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Digital Photography for Not Quite So Digital Seniors

When I began writing these columns in the late 1980s, most retirement-age people had no interest in computers and would tell me they had gotten along just fine without them all their lives, and saw no reason to own one now. However, many are now buying a PC so they can process their own digital photos, along with exchanging the photos with their grandkids (who often teach the elders how to do these things).

I have friends who own a PC for business purposes, but who have been handing their digital camera to a grandson after taking some pictures. He copies the files to his PC and makes his grandparents a CD filled with their snapshots. By way of showing them how they could do this on their own, I asked them to bring their camera when we recently met at a restaurant for dinner. I brought my laptop PC.

I removed the memory card from their camera, plugged it into my laptop via a USB adapter, and instantly showed them all the photos they had recently taken. Then I used the camera to take some snapshots and a video of them, which I also displayed immediately on my laptop. Had it not been for the constraints of the restaurant, I could have showed them how I usually crop and touch up the shots as soon as I see them on the PC.

You can do the same. Check out the other camera and photo articles below.

Camera Icon Digital Photo Basics
  1. Pictures from Camera into Computer
  2. Getting Acquainted with Irfanview
  3. Basic Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
  4. Virtually Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
  5. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  6. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors
   Crop, Resize, Align, Colors
  1. How to Crop and/or Resize a Photo
  2. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
  3. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  4. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  5. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  6. Be Your Own Photo Processing Studio
   Text in Pictures
  1. Adding Text to a Photo
  2. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box
   Displaying Your Pictures
  1. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  2. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  3. Printing Photo Thumbnail Sheets
  4. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  5. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
   Online Images - Emailing Pics
  1. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  2. Red X Instead of a Picture
  3. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  4. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
  5. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email

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