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Jan. 23-2

To help complete your “Urban Food” posting, we’ll use this photo, part of my continuing Florida State Fair series. You need to

  • get a copy (Right-click Save Picture As in IE, Save Image as in Firefox; if photo is a thumbnail itself, use Save Link As in IE or Save Target As in Firefox))
  • open that in Photoshop
  • find out how big the file is in file size and pixel dimensions, and check the resolution (pixels per inch)
  • take a quick look at Auto adjustments for tone, color, contrast
  • optimize the photo in the Save For Web dialog box and make a note of the final file size and pixel dimensions
  • upload the photo to your blog (hopefully, today)
  • see if it will center properly—if not we will look at doing that on the HTML next week (<div align=”center”> ..picture is here… </div>)
  • add a caption to the photo if your theme allows that (you will get a caption under the photo)

When taking your pictures try to keep these tips in mind:

remember the rule of thirds (see third video on this page); keep the main lighting behind you (over one shoulder); vary your shot depth (wide, medium, close, extra close/macro);  move subjects among foreground, middle ground, background; move camera above, below, left, right of the subject; if you have to, crop foreheads, not chins; don’t cut off leading lines; cloudy days are best for outdoor shots. Go back to the photo composition site. More TK.

Finally (!) be sure you have read the Clay Shirky chapter (“Everyone is a media outlet”) and be prepared to discuss it Monday, using the questions posted last week..

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