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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 photo collection special ... and you'll be rewarded as your collection grows. For 55+ 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 a fun and rewarding when you take it to the next level. To start with, you'll need a digital camera with features that put you in complete control of the results way beyond what you can get with a smartphone. Then, with camera in hand, you can search out unique opportunities for beautiful or unusual shots beyond just a typical point and shoot result. Vacations become more than just sightseeing when you add 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 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. PCs and smart devices have storage limitations and risk of loss.  With a $50 ink jet printer, you can print quality photos for your albums.

Back Up Your Photos

To protect your photos, back up PCs, smart phones or tablets to portable media such as DVD, USB flash drive or external disk drive. A friend of mine recently 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 Your Memories

You can preserve old family photos, slides, 8mm movies, VHS videos by converting them to DVDs. An internet search will turn up stores in your area that perform this service. For example, check out Costco Photo Center. Prices start at $20. I had many hours of old slides and 8mm/VHS movies converted to DVDs for viewing on a TV or computer, then gave a set to each of my sons. This is a priceless gift for your family.

A Little Humor

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

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