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Capturing an image/multiple images

Hold the camera firmly but with a gentle grip keeping your fingers out of the way of the lens. Keep your elbows tucked in and your feet slightly apart.
Turn the camera through 90 degrees to take a portrait shot.

When taking pictures of children or objects lower than your own height, be aware that it is often better to get down to their level as taking a photograph from above can give the face a triangular appearance.
Try to fill the photograph with your subject. Try to get your subject to look directly at the camera as this will create impact. Avoid taking face-on head and shoulders portraits, a three quarter turn where the subject looks along the line of their shoulder is much more flattering and will look less like a ‘wanted’ poster.
There are, of course, a myriad of other techniques to allow you to take better photographs, but they are better explained in a range of books on the subject.

Instant viewing

Most cameras come with an LCD screen which enables instant viewing.
Set your camera to ‘Play’ mode.

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Use the arrow buttons to navigate through your photos.
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Deleting and retaking

To delete a photograph, click the button which has a ‘Bin’ icon on your camera.
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Depending on your camera, you may be asked to confirm that this is OK.

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To retake, set your camera to ‘Auto Exposure”.

Continue to take your photos as before.

Download to a computer

Your camera will have been supplied with a cable to connect it to the computer. This will most probably be a USB cable such as this one.

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Plug one end of this cable into the camera, and the other end into the computer in the appropriate port.

Switch your camera on in the ‘Play’ mode.

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If you are going to be some time in transferring your photos, then it is also worth plugging the camera into the mains, to preserve the battery if your camera allows for this.

Importing Photos using iPhoto


Connect the camera or card reader to the computer.

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iPhoto will launch automatically.

Click on ‘Import’ from the menu at the bottom of the iPhoto screen.

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Click once on Import on the bottom right side of the screen and your photos will be imported into iPhoto.

A
progress bar will show the photos being imported.

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Viewing in a computer

Working with Albums in iPhoto

Move the cursor to the ‘File’ menu, and choose ‘New Album’.

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Type the name of your album and click ‘OK’.

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The new album will appear on the left side of the screen, underneath the names of the existing albums.

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On the thumbnail images,
click on the first photo you transferred, and hold down the ‘Shift’ key on the keyboard and scroll down to the last photo. Click it.

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All the photos you imported are now highlighted (with a blue outline around each one).

Click on any one of these and drag across to your new album.


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Your album will be highlighted with a black outline, and the number of photos will appear in red.

When this happens,
let go of the mouse button.

These photos will be copied into your new album.

Double-click on it to open the album.

Resizing Thumbnails

Below the thumbnails, on the right of the screen you will see an adjuster (a silhouette of a photo).

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Click
and drag to slide the adjuster along to alter the size of the thumbnails (and the number in each row).

Choose a size you are happy with.

Resizing

Open iPhoto and select the image you wish to resize. Notice it now has a blue border showing it has been selected.


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Go to File and select Export from the Drop-down menu.

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Make sure the
File Export button has been selected and choose JPG from the Format Drop-down menu.




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Make sure the Button ‘Scale images no larger than’ is selected.

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Change the number in the
Width box. (These numbers are pixels.) Notice the height value changes automatically.


You will have to decide how much to reduce the numbers depending on the size you wish the photo to be.

Click
Export.

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Give your photo a name and click
OK.

Printing

Highlight the pictures you want to print, and click ‘Print’.

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The ‘Print’ dialog box will open.


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Specify which printer you wish to use, and the number of prints you wish.


Click ‘Print’ to print your pictures.

Click on the
Standard button for more options.

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Choose from the Styles drop-down menu.

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Click ‘Print’ to print your pictures.

Copying and pasting into Appleworks / Word

Inserting an image into an Appleworks Document

Open Appleworks and select a new drawing document.

Go to File. Select Insert.

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Make sure
All Available is selected from the File Format drop-down menu.

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Locate your photo and click
Insert.


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Now you can drag your photo anywhere on the page.


Inserting an image into a Word Document

Open Word and select a new document.



Go to
Insert. Select Picture From File…

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Locate your photo and click Insert.


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Click once on your photo to select it and go to Format.

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Select
Picture…. from the drop-down menu.


A new window will open. Click on the
Layout button.

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Select ‘
Tight’.

Click
OK.

You will now be able to drag your photo to any position on the page.

Simple slideshow

Select an Album from which to create a slideshow.

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Select all the photos to include in your slideshow.

Click
the ‘Slideshow’ button underneath the thumbnails.

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The window will change to reveal the ‘Slideshow’ tools.

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Click on the ‘Settings’ icon.

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To change the time each slide appears on the screen,
click on the up or down arrows next to ‘Play each slide for ‘…’ seconds’.

Choose a
Transition from the drop-down menu.

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Click the ‘Music’ tab and select a track from your iTunes library (or a CD) to use.

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To play the slideshow with no music, on the ‘Music’ tab,
remove the check next to ‘Play music during slideshow’.


To view your show,
click ‘Play’

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A slide show of the photos will now play with the music you selected (make sure you have the volume turned up).

Click the mouse button to stop the slideshow.

To view the slideshow again,
click the ‘Play’ icon on the left of the screen.

Sending to others

To add an attachment to an email you are sending, click on the ‘Attachments’ button in your open message.

The
‘Attachments – Web Page Dialog’ box will open.

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To find the file you wish to attach,
click the ‘browse’ button.

The
‘Choose File’ dialog box will open.

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Here you can find the file you wish to attach.


