Editing, Organizing and Sharing Basics
Once you have taken some pictures, you can begin to learn digital photography basics for working with your photos. The first thing you will need to learn is how to transfer images from your camera to your computer. Most digital cameras come with software that you will install on your computer and a USB cord that you can use to transfer the images. Again, take the time to read your user's manual and follow the steps provided by the manufacturer. Doing so will save you time and frustration later.
When you have successfully loaded the pictures onto your computer, you can burn them to CDs or DVDs to share or store them, email them to family and friends or upload them to a photo-sharing website.
Before you begin to share them, though, you might want to learn some digital photography basics for editing your photos. You can purchase or use free photo editing software to correct common problems such as red eye, brightness and contrast. Many photo editing programs have some special features as well. For instance, you may be able to remove the background of a photo or apply artistic effects.
While you are learning digital photography basics, you are likely to take dozens - even hundreds - of pictures. If you take the time to organize your photos on your computer from the start, it will be so much easier to keep track of, edit, share and print them. Create subfolders within your primary photo folder, categorizing them in a way that makes the most sense to you. You may want to organize them by date, by event or by subject, for example.
As you are getting a handle on digital photography basics, don't forget to relax and have fun. Photography, like any form of art, is about expression, imagination and individuality. Photograph what appeals to you and enjoy learning as you go.