GDES 73 Digital Photography at Mission College

Projects and Homework Spring 2015 - Section 38623

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GDES 73 Lab Notes/Shooting Instructions

Day 1 - Jan. 27 - Week 1

Subject

To Do

  • Read pages 11-39(Getting Ready and Step 1:Meet your camera modes)in the Betterphoto Basics book. If you are buying a camera right now, you could also read pages 208-213(Buyers Guide in Additional References), and see the sites above.
  • Next class, bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.

Day 2 - Jan. 29 - Week 1

Subject

To Do

  • Read pages 11-39(Getting Ready and Step 1:Meet your camera modes)in theBetterphoto Basics book. If you are buying a camera right now, you could also read pages 208-213(Buyers Guide in Additional References), and see the sites above.

Day 3 - Feb. 3 - Week 2

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at in class Assignment 1
  • Finish Camera features/Choosing a camera
  • Intro to Flickr
  • Downloading with Bridge
  • Exposure compensation
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images using exposure compensation
  • Download images with Bridge
  • Sign up for Flickr
  • Join Flickr group 
  • Post 2 images you took in class last week to our flickr group
  • Comment on someone else's images in our group

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  • Outside Assignment 1 - First Shots - Practice Assignment:
    • This is very similar to the assignment we did in class, but you will do it on your own and we will make a web gallery from it.
    • Shoot portraits of one person
    • Try out manual controls if you have them, or use some of the scene settings that many cameras have.
      • If you have these controls, Shoot some images in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual.
      • If you do not have manual controls, shoot some using exposure compensation and scene settings.
    • Try some images posed and some candid
    • Shoot some indoors, some with flash and some without flash
    • Shoot some outdoors, some in the sun and some in the shade
    • Try some images with the subject looking into the camera, and some not
    • Try some close-ups and some wider, full length shots
    • See example 1 here
    • See example 2 here
    • Shoot at least 30 images
    • The examples have 30 images or so. You will only turn in 10.
    • Download with Bridge or Aperture
    • Pick your 10 best images
    • Create an HTML web gallery of these 10 images only using Bridge/Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. We will go over this in class. Please do not use a template that uses Flash.
    • Due Day 5, Feb. 10

Day 4 - Feb. 5 - Week 2

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish looking at first shots
  • Exposure
    • Aperture
      • F Stop
      • Effect on Depth of Field
    • Shutter Speed
      • Effect on Motion
    • ISO
  • Exposure compensation
  • Ways to Expose
  • Web Galleries and PDFs in Bridge
  • Importing with Lightroom

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 5 - Feb. 10 - Week 3

Subject

  • Lab
  • Create a web gallery of your 10 images from outside assignment 1

To Do

  • Assignment 1 images due
    • Bring in your 10 images
    • We will make a web gallery out of them in class
  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 6 - Feb. 12 - Week 3

Subject

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Outside Assignment 2 - Location Scout - Main Assignment:
    Act as a location scout for a movie and document 1 indoor scene and 1 outdoor scene with 5 quality images each. So, you should be showing 2 different locations. Don't worry about people yet. Pay close attention to framing, composition and exposure. Change your perspective. You can turn around, get low, point up or down, etc. Make sure you get 10 images that you like.

    • Think about the camera settings for each shot(if your camera has manual controls).
      • f-stop(aperture)
      • shutter speed
      • ISO
      • shooting mode(manual, aperture priority, etc.)
      • general focal length(wide angle, normal or telephoto)
      • These terms are in your reading and on the terms page.
    • Experiment with the controls you do have on your camera.
    • Experiment with different angles, focal lengths, f-stops(If possible) and shutter speeds(If possible).
    • Make sure to shoot at least 1 image using each of the following settings(if your camera allows it).
      Check out pages 38 and 147-157 of the Betterphoto Basics book(if you are using the kindle version, look for aperture priority in Step 1 and Step 5), and the terms page for a description of some of these exposure modes.
      • aperture priority
      • shutter priority
      • manual exposure
      • manual focus
      To Turn in:
    • Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels wide or 800 pixels high(watch the video on image processing) and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7.
      • NOTE: The Image Processor can also be found in Photoshop by going to the File Menu, and then scripts.
        In Bridge, it can be found be going to the Tools Menu, and then look for Photoshop
    • Make sure your images are named like this:
      firstname_lastname_assign2_
      datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
      • Make sure your name is on each image.
    • Post your favorite indoor shot and your favorite outdoor shot to your flickr account and add them to the group page:
    • Due Day 8 - Feb. 19

