Rediscover Your Digital Camera and Take Better Pictures

Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


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Presented at the IL-TCE Conference, March 3, 2006

And...  2007 Summer Experience North in Lincolnshire, August 3, 2007

What are the basics of good photo composition? Which settings on your camera should you use? Bring your digital camera and explore some tips and techniques for taking better pictures while making the best use of your camera's built-in features.

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Get to Know Your Camera

Revisit your camera's manual

Search for your manual online!

Explore Examples

Over 350 digital camera reviews, with standard test photos, sample photo galleries, detailed measurements of shutter lag, cycle time, and battery life, and complete descriptions of the top digital cameras on the market

Too Light? Too Dark?

Checking for Advanced Flash Features in Your Digital Camera

Photo Composition -- Take Better Pictures!

Kodak: Taking Great Pictures

Basic Techniques

Learn to take better pictures


How to Take Better Pictures

Capturing a Great Digital Picture

Capturing Better Pictures

New York Institute of Photography

How Digital Cameras Work


Learn from the Masters!

Rob Galbraith

Digital Photography news, reviews, tutorials and discussion forums.

Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher gave a great presentation at NECC 2005 in Philadelphia, which inspired me to present this session. (Visit the" virtual NECC" website and watch a streaming video of her presentation:

Now that I have great pictures....

Flickr --

Photo-sharing. A tremendous resource for images. Many Flickr users have chosen to "protect" their work with a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through photos under each type of license Link to the Creative commons search.

Mac users: FlickrExport allows you to upload image files to Flickr from within iPhoto! Free!

FdFlickr Toys --
check out Motivator, movie poster, trading cards, billboards and more!  You don't have to be a Flickr member to use these free tools with your digital images.

Slideshow tool example

Motivator example: "Arrival"

Motivator example: "Leap of Faith"

My Friend Flickr

Share your pictures with others online! Learn ways to use Flickr.


BubbleShare  --

Share your photos and the stories that go with them. Create a new Album and receive a link in your email, no account required. Watch my Philadelphia tour.  Just free and private sharing, now with blog integration, audio captions, photocasts and more.  --

Online photo editing made fun! With Picnik you can quickly edit all your online photos from one place. It's the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos.


Recommended Reading / Other Resources

Step-by-Step Digital Photography, A Guide for Beginners

by Jack and Sue Drafahl

ISBN 1-58428-141-3

$9.72 on Amazon

This is a great book for those wanting to rediscover their cameras. VERY visual guide in understanding the settings on your camera.

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Last Updated: August 5, 2007