A beginning course that teaches students how to use a digital camera & digital darkroom skills

Designed to educate students on how to use industry standard digital editing software, hardware and digital camera equipment. Instruction in design, rules of composition, history of photography, master photographers and careers in photography are covered. The CA Visual Art Standards create the framework for students learning skills related to digital camera uses.

Smoke Effect Brush

Adobe Photoshop already comes pre-loaded with several BRUSH options. So far we have just used a round soft or hard edge brush but for this assignment we will load a custom brush that represents SMOKE.

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Please follow the directions given to complete the 6 Smoke Brush images.

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We will also use the same technique using a PARTICLE brush and complete 6 Particle Brush images

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Andy Warhol Inspired Effect

When Warhol began to experiment with screenprinting in the 1960’s, the practice was not a widely used medium. It was a lengthy process that required an exorbitant amount of patience and a keen eye for detail. It was also not unanimously understood as an art form, due to the interference of a machine, which created skepticism by many whose traditional views of art required direct contact between the artist and his choice medium. The replication of pop figures and celebrities was done in a variety of colors and mass produced into large panels.

WARHOL YOURSELF in PHOTOSHOP

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Assignment: You will take 6 images and create a panel of Warhol inspired digital silkscreen panels.

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WATERCOLOR EFFECT

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For this assignment you will be learning more about the BLEND MODES for LAYERS. Provided for you are a set of digitally scanned sheets of watercolor paper and a raw watercolor paper. We will use the BLEND MODES Screen, Multiply, Darken, and Overlay to begin. Screen allows the watercolor to be visible though only the dark areas of your photograph and Multiply allows you to see it though the white areas. watercolorportrait_celeste

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MAKING A CLONE

Using the Photoshop Layers and MASK techniques learned previously we will be able to combine multiple photographs as layers and reveal the CLONES.

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By taking multiple photos with your body in different areas of the frame we will combine them in Photoshop. Start with two images and drag one on top of the other. Add a mask to Layer 1 and paint black into the mask to hide the area where your body is located in the Background layer. Once done please flatten the layer and then repeat with the next image.

BORN INTO BROTHELS: Documentary Film

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https://vimeo.com/56717860

MOVIE DISCUSSION GUIDE

In your Photography Teams answer the following questions below and post to your website

1. What human rights issues are illustrated in the film? What international laws are
in place to stop or prevent those abuses?
2. In the beginning credits of the film, we see images of the children’s eyes looking
down on images of the red light district. What themes do these images reflect?
What does it tell the viewer about the children?

3. What are the changes in the children’s outlook and personalities when they are
taken out of the brothel to the beach and zoo?

4. If these children were taken out of the brothel environment permanently, do you
think that they could fully recover from the injustices and trauma that they have
previously faced? Why? Why not?

5. If life in the brothels is all the children have ever known, then how do they know
that it is not how they want to live? If it has become the norm, then how do they
know that it is not normal for a child to grow up in that environment? Are we born
with an internal human rights’ radar? Is awareness of human rights a part of human
nature?

6. Why did Zana become so involved with these children? What lessons did Zana
learn throughout her journey? There were times when Zana seemed to get very
frustrated with the bureaucracy in India. What do you think kept her going?

7. Zana is not just documenting these children, but she is enabling them to document
what they see around them. What opportunity does this provide for them?

8. Think about the scene in which Zana is talking to a school principal about the
possibility of enrolling the children into school. The principal says “No one will take
them.”

On your own please respond and explain your answers (THIS IS NOT FOR YES/NO ANSWERS!)

• What does it mean to have the right to education?
• What challenges do these children face in claiming their right to education?
• Should the possibility of being HIV positive affect your right to an education?
• Should your economic or social status affect your right to an education?
• Should being the child of a sex-worker take away that right?
• Explain your answers.

PORTRAIT LIGHTING 101

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The portrait lighting 101 assignment will teach you how to use both natural and artificial (FLASH) lighting sources to create professional looking and beautiful portraits.

Portrait photography is one of most common forms of photography.

Portrait photography, which is also called, more often than not, portraiture, is the art of capturing a subject (in this case, a person or a group of people) in which the face, facial features as well as facial expressions are made predominant.

The portraiture photographers aim is to focus on the person’s face. They aim to give emphasis on the face of the person because this will also be the focus or the emphasis of the photograph. This does not mean, however, that the person’s body or even the background will no longer be included. Under portrait photography, these can still be included in the photo by the portrait photographer but again, the focus or the emphasis should be on the person’s face, facial expression and even distinct facial features.

