Friday, September 30, 2016

Adjusted Landscape Assignment

Today you have the entire period to edit Landscape photos in Photoshop.
First, pick your best 4 landscapes from each scenic location (12 total)  and place them in a folder.
Next, open up each one and touch them up in Photoshop to make the pictures look even better.

Below are some tutorials that will give you ideas on how to adjust landscapes. Please work through each one with separate landscape photos.
Landscape Photography Editing Tutorial - Photoshop CS6
Tips To Create An Awesome Landscape Photo (Photography Tutorial)
Photoshop Tutorial: Landscape Editing
Curves, Curves, Curves! - Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

You can also do any of the following adjustments we talked about in class:
Get rid of power lines, garbage cans, and other distracting objects using Clone Stamp (S) and Copy/Paste.
Adjust the horizon line using Free Transform (Command-T).
Crop your picture as needed.
Change the overall color using color balance.
Adjust the warmth or coolness of your photo using Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter.

Please File>Save As each photo when you are done editing. Place these pictures in a new folder.

 Here is what is due to finish the Landscape Unit
1. 12 Photoshop Adjusted Landscapes from at all three locations with at least a 3*4 contact sheet. 
Call these 12 adjusted photos "Landscape Adjusted CS."
2. Your best Landscape saved as a .jpeg file. Call this "Best Landscape."
Always use the naming convention. Example: Mitchell_Trent_Best Landscape

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Landscape Homework Assignment

Landscape Homework over the next week:

Pick at least two scenic location where you can take pictures.
Pick places with water, mountains, trees, or a combination of all of the above. I would recommend Carkeek Park, Kerry Park, or Richmond Beach.

You will shoot many pictures at each location. Change angles and move all around the location.
You may shoot horizontal and vertical landscape pictures.
One of these photography sessions must be during sunset or sunrise.
Please do not center the horizon line and try to show something in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Landscape .

  • This Landscape CS 2 assignment is Wednesday, September 28th. Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea using an ND filter

Monday, September 19, 2016

Landscape Practice

Photo 1 Landscape Work

You will turn in a 12 shot, 3*4 Contact Sheet called Landscape Practice at the end of the period.

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 20 minutes going outside to shoot 12 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.

First Flash Animation Assignment

First Flash Animation Assignment

  • 1920*1080
  • 12 FPS
  • 5+ layers
  •   60+ frames
  •   15+ keyframes 
  • Detailed characters
  •   foreground, mid-ground, and background
  •   both shape and motion tweens
  •  2 Detailed Movie Clips
  • At least three Sound Effects 
  • All items on separate layers 
You will work on this assignment Wednesday, Friday and Wednesday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Photo Compostion 2 assignment

Please shoot three interesting pictures for each composition/design element listed below:
  • Proportion
  • Tonal Balance
  • Rule of Thirds
Please do not take pictures of the same subjects as your previous assignment.
Please turn in a Contact Sheet called "Last name_First Name_Composition 2" into the Vidstore server.

Flash Animation Tutorials

Motion Tween:

Shape Tween Tutorial:
Movie Clip Tutorial:
How to add sound:
Animate background to simulate movement:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dropping Assignments into the Vidstore Server

Dropping assignments in the vidstore server.

Click on desktop background
Select Go in the menu up top
Type Vidstore
Select Connect to server
Type Vidstore
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place properly named assignment in proper class period

Importing Pictures and Creating Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge


  • Make a folder on your desktop called Composition 1 (you will change the folder name for each assignment)
  • Plug in your camera to the computer or place your memory card into the back of the computer in the horizontal SC Card slot.
  •  Import your pictures by first opening Image Capture. Image capture is location in the Applications folder. You can also search for it in the upper right hand corner and open it there.
  • You should see your pictures in Image Capture. Select on the pictures you want to import and make sure you notice where you are saving the pictures to the composition 1 folder on your computer. You can shift+click or command+click to select on specific pictures.



How to create a Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge

1. Make sure you imported pictures using Image Capture
2. Select on the folder.
3. Open Adobe Bridge CS6

4. 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
  • 20 pictures means columns and rows 4*5
  • 24 pictures means columns and rows=4*6
Make sure document is set to:

 8. Click save in the lower right hand corner. Save to your pictures folder.
9. Upload .pdf Contact Sheet to the Vidstore Server in the Classes folder.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stop Motion Treatment

Please email me the answers to the questions below in complete sentences. My email is Also, please CC your parents on this email as well.
All 600-800 pictures are due on October 10th

  1. What will you use to create your Stop Motion?
  2. Why did you select this why do you think you can make an interesting animation for this class?
  3. What is the main story line? Please use two or three sentences to describe.
  4. What sound effects will you use? Please be specific. Sound effects are required for anything that moves.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. Do you need to borrow or camera or do you have your own camera or iPad? 
  7. When are all the pictures due?
  8. How can family members help you with this project?
  9. If you email address does not show your name please list your name so I can give you credit for the assignment.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Stop Motion Activity

Please watch a few stop motion videos.
Pick two that you like.
Answer the following questions in the comment section below:
1. What is your name?
2. What is the name of the video?
3. What is the URL (copy and paste it).
4. What did you like about the video? Please use two full sentences.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Digital Photo First Week

Digital Photo: First Week 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 to class every day.

In Class reading:

The Principles of Design in Photography | Trent Sizemore Photography

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

The Elements and Principles of Design

This week and next week during class you will shoot 24-36 pictures with at least six different subjects.
Please shoot four  Rule of Thirds shots, four texture shots, four color contrast shots, four balance shots, four leading lines shots and four frame within a frame (using other objects to frame your subject) shots.

Homework: Do the same assignment above except use subjects and objects away from school.
  • 15 INTERESTING shots using all four techniques described above. Some people will take 40-80 pictures for 15 good ones.

Computer Animation: Stop Motion Assignment

Your first project is a 600-800 frame stop motion animation assignment. 
You will shoot still pictures of objects or people and eventually make them move on a frame by frame basis. 

Here is the simplified version of the assignment: 
  • Take a picture, move the object, take a picture, and move the object etc.
  • This assignment is the only homework assignment this semester.
  • You will shoot this assignment away from school anytime in the next four weeks.
  • You can borrow a camera and/or tripod from me if needed

All pictures are due on Monday, October 10.
You will edit your videos in Adobe Premiere and add sound effects and music. Last year two Animation students from Shorecrest  won the Seattle Times Three Minute Masterpiece contest! 

Rhys' video:
  Chris' video:

Western Spaghetti
Fresh Guacamole
Lego Stop Motion
Star Wars
Stop Motion Pre-Production
Please get in your groups and start planning your production.
1. Please use your email and answer the following questions using four to five complete sentences.

  • What are you animating?
  • Please tell me what special "tricks" you will create to make your animation look interesting. What will your characters do that they can't do in real life?
  • Most importantly please tell me the story from beginning to end.
  • What type of music will you use? Why?
  • What kind of sound effects will you add?
2. Create a storyboard of the first 45 frames.

 Each video will need:

1.                 Fade In/Out

2.                 Titles

3.                 Credits

4.                 Music