Invitations to become website “users”

I sent out invitations to everyone so you can become users with “author” status and post on the website. Following the “Visual Nouns & Verbs” assignment, all of your subsequent shooting assignment will need to be posted right here.

If you have not received an invitation, contact me right right away. Sometimes email addresses can get messed up during mass emailings.

If you do not currently have a account, just follow the directions so you can create one. Using your pics from the Mugshots and Depth-of-Field assignment, we’ll quickly be going over how to post your assignments on Monday (2/12). Go ahead and create your user account right away.

If you want to, feel free to post a little “hello” right here so you can try it out. Or share a link or something you’ve seen that we all might find interesting. Just make sure you accept the invitation and join before 2/12.


Camera Kit checkout

Make time to read over this carefully, because you must bring a camera and an SD card to the next class (1/29)!

Make sure you present your Student ID when you check out/pick up equipment. We have an arrangement to provide 5-day checkouts for this class only. That’s why you need your ID.

The Canon T3 and T6i kits are recommended for this class. There are other kits (T3i, T5i) available, but they don’t included the lens I would like every one to learn on (the Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 lens). If you have your own camera with a basic kit lens, or all of the T3 and T6i kits are checked out, we can still make this work. You will just be limited to shooting mostly outdoors, during daylight hours.

However, like I said in Class #1, you will be able to shoot every assignment for this class outdoors, during the day.

Many of you indicated you are familiar with the equipment checkout process, but if you aren’t familiar with the process, here are the particulars …

Here is a link to the Equipment Room Rules:

E.R. Rules

Here is the link to the online checkout page:

Sign in, then click on the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner and select “New Reservation.”

Fill out the dates and times for your reservation. Note that 9:30 a.m. is the earliest you can pick up equipment Mon-Fri, and you must return by 8:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs and by 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The ER Rules sheet states that equipment can only be checked out for a 24-hour period, but I spoke with ER supervisor Ben Bentley and he understands the nature of this class. The online checkout software allows for a 5-day reservation for this class.

You may check out equipment over the weekend. If you think you might need extended time to complete an assignment, I suggest checking out gear until Thursday, turn it in, and then try to reserve a kit for the weekend on Friday. There’s no guarantee the equipment will be available, but it’s an option.

NOTE!!! Because you need to bring a camera kit to the next class, use 1/29/2017 as the start date, if reserving online. Again, there is a 5-day limit on checkouts, and the equipment room closes at 4 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on the weekends. So again, for this checkout, use Fri. 2/2/2017 by 3:30PM as the end date/time.



Under “Browse Resources” on the left, select “Cameras/Canon and choose either the Rebel T3 or the Rebel T6i.

On the right-hand side of the page, you will see the available kits. Click on “Reserve One of This Type.”

A notification will appear in the shopping cart on the right-hand side of the page. Click on the shopping cart and it will tell you which kits are available.

Click on the “Confirm” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

A box will appear, telling you that your reservation has been confirmed. Click “Okay.”


That’s it. When you arrive to pick up your camera kit at the equipment room, you will have to present your ID, sign for it, and you will receive a sheet that shows you the replacement cost of the gear you are checking out. You don’t have to baby your gear – it’s meant to be used! For example, you are not ready to shoot pictures if your camera is in its case/bag. (Carry your camera /w lens attached over your shoulder). And if you always have your lens cap on, you’re not read to shoot, either! Always be ready to shoot pictures!

Just take care of your equipment and don’t be reckless.

Remember, you will need to repeat the checkout procedure each week we have shooting assignments. I will always tell you when you need to bring a camera to class. Otherwise, you can begin your checkout period on Tuesday.

Just make sure you return your equipment before the time you designated when you make your reservation. If you have any problems making your reservation online, stop by the equipment room and Ben will get you squared away.

So go ahead and make your reservation, pick it up Monday, and bring your camera kits to class.

And don’t forget to bring an SD card for it!!!




So you’ve found the site. Now what?

Start reading. Try clicking on the pages (black bar) and topics (gray bar) menus above, first, so you can get a better understanding of this course.

Know what you’re getting into. First and foremost, this class in NOT an introduction to photography. Read the syllabus so you know what to expect. We’ll go over this during the first class.

The site is currently reflecting the work of students from the Spring 2013 semester, but feel free to browse. You might learn a little by seeing how other students have approached their assignments. See if you can tell when they’ve done well and when they haven’t done so well.

Browse some of the previous posts by me so you can get an idea of what to expect. I am planning several changes in the way this course is taught to reflect both the current state of the news industry and the specific needs of GSU students who are studying communications, but the content of previous posts are still relevant.

Learn about me. Watch the audio slideshow linked at the end of my bio. Tell me what you think. I try to be as available and accessible as possible. Feel free to email, call me, or even drop by the Statesboro Herald and talk to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Learn about using this blog/web site. You will be required to become users with “author” status so you can post material, as you will be uploading your shooting assignments to this site. Look for an email invitation after the first class to join and simply follow the directions.

I’ve created a Facebook page for this class to facilitate communication and discussion, and to encourage the sharing of links related to course content. Go ahead and “like” the page so you’ll get updates in your Facebook newsfeed.

Got questions or concerns about equipment, software or supplies you might need for this class? First, read the syllabus, then click on the “GEAR” and “TECHNICAL” tabs to learn more.

Like I said, feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns. You have my email, now. You have my phone number. Don’t hesitate!

I look forward to meeting all of you!