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How To Take Photos with Sony Digital Camera & Insert onto Web Page

(by Helen Rallis)

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  1. To take a photo:
  2. To view your photo
  3. To erase a photo from the camera
  4. To manipulate the images using the computer
  5. To modify images for use on web page
  6. To insert your image on your web page
  7. To upload your new page and the images on it

To take a photo:

  1. Insert PC floppy disk into the slot at the side of the camera (newer cameras have a switch to the left of the LCD screen that says, "open." Slide this switch and it opens a little door to the slot in which you should insert the disk). Insert the disk by sliding it into the slot with the disc label facing you. DO NOT FORCE THE DISK IN. If you have the disk upside down it won't slide in. If you have it correct, it will slide in easily.
  2. Close the disk "door" on the new camera (old ones don't have a door -- skip this step).
  3. Make sure the PLAY/CAMERA switch is set to CAMERA (so you can take a picture. When you want to look at the picture you have taken, you should set this to PICTURE).
  4. Turn the camera on: The power switch is to the right of the LCD screen on the back of the camera.
  5. Take off the lens cap.
  6. Hold the camera in front of you. Looking at the LCD screen, move the camera around until it frames the object that you wish to photograph. You may need to use the zoom lever (top right next to the LCD screen) to get closer or further away from the object. "W" makes the view wider (wide-angle), "T" brings the image closer (telephoto).
  7. Make sure the image is in focus.
  8. To take the photo, press the shutter button (on front of camera). Make sure you are holding still when you do this. The camera will make a clicking sound, a red light will flash, and the word "recording" will appear on the LCD screen. This means it is recording the image. When it's done recording the word will disappear and you can take another picture.

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To view your photo:

Slide the PLAY/CAMERA button to the PLAY position. The words "file access" will appear on the LCD screen for a few seconds, and then last image you just took will appear in the LCD screen.

  1. To view the other picture(s) you took, use the control button (the round circle next to the PLAY/CAMERA button) to make your selection. On the LCD screen you will see 4 square buttons. The top two have arrows on them (one pointing to the left, one to the right) and the bottom two have the words "menu" and "index" on them. To scroll back through the pictures you have taken, you need to select the left arrow button. You do this by pressing the top of the control button to move the cursor to the left arrow button. You'll know when you have selected the left button because it will turn yellow (while the other buttons will be blue). Try moving from one button to the other to get the feel of this.
  2. When you have the cursor over the arrow, press the center of the control button. The camera will click and the word "file access" will show on the screen, along with the number of the picture (1/2 means 1 of 2 pictures; 2/2 means 2 of 2 pictures etc).

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To erase a photo from the camera:

If you decide you don't want to keep a photo you have taken, you can erase it from the camera. You do this by:

  1. Move the cursor to the "menu" button.
  2. Click the control button to select the menu.
  3. Scroll up through the words that appear on the LCD screen and select "delete" from this list (scroll by pressing on the top of the control button; select by pressing the center of the control button).
  4. A box will pop up on the LCD screen and ask you "delete?" You should choose "OK" or "cancel." If you are sure you want to delete the image, go ahead and select "OK." The camera will click again, say "file access," and then the preceding image that you took will appear on the screen (the one you took will have been erased from your floppy disk inside the camera).

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To manipulate the images using the computer:

  1. Remove the floppy disk from the camera -- open the disk door and push in on the eject button near the bottom of the slot where the disk is. This pops the disk out.
  2. Insert the disk into the floppy drive of your computer (PC or Mac will work).
  3. Launch Photoshop (or any other similar application, such as PhotoDeluxe).
  4. Use Photoshop to manipulate the image to a size and format that you want. Crop off any unwanted portions of the photo.

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To modify images for use on web page:

  1. Create a folder on your hard disk and call it images.
  2. First save the image in its original form (so you have this to come back to if you want to use the original for other purposes). Give it a name that you will recognize later (e.g. UMDComputerLab). Make sure you save it into the PHOTOS folder.
  3. Change the size of the image so that it is no larger than 50k (but around 20 k is better). You do this as follows:
    b. Change the print size so that it is between 1 - 3 inches wide (the length will adjust automatically) .
    c. Change the picture resolution to 72 pixels/inch (this will greatly reduce the image size but will not compromise image quality for the purposes of viewing over the Internet. If you are going to use the image on a Power Point slide, set the resolution at 150).
    NOTE: This 20 - 50k size is not essential -- you can make it larger or smaller. However, if you are going to put this picture on your web page, you should keep it small otherwise the page will take a long time to load (for people looking at the page, especially if they are doing so via modem access from off campus). Make it large enough to see clearly, but not so large that it takes up a large part of your screen.
  4. Save the resized image as a JPG or GIF and give it a name that is one word followed by .JPG or .GIF (e.g. lab.jpg).This time, have this into the Images folder within your web site folder.
    NOTE:If you are using a program (such as Adobe Photoshop) that has an option "Save for Web" choose this as it will guide you in choosing an image size that will load quickly.

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To insert your image on your web page:

  1. If you have not already done so, create a folder for your web page and for the images you will include on your web page. It is very important that these all be in the same folder, otherwise when you load your page the images will not appear (all you will see will be a question mark where the image should be).
  2. Copy the images into your Web folder.
  3. Open your web page.
  4. Click on the place where you would like to place your image.
  5. Click on the "Insert Object" button from the tool bar. A box will pop up asking you where the image is. Locate the image (by finding it in your WEB folder). Then click on the "Insert" button. The image will be inserted onto your page.

To upload your new page and the images on it:

  1. Use Fetch (or FTP on the PC) as before (in lesson 1). This time load not only the web page (which you probably have called index. html), but also the images that you have place onto the page.

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