GDES 73 - Digital Photography Online - Weekly Instructions
Summer 2017 - Section 50272

Back to Canvas


Week 1 (June 19) Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Watch the video orientation. 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.
  3. Read the General Class Information in Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com). It may be slightly different than the video or syllabus.
  4. 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/
  5. Reply to my post in the discussion forum in Canvas about your expectations for the class. You can find the discussion forum under the Discussions link on the left or the Content Links module. It has the title "My expectations for the class". 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. Please do not start a new post. It will keep us more organized if you reply to mine.
  6. Take the Opening Day Survey in the Week 1 module in Canvas.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Check out these sites for camera suggestions
  10. Watch the video Introduction to Flickr. See the note on the video page if you are using the Adobe CC version of Photoshop.
  11. Join our Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/gdes73_online_summer17/
    1. Sign up for Flickr.
    2. Go to the link for the group above and click join this group.
  12. Read Step 2 in the Betterphoto Basics book.
  13. Watch the video about Exposure (the link to all video lectures is near the top of this page). This is one of the most important videos!
  14. 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 on Importing with Adobe Bridge. Bridge is used with Photoshop to view and process multiple files.
    2. Watch the video on Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom.
    3. Watch the video on 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.
  15. 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
    • Make sure you have watched the 2 videos on Importing/Exporting and Creating Web Galleries with Adobe Lightroom, and create a web gallery with your 10 images only using the same procedure. Please use one of the templates under the section "Classic Gallery Templates" for your gallery. 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.
    • 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 whos it is when it is uncompressed.
    • Drop your zipped file in the Assignment 1 drop box in Canvas. Check the calendar for due dates.
  16. Watch the video on Camera Controls 1 on compact cameras
  17. Watch the video on Camera Controls 2 on DSLR cameras
  18. Watch the video on Image Processing and Renaming Files with Bridge and Photoshop
  19. Watch the Joel Meyerowitz video on street photography
  20. Assignment: Take Quiz 1 in Canvas which covers the reading and videos covered so far

  21. Assignment 2 - Location Scout - Main Assignment:
    Act as a location scout for a movie and document 1 indoor scene and 1 outdoor scene with 5 quality images each. So, you should be showing 2 different locations. Don't worry about people yet. Pay close attention to framing, composition and exposure. Change your perspective. You can turn around, get low, point up or down, etc. Make sure you get 10 images that you like. Always make sure to shoot new, original images for each assignment. Please do not turn in old images that may fit the assignment. Make sure to look at the examples. Download examples here.
    Make sure to shoot original images for each assignment. Do NOT use older images that you shot before the class.

    • 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:
    • Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels wide or 800 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 be found in Photoshop by going to the File Menu, and then scripts.
        In Bridge, it can be found be going to the Tools Menu, and then look for Photoshop
      • You could also import into Lightroom instead of Bridge, and export from Lightroom, following the proceedures 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(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.
    • Post your favorite indoor shot and your favorite outdoor shot to your flickr account and add them to the group page: