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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 :)
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