This short course over ten 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 Paint.net.

Learners might be interested in downloading Paint.net from here - its free to use.

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
Initial Assessment
Do this questionnaire
Introduction to course
A digital photography beginner? Try this BBC guide

   
Session 2

Bring in your camera week! Bring in your images too.
Taking pictures topic: Portraits. Channel 5 site page here
Common image faults - can you spot them?
Sample images used on the course

The Paint.net Workspace
Opening an image and rotating an image

   
Session 3

Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Wedding and celebrations. Channel 5 site page here
About digital cameras and Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
Resizing Images - probably the most important picture editing you'll do
Using 'Canvas Size' to resize and crop an image for printing
Using the clone tool
to remove unwanted picture detail

   
Session 4

Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Landscape. Channel 5 site page here
A short primer on digital image file types
How to fix Redeye How to correct Perspective
How to make a Sepia toned image
Using a Layer Blend Mode - for an instant picture fix.
Taking pictures - some hints and tips - have a look at digicamhelp

   
Session 5

Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Sports and action shots. Channel 5 site page here
Another quick fix using a layer blend mode - Screen
For serious retouchers - learn the art of Selections in Paint.net. Then practice!
Want to learn more about Paint.net? Try the about.com tutorial pages

Session 6 Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Animals and pets. Channel 5 site page here
White Balance - what is it? How can you use it? Read the full article here
Practice your selection technique with this task
A simple montage technique - if you want to put several images together
Want more Paint.net tutorials? Head to YouTube and type in Paint.net!
Session 7 Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Travel/Holiday photos. Channel 5 site page here. Martin Parr's site
Aperture priority or shutter priority - which does what and when to use each. Full article here
Blurring and Sharpening - Get creative with blurring.
Session 8 Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Creative Photography now - The Genius of Photography Episode 6
Blurring and Sharpening - Get creative with sharpening.
Session 9 Practical Session
Taking pictures topic: Creative Photography now - The Genius of Photography Episode 5
Macro photogaphy - a quick guide - the full article is here. Some great shots here too.
Paint.net - The spooky raven - an exercise using layers and adjustments.
Session 10 Practice Makes Perfect. Now you have some techniques under your belt, use them and practice them. Try these simple effects tasks to get you going:
Adjusting picture hue selectively
Fake Lomo effect - from About.com
Antique image effect - from About.com
Fake Snow effect - from About.com
How to whiten teeth- from About.com
Use the web - 10 great links for your digital imaging.
   
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