So just the other night, I was watching the Discovery Science Channel, and there was a show on about Digital Photography! Although aimed at real “beginners,” there was one very useful tip that I gleaned from it: when taking long exposures (i.e. at night), use the self-timer button so that you don’t get any camera shake from your hand pushing the shutter release. A very useful tip, especially since my camera doesn’t even have the option for a remote shutter button.
Another useful bit of information I gleaned from this show was about Picasa. I had heard of it long ago, but hadn’t found it to be very good at the time, and had subsequently ignored it. Apparently, however, they were bought out by Google and the tool has since become very, very good. I’m now using it to import & manage all of my photos, and it does it a fair sight better than the crappy tools that typically come with a digital camera (and half the time they don’t work anyway).
I’m also finding that the Flickr community it quite vibrant, and I must say – there are a lot of good photographers out there, taking lots of really good photos! I hope to someday be able to count myself among those people.
There’s just so much that can be done once you have a good camera and some time to devote to it… I can’t tell you how excited I am! Just the fact that I have a photo gallery sidebar-thing makes me just ever so happy.
Onwards, digital photography!