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Chapter 12. Picture-Perfect Digital Phot... > E-Mailing Photos to Friends and Fami...

E-Mailing Photos to Friends and Family

Today’s digital pictures can capture a staggering amount of data. With 5 megapixels or more of resolution, they even approach the quality of conventional film. The problem with those super-high-density images, of course, is that the resulting image files are huge! That poses special problems when you want to send a photo to a friend or family member. If you attach the file to an e-mail message, you run the risk that the message will be rejected by one or more mail servers along the line. Not only that, but when the recipients open the attached file, they might discover that it’s too large to view comfortably, especially if they’re using an older version of Windows and their system is configured to open images in Internet Explorer.

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A pixel is a single dot of color in an image. A megapixel is a unit of measurement that equals 1 million pixels. The more megapixels your camera can capture on each image, the more detail you’ll see. Of course, those high-resolution images also take up tons of disk space, and high-resolution cameras cost significantly more than those that are limited to lower resolutions. Make the tradeoffs based on your budget and how you plan to use your camera.



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