Thursday, October 21, 2010

Assignment 13 Presentation Dates

Week of the 25th-29th - Jen, Rafael, Cuong

Week of the 1st-5th - Dallas, Julia
Week of the 8th - 10th (very short week!) - Morgan
Week of the 15th to the 19th -Levi, Soribel
Week of the 22nd to the 26th - Allison, Kayla
Week of the 29th to the 3rd - Mica, Alyssa

Week of the 6th to the 10th - Riley, Mikayla, Alexa
Week of the 13th to the 17th - Megan, Evhan, Daena

Week of the 3rd - 7th - Courtney, Brook, Walsh

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monthly Photo Assignment

Now that you have had a chance to take photos in all different lights, from different angles, and with different camera's we are going to begin our monthly photo assignment.

These photo's are to be taken outside of class time...  Homework!  Take lots of photos and bring your best one and post it on your blog.  Title it, "Photo of the Month - October".  
Each month will have it's own theme... for example, "Duets" - check the link out for examples of duets.

October - Halloween

Assignment 13: Lucky 13

Search the web for some amazing Photoshop tutorials.  Try a few out and expand your horizons.  After you've tried a few, choose one that you would like to share with the class.
Using that project, create a tutorial of your own making.  The idea being that you will use screen captures(see below) and easy to follow instructions to recreate the tutorial that you found online.  Of course, you will improve the areas of the tutorial that you had difficulty with.  We are also looking for something that can be completed in less than one class.  No 5 hour marathon Photoshop sessions. is a great place to start... as is YouTube.  Too bad it's blocked!

Screen Capture - click on the start button -> in the search box type "snipping tool"    -> use the snipping tool to take screen captures!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Assignment 12: Digital Portfolio

You will be creating a finished project that showcases your best work.  The portfolio itself will generally be a collection of photos that you have taken throughout the semester that have not been digitally altered (ie. Photoshop). 
  1. Use Microsoft Word as a working document until you are ready to publish.
  2. Final Portfolio is to be published as a PDF (use Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 – found under the start menu -> adobe design cs4)
  3. Title Page (with your name, can be created in Photoshop)
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Found Alphabet assignment
  6. You must include a minimum of 3 of the following assignments.
a.       Portrait (1) - Make a formal, informal or environmental portrait. Hint – concentrate on showing your subjects personality. A snapshot of someone cooking a meal, for example, will not do
b.      Architecture (1) is the composition, style, and design of buildings and their parts. We are often unaware of architecture and its subliminal effects upon us. Typically, architectural photography represents a building in its most aesthetically pleasing view(s). The look, perception and mood of each part of the building will change as the light changes. You, the photographer, select angles, details and whether to include people to enhance the representation of the building – to make the final photograph it as appealing as possible.
c.       Landscape or Cityscape Assignment (1) Landscape and cityscape photographs are among the most common forms of photography. They are used in textbooks, magazines, vacation pictures and exhibits. During World War II the Allies used amateur landscape photographs and old postcards to plan raids and invasions.
Landscapes have no, or very few, human created objects in them, while cityscapes have little evidence of the natural world. Occasionally, landscapes will include a smaller object, such as of a weathered tree, with the major subject (park, wheat field, lake) behind it. The tree helps frame or add scale and is important in the context of the photograph. Make one print of a spectacular landscape or breathtaking cityscape.
d.      Motion (1) Create an image where motion is an integral part of the image. This could be a very long exposure to blur an image, like a blurred out car moving down the road.
e.      Nature photography (1) encompasses a wide variety of subjects – animal and plant -- such as the following, but you are not limited to them.  Photograph one of nature’s wonders in a seldom seen way.  No flowers just popping out of the ground.
f.        Self Portrait (1) Take an unusual or abstract picture of yourself. Do not just photograph yourself in a mirror
g.       Picture of your choice (1) any photo that you have taken in this class that doesn’t really fit with the options above.
7.       Your favourite completed Photoshop assignment.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Assignment 11: Found Alphabet.

We often look for interesting ideas and locations that have the potential for making good photographs.
Sometimes we see something that looks like something else, such as a cloud that looks like a deer, truck, or a person.  Turn your skills of perception toward finding and photographing things that look like letters of the alphabet.
For this assignment, we will produce all 26 letters of the alphabet, using objects that you find.

You are not to stage your photos.  Each letter needs to be a photo of the item in its natural state.  The challenge of course is not just to find a chair that looks like a letter but a photo that has visual interest and looks like a letter.  Asides from the pictures below check out the following 22 most creative alphabets!!