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Lab Assignment  Digital Images: Learn to use a digital still camera
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A GS104a Instructor will be available in the computer lab, lower level of library, to help if needed.  Check instructors office hours.
Review of terms from GS104a assignments and some new terms.  Many you know and have in your dictionary.  The terms with an "*" you will be expected to be able to define and give examples without accessing other sources.  Check with a GS104 instructor or the class assistant if you need help with these terms.  In addition to the class and text documentation you can also check this Glossary,  FAQ or Google for help with definitions and problems you may not find.
These terms can be found at: Digital Photo Terms
*depth of field
*mega pixel

digital image
digital camera


LCD display
*Graphics file formats
*loss less compression
*lossy compression
Rule of 3's

(1) Download and install  Picassa.  We will use this program from Google to organize and edit our pictures next class.

(2)  Complete a Digital Photo Gallery.  Use the guidelines in the following documentation to make good photographs : 
Browse the following:

First: Check out the general rules for all pictures [Skip if you already reviewed these in the digital video class]
Composition 101
 All great pictures have one thing in common: They are well-composed. Here are a few tips to help you compose and take better pictures.
Framing and the Rule of 3's
Making your picture more interesting
The art of cropping
Just like a haircut, you can make photos look better by cutting them. Learn the basics of "cropping."

Second: Using Title V's digital camera [NOTE: You may use Media Services or your own camera but be sure to learn and use the camera functions]
Digital Photography:  MUST READ--Information on using the Title V digital camera (Nikon 2100)

Third: Take your camera and go shoot--use the Mode dial-Scene on your camera for these:

Learn the basics for taking better landscape photography.
Animal photography
Learn how to take better photos of any animal.
The art of close-up
Learn how to focus on the smallest details with some great tips on close-up photography.
Sports photography
Learn how to take great photos of sports action.
Family portraits
Learn how to shoot family portraits like a pro.
Taking great fireworks photos
Everybody loves fireworks. With some planning and the right gear, you can have photos worth bragging about.

The above links on rules for taking pictures and much more is available at:   http://www.adobe.com/education/digkids/

  • We will have one camera for each group.  [Note: Digital cameras are also available on a check out bases at Media Services, North West corner of library basement]
  • One person in a group will check out a camera and be responsible for flash memory, batteries, etc. 
  • Group members will take turns taking pictures.  Each class member must have their own unique pictures
  • When all pictures are taken take the camera to the computer lab help desk and they will copy the picture to transfer. 
  • Each group member copies  their pictures  to their flash drive from  transfer. Copy the pictures from Transfer immediately after they are downloaded because transfer is automatically erased daily.
Take pictures with a digital camera using the settings,  particularly scene choices to maximize the quality of the picture. In most cases there is adequate memory  for all group members to take lots of shots--so go for it!. 
All pictures should be carefully composed to maximize quality and interest. This includes subject framing, rule of 3s, appropriate focus and depth of field.  Reread the sources above if you don't remember these.

Your picture photo gallery, photogallery should contain  good examples of at least 3 of the following by next class. You must have examples for all  7 completed and on your web site by the last Friday of the quarter.  You can use the photogallery folder from the web quiz saved in your My CSUB  Web  folder and just replace the previous pictures with your pictures 
  1. Sports/Action:  a sports or action shot
  2. Portrait: a family, friend, or pets portrait
  3. Self portrait using the timer feature (to be used on your HOME web page)
  4. Close-up: plants, insects, computer connections, etc.
  5. Landscape: mountains, city scape, etc.
  6. Flash: party, family event etc.
  7. Night shot:  Fireworks, city streets, etc.
Download pictures from the camera and place them in your  photogallery  folder in your MyCSUB Web you created in the quiz.  Delete the equivalent sample photos in the folder and rename your photos appropriately so that they replace the deleted samples.  FTP the changes in your  photogallery  folder to the WWW folder on the web server.  Your instructor can help if needed during their office hours. 
Others will use the cameras so cameras must be returned to the instructor by 9:30 next class.
(4) Dictionary: Make sure you have the terms with an "*" defined and a good example where relevant.  You have defined some of  these terms previously in your dictionary.    Improve on previously defined terms if possible and define new terms in your own words (not just copy and pasted from another source).  Your definitions should be clear, complete and understandable to someone like your self who is not in this class. Your understanding the concept is the goal for creating definitions.  If you do not understand a concept ask fellow class members then your instructor if needed.

(5) Review new additions to Computers and Society Links.

Be sure the red items above are on your web site and  linked before next class.