There are no boundaries or rules when it comes to portrait photography. Truth be told, that’s what makes portrait photography easy and difficult at the same time! Easy because just about anybody with a point and shoot camera can do a portraiture but difficult because when you need a professional portrait taken, you must rely on professional portrait photographers…That is YOU!

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NATURAL LIGHT versus ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

Learning the techniques for both styles of portrait lighting are invaluable. the ability to take your subjects both into a studio and outdoors allows for a true mastery of light. After all that’s what photography is, controlling light, capturing reality and imagination. When capturing portraits, one of the first decisions you need to make is what kind of light you want to use. Some photographers prefer using natural light. It’s no-nonsense, relatively easy to work with and it can produce excellent results. Other photographers opt instead for using artificial light, oftentimes trying to recreate a somewhat natural look, but with more flexibility than you have when working with available light. After all, the sun doesn’t produce great light all the time. Each approach has its pros and cons and are viable options for portraiture.

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The natural light portraits will be taken using a 5-1 reflector. You will bounce light using the gold, silver, white or black surfaces. There is also a diffuser that allows you to face the sun and soften the light on your subject.

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The use of FLASH photography will allow you to control light with precision and create mood and emotion with ease. This will be available using both portable flashes and in class studio strobe flash heads.

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There are FIVE major portrait lighting styles we will cover. SPLIT, LOOP,  BUTTERFLY, REMBRANDT, & MONSTER.

SPLIT LIGHTING

Like its name, split lighting splits the face exactly into equal halves with one side being in the light, the other in shadow.

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BUTTERFLY LIGHTING

Butterfly lighting is  named for the butterfly shaped shadow that is created under the nose by placing the main light source above and directly behind the camera.

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LOOP LIGHTING

Loop lighting is made by creating a small shadow of the subjects noses on their cheeks.24.jpg

REMBRANDT

Rembrandt lighting is named after Rembrandt , the well-known Dutch painter. Unlike loop lighting where the shadow of the nose and cheek do not touch, in Rembrandt lighting they do meet which, creates that trapped little triangle of light in the middle.

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MONSTER LIGHTING

Monster Lighting is shining a light up under the face. Like when you are telling horror stories around the fire, holding the torch in a certain way so that you seem scary.

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Assignment:

Using both the natural light with reflectors you will take natural light portraits using your favorite lighting style.

Using the indoor and outdoor flashes you will take artificial light portraits with the five major portrait lighting styles (1 Split, 1 Rembrandt, 1 Loop, 1 Butterfly, 1 Monster)

Combine your favorite portrait lighting styles and take  of your best portraits

15 Portraits

Levitation Photography

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Levitation Photography

You may have not heard of the terminology, but you must have definitely seen some stunning levitation photography on the internet. In levitation pictures, everything seems to be defying gravity. The model is floating, the objects around are floating and everything is floating.

Levitation photography is a simple concept of layer masking in Photoshop. To break it down in simple terms, a picture of the scene is taken without any props and models. Later, several pictures are taken with the model and the props by suspending them in air. Then they are all brought together in Photoshop by layer masking to form one image after eliminating the suspending equipment using the first image of the blank scene

There are two phases to creating a levitation shot. Shooting and post-processing.

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Shooting

1. Work up a scene

Levitation photography is a creative process. You don’t actually need a pricey camera for it, even a basic point and shoot camera will help you create a good levitation photograph. Just work up a good scene. Think of various different positions in which you can make your model float in the air and how is it that you will do it. Normal methods which photographers use to suspend their model are:

  • Using stools, tables, chairs or any other furniture for support.
  • Using ropes. Use real strong ones so they can support the weight of the model.
  • Using a trampoline or jump method, ask your model to jump up in the air while making the desired pose. Use burst mode to capture shots in succession.
2. Set-up your camera

Apart from the trampoline method, if you are using any other support methods to keep you model suspended in the air, then you will have to use the tripod. Set your focus on the model and compose your scene to start shooting. Before you start taking pictures of the model, it’s best to take a picture of the blank scene.

It’s a good strategy to include some props as well in your picture. It creates a better impact and adds to the story behind your scene.

Once you have taken all the necessary shots, move on to processing your images and creating your levitation photograph.

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Processing

  1. Import all your images in Photoshop. You will be moving the image with props and subject levitating on to the blank background. Notice the photo’s are in different tabs. Follow the instructions given.
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