Once you have found it,
click once on the file, and then click ‘Open’.


You will return to the
‘Attachments – Web page Dialog’ box.

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You will now see the name of your chosen file next to the browse button.

To attach this file
click the ‘Attach’ button.


When the file is attached, it will appear in the ‘Current File Attachments’ list at the bottom of the web page dialog box.

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You can of course attach more than one file to a message.

To return to the message, either
click the ‘close’ button at the bottom of the dialog box, or the ‘close’ button at the top right of the window.

You will now see your attachment listed under the
‘Subject’ of your message.


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Once you are happy with your message,
click ‘Send’.

Comic Life - Choosing a Template

Open Comic Life.

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Select a template.

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Drag the template onto the page. (Or double click.) The template area collapses and your iPhoto Library will be displayed.

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Comic Life - Adding Images from iPhoto

Select a photo and drag it to the panel to which you want to add the image.

You can adjust the image by clicking and dragging on the visible part of the image. To resize, drag the green resize handles.

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Note: when an image is dropped on a panel the image becomes attached to the background of a panel. When the panel is moved the image moves with it. To adjust the image (to reposition it within the panel for example) double click on the panel and the image will become editable.


Continue adding your images until all your panels are filled.

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Comic Life - Adding Balloons

Drag a balloon from the bottom of the window and drop it onto a panel.

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Enter your text and click outside the text area to save the new text.

Notice that the balloon has resized itself to fit the new text - if there is more text than before.

To resize the balloon drag the green resize handles.

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As your mouse moves over the balloon you'll notice two markers appearing and disappearing. The orange marker on the tip of the tail highlights the spot to drag to adjust the position of the tail - so you can line it up with the person who is speaking.

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The other marker that's near the center of the balloon is a special handle that lets you move the balloon and the tail at the same time.

Move the tail by clicking on the tip of the tail and dragging it to a new position.

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To make text bigger (or smaller), double click on the text and it will be highlighted in blue.

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Choose the Bigger or Smaller button and click until you reach te desired size of text.

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Click on a blank part of the page to finish.

You may have to resize the balloon to fit the new size of text.

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Continue placing balloons and editing until you're happy with the composition.

Comic Life - Adding Captions

Adding captions is very similar to adding balloons - simply drag and drop them on the panels and edit the text.

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Click once on the caption to access the handles.

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Drag to resize the box.

Use the purple arrow to rotate the box.

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Comic Life - Adding ‘Sound Effects’ and Titles

To add a lettering element, drag and drop from the Lettering well onto a panel.

A window will open where you can enter the text and choose the font for the lettering.

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Enter you text. Click Place Lettering.

Click and drag to place the lettering where you wish.

The drag handles at the
corners move just the one handle and the lettering element is distorted to fill the new area.

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The
centre handles allow you to warp the letters in a curve.

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Continue adding lettering elements until you are happy with your comic.

Comic Life - Save a Page to the Desktop

Go to File at the top of the screen.

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Select Export from the drop-down menu.


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Choose Export Fixed-Resolution PDF File.


Give your file a name. Choose Desktop. Click Save.

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OR......


Click on the Print button.

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Click on the PDF button and choose Save as PDF.

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As part of a presentation

Inserting a photo into a PowerPoint slide.

Go to Insert.

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Select
Picture, From File....

Find the picture you wish to use and click Insert.

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To resize the photo, go to Format, select Picture.

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When the formatting window opens, select the Size button.

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Adjust the height by a suitable percentage.


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Ensure the 'aspect ratio' is locked and the resizing is 'Relative to original picture size'.


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Click OK.


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As part of a movie

Using photos in iMovie

Open iMovie and create a new project. Give your project a name and decide where to save it to, eg 'Movies'.



Click on the Media button.

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Click on the Photos button.

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Your iPhoto library will appear.

Select a photo. In the photo settings window, drag the duration control (the hare and tortoise) to change the display duration.

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Click Apply.

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Your photo will be added to the timelime and you will see the progress of the import process.

Click on the Editing button to enable the addition of effects, transitions, titles etc.

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Web pages - Blog

Using Edublogs

Log in to your site. Click on Write, and select the Write Post tab.

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Before you can insert an image you must upload it first. Scroll down the page until you see the Upload tab.

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Click on Browse to find the photo you wish to use.

The next window will enable you to navigate to the picture you wish to use.

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Click once on your picture then click Open.

Now click
Upload.

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Decide on the size you wish to display your image.
(Full size may be rather big but you can resize it later.) Choose one of the buttons.

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Click Send to Editor.

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Click on the image. You should see the little square 'handles'.


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Click on the picture icon in the toolbar.


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The Insert/Edit Image window will open. Choose from the Alignment drop-down menu.

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Click Update.

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You can alter the size from this window too.

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(Though it is probably easier to resize your images using iPhoto first.)

Use this window to add some space round the edge of your image. Enter the number of pixels (10 is a good number to start with.) into the
Vertical and Horizontal space boxes.

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You can always increase or decrease this to suit.

Click
Update.



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Now click Publish.

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Web pages - website

Inserting photos into a website using iWeb

Click on the Media Browser icon.

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The Media Browser window will open. Click on the Photos button.

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Your iPhoto library will be displayed.

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Select the photo you wish to use. It will be highlighted in blue.

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Drag the photo to your webpage.

Improving/manipulating the image - exposure, colour, effects

Using iPhoto

Using Photoshop

As the basis of a digital work of art