Photography 1 Assignments

ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 25

  1. ALTERNATIVE CAMERA ANGLES
    -Go outside in brighter light and take 4 photographs of the same subject from 4 different camera angles- strait on, from above, from below, and then tilt the camera at any of the other 3 angles. Put your ISO at 400, and meter the scene on Manual to get the correct exposure. Keep your exposure the same on all 4 photos and make sure to keep the same subject in focus for all 4.
    -Put your photos in a folder on your h drive:  DIGITAL PHOTO>ANGLES
    -Edit your photos in Photoshop with IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS and post all 4 of your photos to your blog (large). INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION: MASIL: Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO, and Focal Length of Lens
    -Find one photo online which shows an interesting camera angle. Post it to your blog and  write a 10 sentence critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph- compositionally and technically, and why you chose it.

2. MANDALAS

Create 2 unique mandalas in Photoshop, using the shape tool and Internet imagery. Make a new document 8×8 100 res and create each mandala, thinking about composition and symmetry. Draw a circle with the elliptical marquee tool. Press control and J to make the selection its own layer. Stroke the layer to see the circle. Use the shape tool to put in shapes. Copy a shape by pressing alt with move tool. To combine shapes into one layer, make any layer you do not want combined invisible, and then go to layer>merge visible. To flip a layer, go to Edit>transform>transform either vertical or horizontal. When you save each mandala, save as a .png, not .jpeg. When you post it will only show the circle, not the white document. (If you are not done with your mandala be sure to save it as a .psd while you are still working on it.)

 

3. LENSES READ AND WRITE

Read this article and write three paragraphs explaining what you now know and understand about camera lenses.

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First assignments for 2017-2018 school year:

1. Make a blogsite with edublogs. https://edublogs.org/   Join the class blog, select a template, and design your site layout and design.

2. Read the following link and write 25 complete sentences reviewing what you learned about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera modes. As your first blogpost, copy and paste in your sentences from a word document.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm

3. Play around with the camera simulators and learn how to use the camera controls. Then practice with the camera in the classroom.

http://camerasim.com/apps/camera-simulator/

http://www.canonoutsideofauto.ca/play/

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

1. First Shooting Assignment: TEXTURE

Go outside in brighter light and photograph 5 photos that show texture. Put your ISO at 400, and meter the scene to get the correct exposure.

Put your photos in a folder on your h drive:  DIGITAL PHOTO>TEXTURE ASSIGNMENT

Edit your photos in Photoshop with IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS and post 3 of your photos to your blog. INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION(for each photo): aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera mode

Find one photo online which shows amazing texture. Write a two paragraph critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph and why you chose it. Be sure to use academic language, proper grammar and sentence structure.

2. COMPOSITION

Read about what makes strong composition in a photograph and what catches the viewers eye. Find  12 sample photos online which show good composition. Make a gallery of images in Edublogs. Post your gallery and write 12 complete sentences, (with capitals and periods), one sentence under each photo in the gallery before posting, to explain what element of composition each photo represents.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, MAY 2:

1. MAGAZINE COVER

Create a magazine cover (9×12 @ 300 res)using your own photographic image. Include the name of the magazine and a list of articles, which would be within the magazine. Make it look as authentic as possible.

2. PHOTOMONTAGE: WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS

Make a well blended digital photomontage (12×8 or 8×12 -150 res) to show where you see yourself in 10 years. Under your photomontage write a 3 paragraph reflection explaining the elements you put in your work.

 

3. COMMENTS ON STUDENT WORK

Look at the photos on the blog homepage and make at least 3 comments on the three photos created by your peers. Use complete sentences and have at least two sentences per comment. Include your name at the end of the comment.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY APRIL 25

1. Graduation Cover Design:

Create a design for the cover of the Jurupa Hills 2016 Graduation booklet. The size should be 5.5 x 8.5  300 resolution. Make sure to include the following info: Jurupa Hills High School Graduation, Citizens  Business Bank Arena, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 3:00 pm.

 

2. Advertising Photography

For this assignment you will create a photograph that would be used for advertising purposes. First you will research advertising photography on the Internet to generate ideas. You will write a proposal before you begin to shoot. Answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the client, or company you are representing?
  2. What is the product?
  3. Who is the target audience?
  4. Where would you expect to see this advertisement?
  5. What kind of lighting are you going to use to make this look professional?
  6. What props do you need?

Shoot the product and use of variety of compositions. Think about: lighting, composition, depth of field, product placement. Use Photoshop to tweak and enhance your photograph. Add necessary text and captions. Post your best advertising shot, EDITED, to your blog with the proposal and 3 ads from the Internet which inspire you.. Samples below:

 

Photograph your Favorite Teacher with Writing Reflection

Use bounced external flash off camera and sync cord, to take some nice portraits of your favorite teacher. Edit and post your best portrait and write a 3 paragraph reflection in academic language explaining why you like and admire this teacher. Give details, reasons and examples as to why you chose this teacher. Samples below:

 

4. Letter to Next Year’s Photo Students

Write a three paragraph letter to next year’s photo students. Talk about what you liked and did not like about the class, projects and workload, and any other pieces of advice you give to future Digital Photo students here at Jurupa.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY APRIL 18

1. CANDID MOMENTS WITH CAPTIONS (3-5 Photos with captions for each)

Photograph candid moments here at school, and edit your images in Lightroom and Photoshop. In the caption section of each photo you post write a caption including who, what, where and why.

For a critique look at the work of photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, who captured the “decisive moment”. On your blog post 2-3 of his photographs and write 10 sentences about his work and your opinion of his timing, composition and ability to capture the perfect moment. Student Samples below:

 

2. MULTIPLE EXPOSURE WITH FLASH AND SLOW SHUTTER SPEED

In the dark studio, set your camera to 30 seconds at F 8 or 11 (adjust as necessary to get the perfect exposure)and 200 ISO. Make sure to be on Manual metering and MF for manual focus. Focus before the lights go off. During the long exposure, have your subject move slightly and manually set off the external flash (at M mode, not ETTL) each time they move and you will capture them several times during the long exposure. You should post your best 1-3 images from the multiple exposure shoot.

READ AND WRITE: MULTIPLE EXPOSURES WITH FLASH

Read these online article and write 20 sentences about what you learned.

http://www.photomatters.org/multiple-exposure

http://www.tpub.com/photography1/ph20994.htm

 

3. SPARTY SHOWCASE AND AWARD NIGHT POSTER

Design an 11×14 (300 resolution) poster to advertise our Sparty Showcase and Awards Night on Tuesday, May 9,2017 from 6-8 pm. Include the following information in your poster and also a graphic or image.

Sparty Showcase and Awards Night

Jurupa Hills High School

Palace of Fine Arts

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6-8

See the work of students in our CTE classes:

Digital Photography

Digital Audio Recording

Television and Film

Digital Graphic Design

3D Animation

4. WHAT IS YOUR COLOR

Create a Photoshop Collage 12×9 or 9×12 300 resolution representing your favorite color. Include your self portrait, the color you select and some writing about why this is YOUR color. Post to blog.

 

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 Assignments Due After Break

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS POWERPOINT: (worth 2 assign grades) 

You will start a (pretend) photography business either by yourself or in partnership with one or two of your peer students. Create a Powerpoint Presentation to present to the class and include the items on the list below:

* Business Name

* Your name as sole owner or names of people in the partnership

* The type of photography you specialize in, and the types of jobs you intend to get.

* Samples of work you would like to produce for your clients.

* What type of equipment will you be using and how much will you be  spending on equipment?

* Your (pretend) web site address

* Who are your inspirations?

* Where will you conduct your business? (which state will you live, will you work out of your home or rent office space in which location)

* Branding: Your business card (Make your business card a 3.5 x 2.5 document in Photoshop)

* Marketing: Include a slide about how are you going to advertise and get jobs in your field?

* Market Research: How much money you would like to make in your first year of business, and how much you foresee making in 5 years, and also in 10 years.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, MARCH 10

PORTRAIT WITH MAKE UP

Take a beautiful portrait of someone and apply make up to their face using Photoshop paint and brush tools.  (Make sure the portrait is a head and shoulder shot.) Put makeup on 2 different portraits and post your favorite one to your blog. Read this link and watch the video about painting with brushes & make a blogpost explaining 5 important tips you learned from reading it. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/painting-tools.html

Samples below:

 

SELF PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATION

Take a self-portrait or use an existing one for this project. Make a new document 8×12  300 resolution. Put your self-portrait within the new document. Put a blank layer on top of your photograph, and lock the photo layer. Use the pencil to trace yourself and then use brushes and colors to color in your illustration. Add a background to your illustration layer and post to your blog as a .jpeg, with a list of 10 words to describe yourself.

 

MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY ESSAY

Look at this website:  http://www.masters-of-photography.com/ and find one photographer whose work you admire. Write a 300 word essay about that photographer, his background, style of work, lighting and compositions. Also include what it is that you like about their work and how it inspires you. Include at least two of their photographs in your blog post

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, MARCH 3

1. HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

-Go online and research the meaning of HDR photography. Create a blogpost explaining what the term HDR in photography means and ways to achieve successful results.

–Read this article and then make a blog post about one image that impresses you and why? Include the image in your post.   http://hdrguide.com/best-hdr-photographers

-Photograph 5 different exposures of a landscape (on Manual) for this assignment. One at the perfect exposure, plus one and two stops underexposed and one and two stops overexposed. USE A TRIPOD for this!

-Save images in a folder and open Photoshop>File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro

-Select your five landscape images and press ok. Photoshop will compile your images into one HDR image.

-You will probably need to do more adjustments to make it more vibrant and saturated. You should bring in cool clouds from the Internet to blend into your sky. Post to blog with a list of the 5 exposures you used to create the image. (MASIL) Samples below:

 

2. FILL FLASH OUTSIDE

-Read these links about using FILL FLASH outside to fill in the shadows. Write 10 sentences explaining what fill flash outside is and why you would need to use it to get perfect exposure on the subject and background.

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/20/master-fill-flash-in-4-easy-steps/

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/195/using-a-flash-when-outside/

-Go outside and photograph a subject which is BACKLIT. Set your camera on AV to meter the natural light. Use a small aperture like f11 or 16 and a low ISO like 200 or 400.  Make sure your flash is on ETTL and fill the subject in shadow with fill lighting from the external flash. Post 2-3 photos showing your understanding and good usage of fill flash.

 

3. PAINTING WITH LIGHT

-Go to a dark place to shoot for this assignment. Put the camera securely on a tripod and put your shutter speed at 20 to 30 sec (not 20th of a sec…but 20 full seconds). You must put the camera on self-timer to avoid camera shake. Shoot on manual and try your f-stop at 8 or 11. ISO at 200 ISO.

