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Date: Wed Nov 01 2000 - 02:39:50 PST

In a message dated 10/31/00 8:06:56 AM, writes:

<< I know printing b/w photos thru photoshop on photo type printing papre
good, but are there any DIGITAL cameras that let you control depth of field,
etc? Or are the students just shooting with digital cameras and not even
taking exposure into consideration? What is the challenge in that? How
would a digital class measure up to a traditional class? >>

I have a Panasonic digital camera that allows me to control the aperture and
shutter speed. If you want to spend more money you can have it all. Not all
digital cameras are like the little point and shoot variety, which can be
found in the traditional format also. And my students will tell you that they
have to be just as careful of lighting problems with the digital as with the
traditional camera. As for the software. There is a LOT more to PhotoShop
than just printing the pictures. Many things that take hours in the
traditional darkroom take very little time digitally. If you teach and
require good composition then the students shoot good pictures with a digital
camera also. Students who don't work to the standards are not going to do so
no matter what the equipment. As for the digital class measuring up to the
tradtional class, that would be up to the teacher. Personally, I don't
separate them. They have digital and traditional assignments at the same time.