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Cattle grazing on dartmoor
August saw some much welcome sunshine and a little less rain finally making it possible for keen photographers to get out and take some photos of the things they love, be it family or friends, celebrations, holidays, wildlife, nature or just great  scenic shots.  A lucky few may even have some great Olympic shots. 

So having managed to get some great shots, that you are hopefully proud of, the next challenge is what are you going to do with your new photos? Anyone who owns a digital camera has usually worked out how to download them on to their computer, even if they are not entirely sure how this actually happens or exactly where they get stored afterwards!  

But the next step is not always as clear.   
  • How do you organise your photos? Modern computers offer a range of options for organising and sorting your photos so take charge and choose a method that suits you and stick to it.
  • How do you make the  most of your photos?  

Well the simple is answer is that you need to complete a digital workflow, using image editing software. This involves a few simple steps to process your images ready for printing and sharing. When we owned film cameras we were used to getting our films 'processed’ and receiving printed images back unaware of the
work that went on behind the scenes. But with advance of digital cameras we have forgotten this vitally important step and assume images will be perfect straight from the camera. Digital Camera’s are less tolerant of challenging light conditions and a little adjustment to exposure, white balance or colour can make a big improvement.  

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Turn snaps into stunning 'studio style' portraits
Many new cameras have settings and  features that enable basic in-camera processing and for the casual social photographer this may be all that is required to produce acceptable images.  But  you will  always get superior results if you learn to take charge yourself.

I am often asked why printed images never look as good as the ones you pay for.  Once again this is often due to a lack of knowledge of how to set up and select  the correct printer options or simply the result of poor quality paper & ink  or the limited capabilities of an out dated printer. 

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A custom photo book layout
But the biggest problem facing your photos is the risk of being trapped on your computer, unused and forgotten. Remember photos should be seen. So print and share your favourite shots; turn them in to framed pictures; cards; calendars or what about a stunning photo book to be proudly displayed on your coffee table?  

If this all sounds a bit too difficult why not sign up for some local training and discover what you can do with your photos.  Learn how to organise, find and process your images. Get simple tips to print stunning  photos at home and find  out how to turn your photos  into works of art.   
 
If you love the web find out how to back up and share your photos online or for the ultimate showcase discover how to create slide shows and DVD’s with music and special effects to share with family and friends.


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