GDES 73 Digital Photography

Projects and Homework Fall 2011

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Week 1

Topics

    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot outdoor portraits in groups
  • Download images with Bridge


To Do

  • Read Ch 1 and 2 in Digital Photography: Essential Skills.
  • Bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.
  • Bring in the The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby next class.


Week 2

Subject

    Lecture
  • Intro first assignment
  • Figure out field trip
  • Look at in class Assignments
  • Finish Camera choices/features
  • Video: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliot Erwit video from Contacts, Vol. 1: The Great Tradition of Photojournalism
  • Intro Bridge
  • Lecture: Film Vs Digital
    • Camera Controls/Photographic Concepts.
    • Exposure
      • Aperture
        • F Stop
        • Effect on Depth of Field
      • Shutter Speed
        • Effect on Motion
      • ISO
    • Exposure compensation
    • Ways to Expose
    • Depth of Field
      • How to control
        • Aperture
        • Focal Length
        • Distance to Subject
    • Zoom
    • Point and shoot controls
    • Focus
      • Auto/Manual
      • Auto focus selection
      • Hyperfocal Distance
      • Macro
      • Infinity
    • Focal Length
      • Wide/Normal/Telephoto
      • 35mm equivalent
      • Effect on Depth of Field
      • Hand Holding
    • ISO
      • Noise
    Camera Controls, features and terms.
  • Levels
  • Shutter
  • Image Size
  • Image Quality
  • Scene settings
  • White Balance
  • ISO
  • CCD
  • Diaphragm
  • USB
  • Firewire
  • Storage
  • Optical zoom
  • Digital Zoom
  • EV
  • In-camera sharpening
  • Dynamic Range
  • Bit depth
  • Channels
  • Macro Function
  • Metering Pattern
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot in class using different exposure settings
    • shoot with different shutter speeds
      • capture action
      • blur action
    • shoot with different apertures
    • look at shots
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch the video on PDF's and Web Galleries in Adobe Bridge
  • Create a web gallery of your assignment 1 photos by following the proceedures in the video.
  • Watch the Video on Exposure(optional)
  • Using your own photos, start going through Ch.1 of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers. I will provide. Try out the techniques using your photos. There will be a quiz on some of this material.


To Do

  • Read Ch 1 and 2 in Digital Photography: Essential Skills.
  • Bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.
  • Bring in the The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby next class.

Outside Class Assignment 1-Location Scout:
Act as a location scout for a movie and document 1 indoor scene and 1 outdoor scene with at least 5 quality images each. 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)
  • 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).
    • aperture priority
    • shutter priority
    • manual exposure
    • manual focus

  • All images will be due next week. Turn in as a web photo gallery.
    Make the web gallery at home by watching the video.


Week 3

Subject

    Lecture
  • Look at last week's images about shutter speed
  • ISO
    • Noise
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Depth of Field
    • How to control
      • Aperture
      • Focal Length
      • Distance to Subject
  • Point and shoot controls
  • Focus
    • Auto/Manual
    • Auto focus selection
    • Hyperfocal Distance
    • Macro
    • Infinity
    • Auto focus selection in SLR's
  • Focal Length
    • Effect on Depth of Field
    • Hand Holding
  • Ways to Expose
    • Scenes
    • Metering patterns
  • Zoom
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot in class manipulating depth of field
    • shoot with different apertures, focal lengths and distances to subjects
    • Look at images in class
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch the video on Camera Controls 1 - Point and Shoot
  • Watch the video on Camera Controls 2 - DSLR
  • Using your own photos, going through Ch.1 of Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers. Try out the techniques using your photos. There will be a quiz on some of this material.


To Do

  • Assignment 1 Due
    • Turn is as web photo gallery
    • Watch the video for help on creating a web photo gallery

Outside Class Assignment 2:
Bring in at least 10 photos from a photographer of your choice. Bring in files if possible, not a URL. They can be the work of any kind of photographer(commercial, artist, photojournalist, etc). The work can be straight or manipulated. We will create a web gallery in class to turn in. Be prepared to discuss the work and why you chose this photographer in a short presentation.
DUE NEXT WEEK as a PDF gallery.

