Digital Photography Class Blog

Final Evaluation

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Today I handed out your final evaluation. As I said in class, you can also download the file below and type into it instead of hand-writing your final. If your handwriting is hard to read, please do this!

It’s a pretty simple Final Evaluation, so don’t sweat it. You may need to do some research about some things, but on the whole it shouldn’t be a big deal.

Contact Sheets for Final Project – A Couple of Requirements

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For your contact sheets, there are a couple of things I want you to do before you print them out:

  • Rename your files according to the letter. You will have more than 1 shot of each letter, so add a number after that. For instance, “A1.cr2″ and then “A2.cr2″. You get the idea. This will also then group all your letters together and by alphabetical order, which will help you greatly, I think. It will also help me identify the letters, too.
  • In the header, where you normally put the project name, this time I want you to put the word(s) you are doing. This will help me greatly in identifying which letters follow each other, that sort of thing.
  • You will need around 20-30 images for your contact sheet, depending on how big your word(s) are. You definitely should have photographed several options for each letter, so if you have an 8-letter word, and you have 3 options for each, that makes 24 images on your contact sheet.

Oh, and remember, these are due by the end of class on Thursday!

Human Condition Evaluation

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Here is the evaluation for our current project. Just in case you lose it. Or something like that.

Handing in Your Project with Adobe InDesign

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Here is a quick video tutorial on how I want you to hand in your project when you are using Adobe InDesign. This is very important, so that I have the photographs to grade!


No Need to Be Square…

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Why be a square when you can change the frame edges? In this demo I can show you how to make your picture frames shapes that are anything but square.

But be warned – this makes your photos less important, graphically. So don’t go crazy. Use this technique to help your images mesh together. But don’t go so nuts on this that the images just become secondary to the page’s design.

Manipulating Images Directly in Adobe InDesign

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One of the beautiful things about Adobe InDesign is your ability to rotate, scale, flip, and do all sorts of other manipulations in InDesign without changing or affecting the original image:

Bringing Images into Adobe InDesign

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For our current assignment, the easiest way to get both images together on the same page, and be able to manipulate them and get them so that they match up on the page.

Here is a demo on bringing objects into InDesign:

New Project: The Human Experience

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This is a very open-ended assignment, so I cannot emphasize how important it is for you to really think about your concepts and spend time looking at everything that is in the frame – everything about the subject and everything in the background. Also, please think very carefully about how the two images are going to link together visually – not just in their meaning, but from a composition aspect. How will they “run together”? The best example of this in the photos below is the photograph with the boy with the tin can and the man on the phone: The way the backgrounds compliment each other, and the strings come together, that sort of thing. So think hard. It’ll be worth the work!

17 Awesome Camera Hacks

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Most photographers are always looking for something new to do with their equipment. New equipment, or altered equipment means a new Point of View, and a fresh look at the same ideas and objects. This post at PetaPixel has a list of several GREAT hacks that you can do to get a new look at your pictures:

Should I Use a Tripod? Hand-hold This Shot? How to Know?

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I found this great post, which gives you a good chart that will help you understand when you should hand-hold a shot or not. Now, this is basically just a general guide – some people are more steady than others, so this is highly subjective. But it’s a good general chart as you are starting out in photography, and then you can start figuring out how steady you are after a while… Also, this article gives you a good look at what VR (vibration reduction) or IS (Image Stabilization) is and how it works, which is rather handy.


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