Photography Classes @ MERHS

Current photo 2 Assignments

PHOTO 2 CURRICULUM BY UNIT

Photo assignments due and critiques on Day 2

 

Current curriculum available as a Google Doc (link HERE) in an effort to move towards Google Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similar but not completely up to date curriculum below

UNIT 1 – TYPOLOGIES

ASSIGNMENT6 typology photos

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – EXPOSURE, HISTOGRAMS, SHUTTER AND APERTURE
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. photoshop game! (2 celebrities, 1 location, 1 activity, 1 animal, 1 random)
  2. Adjustment layer, Clipping mask,Layer mask review
  3. Chocolate/vanilla
CLASS ACTIVITIES

  1. Review any Photo 1 content in groups, then with flipped videos and class follow-up questions
  2. VIDEO and NOTES: Invention of photography in depth – how did the lens change painting? who were the 4 main inventors of photography?
  3. VIDEO: EDIT: transform
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. VIDEO: how were Ansel Adams photos different than other people’s photos?
  2. DISCUSS: how does a photographer get better at photography?
  3. DISCUSS: meaning vs composition

 

UNIT 2 – FORMAL/ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS

ASSIGNMENT –  take 2 formal / environmental portraits  

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – ISO, EXPOSURE TRIANGLE, METERING MODES
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL:lomo effect (plus add flares and light leaks, saturate cyan), lomo examples: 1, 2, 3, 4
  2. VIDEO: Pictorialism Photography DIGITAL SKILL: using textures and filters to create a pictorialist effect
CLASS ACTIVITIES –
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. DISCUSS: How does art make us think better?

 

UNIT 3 – Advanced Techniques – sunflare/long exposure/multiplicity/panning

ASSIGNMENT –  Advanced Camera Techniques – turn in 4 photos, one of each: sunflare/long exposure/multiplicity/panning

  • ACTIVITY: research: 4 groups – sunflare, multiplicity, long exp, panning – powerpoint with 5 great examples, how to, tips & tricks, equipment
SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – EXPOSURE COMPENSATION, BRACKETING, FOCAL LENGTH, SENSOR SIZE, 3 DOF
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL: creating actions
  2. DIGITAL SKILL: Sunflare, Matte, Multiplicity
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. ACTIVITY: fill out common photo problems and solutions on your own, then DISCUSS
  2. VIDEO: the opposite of formal portraits
  3. VIDEO: Astrophotography
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. DISCUSS: is this photo ethical?
  2. DISCUSS: How does art help us tell people our feelings?

 

UNIT 4 – DOUBLE EXPOSURE

ASSIGNMENT –  create a double exposure overlay photo. you will need to preplan to make sure you have areas of rest in opposite areas.

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – FOCUS POINTS, FOCUS MODES, HOW TO GET SHARPER PHOTOS
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL: creating overlays. Practice with group class photos.
  2. DIGITAL SKILL: invisible people
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. effective effort self evalutation
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. VIDEO: why should photographers work in groups?

 

UNIT 5 – SELF PORTRAIT

ASSIGNMENT –  examples simple

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – WHITE BALANCE, SHOOTING/EDITING IN RAW
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. ACTIVITY: create a portfolio website
  2. DIGITAL SKILL: intro to illustrator and live trace a photo
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. REVIEW SHUTTER AND APERTURE AND ISO: work alone or get in groups of 2 and pick from the following : infogram 1,  jeopardy, create a children’s book, or write and act out a skit. Make sure to include the definitions/explanations, visual effects, and settings. Bonus for explaining how aperture and shutter works together.
  2. ACTIVITY: reading: photo eye
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. How does art help us learn about other people?

 

UNIT 6- DIRECTED

ASSIGNMENT –  2 photos that are mysterious, intriguing, or beautiful

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – SHOOTING IN LOW LIGHT, NATURAL LIGHT, HIGH NOON, STUDIO LIGHTING
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL: tilt-shift 1, 2, 3
  2. digital skill: circle pixels
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. REVIEW: color theory and  color/mood then ACTIVITY: change the color of some of your photos to see if it changes the mood.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

 

