PICTURES & IMAGES
One of the features of having your own web page is "posting" images that can be shared with friends, family, and the entire world! Pictures from your old photo albums can be now given new purpose and life. You may want to feature photos of your kids, parents, or even pets that allow others to share with you the delight and enjoyment of these memories. The Internet uses different types of files in which to post picture files. JPG and GIF formats seem to be the most popular. Both of these file types feature a technique called "compression" that enables them to be transfered via the Internet at acceptable speeds. An Internet browser (ie. Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Netscape's Navigator) then can "de-compress" these files and display them in full color. JPG and GIF files can also be shared through E-Mail. With the use of E-Mail, you can send ,at the wink of an eye, a copy of that new puppy to Aunt Edna or to whoever else that has access to a computer with an E-Mail account.
There a number of ways to get your pictures ready for the Internet. The latest but most expensive is to purchase a "digital" camera. These digital cameras offer the user a quick and easy way to take a digital picture that your computer can understand. The costs range from a few hundred dollars to THOUSANDS of dollars! The drawback is that they are of no help to those old pictures you already have in your scrapbook. One of the more popular ways to get digital pictures, is to invest in a "scanner". The easiest scanners are the "flat bed" design. They work something like a Xerox copy machine. Just lay your photograph on the lens of the scanner and it will take a digital picture that is Internet ready. Scanner prices start at under $100.00 and a top of the line scanner is only a few hundred dollars. An inexpensive alternative to digital cameras and scanners is to have your next roll of film developed at your local film developer and request a "Kodak Picture Disk" along with the prints. For a nominal fee, usually around $5.00 if done at time of processing, most developers can make copies of that roll of film onto a floppy disk and then VOILA, you have digital pictures that are computer and Internet ready!
Below are some samples of digital pictures that you can post!
Digital camera image
One time use disposable camera developed onto "Kodak Picture Disk"
Regular 35mm film developed onto "Kodak Picture Disk"
Scanned image from an old photograph circa 1955