Photo and Article by Scott Bourne
If you’re like me, you have lots of images. And in the old days, we would have printed them 4×6″ and slapped them in a photo album, never again to see the light of day.
But with digital photography now the dominant force in picture making, there’s no excuse for that. We need to share those pictures and there have never been so many ways to do that.
First, there’s the web. A virtual cornucopia of options awaits us there. Flickr, Shutterfly, Pbase, Webshots and others are willing to host galleries and make prints and books from our pictures. Photoshop and Elements come with the ability to make web image galleries. All you need is a host.
Since nearly everyone has access to the web, you can now show your pictures to the entire world at the click of a button.
But what if you want prints? Photo printers are available at every office store and most department stores in the $100 – $200 range. And the quality from these printers rivals what you’d get at most drugstores. If you are a serious photographer, the professional printers are getting better and costing less. The Epson photo printers are a favorite of many. Most models cost less than $500 yet it produces professional results that rival those of yesteryear’s $150,000 Iris printers.
And let’s not forget digital slide shows. If you own a computer, chances are it came with some sort of digital slide show or movie making software. Likewise, Photoshop, Elements and Photoshop Album, along with iPhoto and iMovie on the Mac all will make wonderful slide shows that you can share electronically. In fact, one of the best things about digital slide shows is that you don’t need a big white roll up screen and a projector to show them. You can display them online, attach them to e-mail, put them on your television or just watch them on your computer.
So you made all these images with your new digital camera, you now have an obligation to share them!