Friday, January 13, 2017

Candid Photography Assignment

10 great Candid tips:
https://expertphotography.com/10-way-take-better-candid-photos/

11 Candid Tips:
http://digital-photography-school.com/11-tips-for-better-candid-photography/

24 Candid Homework pictures due Friday January 20th (take your camera everywhere)
24 picture non-SC Candid pictures due at of the class on Wednesday, January 18

Tech Prep Sign Up

Animation and Photo: Tech Prep


Sign Up For Tech Prep 
https://secure.techprepwa.org/default.aspx
Click Create an account under students click here. 

Create an account. Fill out only forms marked with a red asterisk
For Career Cluster pickle anything you want.
For Future Plans pick whatever is best for you.

Find Shorecrest High School and select Animation, Video, or Digital Photography with Mr. Mitchell as your teacher.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Solar System Link

http://web.cse.ohio-state.edu/~parent/classes/682/MAYA/MayaSolarSystem.pdf

We left off at the GROUPING THE MOON WITH THE EARTH section on Wednesday.
Don't forget to group the moon to the earth BEFORE creating the Earth_Orbit.
Once you have added moons and created the planet orbits you can stylize your Solar System by added asteroids or comets etc. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Photomerge Assignment Overview














Your assignment over the next week is to take multiple  panorama style photomerges.  Take a picture and then move the camera slightly up or sideways to take another "connected" image. Basically you combine smaller pictures to make one larger picture.

Use a tripod if possible. Remember to manual adjust white balance or select something like "cloudy" or "sunny" on your camera.

Here is how you connect multiple pictures in Photoshop.

To set up a new Photomerge composition:
Import Photos
Place pictures in a separate folder for each merge
Do one of the following:
Choose File > Automate > Photomerge.
In the File Browser, select the images you want to use and then choose Automate > Photomerge from the File Browser menu bar
In the dialog box, choose an option from the Use pop-up menu:
  • Files to generate the Photomerge composition using individual files.
  • Folders to use all the images stored in a folder to create the Photomerge composition. The files in the folder appear in the dialog box.
  • Open Files to use the image files you have open in Photoshop.
Click the Browse button to navigate to the source files or folder you want to use to create the Photomerge composition. Select Attempt to Automatically Arrange Source Images if you want Photoshop to try to line the images up in their proper order.
Then edit your picture as you need.

Here is a tutorial you can use to get you going.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrNI-gAuI5s 

Tentative schedule

Monday January 8: Practice at school up by the track,the front of the school or Hamlin. Take seven different photomerges comprised of 3-9 pictures each. Turn in Photomerge Practice Contact Sheet.
Merge your pictures in Photoshop using the directions above.
Wednesday January 13: All period off-campus shooting day. Pick an amazing location and shoot seven photo merges consisting of 3-9 pictures each. Turn in Photomerge CS1. These pictures will not be merged together.
Friday January 15: Photomerge editing.
Weekend Homework: Go to one landscape location and shoot seven different photo merges consisting of 3-9 pictures each. Turn in Photomerge CS2. These pictures will not be merged together.
Wednesday January 18: All period off-campus shooting day. Pick an amazing location and shoot seven photo merges consisting of 3-9 pictures each. Turn in Photomerge CS3. These pictures will not be merged together.



  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Portrait Assignment

Digital Photography Portrait Assignment

You will shoot portraits  on Friday December 2nd and Wednesday December 7th. 
One day you will shoot at school using the lights in the studio and the other day you will shoot off-campus at a predetermined location. 
You will shoot AT LEAST 24 pictures of your subject each day (most of you will shoot between 50 and 75 pictures.
You can, and probably should, take pictures on the weekend as well.

1. Find two interesting human subjects. The people you choose should WANT to be in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate. I highly suggest working with people in this class.
2. Talk to your subject. What type of portraits do you want to create? Use colors or lighting to create a concept for your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK. Choose an interesting setting based on your concept.
3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of each subject.
4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject. 
5. Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you will read about in class (see above).
6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy".
7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine.
8. Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Please take detailed notes on the readings below. You will (literally) reference these notes when you take pictures next week.
Wednesday Reading # 1:Portrait HintsPart 1
Wednesday Reading #2Portrait Hints Part 2

More Hints

Even more hints











  
Here is an early list of the different types of portraits photos you will turn in. More will be added.

  • A Vignette Photo
  • A Grayscale Method Photo
  • A One Item Kept in Color Photo
  • A selective Focus Photo
  • A minimally adjusted photo
  • One WHACKY anything goes portrait (change the colors, use the liquefy tool, and make this as unique and interesting as you can)

Finally, you will turn in your best picture as well.
Lighting!!!
http://mrstorydigiphoto.blogspot.com/2011/12/different-lighting-techniques.html 

Computer Animation: Buttons and Action Script

Action Script 2.0: Stops and Mouse Control

Button:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLP7A9IYptU

Action Script 2.0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6e-gdU_XCM

Action Script 2.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-QkWaY9y1o&feature=related

To create a STOP action script on the TIMELINE do the following:
1. Create a Stop Layer in the timeline.
2. Click on the Stop Layer  in the timeline and click the exact frame where you want your STOP to occur.
3. Create a keyframe
4. Control click and select Actions.
5. Under TIMELINE CONTROL in the upper left hand corner double click STOP.


