First Photos

Previously you had a bit of practice taking photos, but I didn’t give you many guidelines and didn’t ask to see the photos that you took. Today that changes. You will be asked to come up with 3 “good” photos and hand them in, explaining what you like about them.

If your camera is set to take photos in the RAW format, you will have more ability to edit and correct, but you will have to export or convert them before you can use those photos in another program.

If you set your camera to take photos as .jpg files, they are easier to work with, but harder to edit.

You can use the MENU button on your camera to change modes if you wish.

TWO THINGS to consider that will help you take GOOD photos:

  1. Photography is all about LIGHT. The name literally means LIGHT DRAWING. Pay attention to the type of light and where it’s coming from. Sunlight is the brightest, best light available. Your eye can adjust to lower light levels better than your camera can. Just because it looks bright enough in an area to your eye, that does not mean your camera can get enough light. Look for places that are very bright. Then look for where the light is coming from and make sure it is directed onto your…
  2. SUBJECT is important. What are you taking a photo of? Is it clear and obvious? If there are distracting and annoying elements that draw attention away from the actual subject, that is a problem that you want to consider. The easiest way to cut out annoying or distracting elements would be to zoom in or move closer/to a different viewpoint.


Probably the easiest way to import your photos and edit them is in Lightroom. There are actually two programs, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. It’s confusing. They each have advantages.

Lightroom might be the easiest to start with:

To see the important bar on the left side of the screen, press the letter p on your keyboard to access Photos or open this little icon at the top left:

To get your photos from your card into the programme, you need to Import them. You can do that with the Add Photos button at the top:

Then find the card:

or the File menu

Once you find your card, you should see all of the photos on there. They may not all be yours, so you may wish to deselect some of them. You can always delete some later if you wish.

Once you import your photos, you may wish to EDIT them. You can press the letter E on your keyboard or find this icon:

There’s a button that corrects photos automatically that usually does a great job:

Feel free to mess around with any of those settings though! The cool thing about a RAW file is that you aren’t actually changing it, so you can always go back to the original image. No matter what changes you make, they’re always reversible on a RAW file, even if you close the program!

Once you are happy with a photo, you need to Export it to another format to make it usable in more programs:

.jpg is the most common image type, so will work in the most places/programs


When you have THREE GOOD PHOTOS, I want you to hand them in WITH A REFLECTION!

Answer the following questions:

1) What is your subject/what are you taking a photo of?

2) What kind of light was present and which direction was it coming from?

3) What do you like about your photo? What stands out to you?

Put that together in a document or PowerPoint or some such thing and hand it into your OneDrive hand-in folder!

Tell Mr. Robson what's on your mind!