Struggling a bit with the Advanced Photography assignment (AWE3MI) or ideas to finish off your independent points projects (AWE4MI)? Check out this awesome exploration of What is Photography? Through image and words the individuals featured in the series you can discover what unifies the greater community of image makers.
Over the next two weeks I would you like you to finish up our exploration of photography, by working one some advanced photography techniques. This will be the last photography assignment we do in class this year. We will head back to InDesign in June.
You are more than welcome to use Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance your compositions. Please read, and then reread the expectations and instructions. You will shoot more than you will submit. I will post a video on how to make thumbnails later this week.
The weather is nice. You need to get outdoors and explore (in a safe manner of course..). Photography is a great way to deal with this unprecedented time in our lives. Take this time to find your style, take risks, make mistakes, and learn from experience.
I am always available for one-on-one help over TEAMS. I can show you a technique, give you feedback, and help brainstorm. Email me with your availability and we will book a time.
Learning at home is hard. Learning highly technical skills is even harder. But you can do this, I have all the confidence in your abilities. If you wonder why will I always push you, and expect nothing but your absolute best, this video best summarizes how I feel (one small swear word aside..lol)
I also subscribe to the no-cliques, be the the best you theory as well (never compromise your inner you for some sort of outer falsehood). This Apple ad from 1997 is an excellent summary of that viewpoint as well.
AWE3MI: Please check your email and accept my invitation to a "live" lesson on how to use Lightroom. Please make sure you do all the "leg work" beforehand.
AWE4MI: We will have a check in about points "live" later in the week. Look for an invite for Thursday and/or Friday.
Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! May the 4th Be With You!
Thank you to everyone who filled out the Check-In form last week. It seems that are large percentage of us are struggling with technology, especially downloading Adobe Creative Suite. I really can't continue with those skills unless more of you can get the program installed. If it didn't work for you, and you own a Mac of a PC, could you please try again using your outside email address? If enough of you can get the programs, I will go ahead with optional lessons next week (there will be choice photography or Lightroom, photography or InDesign, etc).
This week's weather is supposed to be nice, so I would like you to get outside and play with your cameras. Do so in a safe and pandemically-aware way :) The idea is that you will spend 1/2 hour a day "playing" and trying to master the technique I list below. That is only a 2.5hr commitment :) At the end of the week, I'd like you to submit the photos using a form that I will email you and post on the website.
Skills are like muscles, and you need to flex them regularly, or you'd suffer from atrophy. Even when you think you’re already comfortable using a camera, it’s always healthy to learn new tricks and techniques to add to your experience.
I keep "normal" Office Hours. This means I am available for help from 8:30am to 4:00pm. I also check later in the evenings before bedtime, so I can usually get back to you then as well.
So consider the following 5 photographic challenges:
1) Flashlight Challenge:
2) Sun Stars Challenge:
3) Photo Blur Challenge:
4) Texture Challenge:
5) Forced Perspective Challenge:
..and don't give me that I only have an iPhone excuse! Creativity will always triumph technical limitations..watch this video for inspiration :)
Hopefully, everyone is adjusting to the "new normal". Please email me if you still need some help, or just to check in. I am very interested in how you are doing in what will be one of those historical moments that you will talk about for the rest of your life.
This week, I am encouraging you to use the most sophisticated camera that you have (if that is your smartphone so be it!), and leave it on automatic (you will NEVER see me say that again!). This week we are learning about basic composition, and practicing a few "rules". Next week we will take what you learned about exposure (lesson 1) and combine it with the skills you'll polish during this activity.
You will need to CAREFULLY read through this website on 20 Composition Techniques. My usual lesson is too big to post for most of you. It would be a good idea to write down the technique and a sentence or so (or doodle) that helps describe it. I am going to ask you to evaluate the website in the form below.
The assignment is self-guided (like most things at the moment), and is meant for you to take the time and THINK before you shoot. Think through what the photo will look like, change angles, Points of View, walk closer or farther away, etc. Make sure your photos are in FOCUS (do not make me write OOF: Out of Focus anywhere on your assignment). You may have to take several photos to get that "one"..that's okay. That's called practice. Make sure you look at the rubric a few times as you work though the guide.
