Digital Photography, Is It Right For You?

Written by Jeff Colburn

Lately, people have been asking merepparttar same question over and over, "Should I buy a digital camera?" And for everyone that asks, I haverepparttar 116337 perfect answer. Maybe.

There are many factors that go intorepparttar 116338 decision about going digital, notrepparttar 116339 least being whether you are a professional or amateur photographer. You need to ask yourself how you will use your photographs. Will they be for your website, magazine articles, stock agencies, advertising or something else? You then have to do some research and see what each of these markets asks for. Stock agencies love digital, as do many ad agencies, but most magazines want slides.

Do you want to stay with film? Great. Film still gives better image quality than digital. However, in a year or two digital will probably rival film. You also need to consider that film manufacturers are reducingrepparttar 116340 range of film they produce. I was amazed when a few months agorepparttar 116341 owner of my local camera store told me that Kodak is going to discontinue Kodachrome 25 soon, and within two years discontinue Kodachrome 64 and 200. Film manufacturers know that eventually digital will take over, and they don't want to be caught flatfooted. So they're making fewer types of film, and starting to manufacture digital camera.

You also need to considerrepparttar 116342 costs of going digital. A professional digital camera or camera back, will cost between $5,000 and $15,000. These prices are dropping quickly, but they are still high. There's alsorepparttar 116343 need for a computer (like a Mac G4 at $2,500), PhotoShop 7 ($600), high end printer (at least $500), maybe a scanner ($500 and up) and possible external data storage devices. This along with time spent manipulating each image in a computer, after you learn to userepparttar 116344 computer and software, archiving each image on several sets of CD's so you can store at least one set offsite. An off-site set protects your images from being lost due to flood, fire, theft or some other catastrophe. As you can see, digital will eat up lots of time and money.

One way to get into digital, but save some money, is to gorepparttar 116345 hybrid route. Shoot with film, make some great prints then scan them into a computer using a flatbed or drum scanner. You can also scan negatives and prints directly. Some photo labs can even dorepparttar 116346 scanning for you. Many professional photographers go this route to haverepparttar 116347 best of both worlds. They can use their existing film cameras, while having digital images.

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

Written by Louise Louis

1. "No-Kill" Shelters Aren't Totally

Inrepparttar website words of one ofrepparttar 116336 first no-kill shelters, The San Francisco SPCA:

"(We)guarantee to find a home for all San Francisco's adoptable cats and dogs - animals that are healthy and free of serious behavior problems. Animals are euthanatized only if they are too sick to be rehabilitated, or too aggressive to be safely placed in a home."

2. Tax Supported Shelters Can't Turn Down Anyone

No-kill shelters have been criticized for skimmingrepparttar 116337 cream of abandoned pets and letting public, tax-supported shelters deal with allrepparttar 116338 sick, aggressive and elderly animals.

There is truth to this. If you take Fido to a no-kill shelter, you may be required to have a clean bill of health from a Vet beforerepparttar 116339 shelter will accept him. People who won't or can't afford this wind up leaving Fido atrepparttar 116340 county shelter.

3. Some Adoptions Don't Take

Withrepparttar 116341 pressure from animal rightists to avoid euthanizing animals, some shelters allow dogs to be adopted that shouldn't be.

The dogs have a history of biting or have chronic health problems. Typically, these problems may not be disclosed or mentioned so casually, a new dog owner doesn't understandrepparttar 116342 gravity ofrepparttar 116343 situation.

Some shelters claim they don't take puppy mill dogs, but how could they possibly knowrepparttar 116344 dog's background! You most certainly can teach an old dog new tricks, but only an experienced person can train an aggressive dog.

If you ever decide to get a dog from a shelter, be sure to askrepparttar 116345 ifrepparttar 116346 dog has ever been adopted and then returned.

4. Personnel Is Biggest Problem at Any Shelter

Do you enjoy cleaning up after Fido? Imagine having to do it for a 100 strange dogs and for Cujo as well as Lassie. Salaries are low and even with government benefits, employee turnover is high.

At private shelters,repparttar 116347 problem is worse because so much depends on volunteers as I know from my volunteer days. How much time and attention a pet receives is dependent totally onrepparttar 116348 number and quality ofrepparttar 116349 volunteers who participate.

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