Day 7 - Feb. 17 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Exporting files from lightroom
  • Look at Assignment 1 and/or shutter speed images
  • More Camera controls - Point and Shoot
    • Focus
      • Manual
      • Auto
      • Focus Modes, single, continuous etc.
    • Metering patterns
    • Zoom
      • Optical vs digital
    • Point and shoot menus
    • Macro
    • Scenes
  • Intro Bridge
  • Lab
  • Explor Flickr
    • Look up images you like, favorite them, and comment on a few
    • Share the images you like with the class in groups
    • Talk about why you like them with your group
    • In your group, come up with a list of attributes which might make a good photo and post in the angel discussion forum

To Do

  • Read Step 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 8 - Feb. 19 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Go over group lists of what makes a Good photo
  • Intro bridge
  • Talk about what makes a Good photo
  • Focal length if time
  • Lab
  • Turn in Assignment 2
  • Camera Survey
  • Go through Chapters on Bridge

To Do

  • Outside Assignment 2 - Location Scout Due - See above on how to turn in
  • Do Camera Survey - Due before next class

Day 9 - Feb. 24 - Week 5

Subject

To Do

  • Make sure you have read Steps 2 and 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  • Outside Assignment 3 - Main Assignment - Object photos:
    Photograph a chair or other similar object. Don't use a chair unless you have no imagination. The same object should be in all the photos. Be as creative as you can. You can move the object, change the lighting, etc. Think about all the options you have with 1 subject. Shoot at least 40 images total. Select your 20 best, then select your 5 best images. They can be manipulated or straight. See Examples Here.

      To Turn in:
    • Resize your 20 best images to a maximum dimension of 700 pixels wide or 700 pixels high(watch the video on image processing) and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 6.
    • Make sure your images are named like this:
      firstname_lastname_assign3_
      datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
    • Turn in as a folder of 20 files, with your 5 selects(best of the best) in an inside folder.
    • Post your 5 selects to your flickr account and add them to the group page:
      • Flickr Group
      • Post your opinions on at least 2 images of your classmates on Flickr.
      For help, consider the following list of characteristics of images:
    • Composition
    • Framing
    • Focus/depth of field
    • Light
    • Contrast
    • Color
    • Point of emphasis
    • Line
    • Shape
    • Texture
    • Balance
    • Point of view
    • Motion
    • Perspective

    Due Day 12 March 5

Day 10 - Feb. 26 - Week 5

Subject

To Do

  • Make sure you have read Steps 2 and 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Object Assignment

Day 11 - March 3 - Week 6

Subject

To Do

  • Read Step 4 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Object Assignment
  • Bring in an old image to scan next time

Day 12 - March 5 - Week 6

Subject

    In Class Exercises:
  1. Scan your old image and save
    • Turn in a copy of your scan
  2. Using some of your object images, use lightroom and the presets to create different moods.
    • Turn in before and after versions

To Do

  • Object Assignment Due - See the instructions above for how to turn in
  • Read Step 4 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Bring in the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby (The Kelby Book from now on) next time

Day 13 - March 10 - Week 7

Subject

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 1-2 of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
  • Outside Assignment 4 - Portraits:
    Do 2 outdoor portrait series' of 2 different people.

    Read the Portrait Ideas section of Step 3 in the Betterphoto Basics book, and the tip sheets we looked at for more tips on photographing people.

    Series 1:

    One series will be of someone you know. The images can be posed or candid.

    Series 2:

    The second series is of someone you don't know very well or at all. A friend of a friend or acquaintance would work well, or approach someone who looks interesting to you and ask to take their photograph. It could be at an event, a park, on the street, etc. You can tell tell them it's for a school assignment, which can help if they are suspicious of your motives. You can have them look at the camera, or you can capture the person as they are performing an activity or interacting with others. Part of the challenge here for you is working with and talking to someone you don't know very well. Try to fill the frame with relevant information, not a lot of irrelivant background.

