Photo Tips by Jimages

Photo Tips by Jimages

As Shared on the Tech Net by Jim Austin

"The best camera, Is the one you have with you."


Store your camera in a plastic bag with silica gel.

Query: Where can I find a good source for silica gel?
Jim: Use blue cat litter found at pet stores. It's mostly silica.
Use a cooler bag to protect your camera in the dinghy. (Scaramouche)

When deciding which camera to purchase, don't use the quantity of mega pixels as a factor. Pay attention to the quality of the photos instead.

Jim's Top Picks

Android and Tablets

iPad3 is faster and wireless. Has a retina display. Quad core system is faster, more functional, and much brighter. Very durable.   Android Acer A700 is 10". It has 1920 x 1200 resolution and runs android 4. It also has a stronger case for durability.  Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android The world's thinnest tablet to date.


Canon SL1 / Sony QX 10.  A family camera with interchangeable lenses.  Sony QX 100 III,   a compact, fast, pocket size, mirrorless camera with built in viewfinder; in-depth review.

Video Camera

GoPro 3

Underwater Cameras

Olympus Tough an underwater camera that's good to 40' (also favored by Ursa Minor)

FYI: iPhone 4S has a better lens than the previous iPhone. It's made of glass. It also has a wider aperture to get better pictures in low light situations.


Clean Your Printer

Get best results from your printer by cleaning the print heads with the printer's built in software program. Comment: Cleaning can also be done with Q tips and alcohol.

Home Photo Printer

I recommend Canon Selphy. It's quick and accurate. Inexpensive. Uses dye sublimation process for higher quality prints.

Paper Choice

Use printer setup options for paper. Choose the type of paper you're actually using and the printer will use just the right amount of ink for the paper. It avoids over or under inking.

Query: What paper is best to use?
Jim: Glossy archival is best for long term storage. Regular #20 bond is good, but colors will fade within a year.

Recommended Printing Services

If you'd rather have your photos professionally processed:
Costco Photo Center / Kodak Gallery - matte or glossy surfaces. / Shutterfly - order online. / Snapfish - order online; some freebies too. / Walgreen - can pick up in person, or have them mailed.
Average time from upload to in your hands is about 5 days.

Better Photos Underway
Pixels on Passage
The e-book for cruisers with cameras.
Donate Your Old Cameras
If you have an unwanted film camera,  Jim will professionally clean it and donate it to Film Photography Projects
Given to first-time students.

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