July 20, 2021, 11:02 pm
Depending on the projects you are delivering, whether offline or online, what sort of cameras do you plan to use with your participants? What sort of advantages or disadvantages might your choice of cameras have?
The point and shoot cameras seem like the best option. Our project may be delivered via a mixed approach, depending on the availability of internet amongst participants. Should they not have internet, it will be entirely offline. The advantages are that everyone will be able to give us quality photos and the camera is simple enough to understand. The disadvantage is that the project has a relatively small budget, and, depending on how many participants we have, the cameras might be take up a sizable cost (as opposed to having people use smart phones or disposables).
July 20, 2021, 11:05 pm
Are you planning to leave the cameras with the participants?
This may not be determined until after introducing participants to the cameras and noting their interest and level of enthusiasm. It may also depend on whom we include, for example, if we include high level stakeholders, it is unlike they will be given the cameras, whereas community members might be allowed to keep them. Additionally, given the limited resources of the project, if we need the cameras for use elsewhere, we may have to take them back.
July 21, 2021, 4:55 am
We are pla ning to leave people with cameras. I think point and shoot seems best. I think they will be easiest to use. We are planning an exhibition so it would be good to think about the minimum requirements for the photos to look good both printed a d projected.
July 21, 2021, 4:57 am
I think the Point and Shoot is an excellent idea to use with community members. However some groups may be made up mainly of younger people so in such a situation then maybe the smart Phone camera can be used.
Most young people in Dominica own a smart phone so in a way this would reduce the budget for purchase of new phones. But all phones need data so budgetary allowance would have to be made for purchasing data for the smart phones
July 21, 2021, 7:27 am
1. I think the point and shoot cameras because 1. our budget is low and this is more affordable 2. it offers all participants an opportunity to capture high-quality pictures and 3. it is much easier to use. However, sample numbers can still affect us because we may be unable to provide for all.
July 21, 2021, 7:29 am
We will decide whether or not to leave participants with the cameras for several reasons. I believe one of my biggest concerns if we do leave the devices with them is, “Are they going to properly care it and not damage it?”
July 21, 2021, 7:56 am
We will leave cameras with participants. We might need to talk to people who work with them and provide care that they can continue to support the participant to take photos after the project has finished. We are not making a big deal of saying that people can keep cameras at the beginning – we don’t want this to be an ‘inducement’ that gets in the way of informed consent. Point and shoot cameras look appropriate, but are the controls a bit fiddly?
July 21, 2021, 11:25 am
The point and shoot camera is the best option for our project as they seem the most accessible and I like that it provides a level playing field for participants from the outset. I wonder how easy they are to use to focus (before taking the photo) and if you can recommend any that are easier for people that have problems with motor control. We will have to think about how to provide clear instructions to our participants on how to use these and perhaps allow more time than usual to practice. We couldn’t rely on our participants to have smartphones so this is the best option. We will leave the cameras with our participants. I think that’s an important point you make about not taking away a communication tool after introducing it. I would love to see whether people continue to use it as such after our project ends.
July 21, 2021, 12:02 pm
Majority of the Dominican populace own a smart cell phone. Allowing them to make use of their phone would reduce budget cost for training and purchasing of equipment.
July 23, 2021, 12:06 pm
The smartphone would be the best camera that will be used
Everyone has a phone with a camera capability
Everyone may have a different quality of phone and as a result, may affect the quality of photos taken.
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