Digital Photography is an introduction to the language of visual communication. Be ready to learn some of the history of Photography as well as to begin the process of learning about the possibilities of using Adobe Photoshop to enhance your own photos.
What is this class really all about? It’s about getting you ready for an excellent life! To have everything you want in life you will need to be a great communicator.
Day 1 Question
First, a question: If a photo (or image) is edited on the computer, altered or doctored in some way, is it still Art? Is it less Art that the photo that another person took with a traditional camera? Why or why not? Please write a half page answer using complete sentences in your notebook. Turn in to your Edmodo site.
Students are not required to purchase a personal digital camera. However, because of the shortage of cameras, students are encouraged to bring or purchase their own cameras if possible.
As we will be sharing a computer lab with another teacher (and with other classes) please respect the computers and the room. I will ask that you practice smart lab etiquette by always leaving the room a little cleaner than you found it. Remember to log out fully before you leave so that no one but you has access to your files.
To check out a camera you will need to use your student ID, testing the camera and checking the contents both before and after you use it.
This class is about you learning to communicate better, in writing, speech, & using the medium of digital photography! It can be difficult, sometimes tougher than you math or science class. Why?
It can be difficult, sometimes tougher than you math or science class. Why?
Math problems have the same answer for ALL kids in the room- you get it right when your answer matches everyone else’s! Writing can use a formula to teach you how to build a paragraph, an essay.
This class has projects that are works of ART. Each student’s answer to the question is uniquely her own. We could and should have 38 completely different solutions to the exact same problem. Sometimes the teacher acts only as a guide towards solutions- the teacher cannot come up w the answers for you! As a student you are used to asking questions and getting answers- this class will challenge you to ask better questions of yourself. Sometimes the teacher will answer your question with another question.
We will focus on two major concepts: learning to be an amazing photo taker, and learning the in’s and out’s of Adobe Photoshop for editing and manipulating those pictures.
This class is also about making you better prepared for the world of employment.
Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance. NACE gave each a rating on a 5-point scale, where 5 was extremely important, 4 was very important, 3 was somewhat important, etc.:
1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others
End of Semester One: Vote on three categories…
After you choose your best entries this week, optimize them for the web, then turn them in to the folders marked “Best Image” and “Best Original Photo”, then vote after looking at the gallery on my website…
- Best Image (includes all assignments, not just photos)
- Photoshop Master – who has the best skills?
- Best Original Photo (must be shot by you)
End of the Year Awards:
- Most Improved
- Hardest Worker
- Photoshop Master
You will all vote as a class for each of these awards. You may only vote once for each, you cannot vote for yourself. On the last day of class before Final Week, we will have an awards ceremony.