Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Good morning.

I hope you enjoyed your Cold Day Off yesterday.

Today:
Check your Website Online – Login and Password on board
– First Photos

– Links working and photos showing up correctly
– Check Captions
Add Name and Photo to Index Page
Read instructions for next assignment: Composition and Cropping. 

Today, I want you to be sure to check online to make sure your website is loading correctly and that your photos are showing up. I have uploaded your website folders, so everything that you have done should show up correctly.

Click on the link here (or above) titled: Student Pages 2019.2. Then click on your name to see your live website. Check the board for the login and password for your page. 

 

**Change of plan due to technical difficulties. The server is undergoing some maintenance, so you won’t be able to check your live websites yet. Instead, to make sure things are working, I’m going to have you go to your Website folder and double click on your Index page to open it in a browser. This will simulate what it will look like when it goes live. Follow the directions below. I will be conferencing with you individually to look at what you still need to do.

Click on the link for your First Photos assignment, and make sure the photos appear correctly when you click on the thumbnail. Be sure your Captions appear as well and that your background is black and the titles and captions are in white.

You should also have your Name at the top of your Index page (Home Page) and a photo of yourself in the box to the left. You can use your Synergy photo or another (appropriate) photo of your choice. Here is a video showing you what to do. 

If something is not working, tell me immediately. If your website is 100% okay, please read the instructions for our next assignment: Composition and CroppingBe sure to click on the link that talks about the Rule of Thirds for some examples.

We will go over these together as a class tomorrow, and we will plan to begin taking photos on Monday. 

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Good morning.

Today we’ll go over the next steps in processing your photos for the First Photos assignment. You’ll need to have all of this done by the end of class TOMORROW (Tuesday). 

Once you have Renamed and Captioned your photos, the next step is to Export them to your Website Folder which is on the Journalism Server. We’ll make a shortcut to that folder as well.

The last step is to Make a Link from your Home Page to the First Photos Gallery. You’ll open that page in Dreamweaver to make changes. You will also need to personalize your Home Page by adding your Name and a Photo of yourself. Directions are on the page.

Make sure when you finish that step, you ask me to Upload Your Website, and check ONLINE to make sure the link is working and that your photos are showing up correctly.

 

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Good morning.

Now that you have taken and downloaded photos, it’s time to move on to the next steps.

Here is a link to written step-by-step instructions for your reference. Everything you need to know is here.

I also have some tutorial videos that I would like you to watch today to get things set up. Please click on the links below, and follow the actions in the videos. Some have audio, some do not. Once you have finished with one, go on to the next video.

1. Adding Apps to your Doc
2. Connecting to the Server and Making Folders and Shortcuts
3. Uploading Photos to a Folder on the Server
4. Photo Mechanic Preferences  (This will download a video to your computer. Double click on it to launch in Quicktime. 
5. Making a Gallery in Photo Mechanic

 

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Good morning. Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.

Today you will continue taking photos with your partner. If you took photos on Friday, your partner will take photos today.

Take some photos for your First Photos assignment.

Be sure to SIGN OUT in the binder on the table by the door. Include your name, the date, the camera number, and what you’re taking photos of.

The FIRST photo you take should ALWAYS be a photo of your ID, so we can tell who took the photos.

You’ll go out in pairs. One person will take photos, and the other will assist. For this assignment, I’m not looking for anything in particular. I want you to get comfortable using the camera. I would like you to experiment with the settings that we talked about last week. Change the shutter speed and aperture to see how it affects your photos. We’ll look at the results next week.

Remember to get photos of student IDs so we can identify people, and take a photo of the sign outside the door to any classroom that you enter.

Remember also to be on your BEST behavior in the halls and in classrooms.

Be back in the classroom by 9:40 so we have time to download the photos to your computer.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Good morning.

Today you’re going to go out and take some photos for your First Photos assignment.

You’ll go out in pairs. One person will take photos, and the other will assist. For this assignment, I’m not looking for anything in particular. I want you to get comfortable using the camera. I would like you to experiment with the settings that we talked about yesterday. Change the shutter speed and aperture to see how it affects your photos. We’ll look at the results next week.

Remember to get photos of student IDs so we can identify people, and take a photo of the sign outside the door to any classroom that you enter.

The FIRST photo you take should ALWAYS be a photo of your ID, so we can tell who took the photos.

Remember also to be on your BEST behavior in the halls and in classrooms.

 

 

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Good morning.

Today we’re going to talk about the basics of photography. I’d like you to take notes again. You can use the same document that you used yesterday for the chapter on photojournalism.

When we talk about a good photograph, our main concern is on Exposure. That means how an image is captured by the camera, specifically how much LIGHT reaches the images sensor in the camera.

There are three main functions on the camera that control the amount and quality of light entering the camera:

  1. Aperture (measured in f-stops)
  2. Shutter (and shutter speed)
  3. ISO – International Organization of Standardization (light sensitivity of the image sensor)

Today we’re going to get a clear understanding of these terms/functions so that we know how to set the camera to get the best possible exposure.

We will adjust these settings differently, depending on what kind of shot we want and what our conditions are.

Tomorrow we’ll plan to go out in the building and take some photos. We’ll adjust the settings in various environments to see what the effects are on our photos.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Good morning.

Today we’re going to start with the PBIS Lesson. Today’s lesson is on Connection Circles. We’ll review what they look like and what the expectations are, and then we’ll do one.

