Today was the last day of a six week digital photography session of Creative Explorers. My school offers these “mini” courses to students who are willing to stay after school, and I sponsored the digital photography group. We learned many new things in our six weeks. MY favorite was “fun” things to do with your digital photographs. Here are three we discovered and/or worked on:
Having Fun with Pictures:
Visit http://www.bubbleshare.com/; set up a free account; upload selected pictures; add transitions and bubbles with text; add music.
- Windows Moviemaker (WMM)
WMM is a free editing tool found on all Windows XP operating system computers for images and video: Start–Programs– WMM; If not there, Start–Programs–Accessories
Import your pictures, and edit away.
When you are finished, save your file as a movie (.wmv file). NOTE—You will need a DVD Burner to save it as a video you can share using a DVD player. WMV files will not play in a DVD player.
- Windows Photo Story 3
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Free music can be found at http://www.freeplaymusic.com/, though there are some copyright restrictions—read the fine print. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.
Next time, I am going to include “ScrapBlogs” too as something fun to do with your pictures, and share image storage sites like PhotoBucket and Flickr.
Tomorrow I will “burn” to DVDs all the pictures and final projects from my students workstations, and give them ou o be taken home and shared. This group has a blog too, and perhaps you’ll want to check it out. Perhaps I’ll post a sample of their work here when I get them off the computers.