Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Good morning.

Today I’d like you to begin on a new assignment (using photos you have already taken). We’re going to use Photoshop to apply Filter Affects to photos to give them a more artistic look.

Click here for the Special Effect assignment description. It is also located in the Assignments tab at the top of this page. Follow the directions as best you can. Experiment, and try a variety of filters. We will discuss the assignment more tomorrow.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Today I’d like you to practice cropping photos using Photoshop. You can use your First Photos. I want you to crop the photos to improve the composition using the Rule of Thirds that we talked about yesterday. 

Follow the directions below.

First, launch Photoshop.app from the Applications Folder. It’s in the Adobe Photoshop folder.
Next, open your First Photos folder in Photo Mechanic.
Click on the photo you want to work on, and drag it onto the Photoshop icon in your dock. This will open the photo in Photoshop.
Click on the cropping tool in the tool bar.
Click and drag a box around the area of the photo you want to keep.
When you let go, you will see the Rule of Thirds grid on top of the photo.
Move the corners to select the area you want. (Make sure your crop observes the Rule of Thirds by placing the subject in one of the focal points.)

Double click inside the selected area to apply the crop.
Keep doing this until you have the desired composition.
When you are satisfied, go to File and select Save As. Be sure to select Save As, so you don’t save over top of the original image.
Add a .2 to the end of the file name, but be sure to leave the .jpg at the end.
(So the file name should be: P5.FirstPhotos.Name.015.2.jpg)
Repeat these steps until you have cropped 10 different photos. 

If you have time, you can make a gallery out of these 20 photos in Photo Mechanic.
Select the ones you want (include the Original Image and the Cropped Version), go to File and select Export.
Change the name of the gallery to Cropping Practice and Your Name.
When you click Export, navigate to the Galleries folder in your Website Folder.
Click the New Folder button on the bottom left.
Name the folder Cropping Practice.
Click Open to create the gallery.
You won’t need to make a link for this assignment.

On Monday, we’ll plan to start taking photos for the Composition assignment.
I will give you a copy of the Master Schedule to choose classes from.

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

**Meet in the Media Center Computer Lab 100L today**
You will have a sub today.

Today, you will be evaluating each other’s photos from this first assignment.

Click on this link to get to the form you will use to evaluate their photos.


Evaluate what you think is the best photo for the First Photos assignment from everyone on the list. If you finish, you should continue evaluating other photos from the person’s gallery. Be sure to also evaluate your own photos.

These directions are also on the form: 
1. Click on this link: http://wp.lps.org/lhsphotojournalism/student-websites-2018-2/ to get to the list of student websites for our class.
2. Click on the link to the web page of the person ABOVE your name on the list. (The first time you do this, it will ask you for a user name and password. The User Name is: photoj, and the Password is: 2011.)
3. Click on their First Photos link.
4. Keep that page and this page open at the same time.
5. Below, evaluate what you think is their BEST photo based on the criteria below, and enter a number score in each box below. Include the image title for the photo you are evaluating.
6. After you have entered a number in each box, add them up and enter the TOTAL in the box at the bottom.
7. You should also write comments in the comment box at the bottom of the table indicating what you LIKED about the photo and what you think could have been IMPROVED. ***If you take points off for the caption, you will need to identify specifically what was wrong or missing ***
8. When you have finished, click the Submit button below.
9. Then click on the “Go Back to Form” button.
10. Click on the Back button in the window of the student page after you have submitted your evaluation score.
11. Click on the link to the web page of the person who appears BELOW your name and follow the same instructions as above.
12. Click on your own web page and EVALUATE YOUR OWN assignment.
13. Continue to evaluate ALL other students in your class.
14. You will be graded on how well you follow these instructions and how accurately you evaluate the assignments.



Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Good morning! Welcome to Mr. Keller’s Photojournalism class.

This blog page will have all the information you need for this class. I will try to keep it as updated as possible so you always know what to expect. It will include notes, assignments, important dates, and announcements.

We will generally start every day by looking at the day’s post. Please Bookmark this site in your browser, and check here if you are absent to find out about information or assignments that you may have missed.

For the next couple of days we’re going to spend some time getting to know each other. I’m going to ask you to fill out some forms online and share some information about yourself. Please answer the questions honestly, and completely, and with as much detail as possible. The information won’t be shared with anyone else. It’s just a way for me to get to know some things about you that will help me to be a better teacher for you.  I will also be sharing some information about myself.

We’re also going to be discussing the course and what you can expect this semester. I will post new information, assignments, etc., on this blog regularly. If you are absent, check to see what you missed. All assignments will also be posted here, so you can always check to see what you should be working on and what’s coming up.

Today, I’d like you to click on the links below (in the order that they appear) and follow the instructions for each form.

1. The first one is the True Colors Personality Assessment. I’ll go over the directions with you before you begin.
True Colors

2. The second is the Myers-Briggs Personality Sorter. It’s 65, Yes-No questions about yourself. The main thing to remember when taking these assessments is that there are no right or wrong answers and no scores that are better or worse than others. They’re designed to find patterns in your answers that are similar to answers other people gave. Then it suggests some traits that might be true for you.
Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator

Click here to read more information about the Myers-Briggs. We will go over this in more detail together in class, but you can look here to see an explanation of what your score means.

After you have taken the survey, please click here to submit your score and comment on the results. 

3. Next is the Student Profile form. It’s basic information about you. Some of this is on Synergy, but it helps me to have it all in one place. You can see instructions for this in Google Classroom. To join the class, use this code: stx4jzz

4. Last is the Personal Histories Questions. These are questions about you (likes, dislikes, etc.) that will tell me some things about you that I might not know through the course of the semester. This is a great place to tell me things that you think I should know about you. Again, it won’t be shared with anyone, so please be honest.
Personal History Questions

When we get done with those, we’ll talk more specifically about the course and what to expect. If you have questions before we get to that point, feel free to let me know.

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