-Pre focus on Manual focus mode, because the camera will not in autofocus!

-Wave finger lights in front of the frame during the exposure and check out the results!

-You might need to make adjustments in exposure and try again.

Post your image (s) to your blog. Write a 10 sentence critique of your own work and post under your image.

Read this link and make a list of 10 tips you learned about painting with light from reading it.   https://microsites.lomography.com/light-painting/

 

4. READ AND WRITE: FLASH BASICS

Read this online article and on your blog write three paragraphs explaining the main points in the article and at least five things you learned from reading it.

http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/21-tips-better-flash-photography

 

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Assignments Due Tuesday, February 21

 3-5 On location portraits with bounced external flash

Use the Canon digital camera and an external bounced flash to photograph portraits on location. Set your camera on Manual, Auto White Balance, ISO 400, F8 @ 60th of a second shutter speed. Photograph at least 10 portraits and post your top 3-5 edited bounced flash portraits to your blog. As a writing critique answer the following questions on your blog in a separate post. Samples below:

-When would you use external flash?

-What does flash synchronization mean?

-What does ETTL mean?

-What will happen when you shoot faster than the camera sync speed?

-Why do photographers bounce the flash and use a diffuser?

– What is a slave?

-What should you do if your image comes out too dark or too light?

 

Take a Vacation

In this assignment you are going to go on a virtual vacation. Find a location online where you would like to go and digitally put yourself into that location. Make sure to match lighting and color balance to make it look realistic as possible. You must add 3 props into the scene (sunglasses, shopping bags, friends to go with you, etc…) Make your new document for all the elements in the image a 12×8 150 resolution. include 1-3 sentences under your photo when you post it to explain why you would like to go on this vacation.

 

Read and Write  : An Introduction to using strobes

Read this entire article on beginning strobe use and then write a three paragraph reflection on your blog detailing what the article is about and the most important things you got out of reading it.

 http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/an-introduction-to-using-strobes-in-your-photography–photo-692

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NEXT ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6

1.  Am I Talking to Myself

Photograph several images of yourself or someone else in the same location, and put them all together in Photoshop to make it look as if you (or they) are relating to themselves in some way. Use one of the photos as the base image, and move the other subjects in the base image to create a unique photo for this Am I Talking To Myself assignment. Writing Critique: Make a blog post called My Inspiration and list 15-20 things, which inspire your creativity. Sample student work below:

 

2. Studio Portraits with strobes and colored gels

Photograph portraits in the studio using the strobes and colored gels in the background. Edit your portraits in Lightroom and make cosmetic retouches in Photoshop. Post 8-12 final portraits on your blog. Writing critique: Find a portrait online that was shot with studio strobe lighting and make a list of 20 sentences to describe that photo and your opinion of it. Samples below:

 

3.  Put Yourself in History

Find a historic photo online and include yourself in the scene. Adjust size, color and resolution to match the historic photo to look as realistic as possible. Under your photo write a 2-3 sentence explanation as to why you chose to put yourself in this historic photo. Samples below:

 

4. Factors to Consider When Buying a New Digital Camera Read and Write

Read this article on factors to consider when buying a new digital camera. On your blog summarize the article and make a list of ten of the most important factors you would consider when you are buying a new digital camera and WHY.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Digital Camera

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! WELCOME 2017

ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY JANUARY 20:

1. DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

Make a portfolio (in Powerpoint) of your best photography work. Include a title slide with your name, at least 10 slides of your portfolio work (1 image per slide), and an end slide with an inspirational quote on it.

2. 50 PHOTOS EDITED IN LIGHTROOM

Take 50 different photos of the same subject. Vary the lighting and composition of your photographs. Edit your photographs in Lightroom and post the BEST 21 photos to your blog as a gallery.

3. WATCH THIS TEDTALK; HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CONNECTS US AND SUMMARIZE

On your blog make a post summarizing, critiquing, judging the video. Have at least 3 paragraphs.

4. COMPARE/CONTRAST LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP

On your blog list 5 comparisons between Lightroom and Photoshop editing software

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

1. Self Portrait with Text

Take a tripod and DSLR camera on self-timer mode and photograph a few self portraits (photographs you take of yourself). Edit your favorite photo in Photoshop and include some text within the image to create a mixed media selfie. In the caption section when you post include the MASIL and for a critique make a list of 25 words or phrases to describe yourself. Student samples below:

 

2. Conceptual Self Portrait

Take a photograph which represents something important about yourself, without showing your face in the photograph. In the caption section when you post include the MASIL and for a critique first define the word “conceptual” and then write a two to three paragraph reflection explaining how this photograph conceptually and visually shows something about you and what you are attempting to share about yourself with the viewer. Also, research the work of photographer Cindy Sherman. Post your favorite photo of hers on your blog and write 5 sentences explaining your opinion of her work and style and her ability to become famous from her self portrait photography series work. Student samples below:

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

  1. Shoot like Aaron Siskind

Research the work of photographer Aaron Siskind, who shot for shapes, form and contrast. Set the camera to Monochrome and go shooting in black and white in the style of Aaron Siskind. Post three photos you shot and edited with MASIL. Critique:  Post three photos you like by Aaron Siskind and in  one paragraph explain what you like about the photos and describe Aaron Siskind’s style of photography.

 

2. Photographer Research Project

You will produce and present a PowerPoint Slide Show about a professional and influential photographer of your choice. The project is to be between 10 and 15 slides and include the information below and at least 10 photographs. You can choose from the enclosed list or pick a significant photographer of your choice. Questions to answer when doing photographer research project are below. Email your presentation to caucrg@fusd.net or put in my flashdrive by Friday, November 18.

  1. What is the photographer’s real name and year he or she was born? Is he/she still alive?
  2. What is their style of photography (ex: photojournalism, editorial, documentary, advertising, portraits, magazine, sports, war)?
  3. Are there any special photography techniques this photographer uses in his/her work?  (Think about composition, depth of field, history…)
  4. Who does the photographer work for?
  5. What type of cameras and lens does this photographer work with, and why?
  6. What type of lighting does this photographer primarily use and why?
  7. Who are some of your photographer’s early influences?
  8. Are there any interesting stories about this photographer or his/her work?
  9. What do you like (or not like) about their work, and why did you select this photographer?

Robert Mapplethorpe – flowers, portraits, nudes  *

Annie Leibovitz – celebrity portraits    *

Danny Clinch – musicians     *

Edward Weston – black and white nudes,landscapes

Ansel Adams –  black and white landscape

Cindy Sherman – self portraits      *

Diane Arbus –  strange and different portraits     *

David Lachappelle – unique portraits *

Imogen Cunningham – black and white

Eliot Porter – color landscape

Alfred Eisenstadt – candid photojournalism

Linda McCartney – musicians in the 60’s

Herb Ritts – celebrity portraits     *

Henry Cartier- Bresson -candid street, the decisive moment

Andy Warhol – bizarre

Robert Frank -street

Mary Ellen Mark – portraits    *

Eddie Adams – war, photojournalism

Robert Capa – war

Paul Strand – black and white

Lewis Hind – child labor

James Nachtwey – war    *

Irving Penn – fashion, still lifes      *

Richard Avedon – portraits

Margaret Bourke White – early photojournalism

Lee Friedlander – black and white candid

Harold Edgerton – motion

Sebastiao  Salgado – photojournalism

Weegee – street photojournalism

Mark Seliger – celebrity portraits     *

Jerry Uelsmann – photo montage     *

Dorothea Lange – documentary

Anne Geddes – children

Kim Anderson – children

Nigel Barker- Fashion

William Wegman – dogs

Man Ray – rayograms, fashion, portraits in the 20

Arnold Newman – environmental portraits     *

Steve McCurry – National Geographic portraits     *

Danny Lyon – street and documentary

Brad Mangin – sports

Neil Leifer – sports

 

ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

1) Silhouette Story or Series

Think of a good concept for your silhouette photos and then take photos of backlit subjects to make high contrast silhouettes. You can edit them in Photoshop to give them more blacks and whites, and contrast. Use studio hot lights with two lights aimed at the background and turn the room light off to get more shadow on the subject(s). Meter for the background. Include a few images within one document to make a shadow story or series.

 

2) Illustration of an Iconic Image

Make a new document 8×12 or 12×8 150 resolution. Paste the illustration you want to trace and fit to the correct size. Make a new blank layer to trace on and lock it. Trace the illustration with a thin pencil and then color it in with brushes and the paint bucket. Make sure to add a background to your illustration. Samples below:

 

3) Small Group Critique Writing

In groups of 2 or 3, evaluate and critique 5 of the photographs on the homepage of the blog, which were shot, edited and posted by your peers.). Analyze, Evaluate, and Judge the photos and write 2 paragraphs about each of the 5 photos you chose to critique. Post your writing on one person’s blog and put all the names of each member of the group.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER  1

1. Alphabet Photography

-Look for images which represent letters and create a word in photographs

-Edit your photos in PS and then make a new document to put the word in.

-Make your document 16×8 2oo resolution and fit your images in to make the word. If you need more space go to Image>Adjust>Canvas Size and resize bigger.

-Save as a jpeg and post to your blog.

-Critique: List 5 valuable things you learned in Photo class so far this year.

 

2. Body, Shape Form

Photograph a part of the body, or something, which shows shape and form. Think about getting great QUALITY OF LIGHT and make your composition a strong Post 1 to 3  original photos you shot and edited. In the caption section of your image(s) write 10 words to describe them.

 

3. 30 Photos That Changed The World 

Read this link about the 30 Photos that changed the world and write a 500 word reflection about 3 of the photographs. Include the 3 photographs you selected, the story behind each photograph, how it impacted the world and your opinion of each photograph.

http://www.photographyschoolsonline.net/blog/2010/30-photos-that-changed-the-world/

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25

1. MIRROR IMAGE

Photograph an interesting photo with lots of lines. Put the edited photo in a new document and make a copy of the image to flip to make mirror imagery. Either 2 or 4 images would work for the mirror image. Post to blog.

 

2. STUDIO PORTRAITS

Use the studio backdrop (white or black) to photograph PORTRAITS of classmates.

Use the tungsten “hot lights” to light the portraits

Make sure to put your white balance on TUNGSTEN and shoot at ISO 400 or 800. Go right up to the subject and meter them on MANUAL.

Take at least 12 photographs and edit them in PS. Post anywhere between 6 and 12 portraits as either a gallery or individually.. Include technical info: MASIL

Critique: Find a studio portrait online and write a list of 25 words you would hashtag the photo if you posted it on Instagram. Include the photographers name if possible.

In a separate blog post, answer these questions: 1. What is the purpose of the main light? 2. What is the purpose of the fill light? 3. List the lighting patterns.

