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Computer Questions? Ask Randy...by Randy Sofia

Got Computer Questions?

Ask Randy From Magichost

Digital camera tips…

If you recently got a digital camera and feel overwhelmed at all the
professional features it has, here are a couple of tips to get you started
and make you feel like a pro...

Choosing the right resolution:

If your camera comes with resolution and compression options, make sure you use the right settings for each job. Choosing the right setting depends on the type of photos you're taking and what you want to do with the end result. If you're taking pictures and putting them on the web, for instance, 640-by-480-pixel images are just fine. But if you want to print
your photos with the same quality as professionally processed prints, then
you'll need a higher resolution. A 4-by-6-inch print requires a mega-pixel
original to avoid pixels and jagged edges in the final product. As for
compression, stick with the highest-quality setting all the time. This
requires extra memory and limits the number of pictures you can take, but the results are worth it.


It's hard to get that perfect shot of a speeding car, plane or any other
high speed object. Your digital camera will probably just register a blur
unless you try panning. As the subject approaches, twist your body to
follow the movement in your viewfinder. As it makes the closest approach, press the shutter release and continue panning along with the moving subject. You'll get a perfectly frozen subject with a motion-blurred

Making money:

Have a garage or attic full of stuff you'd like to lose? Make some money
in the process. Take digital photographs of your valuables and use an
online auction site like ebay.com, uauction.com, or firstauction.com to
sell them online. Some auction aficionados have had so much luck with
online auction and trading scene that they've made it their full time job.

Don't got one?:

If you don't have a digital camera and would like to get your photos on
disk there are a couple of services that do this for you. One based in
Rockaway called "Pix Just 4 You" (http://talk.to/pixjusr4u), a digital
photography service, will take digital photos of anything you'd like and
place them on disk within minutes.

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy
Sofia, c/o the wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, New York 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com.

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting
service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the web site at www.magichost.com or e-mail him at Rockaway@magichost.com.


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