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You will shoot four different self-portraits over break. You need to pick four photo types from the following five categories.
1. A self-portrait where color is emphasized.Color may include wardrobe, location, props, or natural objects. Think of your picture as a one or two color concept picture.
2. A picture that emphasizes lighting and shadows. This will be a grayscale self-portrait.
3. A self-portrait that showcases your interests and hobbies.In this picture we learn what you like to do away from school. Think about what interests you and transfer that into a photo.
4. A fantasy self-portrait.
Dress up and use costumes. In this self-portrait you can use Photoshop
to enhance your picture in any way, shape, or form. Transfer yourself
to Hawaii or become a Viking like you have always wanted.
5. The Supermodel self-portrait. Dress up like a GQ or Cosmopolitan magazine model.This can be a grayscale or color picture.You will use Photoshop to airbrush and enhance this photo.
You will edit 16 of your Portrait photos. Please use at least 7 of the "vintage" style adjustments listed below. Please make sure you save your work using the "vintage" name at the end. On Tuesday the 20th please turn in a Portraits Adjusted CS along with your Best Picture (this pictures might NOT be the one in the display case).
Cross processed photographs
are recognisable from the unusual colours and tones in the final shot.
The effect was originally produced from developing the photographic
film using the wrong mix of chemicals. Nowadays, a cross processed
style can be simply achieved in just a few steps. Photoshop Support shows us how.
The Russian made Lomo LC-A camera
was manufactured a cheap alternative to the higher quality Japanese
rivals. It was poorly made and the photographs it produced were just as
bad, however as time passed popular culture brought the mis-coloured
shots from the Lomo camera into a whole new light, which is now a very
sought after effect. Not everyone has the opportunity of trying out the
original camera model, but Digital Photography School has some great tips on mimicking the effect in Photoshop.
Vintage Photo Effect
With limited technology the early colour photographs
often had poor colour reproduction, with shots having an obvious
colour casts and inaccurate tones. Today the effect can transform a
photograph, instantly sending it back in time to give the impression of
an aged effect. Veerle takes us through some techniques for producing a vintage style photo using a few simple Photoshop tweaks.
Tilt Shift Photography
is a photographic technique where the image plane is rotated, giving a
very shallow depth of field but maintaining sharpness in a specific
area of the shot. One of the popular post processing effects related to
tilt shift photography is known as miniature faking, where the depth
of field manually added to a shot gives the illusion of tiny model
figures and sceneries. TiltShiftPhotography.net has this fantastic overview of creating the effect yourself.
The Velvia Effect
Fujifilm Velvia film
created highly saturated, largely contrasting and extremely sharp
images, which made it particularly popular with nature and landscape
photographers. PSHero takes a look at using modern day Photoshop techniques to recreate the Velvia effect.
Dark Grunge Photo Effect
The term grunge
has evolved from the music genre also known as Seattle Sound,
characterized by stripped down sounds and heavily distorted guitars. The
term grunge also made its way into photo post processing, where the
key features are muted colours and large areas of texture and grain. PSHero has this excellent tutorial for creating your own dark grunge photo effect.
Alongside post processing, the video filming of movies often involves a range of camera filters. Ebin
has this fantastic tutorial for creating a polished movie-like effect
complete with diffusion glow and temperature tweaks in Photoshop.
You will shoot portraits over the next two weeks on Friday Dec. 9 and Wednesday Dec. 14. 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.
two interesting human subjects. The people you choose should WANT to be
in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate.It's OK to work 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.
1. Make sure the pictures are on the server for your whole group to get. 2. Open Final Cut Pro 3. Go to Final Cut Pro>User Preferences 4. Select Editing>Change Still Frame Duration to 00:00:05 5. Go to File>Import>Import Folder> and select on your stop motion picture folder
Final Cut Shortcuts: Render Red=Command R Render Green=Control R Selection (move tool)=A Razor Blade (cut clips)=B
Your next project is a stop
motion animation assignment. You will work in groups of three. You will
have two full class periods to shoot your assignment using my digital
cameras. You will edit your videos on final Cut Pro and add sound
effects and music.
On Friday I want you to go to a location where you can shoot action photos. Keep the camera in one spot, use a tripod, and capture a subject moving four or five times. Do this five times in different spots at your selected location (25 pictures total). You will merge the pictures on Monday (see below): Suggestions for activity:
Acting as a one-man band
Weekend Homework Do the exact same assignment over the weekend.
You will shoot Photomerge. These are 3-5 pictures that overlap to show a wide landscape or cityscape.
Your three Landscape style Photomerges should be taken at three different
locations preferably at different different times of day.
Use a tripod if possible. Remember to manually adjust the white balance or select something like "cloudy" or "sunny" on your camera.
One Photomerge from each location
make sure each Photomerge is taken at a different time
Today you will shoot and turn in a full contact sheet of action
pictures. You should have 10-12 panning style pictures using shutter
speeds of around 1/20-1/60 and then 10-12 pictures of regular fast
shutter speeds (usually 1/500-1/2500).
Please review the motocross video with the Crocodile Hunter. The panning instruction starts at about 1:30.
