GDS 73 - Digital Photography Online - Weekly Instructions
Fall 2019 - Section 71009


Aug. 26 - Week 1 Instructions:

  1. Welcome to the class!
  2. Login to Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com) and download the syllabus in Canvas from the class home page near the top if you don't have it.
  3. Watch the Orientation for the class. Make sure to refer to the current version of the syllabus when viewing the orientation. The syllabus can be found in Canvas from the class home page near the top. The link to all video lectures is near the top of this page. The books or other details may have changed from the video. The current syllabus has the most up to date information.
  4. Read the General Class Information in Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com). It may be slightly different than the video or syllabus.
  5. Please let me know if you are confused or having trouble with the material. You can message me through Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com), by loggin in, clicking on the class, clicking on the linbox link on the left, and creating a message. It's like email inside the class.
  6. Search online for a deal on Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes subscriptions to Photoshop and Lightroom, which you can use for the class. We do use photoshop and Lightroom in the class. See the syllabus for other options, like if you would like the student rate for the complete Adobe CC subscription. As far as I know at this time, the best deal for the complete Adobe CC can currently be found at http://store.collegebuys.org/
    For this class you can use either the full Creative Cloud Complete plan or the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
    1. Adobe software like Photoshop and Lightroom is also available in the Academic Support Center on Campus. Check their web site for current hours. http://missioncollege.org/depts/academic_support/
  7. Assignment:
    Post in the
    "Introductions" discussion forum in Canvas. Give a short introduction to yourself, and about your expectations for the class.
    You can find the discussion forum under the Discussions link on the left or the Content Links module. I will check this to verify you are in the class. Make sure to reply to the post as soon as possible to avoid being dropped.
  8. Take the Opening Day Survey in the Week 1 module in Canvas.
  9. Watch the video on Camera Features.
    1. Note: The main criteria for a camera to use in this class is one with manual exposure controls like Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc. You could get by without these controls, but you will be limited. See below for more details and recommendations.
  10. Read pages 11-39(Getting Ready and Step 1:Meet your camera modes)in the Betterphoto Basics book. If you are buying a camera right now, you could also read pages 208-213(Buyers Guide in Additional References), and see the sites below.
  11. Here is a page on with camera buying guides by budget, camera type, etc.
  12. Check out these sites for camera suggestions
  13. Optional: Watch the video Introduction to Flickr.
    Note:
    The Flickr interface can change at any time, so the site may be slightly different from the video, but I think you can figure it out ;).
  14. Optional:
    Join our Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/gds73_online_fall19/
    1. You can share images from your assignments in the group, and see the images from other students. This is optional. I want to see how many students are interested.
    2. Sign up for Flickr.
    3. Go to the link for the group above and click join this group.

Sept. 2 - Week 2 - Instructions:

  1. Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  2. Watch the video about Exposure (the link to a page with all the video lectures is also near the top of this page). This is one of the most important videos!
  3. Optional this week: Watch the video on Exposure Modes. This may help a lot with Assignment 1, but you can do assignment 1 wihtout watching this video first if you want.
  4. Watch the video Camera Controls 1 - Point and Shoot on compact cameras, if that is what kind of camera you have.
    or
    Watch the video on Camera Controls 2 - DSLR cameras, if that is what type of camera you have.
  5. For the next 3 videos, you can follow along with your own files if you want. You will use the techniques to turn in your first assignment.

    1. Watch the video Importing with Adobe Bridge. Bridge is used with Photoshop to view and process multiple files.
    2. Watch the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom.
    3. Watch the video Web Gallery Export with Lightroom.

