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Notes to new photo students

Dear next year’s students 

This elective could easily be your next favorite one. Mrs. Cauchon is a funny, sweet and clear teacher that you can easily connect with and ask questions too. She will teach you how to use a camera, and online programs such as photoshop and lightroom. This elective is highly interactive and fun, the more people you know, the easier it is to have fun and be creative. You’ll learn the history of photography, and understand the importance of capturing the moment. You’ll have absolute freedom in this class, and the best part is being able to look back on your work and seeing your best work. My favorite assignment was Alphabet Photography. For that assignment, you look for images which represent letters and create a word in photographs. I chose the word “Happy” and used various objects such as a door for the letter “H” and my friend’s head for the letter “P”. This assignment helped me view the world in a totally different perspective, and you will too as soon as you are holding a camera in your hand. This class is stress free, and filled with freedom, so have as much fun as I did and make friends.  

Brandon Avalos

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Dear future digital photography students, 

This class will probably be your favorite class of your school year. The class is super fun, and you get to interact with others. Throughout the year you will learn so many things. You’ll even get to post your work to your own website to show others. In this class you’ll learn to edit your photos to how you like them and learn lighting, how a camera works and more. Some of my favorite assignments were painting with lights which you used led lights and drew whatever and, in your photo, it’ll show, collage of things we liked and motion assignment. In many assignments you get to work with other students which makes the class more fun. I would highly recommend taking this class every year of high school and going into photo 2 and so on.  

Matthew Alvarez

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Dear Students:

Let me start off with saying, this will be one of the best classes you will ever take. A lot of enjoyment and good memories come from this class. You learn a lot about cameras and photography methods. I learned how to shoot in Manual Focus, Aperture Mode and Shutter Speed Mode. It may sound like nonsense now, but they are very easy to understand if you really want to put in the work for this class. I also learned how to work in a studio with hot lights and strobe lights. The studio can be a bit intimidating but after a couple of uses, it becomes super easy. The main two software you will be using is just Photoshop and Lightroom. Personally, I do my editing in Lightroom and then I do collages and other things that I can not do in Lightroom in Photoshop.  

The assignments are pretty fun, but I am going to be honest. There are some assignments that will be better than others. I liked doing HDR photography, Black and White photography, and really just anything with a camera. I did not really like the ones where it was only in Photoshop. That is just a personal opinion.  

Another thing you learn is to run your own blogsite. It was all right. It was not the greatest thing. After the first two weeks of the class, everything becomes very easy to go through and is only the place where you just upload your assignments. It sounded hard to me on the first day then I got used to it.  

With going in the assignments, you need to collaborate with other students. If you do not, then some assignments will not come out good. It is good to have friends in the class as you can help each other in assignments. I mainly used the students in my class as subjects in my photography.  

Overall, I will recommend this class to every student if they enjoy the arts and want a different way of expressing themselves or just having fun than just a plain art class. It is an excellent class and teaches you a lot of skills that could be useful in understanding photography whether if it is with your phone or a high-end camera.  

Sincerely,  Andrew D Gutierrez 

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Dear upcoming IB Photography Students, 

I hope you are doing well and are excited for this upcoming year and specifically are excited for this photography class. I know maybe if you are just entering IB it may seem scary and like too much, but you will be alright. Something I can say about this class is I learned a lot about not only photography, but also about myself. I learned that I love nature and photographing people from different cultures. I know this may sound dumb, but I truly learned so many things I did not know before. I hope you find your love for different things just like I did. I guarantee you’ll have a lot of fun and take many good pictures.  

At the beginning of my photographic journey, I did not like to use photoshop or edit anything because I liked seeing things more natural and normal. Yet after some time I learned that there are different types of editing, some types that I really began to start loving. Editing does not mean that your photos are drastically changed, at times editing may be fixing the lighting, the background, improving the pictures taken. One tip I could give if you do not like editing as much would be to always try and take the best possible pictures that you can while you are shooting because once you get to editing them, you won’t have to edit as much, and you’ll have a more original sense to it. Now, if you personally like edited pictures, then you will also have a lot of fun editing different pictures. There are several different types of ways and apps that you could use to edit photographs that are really cool. Also editing or not, many students will find a genre or type of photography that they love and will begin to personalize it that will give you guys your own personal label. 

I know you are probably confused right now not knowing how to use a camera or even take good pictures. Some things I can suggest are really paying attention to the lectures about the camera’s ISO, aperture, lighting, etc… Not only this but when you are confused asked Mrs. Cauchon, she is sweet and understanding, always willing to help anyone out, judgement free. Once you get the hang of taking pictures then you’ll realize that it really isn’t that hard and it is more so enjoyable. After some time you’ll find a way you love to take pictures, maybe you’ll like taking portraits, maybe landscapes, maybe you may like surrealist photographs. This will say a lot about you, not only this, but you will also like taking photographs of a certain topic. I for example really loved portraying mental illness through photography and became known for this. Everyone knew who had created a piece when they saw it was about mental illness. This will all go on your blog, which you will decorate and personalize, it is really cool to have it show all your work for the whole year. It is not difficult to use and looks very professional, yet fun. 

I hope you have a great year in this class, I know you’ll enjoy it and find out many new things about yourself in it. Find ways in which people can find out new things or messages through your work. More importantly, try to evoke emotion through your work, that is what the best types of art do to people, they make them feel something. 

 Sincerely,  

Kimberly Martinez (a previous IB photography student) 

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LETTER FOR YOU 

 Hello Newcomers, I’m glad you chosen this class for your elective, I promise you, you won’t regret it. Ms. Cauchon is our photograph teacher, shes the nicest human being ever and her vibe is just so positive, but I suggest you listen to the lectures about the light room and ring lights, the light room is used to take gel photos or hot light photos and many more . One of my Favorite Assignments are the gel lights and silhouette story or make your own magazine cover, you just need to have fun with it and let your feelings control your photos. A blog site is used to post your photos you’ve token or see your other classmates’ photos as well as customizing your own blog to make it as your liking. Its very to talk to kids in there and be comfortable with one another because you might get asked to take photos for an assignment, Overall I do recommend photography its one of the best electives ever and in the same time it’s fun and you can enjoy it very  much and put your own creativity into it .  