Week 4

Subject

    Lecture
  • Quiz after this week at home over the material and videos so far
  • The quiz will be available in angel Monday Sept. 26 until Friday Sept. 30
  • Sign up for field trip
  • Look at depth of field photos
  • The Frame
  • Look at Assignment 1 photos
  • Tripods/alternatives
  • More Point and shoot controls
  • Metering Patterns
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot in class manipulating the Frame and Composition of your photos
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch Adobe bridge Intro Video first
  • Take the quiz at home. It is under the lessons tab in Angel.
  • Complete the Camera Survey in Angel


To Do

  • PDF Gallery of Assignment 2 Due.
  • Bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.
  • Bring in old photos to scan if you have them

Outside Class Assignment 3:
Photograph a chair or other similar object. Don't use a chair unless you have no imagination. 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 50 images. Select your 5 best images only. They can be manipulated or straight. You will turn in all 50 images. Turn in as a folder of files, with your 5 selects in an inside folder.

    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

 


Week 5 Sept. 30

Subject

    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Clean up 2 of your own images using the basic techniques we went over
  • Group Critique
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch the video on Garry Winogrand
  • Edit 2 scanned images of your own using picnik.com or photoshop. Turn in before and after versions of your images sized to 1000 pixels or less to the dropbox in Angel under the lesson tab. Due by next class.


To Do

  • Camera Survey in Angel Due
  • Bring in old photos to scan
  • Bring in cameras, manuals, cables or card reader, and tripods if you have them.

Week 6 Oct. 7

Subject

    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot portraits outside
    • Shoot portraits of each other(with a camera)
    • Shoot a stranger(with a camera)
  • Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch these videos on shooting portraits with bounce
    1. http://www.youtube.com/user/
      snapfactory#p/c/BC5A73FEA8B7D7D2/23/Ts-_aQjqSTg
    2. http://www.lastolitevideos.com/using-trigrip-reflectors-diffusers
  • Get a piece of foamcore(cardboard with a white surface) and use it as a bounce to redirect light. Take some pictures of objects and/or people with and without the board to see the difference. You do not have to turn them in. You can get foamcore at art supply stores like Michaels, or maybe other locations like office supply stores.


To Do

  • Outside Class Assignment 3 Due
  • Scanned image cleanup due(see week 5 outside lab above).
Outside Assignment 4:
Do 2 outdoor portrait series' of a person.
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. Approach someone who looks interesting to you and ask to take their photograph. It could be at an event, a park, etc. You can have them look at the camera, or you can capture the person as they are performing an activity or interacting with others.

For both series, try to portray the subjects character. Lighting can can be natural or artificial, but try to use the ambient(existing) light as much as possible. You can use flash if necesary to supplement the existing light(fill flash). Pick the 5 best images from each session and bring in the files. GET CLOSE.

Read Ch. 7 and 8 in your book for tips on telling a story and photographing people.

 

Week 7 Oct 14

Subject


To Do

  • Bring Cameras, tripods, and separate hotshoe flash if you have them
  • Street photography
  • Architectural photography
  • HDR
  • Critique Assignment from the Museum

Week 8 Oct. 21

Subject

    Lecture
  • Look at Assignment 3 Images
  • Intro HDR Assignment
  • Make HDR Images
  • Start Camera Raw
  • Finish hotshoe flash
    • In studio
  • DSLR Camera Video Accessories
    • Redrock Micro
    • Zacuto
    Camera Raw
  • White balance
  • Exposure
  • Clarity
  • Fill Light
  • Curves
  • Cropping and straitening
  • Camera profiles
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot Portraits with strobe or hotshoe flash
  • Make HDR's from last weeks images


To Do

  • Outside Assignment 4 Due
  • Bring in all images from last weeks field trip
  • Make sure to bring your Adobe CS5 for Photographers book and cameras.
  • Read Ch. 7 in Digital Photography: Essential Skills.
  • Read HDR Tips and Stuck in Customs HDR Photography Tutorial

Outside Assignment 5:
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.

