Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I'm doing a workshop on digital cameras tomorrow and I'm planning on demonstrating the photo-editing site picnik. This FREE site allows you to upload photos from your computer, or to edit photos you already have on another photo site such as flickr or photobucket. I didn't even have to create an account and I was able to edit, save, and email my photos.
The editing tools are very basic, but very powerful, and are probably all the average user will ever need. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this photo of me at Muir Woods turned out. Compare the "after" photo on the left with the "before" photo on the right. Oh, so that's a big TREE in the background!
You can also subscribe to a premium picnik service for $24.95 a year that has even more editing and enhancing tools.
Well, I checked out her website, and I encourage you to do likewise: http://www.growing-up-online.com/ where you'll find an archive of her column which has appeared in numerous publications across the country. She has written for many magazines, including Reader's Digest, TV Guide, Redbook, and Edutopia among others, and has been featured on radio and television broadcasts.
She has written several articles on Internet safety, and online ETHICS!!!
Check it out at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/
"Argosy's Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today. This entirely Web-delivered application offers an unparalleled understanding of human anatomy. The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body."
The models were developed and reviewed by physicians, anatomists, and people with lots of experience in medical illustration and biomedical visualization.
Registration is FREE, but REQUIRED for using this website. Minimum computer requirements are:
- 1 gHz Pentium 3 processor, or equivalent
- 512 MB RAM
- Windows XP/2000/Vista (32-bit)
- DirectX 7.0+3D-enabled video card
- Internet Explorer 6+ (32-bit)
- Anark plug-in 4.0
- Adobe Flash Player plug-in 8.0+
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
You can download the kml file to use with Google Earth, but you can even see and hear the content in Google Maps!
There are a lot of nature sounds, but they've even captured the cacophony of major cities like Chicago or New York city.
Check it out at: http://earth.wildsanctuary.com/
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
While perusing the Adobe Digital Kids Club website I came across a link to a free 43 page downloadable book from TrainingBrain.com entitled "Digital Camera & Photo Editing School for Teachers & Students." Although some of the information is specific to an Olympus camera, much of the book would be useful to ANYONE wanting to learn about digital photography.
There are 34 lessons on a wide variety of topics related to photography and photo editing. I absolutely love this advice on how to avoid blurry photos:
Grip- Brace- Breathe- Squeeze
- Grip the camera, same way each time. Find your own special grip position for both horizontal and vertical camera positions, grip same way each time. Experiment with several different grip positions. Watch out! Don’t let your finger touch the lens.
- Brace the camera: using arms, legs, body. Brace your arms by pushing your elbows inward against your ribs and gently push down. Brace arms, legs or back by leaning against a nearby wall, tree, table, fence, chair, car window (anything for support).
- Breath: take a shallow breath, hold it gently. Take an shallow breath and hold it gently. Holding your breath too tight causes camera shake.
- Squeeze shutter half way down, then all the way down. Push shutter 1/2 half way down to auto focus, hold it, then push all the way down to take the photo. See the green light, this means the subject is in focus, then squeeze. Tip: Holding 1/2 way down allows camera to shoot faster.