The Basics

Hello, so you are new to digital photography. This page and the many links presented here will help you get underway. Material here is organized in an orderly fashion so new users of cameras and computers can gain the knowledge and skills to confidently step into the age of digital photography.

There are a great number of cameras available. They differ in many big and small way, so we cannot tailor this site so it will apply just to your camera. In fact, here we do not cover the techniques and skills for taking pictures – what you do with the camera. This site picks up where the camera process leaves off.

But fear not, here is one site with excellent tutorials that will be of value to you:

Cambridge in Colour – yes, that is Cambridge in the United Kingdom – hence the spelling.


You will find their tutorials excellent and very helpful.


imageAnother good source of helpful information for starting photographers is the “For Beginners” section of Digital Camera World. They also have a Tutorials page but that contains material of a wider range of topics.




After the camera

So here go with the next steps –

  • Preparing your computer
  • Importing photos from your camera to your computer
  • Managing and editing your photos
  • Preparing your SkyDrive
  • Uploading photos to SkyDrive
  • Organizing photos in SkyDrive
  • Sharing SkyDrive photos and albums
  • Presenting SkyDrive slide shows

These steps will be taken up in turn. Mostly with links to tutorial posts.



Preparing your computer

There are many applications for organizing and editing photos on a computer. Some very sophisticated, some quite simple. On this site we will concentrate on Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Windows Live Photo Gallery is a free download, it is part of Windows Live Essentials.


Click on the image above to go to the Windows Live Essentials site. You can download the apps from there. You will encounter an opportunity to select all of the Windows Live Essentials componets, or just specific ones.

imageSelect “Choose the programs you want to install”.

Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker work hand-in-hand and install together. Choose other applications if you like, but these two, Gallery and Movie Maker, are all that you need to manage your photos.

There make some support items that need to be installed – but your computer will let you know.

There is another item you may need, a “codec”, but that too, will be flagged later when you need it.

When you have Photo Gallery installed you are all set for the next step: to bring photos in from your camera.



Importing photos from your camera

Here are a couple of posts that describe the import process in detail:


How do I import photos from my camera to my Windows 7 computer?


Can I re-import photos when the computer says no new photos were found?




Managing and editing your photos

Windows Live Photo Gallery offers the tools for managing your photos as well as editing and sharing them.



Preparing your SkyDrive

If you do not yet have a SkyDrive sign up for one.

You can follow the instructions in this article: Setting up your SkyDrive.



Uploading photos to SkyDrive




Organizing photos in SkyDrive




Sharing SkyDrive photos and albums




Presenting SkyDrive slide shows



This page is in preparation – please excuse our dust.



One comment on “The Basics

  1. […] new series has been started to help new-comers learn the ropes of digital photography. Look for “The Basics” page in the menu […]


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