 Joceline Torres

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Over this past year I have learned a lot about cameras, the lighting, what lighting works or what lighting makes certain pictures look better and how to use the software in order to get the best photo product possible. It may sound difficult but if you are truly dedicated and you pay attention, I promise it will not be hard, but it will be enjoyable and fun to try and learn new things. I’ve learned how to change the shutter speed of my camera settings as well as the ISO and knowing when the flash is needed to get the best lighting. I would say that almost all of the assignments were my favorite because it was always fun being able to go out take photos. The “take a vacation” assignment I enjoyed a lot because I was able to be creative about it. “What color is your aura” was also one of my favorites because I had a lot of fun using the photoshop designing it . I really liked blogging because it was a lot of fun to create my own website and uploading my work for others to see. I think that I worked well with the other people in the classroom and it was also fun meeting new people. I would definitely recommend Digital Photography 100/10 plus the teacher is amazing and the sweetest.  

Valerie Arellano

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Dear photography students,  

Photography can be both a fun and insightful class. You learn how to modify different variables in photography to achieve your ideal photos. It’s a very hands-on class which can be very enjoyable. You’re given the freedom and opportunity to walk around the school to find things to take pictures of and explore your imagination through a camera. It can be difficult to portray your ideas into a single image, but it is doable. In class we learned how to set a digital camera to have the proper exposure, what shutter speed to use, how to take pictures of things in motion, and much more. Through various assignments, we would be assigned to focus on specific parts of photography each week. For example, one week we would focus on HDR photography, and the next week we would do monochrome photography. My favorite assignments were the ones where we’d go outside. HDR was a fun one since I was able to walk around outside and decipher which area in the school would be fitting for my specific landscape portrait. It was also nice working with my friends and seeing what they wanted to do for their pictures. I was able to incorporate friends outside of photography into my work as well, which was really cool. In photography, we make a blog or website that includes all our work from the year. I liked having my own blog to keep track of all my work and found it nice that I was able to modify and decorate it the way I wanted to. Overall, I would recommend this class to other students at Jurupa because you get to meet and work with people, use your own imagination when taking pictures, learn how to take a good photo, and overall, can explore the world of photography. 

Sincerely, 

Sabina M. 

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Digital Photography Students,  

 Welcome to Digital photography. This class is a great class if you want to learn how to photoshop and edit your photos. Mrs. Cauchon’s is a great teacher and is a very fun and exciting person. She’s very friendly and family oriented. And her taste in music is amazing. When I took this class, I learned how to use a camara and learn to use light room and photoshop to make my picture’s better. All the assignments are fun and very creative, my favorite assignments are probably the collage, Illustration of an iconic image, the 50 photos and My aura. I really liked the idea of having a blog and turning in your assignments through there. That way everyone can go to your blog and see the pictures you took for the different assignments. Also being able to choose what style of blog you want. There were so many things to choose from. The class would be 10 times better if you have a friend to go shooting with and even be their muse. There are a lot of assignments that you can have different people in the shot and that makes the picture more meaningful. I would recommend taking photography. Whether you see yourself doing it as a career or just for fun. Really recommend it, you’ll have a fun time.  

Noelia Castillo

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To the next year photography students,  

Photography was a very enjoyable class, way more fun with friends. You get to take many pictures, learn how to edit, and more. One of the most important things you need to memorize in this class is just the basics of shutter speed, ISO, and the aperture. Some of the things I have learned are leading lines, how to edit, JPED vs RAW, and White balance. Some of my favorite assignments were portraits, and mainly editing assignments. Though they were hard, they were incredibly fun and nice to do. Blogging is very fun, you get to make your page like your vibe if that makes sense. It’s quite easy to manage once you understand how to do it, but some you may need to ask Mrs. Cauchon. It’s also really nice being on the class page, everyone gets to be on it at least once. One of the funest (I know not a word) things is collaborating with others in this class, you may even develop a photography buddy or buddies. Overall, this class is very easy to pass if you do your work and put effort into photos (so, make sure you edit your photos!!!). The editing can get hard sometimes so again don’t be scared to ask someone for help. Anyways that’s all I’m going to put here, so have fun and take pictures! 

 Wishing you a Great Year! Janiya Campbell 

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To next year class 

From Darion 

In this class I learned everything there’s to learn about photography from no other knowledge. I learned how cameras work and edit photos mostly. My favorite assignments are the ones that let you take pictures of whatever you want which gives you a lot of freedom. Blogging sounds fun or it doesn’t to you, but it really wasn’t a big part of this class. The only fun part was making the website at first lowkey. Collaborating with other students is fun but also really hard when it comes to photography, just get one friend in the class and you’re fine. Overall, a 10/10 class actually though. 

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Dear Digital Photography 1 Students, 

I just wanted to tell you a bit of stuff that I learned that you will soon know to do. One of the things I learned in Digital Photography is to know how to shoot a balanced picture, over exposed, and under exposed. Shutter speed is how fast you want the photo to be taken, a low shutter speed takes longer for the picture to be taken but it also lets a lot of light come in. A high shutter speed would be more to capture the action very sharp, but it lets less light com in. If and object is outside in the shade, you can attach a flash to the camera a to lighten up the abject. In terms of the software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom I like photoshop more because there is a lot more you do in there that you can’t in lightroom. quick tip, when you are completely done editing your pictures, always save as a JPG. My 3 favorite assignments in Digital Photography 1 are shooting in black and white/monochrome, candid moments, and portfolios. The reason why is because you can go back months, look at your old work versus your new work and see how you have improved. I really liked managing my own site because you can customize it however you want and post you on work so others can see it. The students in my class were great and would produce good work, it is great to collaborate with student to get your work done and get their opinion on it. I recommend you follow instructions, go out and shoot for pictures, manage your time, edit your pictures the best you can and as ordered in the instructions and post all your work on your blog. Overall, I do recommend taking this class, it is very fun, and memorable, and creative. 

