Digital Photography, Is It Right For You?

Written by Jeff Colburn

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Still not sure which way to go? You could buy a nice digital camera, with at least 3.1 megapixels, for under $1,000 and give it a try. You can even buy a printer that connects directly torepparttar camera, so you don't need a computer.

If you do decide to buy digital cameras, askrepparttar 116337 same questions you would for film cameras. What lenses, shutter speeds, ISO's and flash sync speed do you need? What subjects will you shoot, in what kind of lighting and how portable does it need to be? Do you need to end up with prints, digital images or slides?

Then talk to photographers that you know, or that you can find on newsgroups, and see if they userepparttar 116338 camera you're looking at, and what they think of it. If you live in a large city, you can probably rentrepparttar 116339 camera you want, and if you decide to buy it you may even be able to apply your rental fees towardrepparttar 116340 purchase price.

So don't jump onrepparttar 116341 digital bandwagon just because everyone else seems to be doing it. A camera is a tool. Selectrepparttar 116342 proper tool to meet your needs. You will be happier and your pictures will look better.

Want to know what some ofrepparttar 116343 pros are using for digital? Check this out.

Cameras Canon EOS-ID and D30 Nikon DI

Computers Macintosh PowerBook G3 and G4 Sony Vaio PC

Scanners Agfa DuoScan and Arcus 2 Flextight Precision II Imacon Precision II Nikon Coolscan 8000 Scanview Scanmate 11000 drum scanner UMAX PowerLook 1100 with transparency attachment

Printers Epson 1160, 1270, 1280, 5500 and 10000

Software Adobe Photoshop 6.0 and 7.0

Jeff Colburn's books, "The Writer's Dictionary Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mythology" and "The Youngest Ninja," can be purchased from his site, The Creative Cauldron at The Creative Cauldron is a site filled with information for writers, photographers, artists and other creative people.

7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Animal Shelters

Written by Louise Louis

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5. Your Dog May Bark in Chinese

Thanks torepparttar publicity campaigns to get people to spray or neuter dogs, some shelters are running low on popular small dogs and puppies. They ensure a sufficient supply of adoptable dogs by importing them from foreign countries.

Visitrepparttar 116336 website ofrepparttar 116337 Taipei Abandoned Animal Rescue Foundation to see how happy they are to have placed so many dogs inrepparttar 116338 United States including atrepparttar 116339 Humane Society of Snohomish County, WA and Pets Alive, a no-kill shelter in Middletown, NY.

They're not alone. A Tufts University 2000 study identified 6,000 dogs that had been brought intorepparttar 116340 U.S. from foreign counties including Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

The impact of so many dogs from unknown breeders and from countries with limited veterinary medicine is completely unknown.

6. Shelters Are Not Dens

Many dogs do not do well at shelters. Some dogs can adjust to kennel life but many others become fearful, frustrated,and overactive which makes them even less likely to be adopted.

Many shelters simply do not have sufficient staff to exercise and play with each dog torepparttar 116341 degreerepparttar 116342 dog needs to become socialized.

It's also extremely difficult to preventrepparttar 116343 spread of illnesses when you have so many pets in one location. There's a reasonrepparttar 116344 term "kennel cough" conjures up an image of sickly dogs.

7. Owners May Not Have Toldrepparttar 116345 Truth

The most common reason given for turning in a pet is thatrepparttar 116346 owner is moving and can't take Fido with him.

The moving may be true but begsrepparttar 116347 question of why didn'trepparttar 116348 owner try to placerepparttar 116349 dog himself? If you paid $500 for a purebred, it's very likely you'd try to find a good home for him (if not resell him).

The dogs that wind up at shelters tend to be dogs that aren't socialized or trained. They may be capable of becoming gentlemen and ladies or they may be neurotic, puppy mill (domestic or foreign) offspring who don't belong in any dog owner's home.

At shelters as well as used-car lots, caveat emptor.

Former dog breeder and all-round dog person, Louise Louis now runs a website, dedicated to helping people match the best small dog breed to their lifestyle.

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