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I welcome your questions about your antiques and collectibles, and it helps me tremendously to have photos to study. Usually, a description of an antique or collectible doesn't give me enough information to adequately answer question. But those who do send photos often send extremely large ones which clog my E-mail. I realize that many of you are new to digital photography and don't know how to downsize your photos or even know how to take smaller ones. Below you'll find instructions on how to do just that.

All digital cameras come with the ability to take photos in various sizes, usually four or five different ones, based on megapixel size. You can change the size of the finished photo before taking it by going to your RECORD or SHOOTING MENU and looking for photo size. The largest size is the same as the megapixel size of your camera--3, 4, 5, 6, etc. This is too large to send by E-mail. Instead, choose the smallest or next to the smallest size. This is ideal for sending by E-mail. And since you'll be taking these photos to send to me or antiques dealers on the Internet, you'll find starting shooting a smaller size the best way to solve this problem.

To resize existing photos, you'll have to use a photo editing program like the one that came with your camera. You'll find this on the CD that came packed with your camera. In most photo editing programs, you'll find RESIZE in the IMAGE MENU. By changing the number of pixels in the length or width to a lower number, you'll have resized your photo. Usually, the corresponding side number will automatically change. Be sure to save your resized photo with a new name. Otherwise, you'll have permanently resized your original photo. In fact, you may want to copy your original photo to a new folder on your hard drive before resizing, so that you don't accidentally resize it.

When you send your photos, please send only two or three per E-mail message. The messages download faster since I use a dial-up connection.

I'll gladly try to answer whatever questions you may have, but please, NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VALUE OF YOUR PIECES.

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