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Digital Cameras

A digital camera is a camera that captures images that are stored with digital memory, instead of film like other cameras. They use a variable diaphragm to focus light onto an image pickup device, which corrects the amount of light on the image. Photos taken with a digital camera can immediately be seen on a screen, which isn't possible with film cameras. There are multiple key features that impact the quality of photographic images taken with digital cameras, which are the image processing capability, sensor resoultion, and image sharpness. Identify and explain the key features of the digital camera that impact on the quality of the photographic image. Most digital cameras use lithium batteries. Determine the safety requirements for handling and storing lithium batteries.

Photographic Techniques and Visual Design

Shape

Anything that is a closed shape can fall under this, if it's a two-dimensional representation of something recognisable, it's a shape.

Form

Form is an object as it exists in three dimensions, which includes both volume and shape. By capturing a photograph that looks three dimensional, and like the viewer could reach into it, form of the subject has been successfully captured.

Line

Line implies motions and directs the eyes into a photograph, or to an interesting part of it.

Colour

Colour in one's photograph is created through contrast with other colours. It's all focused on our perception of colour, so by creating constrast, such as through a photo on a gloomy snowy day, with a red snow groomer, the red will stand out and be more colourful. This creates colour in the photograph.

Texture

While photos of subjects lack texture, by highlighting it and capturing it right, the viewer can be tricked into feeling like the photo exists in three dimensions.

Space

Space is important in photographs, as it opens it up, and invites the viewer into the photograph. There's also the rule of thirds, which divides up the photograph in three equal rows and columns. By placing the main subject in one of these thirds divisions, it centers the subject matter in a visually pleasing way.

Pattern

Pattern is when something repeats over and over. To effectively use this in photography, one should find the pattern, and either emphasise it, or break it. Emphasise it through focusing solely on the pattern, and removing any other distractions, to keep it centered on the pattern. Break it through having something different in the pattern, like adding in a different colour in a pattern of all the same colours (example: a red apple in a pattern of all green apples), or by changing objects (example: a duckling amongst yellow chicks).