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Welcome to the Flying Sam Digital Photo Guide, where we help you show off your digital photos. Here you will find information about digital photo printing, personalized photo gift ideas, novelties, and other photo finishing services that take your digital photo prints to the next level of fun.

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Should I buy a digital camera without a viewfinder?

To reduce the cost of low-end cameras, some models are available without an optical viewfinder. On these cameras you must use the LCD preview screen to frame your shot. Buyers considering their first digital camera often wonder if the reduced price justifies giving up the viewfinder.

We feel that in most cases a viewfinder is a necessary camera feature for the following reasons:

  • Some LCD screens are difficult to see in bright daylight. Under these conditions, the shot can be framed with the viewfinder.
  • Battery power can be extended by turning off the LCD preview screen and using the viewfinder instead.
  • The viewfinder isolates the image to be photographed and can result in better pictures. For more on this topic, read Use Your Viewfinder For A Better Picture.

There is one down-side to viewfinders (except on SLR cameras): the image you see in the optical viewfinder is slightly different than what the lens will capture. Become familiar with this difference by viewing the same scene on the preview screen and the viewfinder. Once you know how they differ, you can compensate when taking photos through the viewfinder.

Selecting Objects with the Magic Wand

Hula dancer cutout

A beginner's guide to selecting objects in photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements

Have you ever wanted to take a person from one digital photo and put them into another? Or wanted to remove the background to create a cutout of a person or other object?

I find that many beginners would love to create photo compositions such as these, but are not sure where to begin. This article was written as a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to select various objects in photos and transfer them to another image. More »

Should You Print or Develop?

Should You Print or Develop?

After buying a digital camera, the next question is how to put the photos into someone's hands. The easiest solution for digital photo printing seems to be the purchase of a printer, so that prints can be created at home, at the whim of the photographer.

A printer may indeed be the right answer, but don't forget to first consider the following: cost of the printer, cost of printing supplies, quality of the finished image, desk space for the printer, and your time at the computer. More »

Online Digital Photo Developing

Developing your digital photos online is convenient because you don't have to leave your home or office to put your photos on paper. You upload your images and receive photo-quality pictures in the mail.

If you are not sure what I mean by "developing", and how that may be different from "printing" your own photos at home, More »

Digital Photo Printing at Home

Printer

Digital photo printing at home has a special appeal to many for the simple reason of being able to walk up to the computer and have a photo in hand within minutes.

Is the 4x6" size too liming for you? No problem. Choose the size and shape of your photo to your heart's content (within your printer's limits, of course). More »

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