Digital Photography Guide from Make Use Of

1. Organizing and File Size.

There are lots of things to consider, but having a plan of how to store, and curate your photos is a good first step. Google Doc below, discusses file management of all types. You can also access it here.

Before Taking Photos
Check the settings of your camera. Make sure your photos are the appropriate resolution for the job you are doing. A Low resolution photo is great for viewing on your computer screen, but terrible for printing on a large size. If you have a lot of "Mega Pixels" on your camera, it may also have a lot of extra data that may make it hard to email.

How do Students get photos taken on the Cart iPads off of the iPad?
The Youtube Clip below is a tutorial using Google Drive to transfer the photos to the student's KIS email account / Google Drive. It also explains how to share a folder to their teacher. All they need is your KIS email address.

2. Composing a Photograph

EVERY Camera has the ability to take a great photo. But it is all about how you use it. The biggest part of the problem is knowing how to put a good photo together. In writing, there are basic mechanics to composing a poem, or essay. The same goes with Photography. These are the basic rules, and you need to understand the rules to know how to break them.

Rule of Thirds.

In the image below, a 3x3 grid has been overlaid across a photo. This is a tool, to help align your subject in an interesting manner. The focus of the image should be where any of the lines on the grid intersect, knocking the image off centre. The bee's head, in the image below, is positioned in the photo where the grid intersects in the upper right.

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Many cameras have an option to turn on the grid in your viewfinder. In iOS, you can turn it on by looking at the gallery below.
Get the flash player here:

How did I add this gallery?
More information:

View Point

Changing your view point will change the interest of your photo.

Low Viewpoint
Low Viewpoint
High Viewpoint
High Viewpoint

3. Sharing Your Photos

Embedding and Creating a Photo Feed
Once you have all these great new photos, you are going to want to share them with students, parents, and colleagues. But how? You can make a simple photo stream of your photos from Flickr or Instagram on a Wikispace or Blogger. You can follow the steps below. When you are using Instagram, you can post to a Flickr account. This in turn allows you to post a photo stream to your Wikispace or Blogger.

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When you are finished, it will look like the slideshow below!

You can view the post on Blogger with this link.

4. iOS Apps

What it does.

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Doc Scan HD
This is a Document Scanner for the iPad. This allows you to capture Documents, Student work (Done on Paper). Photographs the item, and creates a good representation of the object. This makes it easier to send the image to your wiki, email, or other digital place!

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Flickr is a photo sharing website. This app will allow you to add a photo, taken on your iOS device to your Flickr Sets. In other words, it could auto post to your website, right from your device.

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Instagram is a Photo sharing social media product. Similar to Twitter, but for Photography. Users can tag photos with a hashtag, making their photos easier to find. Add a hashtag to your classroom photos can make it easier to post your images directly to to your class website. You can add an instagram feed to your Wiki or Blogger by using a widget like this one

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Photo editing tool that offers a variety of tools.
Use the Center Focus tool to blur students' faces before posting photos.

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Great tool for taking photos when you are taking photos where there is varying light. It takes two photos, one with the appropriate exposure for each light, and then it merges them to create one brilliant photo. See examples.

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Adjust Focus
Allows you to select very specific areas to blur in a photo, and various levels of blur. This app also has several filters that can be applied to photos.

5. Additional Information

Staff Photography Club

Wireless Upload for Traditional Digital Cameras.

What it does:
The eye-fi card fits in your Digital Camera, in the SD card slot. It operates like a standard memory card, but it can also create a wireless network between your Camera & your computer. Once your settings are in, the card will transfer new images & video to your computer.

Rather the image go to your Phone or Tablet? Yes the card does support Android & iOS.

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