My goal for this class is to introduce you to photography and photo manipulation. To accomplish this, the curriculum I've developed requires a considerable amount of dedication on your part.

You will work on two assignments at once, sometimes three. The Composition Assignments are to be completed on your own time, outside of school. You will also have projects to work on, in class, daily.

The key to doing well in this class is keeping up, work hard and have a good attitude. If you procrastinate, you will fall behind and your grade will suffer.
Please Note: When developing negatives, if your negatives do not turn out, it is your responsibility to shoot and develop a new roll of film to meet your deadline. Deadlines will not be extended.

Week

What's Due This Week?

Topic and Homework

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

All examples by PHSC Photography students and reflect the quality of work expected from each student.

In Class Assignments



1
  • Ch. 8 due Wednesday
  • Ch. 10 due Friday
  • Permission Slip
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Topic and Homework

  • Intro to course/syllabus/review drills
  • Syllabus
  • Try to find a 35mm film camera to use. If you have your own camera, you'll be able to take a lot more pictures.
  • Darkroom tour/photogram demo/enlarger parts demo in small groups
  • Photogram Lab
Take ALL pictures, outside, on your own time
  • The natural light outside will give you the best pictures
    • The light in the school is too dim to get good pictures, don't waste your time taking pictures in the building
  • Students are not permitted to leave the lab to take pictures
  • Pictures and photograms are graded using the following rubbic.
    • 2 points are deducted for each item checked
    • Photos and photograms are worth 50 points each
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  • Ch. 8
  • Ch. 10
  • Photograms


2

What's Due This Week?

  • Ch. 15 due Wednsesday
  • 2 photgrams due Tuesday - mat your favorite (required)
  • Ch. 4 due Friday

Topic and Homework

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  • Photogram Lab
  • Matting demo
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Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Rule of Thirds

Our first composition is an easy one.
  • Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid as you look through the view finder and try to align your subject on a horizontal or vertical line.
  • The rule of thirds divides the photograph composition into "thirds" both vertically and horizontally.
  • Remember that your subject should face the big side of the picture

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Photo by B. Bollinger

In Class Assignments

  • Photograms
  • Mat
  • Enlarger Parts Quiz
  • Roll film
  • Ch. 15
  • Ch. 4


3

What's Due This Week?

  • Ch. 6 due Wednesday
  • Ch. 5 due Friday

Topic and Homework

Students are not permitted to leave the lab to take pictures
  • Spider-Man: Movie shot using Rule of Thirds throughout
  • Take pictures this week
  • Film Developing Demo

In Class Assignments

  • Roll film
  • Ch. 6
  • Ch. 5
  • Camera Parts Quiz
  • Develop negatives


4

What's Due This Week?

  • Ch. 9 due Wednesday
  • Ch. 2 due Friday
  • Two Rule of Thirds pics due

Topic and Homework

  • Picture printing demo in small groups
  • Print pictures

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Rhythm

  • Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of elements, often with defined intervals between them.
  • Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture.
  • Rhythm in photography refers to the regular repeating occurrence of elements in the scene, similar to how musical rhythm involves the regular occurrence of certain musical notes over time.
  • To be effective, rhythm also requires some variability - rhythm that is too similar or perfect may be boring. Therefore when composing your images look for repetition with variation. For instance if you are photographing a fence - one that is perfect will not hold a viewer's interest for long, but onein which some of the posts are bent, broken, larger or smaller will generate more viewer interest.
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Photo by J. Boruszewski

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Photo by J. Lawrence


Angles

Most of us tend to spot and snap potential subjects from an eye-level, straight-ahead point of view. We look down at tulips, out at the sea, and up at skyscrapers. By exploring your subjects beyond predictable first impressions, you can create new and startling compositions.
This requires a bit of visual detective work: You have to walk (or crawl or climb) around, over, and under your subject until its true personality surfaces. You may feel silly in getting to such vantage points, but your pictures will vindicate you.
High vantage points, for example, help organize complex scenes. At street level, faces and signs in a crowded marketplace dominate, making the scene chaotic. From a balcony or window above, however, crates of colorful fruits and vegetables form patterns, and streaming crowds weave inviting visual rhythms.
Low angles can exaggerate the height of tall subjects or reveal unseen aspects of low-lying ones, especially when combined with a very close viewpoint and the perspective-stretching effects of a wide-angle lens.
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Photo by L. Queen

In Class Assignments

  • Ch. 9
  • Ch. 2


5

What's Due This Week?

