GDS 73 Digital Photography at Mission College

Projects and Homework Spring 2019 - Section 33168

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GDS 73 Lab Notes/Shooting Instructions

Jan. 28 - Day 1 - Week 1

Subject

To Do

Jan. 30 - Day 2 - 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.

Feb. 4 - Week 2 - Day 3

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish Camera features/Choosing a camera
  • Look at in class Exercise 1
  • Intro Outside Assignment 1
  • Start camera controls
  • Start Exposure
  • Review downloading with Image Capture
  • Downloading with Bridge
  • Flickr intro
  • If time
    • Try some exposure compensation
    • Intro to Photoshop for Photographers
      • Resizing images
      • file formats
      • Saving a jpeg
      • Intro to Flickr
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images in program mode to experiment with exposure
  • Download images with Bridge
  • Make sure you have signed up for Flickr
  • Make sure you have joined 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, Feb. 11

Feb. 6 - Week 3 - Day 4

Subject

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 1 Due Day 5, Feb. 11

Feb. 11 - Day 5 - Week 3

Subject

  • Lab
  • Shoot some images together using Aperture Prority and Shutter Priority
  • Shoot a few images on your own experimenting with exposure
  • Practice downloading exposure shots in lightroom
  • Make a web gallery in lightroom out of these images
  • Make a Web Gallery in Lightroom out of practice images
  • Make a Web Gallery in Lightroom out of Assignment 1

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

Feb. 13 - Day 6 - Week 3

Subject

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Outside Assignment 2 - Location Explorations - Main Assignment:
    Put yourself in 2 locations, and make photographs only of subjects you can see from where you are standing, without walking around.
    You can move up or down(squat). Really look around! Change your perspective. You can turn around, get low, point up or down, etc. You can also use a tripod if you want or need to. You can also use the zoom on your lens if you want to. Pay close attention to framing, composition and exposure. Don't include people in this one. Try to create images that you like, as well as images that you think others might like. Make sure you get 10 quality images.

    Document 1 indoor scene and 1 outdoor scene with 5 quality images each. So, you should be showing 2 different locations, 5 shots each. Get as many as you can from each spot, thinking of all possible images, and then pick your best 10.

    Tip: You may want to use a tripod indoors if the light is low, so you will not get blurring from camera shake. We will practice with tripods in class, and you can Watch the video on The Benefits and Use of Tripods(Youtube video) for more information on tripods.

    • 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 1000 pixels wide or 1000 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.
    • Due Day 8 - Feb. 25

Feb. 18 - No Class - Holiday

Feb. 20 - Day 7 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lab
  • Try using different focus modes
  • Shoot some images using different metering patterns
  • Explore what makes a good photo
    • On your own, look up images you like in differnt categories in Flickr, favorite them, and comment on a few
    • Share the images you liked with your group
    • Talk about why you liked them with your group
    • Pick 1 image each to represent your group
    • Come up with a list of attributes which might make it a good photo and post the image and attributes in the Canvas discussion forum
  • Go through Chapters on Bridge if time

To Do

  • Read Step 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Finish Outside Assignment 2 - Location Explorations
    (See above)
    • Due Day 8 - Feb. 25

Feb. 25 - Day 8 - Week 5

Subject

To Do

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

Feb. 27 - Day 9 - Week 5

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Watch video on Cartier Bresson
  • Talk about what makes a Good photo
  • Intro Object Assignment
  • Look at focal length images done in class
  • Camera Menus and Settings
    • White balance
    • Shoot some images using different white balance settings
  • Talking about images/Ways to Critique
  • Finish Adobe Bridge Intro
  • If Time:
    • Depth of Field
    • More Camera Controls
      • Macro
      • Scenes

  • Lab
  • Camera Survey
  • White Balance

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.

    While photographing, 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

    To Turn in:

    • Resize your 20 best images to a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high(watch the video on image processing) and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7.
    • 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 best image 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.

    Due March 11 - Day 12

March 4 - Day 10 - Week 6

Subject

To Do

  • Make sure you have read Steps 2 and 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Object Assignment
    • Due March 11 - Day 12

March 6 - Day 11 - Week 6

Subject

  • Lab
  • In Class Exercise:
    • Collect 5 photos from a photographer of your choice and discuss in groups.
    • Choose 1 image from the group to evaluate using the critique file.
    • Discuss in class

To Do

  • Read Step 4 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Object Assignment
  • Bring in an old image to scan next time
  • Work on Object Assignment
    • Due March 11 - Day 12

March 11 - Day 12 - Week 7

Subject

  • Lab
  • Turn in Object Assignment Images
  • Scan an image of your own
  • Process your own scanned image
  • Start going through Ch. 1 in Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

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
  • Start going through Ch. 1 in Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • Notice: We will be going on a field trip to downtown San Jose March 27

March 13 - Day 13 - 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.

    New Optional Extra Credit:
    Shoot at least some of your images using a reflector of some kind to bounce the light as in the bounce videos above.

