|This class is for anyone who
wants to learn about digital photography and digital cameras. Whether
you have absolutely no experience with cameras, or you own a digital
camera and want to learn some new tips and tricks, this class is
We will begin by discussing some of
the terms used in digital photography - it's always important to learn
We'll teach you all of the digital photography
buzzwords, like "pixel," and "megapixel." We'll talk about
camera topics like resolution and bitmap images.
We'll discuss your needs for your camera -
and determine the features you would need in your camera - such as how
many megapixels to buy.
We'll learn about the many benefits of
digital cameras, as well as some of the drawbacks. You'll learn when
digital photography is good to use for a project - and when you should
stick to traditional film for prints.
Next, we'll take a look at all of the various
features that you'll find on most consumer-level digital cameras.
We will learn about all of the different
picture modes that most cameras support - and what these modes do.
We'll discuss the different types of camera
And of course, we'll discuss how much memory
you'll really need (sure, you should buy as much as you can budget - but
how much is enough?)
No discussion on digital cameras would be complete
without the topic of batteries.
After going over all of the camera features, we'll
turn our camera on for the first time, and show you how to navigate
through the on-screen menu. We'll set the date and time, and
manipulate some of the other popular features like the LiveView
Next, we'll show you how to actually take a
good picture. We'll discuss one of those features that almost every
camera has, but almost nobody knows how to use properly: Focus Lock.
You will learn how to review your pictures,
and delete the ones you don't want right from the camera.
We will teach you how to use all of the different
camera flash settings, such as the auto-flash and red-eye
You will learn how to use your camera's zoom
feature - and why optical zoom is much more important to have
than just digital zoom.
Once you've learned how to take great pictures,
we'll teach you how to get those pictures into your computer.
There are several different ways to get your images into your PC,
including direct cable connections, docking ports, and wireless
We'll show you how to use a memory card reader
- a very inexpensive device that you should buy for your computer. They
only cost about ten to fifteen dollars and they make copying your images
so much easier!
We'll show you how to view your images on
your memory card right from your computer.
You'll learn how to view image thumbnails
(if you have Windows XP or some of the other later Windows versions that
support thumbnail views).
Next, we will show you how to create a new
folder on your Windows desktop, and copy those images from your
camera's memory card to this new folder for safe keeping. We'll then
show you how to erase the images from your memory card so you can put it
back in your camera and go take more pictures!
Once you have learned how to get your images into
your computer, you will then see how we can use a utility that comes
with Windows - called Paint - can be used to do some basic image
editing. First, we'll learn how to resize our pictures - to scale
them down so we can print or email them.
While we recommend a more advanced program like
Photoshop for serious graphics editing, Windows Paint is a great
little utility. You can use it for all kinds of simple tasks... from
cropping your picture...
...to even removing red-eye from a photo.
We'll show you how to do this step-by-step in this class.
You can even add text to your photos.
Now, if you have Microsoft Word on your
computer, you have another great utility that can do lots of cool stuff
with digital photos. For example, you can use Word to layout your
pictures on the page so that you can print them in exactly the right
format you want.
You can also use Word for all kinds of cool
photographic effects, like changing a color photo to a watermark,
cropping the image, editing the contrast and brightness of your picture,
or changing a color photo to a black and white image...
Again, whether you know nothing about digital
cameras, or you've had a camera for a while and just want to learn how
to do more cool stuff with your investment, this class is for
Don't worry, we're not going to waste your
time with lots of advanced terms and techniques - this is a beginner
class. We'll stick to the basics. However, by the end of this class,
you should know your camera inside and out. You'll be able to
take great pictures knowing how to use all of the features. You
will also be able to get your images into your computer, edit
them, lay them out, and print them the way you want to see them.
Instructor's note: in this class, we will
be using a Kodak EasyShare digital camera for most of the examples.
Since it would be impossible to cover every different model of digital
camera on the market today, we will stick to the features that are
common for most cameras. Regardless of what model camera you
have, you should be able to follow along with our examples, however you
may wish to consult your owner's manual for the specifics. The purpose
of this class is to teach you what is available for your digital
camera. You shouldn't have any problems figuring out the specifics.