Bixby School - Portfolios with Photography

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Notes and Agendas:

Session 1:
Nov. 4, 9am-12pm

Overview: A survey with hands-on practice of the organizational aspects of a digital photography workflow (workflow is a term that means what you do with the camera, cards, images, and imaging software) using iPhoto specifically to import, organize, and find your photos in intuitive/easy ways that will also aid you in the future.
Caveats: iPhoto version, Murphy's law of demos,
iPhoto visual tour: organization area (source), preview area, functions and info area

1. Connecting cameras, cards, and the import process
2. First evaluation and discard
3. Album creation and photo sorting
4. Keywording
5. Backing up note
6. Prepare for next shoot

1. Connecting cameras, cards, and the import process
• Should be simple - hook up the wires - turn the camera on - and you'll be prompted but if it doesn't just happen there are some steps to take to correct that.
• Don't delete as you import
• Do fill in the blanks
• Demo with Nikon
• Demo with card reader
• Show the Finder and the camera "disk" on the desktop- you can use this to create another copy of the photos quickly - share to flash drive for example
• "Eject" the "disk"
• Hands - on
• Views of iPhoto: Library, expanded Library, Albums, thumbnail size, View Menu: film rolls, titles etc., sorts

2. First evaluation and discard
• Set view for evaluation or use full screen button (different from slide show)
• Delete key
• Command 0-5 for ratings
• Rotate (Command R)
• Comments in Information
• You can use the arrow keys but the focus must be on the photo not the org or info areas.
• How ruthless do you want to be•
• Hands-on
• The trash is holding your deleted photos

3. Album creation and photo sorting
• Plus button and name the Album: event, genre, date, shorter is better, having a scheme is better
• If you have photos selected (shift and command click) they will be included in the album automatically (not from File Menu command though)
• Dragging photos to albums includes them
• Deleting from albums removes from album not from library -- Deleting from Library really deletes them
• Nested Albums (Folders) from File Menu
• Hands-on - even if all you have will "fit" into one album make several, make a folder too.

4. Keywording
• Keywording is not intuitive
• Keywords are added to the list of possibles in the Preferences (File Menu > Preferences) - use + - or rename
• Adding keywords to the photos is through the Photos Menu > Get Info > Keywords tab or
• Show Keywords in the organizational area and drag photos to the keywords not keywords to photos.
• Keywords are really powerful - make lots
• Searching with keyword box and with search box
• Hands-on
• Comments are similar

5. Backing up note
• This topic belongs here but we'll discuss it in the sharing section

6. Prepare for next shoot
• Eject the "disk"
• Use the camera to re-format the card - (what about backup•)
• Re-charge batteries
• Hands-on
• Meta-think your recent shoot, images


Session 2:
Nov. 4, 1pm-4pm

Overview: How can we share our photographs• On paper, on-line, on-screen and as digital files. A survey of printing, web posting, and presentation using iPhoto again as our main software tool but incorporating as well. Part of sharing is backing up as a lost photo will never be seen.

1. Print
2. Slide Shows
4. Backing up

1. Print
• File Menu > print: Use the Style drop-down menu and settings for each style -
• caveats: color, paper cost, waste etc.
• iPhoto can be used to catalog, keyword and share not just photos - see photo w text document as an example
• Order Prints: connects to Kodak online printing thru Apple Computer: must have an Apple ID etc.
• Order Prints thru coming up later.
• Besides prints there are books, calendars and greeting cards. These become special "albums" that can be grouped into folders.
• Hands-on - go thru the motions at least

2. Slide Shows
• iPhoto Slide shows are different from full screen mode
• They also become their own special "albums" and would best be stored in a folder
• The controls at the bottom are for each individual slide, the "Settings" are for the show as a whole
• .Mac Slides and Photocasts •••• Do we include this• These are cool features but require .Mac accounts
• Hands-on - create, tweak, and present for your partner
• Export to QuickTime Movie

• Sign in: username & password
• The tabs tell it all:
• Home
• Photos - upload, adjust, view, share
• Store: Order prints, cards etc.
• Hands-On - browse, upload•, share, as a group•

4. Backing up
• Until you backup do you need more memory cards•
• Snapfish - this creates a backup
• Where are the photos in iPhoto anyway•
• USB drives
• other Hard drives
• caveats: with iPhoto we create a problem so it is best to "export" first. Show example CD for this.
• Hands-on: copy to USB, burn CD, upload to Snapfish


Session 3:
Jan. •, 9am-12pm

Overview: Creating annotated, descriptive, and informative portfolio pages using these software packages: XX and XX
We will combine text, photos and other graphical elements into organized documents. Other names for this are desktop publishing and page layout.

1. Overview of Software
2. Create a page: add photo, text, graphic items
3. Create a template
4. Present the material: print

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Steve Gandy