Sincerely, 

Hector Rosales 

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Hello Incoming Photo 2 Students! I hope you are enjoying this class a little more now that you will be attending a more advanced Photo 2 class. In this Photo 2 class, you are still learning a lot about the use of cameras and the use of the lighting. You are still learning about the use of the camera, even though you think you have learned a lot about the camera. But in Photo 2, you will be using more high-quality cameras and you will learn more about the use of photoshop. This was a very enjoyable experience during Photo 2 because we were able to learn about the different ways to edit photos using photoshop. Photography 2 contains some of my favorite assignments, such as Black & White & Shades of Gray, Light Painting Portraits, Image Projection, Image Transfer On Wood, Graduation Cover Design, and more. These assignments enabled me to be more creative, particularly with the digital assignments, which were my personal favorites. It is also enjoyable to be in photo 2, as you will be able to interact more with your peers. You will be able to form a strong connection with them and work with them on various tasks. Initially, it may be uncomfortable, but as time progresses, you will have different types of acquaintances in photo 2, and you may be able to assist each other when required. In my opinion, I wouldn’t make any changes to photo 2. I really enjoyed every single assignment that Mrs. Cauchon gave us. I don’t think she needs to change anything about the class. I like that in photo 2, the class is a little bit more advanced. All in all, I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn a new skill or is just curious about Jurupa Hills. 

Belia Mancera

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Mrs. Cauchon’s photography class at Jurupa Hills High School is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore their creativity and learn valuable skills in the art of photography. With a focus on both technical and artistic aspects of photography, students are able to develop their own unique style and vision. Mrs. Cauchon is a knowledgeable and passionate teacher who encourages her students to experiment and take risks with their photography. The class is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and software, allowing students to produce high-quality images and learn valuable editing techniques. Overall, Mrs. Cauchon’s photography class is a wonderful experience for any student interested in the art of photography. 

Dan Encinas

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Dear New IB Photo Students,  

 You’ve decided to take an IB class, well you are in for a wild exhausting ride. At least if you are in this class, then it will be easy. All of the other classes are not the easiest and they are mentally draining. Photography is actually an easy and fun elective to take in your Junior or Senior year. I learned so much from the greatest teacher here at Jurupa Hills, Ms. Cauchon. She inspired me to pursue my photography dream and has guided me on where I need to be. I feel in love with the art of photography even more because of her.  

I learned how to use a camera properly, as well as learning the right settings for the perfect photo. I learned how important lighting is in a photo. Lighting can make all the difference in a photo. I also learned how to use photoshop to edit my photos. Even though it was a pain at first, I eventually got the hang of it the software, but I wouldn’t call myself a Professional, I am always learning. Learning all these aspects of Photography has helped me improve to make better quality photos. Simply learning these aspects of Photography will make a huge difference in your work.  

You will have your favorite assignments once you are done with the class. My favorite assignments were definitely the ones I got picked for. I honestly think that I don’t have a favorite assignment, all the assignments Cauchon assigned were a whole new learning experience for me. If I were to pick my favorite assignment, it would be Composition and Photography story. The portraits I took of my friends for this assignment were simply amazing to me. It sounds cocky to say it, but I just love looking back at them knowing that the photos were all unforced, that’s the beauty of portrait photos.  

When you get into this class, you will post your work on your blog. It is honestly easy to manage once you get the hang of it. The blog is all you and you can design it to your liking, that’s why it’s “your blog.” Make it look appealing as well, that’s what makes people look at your photography. Make sure you have your blog organized; you don’t want a messy blog. This was honestly great practice for me, it will help me when I make my own website for my Photography career. I have confidence that I will manage, and you will too.  

In IB you will be collaborating with your peers in your IB class. You will need subjects for your photos, so you will need to make new friends. Collaborating with students in this class is fun, it’s a great way to build a new friendship. Don’t be a stranger, ask for help from your peers if they know how to do something. I feel like we were all strangers in this class, but once we were forced to talk to each other, we all felt at ease with one another. It will be a major benefit once you get into the real world.  

All in all, this class did meet my expectations for IB. Even though it was slow at first, it all picked up in the end. I was so proud to be a part of this class. I took 3 years of Photography, and I don’t regret anything. Cauchon is one amazing and motivating teacher ever. If you are inspired to become a photographer, you are in good hands with Cauchon. She will hopefully inspire you to follow your dreams, just how she is making me follow mine. Cauchon is a genuine human being and one of the greatest souls I have ever seen, but NEVER EVER get on her bad side. I do believe that you will have a good year in this class.  

Farwell, Jesse Juarez 

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A Letter to Next Year’s IB Students  

 My first and biggest piece of advice would be to get Pinterest. It’ll be your best source of inspiration. I used it to get inspiration for color palettes, makeup looks, portraits, clothing, lighting, and so much more. You’ll get so much photography inspiration and such. Through this class, I was able to learn how to handle a camera better. My own personal photos have come out better, and though I do not use Photoshop as much, I do use Lightroom a lot. I see Lightroom as a “fix-it-all.” Photos to dark? Turn up the exposure. Have chapped lips? Use the healing tool. Want your photo to be brighter? Turn up the saturation and tones.  

