Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Action Photo Editing

Action Photo Editing


Please select your twenty best action photos.
These pictures should show faces, be 95% in focus (except for panning), fill the frame, and showcase interesting angles and composition. 
Crop, adjust, and color correct all pictures as needed. Only keep what is essential to the picture.

Edit four pictures into Grayscale.
Edit two pictures using Selective Focus/Lens Blur.
Edit two picture using one-item kept in color.
Edit the other 12 pictures in what ever manner you see fit.

When you are done editing you will turn in the following:
  • Best Action Photos Adjusted CS (4*5)
  • Best Shorecrest Action Picture as a jpeg.
  • Best Action Picture2 (your choice of subject) as a jpeg

Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Import Pictures Into Adobe Premiere

Open Adobe Premiere. Create a new project (File>New>Project) and name it Stop Motion. Click OK.

Select Digital SLR>1080p>DLSR 1080p30 and name your sequence. DO NOT CLICK OK YET.

 Select the settings tab at the top and you should see an area that says Video and then frame size. Change the frame size to match the picture dimensions.

Click OK after you change the Video frame size.

Go to Adobe Premiere>Preferences in the upper left hand corner. Click General.  Change the Still Image Default Duration to 3. (If your pictures play too slow after changing these settings try changing them to 2). Click OK/

Next, go to File>Import and your picture folders. Note: import each day of photos in their own folders. DO NOT MIX THE PHOTOS.
 Drag the picture down to the timeline. You can now see all of your pictures in a row.Time to edit!

How To Import Your Stop Motion Pictures Into Image Capture

How To Import Your Stop Motion Pictures Into Image Capture

  • Plug in your camera to the computer or place your memory card into the computer.
  •  Import your pictures by first opening Image Capture.
  • Select on the pictures you want to import and make sure you notice where you are saving the pictures.

First, make a folder for your pictures. If you shot on multiple days please make sure your pictures are organized by day (make a separate folder for each day's pictures).
Select on just one of your pictures that you took for this project. Right
click 'Get Info.' You'll notice that the dimensions are listed under more info.
Write these dimensions down in your Notes app on the computer.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Photo 1: Action Photo Panning

Photo 1: Panning

The panning shutter technique keeps your main subject in focus and blurs everything else in the picture.
Please read this helpful explanation and take notes.
Please watch this video to help reinforce your reading.

This video will help explain the process. It takes a great deal of practice in order to master this skill.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Computer Animation: Using grageband to create sound and exporting as an .mp3 file

  •  Open Garageband
  • Select Create new project
  • Select voice
  • Name Project
  • Plug in headsets and click "Yes" when asked if you want to use C-Media USB Audio Device 
  • Make sure you select C-Media USB in the Input 
  • Choose and change vocals as needed you want to use

  • Record your vocals by clicking red circle at bottom
  •  Record multiple tracks if needed.
  • Click Share at the top of the screen
  • Select "Save to Disk"
  • Change Format to MP3
  • Name sound and save it to Desktop or Music Folder
  •  Add your audio in Flash using File>Import to Library
  • Make sure all of your sounds are on different layers.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

AP Photo: Color

Visit the following website HERE to review a short article on Color Harmony as it exists in Complimentary and Analogous color schemes.  Type out these definitions in your new Digital Journal and find 3 visual examples of each online and drag them into your"_dj3" in Photoshop.


Select only four themes from the list below and photograph in color—THINK IN COLOR
Take 5 solid examples of each of those photos.  You will have total of 20 photos completed for this assignment.

1.            Reflections in chrome or other reflective surface           
2.            Reflections in water
3.            Store window reflections (e.g., an antique or consignment store)
4.            Light through a window
5.            Motorcycle close-up or car engine close-up
6.            Architectural detail
7.            Dual portraits of your friends
8.            Lines and patterns
9.            Foreshortened image
10.          Close-up of texture
11.          Silhouette
12.          Motion/Panning
13.          Perspective

Create a contact sheet and make sure to include which 4 themes you chose for this assignment anywhere in the negative space on the contact sheet.  Save it as a JPEG and name it _color.
Turn in 1 photo for printing and name it _Color_Print

These are due at the end of class on Friday, October 14th.

