Showing posts from October, 2013

ACSE Conference Update

We now have all the session titles listed for the conference, with only a few descriptions left to get from the presenters and post online. The important thing though is that the registration page is now up and running.  To register, visit , and to pay, visit . The conference is at the University of Toronto on November 23. If you're a student teacher, and for the lucky few out there that are retired from teaching, the conference fee is just $45. For the rest of us, the conference fee is $90. Please pass this email along to others you know that are teaching Computer Studies or Computer Technology or related subjects at the colleges or universities, or to anyone that might be currently taking their AQ. For those teaching a related AQ, why not make the conference a requirement? If you have any questions, feel free to email me ( ) or Grant Hutchison ( grant.hutch

#ECOO13 Photowalk Camera Brands


#ECOO13 Photowalk Photography Skill Level


#ECOO13 Photowalk Camera Type

Fellow #ECOO13 Photowalkers! If you haven't yet had a chance to join the flickr group we've set up for the photowalk, please do so and check out the discussion areas we've started for you. In particular, have a look at the "Night Photography Resources & Tips" and the area where you can post your test pictures before the walk. Also, if you haven't yet filled in the pre-walk questionnaire, we'd love it if you could. We'd like to get some indication of the range of skills (and equipment) of the photographers who will be accompanying us! >>>  Please complete this questionnaire  <<< If you missed the email that was sent out earlier about the photowalk, you can  view a copy of it here . Note that we will be meeting in  Salon A  of the Marriott Gateway hotel at  8:15 pm .  We are NOT meeting at the conference centre.  Before we depart, we will start with a group picture and then some quick introductio

Night Photography Tip: Work with Raw Files

From Wikipedia : "A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor. Normally, the image is processed by a raw converter in a wide-gamut internal colorspace where precise adjustments can be made before conversion to a "positive" file format such as TIFF or JPEG for storage, printing, or further manipulation, which often encodes the image in a device-dependent colorspace." The bottom line? Raw files contain much more information than JPEGs, which can be used to your advantage when post-processing, as this example demonstrates: Before After By working with the raw image (Nikon NEF converted to DNG , in this case), I was able to cleanly increase the exposure, bring out the details in the "shadow" part of

OCTE Membership Drive

On behalf of OCTE... (see below) ----------------- Welcome to a new school year. We hope you have started the new year with exceptional classes and we wish you a safe and rewarding year.  The Ontario Council for Technology Education invites you to become a member for this 2013-2014 school year and take advantage of the benefits of being a member. Check out our website ( ) for resources to help you make your life easier and utilize the shared projects on the website.   With a new school year and new budgets, now is the time to go after funding for membership and our upcoming Spring Conference (May 8-10, 2014) at the Delta Meadowvale Conference Center in Mississauga. This year's theme is "Transitions through Technology". Soon we will have the Conference program available and for the first time, you will be able to select your preference of workshops you would like to attend.   Should you have any questions regarding membership, please co