Digital Photography to the Rescue - Workshop for Librarians

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Presentation for the CSRA Library Conference, May 30, 2014 held at USC-Aiken.

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Digital Photography to the Rescue - Workshop for Librarians

  1. 1. If they don’t know what you’re library is doing, then you’re not telling them! Understanding your community. How do I currently reach patrons? How could I do a better job? Budget for PR!
  2. 2. Webcams/phone cams Point and shoot Intermediate Advanced Consumer Prosumer dSLR Professional dSLR
  3. 3. Wideangle zoom Standard Superzoom Telephoto zoom Macro Fisheye
  4. 4. What are pixels? The word "pixel" means a picture element. Every photograph, in digital form, is made up of pixels. They are the smallest unit of information that makes up a picture. Usually round or square, they are typically arranged in a 2- dimensional grid.
  5. 5. Setting the Right F-Stop for Your Digital Photo • Use an almost- wide-open f-stop to boost sharpness. • Adjust your depth of fieldb y moving f-stops. • Avoid too-small f-stops.
  6. 6. A prefix on film speed ratings that stands for International Standards Organization, the group that standardizes, among other things, the figures that define the relative speed of films.
  7. 7. What do you like? What would you change?
  8. 8. DSLR Basics http://www.digitalslrphoto.com/dslrbasics/
  9. 9. Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is the simplest rule of composition. All you do is take your frame and overlay a grid of nine equal sections. This means you split the vertical space into three parts and the horizontal space into three parts.
  10. 10. Photographing your subject straight-on is sometimes the right choice, but you can create visual impact by moving the camera left, right, above, and below.
  11. 11. Light  Manual settings  Natural light  Indoor lighting  Consider all options!
  12. 12. Auto focus Focus Points http://photographylife.com/dslr-autofocus-modes-explained
  13. 13. Indoor Outdoor Landscape mode? Portrait mode? Frame the image
  14. 14. Size of subjects Consider settings Lens type Tiny? Giant?
  15. 15. Skin tones Hair and makeup Eyeglasses/sunglasses Other details?
  16. 16. Tags are “Subject headings” (flickr) Tagging someone (Facebook) - considerations Image descriptions, titles, etc.
  17. 17. Consider image size Make a call to confirm Only send 2-3 images per email Best option: upload to site and share URL via email
  18. 18. Pixlr.com Use express mode Upload and edit your image Crop, adjust colors, use effects, etc.
  19. 19. Questions? Comments? Dr. Curtis R. Rogers Communications Director 803-734-8928  crogers@statelibrary.sc.gov

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