Photograph Examples - June, 2001 - from SCScompA


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The photographs shown in this example are, mostly, taken from a digital camera (in this case: an Olympus D-400 Zoom) and the digital image moved from the camera to the PC by use of a Camedia Floppydisk Adapter. Other photographs in SCScompA's examples are in the PC as a result of scanning the photograph. The following pictures default to digital camera origin and, if not, the shown picture will be identified as a scanned image. Scanned photographs are scanned at 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) or 100 DPI, and the chosen DPI will be identified in the comments for that particular image.

The following is aimed at showing examples of using the PC, digital cameras, and perhaps scanners, as part of home PC environment. Hopefully, the shown pictures will give you some ideas for your home use of PCs.

If you are taking a vacation in the future or otherwise have pictures you want to share with family/friends, the approach taken by this Web page (basic use of HTM tags) is an easy way to meet your aims. Remember, the HTM and images need not be put out on the Web to share with others: You could put the HTM file and the images into a file and send that file (either using a RW/CD, a ZIP floppy, a set of 3 1/2" floppies using hand-carry, snail-mail, or Internet transmission of the material) to your friends/family on their own PC.

If you include, also, a Word document discussing the material (for example, a travel or other journal you keep related to the images): Wonderful!

Contact SCScompA if you have any comments/questions regarding anything that is shown in this Web page.


During our recently-completed annual April vacation to Scotland I made good use of my Olympus digital camera. Upon returning form the vacation I have had to fit in time for reviewing/documenting the pictures.

Although that is a fun time, it does take time to do it! I did not, prior to getting the digital camera, participate much in review/documentation of pictures. In those previous days, the pictures were sent to a photographer for developing and after we paid the development costs -- we glanced at the "real" photograph, selected some for possible enlargements and framing, perhaps put some of the selected photos in a trip portfolio, and put the rest in a "photo box" for storage. I was not much involved in this process -- another family member did the work -- but, I was certainly a beneficiary of looking at the photos!

Now, I am quite involved. Why? Well, I have time I did not have previously when I worked "full time" -- and, I also am on the PC quite a bit.

Therefore, I:

  1. While on vacation, move the photos from the Olympus digital camera to the laptop and back up (externally, on floppies) the photos we take. WinZip gets involved with this process. Sometimes, nearly daily, review the photos on the laptop using CAMEDIA in slide-show fashion and share the viewing with anyone who is interested and traveling with us. This gives some "instant gratification" of the day's travels!

  2. Print off the vacation's daily journal (if you have been keeping one, for example on your laptop, during the vacation).

  3. Upon returning home from the vacation, move the photos from either the floppies or copy directly from the laptop to my main home PC.

    In some cases, you may not have a digital camera. OK! Then, consider purchasing a scanner (quite reasonably priced: $100 or less USA will normally do fine) and scan the photos into your PC.

  4. Open the photos on my main PC in slideshow format using CAMEDIA just to get an overview of what was taken during the travels.

  5. Open the photos using PaintShop Pro and modify them as desired. I often use the automatic contrast support of PaintShop Pro to lighten-or-darken the photo. Also, I use PaintShop Pro to combine some of the photos into one photo (in some cases, as a "panorama" photo and in other cases placing multiple photos into one image if the multiple photos are related to each other. In this case, I normally reduce the size of the individual pictures. Save the modified photos.

  6. Backup, externally, the modified and going-to-be-used photos on external storage. I use WinZip and a ZIP disk. "Newer" PC users are no doubt using CD/RW for saving the backed up photos.

  7. Document the photos using HTM tags. I like that approach and it is not difficult to do. Let me know what application you use, if you do not use HTM tags. The "documentation" is made easier if you have access to your vacation's daily journal.

  8. Backup (again!), externally, the modified and going-to-be-used photos on external storage. I use WinZip and a ZIP disk. "Newer" PC users are no doubt using CD/RW for saving the backed up photos.

  9. Show/share the HTM-documented information/photos with friends and family.

  10. Perhaps, move some or all of the HTM-documented information/photos to the Web. I use the "free" (well, I pay a monthly fee for Internet access) Web space America Online provides. Share the Web page address with family/friends.

