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Final Project – InDesign Settings

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As we are starting our final project, you will be working in Adobe InDesign once more. Here are the settings for your layout – Tabloid (11×17) and no margins. You can chose whether or not you want to go Portrait or Landscape, but that should really be decided by your background photograph. You can also change that at a later time, so don’t panic if your not sure right now. Just chose one and get to work!

Photo-Final Project Sizes

Elements & Principles Assignment

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As we are finishing up the E&P scavenger hunt assignment, a lot of you seem to have lost your handouts – I should have posted this earlier, but I forgot! (Sorry!) Here is the project, along with the designs you were trying to find:

Sebastiao Salgado’s New Book

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Many of you might remember that Salgado is my favorite photographer. In fact, I’d be as bold to say that he’s the best photographer in the last 3 decades. He’s just published a new book that looks just beautiful, and I thought this article might be of interest to some of you:

Expressive Portrait Assignment

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For the last couple of days we’ve been talking about portraiture. We’ve looked at Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry, Salbastiao Salgado, and Richard Avedon. Now it’s your turn to make a dynamic and expressive portrait. Below is the handout I gave you yesterday, as well as some examples of similar student work that has been done in the past. Have fun shooting!

Landscape Evaluation

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Here is a digital copy of the evaluation I handed out today. It is due Monday, along with your best landscape photo in the hand-in folder on the server.

Landscape Photography Assignment

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This weekend you are supposed to be photographing a landscape photography assignment. Here is the assignment sheet:

Read the tips on the handout very carefully, and also remember, use a small aperture for great depth of field. Also, experiment with a slower shutter speed if you are around water. Use the self-timer to reduce the amount of vibration from you actually pressing the shutter button: Set the self timer, push the button, step back, and wait for the camera to do its thing. Any vibration at all can cause the image to appear blurry.

Here are some examples from the internet, and remember what we talked about this morning: You don’t have to travel too far to find great landscapes – they are all around you! It is the light and the composition that will make your images magical.

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Editing Your Photos in Camera RAW

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Now that you’ve rated and looked through all your images, it’s time to start editing you top 30% or so. The first step is to take them and make broad general changes in your image to make them look as good as possible. Camera RAW is awesome because all the changes you make your images are non-destructive. In other words, those changes can always be reversed, and the original image is never touched: The changes are saved in a secondary file that will appear as you start editing your images.

Rating Your Photos

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The first step in editing your photos is rating them: This allows you to separate the best photos from the others, so that you can focus your time and effort on just the best ones. Once again, we are using Adobe Bridge to do this work, and once again, this demo is a little old, but the process remains exactly the same.

Importing Photos Using Adobe Bridge

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This demo is from years past, and while it is on Mac, and on a previous version of Bridge, it is pretty much the same. the only difference may be the part about renaming the files – I have learned (the hard way) that is it best to rename your files by date shot. In this video, I instruct you to rename the files by today’s date, but I now think that renaming them by shot date is the best way to go. I guess either will work, but renaming by shot date is better.

Project One: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

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This weekend you are shooting your first assignment! Remember, a photographer’s job isn’t taking photographs of things that have never been photographed before, because that’s virtually impossible. Rather, it s photographer’s job to photograph things in a different way – you can find a vantage point, lighting setup. You can disassemble it, or cut it in half. Whatever takes an ordinary object and makes it look extraordinary! Below is the assignment sheet, as well as a bunch of examples – all done by students in previous years.

Also, remember, you need to shoot a minimum of 90 photographs for this assignment. that doesn’t mean 90 different subjects. Just explore your subject thoroughly – turn it upside down, get closer, light it from behind – that sort of thing.

And just as reminder – this is an example of what I do not want you to do for this assignment:


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