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Norma’s experience

What is a megapixel anyway?

We have a great camera; a Nikon D-90 just chock full of megapixels. For each of those invisible megapixels, we have a million invisible pixels. I would rather not see a pixel. Seeing pixels in Photoshop generally means I’m attempting to use too low a resolution graphic at too large a size. Images are made up of tiny (pixel) dots. Visable pixels are yucky! They make my graphics ugly.

Lately megapixels are a hot topic in our household because my husband, the hiker, wants a compact camera to take on the trails. But he also wants sharp, clear photos with rich, true colors. To get those high resolution photos to print at almost any size, for any purpose, you need scads of megapixels.

Luckily my husband’s can fit 14 million pixels into his shirt pocket. Now his new digital camera’s 14 megapixel sensor awaits his click to launch them into brief life as an electronic signal.

Did he really need so many megapixels? Probably not. Everything we read says a camera with around 5 megapixels will be sufficient for a home camera. He bought this camera for its excellent lens, and the excess megapixels came along for the hike!


Pictures of the fall colors in our yard were taken with our 12 and 14 megapixel (right side) cameras.


Business plan saves the day

BusinessSuperHeroIn the fall of 1996, our graphic design company took a hit from the explosion of inexpensive desktop publishing software. It seemed that every company’s switchboard operator was knocking out newsletters and brochures while never missing a call. No one appeared to care about double spaces after periods or saw a difference between inches and true quote marks.

At the same time, our city redevelopment agency was looking to develop tourism. They needed accommodations for the flood of tourists sure to head this way.

Opportunity was knocking or maybe, rearing its ugly head? I talked it over with my husband. “This is too hard. We need new computers. We need new clients. Let’s apply for redevelopment funds to open a bed and breakfast,” I said. [Read More]


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