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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:


Shutter Speeds and Apertures – Working Together

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This is an awesome video of the shutter and the aperture and what they do when you press the shutter button down on the camera. Maybe it will help some of you visualize what is going on with the camera in that quick, 1/60th of a second…

Handouts From the First Week

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Here are handouts from the first week of class – just in case you need them for reference:

Welcome to the Digital Photography Blog

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Welcome to the Digital 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.

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