Your grade for this assignment will be based on several factors:
  • Completion of each image turned in on a contact sheet.
  • Turned in on time (formative)
  • The quality and creativity of your 20 best images
  • Your choice of which photos to possibly use for your portfolio (summative).

Manual Adjustments:Aperture and Shutter Speed

Manual Adjustments:Aperture and Shutter Speed

Please watch and take notes on both videos below:
Manual Settings Video
Manual Settings Video 2

Manual Adjustments:Aperture and Shutter Speed

F-Stops and Shutter Speed Hints

Please take detailed notes in your own words on the top two reading assignment. You will using the material you learn this week on the cameras. Use the cameras simulators below when you are done.

Camera simulator:


Animation: Export From Flash To Quicktime and Drop into Vidstore Server

Animation: Export From Flash To Quicktime and Drop into Vidstore Server

To export your Flash movies do the following:
Make sure you are in Flash

Select File>Export>Export Movie>Format QuicktimeMovie
Click Store Temp Data and Select On Disk in Quicktime Settings

Save it on the desktop.
Name it using the naming convention.

(1_lastname first initial_Yearbook SCNN Commercial)

Next,drop the video in the vidstore server.

Click on desktop background
Select Go in the menu up top
Type Vidstore
Select Connect to server
Type Vidstore
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place video in Period 1

Monday, October 03, 2016

SCNN Commercial Treatment Assignment

Your next assignment will be a 15-25 second (300+ frame ) SCNN commercial for anything school related. This could include a dance, a game, a club, an event, a sport, or anything else.

Content must be related to the specific school related item.
All animation should look sharp and detailed.
Use school colors where appropriate.

This must be entertaining in some way. Humor is always a good place to start.

Your animation needs to include:

  • Music AND sound effects for everything
  • Keyframe animation
  • Shape tween
  • Two Motion Tween
  • Two Movie Clips
  • Text that says either "SCNN" or the information for the school club, group, or event
  • Dialogue created by you using Quicktime, Garageband, or other programs (have fun making voices and sound effects)
Most of these projects will be between 300 and 400 frames each at 12 frames per second.

First step: Commercial Treatment

You will write a detailed commercial treatment and email it to the coach or advisor of your club/activity/sport etc. You will ask for their permission to make a commercial and also ask for
suggestions. You will also send me a copy (CC) of this email at The only way you will receive a grade for the treatment is if you email me a copy.
Begin your email with "Hello, my name is ____________ and I am in Mr. Mitchell's Computer Animation class. I would like to make a commercial for __________."

List of advisors:

Treatment questions you must answer in COMPLETE sentences.

  1. What group or activity have you selected as your subject?
  2. Why did you select this group and why do you think you can make an interesting commercial for this group?
  3. What is your original concept? How are you going to SELL your subject?
  4. What will your tag line be? It needs to be something catchy and memorable.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. Please email the advisor or coach of your commercial subject ask permission to create a commercial using your concept. Include me on this email.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Adjusted Landscape Assignment

Today you have the entire period to edit Landscape photos in Photoshop.
First, pick your best 4 landscapes from each scenic location (12 total)  and place them in a folder.
Next, open up each one and touch them up in Photoshop to make the pictures look even better.

Below are some tutorials that will give you ideas on how to adjust landscapes. Please work through each one with separate landscape photos.
Landscape Photography Editing Tutorial - Photoshop CS6
Tips To Create An Awesome Landscape Photo (Photography Tutorial)
Photoshop Tutorial: Landscape Editing
Curves, Curves, Curves! - Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

You can also do any of the following adjustments we talked about in class:
Get rid of power lines, garbage cans, and other distracting objects using Clone Stamp (S) and Copy/Paste.
Adjust the horizon line using Free Transform (Command-T).
Crop your picture as needed.
Change the overall color using color balance.
Adjust the warmth or coolness of your photo using Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter.

Please File>Save As each photo when you are done editing. Place these pictures in a new folder.

