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There, now I've got your attention. Aren't you thankful there are no secret White House video cameras!

This has been a difficult month for concentration. No matter where I turn, only one story dominates the news. I don't want to know anymore. I don't even want to know how you feel about it.

Reader's Question Makes Me Think Twice

A college student in Arizona sent me a question last week.

Jonathan Confar asked, "I am curious how long it takes to develop a digital picture."

I answered, "Interesting question, Jonathan. When I first read your letter, I thought you might be pulling my leg."

"There is no "development" process per se, involved with the capturing or taking of a digital picture. Most digital cameras have a post-image capture cycle, requiring a couple of seconds delay between the taking of each photo. As I understand it, this is mainly to allow for transference of the image into the memory storage. As soon as an image has been captured and stored, it can be viewed and used."

Jonathan responded with a fuller explanation. "Since my question was a little odd I will explain the circumstance. After Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run, had a picture posted of McGwire within three seconds. My roommate claimed that there was no way it could have been taken at the game. I explained a digital camera could have done it. I admit that the picture was from his 61st home run, but it didn't have to be. Once again thank you for your time."

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Doug Clifford

(Doug Clifford is the webmaster for the ACE Indexes, an annotated directory of North American photo commerce web sites, expanding soon to include Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.)

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