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Research Guides@Tufts

Photography Kit

Transferring Photos

1. Remove the SD from the bottom of the device by clicking open the battery cover and pushing in on the SD card.  

2. Connect the included card reader to a computer and insert the SD card.  A drive will mount. 

3. Copy/paste ALL folders onto your personal device. 

Once returned, the DDS Staff will erase all media on the card and you will not be able to retrieve any forgotten files.

Media Management Tips

Media management encompasses the organization of media assets from research and writing through sharing and archiving.  Below are some best practices for keeping track of files as you work on your project.



We recommend creating a shared Box folder to store all your digital assets.  You can share this folder with any collaborators you are working with.


USB External Drive

Depending on the size of your files, working with cloud storage can be cumbersome.  You can also purchase a small USB external drive to save photos and project files between computers without having to worry about the speed of your internet when working.




Staying organized is essential as you collect and create various assets for your project.  Organizing and naming all your files will help make collaborating smoother.  Above is an example of how you can stay organized during this process.



Always backup your media and project files in at least two locations!  It’s important to always back-up your media and project files in case your computer crashes or hard drive malfunction. All machines in the DDS are wiped weekly.

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Raster Graphics-Based (Photoshop-esque)
Pixlr (Browser-based) 
A free, lightweight, image editing tool that runs in internet browses like Chrome and FireFox. Includes a tool set similar to that of Photoshop.
GIMP (OSX, Windows, Linux)
An open-source raster graphics editor with a feature set that rivals Adobe Photoshop. Guides and Tutorials are available on the GIMP Tutorials page.
Photopea (Browser-based)
Online Photo Editor lets you edit photos, apply effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures.
Adobe Express (Browser-based)
A free, lightweight, image editing tool that runs in internet browses like Chrome and FireFox.   Requires login.
Adobe Photoshop (OSX, Windows)
Subscription based image editor used for those looking for more control over their image.
Adobe Lightroom (OSX, Windows, browser-based version also available)
Subscription based image editing and organization tool.

Getting started with Lightroom

Lightroom logo                  1. Launch Lightroom
Create and name an album to organize your photos, e.g. Boston Waterfront or Family Reunion.  Lightroom automatically organizes your photos by date.  This is a way for you to organize your photos thematic.  An image can be in more than 1 album.
Select the Album.  Import Photos by clicking the "Add Photos" button.  Select the images you'd like to work with and click "Review for Import."
Review images and select images you want to bring into Light Room and press "Add # photo."


Editing images

Double click the image you wish to edit.  This will expand your image to full size.  You can also use the buttons at the bottom of the interface to adjust the size of your images.
Image of Edit button               Click the "Edit" button on the top right of the interface. This will hide the organizational window on the left.
Click the "Auto" button in the Edit section to try the adjustment Lightroom automatically makes based on your image.  Lightroom will adjust both Light and Color values in your image.  If you don't like these adjustments you can reset them by click the "Auto" button again.
If starting from scratch, start with adjustments to the Light section as contrast and brightness can impact how intense a color appears. Make adjustments to expand the shadows and highlights of your image.  Be careful not to adjust the highlights or blacks too high or too low so as to loose detail.
To make adjustments to the overall color of the image, use the sliders in the Color section.  Select the "Auto" dropdown to try the adjustment Lightroom makes based on your image.  If you don't like these adjustments you can reset them by selecting "As Shot" from the dropdown menu.  Note: If you are working with RAW images you will have more options to choose from.
You can also use the color picker tool to select an area in the image that is either neutral white, grey or black.  Lightroom will then make automatic adjustments based on your selection. 
The "Saturation" slider will add intensity and vibrancy to your colors. 
  To reset either the Light or Color sections hold opt (Mac) + click on the section and press RESET.
You can compare your edited image with the original by selecting the "Show Original" button on the bottom right.




To share your photo, click the Share button on the top right of the interface.  Select the format you would like to save in and choose the location where the file will save.

JPEG - these files are easy to share, look good but are compressed

Original - this will save the photo as the original file type along with the settings you adjusted.