One of my favorite assignments was screen printing. It was something that you can customize yourself and have full control of. It was something I used Pinterest for inspiration. If I could do it again, I would definitely go with some 2-D mosaic piece, or anything along those lines. Before this class, I had never considered myself a creative person ever, and in true honesty, I thought my photography would just result in blurry pictures of flowers you see in Facebook. This class allowed me an outlet outside all the logic and constant pressure that was forced onto me in my other classes. I was able to explore different techniques and find out what I liked and disliked using. Running the blog was a fun experience for me, I had something that I could customize myself and truly call my own. I hope that you guys get to continue the blog next year as well, it was a great experience for me and I would love for others to have that experience as well.  

Our road on IB Photo was a little rocky, as it was a learning curve for everyone. Next year, I highly recommend that there be a mixture of what we experienced both semesters. Students should be able to go off on their own but also have assignments that they have to do, dispersed throughout the year. When it came to going off on my own, Pinterest really saved me! When I had no idea what to do, all I had to do was look on my homepage to be inspired. (I swear I’m not sponsored by Pinterest I just love that app.)  

One thing that I wish we could’ve done in our class and would suggest doing is a collaborative series! I did a collaborative series with my friend, Sam Aguba, and it was one of my things I did in IB Photography. You not only get exposure to someone else’s work and style, but you get to experiment with different techniques and are able to get outside your usual comfort zone! Though it may not be an assignment next year, I suggest it be one of your “go out and do it on your own” projects.  

I hope that next year’s IB students have a great time inside their class, and continue recommending the class to future IB Photo students.  

 Shayari Hogue

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Dear new students, 

Hello! My name is Vivian Ramirez and I used to be in photo 1. The class is amazing to learn more about photos! Mrs. Cauchon is a very open-minded person when it comes to your work. DO NOT GET HER MAD, that is going to big the biggest mistake you will ever make. She will teach you how to properly take care of a camera and how to edit your pictures like a professional. My favorite assignments would be capturing the moment, portraits, and landscapes. The blogging was incredibly fun as well, you get to decorate and make it your own. 

It took a while to get comfortable with the camera, it took me 3 weeks to fully understand how to use a camera. Especially editing, editing takes time, and it will test your patience. This class will also give you world skills. Not everyone is a winner in that class. This class will also humble you through the year. She will also try to get to know you and give you good advice on what you need to improve. This class overall is a place to have fun and feel safe to be your own self. I made 5 new great friends that inspire me and help me. I really do recommend this class for better communication and organization. I hope you will have fun. 

Vivian Ramirez

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This is a letter to next year’s photo 2 class. One thing about this photography class is Mrs. Cauchon. She is the most kind and supportive teacher ever. She teaches very well and knows how to show students what photography is really about. Through these 2 years of being in this class, I’ve learned so much. Skills, techniques, and so much more. Being in this photo class is going to teach you a lot. My favorite assignments that I’ve done are portraits. I love taking portraits of people. I feel like portraits can give off such good detail a can be used for so much. Another thing I enjoyed is having my own website. On my website I was able to show off all my work and show people what I enjoy doing. I think having my own website has shown me a lot. In the future, I want to become a businesswoman and have my own brand. So having my own website has given me a glimpse of how it can possibly be for me in the future. All photo 2 students have shown so much talent and skills on their website as well. I think I’ve learned so much and gotten inspired by seeing other students work. I think this class has definitely reached my expectations of photo 2. In photo 1, we started from the bottom and have now worked our way up in photo 2. One thing I will suggest in photo 2 is keeping up with the assignments and getting them done. I have learned the hard way that falling behind is very easy to happen. As long as you keep your head in the game and do your work, you will be good. So, to my next photo 2 student, you will love it here. Have fun, show your talent, and enjoy it!

Alyssa Eskander

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Hello! I’m Sam Aguba, and at the time of writing this, I am a junior in IB Photo. This was my first year of taking full IB which has been an indescribable experience so far, but I encourage you to get excited about IB Visual Arts as it is a class to remember. Seeing as this was my first exposure to a visual arts course after a year of being separated from any art elective, I gained back the opportunity to express my work in a new art form.  

I learned an exceptional amount about technical info, especially handling digital mediums the most. I point out this part because I enjoyed learning how to use big name software such as Photoshop the most. I had inspiration on lighting and camerawork from media I’ve consumed over the years and gained most knowledge on handling online tools to manage my photos. I also learned the general basics on camera settings, such as ISO… which is something you’ll learn enough of later, so I won’t go into depth with it. 

Without a doubt, my favorite projects were the ones that involved mixed media and hands-on experimenting with. This included physical mixed media and digital forms. To piece together art on paper was very stimulating for me, and I enjoyed the projects where I got to make things, such as block-printing or image transferring. They familiarize you with certain art tools as well, so you are exposed to both utilizing them on the computer and in front of you.  

A big part of this class was running our own blogs and managing a website. It always feels nice to own something you can customize so freely and casually add to every now and then. It made me feel in control of what I was creating, to be able to organize them so nicely and easily accessed. I most enjoyed adding to it and watching it grow as we proceeded to finish more assignments; as you add to your own website, you’ll find it satisfying to see it so full of your own works. It feels nice to build something from scratch, especially compiling a mini portfolio for yourself. 

I have done plenty collaborations with other students in class. We’ve done many discussion groups and collective analyses, all important for gathering varying viewpoints on how we perceive art. I personally collaborated with a good friend of mine, creating a combined photo series based on our shared interest… these things are possible, and they’re very fun to do! I encourage doing it, as you’ll have opportunities to doing so. Creative freedom in this class is very important. 

This class more than met my expectations of an IB class. You get the same in-depth research in each of your projects, and the final assignments of organizing your portfolio and comparative study hit every mark that IB offers. If you’re looking for a part of what an IB visual arts course looks like, this matches that criterion. You’ll have to use your time management skills and artistic expression greatly. 

I personally would’ve liked a clear syllabus on what was due to happen throughout this class. While the instruction and lectures were laidback and easy to understand, some warning for the big assignments would’ve been nice, especially something that would’ve answered any questions. Overall, I would recommend this class to fellow students whether they are into the arts or not; you learn collaborative skills and get more experience with dealing with a wide field dealing with what us humans perceive as art. 

