Don't Forget Your Camera: Lessons Learned In Documentation

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Of all the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, one of the easiest to prepare for is the creation of your next project. Like every such event, you should have lots of pictures of the process and your only chance is now. After making the novice mistakes of relying on fuzzy photographs of a (temporarily) working circuit with an iPhone 2G and arranging for people to demonstrate a piece without taking lighting into account, Elizabeth wants to spare you the same agonies. Learn why, what, and how to document your next great project. Elizabeth will share opportunities missed, lessons learned, specific tips for documenting your next great project.

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Don't Forget Your Camera: Lessons Learned In Documentation

  1. 1. Lessons Learned in Documentation Elizabeth Fuller elizabeth@efuller.net @jumpingship Don’t Forget Your Camera
  2. 2. I am not a professional photographer [disclaimer]
  3. 3. But I also make things
  4. 4. Get a professional to do it
  5. 5. I can’t count on someone else for documentation
  6. 6. The end of a project shouldn't be the only time for documentation
  7. 7. Overview
  8. 8. Overview Why document
  9. 9. Overview Why document What to document
  10. 10. Overview Why document What to document How to document
  11. 11. Why document
  12. 12. Save things that are temporary
  13. 13. Sanity check
  14. 14. Recreate it later
  15. 15. Share it with others Tutorials
  16. 16. It may be useful in a presentation
  17. 17. What to Document
  18. 18. Everything You limiting factor should not be the amount of memory on your SD card.
  19. 19. It's hard to predict what pictures will be useful in the future
  20. 20. How to document
  21. 21. Prep what you are documenting
  22. 22. Basics of photography
  23. 23. The core goal in digital photography documentation is to maximize the amount and range of data collected in an image by finding the sweet spot between a collection of variables Focus Aperture Exposure ISO Shutter Speed
  24. 24. A good camera is an investment
  25. 25. Single lens reflex (SLR) cameras Control over variables Flexibility of lenses Larger sensors and lenses = more data
  26. 26. Focus Make sure your main subject is in focus. You'd be amazed how many times the most important text is blurry because the focus is off.
  27. 27. Aperture The size of the hole
  28. 28. Exposure The amount of light exposed to a sensor
  29. 29. ISO How sensitive your sensor is to light
  30. 30. Shutter speed The period of time the shutter exposes the lense
  31. 31. Use a tripod
  32. 32. Using a lens
  33. 33. Focal Length angle of view and magnification
  34. 34. Prime Lens Fixed focal Length (no zoom)
  35. 35. Zoom Lens Variable focal Length
  36. 36. “fisheye” Wide Angle Lens
  37. 37. Long focal length, far away subjects. Telephoto Lens
  38. 38. Macro Lens Close, small subjects
  39. 39. Macro
  40. 40. Reflective Surfaces
  41. 41. Before and After
  42. 42. Sharing it
  43. 43. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
  44. 44. Measure twice. Cut once. Photograph everything.
  45. 45. Thank You Elizabeth Fuller elizabeth@efuller.net @jumpingship

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