How Do I Resize Photos in Apple’s Photo App?

Great Question:
The only app I have on my computer is the “Photos”.  I don’t have any apps that will allow me to size and save images. Would that app work or are there other apps you would recommend?



You should be able to file size in Photos.  Here are the steps you can follow:
  1. Highlight the photo(s) you want to export
  2. Go to File > Export > Export [#} Photos
  3. In the new window, click the downward facing carrot to the far right of Photo Kind
  4. Then in the expanded window, fill out your selections as below (You won’t be able to choose 72 PPI, but that will be OK.)Apple's Photos File Sizing Window
  5. ​Click the Export button
Let me know if this does not make sense.
Otherwise, you can download, install, and use GIMP (Links to an external site.) for free.
Hope this helps,

BEF Exposure Adjustments

I have a question about the BEF Cheat Sheet you have provided for us in this week’s Module section. When the example exposure says “BEF + 3 stops” does that mean we should increase/decrease the stops for BOTH the shutter speed and f-stop, or just one of the two?

Great question, thanks for asking.

When BEF tells you something needs to be adjusted with a + (plus), this means add more light. You can do this by opening your aperture (f/11 to f/8 to f/5.6 is getting brighter one stop at a time.) You can also add light to your exposure by slowing down your shutter speed (1/500 to /1250 to 1/125th of a second is getting slower one stop at a time.) OR you could open your aperture and slow down your shutter. When you do this, you have to be sure to count the TOTAL stops for both. \

So… f/22 to f/16 increases your exposure (brightens the image) by one stop. If you also went from 1/1000 of a second to 1/500th of a second, this too would brighten your shot by 1 stop. The TOTAL you exposure/image would be brighter would be two stops.

Lightroom Export and Exposure Data


Hello I was emailing you to discuss our first assignment. I had a little trouble with it and would like some help if possible. After taking my photo I uploaded it to Lightroom and then exported it. When I exported it I went to change the dimensions of the photo. The 72 PPI was easy to set but the 1920 pixels was a little tricky. I saved it with the length and width each set at 1920 pixels yet it said something completely different when looking at it through my saved folder. I then went and clicked on long edge and entered 1920 pixels at 72 PPI and exported it and that is what I turned in but I guess it did not save that way. How would I do it? I have to admit I totally spaced on adding in the exposure information on the photo. But where would I find the aperture, shutter speed and ISO setting for the image? Just so I know where to find it for next time. Thank you -Rachael Waters


As you have submitted your work in on time, you have the option of making corrections and resubmitting. I don’t want to punish anyone for learning. I would rather that you know how to get it right. 🙂

Sometimes it is easier to show what needs to be done than tell.  Here are a few visuals to help with how to accomplish what you want.

Saving an image in Lightroom
exporting images in Lightroom steps

Using the Library Module to find the exposure information


Using the Library Module to find the exposure information

Hope this is helpful,

Which Mode Do I Set My Camera On for the First Assignment?


I had a question about the 1st assignment. You have provided us with a table to set our cameras for the correct exposure in direct sunlight.

Exposure settings for direct sunlight
ISO Shutter Speed Aperture Setting
100 1/125 f/16
200 1/250 f/16

Does this mean that when we take a picture in TV, AV, or P mode, we have to alter the aperture, IOS, and shutter speeds, or do we just take the picture and record those values that the camera automatically sets for us?

And if we do not simply record the values (for aperture, shutter speed, and IOS the camera automatically sets for us in the automatic modes)…and I wanted to take pictures around 4-7 in the afternoon, would I have to calculate the correct aperture, IOS, and shutter speed to use and alter them on my camera? I read that in dark or shady circumstances, you would need to increase the values by 4-5 stops. Would I have to do that f I am shooting in mid-afternoon/ shady locations?



Great questions.  Thanks for asking.

The exposure settings are meant to have your camera on Manual (M) mode.  This means you control the light coming into your camera with your shutter speed (how long the exposure is) and aperture settings (how big the hole is inside the lens during the exposure.)

When you shoot in Tv mode, you are controlling how long the shutter is open.  The camera will set everything else based on how much light is available

When you shoot in Av mode, you choose how wide  you want your aperture to be and the camera will set everything else.

