The Best Quality Photo Prints are Digitally Enhanced

From an idea to domination

From 1961 when “Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory” had an idea “to take pictures of the planets and stars while travelling through space to give information about the astronauts’ position…” to 1975 when the first digital camera was actually created “by Steve Sasson, an engineer at Kodak,”; to 1991 with creation of the Nikon F3, “the digital camera you could [actually] buy; to 1997 when the first cameraphone photo is shared; to 2014 when digital photography dominates the market to a point where “experts predict that as many as 380 billion photographs are taken each year” and that number has continued to rise “as the world gradually saturates with digital cameras,” digital photography had at that time become the technology of choice for all manner of photography, professional and otherwise.

Digital photography is considered to be the easiest way to take a snapshot and enhance its overall quality, features and appearance, especially when viewed as an artform; because the act of taking pictures without the need for film must truly be seen as art. And because there is no film involved in the process of taking pictures digitally, the photographer will have a unique convenience (luxury?) of saving those shots which are good and eliminating others which are bad. Digital photography offers the easiest method of capturing good images and converting them into interesting art pieces.

That having been said, it is important to recognize that digital photography has indeed come a long way, as outlined in the first paragraph of this article; and ever since the introduction of digital cameras to the world, along with development of computers, formation of the Internet and the World Wide Web, this seemingly miraculous creation of digital photographic equipment and methodology has produced tremendous conveniences in the world of photography where anyone and everyone with digital cameras can take a picture and upload it to a computer, thereby sharing it with friends from their local area as well as some from around the world.

Digital enhancements

Today there are many digital photography services available on the internet; and there are several companies that specialize in services such as digital imaging, image restoration, photo retouching, and photo editing and digital enhancement. Other digital imaging services are also offered to provide satisfaction to photo hobbyists; and while more and more people are using digital cameras for reasons already stated, including the fact that it’s easy to take a picture and edit it according to what you want. After all, who would not want a picture-perfect shot? The fact must be pointed out however, that picture taking (photographic shots, angles and quality) does not always result in the best and most acceptable images, and this is exactly where digital enhancement becomes useful and necessary.

If you’re wondering, so what exactly is digital enhancement? The answer to your question could simply be that digital enhancement is the answer to all image quality problems; but that kind of answer is a bit too simplistic. A more detailed answer might be that digital enhancement is the best way to improve your snapshot and make it look more attractive, because with digital enhancement, you can easily increase the attractiveness of images by simply adjusting the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the image. And photographers also has the chance to enhance the color balance of a picture, while resizing the image and cropping it at the same time, which can also be done with ease.

Advantages of digital photography

There are many innovative ways on how to improve a snapshot; and all of these are made possible because of digital technology. Anyone who is active in photography can take advantage of the digital photography services that are being offered online, as digital prints are long-lasting compared to the traditional photos. They are fade-resistant and water-proof; and another great advantage of digital photography is that everything about editing and printing photos is accomplished with the help of do-it-yourself printers. Photo prints produced in this manner are proven to last much longer, unlike the film-based photography.

Digital enhancement works in a way that allows a photographer the opportunity to prepare his/her pictures and modify them to achieve the greatest image quality; and anyone can do the photo enhancements using photo editing software, or by utilizing the services of a professional digital photography firm. When you opt to use photo editing software, the image is usually saved in jp or jpeg format, after which you can upload the images and send them to several websites that offer photo printing services.

All options considered

When taken into consideration, all these digital photography basics will bring you, the photographer, a number of excellent options when it comes to taking pictures with great quality and in their best form. If you are a photography professional, hobbyist or casual participant, you should make the most of what what digital technology has to offer; because if you want to get quality pictures, there is no better way to accomplish that than to utilize the digital editing and enhancement services that are available through the photo printers available online. With these services at hand, picture-perfect shots are just within reach.

The Viability of Email Marketing for Your Business

A few email marketing basics

While the concept of email marketing can might be very simple to understand and comprehend, analyzing the benefits of this marketing type and making a decision as to whether or not it is right for your business can be much more complicated. The decision-making process is difficult because a business owner has to consider a number of different factors before making his/her decision. So whether or not email marketing could or will be a good idea for your business entails a decision-making process that, while difficult, must encompass some of the important factors that have been considered integral. Factors such as:

  • Target audience having the propensity to utilize Internet tools and resources;
  • Effectively stating an objective in messages delivered to that audience;
  • Eliminating any probability that the message(s) can viewed as spam.

Answers to these and other important factors must be carefully thought out, as the audience must be identified, the objective must be stated and the message must definitely be clear, unambiguous and to the point. It is only after careful consideration of these basic elements of email marketing that a business owner can determine whether or not this popular Web-based marketing type is right for his/her business. That having been said, of all the factors that must be carefully considered, perhaps the most important is the degree of certainty a business owner feels that a particular target audience will use the Web on a consistent basis. Before a business owner begins to invest money, energy and time into email marketing, s/he should at least qualify the target audience.

Qualifying a target audience

Qualifying your target audience is important because an email marketing campaign is not worthwhile if members of your target audience are not likely to use the Internet to purchase or research any products or services you offer. Even if they use the Internet for other purposes it is not worthwhile because they will not be likely to become online customers for your products or services. However, if you have a target audience who is very likely to use the Internet to purchase products or services you offer, and to research these items, email marketing is a great idea for your business. In this case it is absolutely worthwhile because you will be providing information which members of your target audience will find useful and which they may already be looking for elsewhere.