To create a STOP action script do the following:
1. Create a STOP layer on your animation timeline.
2. Control click and select actions.
3. Under TIMELINE CONTROL in the upper left hand corner double click STOP.
To create ACTION SCRIPT for your button do the following:
1. Click the frame that your button appears in the timeline.
2. Select 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 your button should be selected under current selection:
Manual Camera Adjustment
Assignments with partners:
Come back to class in
between each assignment.
1) Take ten pictures of a
moving subject using ten different shutter speeds.Create a Contact Sheet called ‘Shutter.’ (2x5)
2) Take ten pictures
adjusting the iris to a different setting for each picture. Create a Contact
Sheet called ‘Iris.’ (2x5)
3) Using Manual mode take
pictures a subject with a shallow depth of field and deep depth of field. You
CAN adjust the ISO for this assignment. The subject should be interesting to
look at. Picture should be well lit and well composed. Create a contact sheet
with both pictures. (2x1) Call the Contact Sheet ‘Manual.’
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! Your movie must contain:
* 8 Buttons
* goto and play
* up, over, down, hit states
* no stick figures
*multiple motion and shape tweens
* movie clips
* at least three instances of sound, sound should FILL your animation
At least three places where decisions need to be made
Please answer the questions below in Text Edit and drop the responses into the Staff Server>Mitchell>Classes>Period 1
* 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?
One item kept in color: Option one: Select item>copy item>image mode grayscale>image mode RGB Color>paste item Option two: image adjustments desaturate> open history palette> click to the left of the 'Open' state in the history palette to select your History Brush source point>select History Brush (y) in the tool palette and pain in your colors>adjust opacity as needed
First, please sketch four different SCNN commercial ideas on the piece
of paper provided. You can sketch characters, shape tweens, or anything
else that will help you brainstorm the commercial.
Next, scroll through the Sound Effects on the computer to get some sound ideas.
Next, please answer the following questions on the back of the piece of paper.
1. What is the concept or story of your commercial? What happens?
2. What will be your movie clip?
3. What will motion tween?
4. What will shape tween?
5. What sound or music will fill your animation throughout the commercial?
6. What sound effects will you use for the characters or effects?
Your assignment over the next week is to shoot 24 pictures involving man-made and natural shadows and 24 other images involving lightness/darkness relationships with a focus on patterns.
On Wednesday you will shoot 24 pictures in-class. Your
homework over the weekend is to shoot 24 pictures For your weekend assignment you may shoot
during the outside during the day or night or you may use man made light
at any time.
Your next assignment will be a 20-30 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 and must take place at the end of October at the earliest.
Your animation needs to include:
Music or sound effects throughout the entire animation
Motion using the motion path
Text that says either "SCNN" or the information for the school club, group, or event
Most of these projects will be between 240 and 400 frames each at 12 frames per second. Here is a list of clubs: http://learn.shorelineschools.org/shorecrest/sasb/index.php#activities_clubs_organizations
Class work and homework
This is not a writing intensive course, but there is some reading the first couple weeks of class.
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. Friday's Reading and Homework:
This Friday you will shoot six pictures with six different subjects. Please shoot three Rule of Thirds shots and three Unique Angle shots. Your homework is to shoot three leading lines shots and three frame within a frame (using other objects to frame your subject) shots.
Due Monday the 19th of September: 12 INTERESTING shots using all four
techniques described above.Some people will take 30-40 pictures for 12
You do not have to shoot outside.
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
at the beginning so I know you did your work. Please use headphones.
Grab your camera.
Get to an interesting an scenic location around sunrise or sunset (water in the picture would be a plus).
Place camera on tripod or something steady.
Take 4-5 pictures, each on a different setting. Either adjust the shutter bor adjust the camera mode (sun, snow, beach, clouds, and action etc.) between each picture.
Change angles and take 5 different "sets" of HDR pictures. In other words, take 20-25 pictures total.
For more info about HDR pictures please see below.
This is a new assignment for some of you and for others it's something you have done before. There are detailed instructions on how to create HDR pictures below.
I'll give you some hints:
1. Use a tripod.
2. Take 8-10 pictures using a variety of shutter speeds from almost dark to too bright. (Adjusting aperture only works also).
3. Make sure tripod is completely steady.
4. Import pictures and put all the HDR pictures in a folder on the desktop
5 Merge pics in Photoshop using automate>merge>HDR
Your assignment today is to read the instructions and using your own cameras (or a friends) go in groups of 3-4 and take a scenic OR landscape type shot 8-10 times using the HDR technique described below. Do this for two locations somewhat near school.
At 11:30 (not 11:40) please return and import your photos and then merge them to HDR. You can eliminate any pictures that you don't need.
Turn in a contact sheet with 16-20 pictures and also turn in one good HDR picture.
Email me with questions.
In the instructions above they suggest you change your shutter speed (I have successfully created HDR merges with aperture adjustment). I will recommend you try both. You CAN take HDR pictures using a point and shoot camera. Instead of adjusting the aperture you can try different settings for each picture like Beach, Snow, Clouds, and Sun etc.
Each of these pictures is actually three pictures combined, each with a different aperture setting.