kdmc photography tutorials

KDMC produces a wealth of digital media tutorials to support our training sessions and classes. While the focus of some tutorials is on technology and journalism, most are general enough to be of use to anyone.

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  • Photography Cameras and Photoshop
    • Storytelling Apps and Tools
       
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      There are many free applications and online tools journalists can use to make different types of stories, from interactives and graphics to data visualiztions and maps. These are links to many of the most useful and popular ones and tutorials on how to use them.

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    • Multimedia Storytelling: learn the secrets from experts at Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014 Multimedia in Storytelling
       
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      Not all stories make good multimedia stories. The best multimedia stories are multi-dimensional. They include action for video, a process that can be illustrated with a graphic (e.g., "how tornadoes form" or "how this new surgery works"), someone who can give some pithy quotes for video or audio, and/or strong emotions for still photos and audio. Most multimedia stories require that the reporter go into the field to report the story face-to-face with sources, rather than doing a story entirely by telephone.

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    • Canon Rebel T3i Camera A tutorial on the Canon T3i camera.
       
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      A tutorial on the Canon Rebel T3i digital SLR camera. This camera can be used both as a still photo camera as well as a video camera.

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    • iPhoto Improve your workflow with iPhoto
       
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      Hands-on tutorial will give you tools to improve the quality photos and manage your collection as it grows. 

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    • Soundslides Interactive multimedia made easy
       
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      Soundslides has become one of the industry standards in creating audio slideshows due to its simple interface, low cost and its devotion to journalistic storytelling.

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    • Photo Cameras A buying guide to photo cameras
       
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      There are three basic camera types: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, advanced point-and-shoot cameras, and point-and-shoot cameras. Each camera type comes with various prices points and advantages. This tutorial includes a buying guide and some information about the different camera types and which is best for your newsroom.

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    • Canon Rebel XT Series Camera Learn to operate a Rebel
       
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      The Canon Rebel family of cameras is the first level of SLRs the company makes. They generally run between $600 to $1,000 depending on the kit options and accessories. The camera caters to a wide audience by including automatic options for beginners as well as highly customizable settings for more professional photographers.

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    • Digital Still Cameras Take pictures like a professional
       
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      There are two basic kinds of digital cameras: Digital SLR (single lens reflex) and non-SLR. Digital SLRs are generally more expensive and more accurate than non-SLR cameras, and include more professional features.

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    • Photoshop The standard for working with digital images
       
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      Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images of any kind. This tutorial will take you through the entry-level steps of using the program to open, crop, resize, adjust and save a photographic image. While applicable to earlier versions, this tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop version CS3.

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    • WordPress: Photo Galleries WordPress photo galleries that work
       
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      Learn how the WordPress Media Library and galleries work, how to set up and use the NextGen plugin to improve photo management and create slideshows and galleries that can be rated or contributed to by users.

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Multimedia Storytelling: learn the secrets from experts at Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014

Not all stories make good multimedia stories. The best multimedia stories are multi-dimensional. They include action for video, a process that can be illustrated with a graphic (e.g., "how tornadoes form" or "how this new surgery works"), someone who can give some pithy quotes for video or audio, and/or strong emotions for still photos and audio. Most multimedia stories require that the reporter go into the field to report the story face-to-face with sources, rather than doing a story entirely by telephone.

Soundslides

Soundslides has become one of the industry standards in creating audio slideshows due to its simple interface, low cost and its devotion to journalistic storytelling.

Photo Cameras

There are three basic camera types: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, advanced point-and-shoot cameras, and point-and-shoot cameras. Each camera type comes with various prices points and advantages. This tutorial includes a buying guide and some information about the different camera types and which is best for your newsroom.

iPhoto

Hands-on tutorial will give you tools to improve the quality photos and manage your collection as it grows. 

Canon Rebel T3i Camera

A tutorial on the Canon Rebel T3i digital SLR camera. This camera can be used both as a still photo camera as well as a video camera.

Storytelling Apps and Tools

There are many free applications and online tools journalists can use to make different types of stories, from interactives and graphics to data visualiztions and maps. These are links to many of the most useful and popular ones and tutorials on how to use them.

Canon Rebel XT Series Camera

The Canon Rebel family of cameras is the first level of SLRs the company makes. They generally run between $600 to $1,000 depending on the kit options and accessories. The camera caters to a wide audience by including automatic options for beginners as well as highly customizable settings for more professional photographers.

Digital Still Cameras

There are two basic kinds of digital cameras: Digital SLR (single lens reflex) and non-SLR. Digital SLRs are generally more expensive and more accurate than non-SLR cameras, and include more professional features.

Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images of any kind. This tutorial will take you through the entry-level steps of using the program to open, crop, resize, adjust and save a photographic image. While applicable to earlier versions, this tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop version CS3.

WordPress: Photo Galleries

Learn how the WordPress Media Library and galleries work, how to set up and use the NextGen plugin to improve photo management and create slideshows and galleries that can be rated or contributed to by users.

Photography Links and Resources

Additional reading, related software, training and more.