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Technology: Photo Imaging


From Pixel to Picture

One of the most routine items in the Labrador Odyssey program, along with lunch and dinner, is the daily imaging of digital photos. Since this is what our Chief Photographer Michael Peake, does for a living, it gets done quickly and efficiently.

We will have two Nikon digital cameras -- a Coolpix 950 and an older Nikon E3N, which we have used on our two previous trips. Neither of these two camera are current technology, of which Nikon leads the way with their D1 and Coolpix 995 cameras. But for our purposes, which is publication on the Web, the cameras do a great job. The 950 produces a file size of about 6 meg and the E3N almost 4 meg. A good Web photo only needs to be a fraction of that size. If you want to do more than look at it, however, it has to be a lot bigger.

The Nikon E3N uses normal Nikon lenses with no additional magnification found on the Nikon D1 and other top end digital cameras. This magnification factor means a 20mm lens becomes are 32mm which is a problem if you want to get a good wide angle photo.

Digital photos are stored on data cards called Flash cards. These, in turn are downloaded, through appropriate software onto our Mac Powerbooks. The images are edited and opened in Adobe Photoshop 6.01 where they are optimized for transmission. All the good photos from each day are filed in the computer (and backed up on Zip) and the best or most appropriate are sent.

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