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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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How many photos fit on a memory card?

The answer depends on the following camera factors: resolution (megapixels), image quality setting, recording mode (JPEG, raw), and the amount of image compression. Instead of providing an enormous chart covering the above factors, let me give you an easy method for determining this answer for a specific camera:

  1. Insert a blank memory card of any size into the camera.
  2. Set the camera to the mode you are most likely to use. If not sure, then use Auto or Easy.
  3. Turn on the camera and look for a number on the preview screen—this number indicates how many photos fit on that memory card.

    If the display does not show the number of photos, then take photos until the card is full and keep count. (This will go quicker with a smaller memory card, such as a 64 MB.)
  4. Then, divide the number of photos into the size of the memory card.
  5. For example, if a 64 MB memory card held 25 photos, then the formula is the following: 64 / 25 = 2.5 MB per photo.
  6. Now that you know the size of one photo, you can answer the original question with this formula:

    [memory card size in MB's] / [photo size in MB's] = # of photos

    Note that 1 GB (gigabyte, or billion bytes) is approximately equal to 1,000 MB's (megabytes, or million bytes).

Let's use my 3.2 megapixel camera as an example. In Auto (JPEG) mode the image sizes are 1.7 MB and in P (raw) mode they are 2.5 MB per photo. Here are three memory card sizes and the number of photos they hold:

  • 128 MB card: 75 JPEG photos | 51 raw photos
  • 256 MB card: 150 JPEG photos | 102 raw photos
  • 1,000 MB card: 588 JPEG photos | 400 raw photos

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


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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