If this is your first time in my class welcome! If you're a returning student, you'll notice I've made a few changes.
First off, this is where you'll get pretty much all of your information for my classes. This is also where much of your work will be displayed (check the "Photos of the Week" galleries to see work from previous classes).
Go ahead and bookmark the site on your phone (it'll come in handy when you're out shooting and need to look back at the assignment instructions), and bookmark it on the laptop you will be using (if it's not already bookmarked).
Also, use the Chrome browser. I don't check compatibility with IE (and I'll probably tell you to quit using IE every time I see it open).
For Level 2 and 3 students, you'll notice that I've condensed the blogs into one blog in an effort to streamline the site. Class specific posts will be labeled accordingly.
Make sure you have a working email address; when I grade photos, I will be using a rubric in a Google doc, and will send out your grade and critique to the email address you provide. You will be uploading your images to our itsLearning site, so if you don't know your login, we'll need to get that squared away before the first assignment is due.
For DPI, you will be reading Complete Digital Photography, 7th ed. by Ben Long. I spent a long time trying to decide on a textbook for this class that was informative, comprehensive, and not boring, and this is what I came up with. You will be expected to read on your own time (I suggest taking the book home and leaving it there for the duration of the semester), and you will be taking tests on various chapters over the course of the semester.
Before we get started learning about photography, I need to know a little about you. Please complete this survey online in order to help me better understand you.
This class is not easy. Digital photography combines both art and science, and will require you to be an adaptable, flexible, and self-motivated learner. We will be working with cameras, lenses, lights, laptops, and image editing software. We'll be working on the laptops to edit and deliver our images. You'll be required to read outside of class for tests that will be in class. And yes, you'll have to study. Almost all shooting assignments (except for ones that require the use of our big strobes) can be done outside of class if needed, but your life will be a lot easier if you use your time wisely and get your work done in class.
This course requires a basic understanding of Windows 8 (if you're familiar with Win 7, you'll pick it up pretty quickly). We'll be transferring files around, working with network drives, and working with Adobe products.
You'll be learning a new vocabulary with which to talk about photography so that you can go out on your own and interact with other photographers and sound like you know what you're talking about.
I'll provide you with the knowledge and skills to go out and get started, but it will be up to you to master the concepts and techniques we cover in class.
I expect you to be responsible and mature. I know you hear this in a lot of classes, but it is especially important in this class. Playing around in class could cost you money, and a lot of it at that. Horsing around in the room or when out shooting will not be tolerated.
All that being said, I'm excited that you're here and excited to see you grow as photographers over the course of the semester. I want you to learn to create images, not snapshots, and kind that you'll be proud to have your name attached to.
I'll be teaching you from the perspective of a working photographer; everything we do will be geared towards developing the skills needed to be a photographer who works in the real world.
Most of all, I want you to have fun. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it.
Lightroom 5 can be a bit intimidating when you first open it up, but once you get a feel for how it works, you'll never go back. Since we're using shared computers, we're going to have to go through a couple of extra steps. On your own computers, you shouldn't really have to worry about using multiple catalogs.
You'll need to create your own catalog and remember to log into it every day, because the last catalog that was opened will be the one that's active. This will be an issue for the first 20 or so people in the class, because first period is smaller than second period, so not everyone in third period will actually be sharing a computer. Adobe's page on catalogs
What do I need to know in order to take a camera outside of the room?
We'll talk more in-depth about using the classroom equipment, but this guide along with an exposure test are the two main things you'll need to complete prior to being able to take a camera out on your own.
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