Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Good morning.

Today I want to talk a little more about caption/cutline writing. I’ll be checking the resubmissions for your Cropping and Composition assignment this weekend. Be sure you have fixed any captions that were incorrect.

Our next assignment is the Student Portrait. Here is a link to the assignment description for it. 

We will begin taking these photos on Monday. You will be paired with your usual partner.

Be sure to use the principles of good Composition when taking these photos. We’ll look at some examples today.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Good morning.

I’m not in the building today. Please follow these directions.

**If you are planning to take photos tonight, please email me, and I’ll make sure someone is here at the end of the day to get you a camera.** 

I have updated grades in Synergy for the Cropping and Composition assignment. Most of you did well with the photos and the cropping. We still need to work on Captions. Check the comments I made in Synergy, and work on correcting anything that I took off points for.

Captions are worth 40 points out of 100, and they are all or nothing. They are VERY important. They must be in the correct style and have all of the correct information. Misspelled names are an automatic F. Double check them. 

Once you have fixed them (change the captions in Photo Mechanic and re-export the photos to your assignment gallery), be sure to put today’s date in the Date Resubmitted column on your Index page. This will let me know that you have fixed them. If they are correct, you can get all of the points back. Save the Index page. I will upload them when I return.

Here is a link to a description of what captions need to have and how they should be written. Read this carefully, please. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Good morning.

Today I’d like you to finish up the Composition/Cropping assignment. It’s due at the end of the period.

You should have 10 photos, renamed and captioned correctly, and you should include the original and the cropped version for a total of 20 photos in the gallery. I want to see the original and then the cropped version so I can see how you improved the composition of the photos.

Export them to the 02.CompositionGallery in your Website folder, and make a link on your Index page.

You have the whole period to work. Let me know if you need help or have questions.

 

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Good morning!

Today we’re going to look at the photos you took last week, and we’re going to learn how to use Photoshop to crop them to improve the Composition.

Here is a link to a tutorial video on Cropping and Adjusting Levels/Exposure.

Here are written step-by-step instructions for cropping using Photoshop.

In Photo Mechanic click on the image you want to use (from your Original Images folder), and go to Image and select Edit Photos. This will open your photo in Photoshop. You can also drag the image from Photo Mechanic to the Photoshop icon in your Dock. (You should have already resized and saved the uncropped version of your photo to your Website Images Folder.)

Using the Cropping Tool in the tool pallette,

click and drag a box around the area of the photo that you want to keep. Once you let go of the mouse, you can make adjustments by grabbing the middle of the selection box and dragging the edges to where you want them.

Remember that you want to crop the photo so that the subject is not in the center of the photo, and cut out any distracting background elements.

Double click inside the selected area to commit the crop.

SAVE AS to your Website Images folder, BUT be sure to change the file name of the image so that it doesn’t save over top of the other image you already placed there. For example: If your first (uncropped image) was called, P3Crop.Greg.001.jpg, then name the cropped version P3Crop.Greg2.001.jpg. This way you’ll have both the Before and After versions of the photos to place on the page.

After you have placed all 6 photos on your page (Before and After versions of 3 photos) MAKE A LINK to your Cropping and Composition Page from your Index Page. Follow the directions carefully, and you’ll have no trouble.

Be sure to check your captions carefully. You should have 2 sentences for each photo. The first sentence should have all of the Who, What, Where, and When information and it should be in the correct verb tense (no -ing verbs) with people identified correctly – by first and last name and grade/job title.

Remember that Captions are 30 points of your grade out of 100, and that they are all or nothing. Be careful. Get them right.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Good afternoon!

I am out of the building today.

Today we’re going to look at how to write captions for photos. We mentioned the other day that journalistic photos tell a story and that the captions help give the reader more information than they can get just from looking at the photo. They are very important, especially in the school newspaper and yearbook.

Captions in journalism follow a specific formula. Today you’re going to learn what that looks like and practice writing captions yourself using some photos provided on the form.

Please click on this link, and follow the instructions. . The sub will go over the instructions with you before you begin. PLEASE read the directions carefully before starting. This will be graded, so do your best.

When you finish, be sure to click the Submit button at the bottom of the form. Click it at the end of the period, even if you are not finished with all of the captions. The form won’t save your answers unless you do.

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.