GDS 73 - Digital Photography Online - Weekly Instructions
Fall 2021 - Section 71758


Aug. 30 - Week 1 Instructions:

  1. Note: If you have not done this already, try to figure out a regular(maybe daily)time when you can work on the class. It can help in online classes. Procrastinating is not advised ;)
    There are some other good tips for online learning here at
    8 STRATEGIES FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN ONLINE 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. See the class links sidebar on this page for Canvas and online learning related links.
  4. 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.
  5. Read the General Class Information in Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com). It may be slightly different than the video or syllabus.
  6. Please let me know if you are confused or having trouble with the material. Post most or all of your questions in the question discussion forum in Canvas under the discussions link. If your question is more personal, you can message me through Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com), by logging in, clicking on the class, clicking on the inbox link on the left, and creating a message. It's like email inside the class.
  7. Optional Office hours: Generally Mondays 4:30PM - 6:00PM and Tuesdays 10:30AM - 12:30PM through Zoom. Check the Announcements section in Canvas for links to the zoom office hours. You can talk to me live at those times to ask questions, etc.
  8. Assignment:
    Post text and an image in the
    "Introductions" discussion forum in Canvas.
    1. Give a short introduction to yourself, and about your expectations for the class.
    2. Post an image you have already taken, and tell us why YOU like it. You can post an image from a phone if you don't know how to download images from a camera. You can email the image to yourself if necessary to get it on a computer, or plug your camera or phone into your computer if you know how to do that. (We will be learning all this stuff this semester, so don't worry if you don't know how to do things yet). The instructions to post an image in a Canvas Discussion are here.
    3. You can find the discussion forum under the Discussions link on the left or in the Week 1 Module under the modules link. 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.
  9. Mission College tutoring is now online, and there is tutoring for some of our classes if you need it.
  10. We do use Photoshop and Lightroom Classic in the class.
    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.
    For this class you can use either the full Creative Cloud plan or the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
    1. You can also find current the Adobe Creative Cloud for Semester License at http://store.collegebuys.org/. This might be the best deal right now at $39.99 for 6 months
    2. Adobe software like Photoshop and Lightroom are usually available in the Academic Support Center on Campus(not currently available due to Covid-19). Check their web site for current hours. http://missioncollege.edu/depts/academic_support/
    3. Please let me know if you do not have adequate computer hardware, internet access, or can't afford the $40 for the Adobe software. Mission College may be able to help with the Adobe License for the semester if you are unable to afford the $40.
  11. Take the Opening Day Survey in the Week 1 module in Canvas.
  12. 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.
    2. Here is a page on with camera buying guides by budget, camera type, etc.
    3. There is a guide here with cameras that have manual controls that would work for the class.
    4. A cell phone is not really good enough.
  13. Check out this page on Exposure Modes, which are important in the class(your camera needs to have these modes). We will talk a lot more about these modes in the class.
  14. Check out these sites for more camera suggestions
  15. 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 ;).
  16. Optional:
    Join our Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/gds73_online_fall2021/
    1. You can share images from your assignments in the group, and see the images from other students. This is usually optional.
    2. Sign up for Flickr.
    3. Go to the link for the group above and click join this group.

Sept. 6 - Week 2 - Instructions:

  1. There are a few videos this week, but some are optional. There won't be this many every week, so don't worry. We want to get going quickly with the photography :).
  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. Watch the video on Exposure Modes. This may help a lot with Assignment 1, but you can do assignment 1 without watching this video first if you want.
  4. For Canon Users. Watch the video Camera Controls 1 - Canon SLR on digital SLR cameras. This one goes over a Canon Camera, which a lot of you have, but it also will help with any digital SLR.
  5. Optional this week for Canon Users: Watch the video on Camera Controls 2 - Menus and Quick Control(Canon) , if that is what type of camera you have. I would highly recommend this video if you have a Canon camera, and it can also help with most other digital Cameras, because a lot of the concepts are the same.
  6. For Nikon users. Watch the video on Camera Controls 3 - Nikon SLR, if that is what type of camera you have. It is not as in depth as the first 2 camera control videos, but covers some Nikon specific things.
  7. Optional: Watch the video on Camera Controls 4 - Point and Shoot, if that is what type of camera you have. I think most of you have a larger camera, but some may have a smaller, compact camera.
  8. For the next 2 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 and Exporting files with Lightroom.
    2. Watch the video Web Gallery Export with Lightroom.
    3. Please let me know if you do not yet have access to Lightroom Classic. The Adobe Creative cloud with Lightroom Classic is available for $40/six months at https://foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys

