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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment

Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment | technologies | Scoop.it
Webbased image quality assessment using testing for color reproduction accuracy and spatial accuracy
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DeltaE is a FREE open source web-based tool which'll help users assess image quality based on test- and calibration-targets present in their images..
DeltaE is a totally free, web based service that enables the user to...
   - create an account,
   - upload calibration files, and
...after uploading an image, targets will be automatically identified and analyzed.
The colour- and spatial accuracy will be reported upon, along with guideline conformity (FADGI, Metamorfoze or Metamorfoze light). Images containing ColorChecker or ColorChecker SG targets will also allow for custom ICC profile generation.
You may want to take a look at http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/colour-calibration-using-open-source-DeltaE for a more detailed overview 

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CameraSim: - Apps for Photography Instructors and Students

CameraSim: - Apps for Photography Instructors and Students | technologies | Scoop.it
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Learning exposure settings on DSLR is not easy, but CameraSim enables learners to experiment with exposure settings and get a better idea of how camera exposure works.
CameraSim is, for many, a useful tool for learning about...
   - ISO,
   - aperture and
   - shutter speed settings, and
...shooting under various lighting conditions.

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Virtual Lighting Studio

Virtual Lighting Studio | technologies | Scoop.it
interactive portrait studio lighting application
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The Virtual Lighting Studio...
   - is ideal for learners as a learning tool for photography, painting, cinema or CG scene lighting.
   - lets users experiment with multiple lights and see their combined effect when dealing with portraits.
Users have the option to choose between...
   - simple bare strobes,
   - ring lights or
   - soft boxes
...to model the mood of their portraits and find out what lighting equipment they need.
NOTE: Google Chrome is recommended for this site.

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Wron Ga's curator insight, January 18, 2:06 PM

Kolejne genialne aplikacje idace w slad photoshopa które wykorzystuja niezwykle narzedzia do upiekszania prac

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Unsplash

Unsplash | technologies | Scoop.it
Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe
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Unsplash is a free photo archive that prides itself on offering “do-whatever-you-want, hi-res images.”
According to their licensing information, the images on the site are not copyrighted, which means practitioners and/or learners have free rein over how they use them.
Unsplash’s subscription service provides 10 new images delivered straight to a subscribers' inbox every 10 days.
NOTE: It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for on Unsplash.
Users can view images by month of submission, but there is no way to browse by topic or any other category.

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Chromecast Background Images

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Chromecast Background Images
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Chromecast Backgrounds – if any of you use Chromecast, you'll already know that it provides countless amazing high-definition backgrounds for the TV screen.
Well Chromecast Backgrounds provides you with 680 high quality images that you can download and use.

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Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo

Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo | technologies | Scoop.it
Follow these photo tips from Shutterfly and learn how to take the perfect picture on a DSLR, Point and Shoot or Smartphone.
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners may already encourage their learners to collaborate on the development of a picture Library that they can use whenever they need images for slideshow and video assignments.
Shutterfly's interactive guide to taking the perfect photo could be just the resource to use with learners before sending them off to take pictures to use in assignments.
Just...
   - select the type of camera used (DSLR or smartphone or point-and-shoot);
   - select a photo type, there are twelve to choose from.
Users then receive a set of tips on taking the perfect photo.

Some of the photo types include...
   - selfie,

   - portrait,

   - candid, and

   - action.

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Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians - The British Library

Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians - The British Library | technologies | Scoop.it
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The kind of material, found on this website, was once the preserve of the academics and historians who were able to access manuscripts.
It is gradually becoming available online to learners and their practitioners across the UK.
The British Library's new website, Discovering Literature, is a digital gateway to more than 1,000 of our greatest literary treasures, from the manuscript of Jane Eyre to the notebook of William Blake, alongside newspapers, maps, photographs and other supporting materials which bring their lives – and works – to life.

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Background Burner - Instantly Remove Backgrounds from Images and Photos - Bonanza

Background Burner - Instantly Remove Backgrounds from Images and Photos - Bonanza | technologies | Scoop.it
Free online background remover to remove the background from any image or photo. The fastest way to remove backgrounds online.
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As I've stated before, removing backgrounds is not as hard as it looks.
There are several relatively simple ways to remove the background from an image, the one I've used most is Clipping Magic, a Web app that makes removing backgrounds easy even for younger learners.
But can it be even easier?
Well that’s exactly what Background Burner claims.
The big plus for Background Burner is it's completely free where as Clipping Magic costs if users want to download their work.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, May 6, 2014 8:58 AM

Tis looks great, and free to boot!

