Due to the snow days of the past two weeks we have to play catch-up with last week’s work. I’ve extended due dates for Friday’s assignment to Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
Photo Challenge of the Week: This week’s photo challenge theme is three or more. You will be shooting images of three or more people. These images can be informally posed shots. These shots should illustrate a normal day at Pickering and can be taken in CTE areas, Phys. Ed classes, academic classes, the hallway or in the cafeteria. We need these shots for inclusion in our yearbook.
Design Challenge of the Week : We’ll be working on skills involved in controlling text: letter spacing, line spacing, tabs, tables and designing with text only. The main project will be a poster that demonstrates your skill in all three of these areas.
Production Work: Hoodies for the Engine Technology Program at Pickering.
Welcome to the second half of the school year! We have reached a number of goals that I had presented to you at the beginning of the year including the following:
Photo Challenge of the Week: This week’s photo challenge theme is work. You will be shooting images of people working. I’d like to see you capture fellow students in other CTE areas working on projects in their classes. Try to have these be candid shots that are not posed if possible. We need these shots for inclusion in our yearbook.
Design Challenge of the Week: This week we’ll be working on a few different skills in Photoshop including removing red eye, removing color cast and basic sharpening skills. We’ll be creating a study of this work with before/after shots that illustrate what these basic skills accomplish when applied to less-than-perfect photographs. The end product will be a Flash animation created in InDesign. A sample can be viewed here.
Production Work: Electronics t-shirts for TCHS, Hoodies for the Engine Technology Program at Pickering.
This week ends the first semester of this school year and all students will be taking a mid-term exam on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. The test covers theory we've worked on during the first semester. Be aware that this test, along with your final exam, will account for 1/5 of your final grade - so try to do well.
Because this is a short week, we're going to be focusing on repairing some of the common issues that occur in photography including removing red-eye and color cast from our photos. There are settings on the camera we can use to avoid both of these issues - but they still can crop up given some lighting conditions.
Fixing red eye is a pretty straight forward process - both iPhoto and PhotoShop have pretty good red eye removal tools. Fixing color cast can be a little more complicated and it is normal to use a variety of methods to find the best solution. Photoshop will do this better due to the large number of methods available. This video demonstrates the various methods.
We'll be using some basic color theory to fix both of these issues. The end project for the week will be a before and after study of three red eye and three color cast images that you have repaired. See my sample portfolio for an example.
The Home Depot lighting setup that we learned about at the Gregory Heisler Workshop is now replicated in our photo lab. Heather Knapp did some test shots late on Friday and the results are amazing. For around $125 per light – we were able to build portrait lighting that works in a very professional manner.
Last week’s business card design project results are looking quite good. Many of you put your full efforts into the project. This week’s design challenge asks you to take a current company/product or brand whose logo you will redesign. You will be presenting your new logo on Friday, January 11, 2010 to the class and explain why your new design improves on the logo.
This week’s photography challenge asks you to break the rule of thirds in your composition. There are a couple of times when this is necessary – large group shots and formal portraits are often shot “centered up” out of necessity – read the discussion on the School of Photography and look at samples others provide for inspiration. Please post your color-corrected and cropped images into a dated folder by Friday, January 11th.
Happy New Year and welcome back from the holiday break. I hope all of you had an enjoyable and restful break and that you’re coming back revitalized and ready to work. The first three months have gone well and we’re coming down the home stretch in a number of ways:
During the second part of the year we’re going to continue with the photo challenge, but we’re also going to start doing a weekly design challenge as well. I will be putting the specifications on this home page every week. Make sure that you’re reading this page every week so that you know due dates and requirements for the assignments. These two weekly challenges are 80% of your grade so you want to make sure that you are working on them throughout the week.
This week’s Photo Challenge topic is a “rule of thirds”
Look over the suggested websites and submit three images that demonstrate the good use of the concept of the rule of thirds in photography. There are sample shots on each of the pages. Don’t be afraid to fill your lens with the subject that you are capturing. Upload your finished, color corrected and cropped images by Friday, January 7th.
This week’s Design Challenge topic is a business card using an abstract logo. Here are the steps you will need to take:
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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