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4-H MOTTO

Learn to do by doing.

4-H PLEDGE

I pledge

My HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

My HEALTH to better living,

For my club, my community and my country.

4-H GRACE

(Tune of Auld Lang Syne)

We thank thee, Lord, for blessings great

On this, our own fair land.

Teach us to serve thee joyfully,

With head, heart, health and hand.

This project was developed through funds provided by the Canadian Agricultural

Adaptation Program (CAAP). No portion of this manual may be reproduced without

written permission from the Saskatchewan 4-H Council, phone 306-933-7727, email:

info@4-H.sk.ca. Developed November 2012.

The material was written by Leanne Schinkel and Graham Fairhurst

mailto:info@4-H.sk.ca

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction .............................................................................................................................................................. 1

Objectives .................................................................................................................................................... 1

Getting the Most from this Project .................................................................................................. 1

Achievement Requirements for this Project ................................................................................. 2

Safety and Digital Photography and Photo Editing ................................................................. 2

Online Safety ................................................................................................................................................ 4

Courtesies of Digital Photography and Photo Editing ............................................................ 5

Resources for Learning .......................................................................................................................... 6

Unit 1: The Basics of Digital Photo Editing .............................................................................................. 8

What is a digital photo? ........................................................................................................................ 8

What is digital photo editing? ........................................................................................................... 9

Why edit photos? ..................................................................................................................................... 9

What can we do? The Tools and Techniques of Digital Photo Editing ........................... 10

What You Need to Get Started ......................................................................................................... 16

How to Begin ............................................................................................................................................. 17

Unit 2: Nailing Your Exposure ........................................................................................................................ 21

Exposure ....................................................................................................................................................... 21

Brightness and Contrast ........................................................................................................................ 23

Lots of Levels and Helpful Histograms .......................................................................................... 25

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos ................................................................................................ 26

Unit 3: Hot and Cold: Working with Colour Temperature ............................................................. 28

The Feel of the Photo ............................................................................................................................ 28

The Importance of Colour Temperature ........................................................................................ 28

Getting Curvy ............................................................................................................................................. 29

Tinting with Colour Filters .................................................................................................................... 30

Hue and Saturation ................................................................................................................................. 33

Unit 4: Everything is (Almost) Crystal Clear: Sharpness and Clarity ......................................... 35

Sharpening .................................................................................................................................................. 35

Creating Focus with the Blur Tool .................................................................................................... 37

Unit 5: Cropping, Resizing, Saving and Printing .................................................................................. 39

Cropping with the Crop Tool .............................................................................................................. 39

Framing ......................................................................................................................................................... 40

Saving ............................................................................................................................................................ 41

Understanding File Types: RAW, TIFF, JPEG ................................................................................. 42

Resizing ......................................................................................................................................................... 44

Printing .......................................................................................................................................................... 45

Wrapping Up .............................................................................................................................................. 45

Glossary ....................................................................................................................................................................... 47

Resources ................................................................................................................................................................... 51

Activities ..................................................................................................................................................................... 52

1. Introduction: Opening, Resizing and Saving ................................................................................ 52

2. Get with the Program: Becoming Comfortable with your Software ................................. 54

3. Exposure Fix ................................................................................................................................................ 56

4. I cant hear you? Its too noisy! How to Reduce Noise ...................................................... 58

5. Getting Whites Their Whitest: Correcting Colour Balance .................................................... 60

6. Filter Fun ....................................................................................................................................................... 61

7. Its a Crop Out! .......................................................................................................................................... 62

8. Finding Focus ............................................................................................................................................. 63

9. On Your Own Edit and Share .......................................................................................................... 64

10. Look Deeper: Researching Techniques ........................................................................................... 65

11. Instant Vintage: Aging a Photo ......................................................................................................... 66

12. Pass It On: Group Photo Edit .............................................................................................................. 68

13. 180 Degrees: Stitching Together a Panorama ............................................................................ 70

14. Get the Lomo Look: Faking Lomographic Images .................................................................... 72

15. Its a Fixer Upper ...................................................................................................................................... 74

16. Ruby the Travelling Dog ....................................................................................................................... 76

17. Fake it til you make it! Creating an HDR Photo From One Photo ................................... 78

18. Be a photo pro! Use Your Skills to Give Back ............................................................................. 80

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