Digital photography is displacing traditional film photography for many applications. You can buy a digital camera for anywhere from around $50 to well over $1000, depending on your needs. You can then download images from the camera to your computer, manipulate them in a graphics editor, and print the results to a high-resolution color printer. Many drug stores and malls now feature digital photography kiosks for even higher-quality prints, too. Unfortunately, most digital cameras ship only with Windows and Mac OS software, so to take advantage of these devices from Linux you need to locate an appropriate package. Fortunately, the Linux gPhoto program (http://gphoto.sourceforge.net) does an excellent job supporting a wide variety of cameras.
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Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.