Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Good morning!

Today I want to talk about the last couple of things we’ll be working on this semester:
The Photo Essay and the Portfolio.

For the Photo Essay, you can use photos you have already taken, or you can take new photos. A photo essay is basically a way to tell a story with multiple photos. We will learn how to use those photos to lay out a photo essay, which is what we do when we put together a Yearbook spread.  The term “spread” refers to a two-page layout of photos, captions, a headline, and a short story. We will use the Online Design program provided by our Yearbook Publisher, Walsworth, and we’ll go over how to use that program tomorrow.

The Portfolio is a collection of your 10 best photos from the semester in a single gallery. You can be working on this at any time between now and the last class before the final exam. In addition to the regular two-sentence captions, you will also include a third sentence saying why you think it’s a good photo journalistically. The photos should showcase everything that you have learned over the semester.

Final Exam: 
Our final exam is on Thursday, May 23rd from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. At that time we will do two things: You will have an exam over caption writing (which will be the same format as the practice exercises we have done throughout the semester), and you will present your Portfolio to the class. We will project your portfolio on the screen and have you go through the photos with us. I’ll ask you to pick one or two photos that you think are your absolute best and talk a little bit about them and why you think they are your best photos.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Good morning.

Your Spring Sports assignment is DUE TODAY at the end of the period.

Please be sure to: 
• Include 10 Action Shots in your gallery
Crop photos to improve Composition
• Only include the Cropped version of the photos
• Adjust the Lighting of all photos
• Include all of the necessary information in your Captions – player’s Name and Grade, the name of the Sport being played, the specific Team (varsity, JV, reserve, or freshman), the Opponent’s school name, the Location of the game, and the Date ALL IN THE FIRST SENTENCE.
• Include a Second Sentence with additional information about the player/game/score.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Good morning.

Please finish your News Packages! These are now late. Grades for this are updated in Synergy. 
Upload your finished video to your Photos Master Folder.  Remember to title it: NewsPackage.Name
Fill out the Rubric/Self-Evaluation in Google Classroom
Monday – We will have a Film Festival on Monday and we will watch all of the news packages together. 

Please also finish up your Spring Sports Assignment. These are due Next Tuesday, May 7th. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Good morning.

We should be finishing up News Packages today. 

Please be sure to refer to the Checklist in Google Classroom to make sure you have all of your elements.

When you are finished, upload the finished movie to your Photos Master folder on the server. Click the Share button at the top right of the screen in iMovie, and choose File. Then navigate to your Photos Master folder.

Upload your video even if you are not finished.

Be sure to title the film: NewsPackage.Name

After it has finished uploading, open the video and watch it to make sure everything is working.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Good morning.

You should be winding up your News Package assignment. Finished videos are due Wednesday at the end of class. Be sure to export the video file to your Photos Master folder on the server. Title it: NewsPackageFinal.Name.

Double and Triple check your News Package Rubric/Checklist to make sure you have all of the required elements for the video. You will need to fill this out and turn it in when you are finished.

Remember that there should be voiceover audio or sound bites throughout the entire video (no long moments of silence).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Good morning.

I would like you to download the folder titledNewsPackagePracticeClips that’s in the Class Read-Only folder on the server. Drag that to your desktop at the beginning of class so it has time to load while we look at a tutorial video.

Today we’re going to watch a tutorial for using iMovie. It is very basic, but it’s a good way to start and to get familiar with the tools and functions. There is also a link to a more advanced tutorial that shows more tips and tricks once you have the basics down.

On Tuesday (no school on Monday), we’ll take some more class time to shoot more video for your News Package assignment. If you need the cameras at other times of the day, be sure to let me know ahead of time so I can make sure it’s ready for you.

Now that the practice clips are on your desktop, I’d like you to use them to create a practice news package using iMovie. I mainly want to see that understand how to do some basic editing:

First: Connect to the server – and click on the 2668 folder and select the Class Read Only folder.

Click on the folder titled: NewsPackagePracticeClips and drag it to your desktop to place a copy there.

When that is done downloading, launch iMovie from your Applications folder.

Create a New Project. (File – New Movie) Name it: iMoviePractice.YOUR NAME

Import the clips and put them together into a short video following the steps outlined in the tutorial we’re going to watch today. Here is the link for reference:

Your video should include: 
1. an Establishing shot
2. Sound bites
3. Wide shots
4. Close ups
5. Audio (Reporter’s Track)
6. B-Roll
7. Titles and Transitions


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Good morning.

I have a sub this morning, but I’m still in the building (working on Yearbook things). If you are signed up to take Spring Sports today, I will be here after school to get you a camera. 

Today I’d like you to finish up formatting, cropping, captioning and exporting their Feature Photos. These are due at the end of the period TODAY. 

Remember to CHECK YOUR CAPTIONS for correct formatting and information. Please stress that they can NOT resubmit these, so make sure they are correct.
If your are finished, you should work on your Spring Sports Photos.
Tomorrow we will discuss the next assignment, the Video News Package.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Good morning!

Today you should be working on formatting and captioning your Feature Photos.

Choose your 10 best photos for the gallery.
Crop to improve Composition.
Remember to make sure your Captions are in the correct form and have all of the required information in the correct style.

You will not be able to resubmit this assignment, so make sure everything is correct and working before the due date.

This assignment is Due on Thursday. Remember that we don’t have class tomorrow, due to ACT testing all day.

Our next assignment will be a video project. Be thinking about a topic that you might be interested in covering for this assignment. You will be using the cameras to film video and audio, and putting them together into a two-minute News Package. We’ll talk more about this assignment later in the week, but start thinking of a topic now. Make it something you are interested in.

Monday, March 24, 2019

Good morning.

Our next assignment is the Feature Photo. You will be taking photos in classrooms again, and this time I want you to gather complete information for your captions. 

Today I’d like you to do some more caption writing practice.
Click here to go to the practice page and follow the directions CAREFULLY. 

Some of you did well on this the first time around, but you’ve missed points on assignments because of incorrect captions.

Doing this practice will help you to remember what kind of information you need, and it will make sure you know the correct format for the captions of your photos. Remember that you can’t resubmit this assignment, so you’ll need to get the captions correct the first time. 

To make sure you have all of the information you need, be sure to:
1. Take photos of the board with notes on the day’s assignment.
2. Take photos of any worksheets that students are working on or the books they are reading.
3. Also, we need to be sure to get names and grades for everyone you photograph. Take photos of IDs if they have them, or write down their names on a piece of paper.
4. Take MULTIPLE photos of each person from DIFFERENT ANGLES.
5. Use the RULE OF THIRDS to improve composition.

We’ll talk a bit more about this assignment tomorrow, and then we’ll take photos on Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Good morning.

Today you should be finishing up your Cut Out Background assignment. It is due TODAY at the end of the period. If you need help with Photoshop, let me know. Otherwise you have class time to work on them.

Be sure to tell me to upload your site and CHECK ONLINE to make sure everything is working. 

Remember that you need 5 photos for this assignment: One of each of the three effects we covered yesterday (Plain Background, Blurred Background, and Combined) and then two more of any of the effects.

ALSO: Remember that starting 4th quarter (this week) assignments may NOT be resubmitted. They MUST be turned in on time in order to receive credit. Late assignments will be a zero.

Many of you did not turn in your Sports Assignment on time (they were due on Tuesday). That is a zero in the grade book. If you get it in this week, I will still accept it, but you will lose 10 points for each day it is late.