 

3. PORTRAIT LIGHTING READ AND WRITE

Read this link about Portrait Lighting and on your blog write a list of 20 facts you learned from reading this online article.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/portrait-lighting.htm

 

 4. WHITE BALANCE READ AND WRITE

http://digital-photography-school.com/introduction-to-white-balance/

Read this link on white balance and on your blog write a 8-10 sentence synopsis of what you learned from reading the article. Under that list all the white balance settings and at least one sentence about each.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

1.  On-Location Portraits with Natural Light 

-Take at least 12 portraits of a classmate on location using natural light

-Think about exposure, lighting, composition, posing and expression. (Make sure your subject does not have on the yellow vest in the portrait photographs you are taking.)

-Edit your photos in Photoshop and post between 5-12 EDITED photos of your subject (as a gallery or as individual photos)-Critique:  Find an on-location portrait online with natural lighting. Post that photo and make a list of 25 words you think of when you look at this photo. Include the photographers name if possible.-****Include your technical info in the caption section of each photo. MASIL

 

2. Warhol/Pop Art

-For your Pop Art assignment you should photograph an object, which is POPULAR IN THE CULTURE TODAY.

-Make 4 copies of the photo you chose, 4×6 or 6×4 (200 res) each, labeling them Warhol 1, Warhol 2 and so on… (you can change the size in PS in IMAGE>IMAGE SIZE  (6×4.5 or 4.5×6 is ok too. Just make your big document 12×9 or 9×12 if you do that)

-Work on each picture separately, experimenting with filters, gradient maps, colors, patterns, and more….make sure there is contrast between the subject and the background!

-When you complete the 4 individual photos, merge the layers in each.

-Open a new document in Photoshop, 8×12 or 12×8 (200res)…or 9×12 or 12×9 if your individual shots are 4.5×6 or 6×4.5

-Move the four individual photos into the new document.

-Save as a jpeg and post with critique.

-Critique: Research and answer these questions about an interesting pop artist. Post one of his or her works with your answers to the following questions.

  1. What is Pop Art?
  2. Why is this artist’s work considered Pop Art?
  3. Describe some of this artists work.
  4. Why did you pick this artist and why do you like his/her work?

 

3. Word Art

-Make a Photoshop document 4×6 or 6×4 (100 ppi)

-Find an interesting image on the Internet and use the move tool to move it into your document in Photoshop

-Size it with Control T + shift to fit in the document

-Make another document the same size as the first

-With the Text Tool, type a word or phrase in a thick black font

-Find a picture online to go inside of the word and copy and paste it into the document with the text

-Put the picture layer on top of the word layer

-Press Control +Alt + G to put the image inside the word.

-Merge the picture and text layers together (make the background layer invisible to not include it in the merge)

-Move the word with the picture in it in the other document with the Internet image, and save as a .jpeg. Post to blog.

 

4. Understanding Histograms

Read this link on histograms and on your blog explain what a histogram is and why it is important in digital photography (2 paragraphs)

http://digital-photography-school.com/understanding-histograms/

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, SEPT 30

1. Define these 35 words in a word document and then copy and paste your definitions in a blog post titled Photography Definitions:

pixels, image resolution, megabyte, megapixel, gigabyte, jpeg, raw, tiff, png, white balance, histogram, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, bitmap, exposure, watermarking, optical zoom, digital zoom, bracketing, light meter, image stabilization, noise, lag time, hot shoe, fisheye, macro, telephoto, wide angle, DSLR, dynamic range, digital negative, exposure compensation

2. History of Photography

Watch the Powerpoint about the History of Photography

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Also go online and research the History of Photography

Use this timeline template to list the most important inventions and events in history in chronological order. Copy the template and open it in Photoshop. Fill in the boxes with dates and important inventions in photography.Post the template to your blog in a post titled: History of Photography Timeline. Under the template list 3-5 events and/or inventions in photography which impresses you the most, and has the most impact on your life today. (2-3 paragraphs)

timeline

3. Framing a subject

-Take at least 3 different photographs using framing in the composition. Post 2-3 of your photographs, EDITED of course. Include the technical info: MASIL.  SAMPLES BELOW

-Critique your own photographs you posted and answer these questions.

  1. What camera metering mode did I use and why?
  2. Do I have a strong composition?
  3. How well did I edit my photographs?
  4. What would I do differently if I shot this assignment again?
  5. Do you think your photographs belong on the blog home page and   should be considered one of the best from all the photo classes?

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, SEPT 23

1. EXPLAIN THIS CHART IN 300 WORDS ON YOUR BLOG

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2. COMMENTS ON BLOG

Go to the homepage of the blog and make 2 comments on 3 photos by your peers that you really like. Make sure to have at least two sentences why you like the photo. Put your name under your comment.

3. CAPTURING ACTION AND MOTION IN PHOTOGRAPHY

-Read these online article about capturing action and motion photography and write one or two paragraphs stating what you learned about action and motion photography techniques..

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/50/freezing-the-action/

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography/

-Take photos outside that capture ACTION SHARP. Try to “capture the moment”.  Shoot at the shutter priority mode and auto focus AI SERVO . Make sure your shutter speed is above 125th of a second. ISO 400 Take several photos and post your favorite 2 action shots, edited in Photoshop.

-Take action photos inside trying to capture MOTION BLUR. Try to “capture the moment”.  Shoot at the shutter priority mode and auto focus AI SERVO mode. Make sure your shutter speed is 60th or below for more blur. Use a tripod to make sure stationary objects are not blurred. Take several photos and post your favorite 2 shots , edited in Photoshop.

-Include technical info on all photos: MASIL

-Find 2 photos online, one showing action sharp and another showing motion blur. Guess what shutter speeds, f stops, and lens were used. Post as critique.

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4. MANDALAS

Create 2 unique mandalas in Photoshop, using the shape tool and Internet imagery. Make a new document 8×8 100 res and create each mandala, thinking about composition and symmetry. Draw a circle with the elliptical marquee tool. Press control and J to make the selection its own layer. Stroke the layer to see the circle. Use the shape tool to put in shapes. Copy a shape by pressing alt with move tool. To combine shapes into one layer, make any layer you do not want combined invisible, and then go to layer>merge visible. To flip a layer, go to Edit>transform>transform either vertical or horizontal. When you save each mandala, save as a .png, not .jpeg. When you post it will only show the circle, not the white document. (If you are not done with your mandala be sure to save it as a .psd while you are still working on it.)

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

1. DIGITAL COLLAGE: ALL ABOUT ME

-Gather imagery online that represents at least five things about yourself.

-In Photoshop, make an 8×10 or 10×8 @150 resolution document and title it All About Me Collage

-Select elements from the Internet images to move into your collage.

-After you get a good selection with the magic wand or magnetic lasso, remember to go in Mask and refine your selection. If you want soft edges you will go to select>modify>feather.

-Think about rules of good composition when designing your layout of elements and background. Move layers around from the layer palette.

-To blend layers for a unique effect, you use the move tool and use Shift+ to scroll through blend modes.

-Save your work as a psd until you are completely done with it, and then save as a jpeg to post to your blog.

-Write a three paragraph reflection about what how your collage visually represents you. Post under your work in your blog.

2. DEPTH OF FIELD

-Read these two links and write two paragraphs explaining in your own words what depth of field is in photography and the ways to control depth of field when shooting. Call this blogpost: Depth of Field Explained.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1150150/depthoffield.html

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/07/17/what-is-depth-of-field-how-aperture-focal-length-and-focus-control-whats-sharp/

– Go outside and take two photographs of the same subject, trying to get two different depth of fields. Remember to first format the memory card, set WB to auto and ISO to 400, and be on Manual focusing. You will set the camera mode to AV (aperture priority). Make sure to focus on the same subject for both shots you take.

-In Photo #1 You will get a shallow depth of field. Zoom out to the longest focal length of the lens which is 55mm. Set the aperture on f5.6 (the widest aperture at 55mm) and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. Make sure it is not below 60th of a second. Get in good and close to your subject

-In Photo #2 You will get a good depth of field. Put your lens at 18mm ( which is the widest lens mm on your lens). Set your aperture at f16, and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. Make sure it is not below 60th of a second, or open up the aperture to f11. Stay a bit further back to get a better depth of field.

-Repeat the depth of field activity 2-3 times to make sure you get it right.

-In the lab, edit your photos for maximum impact and post each one (good and shallow depth of field) to your blog as the large photo. Include the technical info in the caption section of each (Mode, ISO, Shutter speed, Fstop, Focal length of lens.

– For the critique for this assignment you are to find two photos online- one which shows a good depth of field and one which shows a shallow depth of field. In the caption section when you post them guess at what you think the aperture, shutter speed and lens mm was for each photo.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY SEPT 2

1. CAMERA MODES

http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-camera-modes/1 paragraph about what each camera mode does.

Read through this link on camera modes. On your blog make a new post writing 2 sentences about what each camera mode does.

2.  SURREALISM

-Research online for the meaning of SURREALISM and post the definition of surrealism and one example of a surrealistic work of art or photograph. In 2 paragraphs, explain what surrealism is, and why you chose this image and what makes it surreal. Make sure to credit the artist. (Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Jerry Uelsman are a few surrealistic artists) After practicing with Kim on the mountain, make your own surrealist piece by putting someone or something where they don’t belong. Make a 10×8 or 8×10 150 resolution document in Photoshop and bring in Internet images for this assignment. Practice selecting, masking and refining your selections. Save as a jpeg and post to your blog.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY AUGUST 26

  1. SHADOWS AND LIGHT  ASSIGNMENT

-Photograph 3 photos which show strong shadow and light

-Edit 2 of your shadow photos

-Include the technical info with each photo:  f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, Mode

-Pick a photo from the Internet showing shadows

-Write 10 complete sentences describing the elements in the shadow photo you chose from the Internet and why you like it.

-Post your 2 photos, technical info, internet image and writing critique to your blog.

 

2. READ AND WRITE : LENSES

Read this article about lenses and on your blog list 20 important facts you learned about camera lenses.

http://digital-photography-school.com/choosing-lenses-when-to-use-which-lens-and-why/

3. ALTERNATIVE CAMERA ANGLES

-Take 4 shots of the same subject from 4 different camera angles (from above, below, strait on and tilted)

-Post 4 edited photos showing different camera angles of the same subject (from above, below, strait on and tilted)

-Include technical Info with each photo:  f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, Mode

-Find a photo from the Internet showing an alternative camera angle

-Write a  20 sentence writing critique about the Internet photo.

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First assignments for 2016-2017 school year:

1. Make a blogsite with edublogs. https://edublogs.org/   Join the class blog, select a template, and design your site layout and design.

