Introduction to Digital Photography, Photo Editing and Digital Cameras Southwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative

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  • Introduction to Digital Photography, Photo Editing and Digital Cameras Southwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative
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  • What will we learn today? Camera Types Digital Film Taking Digital Pictures Editing Your Digital Photos Printing Digital Photos
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  • Camera Types Standard 35mm cameras Disk-based Digital Cameras Floppy Disk CD-ROM/CD-RW/DVD Diskless Digital Cameras MemoryStick, Compact Flash, SD, MMC, etc. Hard Drive-based (images not to scale)
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  • Camera Types cont Batteries AA or AAA alkaline or rechargeable Lithium Ion rechargeable Other types as determined by your manufacturer
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  • Camera Types cont Camera Size Pen-sized Cameras 35mm-sized Cameras Larger-sized Cameras Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
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  • Camera Types cont Megapixels and Resolution Mega = Roughly 1 million Pixel = Dot that makes up a part of a picture Megapixel = # of Millions of dots to create a digital photograph The higher the megapixels, the better the picture (in most cases)
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  • Camera Types cont Resolution Size of a picture expressed in width x height 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 2048x1600 Resolution gives approximation of megapixels 640x480 = 307,200 pixels (0.3 megapixels) 2048x1600 = 3,276,800 pixels (3.3 megapixels) The higher the resolution, the LARGER the digital photograph!
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  • Camera Types cont Quality Settings Economy Low quality Good for distance or general outdoor Small file size (lots of pictures fit in memory) Standard Medium quality Good for mid-range shots, group shots Average file size (fewer pictures fit in memory) Fine Best Quality Good for people and detail work Larger file size (fewest pictures fit in memory)
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  • Camera Types cont You can change resolution and/or quality on the fly Mix and match resolution on same memory card Mix and match quality settings on same memory card You must remember CURRENT settings!
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  • Digital Film The MORE memory, the MORE pictures! Pay attention to the type of memory your camera requires! Extra memory cards will keep you shooting! The MORE memory you have, the MORE pictures you can take at a time!
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  • Taking Digital Pictures Know your camera! Read the manual. Save the fancy stuff for the photo editor! Whatever your original pictures look like is what you have to START with! Digital Zoom vs. Optical Zoom Optical is ALWAYS better! Digital will create blocks in your photos
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  • Taking Digital Pictures cont Watch the lighting and the FLASH! Digital cameras can usually adjust for low light Built-in flash is good for 5-10 feet only Your camera may have ISO settings The higher the ISO, the more light your camera lets in. Too high of ISO will lead to dotty overexposed photos! (200 speed is good for most applications)
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  • Taking Digital Pictures OOPPPSS! I Did It Again! Digital cameras allow you to deleted unwanted pictures immediately! New pictures are taken after pictures already stored on the memory card. (no gap-filling) If you have the space, take 2-3 pictures every time. Then, delete the ones you dont like!
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  • Time to Explore! Any questions or comments so far? Lets learn how to use the digital cameras we have with us today.
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  • Editing Your Photos Transferring Pictures: Serial Cable (like a mouse cable) USB Cable Cradle Memory Card Reader Infrared and other methods (USB)(serial)(camera in cradle)(memory card reader)
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  • Picasa Picasa is free photo management software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the photos on your PC. Picasa automatically locates all your photos (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual folders organized by name, size, or date. You can drag and drop to arrange your folders and make albums to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your photos are always organized. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one- click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your photos - you can email, upload to an online album, print photos at home, make gift CDs, and even post photos to Blogger. You can download Picasa from http://picasa.google.com/download/index.html
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  • Editing Your Photos Once pictures are transferred, open Picasa 2 and complete the Step by Step Guide Using Picasa 2 PLAY, PLAY, PLAY with your software and photos!
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  • Editing Your Photos Red-Eye Removal Tools Worst-case Use Paint to remove red eye Best-case Software automatically does it! Some Possible Built-in Effects Sepia tones Embossing Pen-and-Ink
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  • Editing Your Photos NEVER SAVE OVER THE ORIGINAL! ALWAYS use Save As As a precaution, as soon as you open a photo, use the Save As to make a copy of the picture. Give the new, edited picture a new name!
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  • Printing Digital Photos Camera ResolutionGood PrintsMaximum Prints 640 x 480 (0.3 mp)2.5 x 3.53.5 x 5 1024 x 768 (0.8 mp)3.5 x 55 x 7 1280 x 960 (1.2 mp)4 x 68 x 10 1600 x 1200 (2.0 mp)5 x 711 x 14 3600 x 2400 (8.6 mp)8 x 1020 x 30 From: Digital Photography for Dummies
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  • Printing Digital Photos E-Mail 320 x 240 typical size for email photo Some systems may limit file sizes! Computer / Web 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 is typical screen resolution Larger pictures take more memory
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  • Point, Shoot, Click! Have fun! Enjoy yourself! Have a great time! Learn your camera! Experiment! Make lots of mistakes!
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  • Connecting Your Camera Plug the cable into the camera Plug the other end of the cable into the computer Turn on the camera in PLAY mode Windows XP should open a window asking what youd like to do Use the wizard to copy pictures from the camera to the computer