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I have two goals for today! Demystify digital cameras and their settings Share ideas for using digital cameras in your classroom How does your camera “see” the world? Through the lens! Zoomed out Zoomed in Macro? *Zoomed out* How your camera sees the world

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I have two goals for today!

  • Demystify digital cameras and their settings

  • Share ideas for using digital cameras in your classroom


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How does your camera “see” the world?

Through the lens!

  • Zoomed out

  • Zoomed in

  • Macro?


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*Zoomed out*

How your camera sees the world

Camera can focus from ~1 ft. to infinity


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*Zoomed in*

How your camera sees the world

Camera can focus from ~1 ft. to infinity


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*Macro*

How your camera sees the world

Camera can focus from ~1-12 in.


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Activity: How different lenses “see”

  • Turn off your flash

  • *In macro mode* Zoom all the way out and frame the toy so you can see the front and the back (fill the frame!)

  • Back up and zoom all the way in and repeat


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Activity: How different lenses “see”

  • Choose a partner and repeat the exercise, using their face as your subject

  • One shot zoomed out

  • One shot zoomed in

  • Fill the frame!


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Three essential parts of the camera

Aperture

Shutter

Sensor

(or film)


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Measuring Light

The Aperture


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Measuring Light

f/2.8

f/8

f/22

Shutter open

0.1 sec.

Shutter open

0.5 sec.

Shutter open

1 sec.


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Depth of Field

The distance in front of and beyond your subject that appears in focus


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2 Ways to Control Depth of Field

  • Aperture(how big the “light pipe” is)

  • Focal Length(how far you’re zoomed in)





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f/22

(1 sec.)

f/8

(1/8 sec.)

(1/60 sec.)

f/2.8


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Controlling DOF with Focal Length

115mm lens

(i.e. zoomed ~half way in)

560mm lens

(i.e. zoomed all the way in)


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What do the preset modes do?

Math!

(among other things)


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Preset modes

Portrait

(Limited

Focus)

Landscape

(Infinite

Focus)

Fast Shutter

(Sharp

Action)

Slow Shutter

(Blurry

Action)


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Low-light help: ISO (“Film” Speed)

*Doubling the ISO cuts the shutter speed in half*

ISO: 100

Shutter Spd: 1/2 sec.

ISO: 3200

Shutter Spd: 1/64 sec.


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One more helper—Flash

Illuminates a scene for between 1/2000 and 1/30,000th of a second


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Activity: “Panning” and the illusion of speed

Trisha is going to scoot across the room. Your job is to take a picture where she appears in sharp focus, yet the background is blurry.

Camera SettingsPreset: Try Landscape or Slow ShutterISO: 50 or 100Flash: OFF


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Activity: Stopping Motion with Flash

Camera Settings and Technique

  • Choose Auto mode or Fast Shutter

  • Turn flash ON

  • Get in close

  • Keep shooting until you get nice, crisp shots!

Pair off - each pair grab one cup and one spoon. Choose a person to fill the cup with water.


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Class activity

School event

Field trip

Home

A process

1.) Documentary imagery…



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Illustrate steps in a procedure

  • Gather your materials

  • Cut a holein the top

  • Scoop outthe insides

  • Draw aface

  • Cut outthe eyes…

  • Then the noseand mouth

  • Put a candleinside

  • They don’tlast forever!

Images from: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/7123/jack.html


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Activities for Documentary Photos

  • Class Activities or Field Trips

    • Writing prompt

    • Newsletter

    • Thank you

  • Books

    • Alphabet Book

    • Rhyming Book

    • Classification Book (Things that are cold)


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2.) Perspective

  • Where is the camera looking from?

    • High

    • Low

    • From the side


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Animal assignment

Become an animal


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Perspective Power

Who’s in charge here?


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3.) Changes over time

  • Short term

  • Long term

  • What do you see changing?


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Family Aging

Samples from: http://zonezero.com/magazine/essays/diegotime/time.html




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4.) Motion or Stillness

  • How can you convey motion?

  • How can you convey the lack of motion?




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Motion and Stillness



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“Making the strange familiar and the familiar strange”


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Making the strange familiar

and the familiar strange


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Alphabits

Photos courtesy of Punya Mishra http://punya.educ.msu.edu


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6.) Concepts

Things like:

  • Symmetry

  • Love

  • Pain


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Concept: Symmetry

(Found in Nature)


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Concept: Symmetry

(Man-made)




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More ideas on your Handout!

For complete lesson plans, take a look at:

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/digital/edu/lessonPlans/


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Crash Course in Composition

  • Takes time to develop a good sense

  • Fill the frame with relevant things

  • Try placing your subject off center

  • Give people (etc.) “room to look”

  • Consider shape and form… Are you showing and object in 2D or 3D?





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The “rule” of Thirds


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The “rule” of Thirds





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Must-Read Photography Books!

Understanding Exposure

By Bryan Peterson

The Art of Outdoor Photography

By Boyd Norton


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