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Pinhole Camera Exposure Guidelines

Hey all! I did some more research on the exposure for our cameras. It seems as though the following should work:

– Extremely bright and sunny day: 7-8 seconds

– Somewhat bright day: 18-24

– Dark/Overcast: 45-55 seconds

Have fun!

Forgiving Pipeline

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This is a neat short little documentary about a photographer who visits the place where her father was killed while he was photographing the deadliest waves in the world.  There’s some good photography in it, and it’s just an interesting story.


Lightning Photography

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Not that I’m encouraging you to do this, because it is rather dangerous, but this is a really neat story!



RIT Photo Workshops

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RIT is hosting some photo workshops for students this summer, and I would highly recommend that you look at the possibility of going to them!  They are a great opportunity, and I think many of you would get a great benefit from going to them.  Click on the link below to go to RIT’s website and register for one!


Photo Essay Project

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Yesterday we talked briefley about our new assignment – and the concept of photojournalism.  This is a section of photography that is one of the most important and dear things to my heart, because it is photojournalism that first brought the idea of photography into my mind as a high school student.  I was immediately influenced by photographers like W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Steve McCurry, etc.

So what I’ve done to get you thinking about Photojournalism and the idea of a photo essay is compiled a series of links and examples.  If you’re thinking of getting started on this project over break, make sure you go through all of this, as I do’t think we have had the proper amount of time for me to truly introduce the assignment.

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Research Project for Thursday

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Today, for your research project, you need to find SEVEN photographs that are excellent examples and imbue the following five Principles of Design:

  1. Emphasis
  2. Contrast
  3. Balance (what kind of symmetry?)
  4. Movement
  5. Unity

Copy all the examples into one Word document and then write a paragraph or two about how each photograph uses that Principle.  You MUST use the Elements to support you arguments!

Visual Research Project for January 31

Alright, everyone – I am out again today because this Flu is a pretty rough one. So what we’re going to do is get moving on our first assignment:  HDR photography.

So here’s what I want you to do.  I want you to go online and research exactly what HDR photography is, find an excellent example of a HDR photograph. You should   Copy that photograph into a Word and then answer the following questions.

  1. What does HDR stand for?
  2. How does a photographer photograph a HDR image?
  3. What are the advantages of HDR imaging?
  4. What are the disadvantages of HDR images?
  5. What kind of subjects seem to be best for HDR?
  6. What are the special features of certain images that make them good subjects for HDR photography?
  7. Brainstorm some places/subjects in Rochester that would good for HDR photography?
  8. What about the image that you chose made it stand out from all the others that you looked at?
  9. What techniques (other than HDR) did the photographer use to make this photograph?  How did the photographer compose the photograph?
  10. What kind of lens do you think the photographer used?  How can you tell?
  11. What other piece(s) of equipment might be necessary to use in order to make an HDR image?

Once you are done, and you have the image pasted into the top of the Word, and you have answered all the questions, print the word doc in color and give it to your sub.


Digital Photography Review

I am sick at home with the flu!  Hope to be back by tomorrow if I relax, and I didn’t want you do sit there and do nothing.  Follow the instructions below and I’ll see you tomorrow (Note my optimism!)


Just below is a handout/review on camera use.  Download this and then print it out on the HS-A02-BW1 printer.  Staple the pages together.


Below is a link to a webpage which has all sorts of information about camera usage.  Using that website (or others) answer all the questions on the handout.


Digital Camera Operation


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Welcome to the Advanced Photography Class blog.  This blog will be where I will be posting handout, assignment information, as well as recordings of any demonstrations that I do in class.  It will be a very important resource for you during the class, and you will want to visit regularly.

On the right, you will see a link that says “Subscribe to This Blog.”   I want you to enter your email address so that the blog will automatically send you a notification whenever something important is posted.  Don’t worry too much – it won’t be emailing you every day.  🙂

Once you enter your email address on that page, then go to your email and find an email from my website (it may be in your junk mail folder), and in that email there will be a link.  Click on that link to confirm the subscription.  This is basically just verifying that you are a real person, not a spam program.