Going Digital (learning and shooting)

by Daniel H. Steinberg

What are the skills that every young person should have before they go off to college? CJ Rayhill and Jon Udell talk a bit about how schools are changing. Mikkel Aaland talks about shooting RAW and has some surprising stories about Ansel Adams. (DTF 07-24-2006: 27 minutes 15 seconds)

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Distributing the Future July 24, 2006: "Going Digital (learning and shooting)."

0:54 Changing the way we teach

InfoWorld's Jon Udell interviewed O'Reilly CIO CJ Rayhill about Safari U and about how the way we teach and learn is changing. Udell says that now that professors can podcast their lectures we should be able to use the actual class time more effectively. Rayhill advises that we make sure our children can type, search effectively, and understand finance before heading off to college. The entire conversation is posted as one of Udell's Friday podcasts. He has given permission for us to edit it down for this program. (14:00)

14:54 Shooting Raw

Photographer and author Mikkel Aaland is very big on shooting digital images in the RAW format. He explains that it gives you a lot of flexibility downstream. He explains more in his book Photoshop CS 2 RAW. One of his biggest influences for leaving film for digital photography was Ansel Adams. You think of Ansel Adams and his beautiful black and white filmed images of national treasures, but as it turns out he was very interested in what technology could provide. (11:40)

Total running time: 27:15

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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