As we near the end of the first unit on photography (we will return at the end of the course and explore some more advanced techniques), let's take pause to look at some of the amazing photographs that have come from National Geographic magazine. Fill out this chart, as you follow along with the video below:
This is an interesting follow up to the haunting portrait that was picked as number one...
Any time that is left in today's class can be spent updating your website portfolio w/ some of the pictures you have taken recently (no ifs, ands nor buts).
Time to put your understanding of the basics of composition to the test. Grab a keen partner, prepare your equipment and head out to tackle the TGJ2OI Scavenger Hunt. Prizes for the best photos are up for grabs!
YOUR RULE OF THIRDS ASSIGNMENT IS NOW PAST DUE. Please hand in all the required materials, and copy your renamed photos to the appropriate folder on the TGJ Teams site. See me if you are having any issues.
Today we are going to continue on looking at the "art of photography" by looking at 7 really cool concepts that will make your compositions stand out from the rest! This handout will help organize your learning.
Watch the video below as review of some of the concepts that we discussed in class. Don't be afraid to pause, rewind and fast forward as needed. Use the resource to improve your understanding.
Remember all those buttons we looked at during the last class. Did you forget which one did what? No worries. Here is a handout that should help jog your memory (also an excellent document to keep on your phone).
We are going to do some work on the camera simulator today. Hopefully, through practice, proper exposure will become a very comfortable skill for you.
We are going to finish up our exploration behind the science of exposure, and start to look at some of the "rules" and techniques that will help move your photography from the realm of "snapshots" into something more significant and impactful.
The first rule/technique that we will be looking at is the most important one, the Rule of Thirds.
Let's look at this website and see how many of these photographs use this basic technique to create a breathtaking image.
Then it's time for us to start on our first assignment. You will have a few days in class to complete this work (so don't sweat it!)
Examples of photographs taken by students using the Rule of Thirds.
If you are interested in learning more about the concept of Depth of Field (beyond what we talked about in class on Thursday), or you need a bit of review, check out this website.
If you are keeping track, you should understand the three settings that effect exposure (ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed), the Rule of Thirds and the concept of Depth of Field. If you are not 100% comfortable with these ideas make sure you see me for some extra help. Going over the review videos included with each lesson would be a good start :)
Photography is all about one basic concept, light. A good photographer knows how to harness the science behind exposure to generate the result that they see in their "mind's eye". Today we are going to start that journey to understanding together.
You will need this handout package (save it in your unit one folder) and this blank diagram to help organize your learning.
This video is a great source for review if you are struggling to grasp this VERY IMPORTANT concept.
We have a few more computer prep chores to look after, including the setup of your Flickr account. We might have time to browse over and take a look at 500px too.
We will be talking about procedures and expectations today, and looking at how to handle the equipment in a safe manner. We will be paying particular attention to how to handle a DSLR camera, as we are starting the photography unit. Please watch and participate in the demonstrations, and take down the required notes as we progress through the hands on demonstration.
Welcome to a new semester!!
Please make sure you take the time to log in (double check those user accounts and passwords), and we will make sure that you have access to the common COMMTECH drive that you will use to save your work (your network personal h:\ drive does not have a lot of storage space). If at all possible, you should also purchase a USB Thumbdrive (16gb minimum...32gb+ would be ideal) so that you can keep a back up of all your work as we progress through the semester (which would also allow you to work on it at home as well). Unfortunately, most of the files that we create in this class will be to large to upload to any of your cloud storage services.
Please take the time to fill out this information questionnaire.
We will also be using the Remind service to help keep ourselves on track and organized. Your parents are more than welcome to sign up as well, so that they can help you remain focused, on track, and working towards your learning goals. You will need this invite to get started.
The course outline for this year is posted here. If you are interested you can also read the Provincial Policy document that covers this curriculum.
Reality TV: Careers in television
By Michelle Filippini, OnlineDegrees.com
Fall is here, and that means this season's hopeful new (and returning) series are all vying against each other for audience share and advertising dollars so that they may live to see another season. Here's how the process works: Broadcast networks order pilots at the beginning of the year based on pitches for new shows they've received from writers and producers. By springtime, actors and crew have been hired, sets are built and the show is produced and presented to the network and potential advertisers -- all before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced.
It takes a small army of writers, editors, producers, camera operators, artists, set designers and others working behind the scenes to bring a television pilot to life. Here are some of the different careers that can be had in television, and what's typically required to land them.
It all begins with the writers, without whom there would be no show. Writers for television and movies are generally known as screenwriters, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they're the ones who create the scripts around which the television show is based. The stories, characters and dialogue they produce may be original content, or they might adapt a book or comic into a television script. Most salaried writer positions require a bachelor's degree, often in English, journalism or communications, as well as proficiency with computers. Job experience is sometimes gained at college television stations.
Television producers and directors
Television producers and directors create the shows by interpreting a writer's script. Typically, it's the producers who make the business and financial decisions for a television show, including setting a budget, and who hire the director and crew -- so ultimately, the success or failure of the finished project rests on their shoulders. Directors, who report to the executive producer, are the creative heart of a production, choosing the cast members, conducting rehearsals and generally overseeing the work of all cast and crew. Once the show is in post-production, they'll work with film editors to ensure the finished product meets both their and the producer's expectations. According to BLS, both producers and directors usually have a bachelor's degree and major in writing, acting, journalism or communications. Some start out in the business as actors, writers, choreographers or film editors, picking up experience along the way. Because of the financial aspect of their job, producers may have a degree in business, arts management or nonprofit management.
Editors and camera operators
The visual images seen on screen are brought there by editors and camera operators, who work closely with each other and the director). In television, camera operators capture material for TV shows or news and sporting events, then the editors craft a coherent story from the numerous images shot. The increased use of digital filming has changed how camera operators and editors work, with many camera operators now preferring digital cameras and editors performing the majority of their work on a computer.
Types of television camera operators include studio camera operators, who work in a broadcast studio and shoot their subjects from a fixed position, and electronic news gathering operators, who work on location as part of a reporting team, often capturing breaking news and live events. Both camera operators and film editors usually have a bachelor's degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, with many colleges now offering courses in camera operation or video editing software.
Other behind-the-scenes occupations in the television industry include set designers and multimedia artists and animators, which -- similar to many other careers in television -- require a postsecondary degree in a related field, according to the BLS.
Welcome back from your holiday! I hope you had a relaxing time. We have a big push ahead of us, so let's remain focused and on track for the next three weeks.
Today, we are going to discuss the culminating assignment (you'll also need the rubric) which is worth 15% of your final mark. We are also going to review the requirements for your on-line portfolio, and the format of your exit interview (which combined, are worth the other 15%)
Today we are going to take your raw flying footage that you shot in front of the green screen, and make some movie magic happen!
If you get lost, the video below is a good review on what we will be looking at in class today.
Here is an interesting look at the issue of continuity in movies (mistakes wreck the "magic"). Everyone on the set should keep an eye open for any potential problems...