Category Archives: PHoto Challenge

June 10, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

I can understand and use layer masks in Photoshop.

The photographic art and eye of Michael Bilotta

Tasks:

  • I can turn in my Photo Essay.
  • I can turn in my Album Art.
  • I can turn in my Portfolio.
  • I can continue working on my Dream Image.
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June 8, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

Homegrocer.com is at the cutting edge of internet E-commerce offering customers a new way of grocery shopping through their computers. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

Homegrocer.com is at the cutting edge of internet E-commerce offering customers a new way of grocery shopping through their computers. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

June 5, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I can complete the brainstorm activitiy for the Dream Photo Challenge (not for seniors).
  • I can turn in my photo essay with four photos.
  • I can work on my Final Portfolio Project.

The photographer above, shot this as one of his series, Surrealistic Pillow, where he photographed a ton of his own dreams. Perhaps you could do the same?

For this next photo challenge, you will photograph something that could only happen in a dream. Maybe its the light that’s not quite right, maybe there are hands coming ouf of the walls, or the trees, maybe they have eyes. Maybe everyone’s face is blurred out. However you choose to show a dream like world, take us there.

Brainstorm three possible ideas you have for this photo challenge. Write down one idea on paper and hand it into me at the end of class. Please give me as much visual information as possible.

Dream photos are due in on 6/10.

June 1, 2015 – What’s Happening?

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100 life-sized cows will hit the streets of Portland for the street art display “Kows for Kids.” The cows were created by local artists and will be scattered throughout downtown Portland for three months. They will then be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations for kids. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

Learning Targets:

  • I understand the requirements for Album Cover With Line.
  • I know how to manipulate text for my Album Cover With Line photo challenge.
  • I have a resource I can use for how to alter text in photoshop.
  • I understand the requirements for the final portfolio project.

Tasks:

1. Shoot & Edit ONE PHOTO for Album Cover With Line. – Due on Wednesday, 6/3.

2. Check out Today’s Tutorial: Awesome Text Effects for your Album Art Project.

3. Start working on your FINAL PORTFOLIO PROJECT, due for Seniors Tuesday, JUNE 9th. One week later for everyone else.

Extra Credit link:

Weekend Photography

May 29, 2015 – Happy Friday & What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I understand the requirements for Album Cover With Line.
  • I know how to manipulate text for my Album Cover With Line photo challenge.
  • I have a resource I can use for how to alter text in photoshop.
  • I understand the requirements for the final portfolio project.

Tasks:

1. Look over the requirements for this week’s photo challenge: Album Cover With Line. – Due on Wednesday, 6/3.

2. Check out Today’s Tutorial: Awesome Text Effects for your Album Art Project.

3. Look over the requirements for the FINAL PORTFOLIO PROJECT, due for Seniors Tuesday, JUNE 9th. One week later for everyone else.

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For your Final Exam in this class, you will create a photo Portfolio website, which has the following:

1. A main page with the following:

  • A paragraph with an Artist Statement, a paragraph about your overall style and influences as a photographer

2.  A second page with the following:

  • Your top five favorite photos you took this term.
  • A paragraph on why you chose this image, why it stands out, and what inspired you to take this photograph?
  • The aperture, shutter speed, ISO and Focal length of each.(You can find this information on Flickr)

3. A third page with Your Personal Essay/Photo Journalism piece with five photos.

To create your portfolio, you will be using Weebly  WordPress,Google SitesCrevado, any of these will do.

In Weebly Your SubDomain will be your first name, last name, and something to do with Photography.

Choose the portfolio type of website, and a sub domain of Weebly option.

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Once you are inside, use the above interface to add pictures, pages, text, etc.

OUTSTANDING EXAMPLES ARE HERE AND HERE.

When you have all of the above completed, copy and paste the URL in the comment field below.

FINAL PORTFOLIO PROJECT IS DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD ON JUNE 9TH FOR SENIORS. JUNE 16 & 17TH FOR EVERYONE ELSE. NO LATE WORK ON THIS PROJECT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

May 27, 2015 – What’s Happening?

THIS WEEK’S PHOTO CHALLENGE: ALBUM COVER WITH LINE

YOUR PHOTO CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK IS TO CREATE YOUR OWN CLASSIC ALBUM COVER! Create your own band name, your own font that reflects the name of your made up band. USE ANY KIND OF LINE: Leading Lines, Horizontal Lines, Vertical Lines to create this image.

YOU WILL TURN IN TWO ALBUM COVERS WITH TEXT AND AN INTERESTING USE OF LINE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 3RD.

