Exercise 2.2

Working with Photos (Part 1)


On Wednesday, you journeyed out to photograph the DVC campus. Today, we will begin to develop a workflow for post processing and organizing your captured images. You will have a choice to work with either Google’s Picasa (free), www.pixlr.com (free) or with Adobe Photoshop Express (also free) to complete this lab exercise.

 Part 1:

  • If you are working on your own Windows computer, download Picasa from http://picasa.google.com/, set up an account http://www.photoshop.com/express/, or browse to http://www.pixlr.com/express/ You can choose whichever photographic workflow tool you wish.
  • If you are working on your own Apple computer, I recommend using iPhoto (Free) or Aperture (Not Free). You can, however use any of the other software/websites discussed above.
  • If you are going to work on the lab computers, follow Digital Life Tutorial 0.4 to set up Portable Picasa 3 on your flash drive, set up an account http://www.photoshop.com/express/, or browse to http://www.pixlr.com. Note: If you plan to use pixlr.com, you can use the express version, which gives simplified options, the advanced version which is similar to Photoshop. Again, you can choose whichever photographic workflow tool you wish.
  • After you have Picasa up and running, make sure you change the default location for imported pictures (especially if you are running off a flash drive) by navigating to Tools>Options. Under the “General” tab, you will find the “Save Imported Pictures In” field where you can click the browse button and navigate to a folder on your flash drive.
  • Import your photos to your Picasa gallery or upload your photos to Photoshop Express/Pixlr.com from your flash drive. Note: I recommend copying all your photos to your flash drive prior to editing. Do not edit photos still on the memory card in your camera.
  • Begin editing your images using the techniques we discussed in lecture today. Pay careful attention to the composition techniques discussed in lecture last week, you may need to crop your images to improve them.
  • After you have touched up your photos, you will need to export them to a new folder and/or upload them directly to a web album.

Part 2:

  • Please select the best image from each of the following categories in Exercise 2.1: campus buildings, people, detail/texture, unexpected angle, macro photography, and weekend shots. You will post them to the course website making sure to categorize your post with “Digital Tools For Architects I,” “Exercises,” and “Exercise 2.2”. There are two options for creating a gallery of images on the website. You will need to select one.
  • Using Picasa Web Albums:
    • Upload your selected images to your Picasa web album. To do this, navigate to Tools>Upload>Upload to Web Albums with your images selected. Follow the on screen prompts. You will need to sign in using your gmail address. Make sure to create a specific album with just your photos and make the photos viewable to the public.
    • Next, click on the album and copy the url of you album. Note: The link must be a non-secure link! It should look like http://picasaweb.google.com/270Photos/DVCCampusPhotos
    • Now, create a new post on our course website and create a link to the web album. (I will demonstrate this in class). Note: The title of your album should be the text of your link (make the link by clicking the chain icon on the Post page).
    • That’s it, now publish and you’re done!
  • Using the course website to build a gallery:
    • Log in to the course website and navigate to the ‘Dashboard’ page.
    • Locate and click on the “Gallery” link at the bottom of the page.
    • Select “Add Gallery / Images”
    • In the “Add new Gallery” tab, type your username (first letter of your first name followed by your last name) and click the “Add Gallery” button.
    • Now, click on the “Upload Images” tab. From here, click browse to find the images you would like to upload and select your user name in the “choose gallery” drop down menu and click “Upload Images.” This process may take some time.
    • Now, create a new post and select the “NextGEN Gallery” button (the last one on the top row of icons). Select your gallery in the drop down “select gallery” field. Next, select the “Image List” or “Image Browser” radio button and click Insert.
    • Now, publish your post, but don’t forget to add relevant categories & a title!

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