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  • Camera Basics

  • Camera DifferencesThe two most important parts about a camera are the megapixels and sensorMost everyone knows about megapixels and believe, the more the merrier is correct, but in most cases the larger number of megapixels dont helpTo obtain a better picture you need a larger sensorThis is why DSLRs take better picturesThe larger the lens opening, the larger the sensor. The easiest way to tell the difference:A DSLR has a large body and removable lensA Point and Shoot is compact with everything attached*

  • MegapixelsThis determines the resolution you can use. Higher resolution is better, but in general, if the camera has an optical zoom (not digital zoom) and a wide lens opening 12-15 megapixels is enough. More MPs does not equal better camera.

  • SensorThis is one that you cant just look at a number to find out, but in a way this is easier.Look at the width of the lens opening, the larger the lens, the larger the sensor.You will notice that small lenses tend to have large MPs, they are compensating for the small sensor

  • This is a point and shoot. You will need to check your specific camera to know what kind of card it uses and what cables it should have in order to transfer pictures.This is a DSLR, this is going to take better pictures and will be able to do more in different ways. In general most DSLRs use an SD card micro or otherwise. You will need to check to be sure and have the cables in order to transfer pictures.



  • *Camera settingsNot all cameras have theseTurn Digital zoom OFFTurn the flash OFFBe sure the video is set to NTSCHave the white balance on autoQuality should be LargeColor space Adobe RGBPicture Style NeutralFor now have camera set to landscape mode Other setting such as Fstop/aperture/shutter speed etc only apply to people with a DSLR and a manual mode. These settings are addressed in the reading.

  • **ModesSettings

  • ShootingHold camera with both handsHold breath when shootingOpen stable stanceBe sure you are focused on the subjectBe sure the focal point is in the thirdsTurn the cameraChange your positionSupport yourself

  • Shooting and reshootingWhen we take pictures it is known as a shoot.The first shoot is rarely the final shootEvaluation of the images taken is an important step in photography, the same way it is important in design, or any other art.Reshoots are a regular thing and you should expect to have to reshoot Sometimes there is a re-evaluation and a third shoot may be neededNot wanting to reshoot, or not completing a reshoot because you think its not needed will effect your grade.

  • Shoot #1Shoot #2

  • *Before you upload anything, be sure you only have images that are class appropriate as all images will upload initially!

  • Before uploading, create a folder on the desktop to send your work toOpen adobe bridge At the top is a camera image... click it Find your camera It will show all of your images to begin with There is an advanced control at the bottom... click it You can now select the images you want to upload Upload to the folder Use Bridge to go through the imagesSelect the ones you want to use go to- Menu Bar > tools > photoshop > load files into photoshop layersWhen the images open in photoshop you can begin editing