Photography Tips & Tricks

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Tips and tricks for photography, including taking photos, downloading to your computer, editing photos, and sending photos as attachments.

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Photography Tips & Tricks

  1. 1. By Julie Putnam IT Coordinator/Webmaster, KCSD julie.putnam@kcsdschools.net
  2. 2. Topics we’ll discuss today 1. Taking a good photo 2. Transferring the photo to your computer 3. Editing your photos 4. Emailing your photos 5. Time for questions!
  3. 3. Find a Focal Point “Look where the action is!”
  4. 4. Pay attention to the background Too much clutter can be a distraction
  5. 5. Don’t be afraid to get CLOSE! It really makes a huge difference.
  6. 6. Get on level with your subject Kneel on the floor or climb on a table...it’s fun!
  7. 7. Take multiple shots With a digital camera, it’s FREE…it just takes a little patience and time to get a great shot.
  8. 8. You can always break the rules Sometimes, you need to capture a large group, or all you can get is a “okay” picture – and that’s okay!
  9. 9. What you need: • Digital camera • Camera cable or photo card • Computer or laptop with USB or card ports
  10. 10. Plan & organize your photos • Create a folder on your computer for your photos • Have a naming system • School Photos (2008-10-01_Photography_Tips) – 2006-07 School Year • Keep photos in folders by • 2006-08-21 First Day • 2007-04-10 Artist Visit date, then event or topic – 2007-08 School Year • Back up photos to a hard • 2007-11-07 Fall Play drive, CD or DVD • 2008-03-01 Teachers – 2008-09 School Year • 2007-10-03 Technology
  11. 11. A note about software • You can use your camera’s software OR • You can use the “Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard”
  12. 12. MS Scanner & Camera Wizard
  13. 13. Two key elements Photo selection Editing software • Make sure the subject • Brighten or darken of the photo is obvious • Crop or resize • Select flattering images • Rotate or turn • Make sure photos are in • Red-eye removal focus • Adjust color (especially • Pay attention to your with florescent lights) background – odd or • Limited focusing inappropriate items can distract
  14. 14. Select photos carefully Choose pictures that are in focus, flatter the subject, and that convey the right message.
  15. 15. http://picasa.google.com
  16. 16. Picasa finds all your photos
  17. 17. Edit each individual image
  18. 18. Make sure to save your changes
  19. 19. In new email, click the paperclip
  20. 20. Browse your computer for photos
  21. 21. Send up to 3 images per email
  22. 22. Ready to send!
  23. 23. For the best high-quality photos Please do not: • Paste into Word or other text documents • Paste into email • Reduce or resize the photo • Scan photos All these things lower the image’s quality!
  24. 24. Your Challenge: Assignment: Dr. Morgan has asked that we have pictures of students using technology on our district’s website. Requirements: Horizontal images, emailed to webmaster@kcsdschools.net Due date: Friday, October 10th

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