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Literacy standards addressedby using digital cameras and tutorial on using Sony Cybershot camera.

Literacy standards addressedby using digital cameras and tutorial on using Sony Cybershot camera.

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  • 1. Click! Create! Circulate! Digital Imaging With Cameras
  • 2. Some Objectives
    • How to choose and use a digital camera
    • How and why to incorporate digital imaging into the curriculum
    • To become acquainted with free resources on the internet for publishing digital projects
    • To develop skills to take usable photos and then upload images to the internet
  • 3. Schedule of Events
    • anatomy of a digital camera
    • take some practice example shots
    • upload your images to your account
    • upload your images to the Internet
    • Learn to send a photo by email
  • 4. What is Digital Photography?
    • Similar to 35mm cameras: lens, aperture, shutter
    • Difference: how the image is captured
    • Image sensors form a grid of millions of photosensitive diodes called photosites or pixels that capture light
    • A digital photograph is made up of these pixels
  • 5. Why Go Digital?
    • The capture format makes it extremely easy to distribute in a wp, draw, paint, email, or html document
    • Most cameras allow you to see the image immediately--time for re-takes!
    • Some can be hooked up to a TV for large image or group viewing
    • Instant photography without the cost!
  • 6. Why Go Digital?
    • Saves in the long run--no film or developing costs
    • Saves time running to and from the processing store
    • Can be edited to perfection
    • Environmentally sound compared to traditional photography
    • Instant gratification
  • 7. The Educational Impact
    • No more collecting money for supplies
    • Photographic freedom for students to create and “take chances” without worrying about cost, time, and effort
    • No “turn around time” for projects waiting for images
    • An entire digital darkroom for the cost of a camera and editing software
  • 8. Standards Addressed
    • Visual Arts
      • Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts
      • Knows how to use structures and functions of art
      • Understands the characteristics and merits of one’s own artwork and that of others
  • 9. Standards Addressed
    • Technology
      • Knows the characteristics and uses of computer hardware and systems
      • Knows the characteristics and uses of software programs
      • Understands the nature and uses of different forms of technology
  • 10. Standards Addressed
    • Life Work
      • Makes effective use of basic tools
      • Uses various information sources, including those of a technical nature, to accomplish specific tasks
      • Applies basic trouble-shooting and problem solving techniques
  • 11. Standards Addressed
    • Language Arts
      • Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
      • Understands the characteristics and components of media
  • 12. Educational Activities
    • Capture class events
    • Portfolios
    • Class newsletters
    • Galleries of student work
    • Demonstrative speeches
    • Bring a fieldtrip home
    • Student created databases
    • Illustrated timelines
    • Multimedia publications
    • Web pages
    • Science experiments
    • Digital storytelling
  • 13. Choosing a Digital Camera
    • Choose the highest resolution you can afford
    • Investigate the storage and downloading options
      • Floppy disks
      • Memory cards and sticks
      • Card adapters
      • CD
      • Cables
      • docks
  • 14. Choosing a Digital Camera
    • Look at lens type--plastic vs. glass
    • Look at zoom characteristics--digital or optical?
    • Look for several flash modes
    • Look for viewfinder as well as LCD panel
    • Autofocus and macro lenses--will you use them?
  • 15. Choosing a Digital Camera
    • What software is included?
    • What is the battery time and life?
    • What is the cost of extra batteries?
    • Is a charger included?
  • 16. Choosing a Digital Camera
    • Additional features:
      • interchangeable lenses
      • steady-shot
      • burst mode
      • auto exposure
      • voice memo
      • variable shutter speeds
      • manual focus
      • self-timer
      • fire-wire capability
      • video out
      • time remaining indicators
      • AC adapter
  • 17. Choosing a Digital Camera
    • Don’t be scammed!
      • High resolution cameras offered at low prices often use software interpolation to give the effect of high resolution
      • If buying a low priced camera, make sure it is a charge-coupled device (CCD)
      • Do buy an inexpensive low resolution camera if you are only using it for web or monitor work
  • 18. Sony Cybershot P71and P30 The Basics
  • 19. CyberShot Camera Anatomy: Front lens viewfinder window self timer lamp flash
  • 20. CyberShot Camera Anatomy: Back DC in zoom viewfinder LCD panel LCD display menu Video out USB connection mode dial joy stick
  • 21. Mode dial auto scene selection for still images view images taken -movies -clip motion -multiburst set up your preferences
  • 22. Joy stick flash mode self timer view last shot taken close ups
  • 23. CyberShot Camera Anatomy: Bottom memory stick bay for tripod reset button
  • 24. CyberShot Camera Anatomy: Top on/off power indicator shutter
  • 25. Another Neato “Camera”
    • USB Skalar Microscopes (aka “scope on a rope”)
    • 50X power
    • Takes snapshots, movies and time lapses
    • Images can be then imported into Photoshop Elements, iMovie, PowerPoint, KidPix, AppleWorks , yadayadayada!
  • 26. You’ve Clicked now you get to Create !
    • Free Web Album sites:
      • Kodakgallery.com
      • Imagestation.com
      • Snapfish.com
      • Shutterfly.com
  • 27. Image Editing Software
    • PhotoShop Elements 2
    • Resize images
    • Crop
    • Add frames
    • Add effects
    • Animate images
    • Add titles
    • Create collages
    • Optimize for eBoard
  • 28. CyberShot Camera Anatomy: Accessories Ni-MH batteries TV connector USB connector battery charger
  • 29. Photo Workshop Follow the directions on the “Digital Camera Exercises” handout to develop some basic photography skills Afterwards, you will upload and analyze the photos
  • 30. You’ve Clicked now you get to Publish! Sign on to flickr .com and work through the process of uploading your photos