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Digital photography doesn't necessarily require a computer

By JASON BAILEY
Sun Advocate/Progress Network Administrator


Digital photography has seen an explosion in popularity over the past five years. Digital cameras and camera cards (flash media) have all dropped significantly in price, making it affordable for virtually everyone.

Although there are many cases where film photography is still far superior to digital photography, most people can't resist the convenience that digital cameras provide.

But there are those who resist the switch from film because they don't have a computer, or aren't very computer savvy.

Although it's fair to say that a majority of people who want digital cameras are often fairly computer savvy, but this isn't always the case.

While some aspects of professional digital photography require a computer, casual digital photography doesn't.

For example, a majority of commercial photo developers can print or develop the photos right from the customer's camera cards, regardless of the type (SD, xD, Memory Stick, Compact Flash, and so on).

Most of these same services can additionally burn the photos to CD for safe keeping or archiving.

There are even devices that allow the photographer to print their photos directly from their camera to a printer docking station which prints on high quality photo paper.

In fact, many color laser and inkjet printers now have camera card readers installed and can print the photos directly from the cards.

But many people don't want to print all of their digital photos and don't want to use a computer to view them.

The nice thing is that many new DVD players can read photo CDs. All the photographer needs to do is place the photo CD in the player and turn the TV on.

The photos display directly on the television. The person can then use the DVD player remote to navigate through the photos on the disc.

Many DVD players can even play the videos, if any, created by the camera. If it is uncertain whether or not photo CDs are supported, try it. There's absolutely no risk of damage to the DVD player.

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