You will be graded on:

  • 2 album covers, both with an interesting use of line.
  • Use of line adds depth and interest to the photo.
  • Camera techniques: I’ll be looking to see that you incorporate techniques that add interest to your photos (POV, ROT, etc.)
  • Visibility (no blur please!) and editing
  • Employability skills
  • Thinking outside the box

Respond to this post with THREE DIFFERENT IDEAS FOR THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Student Work!

May 12, 2015 – What’s Happening

NEW ASSIGNMENT: PERSONAL ESSAY / PHOTO JOURNALISM WITH FOUR PHOTOS

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PHOTO COLLAGE FOR AMANDA MAR’S PHOTO ESSAY: REMEMBERING YOU

For this this week’s assignment you will write a 500 word Personal Essay, or photojournalism piece. You will need to take a miniumum of FOUR PHOTOS for your essay next week. You will want to choose a subject that you feel passionate about. A subject that you can easily write five hundred words with the addition of photographs. If you do not have access to a camera at home, you are not at a loss. On the contrary. Look at all the people here in this class with you. They all have stories, or their families have stories. Where did they came from? What made them who they are today? Our lives are filled with rich stories; now we just need to get their stories down on paper and using photography as a communications tool.

Examples could include first generation Ukrainian family members, where they came from, how they got out, and how they maintain their culture in a foreign land. Maybe someone you know is from Cambodia, maybe Vietnam, was there a way of doing things that is no longer here now. Maybe there is an item you could bring in, an heirloom from a family member, write about it, take pictures of it, where does it come from.

It could be about an up and coming sports star, maybe a friend of yours. An injury that sidelined an athlete for an entire season, and how it felt. The point is, stories are all around us, we just need to listen out for them.

This is not the assignment to rush through and turn it in at the last moment. The quality of this assignment will determine the quality of the photos you take the following week.

Here’s the bottom line: You may do either a photojournalism Piece or a Personal Essay. Whichever you choose will be accompanied by photographs. It’s the kind of combination of story and photographs that you would typically see in a newspaper or magazine. This week you will write the story, and next week you will make photographs.

A few things to look out for:

1. As you write this story (THIS MUST BE A TRUE STORY) think about what you will be taking pictures of. What are the moments in my essay that would be most photographable?
2. Consider making photographs for your story by bringing in objects associated with the subject, through arranging lighting to enhance those object, by incorporating with the subject you can start creating story-telling images instead of randomly taking pictures.
3. Write about something interesting! You do not want to be in the situation where you are working on a story that you have no interest in creating. If you need help brainstorming ideas talk with some classmates, or come ask me for about possible ideas.

Newspapers that have examples of Professional Photojournalism:

New York Times: http://nytimes.com
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/home-page
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/
London Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/
BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/

Examples of Student Work in recent years on Howl Heritage

Christian Brett – Wake Up Call
Ashley Shockley – More Than Baking Cookies

Sean Hauff – Skate it Away

Melaine Merryman – Belonging

Aaron Jobin – My Life is Mine

Amanda Mar – Remembering You

Dylan Smith – A View to Something Beautiful

A Wonderful Example of A Photo Essay, which is pretty close to what we are doing:
http://www.dayswithmyfather.com/

AND THIS ONE. MUCH LESS SAD!

http://www.thereluctantfather.com/

MINIMUM of 500 words!!!!!!!!

Part 1: The 500 + WORD WRITTEN assignment is due uploaded to google drive and posted to this post on or before Monday, May 18th, 2015 – DUE FRIDAY.

Part 2: The  FOUR PHOTOS are due posted to your flickr account and URLs pasted to this post before Monday June 1st, 2015.

HOW TO TURN IT IN:

Part 1: The Essay

1. Upload your file to your Google Drive Account.

2. Right click on the document in google drive. Click ‘Share’

3. Click on ‘Get Shareable Link’

4. Copy the URL for the document and paste it into the comment field below.

Part 2: The FOUR Photos

1. Upload the Four Photos to Flickr.

2. Add them to HHS Photography.

3. Copy and Paste the Flickr URLs as a comment to this post.

ACTIVITY: RESPOND TO THIS POST WITH TWO DIFFERENT IDEAS FOR WHAT YOU COULD DO FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. REMEMBER THE IDEAS HAVE TO BE THINGS THAT HAVE REALLY HAPPENED, AND MUST BE NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART.

RUBRIC FOR THE FOUR PHOTOS

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