    For both series, try to portray the subject's character. Shoot at least 20 images of each person, probably more if possible. Lighting can can be natural or artificial, but try to use the ambient(existing) light as much as possible. You can use flash if necessary to supplement the existing light(fill flash). Watch this video for tips on fill flash. GET CLOSE for at least some images.

    Download examples from the portrait assignment here.

    To Turn in(Please read carefully):

    • Pick the 5 best images from each session, 10 images total and resize your images to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels wide or 800 pixels high.
    • Save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7.
    • Make sure your images are named like this:
      firstname_lastname_portraitassign
      _datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
    • Also, post your best 4 images, 2 for each subject on Flickr.
      Add them to our Flickr group and tag them portraitassignment(all 1 word).
      You can add tags near the bottom right of the page when the image is open in Flickr.
    • Post your opinions on at least 2 images from your classmates on Flickr.
    • Due Day 17, March 24

Day 14 - March 12 - Week 7

Subject

  • Lab
  • Go through Chapters 2-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
  • Make sure to scan your own old photo by today

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 2-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
  • At home, work on Portrait Assignment. Due Day 17, March 24

Day 15 - March 17 - Week 8

Subject

  • Lab
  • In class street photography exercise
  • Chapter 2 of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book

To Do

  • Chapter 2 of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book

Day 16 - March 19 - Week 8

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Field trip - We will meet at the San Jose Museum of Art at 10AM. We will do photos first. The Museum opens at 11. We wil finish early at about 12:00. A map of the location is here.
  • Bring your student ID for a discounted admission. It is $5 for students.
  • Lab
  • Field trip

To Do

  • Field trip

Day 17 - March 24 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lab
  • Edit one of your own images with pixlr.com
  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Portraits Assignment Due at the beginning of class - Check above for the requirements
  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
    • There will be a short quiz on Camera Raw after Spring Break

Day 18 - March 26 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at recent photos
  • Hot shoe flash photography
    • In studio single and multiple flashes
  • More Camera Raw
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images with the hotshoe flashes
  • Finish going through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
    • There will be a short quiz on Camera Raw after Spring Break

Spring Break! - No Class March 31 or April 2

Day 19 - April 7 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lab
  • Do in class Frankenfaces
  • Finish going through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Outside Assignment 5:
    Create your own Frankenface by photographing 2 people and combining using the techniques in the video. Do not use images we took in class. Make sure you photograph the 2 people in exactly the same way, so they will combine easily, similar to the way we shot in class. Remember to use layer masks instead of erasing. Turn in PSD files so I can see your layers.
    Due Day 21 - April 14

Day 20 - April 9 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish review Ch. 4 of the Kelby Book
  • Using on camera and off camera flash
  • Lab
  • Finish in class frankenfaces
  • Finish going through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Outdoor in class fill flash assignment

To Do

  • Work on Outside Assignment 5: Frankenfaces
  • Quiz next class on Ch. 2-4 of the Kelby Book

Day 21 - April 14 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Find examples of compositing
  • Find resources/tutorials on compositing
  • Camera Raw Photo Improvement Contest

To Do

  • Outside Assignment 5: Frankenfaces Due
  • Start Outside Assignment 6 - Compositing:
    Make 2 different composite images(not faces) on the subjects of your choice, with at least 1 being as believable as possible. Use at least 2 original(shot by you) images in each composit. Try to match lighting, color, f-stop, focal length, etc when shooting your original files to make the final images blend more realistically. Turn in as as a layered photoshop file(PSD) with a maximum dimension of 1200 pixels wide or 1200 pixels high. You can work on a larger version and then resize at the end if you wish. You can go to the image menu in photoshop and select image size to resize. Change the pixel dimensions at the top of the dialog box. Make sure resample image and constrain proportions are checked at the bottom of the dialog box. You can use smart objects if you prefer, as you might in the Photoshop class, but it might result in a very large file. You can also use regular layers. Download compositing assignment examples here.

