My sisters and I standing in front of our Christmas tree circa 1967. This photo was taken on a Kodak Brownie Reflex camera using 127 mm film and retouched to adjust color and contract fading using Adobe Photoshop.
One of the best parts of Christmas–or vacations, reunions, or maybe life in general–is looking at photos to remember the good times. Thanks to technology, creating those memories is easier than ever. Most cell phones take better pictures than the point and shoot Kodaks of previous eras, but knowing how to use them and how to shoot a visually strong photo makes all the difference. Getting great shots involves both knowing how to use your equipment and knowing how to compose a memorable picture. The articles below offer suggestions that may help.
The basics, especially for shooting with a phone: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips Different brands of phones offer different features, but there are many commonalities so this is a good start. This article explains some basics. Looking up articles or videos about the camera on your specific phone will offer more specific directions.
Photographing Christmas lights: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/photography-tutorials/how-to-take-great-photos-of-holiday-lights Photographing lights can be challenging. This article offers a variety of practical hints for getting the shot you want
Pictures of groups of people: https://expertphotography.com/great-group-photo/ Holiday get-togethers lead to pictures of people gathered together. Candids can be fun, but learning how to take an outstanding group picture makes the memories even better.
This adorable picture of Mrs. Claus reading to my young cousins would be better if I had taken it from a slightly different angle so the Christmas tree was in the background.
Google photos: here are guides for Google photos, which you are probably using if you’re shooting with an Android camera or you have your photos backing up to Google.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Photos https://www.theedublogger.com/google-photos-guide/
Get Started with Google Photos https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220402?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
Apple (iPad/iPhone) photos: A variety of hints and how-tos specifically for Apple users is on the Apple site https://support.apple.com/explore/taking-managing-photos
Mrs. Bartels (standing) watches students coding Dance Parties on the Hour of Code website.
Liberty teachers Beth Bartels and Taylor Halliday fearlessly left their comfort zones to encourage students to explore computer logic during Lima City Schools’ Hour of Code celebration.
Bartels and Halliday run an Explorer group focused on careers at Liberty Arts Magnet. After they attended the Staff Hour of Code event in November, they realized that coding as a career would be an excellent program for their Explorers. The first stage of the meeting involved the students creating and “running” a live-action program using signs and a grid taped on the floor. With the help of LCS Technology Integration coach Jeannine Jordan, the students were introduced to programming loops and if/then statements in a giggle-filled simulation. Following that, the students and the teachers explored the Hour of Code site, trying a variety of programs.
Mrs. Halliday (far right) sampled the Hour of Code site too and compared notes with students about which exercises she found most challenging.
Both teachers use regularly use technology in their classrooms, especially Schoology. For example, paper and pencil reviews have become Schoology assignments in Halliday’s dance class, and Bartels’ drama classes often record performances for sharing and critique.
Mrs. Bartels, Mrs. Halliday and the students had a great afternoon exploring coding via the live-action game and the Hour of Code website. To see the options on the website, go to http://wordpress.limacityschools.org/hourofcode/– and if you are interested in trying the live-action game, contact Jeannine at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.