    • Try out some of the techniques in this video.
    • Try to position the bounce or diffuser higher that the subjects head, instead of below.
    • The underlighting position(where the board use under the subject) is probably less useful.
    • You probably could use a third person to hold the bounce/diffuser.
    • You can use a reflector like this from Amazon, or it can just be a piece of white foam core board from someplace like Michaels.
    • To show you used it, include an extra photo of the board in use during your shoot. This would be your 11th image.

    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 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high.
    • Turn in 11 images if you used a bounce board or reflector, with the 11th image showing the bounce board or reflector you used.
    • 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, March 27

March 18 - Day 14 - 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, March 27

March 20 - Day 15 - Week 8

Subject

To Do

March 25 - Day 16 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lab
  • More bounce photography using collapsible reflectors
  • In Class Exercises: Using 2 of your object images and 2 of your in class practice portraits, or 4 of your Portrait Assigment images, use Camera Raw to edit/improve the images and/or create different moods.
    • Paly around and experiment using things we've talked about or things we haven't.
    • Turn in before and after versions of the 4 images
  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

To Do

  • Portrait Assignment Due today, SINCE WE WILL NOT BE HERE MARCH 27
    DUE Day 16, March 25
  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

No Field Trip Tomorrow. Meet at Mission for normal class.

March 27 - Day 17 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at some portrait images
  • Focal Point/Point of interest lecture
  • Flash and Hot shoe flash photography
    • Try out some one light flash photography
  • More Camera Raw
    • Going through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book

 

  • Lab
  • Going through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Camera Raw Photo Improvement Contest 1
  • Shoot some images with the hot shoe flashes

To Do

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

April 1 and April 3 - No Class - Spring Break

Subject

    Lecture
  • No class - Spring Break
    Lab
  • No class - Spring Break

To Do

  • Review Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • If you have not taken the online quiz, do so now.

April 8 - Day 18 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Figure out Field Trip
  • Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
  • Finish Ch 3 Review in the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • Online editing with pixlr.com
  • More bounce photography using collapsible reflectors
  • Camera Raw Photo Improvement Contest
  • If Time
    • Look at recent photos
    • Flash and Hot shoe flash photography
  • Lab
  • Shoot outdoors with the Collapbible reflectors
  • Shoot some images with the hotshoe flashes
  • Edit one of your own images with pixlr.com and turn in.

To Do

  • Read the rest of of Step 3 in the Betterphoto Basics book.

April 10 - Day 19 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at photos from Monday
  • Go through Ch.5 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • Flash and Hot shoe flash photography
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images with the hotshoe flashes

To Do

  • Read the rest of of Step 3 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  • Review Chapter 5 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

April 15 - Day 20 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Do practice Frankenfaces
  • Process sports photos

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.
    Here is a video tutorial on the process very similar to what we did in class.

    Due April 22

April 17 - Day 21 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Field trip

To Do

  • Field trip

April 22 - Day 22 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at practice Frankenfaces
  • Look at Sports images
    • Review sports photography tips
  • Look at some images from the field trip
  • Off camera/2 flash demo
  • Shoot some images
  • Start selecting in photoshop if time
  • Review for quiz on Camera Raw Wednesday

 

  • Lab
  • Lab first: Process images from the field trip according to the instructions in class

To Do

April 24 - Day 23 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lab
  • Find examples, resources and tutorials on compositing and post in Canvas discussion board
  • Shoot some images using the hot shoe flashes off camera
  • Go through some of Ch. 7

To Do

  • Outside Assign. 5 Frankenfaces Due
  • Quiz next class on Camera Raw - Kelby Book Ch. 1,2, 3 and 5
  • 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 1500 pixels wide or 1500 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 April 29.
    You will have some class lab time to work on the editing portion of this assignment.
    Final images due May 6

April 29 - Day 24 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lab
  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing
  • Create an in class HDR image if time

To Do

  • Frankenfaces Due
  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing

May 1 - Day 25 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lab
  • Create an in class HDR image
  • Work on Assignment 6: Compositing
    • See the requirements above
    • Due Monday May 6
  • Go through Ch. 8 in the Kelby book on HDR

To Do

May 6 - Day 26 - Week 14

Subject

 

  • Lab
  • Work on HDR Assignment Due May 8
  • Shoot some panoramas

To Do

  • Assignment 6: Compositing Due
  • HDR Assignment Due May 8
  • 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 15

May 8 - Day 27 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lab
  • Stitch panoramas
  • Create an abstract image with blending modes

To Do

  • HDR Assignment Due
  • Work on Final Project - Due May 15

May 13 - Day 28 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at HDR Images
  • Retouching portraits
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Product shots
  • If time:
    • Converting images to black and white
    • Blending Modes
  • Lab
  • Shoot small product shots
    • Bring a small object(5 to 10 inches) to shoot
  • 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 May 15
  • 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 1200 pixels wide or 1200 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 22 in the drop box in Canvas

May 15- Day 29 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Final Project Prints and files Due
  • Final Project Critique
  • Review for the Final Exam
  • Finish retouching
  • Lab
  • Final Project Critique
  • Review for the Final Exam

To Do

  • Final Project Critique
  • Review for the Final Exam

May 20 (Monday) - Week 16 - No Class

Subject

  • No Class

To Do

  • Prepare for final exam by reviewing wat we have done this semester.

May 22 - Day 30 - 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