Personal Image Tutorial

Hello, and welcome to this tutorial on the basics of scanning and digital cameras. How many times have you seen an image of 2 HP scannersimage in a supplementary textbook, found an illustration in an educational trade journal, or seen a magazine cover that would succinctly capture the idea your trying to convey to your students? Have you ever wanted wanted to use a digital camera to capture an image of yourself or of your classroom? If your like most teachers, the bells in your head probably go off regularly as you see images which would help to convey your content or crystallize a certain concept. Unfortunately, more times than naught, we fail to incorporate these images into our lessons plans due to the fact that we find these images in less than favorable formats for initial classroom use. More often than naught you've got access to either a scanner or digital camera, but you lack the skills and competencies to digitize that "just right" image.

If you have faced these challenges before, then fear no more my friend, help is now here! For at the conclusion of this tutorial, you will have mastered the basic competency skills required to utilize simple scanning software and a digital camera. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to capture and create effective digital images for use in your classroom, web, PowerPoint or ClarisWorks presentations. We'll learn some basic rules to follow to keep your file sizes small, but at the optimal quality for your output.

By using scanners or digital cameras to insert compelling imagery into your electronic presentations, transparencies, or web pages, you are also capturing that key educational graphic in a digital format and  will be able to use it for years to come. Remember you can scan anything that fits on the scanner screen, even three dimensional objects like flowers, shells or popcorn. Of course you know what a digital camera can capture (it's just like a regular camera).

But before we get into the content, let's first make sure you have some basic skills required before you proceed.

Basic Prerequisite Skills

Before jumping into the basics of digitizing images you need to have access to a digital camera or scanner and a desktop or laptop computer with the necessary cables and appropriate software. We also need to make sure your scanner  and camera is correctly connected to your computer. You'd hate to be in the thick of this tutorial, only to realize your computer is not communicating with your scanner or camera. So, before proceeding, be sure to check your scanner and digital camera installation manuals, software installation guides, and cable connections for proper working order first. As there are many brands of scanners and camera, it is beyond the scope of this tutorial to instruct you in this area. Before proceeding you should know the following information: where your scanner or camera software is located on your computer, where the power switch is for your scanner, and verify that the SCSI, USB or FireWire (1394) cable is connected properly from your computer to your scanner. Should you need help in this area, seek assistance from someone already familiar with scanner installation, or locate the technical representative who's been assigned to oversee the scanner for your school.

Objective of Scanner and Digital Camera Tutorial

OK, now we're ready to begin. As mentioned in the introduction, the purpose of this lesson to utilize scanning software or digital to create a personal digital image. Mastering the objective of this tutorial will  also help you in meeting one of the Virginia Standards of Learning for Teachers:

1.1.7 Use imaging devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and/or video cameras with computer systems and software.

So let's get into the meat of the lesson! Begin the tutorial below, or jump straight to a particular topic.

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