DIGITAL FRAME CONTENT

Digital frame content is not at all limited to just putting photos on a digital frame! Let your imagination be your guide!

This section of the website contains detailed information on scanning photos and artwork for content displays on digital frames as well as management of the content, which also includes ideas for additional content resources.

The truth is that digital frames are usually purchased to hold and display photo collections from a digital camera. So we will start out with some ideas for how to make the most of your digital photos and what to do to optimize the photos used as digital frame content.

Digital Photography in General

Digital cameras are everywhere and anyone can learn to use one. Really, all that is necessary with most of the newer models is to just point and click and take as many pictures at one time as you would like or that your camera's memory will hold.

No longer do we have to sit and smile and pose. We get our pictures taken when walking, talking, eating, etc. Unfortunately, we can get into a shooting frenzy, taking one picture after another so we don't miss anything.

Theoretically, we know that it will take some time, but we will eventually be able to pick and choose which ones to keep and which to delete. But realistically, who has the time? So we just keep all of them! Since we don't have to print them out, we start to stockpile hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos. Some (and we don't know which ones) may not even be worth keeping at all!

After awhile, the nightmare realization will come that in order to really enjoy these photos, we are going to have to find some way to display them reasonably. Otherwise, they will be lost in the vast labyrinth of our computer's memory or on tons of unmarked memory cards and flash drives!

Perhaps it would be better to garner some tips on the best way to take digital photographs. Then we could be assured that each picture we take will truly represent what we saw. This may result in our taking fewer numbers but far better photos, leaving us the a bit more time to organize them and a lot more worthwhile digital frame content. Then we will not only be able to enjoy them, but we can also share them with others.

There are numerous resources on the Internet for beginning to advanced photography help. One that I particularly recommend for the novice is Beginner-Photography-Guide. The owner of this site states that "Anyone can take pictures. I'll help you become a better photographer with tips for digital photography and film". She also offers an easy to understand and read e-book for sale on her site with beginner photography tips, complete with exercises.

Using Your Camera's or Computer's Software to Edit the Digital Pictures From Your Camera

To really enjoy your digital frame content, you can go beyond just taking the memory card from the camera and inserting it into the frame.

Learning to use the image-editing software that came with your camera or computer is one excellent way to optimize the display of your digital photos leading, of course, to much better digital frame content.

Using Photo-Editing Software Before Transferring Photos

A photo-editing program (if you know how to use one) would be useful to clone out imperfections or crop pictures before transferring them. I use Photoshop, which is not free, but there are many other photo-editing programs available on the Internet at minimal cost or even free that would be very helpful. It would certainly be worthwhile to invest some time in learning one of these programs.

Using a Special Software Product to Get Your Pictures to Display Correctly on Digital Frames

If you are not interested in or not able to use photo-editing software but you still want photos to look their best in a digital frame, you can use a product which will automate the process of making sure your photos will fit the resolution and image settings of your particular digital frame.

With this type of software, just input the resolution and image settings of your particular digital frame (found in the manufacturer's manual or on the manufacturer's website). The whole process of optimizing pictures and transferring them to the frame is then completely automated.

The end result is higher quality pictures and many more pictures fitting on the frame. For a small investment, you may save yourself a lot of time and hard work.

One of these products is ACDSee Picture Frame Manager but there are also a number of free programs available on the Internet.


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