GDES 73 Digital Photography at Mission College

Projects and Homework Fall 2016 - Section 50427

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GDES 73 Lab Notes/Shooting Instructions

Day 1 - Aug. 29 - 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 - Aug. 31 - 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.

No Class - Sept. 5 - Week 2

Day 3 - Sept. 7 - Week 2

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish Camera features/Choosing a camera
  • Downloading with Image Capture
  • Intro to Photoshop for Photographers
    • Resizing images
    • file formats
    • Saving a jpeg
  • Intro to Flickr
  • Look at in class Exercise 1
  • Intro Outside Assignment 1
  • Downloading with Bridge
  • Start exposure compensation
  • Lab
  • 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
  • Shoot some images using exposure compensation if time

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, Sept. 14

Day 4 - Sept. 12 - Week 3

Subject

  • Lecture
  • More intro to Flickr
  • Review Image processing in bridge/photoshop
  • Contact sheets in bridge/photoshop
  • Exposure
    • Aperture
      • F Stop
      • Effect on Depth of Field
    • Shutter Speed
      • Effect on Motion
    • ISO
  • Exposure compensation
  • Ways to Expose
  • Importing with Lightroom if time

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 1 Due Day 5, Sept. 14

Day 5 - Sept. 14 - Week 3

Subject

To Do

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

Day 6 - Sept. 19 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Intro Outside Assignment 2
  • Look at previous in class images
  • More Camera controls - SLR
    • Focus
      • Manual
      • Auto
      • Focus Modes, single, continuous etc.
  • Export files from lightroom
  • Camera settings reference
  • Shutter Speed Demo

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(use image processing in bridge or export photos from lightroom) 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.
        Export is under the File menu in Lightroom.
    • 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 - Sept. 26

Day 7 - Sept. 21 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at Assignment 1 and/or shutter speed images
  • Adobe Bridge overview
  • More Camera controls - SLR and Point and Shoot
    • Metering patterns
      • Try out different settings in class
    • Zoom
      • Optical vs digital
      • Try out in class
    • camera menus
    • Macro
    • Scenes
  • Lab
  • Explore 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 Canvas discussion forum
  • Go through Chapters on Bridge

To Do

  • Read Step 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 8 - Sept. 26 - Week 5

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Go over group lists of what makes a Good photo
  • Finish Intro Bridge
  • Camera Menus
    • Image size
    • Image Quality
  • Play with Camera Controls
    • Macro
    • Scenes
  • White balance
  • Lab
  • Turn in Assignment 2
  • Play with camera controls outside
  • Camera Survey
  • Go through Chapters on Bridge if time

To Do

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

Day 9 - Sept. 28 - 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 Oct. 10

Day 10 - Oct. 3 - Week 6

Subject

To Do

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

Day 11 - Oct. 5 - Week 6

Subject

  • Lab
  • In Class Exercise:
    Collect 5 photos from a photographer of your choice and discuss in groups.

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 - Oct. 10 - Week 7

Subject

  • Lab
  • Turn in Object Assignment Images
  • Scan an image of your own
  • In Class Exercises: Using 3 of your object images, use lightroom and the presets to create different moods.
    • Turn in before and after versions of the 3 images

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 CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby (The Kelby Book from now on) next time

Day 13 - Oct. 12 - Week 7

Subject

To Do

  • Make sure to bring in an old photograph to scan if you have not already
  • Go through Chapters 1-2 of the Adobe Photoshop CC 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
    • Due Day 17, Oct. 26

Day 14 - Oct. 17 - Week 8

Subject

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • At home, work on Portrait Assignment. Due Day 17, Oct. 26

Day 15 - Oct. 19 - Week 8

Subject

  • Lab
  • Processing a scanned image
  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

Day 16 - Oct. 24 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lab
  • Edit one of your own images with pixlr.com and turn in.
  • Go through Chapter 1 of the Kelby Book.