2. Read the following link and write 25 sentences reviewing what you learned about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera modes. As your first blogpost, copy and paste in your sentences from a word document.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm

3. Play around with the camera simulator and learn how to use the camera controls. Then practice with the camera in the classroom.

http://camerasim.com/apps/camera-simulator/

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

  1. First Shooting AssignmentTEXTURE

Go outside in brighter light and photograph 5 photos that show texture. Put your ISO at 400, and meter the scene to get the correct exposure.

Put your photos in a folder on your h drive:  DIGITAL PHOTO>TEXTURE ASSIGNMENT

Edit your photos in Photoshop with IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS and post 3 of your photos to your blog. INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION(for each photo): aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera mode

Find one photo online which shows amazing texture. Write a two paragraph critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph and why you chose it. Be sure to use academic language, proper grammar and sentence structure.

2. COMPOSITION

Read about what makes strong composition in a photograph and what catches the viewers eye. Find  12 sample photos online which show good composition. Make a gallery of images in Edublogs. Post your gallery and write 12 complete sentences, (with capitals and periods), one sentence under each photo in the gallery before posting, to explain what element of composition each photo represents.

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END OF SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016

DUE DATES:

Thursday May 5:   Photomontage with Reflection, Poetry and Photography, Magazine Cover

Monday, May 9:  3 new images from old assignments

Tuesday, May 10:  Lightroom Slide Show Portfolio

May 18 and 19:  Take Final

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Lightroom Slideshow Portfolio (Due Tuesday May 10)

  • Make sure to make slideshow in YOUR catalog
  • Import Portfolio  Photo Folder from Desktop
  • With photos all selected create a collection
  • Organize and reorder in Library
  • Edit in Develop
  • In Library module, go to metadata for each image and add a caption
  • Go to Slideshow module and on each photo go to ABC and then caption to move caption where you want and choose color
  • In slideshow choose background and wash color, stroke, timing and import music
  • Preview slideshow, then play
  • Export out to Desktop
  • Give to Cauchon in her flashdrive

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Assignments Due Wed/Thur, May 4/5

1. PHOTOMONTAGE: WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS

Make a well blended digital photomontage (12×8 or 8×12 -150 res) to show where you see yourself in 10 years. Under your photomontage write a 3 paragraph reflection explaining the elements you put in your work.

 

2.  POETRY AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. Take a new photo for this assignment or use one of your existing edited photos.
  2. Make a new document 11×14 or 14×11 @ 300 res
  3. Move your photo into your new document and size to fit.
  4. Add a quote, poetry, song lyrics or your own words to your edited image
  5. Post to your blog

 

3.   MAGAZINE COVER

Create a magazine cover (9×12 @ 300 res)using your own photographic image. Include the name of the magazine and a list of articles, which would be within the magazine. Make it look as authentic as possible.

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Assignments Due Monday, April 25:

  1. Graduation Cover Design:

Create a design for the cover of the Jurupa Hills 2016 Graduation booklet. The size should be 5.5 x 8.5  300 resolution. Make sure to include the following info: Jurupa Hills High School Graduation, Citizens Bank Arena, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

 

  1. Movie Poster about the Story of Your Life

-Look at movie posters online and put 3 that you like on your blog with an explanation what is it that captures your eye and that you like about these movie posters.

-Then make your poster in Photoshop 16×20 @ 300 resolution. Make sure to include the title, at least one original photograph, the actors who will be in the movie, a catch phrase, and a rating.

-Post to your blog, and in a 200-300 word reflection give a synopsis on what your movie is about.

 

3.   Food Photography

-Go online and look at good samples of food photography. Post 3 to 5 photos of food that you really enjoy looking at and write a 3 paragraph reflection about why you think the lighting and composition is so strong that the photo makes you crave the food. Explain how you think the lighting was achieved.

-Read these online articles on how to photograph food and write 10 complete sentences on your blog on what you learned.

http://www.foodportfolio.com/blog/food_photography/food_photgraphy.html

http://digital-photography-school.com/top-5-tips-on-how-to-photograph-food/

-Then, pretend you are a studio food photographer and photograph food using the studio and the strobes. Take a few photos with varying compositions and post your favorite one or two edited photos to your blog with the writing assignments.

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New assignments Due Friday, April 15:

  1. The Touch Series: Create a series of photos where people are touching in some way.

     

  2. Close Up Portraits: Take close up portraits of some of your classmates. You can use any type of lighting you choose, but make sure to compose as a close up composition. Post 3 portraits of different individuals to your blog and include a list of 10 words in the caption section of each photograph to describe that person.

 

3. How to make skin clear: Read and Write

Read this online article about How to Use the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop to make clear skin. Write a 3-5 sentence reflection explaining what you learned from reading it. Then apply what you learned to your close up portraits

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-the-clone-stamp-tool-in-photoshop-to-make-clear-skin/

 

4. Wacky Landscape: Take a landscape photo and use Photoshop adjustments to make it wacky and surreal. Use liquify, hue saturation, gradient maps, and other techniques you have learned to create an eye catching and wacky landscape.

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Digital Photo Assignment for Photo 1 and 2:   DUE THURSDAY APRIL 4

500 word reflection in MLA format, titled: “My Experience in Photography Class”

Give details on these topics:

  1. What you learned this year in class (equipment, technical camera controls, lenses, software PS and LR, lighting, techniques? Details!!!
  2. What were your favorite and least favorite assignments? Give details and reasons why!
  3. What changes would you make in the course curriculum? What changes and why.
  4. Do you feel you bonded with the other students and teacher? How so?
  5. Would you take more photography courses in the future? Why?
  6. What is your favorite thing to photograph? Why?
  7. Would you consider becoming a professional photographer and What field of photography would you be interested in. Why?
  8. Do you think photography is a good form of visual communication? Why and how so? Write your reflection word and post to your blog by Thursday, April 7

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, APRIL 4

1. Re-create a Photograph

Look for a photograph online which you would like to re-create. Analyze the original photo for composition and lighting and re-create the photo as closely as you can. Post your photo on your blog with the original photograph. Samples below:

2. Diptych

Make a diptych image (2 images together), and the theme is OPPOSITES. In Photoshop make a new document 20×8 300 resolution, and fit your two photographs within the one document. Samples below:

3. Jump Start Your Photography

Read this article about ways to jump start your photography. On your blog list 10 ways to get inspired in your photography with details and examples of how you can achieve this:

http://www.diyphotography.net/25-ways-to-jump-start-photography-inspiration/

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COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS:

Read this article about HISTOGRAMS (due Thursday, March 17)

On your blog make a list of 25 new digital photography tips you learned about histograms.

http://digital-photography-school.com/histograms-for-beginners/

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Your Photography Business Powerpoint: (due on my flashdrive by Monday, March 14)

You will start a (pretend) photography business either by yourself or in partnership with one of your peer students. Create a Powerpoint Presentation to present to the class and include the items on the list below. (This assignment will count as 3 grades in your gradebook: 1- Your Powerpoint/ 2- Your Presentation/ 3- Your Business Card and Logo):

* Business Name and Logo (make a logo in Photoshop for your business. Research photo business logos online to get ideas)

* Your name as sole owner or names of the two members in the partnership.

*What are the roles of the partners (ex: president, vice president, photographer, editor/retoucher, sales and marketing etc…)

* Where will you conduct your business?  (which state will you live, will you work out of your home or rent office space in which location)

*Address and phone # (pretend)

* The type of photography you specialize in, and the types of jobs you intend to get.

* Samples of work you would like to produce for your clients. (not your current work, but work from online which is the type of work you would like to produce)

* Your web site address (pretend)

* What equipment will you be using? (cameras, lenses, strobes, flash, studio set up, hot lights, gels, etc)

* Who are your inspirations?

* Branding: Create a logo for your business and also make a business card (Make your business card a 3.5 x 2.5  300 res document in Photoshop). Include your logo and business card in your Powerpoint.

* Marketing: Include a slide about how are you going to advertise and get jobs in your field?

* Market Research: How much money you would like to make in your first year of business, and how much you foresee making in 5 years, and also in 10 years.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY MARCH 4

1. Your Personal Profile

Save this image and open it in Photoshop. Fill out the Personality Profile using the text tool and keep transforming the text to fit it around in the circles. Repost on your blog after you have filled in the circles.

Your Personality Profile2. Photograph your Favorite Teacher with Writing Reflection

Use bounced external flash off camera and sync cord, to take some nice portraits of your favorite teacher. Edit and post your best portrait and write a 3 paragraph reflection in academic language explaining why you like and admire this teacher. Give details, reasons and examples as to why you chose this teacher.

 

3. Shoot like Aaron Siskind

Research the work of Aaron Siskind, an American photographer who shot abstract black and white images, which focus on nature, architecture and human form. Take some photos on the MONOCHROME setting, in the style of Aaron Siskind, edit them with good density and contrast, and post 2-3 black and white images on your blog with the technical information in the caption of each photo. Under your photo, post a photo by Aaron Siskind and write three complete sentences describing his work and your opinion of his work.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, FEB 26

1. Put Yourself in History

Find a historic photo online and include yourself in the scene. Adjust size, color and resolution to match the historic photo to look as realistic as possible. Under your photo write a three sentence explanation as to why you chose to put yourself in this historic photo.

 

2. Fill Flash Outside 

Read these links about using FILL FLASH outside to fill in the shadows. Write 10 sentences explaining what fill flash outside is and why you would need to use it to get perfect exposure on the subject and background.

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/20/master-fill-flash-in-4-easy-steps/

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/195/using-a-flash-when-outside/

Go outside and photograph a subject which is BACKLIT. Set your camera on AV  to meter the natural light. Use a small aperture like f11 or 16 and a low ISO like 200 or 400.  Make sure your flash is on ETTL and fill the subject in shadow with fill lighting from the external flash. Post 2-3 photos showing your understanding and good usage of fill flash.

 

3. Advertising Photography 

For this assignment you will create a photograph that would be used for advertising purposes. First you will research advertising photography on the Internet to generate ideas. You will write a proposal before you begin to shoot. Answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the client, or company you are representing?
  2. What is the product?
  3. Who is the target audience?
  4. Where would you expect to see this advertisement?
  5. What kind of lighting are you going to use to make this look professional?
  6. What props do you need?

Shoot the product and use of variety of compositions. Think about: lighting, composition, depth of field, product placement. Use Photoshop to tweak and enhance your photograph. Add necessary text and captions. Post your best advertising shot, EDITED, to your blog with the proposal. Samples below:

 

4. Advertising Research and Writing

Research advertising photography online and then on your blog post 5 ads that you saw and thought were very effective in getting the consumer to want to buy the product. Write a 2-3 paragraph reflection about what type of lighting the photographer used to create the ad, and why you think they are so effective. Alos, mention if you could invision yourself as a commercial advertising photographer and what skills you think you would need to be successful.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

1. Critique of student work on blog

Look at the blog home page and check out the best student work. On your blog, write a 3 paragraph critique about 3 of your favorite images by your peers. Include the photos you chose in your blog post and who the artist was who produced the image.