Next you should consider the products and services you offer in an attempt to determine whether or not your objective can be effectively stated in an email message. This is important because if you offer a product or service, the value and objective of which is difficult to explain, any emails you use for marketing are not likely to be understood or well received by the recipients of your email distribution list. This aspect of email marketing is important to understand before you get started because it is essential that you are able to convince potential customers of the need for your products and services in a clear and concise manner, not make them feel more confused.

Avoid the spam look-alike message

Finally, an important concept to consider is the possibility that your email messages might be viewed as spam if care is not taken to eliminate such a possibility. This is a very important concept because emails which are viewed as spam are not likely to be well received by recipients and may not even make it to the recipients inbox if their spam filters tag these emails as spam. Even if the emails do reach the intended recipients’ inbox, many Internet users have grown accustomed to weeding out spam rather quickly and will be quick to delete, without reading first, emails which are suspected to be spam.

Therefore, in determining whether or not the possibility exists that your emails could to be viewed as spam, it is important to consider the subject of your business and therefore the emails you send out. The importance of this aspect of email marketing is highlighted when dealing with certain subjects such as weight loss pills, which are likely to be viewed as spam more quickly than other items. So if you are in the business of marketing products or services that would likely cause your emails to be deemed spam, orchestrating an email marketing campaign may not be worthwhile, because such emails may never reach their intended recipients.

Tips and Techniques of Digital Photography Pros

Preserving special moments

For many people, getting sentimental means sitting down and flipping through a photo album and looking at the pictures which depict things that happened in their lives; and it must be clearly understood that these pictures are not merely pieces of colored paper with images. On the contrary, they often trigger deeply-seated emotions which can vary from happiness to feelings of warmth and sadness depending on the memories attached to such preserved images which we all cherish.

Of the moments that many individuals and couples often take careful steps to preserve is the schedule of events on their wedding day; and for this reason, some couples even go to the expense of hiring one or more professional photographers to capture the important moments of their lives. These photographers, however, may not always advise the client of how to strike a pose, but rather, are expected to wait patiently for opportunities to spontaneously capture natural postures and activities that can be transformed into memorable moments reflected in portraits of the event.

Fully prepare for the event

Most photographers, when preparing for a wedding engagement will often hire on assistants – if they don’t already employ such help – so that they will be able to maximize their strategy to create an album that will not be considered one they will live to regret. That having been said, however, what if your friend was getting married and you wanted to take your own personal pictures of the wedding from your own perspective, and as your own gift to that friend for later reflection and a few laughs? One concern you might have would probably be about the quality of your pictures; and perhaps the best way to address that concern is to use a digital camera to capture those special moments of your friend’s wedding.

Obviously if you don’t have a digital camera you’ll have to go out and purchase one for the occasion; but you may also need some pointers on using it and how to get the best quality pictures. So with that in mind, the following few tips, techniques and style points, while basic in nature, were designed for anyone who wants to capture the best quality photos of any event while using a digital camera, and they are provided here in the hopes that they can be of some help to you with your digital camera.

A few tips and techniques

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  • Make sure that the background is good and the environment is not very crowded when taking a picture of a couple or any intended target;
  • If the background is nice but it is hard to focus on your target (couple, relative, guest etc.) you may shoot them from shoulder up;
  • If some of the guests are wearing glasses, you may advise them to stand and tilt their heads a little downward or sideways to avoid glaring which normally results from using the flash;
  • Use the zoom – in or out – to include a couple (or group) in the picture or exclude them;
  • Avoid shooting a couple or guest against the light to avoid dark images from appearing;
  • Since candid shots tend to be very dramatic, as they reveal more than the quality of the picture itself, a few such shots might enhance your photo album. Many professionals do this to capture intimate and memorable moments;
  • Be alert at all times since you can seldom ask individuals to pose again for you;
  • Make sure your digital camera is equipped with the appropriate memory cards or sticks to ensure that no great moment is missed.

Shopping for memory

The last tip above, while seemingly routine and straightforward, can easily be overlooked while making preparations for such an important event, so you have to make sure to carry an extra memory card for more reasons than one, but especially when you want more moments to preserve. And while we’re on the subject of memory cards, it is crucial that the following suggestions be considered before buying a memory card:

  1. For 3 mega pixels, buy a 256 MB memory card;
  2. For 4 mega pixels, buy a 512 MB memory card;
  3. For 6 mega pixels, buy a 1 gigabyte memory card.

Please note that it is not advisable to use low resolutions if the images are to be displayed and hung later. Just always remember that the higher the resolution utilized, the larger the size of prints that can be made. Make sure to keep a copy of your best works so you can use and reuse the techniques that made your viewers smile and appreciate your creative approach even more. If you haven’t saved digital photos before you’ll be pleased to know that entire albums can be on your personal computer to free up space in your memory card; but you may also use other software to enhance the quality of the prints to be made.

The art of photography

Photography is truly a wonderful activity and a great profession which many consider to be awesome beauty, excellent craftsmanship and wondrously orchestrated art. And when photography is combined with an event such as a wedding – memorable, authentic and wonderful as it is – the staging of this craft and event will trigger emotions and memories in the long run; and more so if images are well captured and preserved. Ultimately the capturing and preservation, in order to be properly done, will depend on your camera as well as your love for this art and the couple or target you’ve taken photos of.