    I try to keep the photo download times to less than 5 elapsed minutes per "set" of photos using 56KB Internet connection. I find 5 minutes per set to be a reasonable download/display time. If your friends/family have high speed Internet connection: Terrific -- then, the download/display times will be near-instantaneous! Good.

  11. Select certain photos from the material for printing. Again, I use PaintShop Pro as the printing application. Print the selected photos. I normally print on HP Premium Photo Paper, Glossy. Perhaps frame some of the special photos.

  12. Backup one last time the modified and going-to-be-used photos on external storage. If possible, do not use WinZip for the final presentation backup. On the external media, have the entire presentation in usable form on the backup media.

  13. Share, using regular ("Snail mail") mail to send the backed-up presentation to family/friends who do not have easy access to the Internet -- but, they have a PC and can read your backed-up media!

  14. Copy the material and presentation from your main home PC to your laptop. Once there, you can use your laptop once in awhile for presentation/review with family/friends.

  15. If you have PC disk space concerns (perhaps, especially, on your laptop) remove the material from your hard disk and when you want access to it, read it from the backup media.

  16. Repeat the above during your next vacation!

Following are some of my April, 2001 vacation's photos. They are presented simply as examples and, hopefully, to encourage you to make use of your photos/documentation online.

St. Andrews Visitor Clubhouse

We have shown/seen the St. Andrews Royal and Ancient clubhouse a number of times in this year's pictorial review -- and, rightly so since that is a very famous (to golfers) sight. The Royal and Ancient clubhouse was built in the 1800s.

In the 1990s, St. Andrews built a clubhouse for visitors. It has a nice restaurant with views overlooking the courses of St. Andrews, terrific locker rooms, and we make use of the clubhouse each time we play at St. Andrews.

Some Views of St. Andrews New Golf Course...

This is the 17th green of the Road Hole at St. Andrews Old Course.

One of the most famous par 4s in golf, the Road Hole greenside bunker is inside the mound shown in the left side of this picture. The road (a portion is shown in the bottom right of this picture) is in play and a ball lying on the road needs to be hit up the incline to the green while keeping the ball from rolling over the green and possibly into the Road Hole greenside bunker.

The Swilken Bridge awaits the players who finish the 17th hole and have hit their drive up the 18th towards the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient.

A truly magical location for a golfer to experience at least once in his/her golfing lifetime.

St. Andrews Ruins

The ruins of St. Andrews are part of the history of Scotland and are now quite protected. In the past, however, battles were fought and fires destroyed parts of St. Andrews.

St. Andrews Castle

Well protected by the sea.

St. Andrews Streets

A typical street in the town of St. Andrews.

St. Andrews University Grounds

The oldest university in Scotland and one of the oldest in Britain has about 12,000 of the 25,000 persons who make St. Andrews their home.

Prince William will be attending the University starting in September, 2001.

Leaving St. Andrews and Heading to Isle of Skye

On Thursday morning, April 19 we left St. Andrews for a planned two days in the Isle of Skye area. We drive north and after a stop at the House of Bruar (a tourist-shopping/lunch spot) near Pitlochry we cross part of the Scottish highlands to Dornie. Dornie is near to the bridge to Isle of Skye.

While at Dornie we also visited the town of Plockton.

On the Way to Isle of Skye

Crossing the highlands, even from the highway, yields some haunting, beautiful, views.

Crossing the Highlands

Heading to Plockton for Dinner/Relax

After settling in at our B&B in Dornie, we headed to Plockton.

The scenery as we drove from Dornie to Plockton was terrific. It is easy to see why this is popular hiking countryside.

A Great Golf Hole

This is the second shot, up a slight hill, to my favorite par-4 we play in Scotland: The 13th hole at Gullane #2 Golf Club.

Let me know if you are a golfer and know this golf hole -- or, if you are not a golfer but have walked the area (many people visiting the Gullane area walk along the seashore and cross the golf course just prior to where this picture is taken from).


I wish you well in your picture-taking and travels or other activities -- and hope you share that with a journal and Web-type of presentation you share with family/friends.

To contact me about anything on this Web page, please: send mail to: SCScompA@aol.com


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