent references available online to help get you off and running in no time! To help with this process, here are a few of my favorite links.
- PCPhoto Magazine
Online and on newsstands, PCPhoto is the top digital photography magazine. Get the latest news, equipment reviews and previews, photography tips and more. I use a lot of their articles as handouts for my introductory class on digital
- CNET.com Digital Camera Reviews
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/ CNET manages to strike a nice balance between technical detail and readable English, which is quite a feat, IMO! Their Digital Camera Buying Guide is one of the most useful introductory overviews of important questions (and answers!) a newbie needs to know before investing a lot of money in a new digicam.
- Taking your pictures is only part of the story. Just as film photographers need film, digital photographers need flash cards! Crucial Technology has a wonderful online tool that will help you find the cards you need and choose between options in file storage and read/write speed. Crucial is also a good place to get a flash card reader so you can get your pictures to your computer, and from there turn them into coffee mugs, mouse pads and greeting cards!
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