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Posted: July 20, 2003 10:25 am/pm Quote

Ok, thanks to the advice and encouragement of all of you wonderful and helpful folks, I am now a digital camera owner  :clapping: .

Since I have a fairly nice printer (Lexmark x5150) I didn't think it would be necessary to go with the bundle of camera and printer. I also didn't want to spend out big $$ on something I'm just learning about.

I ended up getting a Kodak EasyShare cx4230.  It was fairly inexpensive and seems fairly easy to use the menus. It has 16mb internal memory, uses the SD postage size memory cards, and has digital and optical zoom. The software that came with it is super easy and I like the editing stuff you can do with it. My worst fear was that the pictures wouldn't look very good when printed. I've printed out a couple of 4x6 and 1 8x10, all taken at the lowest quality, and printed on the lowest grade of photo paper. They look great and I imagine they would be even better with a better grade of paper. I was just so impressed with it. I guess I'll have to start experimenting with it more so I can be a "pro" before my trip in Nov.

Thanks you guys are the best.... :bowdown:


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Posted: July 20, 2003 12:04 am/pm Quote

Congratulations on your new "baby!"   :clapping:

I know you will get oodles of hours of fun and great pictures from it!  I hope you will find a web site (like Webshots or one of the other photo storage locations) to upload some of your Disney shots for us to see!  (November's not THAT far away! )


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Posted: July 23, 2003 3:05 am/pm Quote

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

I am enjoying this guy's tips for taking better pictures with my camera.  

Kodak also has some good general photography tips, including some for digital.


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Posted: July 23, 2003 4:03 am/pm Quote

Hey, just thought you'd like to know:  I just bought a 128 MB SD card for my HP Photosmart Camera and, using the lowest res setting, I can get 1700+ pictures on the card!  WOW!  With the best setting it's 100.

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Posted: July 23, 2003 4:32 am/pm Quote

WOW!! That is a lot of pictrues!! Thanks for the links, that guys water pictures are really cool!

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Posted: July 24, 2003 1:37 am/pm Quote

I have been outside fiddling around with my digital camera's settings, and let me tell you, you can get some amazing pictures if you get out of the "auto" mode. Using the flash in bright sun really improves the foreground quality.  I changed the white balance to cloudy, even though it was sunny, as suggested in one tip, and I think the pictures I took were so bright and beautiful.  They are too huge to post as I used the best setting.  They are about 9 MB files.  I'm too lazy to reduce these test shots and put 'em up for you, sorry!

I'm determined to do better, picture-wise, than what I am finding online for Disney vacation photos.  Seems like everyone's photos are too dark!  They take the Disney picture, put them on their vacation web sites, but don't edit them first.  Don't people know you can adjust the brightness using PhotoDeluxe or some other editing software?  Their photos would look so much better, even if they were a little washed out, than they do being all shadow.  I think so many people don't know that they should use the flash outside and that's why they get the deep shadows.

I'm taking single use cameras, too, for the less expensive photo processing for scrapbooking.  I will try to remember to set the flash on those, too, when I'm outside.

:idea: Use the flash!


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Posted: July 24, 2003 5:15 am/pm Quote

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I'm determined to do better, picture-wise, than what I am finding online for Disney vacation photos.  Seems like everyone's photos are too dark!  They take the Disney picture, put them on their vacation web sites, but don't edit them first.  Don't people know you can adjust the brightness using PhotoDeluxe or some other editing software?

That's what I do! The pictures you've seen here on the Disney Echo from my trip reports were color-corrected and brightness-corrected by me before I posted them. I also crop out unnecessary things along the edges of the picture, and also reduce it so it isn't too big for the web.

I agree, more of that should be done! :nod:


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Posted: July 24, 2003 7:45 am/pm Quote

You do a great job with your photos, Rich.  I appreciate a good crop!  No big orange butts in the background, I always say!

Did I understand correctly from previous posts that you use a digital camcorder and just extrapolate stills from your video?  Or do you also use a regular digital camera?


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Posted: July 24, 2003 8:08 am/pm Quote

We went for so long just borrowing a camcorder from a friend and not having our own, that when we finally could afford one I got a Sony digicam that also doubles as a digital still camera. And yes, a great feature it has is to take stills from the digital movies and save them as stills, either on the fly as you play the tape back or when the tape is in pause for more control.

In my Easter WDW trip report at the Polynesian, all of the Easter Egg Hunt photos are actually stills from the video!
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I even used the camcorder to digitize the short clip of "Old Betsy" in the DAK giraffe thread before turning it into an mp3 file.
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Posted: July 24, 2003 8:47 am/pm Quote

Cool!  I love technology!

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