Digital Imaging

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Photography & Videography

Many now use their phone for digital photos and video because of the convenience of a device that is always carried.
Some prefer to use a camera of some sort, from compacts to high end enthusiast cameras.
Some prefer to use an iPad or tablet for photographs and video.

Here is a brief comparison of cameras in phones and tablets versus dedicated cameras.


The camera type is mostly a matter of personal preference but if there are times when images are to be used for other than social media purposes then it may be necessary to choose a dedicated camera over a phone or tablet. Here are some end uses where phones or tablets may not achieve sufficient quality.

  • Prints – upload to print service online or in shop, particularly large prints for hanging
  • Photobook – various types: online, software on device
  • Diary – various forms: social media, personal notes
  • Album – online or prints: gallery style online, book to hold prints
  • Photographic Enthusiast - prefers to utilise camera, lenses and settings and process in a 'digital darkroom' to achieve more advanced results

Some of the more sophisticated cameras can also use a mobile phone or tablet as a preview and remote control device.
This includes some of the so called 'action cams' which are small, robust cameras that are attached to helmets, bicycles or surfboards to make a recording of the adventure.

Where are my photos or videos?

Whatever choice is made about how to shoot images or videos, the question 'Where are my photos?' rarely arises with a camera as it is well known that they are on the memory card inside the camera. It is a question however often asked about mobile phones and tablets. Too often 'Where are my photos?' is asked in frustration as the user tries to find the latest picture. When they are eventually found the next question is often 'How to get them to…?'. It could be how to get them onto social media, onto a computer or into some other location.

If you need some details about where your photos or videos are stored on your tablet or phone or perhaps how to move the images somewhere then click here.

Editing Photos or Video

Editing is about changing and improving photos and videos. It can be simple or very complex, but that is your choice.
Some cameras provide basic editing functions built in. There are also apps from the simple to complex depending on your need.

If you wish to learn more about editing images click here


You may wish to print your digital images to place in a photo album.
There is also the option to print a photobook.
This type of printing allows a lot more flexibility with choosing different image sizes, adding text, maps and other information to make a unique and informative book.
It is not necessary that a photobook be limited to travel or a wedding. There are many places a photobook can be used to collect memories. There are even groups that get together in a kind of photobook bazaar where people sell their work to interested others.

Some ideas for photobooks:

  • Travel Diary
  • Family Wedding
  • Grandma's 'Brag Book'
  • Special occasions
  • Life story book
  • Special interest book (customised cars, motorcycles, gardening, collections…)
  • Research work
  • Genealogy

Here is a document with terms and explanations related to digital imaging:
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