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Digital Camera Hints
Denise Grigas teaches the digital camera workshops for technology training in Tangipahoa Parish School System. The following webpages are used in the digital camera training.

 
We will be using Sony Mavica Digital Cameras in our
TangiTech2 workshops. Most of the schools in our district have at least
one of these "teacher-friendly cameras." There are several models in our schools ranging from the FD 71 up to the FD 200 and the CD350. These directions may not be the EXACT ones for the model of camera that you have, but they should  be close enough to help you out. These are just a few hints to help you in using the Sony Digital camera more effectively.

Fine Quality Setting.

With the "Play"/ "Still" button in the "Still" position, toggle over to
"File" and then up to "Quality". Make sure your camera is on "Fine"
instead of "Standard". You will not be able to get as many pictures on
a disk in the "Fine" mode but your pictures will be much clearer.

Image Size Setting

With the "Play"/ "Still" button in the "Still" position, toggle over to
"File" and then up to "Image Size." Here you have three options of
picture sizes in pixels - 1280x960; 1024x768; 800x600 or 640x480; For digital images that you plan on using on the Internet or for inserting into
PowerPoint or Word, you should use the 640x480 setting. This allows
your pictures to be of a manageable size on the computer.

Pictures in a Series

It's a good idea to have your camera take pictures in a Series so that when it automatically numbers the photographs they will be in sequential order no matter how many disks you use. With the "Play"/ "Still" button in the "Still" position, toggle over to "File" and then up to the "File Number" setting and put it on "Series." If you leave the default setting of "Normal" you will have a MVC-001 file name on every floppy disk that you use... which will cause major problems saving that picture on your computer. Unless you rename that picture, you will have a gazillion MVC-001s and they will save on top of each other and you will lose your pictures.

Renaming Digital Pictures

When you take a digital picture the camera gives it a generic name
such as MVC-001F.JPG or MVC-009S.JPG. The F and S at the end
of the number indicates whether the picture was taken in the Fine
Quality Setting or Standard Quality Setting. You should rename the
pictures something that will indicate to you what it is, by following
these steps:

  • Right click on the file name (for ex. MVC-001F.JPG)
  • Left click on "Rename" in the menu list.
  • Type the name you will recognize the picture by followed by
    ".jpg"
  • IMPORTANT!!! you MUST leave the .jpg extension on the end
    of the file name
    .
  • Now click away from the file and the new name will be in effect.
  • Your new name might look something like this "mathcenter.jpg"
Self Timer

With the "Play"/ "Still" button in the "Still" position, toggle over
to "Self Timer" and press the center of the button to select it. Now
position the camera on your subject and focus. Press the shutter button
on the top of the camera as if you are going to take a picture. You now
have 10 seconds to run around and get in the picture before the self timer
goes off.

Digital CameraDigital Camera LinksDigital Camera
Faces - Where You Make Headlines Digital Photography Glossary
Smile! Digital Cameras Can Make Your Day! Teaching with Digital Cameras - Tech4Learning
Short Courses - A Complete Guide to Using Your Digital Camera,etc. Quick! Get the Digital Camera - Education World
How Digital Cameras Work Going Digital in the Classroom
The Digital Learning Center 1001 Uses for a Digital Camera
Digital Cameras in the Classroom Kodak: Digital Cameras and Technology
Digitizing the Primary Classroom Digital Camera Snacks Tech4Learning
Halls, Walls and Bulletin Boards  
Digital Cameras in Education Classroom Applications for the Digital Camera
Digital Camera Instructions Trackstar - Digital Cameras
Digital Photography and the K12 Educator Digital Photo Resource Center
Teacher to Teacher - Digital Cameras What the heck is a MegaPixel?
Picture of the Day Sites from Denise
Astronomy Picture of the Day Kodak Picture of the Day
Earth Science Picture of the Day Colorado Scenic Picture of the Day
CNN Picture of the Day Horse Picture of the Day
Weather Photo of the Week Cat of the Day
Dog of the Day Pet of the Day
Image Search Tools
Google Amazing Picture Machine Ditto
Free Foto Go Graph Lycos Multimedia
PhotoSeek WebSeek Yahoo Picture Gallery

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