After buying a digital camera, you probably won’t think about its memory card—until just a few images have stuffed its 16- to 32-megabyte (MB) capacity.
That’s why buying an extra memory card, often called “flash memory,” is a good idea. There are many models, but your camera type often will dictate your purchase. Here are a few of the most-popular cards:
Secure Digital & MultiMedia Card.
xD Picture Card.
When you’re ready to permanently store photos, you can transfer them from flash memory to a storage medium of your choice.
Use your camera’s USB-compatible cord to transfer images to a computer’s hard drive. But even then, backing up the images to a separate storage device, such as a ZIP drive, is a good idea. You might consider a digital image storage device—an expensive, portable hard drive that holds oodles of images.
As an inexpensive alternative, use a disc burner to store images on writable CDs and DVDs.
Sharing Digital Photos with Friends and Family
Photos are for sharing, and digital technology gives you many ways to exchange images with others.
Make sure photos for onscreen use only are saved as .JPG (JPEG) files at 72dpi (dots per inch) using RGB (red, green, blue) colors. This format is standard for sharing images online.
Make sure photo sizes are reasonable. We recommend 3-by-5 or 4-by-6 inches. Smaller photos are hard to see, and larger ones take recipients too long to download, especially with slower Internet connections.
When sending large files, use a compression utility, such as PKZip, to reduce the file size. This makes photos easier to download and avoids attachment size restrictions placed on many e-mail accounts.
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