The next time you’re out at lunch, take a moment to look around and see how many people are glued to their smartphones. In our culture, we are facing an increasing epidemic of lost conversation. So much time is spent focused on our little screens that we lose the opportunities for meaningful conversation and relationship building. The phone has become a vice.
In the following short article, Zack Arias did a little project capturing people on these devices, seemingly oblivious to the world around them. Do you resemble any of these people? What are your thoughts on this? Please comment below.
Read the following articles about Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. Answer the worksheet questions for homework.
Download the files below and open in Photoshop as we practice new ideas together in class.
Download the following image from Lynda.com and open it in Photoshop as we practice masking.
You will be making a fictitious magazine cover to practice using the text tool in photoshop as well as learning how to lay out graphic elements. You will be using some great images referenced from various sites as your subject.
Download the Bon Appetit image and use it as you template in photoshop. Then choose a food subject image from below as your magazine cover image.
Main subject caption with fictitious page number
3 food article references with fictitious page numbers
(Google Bon Appetite magazine to see examples)
MAGAZINE COVER blank
Download the following files, taken from Lynda.com, to use in Photoshop as we begin to practice working with layers.
LAYER STYLE EFFECTS
focus <<< wisdom_begins <<< Download these 2 files for the Photoshop lesson.
Read the following article from Digital-Photography-School about creating images.
Also, read this timely article on Frame Within A Frame to aid in your composition.
Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper. Write out the question and answers.
- What is the difference between good photographers and great photographers?
- What helps you shoot pleasing compositions, great locations and visionary editorials?
- What 5 questions should you ask yourself before photographing?
- Why does practicing shooting for a client help with creating images?
- Framing can improve your composition by doing what for your subject?
You have a camera. You learned how to turn it on. You have begun to move past the automatic stage into the creative realm where you are setting your aperture for depth of field, or your shutter speed to capture motion. Those are all good to know and valuable, but now we begin to focus our attention on the composition of our photos.
The composition of your images will either intrigue and spark interest or have no effect on the viewer. There are certain guidelines you can follow that will help to improve your overall images. One of those guidelines is the Rule of Thirds.
Read the following article from Digital-Photography-School.com that describes the Rule of Thirds and how it works. Answer the following questions on a piece of paper, writing out the question and answering it. Turn it in when finished.
1. What is the basic principle behind the rule of thirds?
2. What is a good technique for landscape shots?
3. What are important questions to ask when learning how to use the rule of thirds?
When you are finished, read this next article on composition and answer question 4.
4. What are 5 effective methods of composition? Give a brief description of each.