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What does DigitalRoute do for photographers?

The digital route

Capturing and storing. If you use a digital camera, whether it's an SLR or a phone, the exposed image is captured on a grid of millions of microscopic-sized photosensitive elements, which is usually smaller than a 35mm film image.

This is a CCD (charge-coupled device) which is in a position like that of a film camera. Immediately after the exhibition, CCD plays its captured images as a string of electronic signals called an image file, usually in a small digital memory card inserted into the camera enclosure, directly on the camera's "hard disk", or even on a CD or DVD.

The images can then be viewed on a small screen of the camera and all undesirable photos can be erased. The image files are then downloaded from the map or directly from the camera to a computer, where they appear on a screen or directly on a TV screen. Or they can be uploaded straight to a printer without being viewed on a computer.

A rough guide to the quality and size of possible impressions from a digital camera will depend in part on the number of megapixels available.

The greater the impression you want to make, the greater the number of megapixels. If you're just looking to display images on the screen or send an email to friends and family, a 1- or 2-megapixel camera is enough.

To print quality images up to 10X8 inches, you need a 3 or 4-megapixel camera.

To produce pictures larger than 10X8 inches, you need to have at least a camera of 5 megapixels or more. If you sell your photographs to an image library, you will need to check the minimum megapixel requirement, as this may vary from library to library. After uploading or deleting, you may reuse the card indefinitely to capture new images.

Different picture-handling programs can be loaded onto your computer, providing you with "tools" and controls beside the image to crop, change brightness, contrast, or color, and perform numerous other adjustments, effects, and graphics.

Everyone is selected and enabled by dragging and clicking the computer mouse or using a keyboard shortcut – changes made to the image are immediately displayed on the monitor display.

Image files can be backed up (stored) into the computer's internal hard drive memory or onto a removable drive.

Output. When you are satisfied with the image on the screen, the media file can be sent to a desktop printer – usually an inkjet or laser printer – for color printing on the paper you choose. Alternatively, you can bring your removable disc to a photo lab or machine in a store for Lightjet prints on photo paper. You can transfer digital files onto film. And then print in the usual way, or have it printed by commercially available printing methods such as Lambda and Lightjet which are printed on traditional color photo paper.

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