L3 Digital Photography

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: https://pixlr.com/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

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 14, 2015

(No Class, PSAT)

October 21, 2015

Fieldtrip to Alsancak (meet at Upper Gate 1:15)

October 28, 2015
No class (1/2 day for Cumhuriyet Bayram)

November 4, 2015

Work on Exam 1

1. Slow Shutter Speed 1
2. Slow Shutter Speed 2
3. Fast Shutter Speed 1
4. Fast Shutter Speed 2
5. Natural Texture
6. Man-made texture
7. Worm’s eye view
8. Eye Level view
9. Bird’s eye view
10. Choice Photo (a personal favorite)

25 points – Effort
25 points – New Skills and Directions (Did use use eye level/worm’s eye/bird’s eye perspective correctly? Did you use different shutter speeds effectively? Did you take interesting photos with man-made and natural textures?)
25 points – Craftsmanship (How well made is it? Is it in-focus or blurry? Is the light appropriate or is there poor light? Did you use aperture, shutter speed, or macro settings correctly?)
25 points – Creativity and Risk-taking (Do your photos look like everyone else’s? Are they boring, or unusual? Did you challenge yourself? Did you use difficult techniques, or did you chose easy techniques?)

NOVERMBER 11, 2015

1. Class Cancelled

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 

Complete 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