Running Tests, Tests, and More Tests

Take some time to test your workflow and your computer system. Take a lot of digital photos. You don't have to worry about film and developing costs so snap away. The more photos you take, the better photographer you'll be (check out Chapter 19 for tips on composition). Even if all you plan to be is the designated family vacation photographer, don't underestimate the significance of your function. Experience and a little knowledge behind the lens will make your photos all that more memorable, and that's a priceless gift. Here are a few other tests you can try:

i Scan images using multiple settings and see what kinds of results you get.

i Print images using multiple resolutions and different types of papers.

i View your images using different browsers on different monitors and different platforms.

Really become familiar with the ins and outs of every piece of your equipment in your workflow. No books, documentation, or advice comes close to the amount of knowledge gained from spending time on your system and experimenting. And play, play, play in Album. If friends and family start complaining about how they never see you now that you've become this digital fiend, you could always give them a beautifully printed photo of yourself!

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