2.  Studio Portraits with strobes and colored gels

Photograph portraits in the studio using the strobes and colored gel in the background. Edit your portraits in Lightroom or Photoshop and post 8-10 final portraits on your blog. Writing critique: Find a portrait online that was shot with studio strobe lighting and make a list of 20 sentences to describe that photo and your opinion of it.

 

3.  Read and Write : An Introduction to using strobes

Read this entire article on beginning strobe use and then write a three paragraph reflection on your blog detailing what the article is about and the most important things you got out of reading it. You will put your new knowledge to work this week when producing your studio portraits.

 http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/an-introduction-to-using-strobes-in-your-photography–photo-692

4. Take a Vacation

In this assignment you are going to go on a virtual vacation. Find a location online where you would like to go and digitally put yourself into that location. Make sure to match lighting and color balance to make it look realistic as possible. You must add 3 props into the scene (sunglasses, shopping bags, friends to go with you, etc…) Make your new document for all the elements in the image a 12×8 150 resolution. include 1-3 sentences under your photo when you post it to explain why you would like to go on this vacation.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5

1. READ AND WRITE: MULTIPLE EXPOSURES WITH FLASH

Read these online article and write 20 sentences about what you learned.

http://www.photomatters.org/multiple-exposure

http://www.tpub.com/photography1/ph20994.htm

2. MULTIPLE EXPOSURE WITH FLASH AND SLOW SHUTTER SPEED

In the dark studio, set your camera to 20 seconds at F 11 or 16 (adjust as necessary to get the perfect exposure)and 200 ISO. Make sure to be on Manual metering and MF for manual focus. Focus before the lights go off. During the long exposure, have your subject move slightly and manually set off the external flash (at M mode, not ETTL) each time they move and you will capture them several times during the long exposure. You should post your best 1-3 images from the multiple exposure shoot. Also post 1 multiple exposure with flash image from online and write 5 sentences about it. Samples below:

 

3. HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

-Go online and research the meaning of HDR. Create a blogpost explaining what the term HDR in photography means and ways to achieve successful results.

-Photograph 5 different exposures of a landscape (on Manual)  for this assignment. One at the perfect exposure, plus one and two stops underexposed and one and two stops overexposed. USE A TRIPOD for this!

-Save images in a folder and open Photoshop>File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro

-Select your five landscape images and press ok. Photoshop will compile your images into one HDR image.

-You will probably need to do more adjustments to make it more vibrant and saturated. You could bring in cool clouds from the Internet to blend into your sky.

Post to blog and please TITLE YOUR WORK!!! Write a 10 sentence critique of your own work and post under your image. Samples below:

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4 ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

1. 50 Photos Edited in Lightroom

Take 50 different photos of the same subject. Vary the lighting and composition of your photographs. Edit your photographs in Lightroom and post the 30 photos to your blog as a gallery.

2. Watch this Tedtalk:  How Photography Connect Us.

On your blog make a post summarizing, critiquing, judging the video. Have at least 3 paragraphs.

3. Compare Lightroom and Photoshop

On your blog list 5 comparisons between Lightroom and Photoshop editing software

4. Painting with Light

-Go to a dark place to shoot for this assignment (back studio). Put the camera securely on a tripod and put your shutter speed at 20 to 30 sec (not 20th of a sec…but 20 full seconds). You must put the camera on self timer to avoid camera shake. Shoot on manual and try your fstop at 8 or 11. ISO at 200.

-Pre focus on Manual focus mode, because the camera will not in autofocus!

-Wave finger lights in front of the frame during the exposure and check out the results!

-Post 1 painting with Light photos you took and edited on your blog.\Critique:  Find an amazing painting with light photo on the Internet and write a paragraph about how you think the photographer achieved the result and why you think it is so eye catching.

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First assignments in Semester 2: DUE FRIDAY, JAN 22

(1) Silhouette Series

Think of a good concept for your silhouette photos and then take photos of backlit subjects to make high contrast silhouettes. You can edit them in Photoshop to give them more blacks and whites, and contrast. Use studio hot lights with two lights aimed at the background and turn the room light off to get more shadow on the subject(s). Meter for the background.

(2) Read and Write: Raw vs. Jpeg Image Capture

Research the difference between shooting in RAW vs JPEG. On your blog write 2 paragraphs with complete sentences comparing and contrasting raw vs. jpeg image capture. Here is a good link to read:

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2015/06/08/what-is-a-raw-file-we-explain-the-pros-and-cons/

(3) External Flash Worksheet

Answer the following questions on your blog in a separate post:

-When would you use external flash?

-Do you need to meter the light if you use flash?

-What does flash synchronization mean?

-What does ETTL mean?

-What will happen when you shoot faster than the camera sync speed?

-Why do photographers bounce the flash and use a diffuser?

– What is a slave?

-What should you do if your image comes out too dark or too light?

(4) Flash Photo Compare

Find two portraits online- one where the photographer used flash inside, and one where flash was not used. Make 5 comparisons between the two photos. Post the photos and your comparisons in a separate blog post. This assignment is the critique portion of the next assignment:

 (5) 3-5 On Location Portraits with Bounced External Flash

-Use the Canon digital camera and an external bounced flash to photograph portraits on location. Practice shooting with on the hot shoe and also off camera flash with a sync cord. Set your camera on Manual, Auto White Balance, ISO 400, F8 @ 60th of a second shutter speed. Photograph at least 10 portraits and post your top 3-5 edited portraits to your blog.

 

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Last assignments of the semester:

1. Photographer Powerpoint and Presentation

This week you will give your Powerpoint presentation about the photographer you chose to research.

2. Your Portfolio

Put your best work together in a Portfolio. Use Powerpoint or Prezi to present your portfolio to the class. Your portfolio should consist of (at least) 12 slides. 1 Intro slide with your name on it and 10 slides of your best work to date (1 image per slide). The last slide should contain a quote that is meaningful to you.

3. Read and Write

Read this link: https://www.photographytalk.com/photography-articles/5082-13-camera-settings-every-beginner-needs-to-know

On your blog list the 13 setting every beginner should know and 1-2 sentences explaining what each one is.

4. Review of a Student Blog

Look through the student blogs (to the right), and on your blog make a new post titled: My review of __________’s blog. Write a review of one of the student blogs which you like and explain why you like their work and describe some of your favorite posts. Describe their photographic style and also, what they can do next semester to improve and build on their photography work.

5. Am I Talking To Myself

Photograph several images of yourself or someone else in the same location, and put them all together in Photoshop to make it look as if you (or they) are relating to themselves in some way. Use one of the photos as the base image, and move the other subjects in the base image to create a unique photo for this Am I Talking To Myself assignment.Writing Critique: Make a blog post called My Inspiration and list 15-20 things which inspire your creativity. Sample student work below:

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Assignments Due Nov 20

1. Mandalas

Create 2 unique mandalas using the shape tool in Photoshop. Make a new document 10×10 200 res and create each mandalas, thinking about composition and symmetry. You can use imagery from the internet also. When you save each mandala, save as a .png, not .jpeg. When you post it will only show the circle, not the white document. Write 1 sentence in the caption section describing each mandala.

 

2. Body, Shape Form

Photograph a part of the body, or something, which shows shape and form. Think about getting great QUALITY OF LIGHT and make your composition a strong one. In the caption section of your image write 10 words to describe your final image.

3. Portrait with Make Up

Use one of your existing portraits, or take a new portrait and apply make up to your subject using Photoshop.

4. Photographer Research Project

You will produce and present a PowerPoint Slide Show about a Professional Photographer of your choice. The project is to be between 10 and 15 slides and include the information below and at least 10 photographs. You can choose from the enclosed list or pick a significant photographer of your choice. Questions to answer when doing photographer research project are below. Email your presentation to caucrg@fusd.net or put in my flashdrive by Tuesday, Nov 16

  1. What is the photographer’s real name and year he or she was born? Is he/she still alive?
  2. What is their style of photography (ex: photojournalism, editorial, documentary, advertising, portraits, magazine, sports, war)?
  3. Are there any special photography techniques this photographer uses in his/her work?  (Think about composition, depth of field, history…)
  4. Who does the photographer work for?
  5. What type of cameras and lens does this photographer work with, and why?
  6. What type of lighting does this photographer primarily use and why?
  7. Who are some of your photographer’s early influences?
  8. Are there any interesting stories about this photographer or his/her work?
  9. What do you like (or not like) about their work, and why did you select this photographer?

5. Comments on the Home Page of the Blog

Make 3 comments on the home page of the blog on the BEST photos from the last 3 assignments. Make sure to put your name on the comments.

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4 Assignments due Tuesday November 10 :

1. MIRROR IMAGE

Photograph an interesting photo with lots of lines. Put the edited photo in a new document and make a copy of the image to flip to make mirror imagery. Either 2 or 4 images would work for the mirror image. Post to blog.

 

 2. STUDIO PORTRAITS

Use the studio backdrop (white or black) to photograph PORTRAITS of classmates.

Use the tungsten “hot lights” to light the portraits

Make sure to put your white balance on TUNGSTEN and shoot at ISO 400 or 800. Go right up to the subject and meter them on MANUAL.

Take at least 12 photographs and edit them in PS. Post anywhere between 6 and 12 portraits as either a gallery or individually.. Include technical info: MASIL

Critique: Find a studio portrait online and write a list of 25 words you think of when you look at the portrait. Include the photographers name if possible.

In a separate blog post, answer these questions: 1. What is the purpose of the main light? 2. What is the purpose of the fill light? 3. List the lighting patterns

3 WHAT IS YOUR COLOR

Create a Photoshop Collage 12×9 or 9×12 300 resolution representing your favorite color. Include your self portrait, the color you select and some writing about why this is YOUR color. Post to blog.

