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Digicams 2.1

Workshop Objectives:
  • Work with advanced camera settings
  • Explore artificial lighting techniques
  • Learn photo management strategies
  • Check out online publishing options

Camera Settings
Lighting (white balance) presets:

  • Auto (AWB)
  • Daylight (sun symbol)
  • Cloudy (cloud symbol)
  • Tungsten/Incandescent (lightbulb)
  • Fluorescent (various)
  • Custom
    • This option allows the adjustment of the white balance to existing lighting conditions.
    • Setting the White Balance:
      • Your camera cannot be in AUTO mode
      • Select the "Custom White Balance" setting on your camera.
      • Point your camera at a white surface (white foam board or a piece of paper)
      • Fill the frame
      • Press the "SET" button (varies with camera brand)

Exposure presets:

  • Portrait (Shallow depth of field. Blurred background/ subject only in focus)
  • Landscape (Depth of field is deep – everything’s in focus)
  • TV (Shutter Priority- Stops action- good for sports)
  • AV (Aperture Priority- Foreground through background in focus
  • Macro (Close-ups of flowers, bugs, your friend's nose)
  • Manual (better-know-your-stuff mode)
  • Auto (thinking-is-not-required mode)
  • P – like Auto, but with override options (some-thinking-will-be-required mode)
Activity 1: Custom white balance and shoot with different exposure presets
  • Shoot friends in Portrait mode-
    • adjust your distance
    • use zoom lens to keep shot a medium (head and shoulders)
  • Try other subjects and Exposure Presets (like macro)
    • shoot same shot with different settings
    • remember to analyse differences (use playback mode)

Artificial Lighting Techniques:

Shooting photographs under a variety of lighting conditions can be challenging (understatement). Exploring light and studio techniques can help us to train our eye to see (and create) good lighting.

Activity 2: Learn about 3-Point Lighting, create a 3- Point Lighting studio, and shoot photos within this environment.

  • Visit the 3-Point Tutorial Website
  • Work together to create a "home studio" using existing supplies
    • foam art board
    • shop lights/tripods/clamps
    • interfacing material/ old sheets
    • clamps
    • car sun reflector
  • Photograph a still life (fruit)

Image Management:

Maybe the toughest part of digital photography is managing all the photos we take. Fortunately there is some great software that allows you to do just that. If you're working on a Mac and you're running OSX you're probably already familiar with iPhoto. If you're on a Windows machine you'll want to use Picasa, the free photo software that SHOULD have come with digital camera. Watch a Flash Tutorial of Picasa or check out the short Picasa Quickstart Guide (PDF) Picasa has a limited set of editing tools (crop and resize basically) but there is one hidden feature. You can change pictures to black and white by selecting a picture and hitting Ctrl-Shift-B. Hit the same key combination to bring it back to normal.

Activity 3: Use Picasa to manage your digital camera images.

  • Launch Picasa
  • Reorder images in the Thumbnail view (drag and drop)
  • Explore Picasa's basic set of editing tools
  • Try emailing an image from the Picasa interface
Publishing Options:
  • Flickr Free Online Photo Management and Sharing Application
  • PixVillage Free community software connects you directly to the PCs of your authorized contacts and transfers photos from PC to PC with a P2P photo sharing process
  • Smugmug Display unlimited photos for a small fee (Nick's pick)
  • Oregon Photo Blog Oregon photographers and students are invited to share their work and suggestions.
  • Others: This comprehensive list evaluates a variety of online photo processing sites. Most of these sites give the user the ability to publish images online for free.

Thanks to Joel Brain, who first put together this series of workshops in 2004.


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