Essay

14 09 2009

MDST 1070
FALL 2009
Instructor: Kate Schneider

As we have said the statement, “an image is worth is 1,000 words” is a cliché; however, a good image is worth a 1,000 questions. For this essay please choose one image and tell the story of the image, and the purpose of this assignment is to look at one image from multiple positions. The image can come from the 19th Century to the present.

To write this paper break the paper down into two main categories: the background and history of the image, and your thoughts on the image.

To get you started here is a list of questions you could answer while writing the paper. Please note that not all the questions have to answered.

BACKGROUND:
Who took the image?
What is the background of the photographer?
Why did they take the image?
What was the purpose of the image?
Is there a story to the image?
Who are the subjects?
Who was the audience?
Where and When was it take? (DATE)
What have other people said (in the past and present) about this image?

YOUR THOUGHTS
Describe the image.
What do you think of it?
What makes it a compelling image?
Is it compelling?
Why did you choose this image?

THE IMAGE MUST BE FIRST APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.

Length:     4 to 6 pages.
Formatting:    Double space, 12 pt. type, in Times.
Research:    You must cite at least FOUR sources for this paper, and NONE can come from Internet sites such as Wikipedia.
Citations:    MLA

Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in lower grade. Plagiarism will result in failure!

DUE: WEEK SEVEN AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.

IF YOU ARE LATE FOR CLASS YOU’RE PAPER WILL BE CONSIDERED A DAY LATE.





Photoshop Tools

14 09 2009

As promised, here is the PDF of the photoshop tools.

Photoshop Tools





Photo Assignment #1: Light

10 09 2009

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Walt Witman said, “”Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” For photographers, this is more than a miracle – light is essential. We use to etch an image on to the film, or a digital sensor. We use light to create mood. Light evokes a limitless number of emotions, however, it is up to the photographer to harness that light.

The style for this assignment is open-ended, but the resulting images must technically correct. I strongly urge you to use this assignment as a means to explore the ideas we have discussed in class. Good photography is based on making multiple images of a single situation, please keep this in mind and shoot more than you think you will need.

Images will be presented digitally to the class. As past of your grade, you will present your work to the class during critique. It is essential you are present for the critique process and come prepared to talk about your classmates work. Failure to do so will lower your grade. In addition to the edited images you present in class, all images from your shoot should be included in a folder titled “YOURLASTNAME-Light.” The images you will present in class will be titled “YOURLASTNAME-Light01.jpg.”A digital drop box will be set up in the classroom and the folder with your images will be handed in at the beginning of class. Note: If you are late for class the assignment will be considered a day late.

1 to 2 images edited will be due for critique on Week Four.





Photoshop: levels, color correction, and more

3 11 2008

First off, how’s everything going? How’s the shooting going? As you know, I’m away this week, but feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you want to send me images. If you want to send me images I would advise that you put the files in to its own folder and then ZIP the files. Email me if you don’t know how to do this. Also, if you are sending a large ZIP file please use the website, you send it. It’s free!

Now to Photoshop. Here are a few videos on color correction, masking and using levels. pscs3_keyboard_shortcuts_mac There’s another version to this PDF on the right side of the screen.

BASIC COLOR CORRECTION & SHARPENING:

MORE COLOR CORRECTION:

PHOTOSHOP LEVELS TUTORIAL:





Adjustment Layers & Cloning tutorials

24 09 2008

Today in class I briefly mentioned adjustment layers as a means for you to adjust an image without destructing the image. Here’s a handy video on how to do that:

Also in class today we covered the cloning stamp and the healing brush. Here’s a less than couth video on how to use these tools:





Welcome!

24 09 2008

You have reached the blog for course MDST 1070 Photography & Digital Imaging at Guelph Humber University.

All course annoucements and information will be posted through this site.

Cheers, Kate (your Prof)