For NEXT week’s class (2/6) …

Okay, maybe I lied. Well, I forgot, since instructions for next week’s class were at the end of the presentation I had planned to give before we ran over with the digital workflow presentation.

FIRST, read Chapter 5 on Portraits in your textbook. This is the best thing you can do to prepare for the next class. Shooting a journalistic portrait will be you next assignment. Be prepared!

Second, review the material we’ve gone over in class, so far, and let me know if you have any questions or need any clarification. Read the last post: Follow up on class from 1/30 and semester review, so far …

I usually try to limit the class to two lessons so you are not overwhelmed, but since we got a little behind, we’re going to try and squeeze in three lessons next week. You already have two of the handouts (Photo Checklist and Joe Elbert’s Hierarchy). Bring them to class next week so you can follow along, or review them from the “Download Documents” page.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Follow up on class from 1/30 and semester review, so far

First, thanks for your patience during class yesterday. It had to be done, step-by-step, so we are all on the same page in order to proceed with this class. We now have the basics so we can move forward to practice our skills and expand our knowledge.

First, just a quick review:

Class 1:

Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of photography as a means of communicating the news: review the handout on Visual Literacy and the class presentation on the subject.

Class 2:

  1. Understanding the basics and the necessity of technical control: review the handout on Technical Control and check out the links on the Topical Links page under the heading “photography basics” for further reading and understanding.
  2. The Shooter’s Mantra – this is the basic approach to making photographs that communicate something relavent, every time you look through your camera. There is no handout, as I wanted you to write down the steps and memorize them. However, you can review the class presentation – JOUR3333_Basics –  to see examples and review the concepts.
  3. AP Style captions – Please take time to review this handout AND review the presentation so you are familiar with the style of caption writing for this class (and for the professional world).

Class 3:

  1. Understanding basic digital workflow. Once you’ve made your images, you need to know how to download, edit, process, apply captions and other metadata to the image files, and how to publish/share your photographs. Read your handout: Digital Workflow Basics.
  2. While I showed you one workflow using Adobe Bridge/Photoshop software and WordPress, learn other options and how to utilize those options with software on your own personal computer. Read “Software – what you’ll need for this course …” for more information, and please feel free to contact me if you need some help with this.

As I said, this forms the foundation for this course. So review and let me know if you have any questions or need clarification. This class is offered by the Communication Arts department, so let’s communicate!

Followup on Class (1/23)

Just a quick followup on class.

Read over your Mugshots assignment carefully. Let me know if you have any questions. Don’t forget the dimension I added in class:

Since everyone indicated that you have zoom lenses with your cameras, don’t forget to shoot at least fifteen (15) pictures of each subject, AT LEAST 5 from each of the following perspectives:

  1. 5 pictures – Zoomed all the way in, at your longest focal length (telephoto)
  2. 5 pictures – Zoomed approximately halfway, at a comfortable distance (the “normal” range)
  3. 5 pictures – Zoomed all the way out, at your shortest focal length (wide angle)

Frame your subjects the same way regardless of your focal length: fill the frame, but include top of the shoulders at the bottom of the frame, and leave some empty space at the top of your subjects’ heads. Set your focal length ahead of time, then move forwards or backwards to properly frame your subject.

This exercise is designed to discover the difference in perspectives that your particular camera and lens combination will allow, as well as learning how to operate your camera and change settings when necessary. Make sure to shoot test frames when you change perspectives. Sometimes exposure can change when you change perspectives, depending on your lighting conditions and background.

This is an opportunity to learn how your particular camera and lens combination works. Take advantage! Be methodical and make sure your exposures are correct for your given scene and perspective.

Read over the assignment so you know what to bring to class next week. Again, get a card reader! They are not that expensive. Read this link again if you want more info: Card Readers ….

Also, if you have not signed up to be a user on the website, do so as soon as possible. You will NOT be able to participate in the next class or the rest of the semester until you have signed up as a user. Please let me know ASAP if you have not received an invitation or you have lost your invitation. This is required!

Also, documents from class are available on the web site for review and downloading: DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS. This includes the presentation given during class, with presenter’s notes. Again, memorize the Shooter’s Mantra! I, purposefully, did not include a handout on this. You need to memorize it! If you want to review examples of the Shooter’s Mantra, review/download the PDF of the presentation: Presentation_JOUR3333_Basics.pdf

As always, contact me if you have any questions.

Viewing and downloading materials from class …

Just wanted to let everyone know that I make the materials from class available for viewing and downloading online, usually on the Thursday or Friday after class.

So if you want to review the presentation (with presenter’s notes), or you lost one of the handouts, or if you must miss class for any reason, you can go to the DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS page right here on the website.

The link will take you to my GSU Google Drive account so you can view or download materials in PDF form. If you have any trouble viewing or downloading, or if you notice anything missing, let me know right away.

See you in class!

Signing up for a user account …

Okay class. We all need to become users on this website. You should be receiving email invitations to become a user. Here is the process:

  1. Simply follow the directions in the email to create a user account. Try to pick a user name we’ll all recognize.
  2. Once you do that, you’ll get an email to activate the account. It comes pretty quickly, so you won’t have to wait long.
  3. Once you activate your account, it will automatically take you to a homepage at WordPress. There’s one more step, though.
  4. Go back to the original email and click on “Accept Invitation.”
  5. Once you do that, you’ll be taken to the Dashboard of the class web site with a note that says “Congrats! You have been added to this blog.”

If you already have a account and you gave me the email address you used to create this account, all you should have to do is click on “Accept Invitation.” If you did not give me that email, just send me your username and I will invite you using that.

That’s it. Feel free to look around and even make a blog entry to just say hello.

If you experience any problems, contact me right away. Sometimes WordPress changes things with little or no notice. Let me know if the directions above don’t work.