Sam Aguba

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Photo 1 Assignments

Post 3 of the 4 assignments to your blog by Friday, Dec 18 @ 11:30pm

1.  AM I TALKING TO MYSELF

Photograph several images of yourself or someone else in the same location, and put them all together in Photopea 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 1o things which inspire your creativity. Sample student work below:

 

2. WORD ART

-Make a Photopea document 4×6 or 6×4 (100 dpi)

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

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

-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 size it over 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)

-Add a stroke around the word to help it stand out.

-Save as a jpeg and post to blog.

3. PORTRAITS WITH CHARACTER

Read the following link and write a list of five tips you learned about making portraits with personality.

https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/identifying-and-capturing-personality-in-your-portraits–photo-9618

Photograph someone who you spend a lot of time with these days, and try to capture their true personality. Good portraiture requires a team effort between photographer and subject. This will probably require you to photograph at least 20 photos of them. Think about getting good quality of lighting and COMPOSITION. Try different angles and backgrounds. Edit your photos with your favorite apps, and make sure to touch up any imperfections with Snapseed’s Healing Tool, or the app Touch Retouch, and post between 2-6 of them to a PORTRAIT PAGE  on your blog.

 

4. HDR LANDSCAPES:

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.

Photograph landscapes with GOOD COMPOSITION and LIGHTING, and edit with an HDR app, like Simply HDR, or Snapseed HDR tool. You could also enhance editing with Lightroom Mobil HDR features. Make sure to add lots of saturation and perhaps double expose with some clouds to get that perfect HDR image.

Post 1-3 awesome landscapes to a LANDSCAPE PAGE on your blog.

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NEXT ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, DEC 8 @ 11:30pm

1. 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. Edit your photo(s) with your favorite editing app. Create either a strong single image, or a diptych, triptych or series. Use an app like piccollage or diptic to layout series work. In the caption section of your image, write the name of the app(s) you used to edit your work, and also write 10 words to describe your final image.

2. 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 in the style of Aaron Siskind, and edit them with good density and contrast with your favorite editing app.

In the caption section of your image, write the name of the app(s) you used to edit your work

Post 2-3 black and white images on your blog, and under your photos, post a photo by Aaron Siskind and write three complete sentences describing his work and your opinion of his work.

3. CANDID MOMENTS/PHOTOJOURNALISM

(3-5 Photos with captions for each)

*Research the meaning of photojournalism and think about telling a story with your photography. Make a blog post detailing the job description and equipment needed to be a photojournalist.

*Photograph candid moments and edit your photos with your favorite app. (Black and white is always a good choice for photojournalism.)

*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 always 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:

 

4. CAREERS

Make a blog post and list at least 10 different fields of photography and areas where photographers can make a living. Research the average pay for each. Then, reflect on which field you could see yourself working in someday. It is more than ok if you really do not want to work in the field, or if you would do photography work on a part time basis. If you are interested in pursuing another field, how could you incorporate photography into your potential career choice. What is your future career choice?

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Photographer Research Project: Due Monday Nov 23 

You will research, produce and present a PowerPoint Slide Show about a famous, professional or influential photographer of your choice. The project is to have 20 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. You will be presenting your photographer to the class, so you can do the project by yourself, with a partner, or a team of three. Share your  Photographer Powerpoint with me via Onedrive, or email by Monday, November 23.

  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?

* Link to famous and hot new photographers in the General Channel post feed in Teams

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 celebrity 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  pop art *Robert Frank -street  *Mary *Paul Strand – black and white  *Lewis Hind – child labor  *James Nachtwey – war    * Irving Penn – fashion, still lifes      * Richard Avedon – portrait *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​

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NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE WED, NOV 18 @ 3:10:

1. TRIPTYCH: BODY PARTS

Create a triptych image, putting three photos together using Photopea.

Take photos of different parts of a subject with the Lightroom Mobil camera, and then edit them individually with Lightroom Mobil editing feature.

Export to your camera roll and save on your Onedrive to use Photopea on your laptop computer to make the triptych image.

Make a 25 x 8 in with 200 resolution document and put your three images together in a layout of your choosing. Extend the canvas size if you need more room.

Decide if you want a border or stroke, or a simple white/black background for your triptych.

Post to your blog. Include a triptych from online which caught your attention and write three sentences explaining what you like about the composition.

2. COLLAGE: WHAT IS YOUR COLOR 

Create a Photopea Collage 12×9 or 9×12, 200 resolution, representing the color of your personality.

Include a photo of yourself, the color you select and some writing about why this is YOUR color. Also add a tint of your color.

Post to blog.

3. HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE

Go through the Powerpoint on the history of photography, and then research online to find more information. Use this timeline template to list what you think are the 12 most important inventions and events in the history of photography, in chronological order. Copy the template to your digital photo folder and open it in Photopea. Use the text tool to fill in the boxes with 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 impressed you the most, and has the most impact on your life today. (2-3 paragraphs)

History of Photography

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4 ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ 3:10

1. BIRDS EYE / BUGS EYE DIPTYCH

Take two photos of the same object from two different camera angles, birds eye (from above) and bugs eye (from below). Edit your photos with Lightroom Mobil or Snapseed and then save them to your one drive to open in Photopea on your laptop. Create a new document 16×8 with 200 resolution. Transform your 2 images to fit within your new document, and create a diptych image. You could add a background and a stroke around each photograph. Save your finished work as a jpeg and post to your blog. As a writing critique for this assignment create a list of 25 words to describe yourself. Samples below:

2. METICULOUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Meticulous means to show great attention to detail, very careful and precise. For this assignment you will meticulously arrange everyday objects that can be found around your home.

