Thursday, February 28, 2013

Photo 1: Shooting Patterns, Textures, and Shadows

12 Hints for shooting Textures

Five Hints for Black and White Photography

15 Black and White Photography Tips

How to Use Patterns in Photography

Your assignment over the next two weeks is to shoot:
  • 24 pictures involving man-made shadows 
  •  24 other images with shadows from natural light 
  • 24 pictures that emphasize patterns


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Candid Assignment for Thursday

Read these tips:

Your assignment is to shoot the equivalent of a full roll (24 pics) of pictures capturing people you don't know in a candid shot.
For each picture you should emphasize a specific composition element other than rule of thirds.
If you need a refresher on composition elements they can be reviewed at:

These include, but are not limited to: frame within a frame, leading lines, color contrast, movement and meaning, multiple levels of meaning, leading the subject, and using light to highlight or enhance a certain section of your picture. Move the camera around. Shoot high and low angles.

For this assignment I want you to get as far away from Shorecrest as possible. Seattle is a great place to shoot "random" people, but Lake Forest Park could be just as effective. Make sure you ask permission to take pictures (especially if you are taking pictures of kids).

Unintentional out-of-focus pictures will not be accepted. If you would like to try a some selective focus shots please tell me before you go out shooting and I can lend you a long lens.

Getty Images Candid Pics

Magazine 2 Adjustments

  • Use Photoshop to adjust your best 10 Magazine pictures.
  • Turn in your best10 pictures on a Contact Sheet called Magazine 2_adjusted.
  • Please make sure you pick 10 pictures of a variety of subjects shot from a variety of locations and angles.
  • You should have at least one landscape, macro or abstract, and action/activity picture.
  • Spend time on each picture making sure the exposure and color balance is correct.
  • These pictures should get people excited about visiting the city you chose.
  •   Next, turn your Best Six Pictures as Jpegs in a folder called: Magazine 2 Best 6. 
  • Finally, turn in your Best Picture for printing by itself called Best Magazine to Print.

Required Adjustments:

One Grayscale

Selective Focus


Suggested adjustments:
One item left in color

Photo Filter



Portrait/People shots: Gaussian Blur, Clone Stamp, and Patch Tool 

Due Today

Next up: Light Painting

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Landscape Editing Assignment

  • Edit and adjust your ten best pictures. They should all have foreground, mid-ground, and background elements. 
  • The horizon line should be in the upper third or lower third. 
  •      Use Exposure, Photo Filter, Clone Stamp, Color Balance, Magic Wand/Quick Selection, Burn/DodgeCrop, and any other methods you need to make the pictures look awesome.
  •  Make sure they look “real.”
  •  Two of these picture need to be one item left in color
  •  Two of these pictures need to large Photo Filter Adjustment
  • One Selective Focus Picture
· Create contact sheet with ten best pictures called landscape adjusted _CS
· Turn in your best_adjusted_landscape full size as a jpeg

Friday, February 15, 2013

Video 1 Sequence

VIdeo 1 Sequence Assignment

Group 10-shot Sequence: A sequence is a series of shots connected together as part of a whole scene.

Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:
Example 4:
· 10 different shots
· Insert Shot
· Reaction Shot (cutaway)
Shoot a master shot of the whole sequence beginning to end
· Shoot every shot three different times from three different angles
· Raw Footage will be graded
· Edited video should include fade in/out, title, music, sound effects, and credits over black
No jump cuts
No continuity errors

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Photo 1: Landscapes over break

Your homework over break is to shoot landscape pictures.

You will shoot at least 72 pictures from at least three separate locations.
You may shoot horizontal and vertical landscape pictures.

You must shoot at least once during sunrise or sunset.

Please do not center the horizon line and try to show something in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

B-Movie Posters

Steps for B-Movie Poster1. Brainstorm and sketch ideas on paper.
2. Spend time to get any background/landscape pictures that you need. Pick a place that you could potentially have monsters climb on/destroy/reappear from/or live. Your poster must have at least one digital image taken with a camera.
3. Import your background photos to your computer.
4. Create a new document in Photoshop at 8*10  inches with 200 resolution.
5. Add background photo to new document.
6. Manipulate photos to work within your poster. Use free transform to adjust sizes. Hold down the shift key to constrain proportions. Don't forget you need victims and a monster.
7.  Pick a text to create that is appropriate for your poster. Text with blood, fire, or multiple colors also seem to work best. You will make text for your movie name as well as tag-lines and movie stars. The text should go well together.
8. Once you have completed all of your poster you will need to merge layers and convert your picture to grayscale.
9. You will now paint your picture at approximately 23%-30% opacity. Pick colors that stand out.

Grading will be based on the following:
Creative movie title
Creative use of text effects for title and tag lines
Interesting/scary monster or villian
Use of digital image
Color Coordination
Realism of poster (does it look like something we would see in a theater)
Logo included
Movie details included in small print (directed by,starring, rating etc.)

Take your time on this project!

Photo 2: Shoreline Magazine Editing and Winter Break Homework

Edit Your Shoreline Magazine Pictures

Today you will edit 10 of your landscape pictures in the following manner:
  • One Selective Focus
  • One One Item Kept in Color with the History Brush
  • One Vivid Color or High Saturation
  • Two Black and White/Grayscale
  • Two Vignette Style
  • Three of your choice

Please  create a Contact Sheet with all 10 pictures named Shoreline Adjusted and turn it in to the Classes/Period 1 folder on the server.
  Please make sure the picture adjustment name is saved under each picture in the contact sheet.

Please place your 6 best pictures in a folder. Yes, these are separate, full-size jpeg pictures. These pictures should be distinctly different in style, subject, and composition.

