Happy Independence Day to my American readers.
July 4, 2001
The success of my first e-book (100 Best Sites for Preschool &
Kindergarten) encouraged me to continue the effort, so I
now have completed “100 Best Science Sites for Middle School.”
Do you have a product, service or Web site of interest
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This week my nine-year old
daughter discovered she could make money selling her slightly
used books on eBay. She is selling three collections of paperback
chapter books perfect for second and third graders. I promised
her (what’s a mom for?) I would give you all the eBay link.
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For years I was the sole family photographer, dutifully recording our vacations and family
get-togethers whenever I remembered to bring my camera along. Now I am joined by my teenage son, who has a digital camera. I, alas, am still analog. I love seeing his digital work, and really enjoy using his camera (when I’m allowed.) What’s the best part of digital photography? No film or developing costs to slow you down. Snap away — it’s practically free.
Club Photo e-Cards
Although the primary business of Club Photo is selling novelty photo gifts (coffee mugs, tee shirts and such) they also offer free e-greeting cards you can customize with your own digital photos. To choose a photo from your local hard drive, select Upload an Image from the left-hand menu. After you select a card type (birthday, thank you, anniversary and so on) you’ll see your photo merged into the card. You can play with the photo placement by using the Adjust Photo Tool. To finalize your card, move onto Preview where you’ll add your recipient’s e-mail address and a personal message.
How Stuff Works: Digital Cameras
How does a filmless camera actually work? The heart of a digital camera is the image sensor that digitally records light: either a charge coupled device (CCD) or a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS.) How Stuff Works explains the whole process and includes plenty of practical buying tips along the way. Top click is the Feature section which will help you better understand digital camera jargon.
Kodak Digital Learning Center
Although written specifically for Kodak digital cameras, this first-rate site offers plenty for anyone interested in learning about digital photography. The site is divided into five books: How To (with step-by-step instructions); Technology; Courses (one of my favorite sections with online training classes); Reference (with FAQ’s and a glossary); and DLC Plus (a collection of projects for home and classroom.) Courses I enjoyed perusing were Digital Color Theory and Printing Digital Images (which delves into the confusing issue of input and output resolution.)
Learn2 Shop for a Digital Camera
“A pixel is worth a thousand words.” Once you’ve decided to join the digital photo revolution, your first challenge is choosing a camera. In just four steps, Learn2 takes you from Understanding the Terminology to Considering Special Features. To print all four pages of the lesson, click on All Steps at Once (printable version.)
Short Courses is my digital photography pick of day for its encyclopedic collection of online tutorials. Topics include Batteries (a subject of keen interest to all digital camera owners,)
Choosing a Digital Camera, and Editing Digital Photographs. There is also a great links page with pointers to seven fabulous digital photo galleries. In addition to the free online courses, author Dennis Curtin sells a series of books about specific digital cameras (such as “Short Course in Nikon 950 Photography”.)
Copyright © 2001 Barbara J. Feldman
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