Monday, November 28, 2016

Portrait Assignment

Digital Photography Portrait Assignment

You will shoot portraits  on Friday December 2nd and Wednesday December 7th. 
One day you will shoot at school using the lights in the studio and the other day you will shoot off-campus at a predetermined location. 
You will shoot AT LEAST 24 pictures of your subject each day (most of you will shoot between 50 and 75 pictures.
You can, and probably should, take pictures on the weekend as well.

1. Find two interesting human subjects. The people you choose should WANT to be in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate. I highly suggest working with people in this class.
2. Talk to your subject. What type of portraits do you want to create? Use colors or lighting to create a concept for your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK. Choose an interesting setting based on your concept.
3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of each subject.
4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject. 
5. Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you will read about in class (see above).
6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy".
7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine.
8. Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Please take detailed notes on the readings below. You will (literally) reference these notes when you take pictures next week.
Wednesday Reading # 1:Portrait HintsPart 1
Wednesday Reading #2Portrait Hints Part 2

More Hints

Even more hints

Here is an early list of the different types of portraits photos you will turn in. More will be added.

  • A Vignette Photo
  • A Grayscale Method Photo
  • A One Item Kept in Color Photo
  • A selective Focus Photo
  • A minimally adjusted photo
  • One WHACKY anything goes portrait (change the colors, use the liquefy tool, and make this as unique and interesting as you can)

Finally, you will turn in your best picture as well.

Computer Animation: Buttons and Action Script

Action Script 2.0: Stops and Mouse Control


Action Script 2.0

Action Script 2.0

To create a STOP action script on the TIMELINE do the following:
1. Create a Stop Layer in the timeline.
2. Click on the Stop Layer  in the timeline and click the exact frame where you want your STOP to occur.
3. Create a keyframe
4. Control click and select Actions.
5. Under TIMELINE CONTROL in the upper left hand corner double click STOP.

4. stop(); should show up in the coding section on the right hand side.

To create ACTION SCRIPT for your button do the following:
1. Click the frame that your button appears in the timeline (make sure your button is on it's own layer).
 2. Click directly on your button you have created down in the work area (not on the timeline).
3. Control Click>Actions
4. Under MOVIE CLIP CONTROL select ON and then RELEASE

5. Move the cursor to the second line
6. Under TIMELINE CONTROL select GOTO AND PLAY and then type in the frame where you want the button to transport the gamer player on the timeline.
Note: at the bottom of the Action Script commands under Current Selection your button should be selected under current selection:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Awkward Family Photo Assignment

Your homework over break is to create awkward family photos like those seen on or to re-create a picture from your childhood.
Can you capture something genuinely awkward?
Can you organize your family into a large group for a family photo?
Can you convince your family members to re-create a photo from the past using similar clothes, hairstyles, locations, and emotions?

Here are some examples:

Recreated photo slideshow:

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Image result for awkward family recreations

Exporting Stop Motion Project

These are the settings to export HD Quality Video

Preset=HD 1080p 29.97  
Name your file in the Output Name. Call it " Your Full Name Stop Motion"

Save the file by clicking Output Name, naming the file, and picking an export location.
I would suggest saving it to Desktop.

Click Export 
 Find your project in the area you saved it on the computer. Next, drop your video in the Vidstore Server.  
Click on Desktop Background
Select Go at Top Of Screen
Connect to server
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place in Period 1

Monday, November 14, 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure Assignment

For this project you will be creating an adventure of some sorts that pauses periodically and gives the viewer a choice in where the story goes, thus a "choose your own adventure" tale! 

 This is an interactive game your peers will play. 
You will plan a map out a plan before you begin will  look something like this:

Your CYOA will not have quite as many options, but I hope you get the idea.

Remember, at the end of the each section the game player will need to decide what to do next. I will go over how to create buttons and action script that will allow you to "code" your game on Friday.

Your movie must contain:

* 8 Buttons

* up, over, down, hit states in your buttons
  * goto and play Action Script
* stop
Action Script
  * no stick figures
*multiple motion and shape tweens
* movie clips
* at least three instances of sound, sound should FILL your animation
*At least four places where decisions need to be made

*Restart Button at end of game

Please answer the questions below in complete sentences and send your responses via email to

* Who are the characters? List at least two.
*Where does the story take place?List precise location with details.
* What is the main story from beginning to end? What is the main character trying to do?
* What are the options in the choose your own adventure? What are the outcomes?
* How will your animation be more interesting and better looking than your last project? 

