Advances in Digital Camera Features

There has been many developments in technology over the past few years that have contributed to the advancement of digital cameras, resulting in new features being introduced.  Although, you might have thought that digital cameras already possessed a variety of useful features, tools and didn’t need any additional functions, some of the latest options are useful and explored within this article.  Over time, aspects such as picture quality, memory, speed and battery life have naturally increased, as you would expect due to advances in technology.

The following lists some of the latest developments and features that have been built into digital cameras:

  • Social Networking integration – Social Media upload function (such as the ability to upload pictures to a photo sharing site like Flickr or a video to YouTube, depending on the manufacturer / model, other social media services are supported)
  • High Definition / HD quality (both for picture and video content)
  • 3D photos (leading on from HD, another new feature is 3D technology, useful for recording panoramas, people and objects)
  • Touch screen (greater emphasis on integrating and using touch screen technology instead of buttons to reduce size of camera and remove the need to add certain buttons and dials)
  • Face detection improvements (ability to register, tag and save faces of friends and family)
  • Blog cameras (some manufacturers have introduced cameras in a pocket size format specifically with bloggers in mind for recording video blogs)
  • Panorama sweep mode (instead of previously taking several seperate shots, the camera now has the ability to take one single sweep and automatically stitch the pictures together)
  • Front LCD panel (useful for taking self-portrait shots and on some camera models, ability to display a smiley face to ensure children smile)
  • Built-in GPS (to record location details and automatically geotag photos)
  • Better quality and advanced camera functions incorporated into camera phones and smartphones

There are other features that have recently been added to digital cameras and in the future, there will be more new functions introduced and current features enhanced.  However, the list above represents what I feel to be the most significant and useful developments in recent times in digital camera technologies.

The latest features explored above have been incorporated into my existing course – Using a Digital Camera and Digital Imaging.  This course introduces learners to digital cameras and digital imaging.  For more information, please visit:


Keep in Touch

The following lists the various ways you can keep in touch and is a guide to the different content available:

  • Website: online home and presence of primary content as well as links to all other areas
  • Twitter: personal and professional updates
  • LinkedIn: online CV and professional profile
  • YouTube: work related video clips
  • Flickr: personal, work related and professional pictures
  • Blog: personal and professional articles, covering a variety of topics such as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and work activities

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YouTube Channel Launched

I have recently launched my YouTube Channel, which features a selection of uploaded videos / clips featuring me to showcase my work activities.  The clips which are currently available on the channel include extracts from videos shown at past conferences to highlight the development, success and the sustainability of the successful workplace learning centre I previously managed and developed.  They also illustrate some benefits of workplace learning, e-learning courses and partnership working.

Eventually, more clips will be uploaded.  To view the YouTube Channel go to

View the embedded clips below:

Union Learning Services Conference Video Clip

Workplace E-Learning Congress TV Video Clip

Introduction – David Massey’s / Blog

Before I start formally publishing blog posts on a variety of topics, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a short description of what to expect from this blog and future posts.

Firstly, this is a personal blog and will focus on topics and articles related to my work or of personal interest.  It’s a place for my professional and personal ideas, opinions and short articles focusing on Post-16 education and learning, training, IT, technology as well as other areas.  There will be a variety of content – text, pictures and links.  For example, you can expect a variety of blog posts associated with such areas as:

  • IT / ICT, Computing and Technology
  • Learning, Skills, Teaching, Training and Education
  • E-Learning
  • Internet and Web
  • Social Media / Networking
  • As well as other various topics

I launched and started a blog as I already had a website, which has been online for many years.  The blog provides a natural addition to the site in the format of blog posts and enables me to publish a variety of articles.  I intend to publish blog posts as often as possible, however as always the frequency of posts depends on the amount of time available.

Well, I hope this post explains what to expect from my blog and future posts.  To find out more about David Massey or, please look at this blog or go to

Finally, I hope you enjoy my blog.


Learning Services Conference – E-Learning Workshop

During our Learning Services Conference, I delivered a workshop on e-learning with a colleague.  The workshop was repeated three times during the conference on each day of the three days it was held between 19th February and 21st February, to ensure all delegates were able to attend and participate within the session.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide information and a demonstration of the new e-learning Skills for Life project, e-learning opportunities available, how the system works, activity to get delegates thinking of possible barriers to Skills for Life via e-learning, feedback problems and presented some typical barriers, discussed the timeline, training requirements and new developments in relation to the project.  Over 120 delegates attended the event, which was the 6th Learning Services Conference held in Cardiff, Wales.

Preparing to deliver workshop as delegates arrive