- place them on the floor in a good light (by my patio doors)
- stand over the page and zoom in slightly, squaring the shot with the viewfinder grid lines
- edit the photo in Picasa (straighten, crop, adjust colour & contrast, retouch ...)
- resize for the web with PixResizer
- upload to my web storage
- share on my blog/UKS gallery
My beloved Canon Powershot A700 is well used. It has received a quite few knocks over the last seven years: there are two scratches on the lens that catch the sunlight sometimes; there's a chip in the housing near the battery compartment; most of the symbols on the back have worn away. BUT, since its return from a month's sojourn in the rainforests of Costa Rica and the orphanages of Nicaragua, documenting Child No.3's summer expedition, it's struggling!
I finally made time to experiment and was amazed to find that the fuzzy area is only in one part of the photo. Rotate the camera and the fuzzy area moves too! I took a closer look at the camera:
Hmmm - definitely an interesting shape to the lens housing. And a new dent on the top corner by the flash. That could explain a lot!
Staying on the subject of things that can blur the vision, here's a page made from my September Counterfeit Kit:
Sweden has a state run chain of alcohol shops called Systembolaget which fascinated me when I worked there 30 years ago so I wanted Hubby to see one during our Scandinavian road trip. In my day, you had to select each bottle of wine/beer/spirit from the current brochure, take your order to a counter and the assistant would fetch it from the storeroom for you. Nowadays, once you have been allowed into the store by the security staff (over 20s only), you can fill your basket from the price-ordered shelves yourself, though there are still no multi-buy offers allowed. Better for the wallet that way to be honest!
You will notice that there is NO blurring of the layout photo. Well that's because I treated myself to a replacement Canon. As with computers, camera technology has moved on; so for much less money than my old A700, I have more than 3 times the zoom and twice the mega-pixels. It helped that I was happy to settle for the SX240 HS which is the 2012 model and therefore ⅔ the price of this year's SX270 HS. Just got to read the manual and work out what to do with all the other new features that have been introduced since 2006! Happy Days :-D