This week we will finish the Sgt. Peppers parody design and complete photography project work in portrait and/or product photography. We'll also begin to work on motion photography including freezing objects in motion or blurring them to our liking. The exercises we'll be doing are meant to help you understand the choices you have to creatively compose an image using a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR.)
Remember to practice your manual mode photography skills by using the simulation site listed last week. These technical skills are critical to allowing you a lot more flexibility and creativity with your photography.
In addition to the photography and Photoshop projects, we have Allied Health t-shirts in our live work stream this week. We'll be printing two-sided, one-color shirts for that program.
We will also begin to take care of some accounting issues in our lab that we need to complete before year's end. Each CTE area needs to complete an inventory of equipment and supplies and every student will need to handle one area to help in completing this project. We'll be reworking a few areas of the lab to better utilize our space - cleaning out our loft in the coming weeks and moving some equipment.
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation is sponsoring a design competition for students in secondary and post-secondary schools who are graphic arts majors. Prizes include the following:
Below are a few important Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) links we'll be using in class this week:
This week we will be working on several projects that will allow you to make some creative choices in what skills you want to work on the most. Our photo lab will be set up to work either on a product photography project or on portrait photography. In Photoshop you'll have the opportunity to put together a parody of the Beatles famous album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Shown below is the beginning of the project that Quanisha Ramsey has been working on - she's done a great job incorporating her Anime favorites into this project. We'll aslo we working on finishing up screen projects and the color posters in InDesign.
Depending on your photography skill level, you will be required to hone your photography basic skills so that in the next two to three weeks you are able to work with our cameras in all of the creative modes. We will be working with exposure bracketing, custom white balance settings and shooting in the camera raw format. Next year's yearbook will mostly be shot using camera raw and its many benefits.
This week we'll continue work on the Color Poster project with work in Illustrator as well as InDesign. Illustrator skills will include creating customized vector frames for images as well as using the pathfinder tool to create custom shapes for those frames. In addition to this week's design project we're going to resurrect the photo project of the week.
This week's project will be to create a merged photograph from a 180° series of three or more photographs. See the sample below to get an idea of what we're attempting to create. You will need to use a tripod for this photo project and it's normally something that is done outside. (I've been waiting for some warmer weather to do this project!) Please download the handout for this project and read it prior to your shooting session. We'll be using Photoshop to merge the separate images together into one cohesive image.
This week a number of important milestones will be reached. Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects on Wednesday and Thursday. They all have created terrific products - now they need to tell their story of how they went about creating them. Do a good job Seniors.
We have created a great yearbook and it's time to start marketing the book to our customers. Yearbook order forms will be distributed to all CTE programs this week.
In class we'll be working on color science and psychology. We'll be creating posters in InDesign that focus on a single color and its psychology - but components of the poster will be built using Photoshop and Illustrator. We'll be using these links to research the meanings behind how designers use color and how the meaning can change depending on cultural differences.
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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