After that, we’ll take a look at some of the photos you chose as examples of good photojournalism. As we do this, I want you to think about:

  1. What are the good qualities of the photo itself? What makes it a good photograph as opposed to just a snapshot?
  2. What story is the photo telling?
  3. How did the photographer get this shot? Where did they have to be? What did they have to do ahead of time to get ready for the shot?

As we begin taking photos ourselves, keep these things in mind. What can you do to make your photos the best they can be?

Tomorrow we’ll go over basic functions of the camera, settings, and tips for taking sports photos. 

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Good morning.

Today I’d like you to finish up the Photojournalism Examples slideshow. (See the directions in last week’s post.)

Be sure to include a statement about what makes each one a good photo. By that I mean that I want you to say what’s good about the photo itself. What qualities make this a good photo? What did the photographer do well?

These are DUE TODAY at the end of the period. 

We’ll also talk briefly about sports photography (specifically, where to be while taking photos at a sporting event and how to set the camera). Be sure that you have signed up for at least one game by the end of the period today. Here is the link to the signup sheet.

Later in the week we’ll look at the parts and functions of the cameras, and we should be able to begin taking photos by Friday.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Good morning.

Today we’ll quickly go over the course outline now that everyone is here, and then you’ll have time to work on the activity we started yesterday.

Also, everyone, please take a look at the Winter Sports Signup sheet, and select at least one (you may sign up for as many as you like) sports event to cover for the Sports Assignment. Just add your name in the Photoj column on the spreadsheet next to the event that you can cover. I need coverage of all of these sports, but I only want one photographer per game/sport, please, so that each sport has at least one person covering it.I really need photos of girls JV, Reserve, and Freshman Basketball.

If you have issues finding a game you can cover, come talk to me, and we’ll figure something out.

REMEMBER, if you sign up for something, I expect you to cover it. Let me know immediately if you need to make any changes.

If you were at the grade level assembly yesterday, here are the directions for the activity we did in class. Please work on this today. It will be due on Monday.

Yesterday’s assignment: 

Today we’re going to look on the internet for photos that you think are good examples of Photojournalism. We talked a little bit yesterday about the difference between art photography and photojournalism. We said that photo-journalistic images tell a story as opposed to just being aesthetically pleasing (pretty). That’s what you should be looking for.

Assignment: Find at least 10 examples of good photojournalism. You can do this a few different ways:
1. Do an image search for the term “photojournalism.”
2. Search for specific topic or event.
3. Find online newspapers and magazines, and look at their photos.

Step 1:
Make a New Folder on your Desktop (go to File and select New Folder), and title it: WebPhotos.Name (include your actual name).

Step 2: (Be sure you have clicked on the Largest image possible. Do NOT save thumbnail images, because it will be too small. You may have to click on the “Visit” button to get to the actual page where the image appears. Click on it to see the Full Sized Image.
Save the image – Right click on your mouse or hold down the Control Button on your keyboard and click on the image (then select Save Image As from the menu and navigate to the folder on your Desktop. Click on the arrow next to the file name to expand the window.

This will allow you to navigate to the folder on your desktop.)

You can also dragthe image from the web page directly into your folder.

Step 3: There is a Google Slide Presentation that has been created for you in Google Classroom. Use this to place your photos AND the caption information for that photo (if any).

Copy and Paste any information you can find out about the photo onto the slide in the text box below the photo that you place.

Include the following:

  • 1. caption information (who/what it is a photo of, where/when it was taken, etc.)
  • 2. the photographer’s name (if given)
  • 3. the URL (web address) that the photo came from
  • 4. a description of why you think it’s a good photo

Continue this process until you have 10 photos. We will share these on Monday and discuss what makes the photos good examples of photojournalism.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Good morning.

There are grade-level assemblies this morning during periods 2, 3, 4, and 5. If you are a sophomore, you will need to go to the Ted Sorensen Theatre this period for your assembly. 
Fourth period will be for seniors, and 5th period will be for juniors.

Today we’re going to look on the internet for photos that you think are good examples of Photojournalism. We talked a little bit yesterday about the difference between art photography and photojournalism. We said that photo-journalistic images tell a story as opposed to just being aesthetically pleasing (pretty). That’s what you should be looking for.

Assignment: Find at least 10 examples of good photojournalism. You can do this a few different ways:
1. Do an image search for the term “photojournalism.”
2. Search for specific topic or event.
3. Find online newspapers and magazines, and look at their photos.

Step 1:
Make a New Folder on your Desktop (go to File and select New Folder), and title it: WebPhotos.Name (include your actual name).

Step 2: (Be sure you have clicked on the Largest image possible. Do NOT save thumbnail images, because it will be too small. You may have to click on the “Visit” button to get to the actual page where the image appears. Click on it to see the Full Sized Image.
Save the image – Right click on your mouse or hold down the Control Button on your keyboard and click on the image (then select Save Image As from the menu and navigate to the folder on your Desktop. Click on the arrow next to the file name to expand the window.

This will allow you to navigate to the folder on your desktop.)

You can also dragthe image from the web page directly into your folder.

Step 3: There is a Google Slide Presentation that has been created for you in Google Classroom. Use this to place your photos AND the caption information for that photo (if any).

Copy and Paste any information you can find out about the photo onto the slide in the text box below the photo that you place.

Include the following:

  • 1. caption information (who/what it is a photo of, where/when it was taken, etc.)
  • 2. the photographer’s name (if given)
  • 3. the URL (web address) that the photo came from
  • 4. a description of why you think it’s a good photo

Continue this process until you have 10 photos. We will share these on Monday and discuss what makes the photos good examples of photojournalism.