To Do

  • Work on Outside Assignment 4:Portraits
    • New due date Oct. 31
  • Go through Chapters 1-2 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

Day 17 - Oct. 26 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lecture
  • NO IN PERSON CLASS(Mark will be gone Wednesday)
  • Online Assignment:
    Go through Chapter 2 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby.
    Follow the procedures under the section Double Processing to create the Uncapturable on pages 38-41 of the book. Save the edited file as a jpeg and drop it into the Assignment drop box in Canvas (Double Processing Assign.). The original starting file can be found here: http://kelbyone.com/books/cc14/ under Chapter 2 – Camera Raw, Beyond the Basics.
    If you are using a digital version of the book, the page number might be different. Look for the exercise with this image.
    assignment image
  • Drop your file into the Assignment drop box in Canvas. Due in Canvas in the Double Processing Assign. drop box before next class.
  • Lab
  • Online Assignment above

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 1-2 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • Do online assignment above
  • Work on Outside Assignment 4:Portraits.
    • New due date Oct. 31

Day 18 - Oct. 31 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Focal Point/Point of interest lecture
  • Look at recent photos
  • Flash and Hot shoe flash photography
  • More Camera Raw
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images with the hotshoe flashes
  • Going through Chapters 1 and 2 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Portraits Assignment Due at the beginning of class - Check above for the requirements
  • Online Assignment Due before beginning of class(See week 9).
  • Go through Chapters 1-2 of the Kelby Book
    • There will be a short quiz on Camera Raw soon

Day 19 - Nov. 2 - Week 10

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 will finish a little early in case you have a class right after. A map of the location is here.
  • Bring your student ID for a discounted admission. It is $6 for students.
  • Lab
  • Field Trip

To Do

  • Field Trip

Day 20 - Nov. 7 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish review of Ch. 2 of the Kelby Book
  • More Hot shoe flash photography
  • Frankenfaces if time

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 Nov. 16

Day 21 - Nov. 9 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Take a look at some images from the field trip
  • Look at Frankenfaces
  • Indoor 2 flash demo
  • Review Ch. 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images using the hot shoe flashes off camera with diffusion and turn in
  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 5: Frankenfaces Due Nov. 16

Day 22 - Nov. 14 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Take a look at some images from the field trip
  • Look at flash images
  • Intro Compositing Assignment
  • History of Compositing
  • Camera Raw Photo Improvement Contest
  • Review for the quiz
  • Start selecting
  • Go through some of Ch. 7
  • Lab
  • Quiz next class on Ch. 1-3 of the Kelby Book
  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Find examples of compositing
  • Find resources/tutorials on compositing

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 6: Compositing
  • Quiz next class on Camera Raw - Kelby Book Ch. 1-3
  • 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.

    Original images should taken by Nov. 21.
    You will have some class lab time to work on the editing portion of this assignment.
    Final images due Nov. 28

Day 23 - Nov. 16 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lab
  • Create an in class HDR image
  • Find examples of compositing
  • Find resources/tutorials on compositing

To Do

  • Frankenfaces Due
  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing

Day 24 - Nov. 21 - Week 13

Subject

To Do

  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing
  • Go through Ch. 6 in the Kelby book on HDR
  • 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 1200 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.

    Due Day 27, Nov. 30

Day 25 - Nov. 23 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lab
  • Work on Composite Assignment - Due Nov. 28
  • Work on HDR Assignment Due Nov. 30

To Do

  • Work on Composite Assignment - Due Nov. 28
  • HDR Assignment Due Nov. 30
  • 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, Dec. 7

Day 26 - Nov. 28 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Shooting and stitching panoramas
  • Ch. 7 in Kelby Book - Fixing Problems
  • Blending Modes
  • Lab
  • Stitch panoramas
  • Create an abstract image with blending modes
  • Work on HDR Assignment

To Do

  • Outside Assignment 6 - Composite assignment due today
  • Work on HDR Assignment
    Due Nov. 30
  • Work on Final Project -
    Due Dec. 7

Day 27 - Nov. 30 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lab
  • Create an abstract image using blend modes
  • Create a Black and White image from one of your color images

To Do

  • HDR Assignment Due at the beginning of class
  • Work on Final Project -
    Due Dec. 7

Day 28 - Dec. 5 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at Compositing Assignment
  • Retouching portraits
  • Special Effects for Photographers
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Lab
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Work on Final Project

To Do

  • Extra Credit - Retouching Assignment
    Shoot 2 new, close-up portraits, and retouch them using the techniques we have gone over in class. 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 Dec. 12 in the drop box in Canvas
  • Work on Final Project -
    Due Dec. 7

Day 29 - Dec. 7 - Week 15

Subject

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

To Do

  • Final Project Prints and files Due

No Class Dec. 12

Extra Credit - Retouching Assignment
Due Dec. 12 in the drop box in Canvas

Day 30 - Dec. 14 - Week 16 - Last Day

Subject

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

To Do

  • Final Exam 10:00AM - 12:00PM