Samsung’s DV300F Makes Sharing Simple
Samsung’s DV300F Smart Camera does more than take great pictures; it’s designed to make it easy to post and share pictures on popular social network sites, such as Facebook. The DV300F is simple enough for a beginner, but has advanced features that will grow with a new graduate for years to come. Here are some of the features that make it the perfect graduation gift:
- A unique front-mounted LCD makes self-portraits easy. This 1.5-inch display lets you preview your photos when you’re aiming the lens at yourself (or a group you’re part of) while a large, 3-inch rear-mounted screen gives you a spacious view whenever you’re behind the camera.
- A 16-megapixel CCD sensor and 720p high-definition movie recording mode give you professional-grade features in a package that’s friendly enough for any user.
- Built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing your photos simple. Whether you’re at home or in range of a public hotspot, you can upload your photos directly to the Microsoft Skydrive online storage service or straight to social networks like Facebook, Picasa or Photobucket. You can also email photos directly from the camera and upload videos automatically to YouTube.
- Hold down the shutter button of your camera and pan to the right—the DV300F’s Panorama mode lets you capture an ultra-widescreen picture without special software.
- Get even more from your camera with features like Auto Backup, which sends photos and videos to your PC, and TV Link, which beams photos and videos to a nearby compatible television.
Creating a Digital Diary
T here’s no better way to document your first foray into the “real world”—to improve your photography skills—than taking photos throughout the year. Starting the day after graduation, take a picture every day of your first post-collegiate year. The actual subject doesn’t really matter, as long as it interests you and says something about your new life.
Landed your first job in your field? Take a picture of your cubicle. Moved into a new apartment? Snap a shot of your just-decorated living room. Undergone a professional image makeover? Celebrate your new look with a self-portrait. Then share each image online via a social networking site straight from your camera. Commentary is optional.
Taking and Sharing the Best Photographs
What you shoot is up to you, but if you don’t pay attention to how you shoot it, your audience won’t be able to tell a grove of trees from the green salad you had for lunch. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your camera with every shot you take.
- Fluorescent lighting: If you’re shooting inside, chances are you’ve got a fluorescent tube lighting your shot. Make the most of this by setting the white balance appropriately for the scene: You may need to experiment to get the perfect picture, but in general the “Cloudy” white balance works best under fluorescents, brightening up the scene considerably.
- Up close and personal: Trying to get close to a still life, such as your steaming cup of coffee? Shoot using Macro Mode to avoid blurry shots. An optical zoom, such as the 5x optical zoom on Samsung’s DV300F, will help you get in even closer without disturbing your subject.
- Easy special effects: Add that Hollywood touch to your photos with the DV300F’s Magic Frame feature. Magic Frame lets you superimpose your photos onto a new background, right in the camera. Make your photo look like the subject actually appeared on an old television or was reflected on the surface of rippling water. A dozen different effects are included.
Sharing the Easy Way
You’ll want to share your unfolding photo narrative with your family and friends. But plugging your camera into your computer each day just to upload a single photo can quickly become tiresome. Fortunately, the DV300F features built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and offers several hassle-free methods for sharing your pictures.
Send photos directly from your camera to a variety of websites. Just select your preferred website from the Social Sharing menu and your photos are whisked away without having to use a computer. You can also email photos directly from the camera. Want to store copies of your photos on another device so you can view them later? Send photos or videos to a PC wirelessly with Auto Backup. You can even share photos with TVs and mobile phones with Samsung’s TV Link and Smartphone Link systems.
Have Fun, but Be Kind
Although it’s important to have fun while capturing the moments of your daily life, be considerate to those who pass in front of your camera lens. Don’t share pictures of your roommate blowing his nose, or your coworker dozing at her desk or flirting with a secret flame. They might not think it’s funny and pictures live on the Web forever.
Also, be safe. Don’t take pictures while driving—let your passenger play shutterbug if that cloud formation is really fabulous, or pull over safely and then grab the shot. While taking photos at unique angles or from a different perspective may produce some of your best shots, never put yourself in a potentially harmful situation.
Following these simple guidelines will help you produce great photos you’ll enjoying sharing every day of the year.
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