1. Digital Photography I Took The Picture Now What?
2. The Digital Process
Shoot the pictures with a digital camera
Scan pictures on a flatbed scanner
Have film, slides, or negatives transferred to a CD
Copy a picture from the Internet or other file
Upload the pictures to a computer via the camera or a card reader
Crop, correct or enhance
Insert the photos into a document
Print or share the photos electronically
Backup the photos to a CD, flash drive, or external hard drive
3. Capturing the Picture Picture Taking Tips
4. Press, hold, then shoot
The correct shooting method for most digital cameras:
Hold the shutter button halfway down to lock the auto focus and exposure.You will probably see a green light or hear a beep indicating the cameras is ready to take the picture.
Press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the picture.
5. Viewfinder or LCD Display
LCD can be difficult to see in bright light
LCD displays take more battery power
You can experience camera shake because you are holding the camera away from your torso
Many cameras allow you to turn LCD on or off or to dim the backlight
To clean your LCD display, instead of using a lens cloth, try using a couple pieces of scotch tape.Place the tape over the LCD and lightly press it completely on the LCD.When you pull it off, the fingerprints will come off with the tape.
6. Top Ten Tips
Get Down On Their Level
Use a Plain Background
Use Flash Outdoors
Move In Close
Take Some Vertical Pictures
Lock The Focus
Move It From the Middle
Know Your Flashs Range
Watch the Light
Be A Picture Director
Your flash button will often look like a lightning bolt
When do you use a flash?
Only effective up to 10-12 feet
Try using flash on a bright sunny day to even out shadows (fill flash)
In low light, be careful flash can wash out colors, reflect a bright light, etc.
8. Macro feature
Often designated by a flower with the appearance of a tulip.
It will allow the camera to focus on an object that is VERY close to the lens as close as .5 inches.
Useful for capturing detail on small objects
If using macro feature, be sure zoom is set all the way to wide angle.
9. Shooting Modes/Scene Modes
Digital cameras offer a variety of useful modes, which are optimized for specific scenes and photographic conditions.
Scene modes are preprogrammed by the manufacturer to automatically give the best exposure and settings for each scene.
When selected, a scene modecan often give better resultsthan shooting in fully automatic mode.
10. Common Shooting/Scene Modes
11. Rule of Thirds
Imagine there are lines dividing the image into thirds (both horizontally and vertically)
Frame your subject at one of the intersection points instead of in the center of the viewfinder.
On a computer, you can crop your centered image to help achieve the rule of thirds.
Use foreground elements such as a tree branch, windows, doorways, etc. to frame your subject.
19. Visual Cropping
Crop your photos visually before you take them.
Look into the corners of the viewfinder.Do you see things that shouldnt be there?
You can remove, or crop, these elements simply by moving closer or zooming in.
Try different angles.
Come in tight
Fill the frame
22. Turn the camera sideways
Lots of images fit better in a vertical format rather than a horizontal orientation.Get in the habit of turning your camera sideways to create a different composition.
23. Consider your angle of view
Some of the most interesting photographs are those taken from a unique vantage point.
Get down to the level of the flowers before taking the picture; climb a tree to take a picture of a meadow.
Experiment and try different perspectives
Draw the viewers eyes through the photo
A path, a row of telephone poles, a line of chairs, a fence line, etc. can serve as elements in a good photo.
Natural light provides some of the best light to shoot in.
Cloudy days reduce dramatic shadows and provide a more even lighting environment
Try to avoid shooting in the middle of the day it can cause shadows and squinting
Ideally, put the sun on the side of the subject
Use flash fill to fill in the dark areas of your photo, i.e. if subject is in front of a window or the sun is behind the subject
Indoor lighting can vary, so adjust your white balance settings or use your Indoor scene mode
Try to diffuse or reflect your light source
Move your subject away from walls to eliminate halo shadows
Optical zoom vs. digital zoom
There is no loss of quality in image when you use an optical zoom.Similar to binoculars, an optical zoom uses lenses to make the image appear closer
A digital zoom can result in loss of picture quality.It magnifies the pixels that make up the image
Avoid using digital zoom where possible
The higher the number of pixels, the better the resolution.
The higher the resolution, the larger and higher quality prints you can make.
Higher quality pictures take up more space on your media card, but they will give you the best prints.
For best quality, you want to have 300 pixels per inch
So, for example, to print a 4 x 6 print at best quality, you would want to set your camera to a resolution of at least 1200 x 1800 or 2 MP
33. 4 x 6 2 x 3 .5 MP 640 x 480 6 x 8 3 x 4 1 MP 1280 x 960 8 x 10 4 x 5 2 MP 1600 x 1200 11 x 14 5 x 7 3 MP 2048 x 1536 13 x 17 6 x 8 5 MP 2560 x 1920 16 x 20 8 x 10 8 MP 3264 x 2448 150 ppi (Good) 300 ppi (Best) Megapixels 1 MP = 1024 pixels Resolution