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Photos Like a Pro -
See Cliff's Photo Tips for some of my fav photos and a few tech tips.

Photos preserve memories of good times and special occasions, all of which happen only once. With a little effort, you can make your photos special ... and you'll be rewarded as your collection grows. For 60+ years, photography has been my favorite hobby, with the additional benefit of preserving our family and vacation memories. - Cliff

Take it to the Next Level

Photography can be fun and rewarding when you take it to the next level. A good start would be to purchase a digital camera with features that put you in complete control of the results. But regardless of what you're shooting with, keep your eye out for those one-time opportunities to capture beautiful or unusual shots for your photo collection. You'll find that vacations can be more than just sightseeing when you add the fun of photography to the mix.

Getting Started

Here are some suggestions for enhancing your photography knowledge and skills:

)  Read your camera user guide front to back to learn about its features and capabilities.

Learn about composition, lighting and techniques from photography books, magazines and/or web sites.

3)  For better results, don't just point and shoot. Think about each shot to make it count.

4)  For complete control over results, use photo editing software to enhance, resize and organize your photos.

5)  Consider photo albums to share photos. This may seem 'old school', but it really is a great way to pass on a visual family history to your children and generations thereafter. Computers and smart devices have storage limitations and the risk of loss.  With an inexpensive ink jet printer, you can print quality photos for your albums.

Back Up Your Photos

To protect your photos, back them up to portable media such as DVD, USB flash drive or external disk drive. A few years back, a friend of mine lost five years of photos when his hard drive crashed ... every photo gone forever. All it takes is a failed computer disk, failed device storage or a lost/stolen smartphone. Don't let this happen to you. Do an internet search to learn how to back up each device you use ... it will be well worth your time.

Preserve Memories for Your Family

You can preserve old family photos, slides and 8mm/VHS videos by converting them to DVDs. An internet search will turn up stores in your area that offer this service (check out Costco Photo Center, prices start at $20). I had this done and gave a complete set to my sons. This is a priceless gift that your family will treasure.

A Little Humor

This 'Pearls Before Swine' comic strip sums it up for the casual photographer!

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