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Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives

Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives | technologies | Scoop.it
Exposure enables photographers to easily tell vibrant stories with their photos. Assemble a more complete narrative than you could with a feed or lonely photo on a permalink page.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is for photographers who want a more meaningful and effortless way to publish their work — in the context of a narrative, instead of a feed or single photo on a permalink page.
Exposure helps users tell a great story, while putting their photography front and centre.
Just Drag-and-drop to create photo sets laid out in creative grids that look good on all devices.

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Wellcome Images

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Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world's leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography.
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The Wellcome Library recently made more than 100,000...
drawings,
photographs,
paintings, and
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,,,available to the world under Creative Commons licensing. The images available through the Wellcome Images library are primarily of a historic nature.
Learners and practitioners can browse the galleries or search for images by keyword.
A good place to find images to spark learner questions about a wide variety of topics in cultural and scientific history.

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Lapse It • Home • Time Lapse for Mobile

Lapse It • Home • Time Lapse for Mobile | technologies | Scoop.it
Time-Lapse is a photograph technique that gives an accelerated view of slowly changing events.
John Dalziel's insight:

This was flagged up by my son Ben, Time Lapse is a photograph technique that gives an accelerated view of slowly changing events
Events such as movement of clouds, the rising and setting of the sun, a field trip with your peers, even individual activities or anything else that you can imagine. You will see them in a new way and otherwise undetectable patterns will emerge.

For those with an iPhone, I feel it's a must try app.

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ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species

ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species | technologies | Scoop.it

ARKive - the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources.

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ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen
With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, they are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.
The resources are freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations.
ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for...
- conservation,
- education and
- public awareness.

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100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers | Graphic Design Classes

100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers | Graphic Design Classes | technologies | Scoop.it
search 100+ graphic design courses from accredited schools.
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If you or your learners are interested in improving design skills and knowledge, this list of 100 useful tools is for you.
Graphic designers, web developers and DIY people who want to learn something about design will also find the list useful as it covers all aspects of...

- typology,

- graphic design,

- font design,

- colours and

- photos,

...all nicely organized into categories.

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Thematic - Create your own scrolling visual stories!

Thematic - Create your own scrolling visual stories! | technologies | Scoop.it
Visit www.thematic.co to create your own free scrolling album to share with your friends.
John Dalziel's insight:

Thematic is designed for building and sharing visual stories, allowing users to display up to twenty pictures organized around a theme of their choosing.
After importing pictures users can add one line of text to each image in their story and rearrange the sequence in which their images appear on their screen.
The resulting story is displayed in a vertically scrolling format with each of the images occupying all of the available space within the browser.
Completed stories can be shared publicly or kept private.
Each public story can be shared via Twitter, Facebook, email, or embedding into a webpage.
I recommend importing high resolution images as smaller images will become pixelated when enlarged to Thematic's full size. After importing your pictures you can add text and rearrange the sequence in which your images appear on your screen.

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Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover

Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Once you’ve taken a selfie, do you feel it would be nice to...
   - get rid of the pimples,
   - remove the second chin, and the third eye… and
   - change the the hair colour. If you have any!
Yes to any of the above and this is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone.
Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words not mine).

If you have an Android, rather than an iPhone view at...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en ;

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New Old Stock

New Old Stock | technologies | Scoop.it
Vintage photos from the public archives Free of known copyright restrictions.
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New Old Stock provides “vintage photos from the public archives” and promises that no known copyright restrictions exist on them.
Visitors can find photographs from times past at New Old Stock.
Note: A pain but, visitors can’t browse images by theme, topic or any other categories.
If however, you’re looking for some incredible vintage photography, this is one must visit place.

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Photogrammar

Photogrammar | technologies | Scoop.it
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An archive of 170,000 Photographs, Documenting the "Great Depression", has been launched by Yale.
The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers, during the Great Depression, to travel across America to document the poverty that gripped the nation, hoping to build support for New Deal programs being championed by F.D.R.’s administration.
Now Yale University has launched Photogrammar, a sophisticated web-based platform for...
   -  organizing,
   -  searching (by photographer), and
   -  visualizing
...these 170,000 historic photographs.
Photogrammar also offers a handy interactive map that lets users gather geographical information about 90,000 of the photographs in the collection.

