Here what you need to do to get started on your "Tell a Story" project:
1. Chose a compelling story. Make sure you can answer this question: Why should we be interested in this?
2. Get permission from your subject to create a story about them.
3. Make sure you have a USB to save your work in or are able to save and email your photos and InDesign file to yourself so that you can work on them again.
4. Today in class you should have with you, at least one photo for your article. Edit your first photo for your article using Camera Raw and photoshop. You want all your photos in the article to have them same "look" to them. This includes white balance, sharpness etc. Remember that in photojournalism we are not completely altering our photos.
5. Setup you page size, margins etc. when you open a new document in InDesign. Make sure the total page size is 8.5 X 11.
6. Today in class, in InDesign create the title page of your article, placing graphic frames and text frames where you think you'll want them. Create a catchy title and find a font style that fits your topic.
7. Within the text frames type out everything you know so far about your subject. Answer: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How? Make sure you write in a style that people will want to read. You are not just listing facts!!
To help you get started on your "Tell a Story" photo-journalism project I want you spend time looking at an responding to two different types of photojournalism. You will then create your own short photo essay using any subject you choose around the school.
Part A: Using the Time Magazine: Photo-Journalism link on the "Learning from Professionals" page, find one article that interests you and answer the following questions:
1. Why did you choose this story? (2 sentences or more)
2. Describe how the photos emotionally connect with you, the viewer. How can you relate to them? (2 sentences or more)
3. Read the whole text of the story. Please do not skim read, instead really take in the story.
4. Now copy and paste the most well phrased, impacting, or important sentence in the story.
5. For you, why is that the most important sentence?
6. As visual compositions, what is working well in the photos? (be specific)
Part B: Another type of photo-journalism is called a photo essay. In a photo essay the photos themselves tell the story for the most part, and next to the photos are short captions giving us more detail.
1. Using the Time Magazine: Photo Essay link on the "Learning from Professionals" page, find one essay that interests you. Look at all the photos and read the captions.
2. With a partner or by yourself, do your best to create a short photo essay using a subject that is in or around the school. It can be a simple or complex story you are capturing. Here are some ideas: Follow an ant around on their journey on the pavement, bother a teacher (WHO IS NOT IN CLASS) and document their prep time. Document aspects of the memorial garden. Act out a story of a classmate and document it.
Tell A Story!!!! What the story is, is totally your choice.
We have looked at the lives of several world famous photographers. All of them have one thing in common: They tell stories. They spend time listening and getting to know people, and they spend time looking… looking at their faces, their surroundings, what is important to them.
Your final course project will be worth 40% of your term 3 grade. Here is the challenge:
Find a compelling, interesting, unique story to tell. The story can include a person (grand parent), group of people (friends family, workers at the local 7-11) or subject that is influenced by people (impacted nature, industrial landscape). Get to know these people/places by spending time with them where they live or work. Go with them to a place where they feel comfortable. You must spend at least 24 hours with them in total.
After each time you spend with them write down as much as you can remember about them. Write down your impressions of them and their life. Make up your own questions and interview them. It would be a good idea to use your phone/video device to record their responses instead of writing them while you interview, although the recording is not mandatory. Then listen to the recording and type out the interview.
Only after spending 4 hours with them, are you allowed to compose any images of them or their surroundings.
Photograph whatever about them and their surroundings you find visually interesting. Tell their story through the images. Look at and read example articles in National Geographic. Use the advice on p182 of your textbook.
Done in a photojournalism style similar to National Geographic, your final project must include 8 - 10 strong compositions. You must fill 4 double page spreads with text and images, images taking about 75% of the space overall. Include typed paragraphs with interview content, photo-journalist’s impressions and photo captions. Page layout is up to you. We will use InDesign to do this just like your magazine cover design.
Include at least one of the special photo techniques you recently learned your self or from classmates
All images will be marked based on the composition methods and technical skills taught through out the course.
You will check your work with me on a regular basis to make sure you are on the right track.
DUE Monday, May 27 work will be included in a big art show for Grades 9 – 12
Here is some advice paraphrased from National Geographic
Emulate how our mind freezes significant moments in time and remembers that moment and our emotional connection to that moment.
