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Cliff's Corner -
Photos preserve memories of good times and special occasions, all of which happen only once. With a little effort, you can make your photo collection one to be proud of. If you're interested in taking photography to the next level, check out Cliff's Photography Tips.

Basic Photo Suggestions
1)  Read your user guide front to back to learn how to use all the features of your camera. To go a little further, buy a book about basic digital photography to learn about composition, lighting and other useful techniques.
2)  Don't just point and shoot, think about each shot to make it count.
3)  Use photo editing software to enhance, resize and organize your photos.
4)  Consider photo albums. This is a great way to pass on a visual history of your family to your children.

Back Up Your Photos
Back up frequently so you don't lose your entire photo collection. Back up PCs, smart phones or tablets to a portable media (DVD, USB flash drive or external HDD) so you have another copy. A friend recently lost five years worth of digital photos when his system crashed, every single photo gone forever. All it takes is a failed or stolen device. Don't let this happen to you. Just do a Google search to learn how to back up the devices you use. It will take you less than an hour to learn how to do it, pick up what you need from your local electronics store and to back up your devices. It's well worth your time.

Preserve Old Photos & Movies
For those of you with old photo, slides, 8mm movies and/or VHS videos, you can preserve them by converting them to DVDs. Many photo stores and online services can do this for you. For less than $500, I had many hours of old slides and 8mm/VHS movies converted to DVDs for viewing on a TV or computer, then gave a set to each of my sons.

Photos Can Be Fun & Rewarding
When it comes to photography, a little effort goes a long way. And you will be rewarded as your collection grows. For 50+ years, photography has given me a much pleasure. It's fun, with the added benefit of preserving the very special moments of my life.

Photo Techniques & Tips
Beyond just pointing and shooting, there are some neat things you can do to improve your photos and/or make them more interesting. For photos with tips, see Cliff's Photography Tips.

A Little Humor
This 'Pearls Before Swine' comic strip sums it up for the casual photographer!
Your basic photographer!

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