4. PORTRAIT LIGHTING READ AND WRITE

Read this link about Portrait Lighting and on your blog write a list of ten facts you learned from reading this online article.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/portrait-lighting.htm
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Assignments Due Wednesday, October 28

1. Self Portrait with Text

Take a tripod and DSLR camera on self-timer mode and photograph a few self portraits (photographs you take of yourself). Edit your favorite photo in Photoshop and include some text within the image to create a mixed media selfie. In the caption section when you post include the MASIL and for a critique make a list of 25 words or phrases to describe yourself. Student samples below:

 

2. Conceptual Self Portrait

Take a photograph which represents something important about yourself, without showing your face in the photograph. In the caption section when you post include the MASIL and for a critique first define the word “conceptual” and then write a two to three paragraph reflection explaining how this photograph conceptually and visually shows something about you and what you are attempting to share about yourself with the viewer. Also, research the work of photographer Cindy Sherman. Post your favorite photo of hers on your blog and write 5 sentences explaining your opinion of her work and style and her ability to become famous from her self portrait photography series work. Student samples below:

 

3. Buy a Digital Camera Essay

Research different cameras online and decide which camera you would purchase if you were to buy a new digital camera tomorrow. List the features you like in this camera and why you have decided to purchase this particular one. Think about things like: price, size, ISO settings, manual and auto capabilities, flash settings, wireless communication, battery life, lenses, brands, specialty features, etc. Write a 500 word essay on your blog explaining which digital camera you would buy and why.

Sites to check out:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

https://www.imaging-resource.com/cameras/compare/

4. White Balance Read and Write

Research the meaning of white balance online. On your blog define white balance and list the white balance settings. ALso tell why you need to change your white balance under different lighting conditions.

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Assignments Due Friday October 16

1. Illustration of an Iconic Image

Make a new document 8×12 or 12×8 150 resolution. Paste the illustration you want to trace and fit to the correct size. Make a new blank layer to trace on and lock it. Trace the illustration with a thin pencil and then color it in with brushes and the paint bucket. Make sure to add a background to your illustration. Samples below:

 

2. Candid Moments with  Captions (3-5 Photos with captions for each)

Photograph candid moments and edit your images in Photoshop. In the caption section of each photo you post write a caption including who, what , where and why. include your technical info for each photo (MASIL) For a critique look at the work of photographer Henri Cartier Bresson ,who captured the “decisive moment”. On your blog post 2-3 of his photographs and write 10 sentences about his work and your opinion of his timing, composition and ability to capture the perfect moment. Student Samples below:

 

 

Assignments Due Friday, October 9

1. History of Photography Timeline

Watch this Powerpoint about the history of Photography history-of-photo-presentation

Also go online and research the History of Photography

Use this timeline template to list the most important inventions and events in history in chronological order. Post the template to your blog in a post titled: The history of photography. Under the template list 3-5 events and/or inventions in photography which impresses you the most, and has the most impact on your life today. (3-5 paragraphs)

timeline

 2. Social Issue Poster

In Photoshop make a document 16×20- 150 resolution for your Social Issue Poster. Pick a social issue which is close to your heart. Include a heading, body text, image (s) from online which visually show your views on this issue. Think about layout, design and composition when you put together your poster. After you save your final version as a jpeg, post to your blog and write 10 sentences explaining what this social issue means to you and your views on it, which should be obvious in your poster. Samples of past student work below. (Please note that I did not require past student to have a heading and body text, but I am requiring that of you this year.)

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Assignments Due Monday October 5:

1. On Location Portraits with Natural Light 

-Take at least 10 portraits of a classmate on location using natural light

-Think about exposure, lighting, composition, posing and expression. (Make sure your subject does not have on the yellow vest in the portrait photographs you are taking.)

-Edit your photos in Photoshop and post between 3-10 EDITED photos of your subject (as a gallery or as individual photos)

-Critique:  Find an on-location portrait online with natural lighting. Post that photo and make a list of 25 words you think of when you look at this photo. Include the photographers name if possible.

-****Include your technical info in the caption section of each photo. MASIL

2. Framing a subject

-Take at least 3 different photographs using framing in the composition. Post 2-3 of your photographs, EDITED of course. Include the technical info: MASIL

-Critique your own photographs you posted and answer these questions.

  1. What camera metering mode did I use and why?
  2. Do I have a strong composition?
  3. How well did I edit my photographs?
  4. What would I do differently if I shot this assignment again?
  5. Do you think your photographs belong on the blog home page and   should be considered one of the best from all the photo classes?

3. Define these 35 words in a word document and then copy and paste your definitions in a blog post titled Photography Definitions:

pixels, image resolution, megabyte, megapixel, gigabyte, jpeg, raw, tiff, png, white balance, histogram, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, bitmap, exposure, watermarking, optical zoom, digital zoom, bracketing, light meter, image stabilization, noise, lag time, hot shoe, fisheye, macro, telephoto, wide angle, DSLR, dynamic range, digital negative, exposure compensation

SAMPLES OF SHOOTING ASSIGNMENTS BELOW:

On Location Portraits

 

Frame within a Frame Composition

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

1. Look at the new “Best” photos on the homepage of our blog and make a comment on 3 photographs by your peers.

2. 30 Photos That Changed The World 

Read this link about the 30 Photos that changed the world and write a 500 word  reflection about 3 of the photographs. Include the story behind each photograph,  how it impacted the world and your opinion of it. photo is about and your opinion of it.

http://www.photographyschoolsonline.net/blog/2010/30-photos-that-changed-the-world/

3. Warhol/Pop Art

-For your Pop Art assignment you should photograph an object, which is POPULAR IN THE CULTURE TODAY.

-Make 4 copies of the photo you chose, 4×6 or 6×4 (200 res) each, labeling them Warhol 1, Warhol 2 and so on…

-Work on each picture separately, experimenting with filters, gradient maps, colors, patterns, and more….make sure there is contrast between the subject and the background!

-When you complete the 4 individual photos, merge the layers in each.

-Open a new document in Photoshop, 8×12 or 12×8 (200res)

-Move the four individual photos into the new document.

-Save as a jpeg and post

-Critique: Research and answer these questions about an interesting pop artist.

  1. What is Pop Art?
  2. Why is this artist’s work considered Pop Art?
  3. Describe some of this artists work.
  4. Why did you pick this artist and why do you like his/her work?

4. Alphabet Photography

-Look for images which represent letters and create a word in photographs

-Edit your photos in PS and then make a new document to put the word in.

-Make your document 16×8 2oo resolution and fit your images in to make the word. If you need more space go to Image>Adjust>Canvas Size and resize bigger.

-Save as a jpeg and post to your blog.

-Critique: List 5 valuable things you learned in Photo class so far this year.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, SEPT 18

1. DIGITAL COLLAGE: ALL ABOUT ME

-Gather imagery online that represents at least five things about yourself.

-In Photoshop, make an 8×10 or 10×8 @150 resolution document and title it All About Me Collage

-Select elements from the Internet images to move into your collage.

-After you get a good selection with the magic wand or magnetic lasso, remember to go in Mask and refine your selection. If you want soft edges you will go to select>modify>feather.

-Think about rules of good composition when designing your layout of elements and background. Move layers around from the layer palette.

-To blend layers for a unique effect, you use the move tool and use Shift+ to scroll through blend modes.

-Save your work as a psd until you are completely done with it, and then save as a jpeg to post to your blog.

-Write a three paragraph reflection about what how your collage visually represents you. Post under your work in your blog.

Samples below:

2. CAPTURING ACTION AND MOTION IN PHOTOGRAPHY

-Take photos outside that capture ACTION SHARP. Try to “capture the moment”.  Shoot at the shutter priority mode and auto focus AI SERVO . Make sure your shutter speed is above 125th of a second. ISO 400 Take several photos and post your favorite 2 action shots, edited in Photoshop.

-Take action photos inside trying to capture MOTION BLUR. Try to “capture the moment”.  Shoot at the shutter priority mode and auto focus AI SERVO mode. Make sure your shutter speed is 60th or below for more blur. Use a tripod to make sure stationary objects are not blurred. Take several photos and post your favorite 2 shots , edited in Photoshop.

-Include technical info on all photos: MASIF

-Find 2 photos online, one showing action sharp and another showing motion blur. Guess what shutter speeds, f stops, and lens were used. Post as critique.

-Read this online article about capturing action and motion photography and write one or two paragraphs stating what you learned about action and motion photography techniques..

http://digiphotomag.com/articles/how-to-capturing-action-motion/

Samples below:

 

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

1. SHADOWS AND LIGHT  

– 2 Edited Photos showing strong SHADOWS and CONTRAST

-Technical Info with each photo:  f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, Mode

-A photo from the Internet showing shadows

-10 sentence writing critique about the Internet photo

2. CAMERA MODES

http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-camera-modes/1 paragraph about what each camera mode does.

Read through this link on camera modes. On your blog make a new post writing 2 sentences about each camera mode.

3. SURREALISM

After practicing with Kim on the mountain, make your own surrealist piece by putting someone or something where they don’t belong. Make a 10×8 or 8×10 200 resolution document in Photoshop and bring in Internet images for this assignment. Practice selecting, masking and refining your selections.

Look at the work of surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Jerry Uelsman and explore other surrealist artists and photographers online. Post your surrealism work in a blog post and also include a work by a surrealist artist who inspires you. Write a 100 word reflection, critiquing their surrealism, and mention how you think you did on your surrealism work.

4. DEPTH OF FIELD

-Read these two links and write two paragraphs explaining in your own words what depth of field is in photography and the ways to control depth of field when shooting. Call this blogpost: Depth of Field Explained.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1150150/depthoffield.html

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/07/17/what-is-depth-of-field-how-aperture-focal-length-and-focus-control-whats-sharp/

– Go outside and take two photographs of the same subject, trying to get two different depth of fields. Remember to first format the memory card, set WB to auto and ISO to 400, and be on Manual focusing. You will set the camera mode to AV (aperture priority). Make sure to focus on the same subject for both shots you take.

-In Photo #1 You will get a shallow depth of field. Zoom out to the longest focal length of the lens which is 55mm. Set the aperture on f5.6 (the widest aperture at 55mm) and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. Make sure it is not below 60th of a second. Get in good and close to your subject

-In Photo #2 You will get a good depth of field. Put your lens at 18mm ( which is the widest lens mm on your lens). Set your aperture at f16, and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. Make sure it is not below 60th of a second, or open up the aperture to f11. Stay a bit further back to get a better depth of field.

-Repeat the depth of field activity 2-3 times to make sure you get it right.

-In the lab, edit your photos for maximum impact and post each one (good and shallow depth of field) to your blog as the large photo. Include the technical info in the caption section of each (Mode, ISO, Shutter speed, Fstop, Focal length of lens.

– For the critique for this assignment you are to find two photos online- one which shows a good depth of field and one which shows a shallow depth of field. In the caption section when you post them guess at what you think the aperture, shutter speed and lens mm was for each photo.

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 Assignment Due Wed/Thur, August 26/27:

 

2.  TEXTURE

Go outside in brighter light and photograph 5 photos that show texture. Put your ISO at 400, and meter the scene to get the correct exposure.

Put your photos in a folder on your h drive:  DIGITAL PHOTO>TEXTURE ASSIGNMENT

Edit your photos in Photoshop with IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS and post 3 of your photos to your blog. INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera mode

Find one photo online which shows amazing texture. Write a two paragraph critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph- compositionally and technically, and why you chose it.

