Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Grayscale: Patterns and Shadows

Digital Photo 1: Grayscale: Pattern and Shadow Assignment

Your assignment over the next two weeks is to shoot 24 pictures involving man-made shadows and 24 other images involving lightness/darkness relationships with a focus on patterns. 48 pictures total.

  • Contact Sheet 1 is due next Wednesday the 2nd.
  • Friday the 4th is an off-campus shooting day. Contact Sheet 2 is due at the end of the period Friday.
  • Students have homework over the weekend and need to shoot one more Contact Sheet of Shadow and Pattern pictures.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Landcape Editing

10 Best Landscape Pictures: All Pictures Should Look "Real"

  • 1 Black and White (Grayscale)
  • 1 Selective Focus
  • 1 One-Item Kept in Color
  • 7 Adjust the best you can

You will create a 10 picture contact Sheet called “Landcapes Adjusted.”

You will also send in your best picture as a separate jpeg called “Best Landscape.”

Due Wednesday at 10:45

Landscape Grading Information:
·     Is a wide shot with a combination of trees, water, mountains, and other natural elements?
·     Does it have a foreground, mid-ground, and background?
·     Is the entire picture in focus (large Depth of Field)
·     Is it an INTERESTING subject?
·     Is the horizon line in the upper or lower third?

Monday, September 16, 2013

SCNN Commerical

Your next assignment will be a 15-25 second SCNN commercial for anything school related. This could include a dance, a game, a club, an event, or anything else. Content must be related to the specific school related item.
All animation should look sharp and detailed.
Use school colors where appropriate.

Your animation needs to include:

  • Music AND sound effects throughout
  • Keyframe animation
  • Shape tween
  • Two Motion Tween
  • Two Movie Clips
  • Text that says either "SCNN" or the information for the school club, group, or event
  • Voices created by you using Garageband or other programs
Most of these projects will be between 200 and 400 frames each at 12 frames per second.

First step: Commercial Treatment

You will write a detailed commercial treatment and send it to the coach or advisor of your club/activity/sport etc. You will ask for their permission to make a commercial and also for suggestions. You will also send me a copy (CC) of this email.

List of advisors:
School event Calendar

Treatment questions you must answer in COMPLETE sentences.

  1. What group or activity have you selected as your subject?
  2. Why did you select this group and why do you think you can make an interesting commercial for this group?
  3. What is your original concept? How are you going to SELL your subject?
  4. What will your tag line be? It needs to be something catchy and memorable.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. Please email the advisor or coach of your commercial subject ask permission to create a commercial using your concept. Include me on this email.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Landscape Homework Over the Weekend

Take notes on the material covered in the link below. USE YOUR NOTES as a resource when you shoot your landscape shots.

11 Landscape Hints

Your homework this weekend is to shoot landscape pictures.

You will shoot at least 24 pictures from at least two separate locations.

You may shoot horizontal and vertical landscape pictures.

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

Pictures are due at the beginning of the period Monday. Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea using an ND filter

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Digital Photo Wednesday September 12: Composition Practice

Today you will spend most of the class period shooting variety of camera compositions. You will attempt to shoot at least 3 different INTERESTING subjects for each composition.
Don't forget to change the camera angle and fill the frame.
Pictures are due at the end of the period in a contact sheet.

Rule of Thirds
Tonal Balance
Color Contrast
Leading Lines

Click here to read how to create a Contact Sheet using Adobe Bridge.
Please name the Contact Sheet "Camera Comp 1" using the proper naming convention.

Animation Sept 10: Motion Tweens and Shape Tweens.

Please watch the following videos while working along in Flash CS6. When you create a new project please use Action Script 2.0 (not 3.0 as suggested).

Shape Tween
Motion Tween: remember, to make a Motion Tween you have to convert your character to a symbol.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

First Animation Assignment 2013

I would like you to visit the following websites and watch a variety of flash animation.

When you are done watching the animation (spend about 30-35 minutes or so on this) I would like you to tell me what your three favorite flash movies were and why you liked them.
Did you like the storyline? Animation style? Sound effects? Music?

Please list this information, along with the link to access the animation, in the comments section below. Don't forget to put your name and class period at the beginning so I know you did your work.
Also, please include the link to the animation.
Please use headphones.

Google Search

Welcome to class! Don't forget to fill in the comment section with your favorite videos. Log in as anonymous and then write your name and class period at the top of your comment.
Mr. Mitchell

Digital Photo Reading

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 weekend and next week. We will also have a quiz on this material as well.
Bring your cameras on Friday.

 Thursday and Friday Reading and Homework:


In Class reading:

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

The Elements and Principles of Design

  This Monday and Wednesday 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 17th of September: 12 INTERESTING shots using all four techniques described above. Some people will take 40-80 pictures for 12 good ones.