Week 9 Oct. 28

Subject

    Lecture
  • Look at Assignment 4
  • Look at Family of Man from America Photography
  • Studio Strobe and portrait lighting
  • Studio Product shots
  • Start Camera Raw
  • Selections
  • Compositing
    Camera Raw
  • White balance
  • Exposure
  • Clarity
  • Fill Light
  • Curves
  • Cropping and straitening
  • Camera profiles
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Work on studio product shots and studio portraits
  • Work on Ch.3 of The Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch the video on Introduction to Camera Raw
  • Watch the video on Selecting and follow along with these files


To Do

  • Work on Assignment 5
Outside Assignment 6:
Make 2 composite images(not faces) on the subject 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.

 

Week 10 Nov. 4

Subject

    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Shoot objects in studio
  • Work on Assignment 6 in class
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Quiz, mostly over videos from online lab assignments will be available under the lessons tab in angel starting Nov. 8


To Do

  • Outside Assignment 5 Due
  • Bring in images to composit for Assignment 6

 

No Class Nov. 11

Subject

    Online Lab
  • No Class this week.
  • Make sure you take Quiz 2 which is in Angel under the lessons tab.
    • It is mostly over videos from online lab assignments and material covered in class since week 4(see above online lab assignments)
    • Make sure you take the quiz by Nov. 17


To Do

  • Watch the videos from previous weeks, and take Quiz 2 in angel
  • Work on Assignment 6 photos
    • Make sure to bring them with you to the Nov. 18 class.

Week 11 Nov. 18

Subject

    Finish Camera Raw(did not finish)
  • Camera profiles
  • DNG advantage
  • Adjusting or changing large color areas
  • Removing spots
  • Calibrating for a camera
  • Removing noise
  • Dodging and burning in camera raw
  • Graduated filter
  • Lens correction
  • Camera Raw image improvement contest
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Finish Shooting objects in studio
  • Work on Assignment 6 in class


To Do

  • Bring in cameras and tripods if you have them
  • Bring in your small object to do a studio shot of if you have not already shot one
  • Bring in photos to use for Assignment 6
Final Project:
Do a series of photos on the subject of your choice, including at least 10 quality images each able to stand on their own, as well as work as a group.
    Examples:
  • Tell a story with images
  • Document someones life or an event
  • Create a series of landscapes with a common theme or style

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.

No Class Nov. 25

Week 12 Dec. 2

Subject

    Finish Camera Raw
  • Camera profiles
  • DNG advantage
  • Adjusting or changing large color areas
  • Removing spots
  • Calibrating for a camera
  • Removing noise
  • Dodging and burning in camera raw
  • Graduated filter
  • Lens correction
  • Camera Raw image improvement contest
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Blending Modes exercise
  • Camera Raw image improvement contest
  • Work on Camera Raw Chapter 4 in the Adobe CS5 for Photographers book
  • Retouch Portraits
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Watch the video on Introduction to Lightroom
  • Watch the video on Visual Weight/Point of Emphasis


To Do

Extra Credit:
Use the retouching techniques we went over to retouch 2 of your portraits from Assignment 4. Retouch 2 portraits and turn in the before and after images as psd files.

Week 13 Dec. 9

Subject

    Lecture
  • Look at assignment 6
  • Finish Blending Modes
  • Black and white
  • Color management
  • Color Correction
  • Lightroom
  • Final Critique
    In Class Lab (do in class)
  • Work on Extra Credit Assignment
  • Vote on final project images
    • Funniest
    • Most Visually Interesting
    • Best Portrait
    • Best Concept
    • Best Landscape
    • Overall Best image
    Online Lab (do at home, or in class if you have time)
  • Review assigned videos for final exam


To Do

  • Final Project Due

Week 14 Dec 16

Subject

  • Final Exam 12:40-2:40PM


To Do

  • Extra Credit Due
  • Final Exam 12:40-2:40PM