      Important Note:
      You may be wondering why we are talking about importing with both Photoshop/Bridge and Lightroom Classic?
      Photoshop/Bridge and Lightroom Classic 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 Classic and Photoshop, and photographers use both. Lightroom Classic 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.
  9. Optional: Here is more information on importing into Lightroom Classic from Adobe if you want to check it out.
  10. Optional: Here is a video from Adobe with more information on exporting and printing from Lightroom Classic.
  11. Optional: In the discussion forums, there is an optional forum to post images that you are taking that you would like to share with the class. Feel free to share there and/or in the flickr group so we can see what everybody is doing, outside of assignments.
    1. Here is how to embed an image into a discussion.
    2. Here is how to embed an image from your Canvas files into a discussion.
  12. Check out Chapter One. Shooting Natural Light Portraits Like a Pro from The Digital Photography Book, Part 5:Photo Recipes for tips that will help with Assignment 1. We will come back to this information later too.
  13. Assignment 1 - First Shots - Practice Assignment:
    • Go outside and shoot portraits of one person
    • Note: Since you may be in a restricted environment due to Covid-19, you should choose someone from your household to shoot pictures of for this Assignment. Please DO NOT need to take any risks or break any rules to do this assignment. Be safe. You can shoot these at your home with someone in your household. Please let me know if you do not have anyone else at your location that you can photograph.
    • We are just getting started, so don't worry if you think your images aren't what you would like.
    • 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 5.
    • Download with Lightroom(watch the video tutorials above)
      • Please let me know if you do not yet have access to Lightroom Classic. The Adobe Creative cloud with Lightroom Classic is available for $40/six months at https://foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys
    • Pick your 5 best images. Turn in your 5 best images only.
    • Make sure you have watched Importing with Adobe Bridge , Web Gallery Export with Lightroom, and Renaming Files in Bridge and Submitting Assignments in Canvas, and turn in EITHER a web gallery, or 5 separate images.
    • You have 2 ways you can turn in the images
      • DO NOT turn in your 5 original image files. They will probably be really big.
      • Make sure you have watched Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom 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 5 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. When 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 5 separate jpeg images in Lightroom Classic to turn in. Use the procedures in the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom to format your 5 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. 13 - Week 3 - Instructions:

Note: Tuesday online Office Hours are moving to Friday 10:30-12:30 for this week only.

  1. Read this short article on the use of diagonal lines in photographs. Using Diagonal Lines in Photography. Strong use of diagonal lines is extra credit for Assignment 2 below.
  2. You should also take a look at the sections on Horizontal Lines, Vertical Lines and Diagonal Lines in Ch. 3 of the Book, The Photographers Eye, by Michael Freeman. This should be available online through your free access to Oreilly.com, like the earlier reading. If you are having trouble getting free access to this content see the instructions here. This is a great book on thinking like a photographer and has lots of good insight on how to be a a better one. We will be looking at this book more during the semester. It does look a lot better in the actual print format vs the online version, so if you have the money, I would suggest getting a print version, but you don't have to.
  3. Optional: If you have a Canon Camera, here is another video on The Q Button – What Every Canon DSLR Photographer Needs to Know
  4. Make sure to watch the video on Exposure Modes if you didn't watch it yet(or watch it again since it is so great ;)
  5. Watch this video on using the histogram on your camera(Youtube video, not by Mark)
  6. Important: Watch the video on Exposure Compensation
    • This one can help with the Locations Explorations assignment below
  7. Watch the video Importing with Adobe Bridge. Bridge is used with Photoshop to view and process multiple files.
  8. 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.
  9. Optional: Watch the video Renaming Files in Bridge and Submitting Assignments in Canvas. This can help with submitting assignments.
  10. Watch the video on The Benefits and Use of Tripods
  11. Watch A Master at Work: Sir Don McCullin Kolkata, which shows one of the great photographers at work.
  12. Optional: Watch the Joel Meyerowitz video on street photography
    • The video quality is not great, but it's a nice intro to street photography
  13. Assignment 2 - Location Explorations - Main Assignment:
    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 see the extra credit below.

