L4 Digital Photography

L4 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.



5 October 2015

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1. New HW:  5 good photos that show experimentation with shutter speed. Your photos must capture an object in motion (10 points)

2. Intro to Basic Photoshop: opening, saving, cropping, curves, layers.


12 October 2015

Today’s class presentation is here

1. HW check: 5 good photos that show experimentation with shutter speed.

2. New HW: 3 photos with framing, 2 photos with forced perspective

3. Texture challenge (natural and man-made)

4. Perspective challenges (worm’s eye, eye level, bird’s eye, framing, forced perspective)


19 October 2015

1. HW Check: 3 framing photos, 2 forced perspective photos

2. Splash Challenge Photography (class presentation). These photos will be included in your exam.


26 October and 9 November 2015

1.  Exam 1 – due at the end of class on November 9

  1. Slow Shutter speed 1
  2. Slow Shutter speed 2
  3. Fast Shutter speed 1 – splash challenge
  4. Fast shutter speed 2 – (choice)
  5. worm’s eye view
  6. bird’s eye view
  7. framing
  8. forced perspective
  9. natural texture
  10. man-made texture
  11. stair challenge


16 November

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1. Return Exam Grades and Class Participation Grades
2. New Homework: 5 Night Photos (due next week, 10 points)
3. Night Photography Techniques (ISO, shutter speed priority, improvised tripods)

NOVEMBER 9-16 2015 

Work on Photo Exam #1

NOVEMBER 23 –  NOVEMBER 30, 2015

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

DECEMBER 7, 2015

1. “All About Aperture”

Today’s slide presentation is here

New HW due December 14: 5 Photos that successfully show shallow depth of field (requires a large aperture)

Work on Exam #2

DECEMBER 14 – 22, 2015
Complete 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

JANUARY 4, 2016

Preparing for the Independant Research Project (worksheet)

Suggested resources:

Ara Guler, perhaps the most famous Turkish photographer: http://www.araguler.com.tr/

Photography from Juxtapoz Magazine, featuring contemporary artists: http://www.juxtapoz.com/photography/

Photography from Hi Fructose Magazine, featuring contemporary artists: http://hifructose.com/?s=photography&submit=Go

Alex Stoddard, a very young photographer known for his Surreal self-portraits: http://alexstoddard.format.com/early

Rachel Baran’s, another young photographer known for her dark and heavily Photoshopped self portraits, http://www.ufunk.net/en/photos/rachel-baran/ 

Cindy Sherman, a famous photographer best known for making herself into different people and photographing herself: http://www.artnet.com/artists/cindy-sherman/untitiled-a-lt_FDZMJa4-hBPIoD6sU0Q2 

Annie Leibovitz, best known for her stunning celebrity photography: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/annie-leibovitz-photo-gallery/19/

Eric Pare,
capturing dancers and light: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/eric-pare-light-paintings?context=tag-photo

Melania Brescia