Using a Digital Camera

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MOST households now own a digital camera - MANY of you have cameras built into your cellphones or ipods - Digital cameras are a CONVENIENT way of gathering graphic information for your projects.

We have

Two Categories of Digital Camera

POINT and SHOOT (P&S)
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Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)
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P&S are the most common type of "consumer" camera
  • They are relatively simple to operate and maintain
  • They are compact and easy to carry
  • They are fairly inexpensive
DSLRs are becoming more popular as their prices come down
  • They have more sophisticated electronics for better images
  • Can use interchangeable lenses for a variety of shots,
  • They typically give the KNOWLEDGEABLE photographer much more control
BUT - Even the CRAPPY camera built into a camera phone can take a GOOD picture, and even the most expensive DSLRs can take POOR pictures - it's really up to the PHOTOGRAPHER to make the most of the equipment they're using.

TRY THESE camera simulators (in order) to get a feel for the functions that you need to learn to use a DSLR
(READ the material on each page!)
  1. Focus - Frame - Shoot
  2. The SLR Explained
  3. The SLR Simulator

This unit will look at fundamental camera techniques that can be applied to most cameras to improve their performance.
Vocabulary pertaining to
the CAMERA includes:
  • General Cameras
    • Focus or Focal Length (Lens)
    • Aperture Size
    • Shutter Speed
    • Flash
    • ISO
    • Lens
    • Zoom (Optical vs Digital)
  • DIGITAL FEATURES
    • Camera MODE selection
    • Resolution
    • CCD (Charge Couple Device)
Vocabulary pertaining to
the PHOTOGRAPHER includes
  • Camera Orientation
  • Foreground / Background / Midground
  • Lighting

What do these things mean?


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Try learning some basics using the Photography_Camera_Simulator
Or the Canon Outside of Auto website