4. stop(); should show up in the coding section on the right hand side.

To create ACTION SCRIPT for your button do the following:
1. Click the frame that your button appears in the timeline (make sure your button is on it's own layer).
 2. Click directly on your button you have created down in the work area (not on the timeline).
3. Control Click>Actions
4. Under MOVIE CLIP CONTROL select ON and then RELEASE

5. Move the cursor to the second line
6. Under TIMELINE CONTROL select GOTO AND PLAY and then type in the frame where you want the button to transport the gamer player on the timeline.
Note: at the bottom of the Action Script commands under Current Selection your button should be selected under current selection:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Awkward Family Photo Assignment



Your homework over break is to create awkward family photos like those seen on 
http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/ or to re-create a picture from your childhood.
Can you capture something genuinely awkward?
Can you organize your family into a large group for a family photo?
Can you convince your family members to re-create a photo from the past using similar clothes, hairstyles, locations, and emotions?


Here are some examples:
http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/2014/11/07/44-awkward-thanksgiving-pics/

 https://gma.yahoo.com/photos/awkward-family-photos-thanksgiving-edition-slideshow/tis-the-season-for-awkward-family-thanksgiving-photos-photo-1447712366536.html

Recreated photo slideshow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfXa-ol1fZ8


Image result for awkward family recreations
Image result for awkward family recreations
 

Exporting Stop Motion Project

These are the settings to export HD Quality Video

File>Export>Media 
Format=Quicktime
 
Preset=HD 1080p 29.97  
Name your file in the Output Name. Call it " Your Full Name Stop Motion"


Save the file by clicking Output Name, naming the file, and picking an export location.
I would suggest saving it to Desktop.

Click Export 
 Find your project in the area you saved it on the computer. Next, drop your video in the Vidstore Server.  
 
Click on Desktop Background
Select Go at Top Of Screen
Connect to server
Type Vidstore.shorelineschools.org    
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place in Period 1

Monday, November 14, 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure Assignment


For this project you will be creating an adventure of some sorts that pauses periodically and gives the viewer a choice in where the story goes, thus a "choose your own adventure" tale! 

 This is an interactive game your peers will play. 
You will plan a map out a plan before you begin will  look something like this:

Your CYOA will not have quite as many options, but I hope you get the idea.


Remember, at the end of the each section the game player will need to decide what to do next. I will go over how to create buttons and action script that will allow you to "code" your game on Friday.

Your movie must contain:

* 8 Buttons

* up, over, down, hit states in your buttons
  * goto and play Action Script
* stop
Action Script
  * no stick figures
*multiple motion and shape tweens
* movie clips
* at least three instances of sound, sound should FILL your animation
*At least four places where decisions need to be made

*Restart Button at end of game
 

Please answer the questions below in complete sentences and send your responses via email to trent.mitchell@shorelineschools.org

* Who are the characters? List at least two.
*Where does the story take place?List precise location with details.
* What is the main story from beginning to end? What is the main character trying to do?
* What are the options in the choose your own adventure? What are the outcomes?
* How will your animation be more interesting and better looking than your last project? 


After you send your email you will sketch characters and outline your game.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

AP Photo Self Portrait


Digital Journal Requirements:
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas that you could explore to create an interesting visual background. This written brainstorm and the images you choose should fill the page.
  • Make notes as to what your environment might look like, what props, clothes, or accessories that you might need.
  • Write an artist statement explaining the criteria and concept you set up for yourself.  In other words, what type of mood are you going to be reflecting in your photos? 
Homework

Make these photographs a work of interpretation about yourself. This is a self-portrait project, but not just a head and shoulders type of work.  Who are you?  What do you look like?  What is it important for you to express to others?  What surroundings and environment do you feel most comfortable in or least comfortable in?  How do your surroundings effect how you look and feel? 

Project
  • Your final photography-work must involve a series of 8 images of your own self 
  • You must photograph your image with an interesting or significant background 
  • You should be the main subject in large detail.  Make sure you are not too small in the work.  You should take up 1/2- 3/4 of the compositional space. 
  • Work must use realism as the style of expression with attention paid to details such as proportion, perspective, texture, pattern and value. 
  • Work can be all black and white or color or a combination 
  • Your work should incorporate a strong sense of composition and design 



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 8 best images
  • Your choice of which photos to possibly use for your portfolio (summative).

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Digital Photo 1: Grayscale, Pattern, and Shadow Assignment


Digital Photo 1: Grayscale, Pattern, and Shadow Assignment


Student examples:







































Read and take notes:


Your assignment over the next two weeks is to shoot:
  •  24 pictures involving man-made shadows
  •  48 other images involving lightness/darkness relationships with a focus on patterns 
  • 24 pictures with natural light (sun and moon) shadows


  • We will have a Pattern in class shooting day on Nov 9
  • A  man made shadows homework Contact Sheet is due Nov 14
  • A natural shadows homework Contact Sheet is due Nov 18

Professional examples:
Image result for best black and white photography pattern
Image result for best black and white photography pattern
Image result for best black and white photography pattern

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

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!