This short course over five two hour sessions, is designed to show you useful information and techniques for enhancing your digital images, which you have taken with your digital camera. The course consists of useful information about digital images and working with them generally as well as easy to follow tasks using Gimphoto.

Learners might be interested in downloading Gimphoto from here - its free to use. Gimphoto is a version of the well known free opensource imaging application 'The Gimp', redsigned to make it look and feel similar to Photoshop, but be aware, that this software does have a few bugs and may crash on occasion. Persevere with it though and you will be rewarded with some fine images. Please note: if you want to run Gimphoto in Windows Vista, you will have to run it in Windows XP compatibility mode. Ask the tutor how to do this.

Below is a brief outline of the course, session by session. Click on the links below to be taken to the information pages or tasks. Please feel free to request topics or tasks that you are interested in if they are not listed.

Session 1

Enrolment and Logins - follow the tutor's instructions
Do this short quiz
Introduction to course
Sample images used on the course
The Gimphoto Workspace
Opening an image, rotating an image and saving an image

Session 2

Bring in your camera week! Bring in your images too.
About digital cameras
Resizing Images - probably the most important picture editing you'll do
Making evidence prints
Task: Image Sizes. Pete will provide you with four image files. Your task is find out what their original size(s) are - pixel grid and print size. Then resize each of them to @ 4" x 3" at 150 pixels per inch and then put them on an evidence sheet, captioning the images with the information you have found.
Task: Common image faults - Pete will show you six images - can you spot their 'faults'?

Session 3

Practical Session
Using the Clone Tool
Using layers and layer modes to enhance an overexposed image.
Try this layer mode to enhance an underexposed image

Session 4

Practical Session
Try these instant fixes for common image faults:
Perspective correction
Making a Sepia toned image

Taking pictures - some hints and tips - have a look at this site

Session 5

Course Review and Close
Using Canvas size to crop an image to specific dimensions

Did you get all that? Try practising some of the techniques on these images

FAQ's - Can I back up my images onto CD or DVD?

FAQ's - How can I make slide show 'movies' of my pictures for free?

FAQ's - How do I get images off my mobile phone camera?

FAQ's - How do I use an online photo printing service?

Useful links - The ten best links for amateur photographers?

Image Saving and Archiving - are you confident with this? Try the File Management Tutorials - Please note, these tutorials only work in Internet Explorer.

Feedback Form - if your tutor doesn't provide you with a printed copy to fill in please open this form, print it out, fill it in and hand it to your tutor. Thank you.

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