Digital Cameras: How Many Pixels Do I Need?Written by Marty Rubenski
With bewildering number of digital cameras on market, it's increasing difficult to know where to start for your first purchase. One of major determining factors of price of a digital camera is number of pixels. Nowadays, even 5.0 megapixel cameras are affordable, even for casual snapshots.
But is bigger always better?
Higher megapixel cameras do have some drawback. The first, and most obvious, is price. A basic 5.0 megapixel camera currently runs between $200 and $300. A 1.2 megapixel camera can be had for less than $50. Storage for those large pictures will also cost you more. A 32 MByte memory card will hold around a hundred 1.2 megapixel pictures. This drops right down to around 60 pictures for 2.0 megapixels and to around 40 pictures for a 3.0 megapixel model. One other consideration, not often mentioned, is that a higher megapixel camera has to do more work to compress and store images, leading to longer waits between picture shots and viewing.
Before you rush off and spend $300 for a camera, consider what you will be doing with pictures. Are you viewing them just on your computer? Sending them as email attachments? Printing them on an existing inkjet printer? Having them professionally printed?
The larger number of pixels, larger file size. An important consideration if you are emailing them as attachments. The following chart shows sample file sizes, typical resolution and maximum print size for different pixel counts stored as high-quality JPEG files:
Interior Decorating With Picture FramesWritten by Antigone Arthur
Interior Decorating With Picture Frames
There are many ways to decorate interior of your home, none least of which is with picture frames. Picture frames have unique ability to personalize a house in more ways than one. You can share with friends, family and visitors your memories and cherished moments.
There are literally dozens of different picture frames to choose from including:
- Collage picture frames
- Digital picture frames
- Magnetic picture frames
- Shadow boxes
- Wholesale picture frames
You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate your home using picture frames. In fact cheap picture frames or discount picture frames look just as classy and elegant as expensive ones. One thing you do need to do before decorating your home however is stock up on picture framing supplies. Be sure you get any matte, mounting equipment and other items you need so you can do your decorating in one fell swoop.
Steps For Decorating Your Home
There are several steps you can follow to ensure your decorating goes well. Here are a few tips for saving time and decorating efficiently:
- First inventory all photographs and memorabilia you have. Separate groups of photos and memento's into categories. Some ideas include vacation shots, weddings, birthdays, children etc.
- Survey your home. Take some time out to decide what walls and areas of home you would like to display your pictures in. Stairwells are a popular choice for displaying photographs. You can also use wall space in living room, dining room and bedrooms. Hallways are also a great area for displaying pictures and frames, as are foyers.
- Don't forget, you won't have to mount all frames, like digital picture frames. These picture frames look great as stand-alones. You can decorate your office, bedroom and den with them.
- Assess number of frames you need relative to photos you have.
- Decide style frames you want in each area of house. Try to match style of frame to theme of photograph and then to decor of room.
Tips For Hanging Your Pictures
Before you start hanging your pictures, be sure you gather all your supplies together. You will need at minimum your frames, pictures, hanging wire, a hammer, pencil and some wall screws. If you can, enlist assistance of a housemate or family member to help you hang pictures. They will help you decide if your pictures are placed correctly and hung evenly.