Introduction to Digital Photography, Photo Editing and Digital Cameras

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Introduction to Digital Photography, Photo Editing and Digital Cameras. Southwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative. What will we learn today?. Camera Types Digital Film Taking Digital Pictures Editing Your Digital Photos Printing Digital Photos. Camera Types. Standard 35mm cameras - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Introduction to Digital Photography, Photo Editing and Digital CamerasSouthwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative1What will we learn today?Camera TypesDigital FilmTaking Digital PicturesEditing Your Digital PhotosPrinting Digital Photos

2Camera TypesStandard 35mm camerasDisk-based Digital CamerasFloppy DiskCD-ROM/CD-RW/DVDDiskless Digital CamerasMemoryStick, Compact Flash, SD, MMC, etc.Hard Drive-based

(images not to scale)3Camera Types contBatteriesAA or AAA alkaline or rechargeableLithium Ion rechargeableOther types as determined by your manufacturer

4Camera Types contCamera SizePen-sized Cameras35mm-sized CamerasLarger-sized CamerasDigital SLR (Single Lens Reflex)

5Camera Types contMegapixels and ResolutionMega = Roughly 1 millionPixel = Dot that makes up a part of a pictureMegapixel = # of Millions of dots to create a digital photographThe higher the megapixels, the better the picture (in most cases)6Camera Types contResolutionSize of a picture expressed in width x height640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 2048x1600Resolution gives approximation of megapixels640x480 = 307,200 pixels (0.3 megapixels)2048x1600 = 3,276,800 pixels (3.3 megapixels)The higher the resolution, the LARGER the digital photograph!7Camera Types contQuality SettingsEconomyLow quality Good for distance or general outdoorSmall file size (lots of pictures fit in memory)StandardMedium quality Good for mid-range shots, group shotsAverage file size (fewer pictures fit in memory)FineBest Quality Good for people and detail workLarger file size (fewest pictures fit in memory)8Camera Types contYou can change resolution and/or quality on the flyMix and match resolution on same memory cardMix and match quality settings on same memory cardYou must remember CURRENT settings!9Digital FilmThe 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!

10Taking Digital PicturesKnow 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 ZoomOptical is ALWAYS better!Digital will create blocks in your photos11Taking Digital Pictures contWatch the lighting and the FLASH!Digital cameras can usually adjust for low lightBuilt-in flash is good for 5-10 feet onlyYour camera may have ISO settingsThe 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)12Taking Digital PicturesOOPPPSS! 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!13Time to Explore!Any questions or comments so far?Lets learn how to use the digital cameras we have with us today.14Editing Your PhotosTransferring Pictures:Serial Cable (like a mouse cable)USB CableCradleMemory Card ReaderInfrared and other methods

(USB)(serial)

(camera in cradle)

(memory card reader)15Picasa 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.htmlEditing Your PhotosOnce pictures are transferred, open Picasa 2 and complete the Step by Step Guide Using Picasa 2PLAY, PLAY, PLAY with your software and photos!

17Editing Your PhotosRed-Eye Removal ToolsWorst-case Use Paint to remove red eyeBest-case Software automatically does it!Some Possible Built-in EffectsSepia tonesEmbossingPen-and-Ink18Editing Your PhotosNEVER SAVE OVER THE ORIGINAL!ALWAYS use Save AsAs 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!19Printing Digital PhotosCamera ResolutionGood PrintsMaximum Prints640 x 480 (0.3 mp)2.5 x 3.53.5 x 51024 x 768 (0.8 mp)3.5 x 55 x 71280 x 960 (1.2 mp)4 x 68 x 101600 x 1200 (2.0 mp)5 x 711 x 143600 x 2400 (8.6 mp)8 x 1020 x 30From: Digital Photography for Dummies20Printing Digital PhotosE-Mail320 x 240 typical size for email photoSome systems may limit file sizes!Computer / Web640 x 480 or 800 x 600 is typical screen resolutionLarger pictures take more memory21Point, Shoot, Click!Have fun!Enjoy yourself!Have a great time!Learn your camera!Experiment!Make lots of mistakes!22Connecting Your CameraPlug the cable into the cameraPlug the other end of the cable into the computerTurn on the camera in PLAY modeWindows XP should open a window asking what youd like to doUse the wizard to copy pictures from the camera to the computer23