Please take the time to reflect in the areas on the assignment that I ask you to think. Add examples and details to back up your assertions.
You will hand your work in the TEAMS assignment folder. Digitally insert your photos in the proper spots in the assignment sheet before you hand them in. If this doesn't work for you, clearly label each picture as lastname_technique (ie. perry_ruleofthirds) and submit them that way.
Most of all, have some fun with this! Push yourself to use the techniques correctly.
This will be a challenge for all that are involved. Please stick with it, take risks, and ask for help when necessary.
Grade 11 students: We are going to put design behind us (for now..it might change when/if we get access to Adobe Creative Suite). For the foreseeable future we will be working on Photography.
AWE3MI students are you ready to begin your exploration of Photography? We will begin our understanding by taking a look atproper exposure.
The graphic below might be a handy little guide to save on your phone (just sayin').
Just in case you need a little review, this is an excellent video that goes over the concepts covered in the PowerPoint.
Here is a little "hands-on" tutorial that you can play with to try and practice your learning. Play with the Canon Camera Simulator.
When you are finished, please fill out this reflection form (yes, it's for marks!)
We need to stay in the habit of learning. Please log in at least once a day (when you are able) and focus on your studies (doesn't always have to be this class). If you don't stay in constant contact you will get lost and left behind, and I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN TO ANYONE.
If you haven't filled out the form in your email that I sent yesterday, do so now..or you won't be getting Adobe Creative Suite. It's that simple. Please TEXT your friends and check in with them and remind them to do so...
The AWE3MI lesson plan will be posted later tonight/tomorrow morning. It is designed to take you a week (or so). Make sure you work through all the materials BEFORE starting the assignment. Email me IF you don't have access to a camera of some sort (and yes, for this once in a lifetime pandemic, I am going to let you use your cellphones (if ABSOLUTELY necessary).
AWE4MI students I still need you to tell me what points assignments you are working on.
Hi All. These are very strange times, and we are ALL trying to figure out how to move forward during unprecedented times. We will all need to support and be patient with one another.
There is no reason to worry about the status of the yearbook. We will revisit what we need to do and how we will get there on May 4th (the day school is supposed to resume).
We are continuing on with the curriculum, and there is learning that needs to take place! IF YOU HAVEN"T ALREADY DONE SO, login to your Office365 account and send me an email. IF you forgot your password/login send an email from your non-school account to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can change your password remotely, and send you back the log-in info you need. I can do this for your friends/family members if they are stuck in the same situation (they do not need to be my student).
I need to know if you have access to a computer at home. Email me IF YOU DO NOT have a computer, and are relying on your smartphone or a tablet to access this material.
AWE3MI we will be jumping to the Pnotography unit, and working through some basic concepts, terminology and techniques. You can complete the assignment on you cellphone if necessary, but if you have a "real" camera at home, I would rather you challenge yourself to use it.
AWE4MI students who are not in the Photography stream (who I know all have cameras), please contact me and let me know if you have access to Adobe Creative Suite. I would also like you to take a look at your points and list two projects you'd like to complete this month. IF none of those assignments is feasible given our situation, we will come up with some alternative work that you can do that will still stretch your creative and design muscles.
Our first lessons will be posted on Wednesday. Expectations are that you do your best to try and spend 3 hours a week on each of your courses. If possible, please push yourself to do a little more, and take some creative risks. You may find that working with the Artistic side of your brain helps break up some of the boredom/uneasiness/etc of being socially-isolated.
At no time are you to break any of the social-distancing recommendations or put yourself at risk. I want you to be safe and healthy. We will get through this!
We have a lot to accomplish today.
First, we have to make sure that everybody as access to the yearbook drive (Y:), has the yearbook icon on their desktop, their own folder for their work, and
understands the basic procedures for the handling of digital files.
Then, we need to start learning Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the basic tools that we will use everyday to colour correct our photos, straighten horizons, remove red eye, fix complexions (very important in high school!), and crop.
The files we will need for this hands-on lecture are located here.
This is the site for Consumer Design lesson plans, expectations, and course materials.