Tipsheet: Digital Photography

You’ve finally bought a digital camera, and even figured out how to delete the lousy shots. Now what?

>> Don’t Install The Editing Software that came with your camera unless your computer is three or four years old: Most modern models include software that can handle a broad range of tasks, from red-eye adjustment and cropping to creating photo albums. For more complicated editing, such as restoring damaged prints or layering several photos into one collage, you’ll need to purchase an advanced, consumer-friendly program like Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 2.0.

>> Making Backup Copies of your digital images is as easy as burning them to a CD. But the truly technophobic can simply bring a memory card to any camera store; they’ll back up your photos for $10 to $12.

>> Share Your Photos: Online slide shows let friends and family browse at their leisure. So store and share images at free, user-friendly sites such as,, and, or create a slide show on the Web with Apple’s excellent iPhoto software.

>> Make Prints. Printing can be done in three simple ways. One: Print at home. Color inkjet printers and dedicated photo printers start at around $100 and yield acceptable results; ink and special photo paper, however, can be costly. Two: Upload images onto or, where high-quality, long-lasting prints will run you about 29 to 50 cents each. Three: Use the Fujifilm Printpix, Sony PictureStation, or Kodak Picture Maker kiosks at Kinko’s, drug stores, supermarkets, and camera shops, for approximately 30 cents per four-by-six print.

From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide