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Final Project Evaluation

Linked below is a copy of the evaluation for your final projects.  This is a simple evaluation, but it’s really important to do, as it will help you explain your project’s subject matter, which I think is definitely something you want to do, as that will affect your grade a lot!  This evaluation is due TOMORROW!

In addition to that evaluation, linked below is the end-of-class evaluation that you need to complete as well.  This is also a very important handout to finish, and is a relatively large grade (writing-wise).  This is also due TOMORROW!


Voting Results for Final Project

So… You know how I thought that I would be an awesome teacher and made you all vote twice because the voting was too close between three categories? Yeah, well, not such a good move. Because after all the counting was done, we have a tie!  (Both Phobias and Emotions had the same number of votes.)  So… Here’s the deal. After a couple of hours of thinking about it, I’ve decided to let you chose between the top 3:

  1. Phobias & Fears
  2. Emotions & Color
  3. Stereotypes/Personalities via Clothing/Fashion

I think all three of these are pretty strong, so I’m going to let you go with it, and we’ll see what happens.  So, now you need to decide on one, do a little research, come up with a concept, and write a 2 paragraph proposal on your idea and bring it to class tomorrow.  Remember, this is for a grand finale of FOUR photographs.  The paragraphs/proposals are due at the beginning of class!

I hope everyone is happy, and hope you all have a good afternoon!

Digital Pinhole Assignment

As you are photographing your Digital Pinhole assignment, please keep in mind the following things that we talked about in class:

  • Composition is VERY import in this project.  Maybe even MORE important than it ever has been
  • Frame your image well – use Line and Space to create Emphasis and clearly lead the viewer’s eyo to your Focal Point
  • Use contrast well:  Contrast will ehance the sense of Line and Space, and will also help Emphasize your Focal Point
  • Be aware (or beware?) of your exposure times – they will be long.  Make sure your camera is set down on a stable object.  Use the 2-second self-timer!  If the camera moves during the exposure, it’ll show, so make sure there aren’t any vibrations or anything that could cause a bad image.  Roadways (cars passing by) and high-wind are things that are often overlooked and can really vibrate your camera and ruin your images!
  • Review each photo after it is done.  Critically review each one and identify what you can do better for the next shot.  Look at composition, exposure (time), and contrast very specifically to help you make each photograph better than the previous one.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings:  Do not place yourself or your camera in a position that could cause you or it damage.  If your camera is sitting on an object, make sure that it cannot fall off or get caught on something.  Camera straps are neccessary, but ofiten times a camera can take a tumble because a camera strap caught on someone’s hand as they passed by.  Be MINDFUL!
  • Have fun.  Experimentation is  the key to learning.   Be aware of what you have and haven’t tried.  Don’t give up in frustration, but rather keep in mind everything that you are doing so that you can identify the techniques that work and the ones that don’t.


And, finally, here are a few examples from the students last year:

Maknig Contact Sheets with Adobe Bridge



Importing Your Photographs Into Bridge



Shooting Tips!

Good morning, everyone!  While I was sitting at the breakfast table, drinking my tea this morning, I was thinking about you all shooting your first assignment this weekend.  I thought that it might be helpful if I gave you a series of tips and things to remember when you are shooting this weekend.  For those of you using your own cameras, these are also VERY important as well!  I’ve divided my advice into two sections:  Preperation before you start shooting, and then things to keep in mind while you are shooting.  I hope these things help:

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Handouts from the First Week

Here are just digital copies of the handouts from the last couple of days.  The first one is the Syllabus, and the second one is the DSLR loan letter.  The loan letter is only a concern for you if you need to borrow a camera from Penfield, and remember that you need to have it signed and returned by Monday morning, so please remember to do that!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Overview of Photography Class

As we are having our introductory discussions about Photography and what it is, I thought it would be a good idea to put a few examples of what students have done in the past on the website.  I’m not goinjg to tell you what the assignment was, or anything like that – it’s just a bunch of beatiful pictures.


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.