Sunday, February 5, 2017

Responding to your responses

Good morning, Photojournalists,

First off, I need to start figuring out which of you are staying with photojournalism next year so I can start thinking about plans. For those of you who have been in photojournalism two years in a row, I kind of feel like this year is too repetitious of last year, and I'd like to change the experience for returning staff members. I'm not sure how I'm going to do it, yet, but I do have some ideas, and I'd like to know who's planning to stay so I can start thinking about how to implement them and how much I need to work out plans.

Thank you to those of you who took the "How a Photograph Can Change A Life" assignment seriously. There were some excellent responses, and I really appreciate your thoughtful answers. Grading your responses gave me some new persepctives and things to think about and consider about what these photographs did for the children and their families.

I appreciated most your responses about whether you'd be comfortable taking photos of that sort. There were some answers that showed me you really thought about your responses and who you are as a person and a photographer, like Grace Ericsson's: "Personally at this point, no, because I don't think I'm experienced enough to try to capture such a meaningful photo especially when there's so much riding on the photos," or Shayle Morales: "I think at first I might not, but seeing as how it could change the child's life I would want to do it. I may be uncomfortable because what if I didn't correctly capture an image of that child and people looked past it because the image was not good."

Many of you were honest in your analysis of yourself and the situation, which shows maturity and thoughtfulness, which I appreciate.

PLEASE make sure you've signed up for February events.

I'm mixing it up a little bit:

4th hour PhotoJ is required to take two events in February and will take three events in March

  • For 4th hour in February:
  • One MUST be a Courtwarming event
  • The other MUST be a non-Courtwarming event
  • AND for each event, you MUST capture TWO images that use two different the Rules of Composition that we've gone over OTHER than Rule of Thirds. You'll put these on your blog on March 1st. If you've already done an event for February and haven't captured this, then do four at one. 


5th hour PhotoJ is required to take three events in February and will take two events in March.
  • For 5th hour in February:
  • One MUST be a Courtwarming event
  • The other two MUST be non-Courtwarming events
  • AND for each event, you MUST capture TWO images that use two different the Rules of Composition that we've gone over OTHER than Rule of Thirds. You'll put these on your blog on March 1st. If you've already done an event for February and haven't captured this, then do four at one. 
PLEASE ASK ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS!!!




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We've talked about angles and the difference they can make in your photography.

Here are two articles about how the angles and time taken in photos are changing lives.

Read them both and then respond to the prompts on the google form below them:

The Photo That Changed a Child's LIfe

Heart Gallery of America


Answer the questions on this blog:
Google form about the readings

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Composition Examples

The winners of the Composition Photo Challenge are:
4th hour: Elizabeth Lay


Here's what people said about Elizabeth's photo:
"I thought that she really described the photo well that she chose. If you really look at the photo and then look at the story she is telling, it really makes sense as to what the picture is visually showing and how its being shown to the viewers."

"I think Elizabeth deserves to win because the way she composed this photo is amazing. By getting close and using the whole from to focus on the emotion of the art, she captures the perfect photo."


5th hour: Lillian Leslie







Here's what people said about Lillian's photo:

"The square frames the two people pretty well, she had to get in the "right" square to frame them as best as possible. I think that it is pretty cool that the "frame" is a piece of the steps, showing that framing can take place anywhere."

"Her photo has very great framing with the fence effect going on up close. In the far end is the people who look to be in a frame which looks very cool."

"I liked her picture it showed her challenge very well and her story with it was realistic and reasonable."

CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLS!!! Enjoy your trip to the vending machines on me!!



We're going to take our study of Photography Composition even further today.

I know we're spending a lot of time on composition, but I'd like for it to become a habit for you to not only look for ways to employ the types of composition in your photography but for it also to become easier for you to recognize an opportunity to use the different types of composition when you're out shooting.

Being able to do this will up your skill and make your photographs more visually appealing.

You need to complete the google doc here:
Finding Examples of Types of Composition

MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE for copying, renaming, and sharing your document!!

You have until FRIDAY to complete this. And then when you're done, I'm going to take it even further in your photo assignments you're taking.

I'll be gone tomorrow, so continue working.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What makes a photo powerful?



Search through the photography collections below. Pick out ONE PHOTO that speaks to you (I know, choosing just one of the amazing photos is difficult, but you can do it). It can be a photo that you like, hate, feel some sort of emotion, etc.

The only requirement is that it has to visually appealing to you.

Directions: After choosing your photo, PUT IT ON YOUR BLOG (if you have to do a screen shot, then do so) and answer the following questions ON YOUR BLOG! This post is due AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10!











Powerful Photography Assignment

Directions: After choosing your photo, PUT IT ON YOUR BLOG and answer the following questions ON YOUR BLOG! This post is due AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10!

1. Who took this photo? When/where was it taken?

2. Why did you select this photo? What about this photo attracted you?

3. What emotion is communicated through this photo?
  
4. How does the photographer communicate this emotion?



5. How does your experience of the photo change once you read the caption?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I told you on Friday that I wouldn't be here today, and I also asked you to bring in headphones or ear buds so you could watch the video.

We went over ISO and then reviewed the overview of the Exposure Triangle.  Today you need to watch this video:

Understanding Exposure: The Exposure Triangle lesson 2:

Take notes over his discussion. We'll use the information later.


Now, check out this cheat sheet:

Exposure Triangle Cheat Sheet

It's the best one I've seen to help you explain what each component does and how they work together.

In the rest of the time of class, PLEASE fill out reflection papers for every event in October that you' haven't filled out already.

THEN go to the signupgenius.com.  I've added in just a FEW November events. There will be A LOT more, so don't freak out. Then go onto the Trello and sign up for a request or two. Remember, for November, you have to have three events and at least ONE of them HAS to be a portrait request!

Have a great day, and I'll see you tomorrow!!