Friday, May 18, 2018

Good morning.

Today you should be working on your Photo Essay and/or your Portfolio. I’ll be around to help and answer questions. Let me know if you need anything.

An issue has come up with Photo Mechanic. Your photos for the Portfolio all need to be in one folder so you can make a gallery of them, but Photo Mechanic won’t let you copy the photos from one folder to your Portfolio images within the program. The solution is to select the photo you want, go to File and choose “Copy Photos,” but save them to your Desktop. Then you can manually move them to your Portfolio Images folder in your Photos Master folder. Make your Gallery from that folder. Let me know if you need help doing that, and help each other if I’m not immediately available.

Remember that for the Final Exam on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. we’ll have a test on caption writing (your favorite thing), and then we’ll present portfolios. Each of you will come to my desk, and we’ll project your 10 best photos for everyone to see. I’d like you to show us each photo, and talk about a couple of them (maybe your two favorites). Just say why you think they are your best work or if there’s an interesting story about how you took the photo. You get 50 points for presenting your portfolio.

Grades are updated on Synergy not including the News Package. Let me know if you have questions. I’ll be conferencing with you individually today about the News Packages. Some of you weren’t finished when we exported them. If you know you have changes/additions to make, you can resubmit that by Monday. I’m going to try to conference with you individually today about them.

Exporting your News Package

Good morning.

Let’s see if we can get the News Packages completed today. When you are finished, Export the final video to your Photos Master folder on the server by clicking on the share icon in the top right corner. 







Then choose to export it as a File.






Title it: NAME_Newspackage.mp4.

This will take a bit of time. Be sure you don’t close out of iMovie until the video is finished exporting.

You will see a progress circle in the upper right corner showing you how much is left to process.



A message will pop up letting you know when it’s done.







After you finish uploading your video, be sure to turn in your Storyboard.

In Google Classroom, you will find an Evaluation form. Please fill that out as well. Watch your video and give yourself points for the various elements.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Good morning!

We should begin shooting footage for the News Package today and Monday. You can do your standup last if you need to along with your Reporter’s Track (the audio that will go over the clips that don’t have people speaking).

I’ll be looking at your Storyboards today so we can develop a plan for shooting.

Be sure you have your Sound Bites done by Tuesday of next week if possible, so we can start putting things together on Wednesday.

Go through the Checklist at the bottom of your Storyboard to make sure you have all of the kinds of shots you need:
___ Establishing Shot – Visuals during the voiceover that show where the story takes place.
___ Close Up – Focus on something in detail.
___ Wide Shot – Show the person or subject in their surroundings.
___ Interesting Angle – Shoot from a different perspective (low, high, angled).
___ B-Roll – Video clips that show background to the story.
___ Stand Ups – The reporter is talking to the camera, maybe showing or demonstrating something.

___ Audio –
___ Reporter Track
___ Nat Sounds
___ Sound Bites

Titles: *These weren’t listed on the Storyboard
___ Subtitles identifying anyone who is recorded – If you selected a Theme, there are some options at the top of the Titles menu that will include the graphics that go with that theme. Or you can click on the Titles tab and select something like Standard Lower Third which will add the title to the bottom left of the screen. Be sure to identify people by name and grade/job title.

Here are remaining deadline dates for this project: 
Wednesday 5/2: Finish shooting any Sound Bites or B-Roll, etc. Fill out Checklist on Storyboard.
Thursday 5/3: All footage shot (including Standup). Import clips and add to Timeline. Edit.
Friday 5/4: Record and lay down the Reporter’s Track.
Monday 5/7: Work on Final Edits – Transitions, Titles, Themes, etc. Export to Server Folder
Tuesday 5/8: Film Festival – We’ll present your News Packages to the class and give feedback.


Good morning!

Today I’d like you to do some practicing with iMovie using some video and audio clips located on our server.

First: Connect to the server – Go to the Go menu at the top of your screen in the Finder Window and select Connect to Server.

Enter this text exactly: smb://

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. 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

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 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: 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.