In This Chapter
Setting the stage for great prints
Looking at retail printing options
Printing using the Canon software
Preparing a picture for the Web
Creating a slide show
Viewing images on a TV
When my first digital photography book was published, way back in the 1990s, consumer digital cameras didn't offer the resolution needed to produce good prints at anything more than postage-stamp size — and even then, the operative word was "good," not "great." And if you did want a print, it was pretty much a do-it-yourself proposition unless you paid sky-high prices at a professional imaging lab. In those days, retail photo labs didn't offer digital printing, and online printing services hadn't arrived yet, either.
Well, time and technology march on, and, at least in the case of digital photo printing, to a very good outcome. Your Rebel XSi/450D can produce dynamic prints even at large sizes, and getting those prints made is easy and economical, thanks to an abundance of digital printing services now in stores and online. And for home printing, today's printers are better and cheaper than ever, too.
That said, getting the best output from your camera still requires a little bit of knowledge and prep work on your part. To that end, this chapter tells you exactly how to ensure that your picture files will look as good on paper as they do in your camera monitor.
In addition, this chapter explores ways to share your pictures electronically. First, I show ...