What Is DPOF in Cameras?

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DPOF in digital cameras stands for "direct print order format." It is information stored on a camera memory stick that tells the printer what to do with different photos once the camera is connected to a computer. Learn more about DPOF in digital cameras with information from a professional photographer in this free video on digital cameras.

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Hi, my name is James Flint, and I'm going to talk to you about what the DPOF format is, in a digital camera. DPOF stands for Direct Print Order Format, and what this means, is that along with all your photos, stored on a memory stick, you're going to have a DPOF file, which is going to tell the printer what you want to do, with each of the photographs. This can save you a lot of time, because say you're out in the field, and you shoot 800 photographs, when you're shooting, you can distinguish which photos, when you're shooting or when you're viewing these photos, after you've taken them, you can go through and say, ok, I want to print this one, I don't want to print that one, I want to print this one. I want to print this one twice, and I want to print this one and enlarge it. All of this information is going to be stored on the DPOF file, and when you plug the camera into the computer, and again, it only works with certain cameras, and certain printers, but when you plug the camera into the printer, it will go, it will read the DPOF file, and then it will know what it wants to do, or what you want to do, with all your photographs, so again, a DPOF file, stands for Direct Print Order Format, and it will tell your printer what you want to do, with all your photos, allowing you to print just the ones that you want to print.

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