 Here is what is due to finish the Landscape Unit
1. 12 Photoshop Adjusted Landscapes from at all three locations with at least a 3*4 contact sheet. 
Call these 12 adjusted photos "Landscape Adjusted CS."
2. Your best Landscape saved as a .jpeg file. Call this "Best Landscape."
Always use the naming convention. Example: Mitchell_Trent_Best Landscape

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Landscape Homework Assignment

Landscape Homework over the next week:

Pick at least two scenic location where you can take pictures.
Pick places with water, mountains, trees, or a combination of all of the above. I would recommend Carkeek Park, Kerry Park, or Richmond Beach.

You will shoot many pictures at each location. Change angles and move all around the location.
You may shoot horizontal and vertical landscape pictures.
One of these photography sessions must be during sunset or sunrise.
Please do not center the horizon line and try to show something in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Landscape .

  • This Landscape CS 2 assignment is Wednesday, September 28th. Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea using an ND filter

Monday, September 19, 2016

Landscape Practice

Photo 1 Landscape Work

You will turn in a 12 shot, 3*4 Contact Sheet called Landscape Practice at the end of the period.

Read the following articles and watch the videos below. Take short notes on each suggestion. A few of the readings/videos repeat the same points. Also, make sure you look up the vocabulary words below so that you can understand the material. Please add these terms to your notes as well.

11 Landscape Hints
10 Landscape Tips

Terms to look up and learn: 
Shutter Speed
Depth of Field
Focal Point
Slow Exposure

National Geographic Landscape Tips
Creative Composition Video
Photo 101 Video
Spend 20 minutes going outside to shoot 12 landscape shots from the baseball, football, and softball fields.
  • Make sure each shot has a large depth of field. In other words, make sure even the background objects are in focus.
  • In each shot make sure you have foreground, midground, and background objects.
  • (Most Landscape shots will have water, trees, and mountains. However, just do the best with what Shorecrest has to offer).
  • Do not center the horizon. Place it in the upper or lower third.
  • Look for lines on the ground or even in the sky.
  • Use tripods as needed.

First Flash Animation Assignment

First Flash Animation Assignment

  • 1920*1080
  • 12 FPS
  • 5+ layers
  •   60+ frames
  •   15+ keyframes 
  • Detailed characters
  •   foreground, mid-ground, and background
  •   both shape and motion tweens
  •  2 Detailed Movie Clips
  • At least three Sound Effects 
  • All items on separate layers 
You will work on this assignment Wednesday, Friday and Wednesday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Photo Compostion 2 assignment

Please shoot three interesting pictures for each composition/design element listed below:
  • Proportion
  • Tonal Balance
  • Rule of Thirds
Please do not take pictures of the same subjects as your previous assignment.
Please turn in a Contact Sheet called "Last name_First Name_Composition 2" into the Vidstore server.

Flash Animation Tutorials

Motion Tween:

Shape Tween Tutorial:
Movie Clip Tutorial:
How to add sound:
Animate background to simulate movement:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dropping Assignments into the Vidstore Server

Dropping assignments in the vidstore server.

Click on desktop background
Select Go in the menu up top
Type Vidstore
Select Connect to server
Type Vidstore
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place properly named assignment in proper class period

Importing Pictures and Creating Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge


  • Make a folder on your desktop called Composition 1 (you will change the folder name for each assignment)
  • Plug in your camera to the computer or place your memory card into the back of the computer in the horizontal SC Card slot.
  •  Import your pictures by first opening Image Capture. Image capture is location in the Applications folder. You can also search for it in the upper right hand corner and open it there.
  • You should see your pictures in Image Capture. Select on the pictures you want to import and make sure you notice where you are saving the pictures to the composition 1 folder on your computer. You can shift+click or command+click to select on specific pictures.



How to create a Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge

1. Make sure you imported pictures using Image Capture
2. Select on the folder.
3. Open Adobe Bridge CS6

4. On left hand side find your folder and select it.
6. Select the files down below so that they show up in the Preview section. You can select the pictures via lasso, shift key, or command key.
7. On the right hand side select Output. Make sure .pdf is selected. Columns and rows will vary.
  • 6 pictures means columns and rows=2*3
  • 12 pictures means columns and rows=3*4
  • 20 pictures means columns and rows 4*5
  • 24 pictures means columns and rows=4*6
Make sure document is set to:

 8. Click save in the lower right hand corner. Save to your pictures folder.
9. Upload .pdf Contact Sheet to the Vidstore Server in the Classes folder.