Turn in a Best Picture for Printing.


  • Take (literally) a few hundred pictures in the city of your choice. 
  • Sell me this city via your pictures. Make me move there! Please try to get to six or seven locations within this city.
  • Shoot landscape, portrait, action, macro, candid, and abstract shots.
  • You must shoot at least once at Sunset or Sunrise
  • Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are not options for this assignment.
  • You will turn in at least three contact sheets when you return from break.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Photo 1 Landscape Work

Spend 45 minutes to read the following articles and watch the videos below. Take short notes on each suggestion. A few of the readings/videos repeat the same points. Also, make sure you look up the vocabulary words below so that you can understand the material. Please add these terms to your notes as well.

11 Landscape Hints
10 Landscape Tips

Terms to look up and learn: 
Shutter Speed
Depth of Field
Focal Point
Slow Exposure

National Geographic Landscape Tips
Creative Composition Video
Photo 101 Video
Spend 45 minutes going outside to shoot 24-30 landscape shots from the baseball, football, and softball fields.
  • Make sure each shot has a large depth of field. In other words, make sure even the background objects are in focus.
  • In each shot make sure you have foreground, midground, and background objects.
  • (Most Landscape shots will have water, trees, and mountains. However, just do the best with what Shorecrest has to offer).
  • Do not center the horizon. Place it in the upper or lower third.
  • Look for lines on the ground or even in the sky.
  • Use tripods as needed.
  • Turn in a Landscape Practice CS at the end of the period

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Monday in Photo 1

Please import pictures and create a Contact Sheet called "Pick 4 CS 2."
 Turn the .pdf Contact Sheet into the STAFF server.

Next, grab your camera and go out and shoot two interesting pictures each for color balance and balance mass.
You will have 25 minutes to do this.
At the end of the period turn in your new Contact Sheet called "Pick 2."

Monday in Photo 2

Please import pictures and create a Shoreline Magazine Contact Sheet #2. Turn the .pdf into the STAFF server.
Next, start editing all of your best pictures.
  • Crop
  • Adjust Brightness/Contrast
  • Apply a Photo Filter
  • Eliminate garbage cans or power lines with Clone Stamp or Patch Tool
  • Adjust Shadows and Exposure
  • Use Color Balance to make your colors pop

A brief Photoshop Tutorial for those of you who need a refresher:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Creating a Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge

1. Import your pictures using Image Capture
2. Create a folder on your computer.
3. Drag the pictures you want to use in this Contact Sheet  into this new folder.
4. Open Adobe Bridge CS5
5. On left hand side find your folder and select it.
6. Select the files down below so that they show up in the Preview section. You can select the pictures via lasso, shift key, or command key.
7. On the right hand side select Output. Make sure .pdf is selected. Columns and rows will vary.
  • 6 pictures means columns and rows=2*3
  • 12 pictures means columns and rows=3*4
  • 24 pictures means columns and rows=4*6

 8. Click save in the lower right hand corner. Save to your pictures folder.
9. Upload .pdf Contact Sheet to the Staff Server>Mr. Mitchell>Correct Class Period

Photo 2: Shoreline Magazine Assigment

You work for Shoreline Magazine. Your job as the Photojournalist for Shoreline Magazine is to take pictures that will encourage people to visit or move to Shoreline. In other words, you need to take pictures of everything Shoreline (including Lake Forest Park) has to offer.
  • Take (literally) a few hundred pictures in Shoreline. 
  •  Please try to get to seven or eight locations.
  • Shoot landscape, portrait, action, macro, and abstract shots.
  • Shoot as far east as Lake Washington and as far west as Richmond Beach.
  • Don't forget about all the parks, trails, streams, (limited) nightlife, and even some of the stores.
Friday is an all-day shooting day. Go to your location at 7:45. Make sure you have a ride. Email me a picture when you arrive at your destination.
Return at 9:25.
Create a Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge called 1_Naming Convention_Shoreline_CS_1

Continue shooting. A new Contact Sheet is due Monday morning.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Digital Photo 1: First Week

Digital Photo: Composition Reading and Homework

This is not a writing intensive course, but there is some reading the first couple weeks of class.
Please take notes on the bold faced words as you read from the links below. You will be shooting the various composition elements this week and over the weekend. We will also have a quiz on this material as well.
Bring your own cameras on Friday.

Wednesday's Reading and Homework:


In Class reading:

(Take quizzes at the end of each section below) Start reading at "Strive for Feeling of Unity"

  This Friday during class you will shoot 24-36 pictures with at least six different subjects. Please shoot three Rule of Thirds shots, three Unique Angle shots, three leading lines shots and three frame within a frame (using other objects to frame your subject) shots.

Homework: Do the same assignment except use subjects and objects away from school.

Due Monday the 11th of February: 12 INTERESTING shots using all four techniques described above. Some people will take 40-80 pictures for 12 good ones.

Digital Photo 2: Review Week

Digital Photo 2 Composition Review and Pick 6 Assignment

Please review the composition examples below:

Your assignment today is to shoot six compositions from the list below. If you have an SLR camera, please shoot these with the camera in MANUAL mode, adjusting both the F-stop and Shutter Speed each time (you can review shutter and aperture down below if necessary). 

I recommend shooting at least four or five attempts for each composition.

  • Rule of Thirds
  •  Color Contrast
  • Tonal Balance
  • Balance Mass
  • Leading Lines
  • Framing or Frame Within a Frame
  • Interesting Pattern
  • Selective Focus
  • S-Curve
  • Three objects creating a triangle  

Part 2 of the Digital Photo 2: Review Week

Digital Photo: Shutter and Aperture