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Voxer - Push-to-Talk App for Organisational Communication

Voxer - Push-to-Talk App for Organisational Communication | technologies | Scoop.it
Voxer is a walkie talkie like system with live voice, text, and photos. Get started by signing up and downloading our app for iOS, Android, or Windows phones.
John Dalziel's insight:

Voxer features...
• Live audio and recorded audio, text, photos
• Walkie Talkie-like functionality on a smart device
• iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and computer
• Data network interoperability for any carrier or WiFi
• Military-grade security and encryption
• Syncs seamlessly across all user devices
–think of it like voice text messaging, with sent receipts, offline use, image support, groups, and more.
Voxer could be one technology learning providers, and/or their stakeholders, have been looking for, to...
   - enhance current practice and
   - make their business more effective
How? Well they
1. Never miss a message, since everything is saved
2. Don’t have to repeat themselves
3. Don’t have nonstop interruptions
4. Have voice, text, and photo messages in one place
5. Talk seamlessly across mobile and desktop devices
6. Use push-to-talk on the best smartphones or tablets
7. Don’t have to be locked in with a wireless carrier
A potentially "must have technology" for Assessors, Verifiers, Managers, Administrators, Quality Control, the list goes on...

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Cluster: Potential private spaces for practitioners and their learners to collaborate.

Cluster makes it possible to create private group spaces where you share photos and memories with the people you care about. Create a space with family, a group of friends, coworkers, people from your home town, or anyone else!
John Dalziel's insight:

For education...

Cluster – makes it possible to create private group spaces where...
   - learners can share photos with practitioners and/or other learners; or
   - practitioners can share photographs with learners.
Only invited members of the space can see what is posted and relevant notifications are sent so that users know when people you invite post new things to the created space.
Ideal for sharing images from...
   - field trips,
   - events, etc.,
or for...
   - portfolios,
   - collaborative work,
...and so much more.

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picjumbo — totally free photos for your commercial & personal works

picjumbo — totally free photos for your commercial & personal works | technologies | Scoop.it
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Here learners and/or practitioners will find exceptionally high-quality photos for their personal and commercial use. The pictures have been shot by the site owner himself and all he requests for in return is proper attribution.

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Barbara Saunders's curator insight, May 13, 2014 12:08 PM

Photo resource

Communicationship's curator insight, October 15, 2014 11:39 AM

awesome plugin

 

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Small World | Nikon - Photomicrography Competitions

Small World | Nikon - Photomicrography Competitions | technologies | Scoop.it
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Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.
The page that I feel has most use, for learners and practitioners alike, is the Galleries Page covering images from Actin to Zebrafish.

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World War One: BBC

World War One: BBC | technologies | Scoop.it
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A new, (March 2014) website from the BBC that uses audio, video and photographs to capture what life was like in Britain during the conflict.
230+ stories, with 100+ to be added later this year.

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Stunwall - Photo effects, retro, vintage, beautiful

Stunwall - Photo effects, retro, vintage, beautiful | technologies | Scoop.it
Stunwall is a beautiful way to share your photos. Make your photos look gorgeous and share.
John Dalziel's insight:

It's become fashionable to apply filters to photographs and this is what Stunwall offers.
Users can...
- take a picture with their webcam,
- upload a photo from their computer, or - provide the URL of a photo online.
They can then...
- apply various filters to the photo, and
- share the new photo on social networks, or - download it.

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Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further

Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further | technologies | Scoop.it

The App Store is saturated with camera apps, so why would you need another one? Despite the many, many photo and filter apps out there, Camera Plus still manages to bring a few fresh features to the table.

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Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further.
Camera Plus is different, and some of those differences take the form of genuinely useful features – one of the most notable is the way in which users focus their shots.
Camera Plus also uses a sliding dial labelled Lumy that allows users to alter the exposure value to let in more or less light, allowing them to fine-tune a shot.
And that is just some of the things users can do!

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Photography Apps to Make Content Stand Out - Business 2 Community

Photography Apps to Make Content Stand Out - Business 2 Community | technologies | Scoop.it
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There are times when practitioners and/or learners just need a simple app to give their photographs some pizazz.
This post looks at a number of photography apps that can be used to...
- enhance visual appeal
- focus and filter options to remove background noise and place dramatic focus on the subject.

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