      Important Note:
      You may be wondering why we are talking about importing with both Photoshop/Bridge and Lightroom?
      Photoshop/Bridge and Lightroom are required for the course. Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom come with either the full Creative Cloud Complete plan or the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Many things can be done in both Lightroom and Photoshop, and photographers use both. Lightroom is better for organizing and processing lots of images, while Photoshop can do some image manipulation that Lightroom cannot, such as compositing images(assembling multiple images into one). So, we will talk about and use both, sometimes for similar functions. You can decide later which program you want to use for certain functions, situations or workflows.
  6. Assignment 1 - First Shots - Practice Assignment:
    • Go outside and shoot portraits of one person
    • Make sure to shoot original images for each assignment. Do NOT use older images that you shot before the class.
    • Try out manual controls if you have them, and if you know how to use them. Don't worry if you don't. We will go over them later.
    • Try some images posed and some candid
    • Try some images with the subject looking into the camera, and some not
    • Try some close-ups and some wider, full length shots
    • Try some with flash and without flash
    • See example 1 here
    • See example 2 here
    • Shoot at least 30 images
    • The examples have 30 images or so. You will only turn in 10.
    • Download with Lightroom(watch the video tutorials above)
    • Pick your 10 best images. Turn in your 10 best images only.
    • Make sure you have watched Importing with Adobe Bridge and Web Gallery Export with Lightroom, and turn in EITHER a web gallery, or 10 separate images.
    • You have 2 ways you can turn in the images
      • DO NOT turn in your 10 original image files. They will probably be really big.
      • Make sure you have watched Importing with Adobe Bridge and Web Gallery Export with Lightroom.
      • Option 1: Create a web gallery using Adobe Lightroom Classic. Use the procedures in the video Web Gallery Export with Lightroom to format a web gallery of your 10 images. If you do the web gallery option, please use one of the templates under the section "Classic Gallery Templates" for your gallery. In the setting panel on the right, set the image size under "Image Pages" to 1000px. Weh you submit, make sure to include all the whole folder that Lightroom makes, which has all the files inside, not just one file. If you don't include all the files, the website that Lightroom makes will not work on my end.
      • Option 2: Export 10 separate jpeg images in Lightroom to turn in. Use the procedures in the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom to format your 10 images. Export as jpeg images with a maximum dimension of 1200 pixels wide or 1200 pixels high in Lightroom. Make sure your name is on your folder before compressing the folder to submit in Canvas (See below).
    • After creating your files:
      To turn in assignments with multiple files or folders, it works best if you put all files in a folder and zip the folder. It is important to name your folder correctly BEFORE you zip it to send, so I know who's folder it is. Please name you folder like this firstname_lastname_assignX where X is the assignment number. To zip a folder on a PC, create the folder with your name on it and put the files needed in it, then right click, select "send to," and finally "compresses (zipped) folder." On a mac, control click or right click on the folder and select compress. Name the folder before compressing it, so I can see whose it is when it is uncompressed.
    • Drop your zipped file in the Assignment 1 drop box in Canvas. Check the calendar for due dates.

Sept. 9 - Week 3 - Instructions:

  1. Please take this student survey this week. It helps us in scheduling classes, funding, etc. If you have already filled it out this semester in another class, you don't need to do it again. Thanks.
    1. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDES2
  2. If you have a Canon Camera you are using, watch this video The Q Button – What Every Canon DSLR Photographer Needs to Know
  3. Make sure to watch the video on Exposure Modes if you didn't watch it last week(or watch it again since it is so great ;)
  4. Watch this video on using the histogram on your camera(Youtube video, not by Mark)
  5. Watch the video on Exposure Compensation
    • This one can help with the Locations Explorations assignment below
  6. Watch the video on Image Processing and Renaming Files with Bridge and Photoshop
    • NOTE: The Image Processor in the video can now be found in Photoshop by going to the File Menu, and then scripts. It is no longer available in Bridge as of Spr 18.
      The export dialog in Lightroom is under the file menu.
  7. Watch the video on The Benefits and Use of Tripods
  8. Watch the Joel Meyerowitz video on street photography
    • The video quality is not great, but it's a nice intro to street photography
  9. Assignment: After I post a review video for Assignment 1, watch the video, and comment on 1 image from someone else in the discussion forum called Assignment 1 Discussion. Tell us one image in the review video that you liked and why. We are looking for factors that can make a portrait more interesting or aesthetically pleasing in some way. It could be lighting, expression, etc. Basically, what can make a portrait "good", whatever that means to you? Post your first comment by Friday, and also respond to someone elses post by next Monday.
    Here is a link to the actual images for a better view.
  10. Assignment: Take Quiz 1 in Canvas which covers the reading and videos covered so far

  11. Assignment 2 - Location Explorations - Main Assignment:
    Put yourself in 2 locations, and make photographs only of subjects you can see from where you are standing, without walking around.
    You can move up or down(squat). Really look around! Change your perspective. You can turn around, get low, point up or down, etc. You can also use a tripod if you want or need to. You can also use the zoom on your lens if you want to. Pay close attention to framing, composition and exposure. Don't include people in this one. Try to create images that you like, as well as images that you think others might like. Make sure you get 10 quality images.

    Document 1 indoor scene and 1 outdoor scene with 5 quality images each. So, you should be showing 2 different locations, 5 shots each. Get as many as you can from each spot, thinking of all possible images, and then pick your best 10.

    Also, always make sure to shoot new, original images for each assignment. Please do not turn in old images that may fit the assignment.

