GDES 73 Digital Photography at Mission College

Projects and Homework Spring 2016 - Section 45803

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GDES 73 Lab Notes/Shooting Instructions

Day 1 - Feb. 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.
  • Next class, bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.

Day 2 - Feb. 4 - 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.

Day 3 - Feb. 9 - 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
  • 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 6, Feb. 18(new due date)

Day 4 - Feb. 11 - Week 2

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Finish looking at first shots
  • Image processing 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

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book
  • Work on Outside Assignment 1 Due Day 6, Feb. 18(new due date)

Day 5 - Feb. 16 - Week 3

Subject

  • Lab
  • Shoot a few images experimenting with exposure
  • Practice downloading exposure shots in lightroom

To Do

  • Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 6 - Feb. 18 - 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(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 - Feb. 25

Day 7 - Feb. 23 - Week 4

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at Assignment 1 and/or shutter speed images
  • Exporting files from lightroom
  • 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
  • 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
  • Go through Chapters on Bridge

To Do

  • Read Step 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book

Day 8 - Feb. 25 - Week 4

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
    • Focus
    • Metering patterns
    • Macro
    • Scenes
  • Exporting files from lightroom
  • 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 - March 1 - 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 10

Day 10 - March 3 - 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 8 - Week 6

Subject

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

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 10 - Week 6

Subject

    In Class Exercises:
  1. 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 CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby (The Kelby Book from now on) next time

Day 13 - March 15 - Week 7

Subject

To Do

  • Make sure to bring in an old photograph to scan next class
  • 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, April 5

Day 14 - March 17 - Week 7

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, April 5

Day 15 - March 22 - Week 8

Subject

  • Lab
  • No Lab today(class ending early)
  • Start going through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers on your own

To Do

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

Day 16 - March 24 - Week 8

Subject

  • Lecture
  • No in person class today
  • You will do an online exercise instead
    • Watch this video on Processing a scanned image.
    • The video is here
    • Recreate the 1st version of the final image in the video by following the same procedure in Photoshop. Recreate the image with the cat(you'll know what I mean when you see it ;) using Photoshop, not the second demonstration in Lightroom.
    • The original starting file is here.
    • After you are done, save the file as a jpeg with a quality of 5 and drop it into the assignment drop box in angel under the lessons link.
    • Note on the video: If you have a newer version of photoshop, you can use Smart Sharpen or the Unsharp Mask filter as used in the video to sharpen your image. A video on Smart Sharpen in Adobe CC can be seen here.
    • Due in the dropbox in angel under the lessons link before class on April 5
  • Lab
  • Online Lab (See Above)

To Do

  • Online Assignment on correcting a scan (See Above)
  • Work on Outside Assignment 4:Portraits
    • Due after Spring Break April 5 - bring them in ready to go, we will not spend class time on formatting the files this time
    • See day 13 above for the description
  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

Spring Break - No class March 29 or 31

Day 17 - April 5 - Week 9

Subject

  • Lab
  • Clean up your own scanned image from the scan you did in class. Turn in before and after versions.
  • Edit one of your own portrait assignment images with pixlr.com and turn in.
  • Go through Chapter 1of the Kelby Book. Trun in a PDF of your finished images.

To Do

  • Portraits Assignment Due at the beginning of class - Check above for the requirements
  • Online Assignment Due before beginning of class(See week 8).
  • Go through Chapters 1-3 of the Kelby Book
    • There will be a short quiz on Camera Raw soon

Day 18 - April 7 - 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
  • Going through Chapters 1 and 2 of the Kelby Book

To Do

  • Go through Chapters 1and 2 of the Kelby Book
    • There will be a short quiz on Camera Raw soon

Day 19 - April 12 - Week 10

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Review Ch. 2 of the Kelby Book
  • Indoor flash demo
  • Frankenfaces if time
  • Lab
  • Shoot some images using the hot shoe flashes, like bouncing off the walls
  • Finish going through Chapter 2 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 April 19

Day 20 - April 14 - 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
  • Work on Outside Assignment 5: Frankenfaces

Day 21 - April 19 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Go through Chapters 2 and 3 of the Kelby Book
  • Find examples of compositing
  • Find resources/tutorials on compositing

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, May 5
    You will have some class lab time to work on the editing portion of this assignment.

Day 22 - April 21 - Week 11

Subject

  • Lab
  • Quiz next class on Ch. 1-3 of the Kelby Book
  • 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 6: Compositing
  • Quiz next class on Camera Raw - Kelby Book Ch. 1-3

Day 23 - April 26 - Week 12

Subject

  • Lab
  • 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 12

Day 24 - April 28 - Week 12

Subject

To Do

  • Work on Assignment 6:Compositing
  • Go through Ch. 6 in the Kelby book on HDR
  • Work on Assignment 7:HDR

Day 25 - May 3 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lab
  • Work on Composite Assignment - Due May 5
  • HDR Assignment Due May 12

To Do

  • Work on Composite Assignment - Due May 5
  • HDR Assignment Due May 12
  • 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 30, May 19

Day 26 - May 5 - Week 13

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Shooting and stitching panoramas
  • 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 May 12
  • Work on Final Project -
    Due May 19

Day 27 - May 10 - 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

  • Work on HDR Assignment
    Due May 12
  • Work on Final Project -
    Due May 19

Day 28 - May 12 - Week 14

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at Compositing Assignment
  • Basics of Printing
  • Retouching
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Lab
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Work on Final Project

To Do

  • HDR Assignment Due at the beginning of class
  • 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 May 19
  • Work on the Final Project

Day 29 - May 17 - Week 15

Subject

  • Lecture
  • Look at HDR Assignment
  • Special Effects for Photographers
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Lab
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting

To Do

  • Work on Final Project -
    Due May 19
  • Work on Extra Credit -
    Due May 19

Day 30 - May 19 - 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 26 - 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