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Viewing Your Photos

How to view the images we will send you

Your digital images will be JPEG files, and are intended to be viewed on a computer. We suggest that you copy the data from the optical disk onto the hard drive on your computer prior to viewing. Viewing the images directly from the optical disk is possible, but slow. Additionally, you cannot rotate, rename or edit an image while it’s on the disk.

Computers always have a built in-program to display images.  Additionally, you can see a list or a screen full of thumbnails of your images by using the file explorer on your computer. If you point to and double click on one of these image files, the computer will automatically start its picture viewing program and show you the image. How the images are shown (slide show vs. manual advance) or how big the images are is controlled by the settings in the particular program your  computer uses.

Organization

If your slides or photos were organized into groups, we grouped them that way on the disk.  In addition, we created each image name so that it is unique, and you can intuitively tell where it belongs and a little bit about what it is.

Viewing your digital images

The digital images of your old photos or slides are made to look every bit as good as, or in the case of color fade, better than the original slide or photo.  We’ve set critical parameters to match your computer’s default settings, and odds are that things will look just right on your computer.  If you view these images on a television, or if your computer’s display settings have changed, these images might look a little funny.

For both Apple and MSDOS systems, you can adjust your display to accurately display the colors in your digital photographs.  If the digital images are looking too blue, red or washed out, you can make changes to your computers’ display settings to improve this.   We have worked hard to assure that the digital images look just like the originals, but due to limitations of digital displays, seeing an exact match between the original and digital image is not possible.  To learn more, visit Dynamic Range.

If you can view your photographs on a TV, televisions usually have the correct brightness and contrast, but the color settings are different to make movies look better.  Many televisions have a “Photo” setting which automatically sets the display for viewing your digital images.  If your television does not have a “Photo” setting, or does not allow you to adjust the color temperature, you can turn the red down a little or turn the blue up a little.

Viewing your images on a television as a movie

You don’t have to own a computer to view your photos.  DpsDave can produce a movie from your photos, and provide a movie disk that goes into your DVD player, and will play on your television.  Visit our MOVIE page for details.  If you choose to have a movie made, we will still provide a data disk with JPEG files, as if you want to get prints made, or send the digital images to friends or relatives, you will need these JPEG files.