To get the most out of your digital camera it's probably a good idea to have a computer. You might be wondering what kind of computer to get.
First of all, you need to decide what computer platform is best for you. You've probably seen all the commercials lately talking about being a Mac or a PC and you are going to need to decide which side of the fence you are going to reside. Just like the comparison of Fords and Chevys, and Canon and Nikon, they both do the same thing and it's mostly a matter of personal preference as to which you need to be.
Before I started my photo career my background was in computer sales and management. That made me a PC by default. I've used Mac's before, they do have some very cool features and I'm told they crash less. But PC's are by far the most popular and tend to be a little less expensive.
After you decide on Mac or PC you need to decide how much money you want to spend. You can spend several thousand dollars on a computer but most computers in stores today are very capable of working with images and budget computers starting at around $400. After you set a budget choose a computer with the fastest processor speed, the most RAM memory and the largest hard drive storage you can afford. A fast processor (the chip that runs the computer) and your RAM memory make working with pictures faster. Of the three I would say that hard drive storage is the most important. The larger your hard drive, the more photo's you can store.
After you get your new computer all you have to do is connect your camera up to your computer via the USB port to download your images. At this point the software in your computer takes over and you can save, manipulate and print your pictures as you feel the need. If all this sounds too hard I have another option for you. Use our computer. All you have to do is bring your camera memory card into Foto 1 and use our new photo kiosk to size, crop and print your pictures. It's as easy as that!
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)