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Activity Card: Process Digital Images
The easily availability of digital cameras, and the increasing quality of photos taken by mobile phones has made photography a very popular hobby today. Once you have purchased a camera or mobile phone, there is hardly any expense involved in taking photographs. You can take hundreds of photographs and print only the ones you want. Moreover you can process the photographs to remove small defects and make them look good.
Digital photography is one of the several forms of digital imaging and is a form of photography that uses an array of light sensitive sensors to capture the image focused by the lens, as opposed to an exposure on light sensitive film. The captured image is then stored as a digital file ready for digital processing (color correction, sizing, cropping, retouching, red eye correction, etc.). When processed by a computer these files reproduce an image which is able to be printed on photographic paper.
Whether you are into film or digital photography, you still need post processing at one point in time. Post processing is one of the most important aspects of digital photography; it is just as important as the photo shoot itself.
What is required to import and process digital photographs?
- A computer or laptop.
- A digital camera with which you have used to captured images.
- A data cable which is usually a USB cable and generally comes with the digital camera.
- A post processing software like Windows* Live Photo Gallery installed. This is a basic image post processing software that is provided free of cost by Microsoft to Genuine Windows* users and can be downloaded from Microsoft web site if it is not installed on your computer.
In this activity you will import images that you have captured using your digital camera and do post processing activities like exposure, red eye, straightening, retouching etc.
Import images captured on your digital camera or mobile phone
- Connect the digital camera or mobile phone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Your computer will either have a notification letting you know a device has been connected to the computer, or you will need to open a photos application. This step will vary based on what operating system is on the computer. If you need help, try searching YouTube for specific instructions. For example, search “How to import photos from a digital camera onto a Windows 10 computer”
- In the photos application, you can select some, or all of the photos on the device to be imported onto the computer.
There are many different online services or desktop applications that can be used to edit your images. Some examples of services include:
- Photos app for Windows (comes installed on Windows 8.1 and 10)
- Google Photos: free photo storage and light editing. Google account needed
- Fotor: free online photo editing program
After you select a photo editing tool you would like to use, you may want to watch a YouTube tutorial on how to edit photos. For example, try searching “How to edit photos using Photos app for Windows.”
Try making some of the following edits to your photos:
- Brightness/Contrast: Sometimes a photo comes out too dark or light. You can adjust the brightness and contrast to lighten or darken an image
- Red Eye Correction: One common defect that happens while taking digital photographs is the red eye. The eyes of the person become red in color which can be corrected using post processing software.
- Retouching: Another common activity done with digital images is retouching. This removes minor imperfections, marks, and blemishes from a photo.
- Crop: Suppose you want to remove certain parts of the image, you can do so by cropping the image.
- Straighten Images: Sometimes the images will have objects in an angle if the camera was not held straight while taking the photograph. You can correct the angle and make the object look straight using the post processing software.
- Apply an effect: Many photo editing tools have effects that can be put on an image. Some common effects are black and white, sepia, and other effects that change the colors of the image.
- Revert to original: Many photo editing tools have an option to revert back to the original image. If you make an edit to your photo that you want to discard, you can select this option and remove all the edits you made.
Share your images
Once you are satisfied with the edits you have made to your images, you may want to share your images with family or friends. You can share images through email, through social media, or by printing them out. For detailed instructions on sharing images, search YouTube for tutorials. For example, search “How to share images on Facebook” on YouTube.
Review your work
- Connect your device with digital images to the computer.
- Import images from the device on which you have captured them.
- Edit your image until you are satisfied.
- Share your images with family and friends.
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