After you send your email you will sketch characters and outline your game.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

AP Photo Self Portrait

Digital Journal Requirements:
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas that you could explore to create an interesting visual background. This written brainstorm and the images you choose should fill the page.
  • Make notes as to what your environment might look like, what props, clothes, or accessories that you might need.
  • Write an artist statement explaining the criteria and concept you set up for yourself.  In other words, what type of mood are you going to be reflecting in your photos? 

Make these photographs a work of interpretation about yourself. This is a self-portrait project, but not just a head and shoulders type of work.  Who are you?  What do you look like?  What is it important for you to express to others?  What surroundings and environment do you feel most comfortable in or least comfortable in?  How do your surroundings effect how you look and feel? 

  • Your final photography-work must involve a series of 8 images of your own self 
  • You must photograph your image with an interesting or significant background 
  • You should be the main subject in large detail.  Make sure you are not too small in the work.  You should take up 1/2- 3/4 of the compositional space. 
  • Work must use realism as the style of expression with attention paid to details such as proportion, perspective, texture, pattern and value. 
  • Work can be all black and white or color or a combination 
  • Your work should incorporate a strong sense of composition and design 

Your grade for this assignment will be based on several factors: 
  • Completion of each image turned in on a contact sheet.
  • Turned in on time (formative)
  • The quality and creativity of your 8 best images
  • Your choice of which photos to possibly use for your portfolio (summative).

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Digital Photo 1: Grayscale, Pattern, and Shadow Assignment

Digital Photo 1: Grayscale, Pattern, and Shadow Assignment

Student examples:

Read and take notes:

Your assignment over the next two weeks is to shoot:
  •  24 pictures involving man-made shadows
  •  48 other images involving lightness/darkness relationships with a focus on patterns 
  • 24 pictures with natural light (sun and moon) shadows

  • We will have a Pattern in class shooting day on Nov 9
  • A  man made shadows homework Contact Sheet is due Nov 14
  • A natural shadows homework Contact Sheet is due Nov 18

Professional examples:
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Image result for best black and white photography pattern
Image result for best black and white photography pattern

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Action Photo Editing

Action Photo Editing


Please select your twenty best action photos.
These pictures should show faces, be 95% in focus (except for panning), fill the frame, and showcase interesting angles and composition. 
Crop, adjust, and color correct all pictures as needed. Only keep what is essential to the picture.

Edit four pictures into Grayscale.
Edit two pictures using Selective Focus/Lens Blur.
Edit two picture using one-item kept in color.
Edit the other 12 pictures in what ever manner you see fit.

When you are done editing you will turn in the following:

Best Action Photos Adjusted CS (4*5)
Best Shorecrest Action Picture as a jpeg

Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Import Pictures Into Adobe Premiere

Open Adobe Premiere. Create a new project (File>New>Project) and name it Stop Motion. Click OK.

Select Digital SLR>1080p>DLSR 1080p30 and name your sequence. DO NOT CLICK OK YET.

 Select the settings tab at the top and you should see an area that says Video and then frame size. Change the frame size to match the picture dimensions.

Click OK after you change the Video frame size.

Go to Adobe Premiere>Preferences in the upper left hand corner. Click General.  Change the Still Image Default Duration to 3. (If your pictures play too slow after changing these settings try changing them to 2). Click OK/

Next, go to File>Import and your picture folders. Note: import each day of photos in their own folders. DO NOT MIX THE PHOTOS.
 Drag the picture down to the timeline. You can now see all of your pictures in a row.Time to edit!

How To Import Your Stop Motion Pictures Into Image Capture

How To Import Your Stop Motion Pictures Into Image Capture

  • Plug in your camera to the computer or place your memory card into the computer.
  •  Import your pictures by first opening Image Capture.
  • Select on the pictures you want to import and make sure you notice where you are saving the pictures.

First, make a folder for your pictures. If you shot on multiple days please make sure your pictures are organized by day (make a separate folder for each day's pictures).
Select on just one of your pictures that you took for this project. Right
click 'Get Info.' You'll notice that the dimensions are listed under more info.
Write these dimensions down in your Notes app on the computer.