Digital Photos : Now What???
Sarah Sutter sutterview [at] gmail [dot] com or twitter @edueyeview or

Computer based Tools for Storage & Organization :
iPhoto - Organizes by date shot into events, which can be merged or split, labeled, etc.
Picasa - No matter where you store your image files, Picasa will find them and make them accessible without moving the files. Download and install (free, it's one of the Google tools)
Your own personal folder system . . . . (works great when paired with Picasa)

Online (cloud) tools for storage, sharing, embedding, etc.
Picasa - Quick one button upload from the Picasa desktop interface; upload by album, or more than one album (1GB storage)
Flickr - Quick one button upload from iPhoto if you set it up. Free flickr account has limited bandwidth use per month, so upload small files. Pro account is $25 per year for unlimited uploads
Smugmug - Great album interface - Basic is $40/yr, Power is $60 for unlimited storage

Online tools/businesses for printing
Smugmug - great prints - excellent color quality if you let them do the color adjustment (also has other photo products)
Photoworks - good inexpensive prints, even at large sizes; lots of photo products (books, mugs, cards, t-shirts, etc)
Snapfish - works well, easy to share albums via email - prints to walgreens or can be shipped
Shutterfly - (Prints to Target or can be shipped)
**Blurb** Excellent site for creating a range of sizes/styles of photo books

So, I have pictures, now what can I do with them??
  1. Embed slide shows in google sites from Picasa - Example of Student Work in Drawing and in Ceramics
  2. Embed gallery from Flickr in wikis, blogs, or other sites - Example of Flickr on a Google Site in Photo 1
  3. Create a Cool Iris Wall for a website that allows html widgets and embed it. - Example on WHS Website
  4. Create a Voicethread for students to then self reflect or comment on peer work - Example in Ceramics, in Photo
  5. Embed pictures in blogs, wikis, websites, for students to use, share, or comment on - List of Student Blogs ; Class Blog
  6. Upload powerpoints of pictures to Slideshare for another type of slideshow to embed. You can also create narrated slideshows in Slideshare and then have viewers replay with the audio (or not).
  7. Upload and create an Animoto - Example of an Animoto
  8. Post to Twitter via Twitpic - example of my twitpic page
  9. Email to Posterous for easy blogging Puts it in a blog/website at
  10. Create slideshow in iPhoto and export to .mov, then upload to Vimeo or other video sharing site - then embed at will WHS Website video example of slideshow with audio

*If you don't have the Cool Iris Firefox plugin you may want to get it . . . very cool interface for scanning pictures quickly

Basic Editing strategy:
Go from large to small changes

  • Treat your original files like negatives - keep it safe, don't handle it, and don't open and resave. JPG is a lossy file type - every time you open, tweak and re-save, it re-compresses and you lose image detail (and see something called jpg artifacts in the image). Instead, duplicate the file and work from that.
  • Have a system for storage and management. Pictures are no good if you can't find them, or if you lose them permanently. Back up to optical (CD, DVD), to an external drive, AND online somewhere (offsite storage). Use tags if they are available to you.

1. Rotate, straighten, flip (as necessary)
2. Crop : constrain proportions to fit neatly on 4x6, 5x7 or square as needed for purpose
3. Resize : after cropping, resize down for web, up for output (20% at a time up)
4. Exposure and Contrast, use the histogram to place highlights, shadows and midtones. IF levels or curves are available you can use those

5. Color balance : Red/Cyan Green/Magenta Blue/Yellow (RGB ; CMY)
6. Sharpen – do this as little as possible – it really just creates edges keep the radius small; the strength can be increased quite a bit *Zoom in to see effect (or preview)
7. Red-eye (person) or green-eye (pet)
8. Retouching (blemish, teeth, eyes, wrinkles, etc)
9. Editing out objects (clone stamp) or color changes in an area (ie: sky)
10. Effects : Sepia, black and white, neon, newsprint . . .overall effects
11. Distorting areas with liquefy or warp or bulge or pinch – whatever’s available
12. Add other things like “stickers” or text or a frame
13. Animated Gif options
14. Saving : file type : jpg, png, bmp, tif, gif, etc for lossy/non-lossy , size and accessibility depending on use of the image (screen or print)
15. Size : resize for email or web use 640x480 (pixels) is plenty big enough to send via email for someone to print out at a 4x6 size.

Computer based:
iPhoto Mac - great for quick edits, actually has some basic controls
Acorn (MLTI) - great equivalent to Photoshop Elements
Gimp (any platform) - Open source alternative to Photoshop
Photoshop Elements - (inexpensive alternative to the full Adobe Photoshop, for Mac or Windows)

Online Photo Editing sites

(Most will upload from computer or url from facebook, myspace, flickr, picasa, webshots, photobucket, smugmug)
Pixlr: Free - jump in - layers, magic wand, clone stamp - looks a lot like photoshop elements
Picnik : free (has pro level for fee) photo editing online; works with pics in photobucket, flickr, picasa, myspace, facebook, etc
FotoFlexer: free Effects, text with several fonts, shapes, doodling, distortion, retouching, layers, recolor, curves. Does need newest version of flash player to work.
Lunapic : free (also has animation features)
Splashup: free (has online storage of images too) online image editing, free, with layers, effects and filters. Works with picasa, flickr, and facebook images as well as uploads from desktop.
flauntR : free (has printing feature; pay for prints)
Phixr: Free - can sign up for account if you want one but don't have to (tagline: Grow beyond Picnics)
Pixenate: Free (save to disk or upload to flickr) Has layers : Free No login, just upload and go. Won't let you select areas; each change applies to whole image. Crop, rotate, sharpen/blur, colorize, texturize, bright/contrast, saturation.
Photoshop Express : free (have to sign up) photo editing; free; store up to 2Gb of pictures on the site (backup);
Snipshot: Free (has pro level for fee) Save as GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG or TIF
  • Basic editing tools like crop, rotate, resize
  • Basic image adjustments like contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness and hue
  • Edit big pictures—up to 10 MB, or 25 megapixels (5000x5000 pixels)
  • Pro version for $9 per month - will edit RAW files