    Take a look at some examples. Download examples here. These are from a slightly different version of this assignment, where the photographers moved between shots. You will not be moving this time(except for up and down.

    Tip: You may want to use a tripod indoors if the light is low, so you will not get blurring from camera shake.Watch the video on The Benefits and Use of Tripods(Youtube video) for more information on tripods.

    • Think about the camera settings for each shot(if your camera has manual controls).
      • f-stop(aperture)
      • shutter speed
      • ISO
      • shooting mode(manual, aperture priority, etc.)
      • general focal length(wide angle, normal or telephoto)
      • These terms are in your reading and on the terms page.
    • Experiment with the controls you do have on your camera.
    • Experiment with different angles, focal lengths, f-stops(If possible) and shutter speeds(If possible).
    • Make sure to shoot at least 1 image using each of the following settings(if your camera allows it).
      Check out pages 38 and 147-157 of the Betterphoto Basics book(if you are using the kindle version, look for aperture priority in Step 1 and Step 5), and the terms page for a description of some of these exposure modes.
      • aperture priority
      • shutter priority
      • manual exposure
      • manual focus
    • To Turn in:
    • Do not do a web gallery for this assignment. You will just turn in separate files. (See details below)
    • Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high(watch the video Image Processing and Renaming Files with Bridge and Photoshop) and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7.
      • If you don't resize to this size, Canvas might not upload the file.
      • NOTE: The Image Processor can now be found in Photoshop by going to the File Menu, and then scripts. It is no longer available in Bridge as of Spr 18.
        The export dialog in Lightroom is under the file menu.
      • You could also import into Lightroom instead of Bridge, and export from Lightroom, following the procedures in the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom. Use the same 1000x1000 pixel size from above in the export window, but use quality 70 instead of 7(The Lightroom quality slider goes to 100!)
    • Make sure your images are named like this:
      firstname_lastname_assign2_datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
      • Watch the video on image processing to rename files quickly
      • Use your own name and date of course.
      • Make sure your name is on each image.
    • Put your 10 images only in a folder named firstname_lastname_assign2(use your name), zip the folder and drop them into the Canvas drop box for the assignment.
      • To turn in assignments with multiple files or folders, it works best if you put all files in a folder and zip the folder. It is important to name your folder correctly BEFORE you zip it to send, so I know who's folder it is. Please name you folder like this firstname_lastname_assignX where X is the assignment number. Then when you zip the folder, I will know it is yours. To zip the folder: To zip a folder on a PC, create the folder with your name on it like this firstname_lastname_assignX and put the files needed in it, then right click, select "send to," and finally "compresses (zipped) folder". On a mac, control click or right click on the folder and select compress. Remember to name the folder before compressing it, so I can see who's it is when it is uncompressed.
    • Optional: Post your favorite indoor shot and your favorite outdoor shot to your flickr account and add them to the group page:

Sept. 16 - Week 4 - Instructions:

  1. Make sure to take the student survey, if you haven't already. It helps us in scheduling classes.
    1. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDES2
  2. Read Step 5 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  3. Review the terms page
  4. Watch the video What Makes a Good Photo
  5. Watch the video on Introduction to Adobe Bridge
  6. Assignment: Complete the Camera Survey Assignment in Canvas
    • Make sure to answer all the questions, using your camera manual when you need to. If you don't have your manual, you can usually download it.
  7. Read the files on thinking about photos and the file on critique procedure.
  8. Assignment 3: Collect 5 photos from a photographer of your choice. They can be the work of any kind of photographer(commercial, artist, photojournalist, etc). The work can be straight or manipulated.
    This one is due a little sooner, so we can talk about it. Check the calendar in Canvas for due dates.
    To Turn in:
    1. Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high using the image processing and save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7. You can also export at that size from Lightroom with a quality of 70.
      • If you don't resize to this size, Canvas might not upload the file.
      • NOTE: The Image Processor can now be found in Photoshop by going to the File Menu, and then scripts. It is no longer available in Bridge as of Spr 18.
        The export dialog in Lightroom is under the file menu.
      • Again, you could also import into Lightroom instead of Bridge, and export from Lightroom, following the procedures in the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom. Use the same 800x800 pixel size from above in the export window, but use quality 70 instead of 7
    2. Make sure your images are named like this:
      photographersfirstname_photographerslastname
      _assign3_datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
      • Watch the video on Image Processing and Renaming Files with Bridge and Photoshop and/or Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom to rename files quickly
    3. Upload your 5 images only to the dropbox for the assignment. Do not zip the files this this time, so other students can see later. Upload the images as 5 separate files with your submission.