    • Requirements:
    • Make sure you turn in 2 completely different final images that were made by combining 2 or more images for each final image.
    • Make sure to shoot new photos for each final image. Do not use old photos or found images.
    • Post your 2 final images to your flickr account and Add them to our Flickr group:
      • Tag the images with "composite"
      • Look at other students composites in Flickr and comment on at least 2 images from other students

    Due Day 25, April 28
    You will have some class lab time to work on the editing portion of this assignment.

Day 22 - April 16 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Small product photography
  • Find examples of compositing
  • Find resources/tutorials on compositing

To Do

  • Bring in a small object to photograph, about 10 inches or less on a side
  • Read the rest of Step 3 in the Betterphoto Basics Book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 6: Compositing

Day 23 - April 21 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lab
  • Finish compositing samples and resources
  • Create an in class HDR image
  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing

To Do

  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing
  • Outside Assignment 7 - HDR:
    Shoot bracketed images of 2 high contrast scenes and create HDR images from them using Photomatix and/or Photoshop. Make 1 realistic version of each scene and 1 painterly/hyperreal version of each for a total of 4 final images. Download HDR assignment examples here. Check the calendar for due dates.

      To Turn in:
    • Turn in your 4 final images and your original bracketed shots that you used when making the final images.
    • Put your final images into a separate folder.
    • Resize all images to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels wide or 800 pixels high(watch the video on image processing) and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7.
      • If you don't resize to this size, angel might not upload the file.
    • Make sure your images are named like this:
      firstname_lastname_hdr
      _assign_datecreated.jpg
      • Watch the video on image processing to rename files quickly
      • Use your own name and date of course.
    • Post your 2 final images to your flickr account and Add them to our Flickr group:
      • Tag the images with "hdr"
      • Check out other students HDRs in Flickr and comment on at least 2 images from other students

    Due Day 27, May 5

Day 24 - April 23 - Week 12

Subject

To Do

  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing
  • Work on Assignment 7:HDR

Day 25 - April 28 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lecture
  • More HDR
    • Compositing different versions
  • HDR in Photoshop
  • Liquify
  • More Blending Modes
  • Lab
  • Create an abstract image with blending modes

To Do

  • Outside Assignment 6 - Composit assignment due
  • Read Step 6 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  • Outside Assignment - Final Project:
    Do a series of photos on the subject of your choice with 10 quality images. Each image should able to stand on its own, as well as work as a group with the other images. Download assignment examples here. Check the calendar for due dates.
      Examples:
    • Tell a story with images
    • Document someones life or an event
    • Create a series of landscapes with a common theme or style
      To Turn in:
    • Bring in the files of your 10 images.
    • Be prepared to present your images to the class.
    • Also print high quality prints of your best images (at least 3 images) as 8x10s. Bring them in for the critique. You can print them yourself on an inkjet printer with glossy paper, or get them printed by a lab like cvs pharmacy or costco.
    • Post your 10 Final Project images to the flickr group and tag with gdes73finalproject

    Due Day 29, May 12

Day 26 - April 30 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Shooting and stitching panoramas
  • Finish HDR
  • Lab
  • Create a Black and White image from one of your color images
  • Work on HDR Assignment

To Do

  • Work on Final Project

Day 27 - May 5 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lab
  • Converting to black and white

To Do

  • HDR Assignment Due at the beginning of class
  • Work on the Final Project

Day 28 - May 7 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Lab
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting

To Do

  • Extra Credit - Retouching Assignment
    Retouch 2 portraits you shot using the techniques we discuss in class next week. If you would like to shoot new, close-up portraits now to use, that would be good. Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels wide or 800 pixels high and save as jpegs with a quality of 8. Turn in both the before and after versions, for a total of 4 images.
    Due May 14
  • Work on the Final Project

Day 29 - May 12 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Retouching
  • Printing
  • Final Project Critique
  • Lab
  • Final Project Critique
  • Work on Retouching Assignment

To Do

  • Final Project Files Due

Day 30 - May 14 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Final Project Critique
  • Review for the Final Exam
  • Lab
  • Final Project Critique

To Do

  • Final Project Prints Due
  • Extra Credit - Retouching Assignment Due

No Class May 19

Day 31 - May 21- Week 16

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Final Exam 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Lab
  • Final Exam 10:00AM - 12:00PM

To Do

  • Final Exam 10:00AM - 12:00PM