Cameras in the Classroom
Digital cameras are quickly replacing their film-eating ancestors. In an economy driven by technological innovations, it is important that students and teachers know hot o use such devices. Digital cameras come in a multitude of sizes, prices, colors, shapes, and sizes. Companies such as Disney even make digital cameras designed for elementary school children. While many people may view digital cameras as a “fun” activity; children must understand how to use such devices. Digital cameras are not “recreational activities,” most companies assume their employees will know how to operate one, even if they do not own one.
Tips and Tricks
Taking a picture with a digital camera is much easier than it used to be. Most cameras allow the users to “point and shoot” without programming or entering any commands. Once the power button is pressed, most cameras will be functional within 5 to 10 seconds. A preview of the image, as it will be captured, is displayed on the small LCD display on the camera. Taking a picture requires the user to simply press and hold the capture button. Digital cameras are not complicated devices, however; it is essential to develop the proper terminology. A digital camera contains many parts, however; the most important terms are zoom, viewfinder, power, shoot, JPEG, upload, and flash. Every camera contains a zoom feature, which allows a particular spot to be “blown up,” allowing users to see the spot in more detail. Often times when it is dark out, the flash will need to be enabled. To turn on the flash, find the symbol that resembles a lightning bolt. Flash provides light to dark areas, allowing the picture to be visible.
Digital photography skills, like any other hobby, will take time to develop. For the best picture, choose a high mega-pixel setting. A mega-pixel (resolution) is the number of dots on the picture. Simply put, the more dots, and the better the image will display and print. Cameras have various resolution settings, however; a high-resolution setting will decrease the amount of pictures one can take on the camera before uploading the pictures. Once pictures have been shot, users must upload them to the computer for archival, editing, or distribution. Images are stored as JPEG files, which allow them to be viewed on any computer. These files may be edited using programs like Adobe Photoshop, or sent via e-mail to friends, family, and relatives. Photos are removed from the camera via a USB cable or memory card reader.
There are a plethora of resources available on the Internet for learning and teaching digital photography skills. Technology allows students to ditch the textbooks and receive hands-on experience with the latest technological innovations.
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