L2 Digital Photography Assignments

1. Pixlr is free software that allows you to edit photos. It’s similar to Photoshop, but simpler. You can use it at home if you don’t have access to Photoshop: Pixlr Editor


2. Are you feeling confused about how to use the manual settings on your camera? This helpful video shows you how to use the manual settings on a Nikon D3100 camera. The instructions are similar for different Nikon models. If you have a Canon or another brand, search YouTube and Google for more helpful hints.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

1. HW due: cameras and USBs

2. Getting to know our cameras (SLR vs. compact, how cameras work)

3. Intro to manual settings – aperture and shutter speed.

OCTOBER 7, 2015

Fieldtrip to Alsancak (meet at Upper Gate 10:00)

OCTOBER 14, 2015

1. 5 homework photos due (10 points)

2. Organizing our USB (3 new folders: raw, edited, exams)

3. Review manual settings and terminology

4. Basic Photoshop Skills (opening images, saving as jpegs, cropping, curves, adjustment layers, individual experiments)

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Today’s Presentation is here:


1. New HW (due October 28): Take 5 photos in low light with different ISOs.

2. Intro to ISO

3. Splash Challenge.

OCTOBER 28, 2015

1. HW Check (5 ISO photos, 10 points)


NOVEMBER 11-18 2015 

Work on Photo Exam #1



Night Photography Techniques
Key concepts: Shutter speed, ISO, tripod, how to focus in the dark
HW: 5 Night Photos due December 2

DECEMBER 9, 2015

1. “All About Aperture”

Today’s slide presentation is here

New HW due December 16: 5 Photos that successfully show shallow depth of field (requires a large aperture)

 DECEMBER 16, 2015

Work on Exam #2:

  1. Night Photo 1
  2. Night Photo 2
  3. Night Photo 3
  4. High ISO
  5. Double Exposure 1
  6. Double Exposure 2
  7. Long Depth of Field
  8. Shallow Depth of Field
  9. Shallow Depth of Field
  10. Choice Photo