3. COMPOSITION

Read below about what makes strong composition in a photograph and what catches the viewers eye. Find  12 sample photos online which show good composition. Put them in a folder in your Digital Photography folder (which is in your H drive) and upload them to your blog as a gallery of images. Post your gallery and write 10 complete sentences, (with capitals and periods), one sentence under each photo in the gallery before posting, to explain what element of composition each photo represents.

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Composition
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First assignments:

1. Make a blogsite with edublogs. https://edublogs.org/   Join the class blog, select a template, and design your site layout and design,

2. Read the following link and write 25 sentences reviewing what you learned about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera modes. As your first blogpost, copy and paste in your sentences from Word.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm

3. Play around with the camera simulator and learn how to use the camera controls. Then practice with the camera in the classroom.

http://camerasim.com/apps/camera-simulator/

 

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  2014-2015 school year

1. ME AND MYSELF PHOTO

Scan or rephotograph a photo of yourself as a child and add your current self to the image. Check out this link to get ideas: http://www.demilked.com/double-self-portraits-chino-otsuka/

2. AMAZING COMPOSITION

Photograph with composition in mind and post 3 new photos on your blog which show very strong composition!! Label each photo with the compositional tip you used to make an eye catching image.

3. PHOTOMONTAGE: WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS

Make a well blended digital photomontage (12×8 or 8×12 -150 res) to show where you see yourself in 10 years.

4. LIGHTROOM PRACTICE

Photograph 100 photos of the same subject (portrait, landscape, advertising, still life etc…) Open your Lightroom catalog and make a new collection for your new images. Edit your photos in Lightroom and post 20-30 of your best ones as a gallery.

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NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY MAY 4

1. LETTER TO NEXT YEARS PHOTO STUDENT

Write a letter to next years new photo students. Include at least 500 words and describe some of your favorite assignments and experiences in photo class.

2. COMPOSE a 12×24 (300 res) SOCIAL ISSUE POSTER

Include appropriate graphics and text to support your cause. Make sure the graphics are not too small and lower resolution. Write a 3 paragraph reflection describing why you chose this social issue and your views on it.

3. CUBISM

Create a cubistic photo image after looking at the work of Pablo Picasso and David Hockney. Take one of your photographs and cut it into pieces and reassemble on a new document. Post to blog. In the post include an image by Picasso or Hockney and describe why you like it.

4. CRITIQUE OF STUDENT WORK ON BLOG

Look at the blog home page and check out the best student work. On your blog, write a 3 paragraph critique about 1 or 2 of your favorite images by your peers. Include the photo (s) you chose in your blog post and who the artist was who produced the image.

 

ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY APRIL 24:

1. Design our Commencement Program Cover

Make a 5×7 300 res document and design a program cover for this year’s graduation. The best design will be chosen to be the actual program cover. Info to include:

Jurupa Hills Commencement Ceremony, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Thursday, May 28 from 3-5

2. Read and Write

Read this online article and write a three paragraph reflection on your blog commenting on what you learned from reading it.

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/11/10-beliefs-that-suck-the-life-out-of-photographers/

3. Re-create a Photo

Look for a photograph online which you would like to re-create. Analyze the original photo for composition and lighting and re-create the photo as closely as you can. Samples below.

4. Diptych

Make a diptych image (2 images together), and the theme is OPPOSITES. Samples below

Re creations

Diptychs

 ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 17

Put Yourself in History

Find a historic photo online and include yourself in the scene. Adjust size, color and resolution to match the historic photo to look as realistic as possible.

Animal Morphing

Morph together two or three different animals to create a new species. Blend the images together seamlessly to look as if they are one animal. Add a background or habitat. Name your new animal species.

The Touch Series

Create a series of photos where people are touching in some way.

Samples of all three assignments below.

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Your Photography Business Powerpoint: (due Fri, April 10)

You will start a (pretend) photography business either by yourself or in partnership with one or two of your peer students. Create a Powerpoint Presentation to present to the class and include the items on the list below:

* Business Name

* Your name as sole owner or names of people in the partnership

* The type of photography you specialize in, and the types of jobs you intend to get.

* Samples of work you would like to produce for your clients.

* Your (pretend) web site address

* Who are your inspirations?

* Where will you conduct your business? (which state will you live, will you work out of your home or rent office space in which location)

* Branding: Your business card (Make your business card a 3.5 x 2.5 document in Photoshop)

* Marketing: Include a slide about how are you going to advertise and get jobs in your field?

* Market Research: How much money you would like to make in your first year of business, and how much you foresee making in 5 years, and also in 10 years.

NEW ASSIGNMENTS AFTER SPRING BREAK

1. Portrait with Make Up  (due Monday, April 6)

Take a beautiful portrait of someone you admire and apply make up to their face using Photoshop paint and brush tools. Post to blog.

2. Advertising Photography (due Monday, April 6)

For this assignment you will create a photograph that would be used for advertising purposes. First you will research advertising photography on the Internet to generate ideas. You will write a proposal before you begin to shoot. Answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the client, or company you are representing?
  2. What is the product?
  3. Who is the target audience?
  4. Where would you expect to see this advertisement?
  5. What kind of lighting are you going to use to make this look professional?
  6. What props do you need?

Shoot the product and use of variety of compositions. Think about: lighting, composition, depth of field, product placement. Use Photoshop to tweak and enhance your photograph. Add necessary text and captions. Post your best advertising shot, EDITED, to your blog with the proposal. Samples below:

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY MARCH 20

  1. Fill Flash Outside

Read these links about using FILL FLASH outside to fill in the shadows. Write 10 sentences explaining what fill flash outside is and why you would need to use it to get perfect exposure on the subject and background.

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/20/master-fill-flash-in-4-easy-steps/

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/195/using-a-flash-when-outside/

Go outside and photograph a subject which is BACKLIT. Set your camera on AV or TV to meter the natural light. Make sure your flash is on ETTL and fill the subject in shadow with fill lighting from the flash. Post 2-3 photos showing your understanding and good usage of fill flash.

  1. Buying a new digital camera writing reflection

Pretend you are going to buy a new digital camera. Go online to research. Try going to  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

Brands, Camera modes, Types of digital camera (dslr, point and shoot, mirrorless), Cost and Size, and Specifications of different cameras (megapixels, ISO settings, camera modes, flash settings, interchangeable lenses, battery life, shutter lag)

Write a 500 word synopsis in academic language, on which camera you would choose to purchase based on their research, and why you would choose that particular camera. Post your synopsis to your blog.

  1. Close up Portraits

Photograph a portrait of someone getting very close up. Try to get a good expression which communicates something about your subjects personality. Post 2-5 amazing close up portraits to your blog and make a list of 20 words to describe the person in your photographs.

4.  Photograph your Favorite Teacher with Writing Reflection

Use bounced external flash to take some nice portraits of your favorite teacher. Edit and post your best portrait and write a 3 paragraph reflection in academic language explaining why you like and admire this teacher.

Fill Flash Samples

Close up Portraits

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Photo 1 Assignments due Tuesday March 10

1. 3-5 On location portraits with bounced external flash

Use the Canon digital camera and an external bounced flash to photograph portraits on location. Practice shooting with on the hot shoe and also off camera flash with a sync cord. Set your camera on Manual, Auto White Balance, ISO 400, F8 @ 60th of a second shutter speed. Photograph at least 10 portraits and post your top 3-5 edited portraits to your blog. As a writing critique answer the following questions on your blog in a separate post. It will count as a separate grade.:

-When would you use external flash?

-What does flash synchronization mean?

-What does ETTL mean?

-What will happen when you shoot faster than the camera sync speed?

-Why do photographers bounce the flash and use a diffuser?

– What is a slave?

-What should you do if your image comes out too dark or too light?

 2. Illustrate an Iconic Image

Find an iconic photographic image online and trace and color the image you selected. Post the finished illustration to your blog and write a reflection about what iconic means and why the image you chose to illustrate is considered “iconic”.

Samples of bounced on and  off camera external flash below:

Some Iconic Images:

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Photo 1  Assignments Due Tuesday, March 3

1. Poetry and Your Photography

  1. Take a new photo for this assignment or use one of your existing edited photos.
  2. Make a new document 11×14@ 200 res
  3. Move your photo into your new document and size to fit.
  4. Add a quote, poetry, song lyrics or your own words to your edited image
  5. Post to your blog
  6. In a writing critique answer this question in 2-3 sentences:  Why did you choose these words to go with this image

2. Magazine Cover

Create a magazine cover using your own photographic image. Include a cover title and a list of articles, which would be within the magazine.

3. Wacky Landscape

Take a landscape photo and use Photoshop to enhance and dramatize the image to make it look wacky and otherworldly. Post to your blog, and come up for a name for your new landscape location.

4. Read and Write: Flash Photography

Read this article about external flash use and write 20 sentences describing some useful information you learned from reading it.

http://photoextremist.com/book/2-Introduction_to_External_Flash.pdf

Poetry and Your Photography Samples:

Magazine Cover Samples:

Wacky Landscape Photos

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Photo 1 Assignments Due Tuesday, February 16

1.  Studio Portraits with strobes and colored gels

Photograph portraits in the studio using the strobes and colored gel in the background. Edit your portraits in Lightroom or Photoshop and post 8-10 final portraits on your blog. Writing critique: Find a portrait online that was shot with studio strobe lighting and make a list of 20 sentences to describe that photo and your opinion of it.

2.   Self – Illustration

Take a new photograph of yourself and edit it in Photoshop. Make a new blank layer above the photo. Make the photo layer a regular layer not a background layer, and then make a new layer under the photo and fill it with white. Use the pencil tool to outline your self- portrait. Fill the illustration in with color and ADD A BACKGROUND.

3.    Read and Write : An Introduction to using strobes

Read this entire article on beginning strobe use and then write a three paragraph reflection on your blog detailing what the article is about and the most important things you got out of reading it. You will put your new knowledge to work this week when producing studio portraits.

 http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/an-introduction-to-using-strobes-in-your-photography–photo-692

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3 Assignments Due Tuesday, February 10

1. TRIPTYCH: BODY PARTS

Take 3 photos which go together visually to make a triptych. Edit your photos in Photoshop. Make a new document and size it to be a 9×16 or 16×9 at 200 resolution

  • Go back to your edited three photos and crop each to 3×5 or 5×3 at 200 resolution.
  • Move each image into your triptych and resize if necessary.
  • Layout your images any way your like to make an interesting triptych
  • Add a subtle low key background under the three photos
  • Merge layers and save as a jpg.
  • Post your triptych photo to your blog and come up with a creative name for your work.
  • Writing Critique: Make a new blog post: What I learned in Photo class and list 20 important and valuable things you learned in Photography class. Student samples below:

2. Silhouette Series

Photograph subjects against the white background lit with two hot lights. Meter for the background so the subject becomes a silhouette. Shoot a series or story to be communicated visually through your imagery.