First, look at the photography work of Emily Blincoe. http://www.emilyblincoe.com/arrangements

Select your favorite work by her and put it on your blog with a short explanation why this image caught your eye.

Search you home for a variety of objects and items that can be used to create your meticulous arrangement.

Find a simple suitable background for your shot. This could be a plain pillow case, large piece of paper, or anything large enough with no pattern. Set up your arrangement and be meticulous and pay attention to details. Make sure you are in adequate lighting, and please remember how important good lighting is in photography.

Take a few photographs from above, looking straight down at your arrangement. Go in as close as you can. Make sure your image is tack sharp!  Never rely on just taking one shot.

Edit your favorite photograph with Lightroom Mobil and then post to your blog.

Meticulous arrangement of objects, which are then photographed have been used in advertising and commercial photography for years.

 

3. DOUBLE EXPOSURES

Double exposure photography is a technique that layers two different exposures on a single image, combining two photographs into one. Double exposure creates a surreal feeling for your photos and the two photographs can work together to convey deep meaning or symbolism.

A double exposure was an analogue technique, used to superimpose two or more images together in an enlarger in the darkroom. Thanks to today’s photo editing technology, you can create a double exposure in post processing. The blending of two worlds into a single image is almost magical.

For this assignment you will create at least 2 double exposed images using the Snapseed app on your phone.

Look at these two tutorials before you begin to create your double exposures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wayf853hRgk

https://www.guidingtech.com/double-exposure-snapseed/

Post your double exposures to your blog, and list 10 words you would use to describe your images.

 

4. 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOS OF ALL TIME

http://100photos.time.com/

Read this link and on your blog pick 3 of the most influential photos to write about. Include the story behind the photo and what intrigues you about it. Make sure to post the three photos with your writing.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 @ 3:10

1. CAPTURING ACTION AND MOTION

Read this online article about capturing action and motion photography and write  two to three paragraphs stating what you learned about action and motion photography techniques.

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 with your cellphone through the LIGHTROOM MOBIL app. 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 Lightroom Mobil.

-Take  photos inside trying to capture MOTION BLUR. Try to “capture the moment”.  Shoot with your cellphone through the LIGHTROOM MOBIL app. Make sure your shutter speed is below a 60th of a second. ISO 400. Take several photos and post your favorite 2 motion blur shots, edited in Lightroom mobil. Use a tripod, or put your camera on something steady to make sure stationary objects are not blurred. Take several photos and post your favorite 2 shots, edited in Lightroom Mobil

-Include technical info on all photos: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO

-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. Samples below:

 

2. DIGITAL COLLAGE: ALL ABOUT ME

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

-In Photopea, 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, if you want to change what is on top of another element.

-Use blend modes to blend layers. Use the move tool and press shift and + on the keyboard to scroll through blend modes.

-Add a layer style to each of the elements you include in your collage. Get layer styles from the eff icon at the bottom of your layer palette.

-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.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 @ 3:10

1. 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 8×10 150 resolution (dpi) document in Photopea and bring in Internet images for this assignment. Practice selecting, masking and refining your selections. Post to your blog, and make up a name for you work to include in the title of the post.

Look at the work of surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Jerry Uelsman and explore other surrealist artists and photographers online. Include a work by a surrealist artist who inspires you in your blog post, and write a 100 word reflection, critiquing their work, and what you think they are trying to convey to the viewer.

 

2. FRAMING A SUBJECT 

-Take at least 3 different photographs using framing in the composition. Post 2-3 of your photographs, EDITED with Photopea. 

-Critique your own photographs you posted and answer these questions

  1. Do I have a strong composition?
  2. How well did I edit my photographs?
  3. What would I do differently if I shot this assignment again?
  4. 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. FILE FORMATS

https://digital-photography-school.com/understanding-all-the-different-image-file-formats/

Read all about digital file formats. On your blog list each file format and one sentence about each which describes how it saves the file and what makes it different from the other file formats.

Image File Formats in Photography: The Ultimate Guide

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Assignments Due Thursday, Oct 8 

1. *MANDALAS*

Create 2 unique mandalas using the online editor, Photopea  https://www.photopea.com/  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 shape tool and put a stroke around it. It will appear on the layer pallet as its own layer. If you want to add a color or gradient to it, do that when you make the circle.

Use the shape tool to put in shapes.

Make sure to fill each layer with a color or gradient.

Copy a shape by pressing alt with move tool.

To combine shapes into one layer, make any layer you do not want merged to be invisible, and then go to layer>merge visible.

To flip a layer, go to Edit>transform>transform either vertical or horizontal, or use a keyboard shortcut (control+alt+T) with the move tool.

When you save each mandala, save as a .psd if you still are working on it and want to save the layers. (ONLY IF YOU HAVE PHOTOSHOP. IF NOT A .PSD WILL NOT OPEN) Save as a .png and make the bottom layer invisible if you just want to post the circle. Save as a .jpeg if you want the 8×8 square around the circle.

Make 2 mandalas and post both to your blog.

 

2. *OUTDOOR NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAITS*

Read these links and make a blog post list 5 tips you learned about how to photograph great portraits. https://digital-photography-school.com/13-tips-for-improving-outdoor-portraits/ 

https://posterjack.ca/blogs/inspiration/top-10-portrait-photography-composition-tips

Photograph a person outside in nice soft lighting. Try to avoid having the background brighter than the subject. This will throw the camera meter off, and the background will be better exposed than the subject. You will need to do some editing to have the subject not be dark.

Take 5 photos of this person and consider what you want your depth of field to be. Utilize camera angles and different perspectives.

Edit your photos using Photopea.  https://www.photopea.com/

Include the technical info under the caption section of each photo. You can find that in Photopea. Go to File>File Info to get the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and Lens Focal Length.

Post 2-3 portrait photos to your blog with the technical info in the caption section of each photo, and title the post with the name of the person you photographed.

