Posted October 22nd, 2005, 10:23 PM
- Does anything happen at all when you load the disk (the one you can't get pics from) into your computer? If not-
- Right click on the "Start" button (assuming you have Windows XP).
- Select "Explore" from the little menu that pops up.
- An Explorer window will pop up with your file tree/list.
- Look up and down the list until you find your CD ROM drive (sometimes Drive E:, and may have a little bitty CD as an icon).
- Click on the CD drive, and look at the window on the right. Is there a list of pictures there? If not, your disk may be empty. If they are listed, click on the first one and it should open in Picture Viewer.
Sometimes disk don't have the auto-run file on them, and you have to open the files manually with the above process. Another way to tell if the disk has something on it, is to look at the back side of the disk. You should see a difference, from the inside out, in the shiny area, indicating the area of the disk that's used. If there aren't many pics on the disk, the used area may not extend very far from the middle. If you have negatives, you can always go back to the store and have them put on a disk.
For folks new to digital photography, check this out:
Also, the Nikon School that's presented around the country in major cities is well worth the effort. They have great classes, including beginner level, taught by professional photographers. The photography shown by the pro's is almost worth the money by itself. I went to Nikon School in Orlando when I first got a digital camera and found it valuable. I've been into photograph about 28 yrs, and just switched to digital in '02. It's certainly different to start with, but once you get used to it, it's great. The big plus is NO FILM. When on a cruise, I sit down every evening and delete bad pics to free up more room on my card. I take 4 - 256MB and 1- 128MB cards with me, and I've yet to fill them all up, on cruises as long as 15 nights. With digital, I take a lot of pics, and often many views of the same scene, then when they are on my computer at home, I decide what I like and don't like. Sure beats throwing prints in the trash when doing it the old way.You don't have to have a Nikon camera to attend. I also went to their regular photography class a few years ago. Here's the link:
When we were on Mercury for our cruise to Alaska, there was a couple on the ship teaching digital photography - Sarah & Bradley Weber. Their class was excellent for beginners. I bought their book "All Digital Cameras Made REALLY Easy III." The classes are free. Their web address is:
On an upcoming cruise out of FL, where I'm not going on an airplane, I'm taking my 35mm SLR outfit with me (my camera bag is sieable and kind of heavy), in addition to the digital camera. I'll use the film camera sparingly, for unique shots, especially beautiful scenery, etc. I'll have them put on CD's instead of prints.
Hope this helps.