How can you get the most out of a digital camera?


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How to get the most out of a digital camera

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In this activity, you will see how to make the most of your photos by downloading, editing, printing and sharing them with family and friends.

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A great day out

Phil and his son Sean have just had a great day out. Phil has taken lots of photos and he wants to send some to Sean's grandmother, who lives in Spain. First, he will need to transfer them to his computer.

If Phil wants to do anything other than look at the pictures on his camera's small screen, he will need to copy them to his computer.

Phil and Sean enjoy some outdoor fun time at the local park
A digital camera is connected to a laptop computer with a cable

Transferring photos to a computer

There are a few different ways to transfer images from a digital camera to a computer, but one of the most popular ways is to use a USB cable. These cables are usually supplied with the camera.

Creating space on a memory card

After Phil has copied his pictures to a computer, he can delete them from his camera if he wants to, to make sure that there is plenty of space to take more pictures on his next day out.

A close up image of the delete button on a camera

Transferring photos

Phil wants to transfer his photos from his camera to his computer. Let’s see how he can do this.

On the next slide is a practice activity that includes some steps to try yourself. Select the Continue button below to begin and then follow the instructions on the right-hand side of the screen.

Transferring photos

Transferring photos

This is an interactive activity that allows learners to find out how to transfer photographs from a digital camera. This activity has no sound track and is made up of a number of images and text instructions with opportunities for the user to enter text or click on links as part of the exercise.

This is to encourage confidence using the internet by practising a simple exercise in a simulated environment.

If a mistake is made during this exercise, there will be a prompt to ask you to try it again. If another mistake is made, the video will show you how to complete that section of the exercise.

A digital camera sits on a desk, connected to a laptop via a cable

Making memories

Once Phil has copied his photos to his computer, there are all sorts of things he can do.

He can view the images on his computer, get them printed or share them with his friends and family using email or a social networking site like Facebook.

Editing photos

Most computers have a basic photo editing application installed. You can use these to cut bits off (known as cropping), improve the colour, brightness and contrast and even remove problems like red eye from pictures.

A tablet is used to edit the colours of an image that has been transferred from a digital camera
A close up of a Google Photos editing menu being used to edit a photo

If your computer doesn't have any photo editing software, you can use free applications like Google Photos or set up a free account with photo sites like Canva online, which offer basic editing features. You can access Google Photos if you have a Google account and you can also open an account with Canva using your Google account, Facebook account or email address.

Editing photos

Phil thinks most of his pictures are great, but there a couple where he'd like to cut out some of the background to focus on the important bits.

On the next slide, you can watch a video to see some simple steps that Phil takes to edit his photos. Click the Continue button to see the video.

How to get the most out of your digital camera: Editing photos

This video is approximately 1 minute 5 seconds in duration. It demonstrates the steps Phil takes to edit his digital photos.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side we see Phil scrolling through his photo album on his computer. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "First, he finds the photo he wants to edit, and opens it in the photo editing application."

The left-hand panel we see Phil click on a photo of him with his son enjoying a day in the garden. The photo opens on a new page with a number of menu options at the top of the page.

Voiceover: "Then, he selects Edit mode from the options in the top menu. Then, he selects the Crop option from the list of editing"

The left-hand panel shows Phil dragging the crop markers to reduce the width and height of his photo, without losing the important part of the photo.

Voiceover: "He drags the markers at the edge of the photo to focus on the bit of the image he wants to keep. Sometimes it takes a few goes at getting the exact crop."

The left-hand panel shows Phil dragging in the edges and repositioning the photo so that he and his boy fill the photo.

Voiceover: "Phil then selects the Done button to confirm the changes he's made. Looking good, Phil! Finally, he selects the Save icon (which looks like a floppy disk) from the menu bar to save his photo with his changes."

The left-hand panel shows Phil completing his edits and saving his photo.

Video ends.

Sharing photos

Now he's got all his photos on his computer and is happy with how they look, Phil decides to share them with his friends and family.

He sends a copy of his favourites to Sean's grandmother in Spain.

Sean's grandmother looks through photos and memories that Phil has sent her
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He also uploads a few to his Facebook page, so his close friends can see them too. Finally, he decides that he'd like some copies to frame and put on his wall.

He uses an online photo printing service to get some printed copies sent to him. Phil uses a website called Photobox, but there are many others you can use, such as Big W Photos, Kmart or Harvey Norman Photos.

A pile of printed photos


You've completed the How can you get the most out of a digital camera? activity.

You've learnt how to transfer your photos to a computer, how to edit your photos to get them just how you want them, how to share them with your friends and family and that you can get your photos printed.

Up next, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the Using a digital camera course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.

A digital camera is used to capture important moments in life, like a graduation