3. *CAMERA MODES*

http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-camera-modes

Read through this link on camera modes. On your blog make a new post titled “Camera Modes”. List each camera mode and write 2 sentences about what each camera mode does.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @2:10

1. 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/

2. ALTERNATIVE CAMERA ANGLES

-Go outside in brighter light and take 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.

-Edit your photos with Snapseed’s  tune image feature, and add any filtration you desire to achieve the results that satisfy your own visual aesthetic. Import one of the four photos into ProCam to access the technical information aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and add to the caption section of the last of the 4 photos you post. Post all 4 photos (as a gallery or individually) in one blog post and title the post “Alternative Camera Angles”.

-Find one photo online which shows an interesting camera angle. Post it to your blog and  write a  critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph- compositionally and technically, and why you chose it. Include the photographers name in the caption section of this photo, or the link to where you got the image from.

 

3. CONCEPTUAL SELF PORTRAIT

Take a photograph which represents something important about yourself, without showing your face in the photograph. Edit your photos with Snapseed’s  tune image feature, and add any filtration you desire to achieve the results that satisfy your own visual aesthetic. In the caption section when you post include the technical info aperture, shutter speed and ISO for your photo (import your photo to ProCam for the info)

Write a reflection (300-500 words), defining the word “conceptual” and then explain how this photograph conceptually and visually represents 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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DEPTH OF FIELD / Due Wednesday, September 23 @ 2:10

-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/

– Then go outside and take two photographs of the same subject, trying to get two different depth of fields, shallow and good.

– Remember the three things which control depth of field are the length of the lens, how wide the aperture is and how close or far you are to the subject.

– Using your cellphone, and photographing using the ProCam app on auto mode you can control depth of field by contolling how far you are from the subject  (close for shallow, farther away for good D of F.  Unfortunately we cannot control the length of the lens and the aperture with the cell phone.

–  Use the Lens Blur feature in Snapseed to enhance the depth of field in each photo. (background blurry for shallow d of f, background sharp for good d of f.)

–  Edit your photos in Snapseed for your own visual aesthetic.

–  Post your two photo to your blog and title the post  “Depth of Field”

– Include the technical info in the caption section of each ( ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture)

– 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.

 

*ASSIGNMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16*

1. FIRST PHOTO SHOOT: TEXTURE

Take five photos which you think shows good texture.

Take the photos with your cell phone through the ProCam app (free on either Android or Apple).

Try adjusting your ISO and see how your shutter speed changes.

After you take the photo, you will have access to the technical information, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. When you post the photos include the technical information in the caption section of the photo.

Think about getting good composition and lighting.

Edit your photos with Snapseed’s Tune Image features. Adjust highlights, shadows, contrast, saturation, brightness, warmth and exposure as necessary.

Post 3 of your photos to your blog. INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION (for each photo): aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Put that info in the caption section of each photo.

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. SHADOWS AND LIGHT

-Photograph 3 photos which show strong shadow and light using the procam app. Think about contrast in the composition.

-Edit your shadow photos with Snapseed for excellent contrast.

-Include a border by going into the snapseed frame options.

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

-Pick a photo from the Internet showing shadows and include in blog post.

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

-Post your 3 photos, technical info, internet image and writing critique to your blog as a blog post. Please name your blogpost “Shadows and Light”

3. READ AND WRITE: WHAT EVERY BEGINNER NEEDS TO KNOW. 

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. FLIPGRID RESPONSE:  TRAVEL DREAMS

  Answer the question “Where would you like to go traveling to and why?” with a video response on Flipgrid. You will find the link to the flipgrid question in teams on the Flipgrid channel. Please respond to the question with a video response. Make sure to say your name in your video.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4  (COMPLETED)

1. MAKE A BLOG

Create a blogsite with edublogs. https://edublogs.org/   Join the class blog, (cauchonphoto.edublogs.org), select a template, and design your site layout and design. Write an about me section as a Text Widget. Tell a little about yourself, 3-5 sentences. Add of photo of yourself with an Image Widget.

2. PHOTO FOUNDATION

Read the following link and write a 25 sentence synopsis on what you learned about  aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera modes. As your first blogpost, copy and paste your sentences into a blogpost. DUE FRIDAY, SEPT 4

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

3. CAMERA SIMULATOR

Play around with the camera simulators and learn how to use the camera controls.  http://www.canonoutsideofauto.ca/play/   On your blog make a blog post with 5 sentences telling me what you learned about camera controls. DUE, FRIDAY, SEPT 4

4. FLIPGRID RESPONSE:

Make a video to response to the question, What do you want to do for a career. https://flipgrid.com/cd4e47c2   DUE FRIDAY, SEPT 4

5. COMPOSITION

Read about what makes strong composition in a photograph and what catches the viewers eye. Composition Photos by Steve McCurry

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. DUE FRIDAY SEPT 4

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2019-2020: The year Covid hit us

ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY MARCH 19:

1. 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 16 or 22, ISO at 100 or  200. -Pre focus on Manual focus mode, because the camera will not in autofocus! -Wave finger lights or pixel stick in front of the frame during the exposure and check out the results! -Post 1-6 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.

 

2. PORTRAIT WITH MAKE UP

Take a beautiful portrait of someone, or use an existing portrait you took 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 them 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

 

3. MY FAVORITE TEACHER

Photograph your favorite teacher with bounced external flash off camera with sync cord. 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:

 

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Assignments Due Tuesday, March 10

1. 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. Post 3 ads that you really like and write a sentence about why they catch your eye. Before you begin to create your advertisement, write a proposal by answering 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:

 

2. READ AND WRITE: FLASH BASICS

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

https://fstoppers.com/education/flash-photography-beginners-how-take-amazing-portraits-camera-flash-172946

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

3. 3-5 ON LOCATION PORTRAITS OR STILL LIFES WITH BOUNCED FLASH

Use the Canon digital camera and an external bounced flash to photograph portraits/still lifes on location. Set your camera on Manual, Auto White Balance, ISO 400, F8 @ 60th of a second shutter speed. Photograph at least 10 portraits/still lifes and post your top 3-5 edited bounced flash images to your blog. Also include in the post 2 images of the same subject comparing direct vs. bounced flash.