    Put yourself in the 2 locations, and make photographs only of subjects you can see from where you are standing, without walking around. Again, since you may be in a restricted environment due to Covid-19, you can choose safe ans accessible locations, such as at home or wherever you are. Please DO NOT need to take any risks or break any rules to find both locations. Home is fine if that works.

    Requirements:

    • Incorporate clear diagonal lines into at least 4 of your images. Diagonal lines can add dynamic energy to your images, help guide the eye of the viewer, and create depth.
    • Don't include people in this one.
    • Make sure you get 10 quality images.
    • Also, always make sure to shoot new, original images for each assignment. Please do not turn in old images that may fit the assignment.

    More tips:

    • 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 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.
    • You can also use the zoom on your lens if you want to.
    • Pay close attention to framing, composition and exposure.
    • Try to create images that you like, as well as images that you think others might like.
    • 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).
    • Try to shoot at least 1 image using each of the following settings(if your camera allows it).
      See the video from last week, Watch the video on Exposure Modes, and the terms page for a description of some of these exposure modes.
      • aperture priority
      • shutter priority
      • manual exposure
      • manual focus

    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.

    • 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 Classic instead of Bridge, and export from Lightroom Classic, 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. 20 - Week 4 - Instructions:

  1. I am posting the new weekly materials for the following weeks a little early(Saturday or Sunday), so you can see a bit ahead. Make sure to check the calendar for due dates. Assignments should also show up under your To Do list on the canvas home page. Also, I usually finish grading within a week after the due date, often earlier, so check the gradebook for grades and comments periodically. I think you may get notifications on grades too, depending on your Canvas settings.
  2. Another Note: If I mention Lightroom in the class, I am almost always talking about Lightroom Classic, which is the desktop version of lightroom, not the one named just Lightroom, which is more mobile oriented. Confusing huh? Adobe did it not me ;)
  3. Mission College tutoring is now online, and there is tutoring for this class if you need it.
  4. Reading for this week.
    Go over Chapter One. The Image Frame from The Photographers Eye
  5. Review the terms page
  6. Read the files on thinking about photos and the file on critique procedure.
  7. Watch the video What Makes a Good Photo
  8. Assignment: Take a look at the images submitted for Assignment 1, and then comment on 1 image from someone else in the discussion forum called Assignment 1 Discussion. Tell us one image from the assignment 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?
    Read the files on thinking about photos and the file on critique procedure for ideas on what to talk about. Here is the link to the files from Assignment 1 to use for the discussion.
  9. Watch the video on Introduction to Adobe Bridge
  10. 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.
  11. 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. Check the calendar in Canvas for due dates.
    To Turn in:
    1. Resize your images to a maximum dimension of 1200 pixels wide or 1200 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 or higher, or see other methods below.
      • 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 can also now export directly from Bridge using the export panel as of Bridge 2020. See the quick tip on exporting to jpegs from Bridge here.
      • You could also import into Lightroom Classic instead of Bridge, and export from Lightroom Classic, following the procedures in the video Importing and Exporting files with Lightroom. Use the same 1200x1200 pixel size from above in the export window, but use quality 70 instead of 7(The Lightroom quality slider goes to 100!)
    2. Make sure your images are named like this:
      photographersfirstname_photographers lastname
      _assign3_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. You could also export from Bridge 2020.
    3. Upload your 5 images only to the assignment in Canvas. Do not zip the files this this time, so other students can see later. Upload the images as 5 separate files with your submission.