Edit your photos to get maximum contrast and a silhouetted subject.

Make a large blank document in Photoshop and put your series silhouette images within it to create a silhouette story or series. Writing Critique: Write a short reflection (5-10 sentences) describing what your silhouette story is representing and what you would like people to know about it. Student samples below:

3. Am I Talking to Myself

Take numerous photos of yourself or someone else relating to themselves in some creative way. Merge them all together in Photoshop to make a fun and humorous montage titled Am I Talking To Myself. Writing Critique: Make a blog post called My Inspiration and list 10-20 things which inspire your creativity. Student samples below:

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Assignments Due Thur, Jan 29

1. HDR Photography

-Go online and research the meaning of HDR. Create a blogpost explaining what the term HDR in photography means and ways to achieve successful results.

-Photograph 5 different exposures of a landscape (on Manual)  for this assignment. One at the perfect exposure, plus one and two stops underexposed and one and two stops overexposed. USE A TRIPOD for this!

-Save images in a folder and open Photoshop>File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro

-Select your five landscape images and press ok. Photoshop will compile your images into one HDR image.

-You will probably need to do more adjustments to make it more vibrant and saturated. You could bring in cool clouds from the Internet to blend into your sky.

-Post to blog and please TITLE YOUR WORK!!! Write a 10 sentence critique of your own work and post under your image.

2. Painting with Light

-Go to a dark place to shoot for this assignment. Put the camera securely on a tripod and put your shutter speed at 20 to 30 sec (not 20th of a sec…but 20 full seconds). You must put the camera on self timer to avoid camera shake. Shoot on manual and try your fstop at 8 or 11. ISO at 200 or 400.

-Pre focus on Manual focus mode, because the camera will not in autofocus!

-Wave finger lights in front of the frame during the exposure and check out the results!

-You might need to make adjustments in exposure and try again.

Post your image (s) to your blog. Write a 10 sentence critique of your own work and post under your image.

HDR SAMPLE STUDENT WORK

PAINTING WITH LIGHT STUDENT WORK

Assignments for the week of Jan 12-16

1. Shooting for Composition

Shoot 10 new photographs which show STRONG COMPOSITION. Edit your photos and post 5-10 new photos on your blog. Caption each of your photos with the compositional tip you used to catch the viewers eye.

Also, look online for photos you think have strong composition and catch your eye. Post 5 photos you find with a short paragraph stating what you really really like about those photos. Any similarities in your picture choices? DUE FRIDAY, JAN 16

2. Photographer Research Project

You will produce and present a PowerPoint Slide Show about a Professional Photographer of your choice. The project is to be between 10 and 15 slides and include the information below and at least 10 photographs. You can choose from the enclosed list or pick a significant photographer of your choice. Questions to answer when doing photographer research project are below. Email your presentation to caucrg@fusd.net or put in my flashdrive by TUESDAY, JAN 20.

  1. What is the photographer’s real name and year he or she was born? Is he/she still alive?
  2. What is their style of photography (ex: photojournalism, editorial, documentary, advertising, portraits, magazine, sports, war)?
  3. Are there any special photography techniques this photographer uses in his/her work?  (Think about composition, depth of field, history…)
  4. Who does the photographer work for?
  5. What type of cameras and lens does this photographer work with, and why?
  6. What type of lighting does this photographer primarily use and why?
  7. Who are some of your photographer’s early influences?
  8. Are there any interesting stories about this photographer or his/her work?
  9. What do you like (or not like) about their work, and why did you select this photographer?

Robert Mapplethorpe – flowers, portraits, nudes  *

Annie Leibovitz – celebrity portraits    *

Danny Clinch – musicians     *

Edward Weston – black and white nudes,landscapes

Ansel Adams –  black and white landscape

Cindy Sherman – self portraits      *

Diane Arbus –  strange and different portraits     *

David Lachappelle – unique portraits *

Imogen Cunningham – black and white

Eliot Porter – color landscape

Alfred Eisenstadt – candid photojournalism

Linda McCartney – musicians in the 60’s

Herb Ritts – celebrity portraits     *

Henry Cartier- Bresson -candid street, the decisive moment

Andy Warhol – bizarre

Robert Frank -street

Mary Ellen Mark – portraits    *

Eddie Adams – war, photojournalism

Robert Capa – war

Paul Strand – black and white

Lewis Hind – child labor

Duane Michals -fine art

James Nachtwey – war    *

Irving Penn – fashion, still lifes      *

Richard Avedon – portraits

Margaret Bourke White – early photojournalism

Lee Friedlander – black and white candid

Harold Edgerton – motion

Sebastiao  Salgado – photojournalism

Weegee – street photojournalism

Mark Seliger – celebrity portraits     *

Jerry Uelsmann – photo montage     *

Dorothea Lange – documentary

Anne Geddes – children

Kim Anderson – children

Nigel Barker- Fashion

William Wegman – dogs

Man Ray – rayograms, fashion, portraits in the 20

Arnold Newman – environmental portraits     *

Steve McCurry – National Geographic portraits     *

Danny Lyon – street and documentary

Brad Mangin – sports

Neil Leifer – sports

Nick Saglimbeni – LA fashion

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New Assignments: Due Monday December 8

 

Take a Vacation

You need a vacation! Find an image online of a place you would like to go for your vacation. Include yourself in the scene and add at least 3 props to take along with you. (ie: sunglasses, camera, friends, suitcases, shopping bags, etc…)

Make a 12×8 100 resolution document for your Take a Vacation image and add all the necessary ingredients. Post your image to your blog with 5 sentences explaining your vacation destination choice and your digital additions to the scene.

Candid Moments with Captions

Use a longer lens to photograph candid moments around the school. Edit your shots and post 3 candids with captions under them explaining who, what, where, and why??

Include your technical information:  f stop, shutter speed, iso, lens, mode)

Critique:  Look at the work of Henri Cartier Bresson online. In a blog post choose 2 of your favorite photos of his to post and write 5 sentences describing the work of Cartier Bresson and what you think of it.

YOUR PORTFOLIO  (Due in my flashdrive or emailed to me by Mon, Dec 8)

Look through your body of photography work for PORTFOLIO material. Make a new folder in your digital photo folder called portfolio and select 10-20 of your images and collages for your portfolio. Make a Powerpoint or Prezi show with your portfolio work. Include a title slide with your name and some information about yourself, and then put each of your photography pieces on a single slide. Begin with your strongest piece and end with a piece we will remember! Try to organize your slides so one image leads to the next visually. Portfolio Presentation is due the week we return from Nov break. You will give it to Ms. C in her flashdrive and then present your portfolio to the class.

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4 Assignments Due November 19

1. Self Portrait with Meaningful Text

Use the digital slr camera with the self timer on and a tripod to take photos of yourself. Edit your photo in Photoshop and add meaningful text which works with the photo to convey something about yourself. Critique:  Write 5 sentences describing the work of Cindy Sherman and your opinion of her self portrait series work. Post your work and critique to blog.

2. Conceptual Self Portrait

Photograph something which conceptually represents you in some way. Take at least 10 photos with different composition and lighting. Edit your photos in Photoshop and post to blog. Critique:  Define “conceptual” and discuss in a 2 paragraph reflection how your photograph represents you.

3. What is Your Color

Create a Photoshop Collage 12×9 or 9×12 300 resolution representing your favorite color. Include your self portrait, the color you select and some writing about why this is YOUR color. Post to blog.

4. Jpeg vs. Raw- Read and Write

Research what the terms jpeg and raw are, and the differences between these file formats. Include a two paragraph reflection comparing and contrasting them on your blog.

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Assignments Week of October 27-31

1. Body, Shape, Form

Post one STRONG image you shot and edited showing body, shape, form Use the macro lens if you want to focus very close.

2. Shoot like Aaron Siskind

Research the work of photographer Aaron Siskind, who shot for shapes, form and contrast. Set the camera to Monochrome and go shooting in black and white in the style of Aaron Siskind. Post three photos you shot and edited with FSIML. Critique:  Post three photos you like by Aaron Siskind and in  one paragraph explain what you like about the photos and describe Aaron Siskind’s style of photography.

3. Mirror Imagery

Photograph an interesting photo with lots of lines. Put the edited photo in a new document and make a copy of the image to flip to make mirror imagery. Either 2 or 4 images would work for the mirror image. Post to blog.

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Week of Oct 20-24  (all 4 assignments due Friday Oct 24)

1. 30 Photos that changed the world 

Read this link about the 30 Photos that changed the world and write a two paragraph reflection about 3 of the photos. Include what the photo is about and your opinion of it.:

http://www.photographyschoolsonline.net/blog/2010/30-photos-that-changed-the-world/

2. History Invention Worksheet

Research an important photography invention and fill out the worksheet (get from Cauchon and give back to her when complete)

3. Alphabet Photography

-Look for images which represent letters and create a word  in photographs

-Edit your photos in PS and then make a new document to put the word in.

Make your document 16×8 2oo resolution and fit your images in to make the word. If you need more space go to Image>Adjust>Canvas Size and resize bigger.

Samples below:

4. Studio Portraits

Use the studio backdrop (white or black) to photograph PORTRAITS of classmates.

Use the tungsten “hot lights” to light the portraits

Make sure to put your white balance on TUNGSTEN and shoot at ISO 400 or 800. Go right up to the subject and meter them on MANUAL.

Take at least 10 photographs and edit them in PS. Post anywhere between 3 and 10 portraits. Include technical info: FSIML

Critique:  Find a studio portrait online and write a list of 25 words you think of when you look at the portrait. Include the photographers name if possible.

October 10-20

1. Small Group Critique Writing (Due Friday, October 10)

In groups of 2 or 3, evaluate and critique 2 of the action motion photographs shot, edited and posted by your peers. (look on home page of blog for the 21 photos selected to be on display on the blog). Analyze, Evaluate,and Judge the photos and write 2 paragraphs about each of the 2 photos you chose to critique. Post your writing on one persons blog and put all the names of each member of the group.

2. Warhol/Pop Art (Due Friday, October 10)

-For your Pop Art assignment you should photograph an object, which is POPULAR IN THE CULTURE TODAY.

-Make 4 copies of the photo you chose, 4×6 or 6×4 (200 res) each, labeling them Warhol 1, Warhol 2 and so on…

-Work on each picture separately, experimenting with filters, gradient maps, colors, patterns, and more….make sure there is contrast between the subject and the background!

-When you complete the 4 individual photos, merge the layers in each.

-Open a new document in Photoshop, 8×12 or 1