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.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Good morning!

Today we’re going to discuss Classroom Expectations. I know you’re excited about this.

Most of my rules and expectations are probably similar to other teachers’, but some are particular to this class. We’ll go over them today, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask or email me later.

I’m also going to be giving you a form today that I need you to sign and have your parent/guardian sign and return by Friday.

Remember that the new tardy policy begins TODAY.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Good morning.

Today is a PLC day, so we have a shortened class schedule, and there won’t be sound announcements this period. We are being asked to present a slideshow about the new Tardy Policy which will go into effect starting tomorrow. Here is a link to the slides for future reference. 

After this, I’d like you to finish up the Personal Histories Questions and the Student Profile that we started yesterday. These are in your Google Classroom folder and will be due at the end of the period.

Some of you have completed them, but I would encourage you to look back especially at the Personal Histories Questions and make sure that you have answered all of the questions with as much detail as possible. Please give more than a one-word answer, and be sure that you have answered all parts of each question.

Tomorrow we will talk more about the course and what to expect for this semester.

Thanks, and have a great day.

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

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

This class meets third period, which is the school communications period. This means that Sound Announcements will take place at the beginning of the period. They can also be found here on the Advocate Online website (lhsadvocate.com) by clicking on the LHS Announcements Tab.

Please listen quietly and carefully to the announcements each day. 

[After announcements, you will have the opportunity to stand and recite The Pledge of Allegiance as it is read over the sound system. This is entirely OPTIONAL for you. You are not required to stand and/or recite the pledge. You may choose whether or not to participate, but if you opt not to, I ask that you remain quiet out of respect for those who wish to. Thanks for your cooperation.]

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. If you need to access it directly from another computer, the URL is: http://wp.lps.org/lhsphotojournalism/

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.

Later we will discuss Classroom Expectations, but for today, I want you to know about two rules to keep in mind from the beginning:

1. Cell Phones are not allowed at any time during class. Please do not have them out or even visible during class.

2. Food and Drinks are also not allowed in class at any time. You may leave items on the desk by the door, but please do not have anything out in the rest of the room.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

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. First 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 classes, use this code: qbu3idg

4. Next are 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.
These questions are also in Google Classroom

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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And remember that you can always send me an email at gkeller@lps.org if you have questions or concerns.

Thanks, and have a great semester!

~Mr. Keller