Conrad_Jackson_Working_with_Digital_Photographs

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Description of Content:

Lesson One -- JPEG Image
A vodcast will introduce learners to sample images of different formats with a description of the advantages/disadvantages of each type. Next, reasons for the global acceptance of JPEG as the universal standard will be explained and samples shown. Files sizes and the concept of archiving will be demonstrated. File conversion will be briefly introduced. Learners will open sample images and examine their file sizes. Learners will convert several images to JPEG format from other file types and report the change in file size. Students will create a Google site and contribute the URL to the Google Site Discussion Forum.

Lesson Two – Resolution
A vodcast will demonstrate what a pixel is and how it captures light. The relationship between pixel count and resolution will be explained, with sample images provided. Web images will be shown with their resolution/file size demonstrated. Photo-quality prints will be shown with their resolution/file size demonstrated. Samples of incorrect choices will be shown. Students will identify correct choices in a brief online quiz; match sample images with their proper use; label specific examples of their own and upload to their Google site.

Lesson Three – Downloads
A vodcast will demonstrate the sequence of steps for downloading digital photos directly from the camera using a USB cord. Next, a vodcast will demonstrate the sequence of steps for downloading digital photos using a card reader with a memory card removed from the camera. A brief mention of other downloading techniques may be mentioned (wireless, camera docking). Students will be asked to download their own photographs and post a selection to their Google site. They will list the steps in order of the technique they used to download their photographs.

Lesson Four – File Management
A vodcast will demonstrate how to rename a digital photo, how to create new folders, and how to move and/or copy digital photos between folders. Students will be asked to demonstrate all three functions using their own digital photos, file names, and folder names. Students will use screen captures to demonstrate their results with accompanying text explaining the steps. Finally, a vodcast will demonstrate how to copy a group of images to a backup drive. Students will submit a description of the process and explain the importance of this procedure. Students will upload the description and screen captures to their Google site. A short quiz will be included.

Lesson Five – Cropping
A vodcast will demonstrate the concept of aspect ratio and the use of the cropping tool in Photoshop. Next, the vodcast will explain how to select specific file sizes and resolutions when applying the cropping tool. Students will crop a selection of their own digital photos to specific sizes and resolutions, indicated by the instructor, and upload them to their Google site. In a brief quiz, students will be asked to identify the location of the cropping tool in Photoshop, the location of the input areas for data, and a description of the meaning of aspect ratio.

Lesson Six – Editing
A vodcast will demonstrate the basic use of Photoshop’s Image Adjustment tools. Functions will include lightening and darkening (altering density) of a photo, altering the basic color balance of a photo, and sharpening a photo using the Unsharp Mask (USM) tool. Students will practice all three functions with their own photos and upload the photographs to their site. Students will complete a brief quiz identifying the location of the tools and the steps involved in completing each of these three basic functions.

Lesson Seven – Storage
A vodcast will demonstrate the concept external disk storage, Internet-based storage, and optical disc storage. The advantages and disadvantages of each will be briefly discussed. Students will be asked to provide a written description of each type of storage, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will complete a brief research project reporting the current cost and availability of each type of device and service available for storage and backup of digital images.