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Welcome to the photography unit in our class. This will be your first opportunity to use your iPad to create a product for class. In our photography unit, we will be completing 3 projects:


  • The Time Lapse Photography Project
  • The Stop Action Video Project
  • The Music Video Project


There's a lot to be done before we start working on projects. We need to see how to use the software that we have installed and we also need to come to an understanding about copyright. Just because an image, song, or video in on the internet doesn't mean it's automatically available for download and your use in a project. I mean, you wouldn't want someone else using your work without your permission, would you?


Let's get started.


Using iMovie on the iPad

In order to view these tutorials, you must first download the Flash Player.


Files We Need

Presentation Organization Storyboard - This is a storyboard layout of your video. Use it to plan the camera shots as well as the part in the soundtrack that you want these shots to appear. 

Digital Storytelling Rubric - This is the rubric that we will use for each of your three projects. Be sure you download a copy and go over it carefully. Don't be surprised at any area that you will be graded in. Know the expectations beforehand and you shouldn't have a problem. If you do, contact me and we'll talk about it. Don't assume anything!



Are Images You Find on the Internet Copyrighted?

Most likely. When you do a search with Google Images, most of the pictures are probably copyrighted to somebody. But here is where it gets interesting: Google Images can leagally show the thumbnails because they are considered fair use. However, lifting those thumbnails--or larger images from which they link--to use on a website or blog is likely to be a copyright infringement.


So what can you do?


Use Creative Commons to download your images.


What is Creative Commons?


Creative Commons is available for images, music, and video. Click the link above to start your search for a Creative Commons product you can use in your project.


Find Creative Common Images with Image Search

Let's say you're a blogger. You've just returned from a trip to New York City, and you're writing a post on New York landmarks. You want to illustrate your travel guide with an image — as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. It's easy to find images of New York online. But you want to make sure that you don't use images without the permission of their owners, and you can't afford licensing fees for professional photographers.

Today, we're launching a feature on Image Search to help you find images that you can use for free, while respecting the wishes of artists and creators. This feature allows you to restrict your Image Search results to images that have been tagged with licenses like Creative Commons, making it easier to discover images from across the web that you can share, use and even modify. Your search will also include works that have been tagged with other licenses, like GNU Free Documentation license, or are in the public domain.

"New York's Liberty Island - Statue of Liberty and Seagull", David Paul Ohmer, Flickr

This feature also helps artists who want their images to be discovered and reused across the web — on their own terms. Creative Commons licenses allow artists to specify the ways others may use their work. Artists can license their images for general reuse, or for noncommercial reuse only. They can also decide whether or not to grant people the right to modify or remix their images. Once they've chosen to make their work available online under these terms, Google Images helps people start to find and use it.

Shiroi Hane, PicasaWeb

To enable this feature, go to our advanced image search page. Under the "Usage rights" section, you can select the type of license you'd like to search for, such as those marked for reuse or even for commercial reuse with modification. Your results will be restricted to images marked with CC or other licenses. Once you confirm the license of the image and make sure that your use will comply with the terms of the license (such as proper attribution to the image's owner), you can reuse the image. Some of you may already see these options, and we'll be rolling this feature out to everyone throughout the day.

There's some fine print, of course. This feature identifies images that are tagged with licenses that authorize reuse. You'll still have to verify that the licensing information is accurate. We can help you take the first step towards finding these images, but we can't guarantee that the content we linked to is actually in the public domain, or available under the license.

We believe that we've made it easier for people to find images they can use while helping artists who've made their images available under these licenses to gain exposure for their work. So try it out, and let us know what you think.

Posted by Lance Huang and George Ruban, Software Engineers

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