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Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Do I have to have a digital camera to join Malton Camera Club?

A. No, Malton Camera Club is open to allphotographers, film or digital although like all clubs, the majority of members use digital technology to some degree.

Q2. Do I need to be an expert on programs such as Photoshop in order to enjoy digital photography?

A. No, although many members enjoy enhancing or altering the pictures on computers, you don't have to. Many people take their memory cards to shops such as Asda, Tesco's or Boots and get them printed there without ever seeing a PC.

Q3. Do I have to spend a fortune on a camera to become a member of Malton Camera Club?

A. No, Camera's owned by members range from digital compacts to high spec digital SLR's and unless you know what camera took which picture you struggle to guess. As long as you can use the camera you have and understand its strengths and weaknesses you'll be able to take great pictures.

Q4. What are these mega pixels I keep hearing about?

A. Digital cameras are different from traditional cameras and instead of having a film to capture the image, they use a special light sensitive chip called a sensor. These are similar to the compound eye of a fly and are made up of lots of little receptors (pixels). If you have a 6MP camera this sensor will have 6 million little receptors on it. The amount of pixels dictates how large a picture can be produced and how much detail is captured.

Q5. What are the benefits of using digital over film?

A. There are many, Firstly it's much cheaper once you've bought your camera. You can shoot hundreds of photos and review them immediately, either on the camera itself or on a PC and if you don't like some, or indeed any of them, you delete them as you wish without having to pay for developing. If you need to change ISO speeds, you can do this by altering a setting rather than changing a film or having another camera body hanging from your neck giving you Nikon Stoop. Colour? Black & White? No problem, again this is achieved by altering a setting rather than changing a film of carrying a second camera.
Being digital, the photo's you take can be e-mailed to friends and family all over the world very easily, be made into digital slideshows, made into DVD's so you can see them on a TV, the list goes on as technology moves on...

Q6. I've heard terms such as Depth of Field, F Stops, Mega Pixels, Mega Bytes, Memory Sticks, levels, layers, where can I learn what they mean and how to use them?

A. That's easy, by joining Malton & District Camera Club you'll be amongst like minded enthusiasts at differing levels of expertise, from complete beginner to more advanced, all of whom will be able to help, answer questions or share advice in a friendly environment. Other than that, our program of events include a number of technical presentations aimed at furthering knowledge and skill and during the "summer" months we run technical sessions known as our Summer School.

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