The art of digital photography and restoration works on many different levels. The lowest and most basic level would be taking a photo with a cheap digital camera. At the other end of the spectrum you would have a high end digital camera that could cost thousands of dollars. A basic digital camera with a decent resolution would cost your around $75.00 to $100.00 dollars. For a professional high end digital camera you can spend over $5,000.00 dollars. The other option is to use a good photo scanner. There are many photo scanners on the market today that range from $100.00 to $300.00 that will deliver a very high quality scan.
Scanning the photo into a digital format is only part of the process. Once the photo is scanned you will need good photo editing software to do your restoration. The most widely used photo editing software on the market is Photoshop by Adobe. There are two versions you can purchase. The full version of Photoshop runs around $450.00 and Photoshop Elements runs about $125.00. So if you want to get into the photo restoration business you can do it as cheap as $225.00 or you could spend over $5,000.00 dollars depending on what level of restoration you will be offering.
The best answer to purchasing your new equipment is not always the cheapest one. You need to invest in good equipment and software to turn out a quality product. You will also need to be willing to take the time to master the techniques it takes to give your customers a quality photo restoration product. Having the right tools and knowledge will be very important to a successful photo restoration business.
In today’s society we are living in a very technology driven arena, which means when it comes to a video camera people are moving from old analog cameras to digital HD video cameras. With so many on the market here are a few suggestions when getting ready to purchase your digital video camera.
The first thing you will need to decide is what format you would like to record on. You have the choice of digital tapes, memory cards or a hard drive built into the camera. Next you will want to find a video camera with large CCD chip or chips. Video cameras process there image by using one single chip for all three colors or 3 chips for processing each individual color. The chips come in sizes ranging from 1/6 to 1/3 inch which are most common in consumer video cameras. The bigger the chip is in the camera will result in giving you more light that allows for better colors and brighter pictures.
Next you will want to make sure the camera will work good in low light. Some of the more expensive models will give you settings in the menu to allow shooting in low light, while other will allow you to manually adjust features like the shutter speed and iris. Zooming functions are important to. The two types offered on a video camera are optical and digital. Make sure your camera has an optical zoom since this will give you the best picture clarity. Some cameras will come with an optical zoom, followed by a digital zoom. This is ok as long as it has the optical zoom feature. Good image stability in a video camera is a nice feature to have. There is nothing worse than watching video footage that is shaking all over the place. Last you will want to look at what type of connectivity the camera offers. If you are transferring from a hard drive camera or a SD card the HDMI output is essential. This will allow you to import the video files directly into your computer. If you are playing back your footage to a DVD recorder or TV then you will want to have an analog signal out of the camera as well.