Invitations to become website “users”

I will also be sending 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 do not currently have a account, just follow the directions so you can create one. We’ll quickly be going over how to post your assignments next Wednesday (2/8). You probably ought to go ahead and create your user account now, however.

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 2/8.


Camera Kit checkout

You must bring a camera to the next class (1/25)!

If you are going to check out one of the university’s camera kits, here are the particulars …

First, here is a link to the Equipment Room Rules:

E.R. Rules

Read it thoroughly. You MUST print out and sign the last page and return it to me, no later than the next class. If you want, you can sign it, make a digital copy of it, and email it to me. If I don’t get these from you, you will not be able to check out equipment for this class.

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.

Because there is a 5-day limit on equipment checkouts, you will typically check out a camera the day after class (Thurs) and return it by 8:30 p.m. the following Monday for most shooting assignments. Your 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 (hence, the Thurs–Monday suggestion). If you like, though, you can check out kits from Fri-Tues, although most of your deadlines are on Tuesday, so you should probably  be done shooting before Tuesday whenever possible.

NOTE!!! Because you need to bring a camera kit to the next class, use 1/25/2017 as the start date. 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. 1/27/2017 by 3:30PM as the end date/time.


If you need more time to complete the assignment (most of you will!), you can make another reservation for over the weekend and return it by Monday, or make a reservation for Mon-Tues to complete your assignment. You will not need to bring a camera to the next class (2/1). You will only need to bring your SD card with the images you shot and a card reader.


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 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! But take care of it and don’t be reckless.

Remember, you will need to repeat the checkout procedure each week we have shooting assignments.

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 Wednesday, 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!