As a writing critique answer the following questions on your blog in a separate post. Samples below:

1.When would you use external flash?

2.What does flash synchronization mean?

3.What does ETTL mean?

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

5.Why do photographers bounce the flash and use a diffuser?

6.What is a slave?

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

 

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Assignments Due Feb 19:

1. READ AND WRITE: 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. https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/a-fundamental-introduction-to-studio-lighting-equipment–photo-6067

2. STUDIO PORTRAITS WITH STROBES AND GELS

Photograph 25 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 9-12 final portraits on your blog. Writing critique: Find a portrait online that was shot with studio strobe lighting and write 20 sentences to describe the subject and their personality based on the photographers version of them. Evaluate the lighting used in the photograph and how you think the lights were arranged to get the results. Samples below:

3. WARHOL/POPART

-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 (200 res)

-Move the four individual photos into the new document.

-Save as a jpeg and post

Find a pop artist online & answer to the following questions. Include a work by the 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?

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Next assignments:

1. 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:

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 12 to 15 photos to your blog as a gallery.

3. Emotion Diptych

Use hot lights or natural lighting to create a mood that matches an emotion you would like to convey. Do the same with an opposite or matching emotion to create a diptych.  It can be as a set of portraits or any subject that you believe conveys the emotion that you have chosen. Create a 20×10- 300 res blank document. Size your 2 photos to fit within the space. Put a stroke around each of the photos in th diptych.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22

1. Photographer Research Project 

You will research, produce and present a PowerPoint Slide Show about a professional and influential photographer of your choice. The project is to have 15-20 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.

  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 celebrity 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  pop art *Robert Frank -street  *Mary *Paul Strand – black and white  *Lewis Hind – child labor  *James Nachtwey – war    * Irving Penn – fashion, still lifes      * Richard Avedon – portrait *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

For more photographer choices check out   Contemporary Photographers

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.  Post between 1-3 photos. Critique: List 10 hashtags for your photo(s)

3. WHAT IS YOUR COLOR 

Create a Photoshop Collage 12×9 or 9×12 300 resolution representing your favorite color. Include a photo of yourself, the color you select and some writing about why this is YOUR color. Perhaps add a tint of your color. Post to blog.

 

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Assignments due Dec 18

1. YOUR PORTFOLIO

Make your photography portfolio in Powerpoint or Prezi.

Have one photograph per slide.

Make sure your portfolio has between 10 and 12 images that you shot, edited and created.

You can include your digital art work, as well as traditional artwork, and also video.

Include a beginning slide with your name and an end slide with an inspirational quote.

You will present your portfolio to the class as part of your midterm.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22

1. 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.

2. 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 one paragraph synopsis of what you learned from reading the article. Under that list all the white balance settings and at least one sentence about each.

 

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 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

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. HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE

History Of Photography

Watch the Powerpoint about the History of Photography  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)

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.

 

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Assignments due Monday, November 4:

1. ILLUSTRATION OF AN ICONIC IMAGE

Make a new document 8×12 or 12×8 200 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. 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 30×8-2oo 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.

3. TED TALK: HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CONNECTS US 

Watch this Ted Talk on how photography connects us and on your blog make a post summarizing, critiquing, judging and evaluating what you got out of watching the video. Have at least 3 paragraphs.

 https://www.ted.com/talks/david_griffin_on_how_photography_connects

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Assignments Due Tuesday, October 22

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. 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?

3. PHOTO WORDS DEFINED 

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

pixel, 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, exposure compensation

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY OCT 11

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, if you want to change what is on top of another element.

-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. 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:

3. COMMENTS ON THE BLOG

Look through some classmates blogs and make three comments.  Each comment must have at least three sentences. Remember grammar and punctuation.

4. WHAT EVERY BEGINNER NEEDS TO KNOW 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.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

1. CAPTURING ACTION AND MOTION IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Read these online article about capturing action and motion photography and write  two to three 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. Samples below:

2. 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.

 

3. 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOS OF ALL TIME

http://100photos.time.com/

Read this link and on your blog pick 3 of the most influential photos to write about. Include the story behind the photo and what intrigues you about it. Make sure to post the three photos with your writing.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

1. 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.

2. CAMERA MODES

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

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

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 8×10 150 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.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, SEPT 10

1. 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 merged to be 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.)

 

2. PORTRAIT READ AND WRITE

Read this article about creating powerful portraits, and write a list of 15 important tips you learned from reading it.

https://digital-photography-school.com/using-composition-create-powerful-portraits/

 

3. 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.)

-Set your ISO to 1600 or 3200 so your shutter speed does not go below 60th of a second. Open your aperture up as wide as it will go.

-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 or phrases 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

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

 

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY AUGUST 30

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 and Lens mm -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

-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 20 sentence critique explaining why you think this is such a successful photograph- compositionally and technically, and why you chose it.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY AUGUST 23

1.  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. Post the technical info in the caption section of each photo.

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. PHOTO 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 caption section of the gallery, to explain what element of composition each photo represents.

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First assignments for 2019-2020 school year:

1. MAKE A BLOG

Create a blogsite with edublogs. https://edublogs.org/   Join the class blog, (cauchonphoto.edublogs.org), select a template, and design your site layout and design. Write an about me section as a Text Widget. Tell a little about yourself, 3-5 sentences. Add of photo of yourself with an Image Widget.

2. PHOTO FOUNDATION

Read the following links 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

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LAST ASSIGNMENTS OF THE YEAR:

1. 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. Include original photo in your post. Samples below.

 

2. 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.