Course onIn Embassy of Finland, Nairobi, June 2012 Seppo Toikka
This course consists of:7)Basic ideas and concepts in photography8)Digital photography technique9)Composition and subjects in photography10)Digital editing, workflow examples11)Other topics requested by you
Digital editingHappens in two places…In the camera, when you take a photoOn your computer, using an editingsoftware
What does the camera do?Camera processes the image thatis saved to the memory cardCamera adjusts image contrast,saturation, sharpness, white balance,noise reduction
Image size, type & qualityJPEG, TIFF, RAWImage size: small, medium, largeQuality: low, medium, high
What settings should I use?Use JPG, unless you specificallyknow you want RAWMedium size is enough, unless you wantto do digital cropping or huge printsUse highest quality, unless file size isa problem and you won’t print the photos
From camera to computerMemory card reader is your best friendRemember backups!Keep things organized
Example workflowCopy images from camera to computerhard drive and an external driveFolder year -> month -> date+placeGo through the images in a viewing/editing software – flag good photos,delete failed fotos, ignore the rest
Example workflow (cont.)Delete all but flagged photos fromcomputer hard driveBack up computer hard driveDelete images from camera memory card
Digital editingWhy edit photos?Simple answer…Photos will look better!
Contrast & SaturationContrast emphasizes bright anddark areas in the photo that are closeto each otherSaturation increases color depth,Makes colors more vivid
More digital editingExposure, Highlights and shadowsWhite balance (RAW > JPEG)Image resizing, cropping
What programs to use?Windows image viewerPicasa (recommended), Photoscape,iPhoto (Mac)Avoid camera manufacturer software!
How to share?Picasa web (Google), DropboxResize & change pixel density (DPI) –image height 1080px, 72DPIIf you want to print photos/book, usesoftware to ensure best quality (colors)
CroppingA picture within a pictureSecond chance to get a goodcomposition!Utility depends on the size of theoriginal photo and the intended useof the cropped image
Collections and photosetsDifferent photosets for different usePhotosets tell a storyWhat story do you want to tell?You’re the artist – use your artistic freedom
Photosets and consistencyWith every bad photo, the viewerloses interestPut the best photos to the beginningand to the endRemember that the viewer does nothave the same emotional attachmentto the situation where you took that photo
Forget the rest, just remenber this:Photography is all about light,respect the lightBefore pressing the shutter button,stop and think what you are doingAfter copying the photos to yourcomputer, look them through –think what was good and whan can beimproved. That is the only way to learn!
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