Scheme of works for using a scanner, digital camera and Photoshop Course spring 2004


Lesson 5


Digital Camera section


Digital Camera

The "golden rule", the thirds and quarters rule in the division of composition

The importance of lighting - Look for light

Landscapes and detail. Use your highest resolution when taking pictures of landscapes - This is dependent upon the likely output of your picture, if it's for a small picture on a web page it doesn't matter as much as if you want to print it.


An exercise in depth of field in relation to portrait photography. Using the lock down technique take a picture of someone in the class, make sure the focus is on their face, and if possible open up the aperture as wide as possible, then take some shots.

An explanation of "depth of field"

See the following links for further reading

1 Depth of field simplified or this one

2 Medium Depth of field explanation

3 Technical



An example of depth of field in action

Composition 2 (divisions of an area - The golden mean rule, left to right rule, the directions subjects look in.) further reading link 1

The direction in which a subject looks influences how the composition works, in this example the figure on the right "bounces" the onlookers gaze back to the figure on the left, who in turn focuses our attention on her eyes and face.


Photoshop section

Photoshop Section


Selection techniques

To do anything (change, delete, filter etc... ) either a part or all of an image one must firstly select the area

Selection menu and basic techniques

Selection techniques using the selection section of the toolbox.

Stroking, Filling, making shapes basics and stroking

Inverse selection, deselecting, selecting all

Deleting selections

Multiple selections - which includees - Adding to and cutting out selections using the Shift and ALT keys.

The lasso, polygon lasso and the magnetic lasso

The magic wand

The crop function



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