P mode is program mode.  With Program mode, you can change the ISO and it will stay at that setting.  It will then adjust the aperture and shutter speed for you.  If you want to change one of these two two, you can and it will work to recalculate the exposure with the other.  For example: if you are using Program mode while taking pictures at an indoor birthday party you can set a high ISO so you don’t need to use the flash, and your camera will choose a combination of aperture and shutter speed to get a properly-exposed photo. You can then rotate the command dial (on some cameras it might be pressing a button) to change these values if you decide you want a wider aperture or slower shutter. Essentially your camera says “Here’s what I think will be good,” and then you take over and say “Thanks bro, I’ll take it from here” as you shift the values of your shutter and aperture using the dial on your camera.

Now, for the first assignment,  the selfie one,  you are welcome to shoot in any of the camera modes listed above.  If you want full control of your exposure though, the camera will need to be in Manual mode.  If you are shooting late afternoon or in the shade, you will need to either slow down your shutter and/or open your aperture and/or increase the ISO to compensate for the lack of light.  Choose one and play around with it.  (I encourage experimentation.)  Then choose another an experiment with it too.  🙂

Hope this helps,


Will I Get Noise in My Photos if I Crop?


If I have a 35mm lens with a 1.8-16 aperture and the camera has 42 megapixels, can I crop the picture in post to make it look like the 300 mm picture in the set below without “noise” so it’s in a high quality?

Thanks again,




Noise is similar to static in a digital image.  It is where a pixel does not render the color correctly.  The grass is green, but the pixel will show it as gray or red or yellow…  Noise often shows when the camera’s ISO is set high to very high depending on the camera, the exposure is long (depending on the camera, think 30-seconds and longer), or the sensor is hot.  It’s best not let your camera sit in a hot car/trunk and then take it out to shoot.
When you crop in from a 35mm shot to create one that has the same narrow viewing angle as a 300mm lens, what is happening is that you are actually ‘stretching” the pixels so the final photo will show as blurry the more you crop into it.
To make the math easy, let’s say you started out with a 30mm lens and cropped into the image to be 300mm.  This is ten times bigger.  If your sensor is a full 35mm sensor size, this means you have 6000 pixels across and 4000 down.  Using the example photos you provided, let’s say the barn is 300 pixels across.  This means those 300 pixels need to be displayed across 3000 pixels.  Finer details are not picked up.  As much detail as you have at 300 pixels will show up 3000, no more.
If an image is cropped too much, it starts to fall apart and looks more like Minecraft.  We call this pixelization.  Also keep in mind that if you image does have noise, the noise gets ten times bigger too.
Of course the best way to tell how far you are comfortable with cropping into a photograph is to try it.  With enough practice you will quickly learn what looks good on a standard laptop to a  Retina display to HD to print on glossy and matte paper.  Naturally, images that are tack-sharp and exposed well have a better chance of displaying well.  Also, keep in mind that you can manually “zoom” in most cases with your feet.  😉
Hope this is helpful,

Finding Due Dates in Canvas Quickly

An easy way to find out what is due when, is to go into Assignments in the left-hand navigation tool.
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Once you are in the assignment area, you can create a find (Cmd+f or Ctrl+f) in the web browser you are in.  Then type in ‘Due ” plus the first three letters for the month and one or two digit numbers for the day you want to know which assignments are due.
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Remember, Canvas separates the discussion board post and exams from the assignments.  If you scroll down, you will see all topic listed quickly.

How do I know which image is my original when I make a virtual copy?

If I make a virtual copy, how do I know which is the original and which one is the virtual copy?

This is a great question. Of the stack, the first one is always your original. The ones after that will say they are copies in the file name just above the filmstrip. Here is a video to help show you what I am talking about.

Video Not Showing in Canvas

Great Question:
I have tried to open the “Creating a Catalog and Importing Photos from a Folder” link but nothing is showing up and it seems like it is supposed to be a movie.

I have attached a screenshot. I am also using Chrome.
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Thank you for letting me know about this and the screenshot.  It was very helpful. It is also good to learn where Canvas may be giving us trouble so that we can work around it.

I did log in to see if I had any challenges, and I did not.  I was using Chrome too.  So, let’s see what we can do about getting you moving forward.  The first thing I would like you to do is to click the page-out arrow at the top of your screen.  Does this open the movie for you?
If not, please try a different browser next.