Remember the camera on your phone

This week’s blog is about encouraging old dogs to learn new tricks My father enjoyed photography. From the late 1940’s to the mid 1960’s he developed and printed his own black and white photographs. I have clear and fond memories of “helping” him in his darkroom (or “bathroom with the window blacked out” as other …
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Basic Techniques In Photo Editing

My computer clients often ask me how to get started in editing their digital photos There are many photo editing programs available, ranging from excellent free programs to Adobe Photoshop costing many hundreds of pounds. In this blog I am not interested in specific programs. What I would like to do instead is give you …
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Treepad

A lot of business users and home computer users automatically turn to Microsoft Word every time they want to create text that needs to be saved. Word is a great fully-featured “word processing package” but using it often seems like using a sledge-hammer to crack a walnut, and it doesn’t necessarily offer a good solution …
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Digital Image Formats (2)

The Compromise of the Jpeg Format As mentioned in the digital formats blog last week, each time you edit and save a jpeg file a process takes place that aims to reduce the size of the resulting file. This entails making some approximations about the content (the colour) of some pixels. Repeatedly saving a jpeg …
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Digital Image Formats

There are two main ways that a digital file can store information about an image: Vector images are made up of independent objects (eg circles, arcs, squares). Each of these objects is defined in terms of mathematical relationships and instructions as to how to create it. A square, for example, is defined by where it …
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Backups – 1

Notice the rather ominous “1” in the title. This is a subject that will take more than one blog post. So, today let’s just think about what “backups” mean and what they don’t mean. When I asked Google to define “backup” the first offering was an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage; “a traffic …
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Great Free Software – Gadwin Print Screen

Do you ever wish the “PrtSc” (print screen) button would do what you want – eg Print the whole contents of the screen to the printer Print a part of the screen to the printer Save part or all of the screen to an image file that you can use and refer to later Gadwin …
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