UNIT 7 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

ASSIGNMENT –  street photos –

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – MAKING MONEY, PRICING MODELS, MAKING PRINTS
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL: textures and antiquing examples: 0 and 1 and 2
  2. DIGITAL SKILL: creating watermarks
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. ACTIVITY:  research 5 tips and write on board. Do not duplicate someone elses tips
  2. TAKE NOTES: frame within a frame 1 2 3
  3. TAKE NOTES: gestalt theory and photography Explanation of Gestalt Theory, interactive and hereand here, examples of college assignment explaining the principles
  4. ACTIVITY: create examples of similarity, difference, continuation, closure, 4x grouping (proximity, color, size, orientation)
  5. CRITIQUE: interview critique for directed photos
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. What do you think about privacy and photography?
  2. READ: photographing strangers DISCUSS: street photography ethics, then READ: ethics and DISCUSS: more

 

UNIT 8 – CONCEPTUAL

ASSIGNMENT –  photograph 2 words in a conceptual way:  tender, bond, whimsical, denouement, dulcet, deceive, epiphany, ethereal, lithe, opulent, plethora, effervescent, vestigial
SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – COLLEGE ART PROGRAMS, BUYING BODIES AND LENSES
DIGITAL SKILLS –

  1. DIGITAL SKILL: extracting
CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. VIDEO: Banksy does New York then ACTIVITY:
  2. LONG TERM ACTIVITY: stencils examples and instructions ASSIGNMENT: create a simple stencil of a face, but then use iin an accordian book.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. DISCUSS: where in the school could you make a site specific stencil, and what would it be?

 

UNIT 9 – LOVE LETTER TO A PLACE or SPACE or PERSON

ASSIGNMENT –  write a love letter to something with your camera. photograph something you love in a way that it shows the viewer how you feel about it.

SECTIONS IN PHOTO LEARNING GUIDE – TBD
DIGITAL SKILLS –

CLASS ACTIVITIES –

  1. Continue accordion stencil book
  2. FInish accordion book
  3. VIDEO: women nat geo photographers
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  • How are you going to get better at photography?

 

UNIT 10 – YOU THE ARTIST

ASSIGNMENT –  you the artist

DAILY X

Sources to View Material and Technique Tutorials
  1. VIDEO: mary ellen mark taking non-cliche portraits
  2. Photography and time
  3. Iphone Photo Awards
  4. Women in the 50s – how are they photographed vs today?
  5. David Heath photographing isolation
  6. Coming out portraits
  7. Case for abstraction
  8. 9 composition rules
  9. Pictorialism
  10. The case for Andy Warhol
  11. Garage lighting
  12. History of the selfie
  13. The case for minimalism
  14. Time trick photos
  15. 7 lessons from photography
  16. Cliche galapagos video
  17. What is a curator?
  18. 21 ways to unlock creativity
  19. How to take great photos at night
  20. Full frame vs crop
  21. The americans
  1. Collage tips

 

 

 

 

List of Photo Topics covered this semester

-pretest
-shooting raw: SOOC to FINISHED  using camera raw differences raw vs jpeg
-focal length
aspect ratio
-shutter speed and aperture: shutter/ap review dslr simulator advanced depth of field in depth shutter and aperture lesson and grid
-photographing movement
-iso and the exposure triangle
-exposure compensation: infographic explanation visual example bracketing
How to deal with low light
-controlling depth of field
-metering modes
-focusing
-reading a histogram
-backlighting
-natural light: overview   indoor  outdoor
-rights of a photographer
-the rise of the momtog
-pricing models for custom photography (wedding prices are wack)
-all about printing photos mpix
-buying gear: camera  canon  Nikon

-resolution, image size vs canvas size
-using pinterest
– manual settings
-buying a camera
-primes vs zoom lens, fstops, cost
-marketing techniques, logos, seo
-setting up a web site

 

Activities during the You the Artist Unit:

 

 

  • REFLECTION POST: write the following in a word doc based on the photos you turned in this week.  Turn it into your “you the artist” folder.
    • Write a reflection REALLY describing your thought process behind taking the photos and why you shot what you shot. Be descriptive.
    • Also describe the difficulties and successes that you had while coming up with the idea and shooting it.
    •  The third thing you must write about is a self critique of how it looks and what it means. Pretend someone else took the photo and be as honest and possible in your critique.
    • Finally write where you plan to go next with the project, or what project you plan to do next. Please describe it so someone who doesnt know you or have a conversation with you about your work will understand what you are doing.

 

 

  • ALSO
    • make portfolio of 8 best
    • study guide for exam

 

 

Unit  – photo video

 

 

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