Reminds people of something from their own experience
Unique composition / angle
Shows connections between people and subjects
Tells a big story in a focused way
You have to get to know your subject, spend time with them.
Can challenge the viewer and photographer to confront controversial issues
Makes a personal connection with viewers.
Can be a tool for positive change.
DUE: Tues. Apr.23, 3 or more images demonstrating photo technique + 5 - 7min teaching presentation
What have you always wanted to learn in Photography? For this one week project you will research a Photography camera technique and learn how to create a number of photo examples using that technique. This can be done in partners (no more than 2 people). You will then give a 5 - 7min presentation to the class including your images, teaching us how to use your technique. You will be the teacher during the time of your presentation.
Use photography magazines, online tutorials (video or websites), etc... I will facilitate and direct you through this independent research project. If there is any equipment that needs to made you will be responsible for it, there are a number of DIY site out there that show you how to create what you want.
We will be focusing solely on "camera techniques" and not looking at theme exploration. Make a real attempt to choose something that is outside of the usual camera tricks we know. If you can complete this project in less than a day, you need to find a bigger challenge or you are selling yourself short.
Here are a number of ideas for camera techniques if you don't know what you want to do:
Panoramas, HDR, Silhouettes (spot metering), Bokeh, Star Trails, High Speed photography, Macro Reverse Lens, Levitation, Infared photography, Time Lapse (photos- video), Dramatic portrait lighting, Panning, DIY Flash Ring photography,
Your objective in this project is to become an expert in your chosen "camera technique" and then show the class what you learned.
Below is a link to the photo class at Delview, scroll down to CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, you will find small thumbnail images, click on them to see examples of various photo techniques.
Choose 5 of your best images from your China Town street photography shoot (or whatever street location you did photography in place of this).
Edit your images carefully in camera raw then do final touchups in photoshop. Post these 5 images to your website, label them "Street Photography by Your Name". ALSO Save the images on your USB as raw files and as jpegs, label each image as "street photography.number.your name".
We will then collect the images and either print them at a photo lab or project them for a show of your work in the school.
Remember the images and advice of the street photographers you just looked at. Keep those images and advice in your head. If your camera can do it, shoot in RAW image mode. Set ISO for the light conditions (probably between 200 and 400 ISO, anything higher might get grainy)
Set your white balance to auto, or even better find something white and set a custom white balance.
Do your best to compose at least 2 of the following:
Shop with street stalls such as a vegetable market
Closeups of veggies/fruit
Candid image of a shop owner/worker
Candid image of someone on the street/sidewalk
Portrait of a shop worker, REMEMBER TO ASK PERMISSION AND INCLUDE THE CONTEXT, SURROUNDINGS OR PROPS IN IMAGE (before taking photo ask a bit of their story)
Image through wet glass
Image using strong framing or frame within a frame
Your goal is to include some element of people in all your photos even if it is just a reflection in a puddle.
Compose many photos, if you think it might be a good photo click the shutter.
Eat lunch in the area, ask your chaperone if your group wants to eat a restaurant. There are lots of delicious choices!!!
MEET AT 1:30 sharp!! At the corner of Taylor St & Keefer St
Bring images on USB to lab on Tues. Apr.2
On the "Learning from the Professionals" page click on the link "50 Breathtaking Street Photos". Take time to really really look at all 50 images, they are amazing!! Learn from how they are composed, how the peoples character is expressed, use of light, how the images tell a story, etc. Spend atleast 20min looking and learning. Then pick 5 images. On your projects start a new post: describe each image ("old lady selling fruit"), describe the story, tell us why you like it. 3 sentences per image.
Click on the link "10 Things you can learn from Garry Winogrand" which you will find on the "Learning from the Professionals" page. Read the WHOLE article and for each of the ten things write on or two sentences in your own words telling us what you learned. You should have atleast 10 well thought out sentences when you are done. Your write up on your projects page. Title it "10 Things I learned from Garry Winogrand"
Read and know the main points from p60 - 63, 66 - 67, and the articles I gave you called "Perfect Exposure Every Time" and "Using your light meter"