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Using your Digital Camera, Sorting and Processing your Images


A two day class for $199.00, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, taught at Spirit of Place Gallery, 459 Marine Dr., Gibsons, BC 604-886-1999 or 2214.

Bring your camera and the camera's manual so we can discuss it's particular features!

This class will help you if you have a Canon Digital Rebel, XT, XTi, XSi, 10D, 20D, 5D, IIDS, etc., Nikon D70, D40, D??, etc. and other Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras with interchangeable lenses.

If you have a point-and-shoot digital camera, you'll also find the information in this class helpful in helping you to shoot, work with and organize your digital images. You'll also find out the differences in what a point-and-shoot camera can do vs a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) with interchangable lenses.

Below are some of the topics this workshop covers:

Camera Issues (Day One)

1. How many megapixels do you need and do I shoot RAW or Jpeg format?
a. To make great web images
b. For
prints up to 8x10 in size, prints up to 16x20, prints up to 20x30?

2. Understanding picture size, resolution, jpeg compression and Raw File quality options.

3. The best way to move pictures from your camera to a computer.

4. How to make backup copies and archive pictures with your computer.

5. How to make high quality prints with your camera, computer and printer.

6. Shooting the pictures
a. Holding the camera steady.
b. Setting the focus.
c. Red-Eye options and their advantages/disadvantages.
d. Flash and what it is good for
e. Changing lenses

7. What is a normal lens vs wide-angle and telephoto? How is this different with various types of cameras and lenses?

8. Wide angle lens issues
a. Edge distortion
b. Objects becoming bigger or smaller.
c. Wide angle and telephoto effect on focus.

9. Telephoto lens issues
a. Need a steady camera, tripod or Image Stabilization?
b. With portraits
d. Blurring backgrounds.
e. Changing distance perspective.

10. Caring for and cleaning your digital sensor.

11. Overview of common Camera setting options and what they do.
a. Shutter priority
b. Aperture priority
c. Landscape
d. Portrait
e. Backlighting
f. Overcast
g. Snow

One Hour Lunch Break:
(After or during Lunch we'll go out with cameras and try some of these things)

12. Understanding F-Stops and Shutter Speeds
a. When to shoot with F-Stop priority.
b. Wide F-Stops and what they are good for.
c. Narrow F-Stops and what they are good for.
d. Using deth of field preview.

13. When to shoot with Shutter Speed Priority.
a. Taking advantage of fast shutter speeds to stop motion. How fast?
b. Using slow shutter speeds to create a sense of motion.
c. When you need to use a tripod.

14. Advantages of shooting in Raw mode
a. What exactly is Raw mode and does my camera support this?
b. How to shoot in Raw mode and keep all shadow and highlight detail.
c. Why Raw mode takes up more space.
d. More control over your digital file.
e. You get to make the final choice of highlight, shadow, sharpening, etc.
f. Ability to make bigger prints.

15. How to take best advantage of your zoom lens.
a. What lens zoom ranges are best and how to compare one camera's zoom to another.
b. When to use wide angle verses when to use telephoto.
c. How wide angle and telephoto lenses effect image composition and perception.

16. Optical vs. Digital viewfinders, Rangefinder vs. SLR, different types and which are best.


Day Two
Sorting, Correcting and Processing your Images

Basic color correction with Adobe Photoshop, Elements and other digital correction software.

1. Auto Correction Options and what they can and cannot do.

2. Not re-saving jpeg files.

3. Basic, Levels, Curves and Hue-Saturation in Photoshop or Elements.
a. Using Levels, Hue/Saturation and Curves for color correction and sharpening for quality output to desktop and high end digital printers
Setting highlights an shadows
c. Correcting neutrals and colors, a
d. Adding total and selective saturation,
e. Improving off colored originals. (Photoshop Artistry chapters 18, 20, 21, 22)

4. Evaluating Levels Histograms for Raw Shooting, Scanning and Color Correction.
a. Shooting in RAW or Scanning to produce a Master Image that can then be resampled to accomodate all the sizes, RGB film and printer output, Video and Web screen use and CMYK print output.
b. Simplifying bits, bytes, resolution, dpi, percentage, and all the file size jargon.
c. Using levels and histograms to evaluate and improve your scans with any scanner.
d. Getting the best results from RAW captures and how to embed RAW files in your layers using Smart Objects.
e. The advantages of doing 16 bit per channel verses 8 bit per channel Captures and color correction. (Chapter 18, 20)

One Hour Lunch Break:

5. Organizing, Archiving and Automating Digital RAW files using Bridge or Lightroom: Digital cameras allow you to create so many more images much more cost effectively than film. Here you learn how to archive all those images. How to organize them and more quickly process them with CS3 or CS4 Bridge or Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 or CS4. (Chapter 11)

6. What you need to bring along for more than one day of shooting with your camera.
a. Portable Computer.
b. Portable CD/DVD burner.
c. Other portable camera memory backup devices.
d. Portable power sources.

7. Questions and Answers.
a. Discuss Issues with your particular camera or image files.

To sign up, call 604-886-2214 (or 1999) with credit card info or mail a check to:
Barry Haynes, P.O. Box 1748, 547 Sargent Rd. Gibsons, BC, V0N 1V0, Canada.

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If you have any questions or comments about
Using You Digital Camera, Sorting and Processing
please e-mail
us or call us at 604-886-2214.