3/20/2009

Working with Images: Taking Pictures

Although there are many sources of pictures, the most obvious one is your own digital camera. Use it. I always have a camera with me. It is only sometimes used for artistic expression or even family shots. I use a camera to capture far more information in a second than I could write in fifteen minutes.
construction scene
I use pictures to remember jobsite conditions, to capture a memorable detail, to record progress of a project, to snag an idea. My camera is my memory tool. My pictures are an extension of taking field notes.

My picture collection is my communication toolbox. If I want to communicate a difficult point about something I have observed, I have my picture to refresh my memory and to share with others.

Sometimes my artistic side pops out and I grab a camera to capture a particularly interesting or beautiful image. Later, these become screen savers and backgrounds to liven up my computing experience.
winter scene
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Digital photos are cheap! No film, no developing, no piles of curling, yellowing photos. You can crop, stretch, extract, annotate and otherwise enhance them. They are a perfect medium for inexpensively collecting large volumes of visual information so that when you need them, you will have many from which to choose.

Summary: Take a LOT of pictures. Then take more.

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