  • Ch. 1 due Wednesday
  • Ch. 11 due Friday
  • 2 photos matted from the Rhythm and Angles category

Topic and Homework

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Nature

Nature photography refers to a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Nature photography tends to put a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic value of the photo than other photography genres, such as photojournalism and documentary photography.
Nature photographs are published in scientific, travel and cultural magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine and Audubon Magazine or other more specific magazines such as Outdoor Photographer and Nature's Best Photography. Well known nature photographers include Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell, Eliot Porter and Art Wolfe. (retrieved from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_photography).
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Photo by K. Williams

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Reflections

Photography involving reflections doesn’t have to be restricted to water-based landscape shots, there are plenty of other reflective surfaces to utilize that we encounter in everyday life such as mirrors, glass, metal, ceramic tiles and even varnished wood.It’s important to remember that shiny surfaces such as these don’t absorb light, so if using artificial lighting, think carefully about the amount and angle of the light in relation to your surface. You may want to experiment with lighting from above or behind your subject.This also applies to the use of flash, which will probably be limited as the light will often just bounce straight back at you.Try to ensure that your surface is clear of scratches and fingerprints, especially when focusing in on detail within the reflection. Flat surfaces are easier to work with, as they will give more complete reflections.Once you’ve found your surface, try using different subjects to see what reflections you can achieve. You can use anything you like, but the more interesting the shape, the more interesting the formation of the reflection will be
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Photo by J. Bentley


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Photo by J. Boruszewski

In Class Assignments

  • Ch. 1
  • Ch. 11


6

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 photos matted from the Nature and Reflections category

Topic and Homework

  • Start collecting pictures for the Calendar Assignment

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Friends and Family

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Photo by J. Williamson

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In Class Assignments



7

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 photos from the Friends and Family category

Topic and Homework

  • Start collecting pictures for the Calendar Assignment

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Anything Cool for School (ACS)

This is an open assignment where you can shoot any subject that is school appropriate.

In Class Assignments



8

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 photos from the ACS category

Topic and Homework

  • Start collecting pictures for the Calendar Assignment

Composition Assignments

What do I take pictures of?

Shapes and Patterns

Look for interesting shapes and patterns. They can be patterns in nature for example, or the shapes of buildings against a clear sky. Once you’ve found something interesting, get in close and concentrate on the shape or pattern that caught your eye
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Photo by K. Stevens

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Photo by G. Holcomb

In Class Assignments



9

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 photos from the Shapes and Patterns category
  • 2 Creative Effects pics matted
  • Clean lab for points
    • Points posted on next 9 weeks. That means if you do not clean, it counts as an incomplete assignment and you will have to take the final exam!

Topic and Homework

  • Start collecting pictures for the Calendar Assignment

Composition Assignments

Creative Effects

  • Creative Effects


10

What's Due This Week?

  • At least 25 digital pictures to start the PhotoText and Calendar Assignments with

Topic and Homework

Digital

  • Start Calendar Assignment

Digital Assignment

Calendar Assignment
  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.
  • NOTE: If you have to complete the calendar at home, go to GIMP or SumoPaint to complete the assignments. You could also download a trial version of Photoshop Elements for 30 days.

Calendar Download


Alternate Assignment:
Prezi Presentation

If you do not want to print and bind a calendar and would prefer to display your work online, create a Prezi presentation. The presentation should display all your work and show a considerable amount of time invested (same time as it takes to do the calendar), Follow all the photo requirements needed for the calendar assignment.

In Class Assignments



11

What's Due This Week?

  • PhotoText Assignment

Topic and Homework

  • PhotoText Assignment
  • Downloading and installing fonts

Digital Assignment

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.

PhotoText

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PhotoText by T. Posey



Gimp PhotoText Video

In Class Assignments

  • PhotoText Assignment


12

What's Due This Week?

  • Black and White with Texture
  • Sepia
  • 2 months complet

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.

Black and White Photo (Textures)

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Sepia Photo (Textures and Grain Filters)

Use Photoshop filters and textures to give your picture an antique look.
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Photo by A. Allmandinger



In Class Assignments

  • Black and White
  • Sepia
  • 2 months complete

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13

What's Due This Week?

  • Hues
  • Flip
  • 2 months complete

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.


In Class Assignments

  • Hues
  • Flip
  • 2 months complete


14

What's Due This Week?

  • Collage
  • Colorized
  • 2 months complete

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.

Colorized Photo

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Photo by K. Goldenbagen

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Photo by J. Schott



Collage Photo

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Collage by G. Miller


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In Class Assignments

  • Collage
  • Colorized
  • 2 months complete


15

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 filter pictures
  • 2 months complete

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

Filters

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.
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Color Pencil Filter

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Stamp Filter

In Class Assignments

  • 2 Filter photos
  • 2 months complete


16

What's Due This Week?

  • Retro Photo
  • Pop Art
  • 2 months complete

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

Retro Photo Technique

  • You can follow imbedded handouts or use a hard copy of the handout. Hard copies of all handouts are in the Photograpy filing cabinet. Treat the hard copies like a textbook: Do not write on them and return them to the file when you are finished each day.
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Pop Art Photo

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In Class Assignments

  • 2 open pictures
  • 2 months complete


17

What's Due This Week?

  • 2 open pictures
  • 2 months complete

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

In Class Assignments

  • 2 open pictures
  • 2 months complete


18

What's Due This Week?

  • Calendar printed and bound

Topic and Homework

Digital Assignment

In Class Assignments

  • Print and bind calendar