photo class work

Out of Eden: comment on other students' posts

posted Mar 27, 2015, 3:52 PM by Chris Sloan

In class on 3/26: Choose one of the students from China, Iraq, or the international school and try to engage with them by speaking to one of their interests. Consider uploading a photo as part of your response.

Censorship exploration

posted Mar 12, 2015, 10:36 AM by Chris Sloan

Explore one of the resources below. Make a brief Google Presentation (5 slides) that highlights the most interesting things you found.

Out of Eden, footstep 1

posted Mar 10, 2015, 8:31 AM by Chris Sloan

1. Engage with Paul's journey:
  • Check out Paul’s Instagram account to see recent photos from his walk.
  • Read Awad’s Refrigerator from Paul. Then click here to respond to what you just read. Nobody else in your walking party will see your responses.
    • What caught your attention or interested you about Paul’s article?
    • What questions or wonders do you now have?
2. Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

Now it’s time to do an activity and post something for your walking party to see. The purpose of this first post is for you to introduce yourself and spark up some conversations with other members of your walking party.

    • Write a few lines about yourself, and include a photo that you've taken that says a little about you and/or your interests. Be sure not to share your real name.
    • What were some highlights of your first learning journey on Out of Eden Learn (if you participated in this last year)? In particular, can you think of two or three posts by other students that especially stood out to you? Please explain what they were and what you learned from them.
    • Think back to a photo from Paul’s Instagram account that you liked or found interesting. You can’t copy and paste the photos but you can share the link for others to see if you access Instagram from a computer. What did you notice about this photo and what did it make you think? What more would you like to know about the photo?

Background & Perspective

posted Mar 6, 2015, 9:31 AM by Chris Sloan

This weekend set up a scene and walk around it. Shoot it from the best spot with the best background and try both the bird’s and the worm’s eye view. If you’re outside, pay attention to the horizon line if it’s visible.

Advocacy photography

posted Mar 5, 2015, 10:48 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 7:45 AM ]

Photo advocacy has been going on almost as long as photography itself has been around. Photographs were used to influence opinion of early child labor practices, wars (from the Civil War to more recent conflicts), tenant farmers in the Depression, race relations, and nature photography as a way to advocate for conservation and environmental sustainability. Here are some other topics you might consider: unhealthy food choices, inducers of stress, animal rights. In general, the idea behind advocacy photography is to expose a problem and then offer some kind of solution.

For example, over the next two weekends do a photo shoot of a place or of some people whose work/activity you admire. The subject should be something that is important to you. The goal for this shoot is to raise people’s awareness about something that you care about. Your shoot should also display a variety of compositional elements (e.g. rule of thirds, leading lines, background/perspective, color, etc.) and photography skills (e.g. panning, depth of field for portraits, etc.).
  • Caroline - King's English
  • Sarah Beth - Best Friends
  • Erin - Humane Society
  • Delaney - Stay-at-home moms
  • Quinn - Kilby Court, local music
  • Ally - Tracy Aviary
  • Vicky - society's labels
  • Niko -

Panning & your camera's settings

posted Feb 27, 2015, 7:31 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 7:40 AM ]

Shoot action shots this weekend using the technique of panning.Find your camera’s manual online, and learn how to set the three things listed below. Staff cameras, Nikon D40 manual:
  • continuous autofocus/servo AF (p. 23 of D40 manual)

  • center autofocus point

  • continuous drive/shooting mode (p. 32)

First Amendment photo contest

posted Feb 26, 2015, 9:04 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Feb 27, 2015, 2:53 PM ]

Enter the Picture Freedom photo contest by midnight on Saturday, February 28. Share via social media using the #PictureFreedom hashtag, and send me a screenshot that verifies you entered. Also upload your images to Flickr so that we can view them in Monday's class. 

Take the First Amendment quiz (takes a while for the browser to load the quiz, so be patient).

Important information from the contest rules
  • Contestant entries must be submitted via a public posting to the social networking sites Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or between the hours of 12:00:00 AM EST on Feb. 22, 2015 and 11:59:59 PM PST on Feb. 28, 2015. 
  • It must contain the hashtag #PictureFreedom (not case sensitive) and must be accessible to the general public. If a post is shared on Facebook, the account also needs to allow "everybody" to follow it. 
  • Each entry must celebrate or document freedom in the United States of America.

Free choice photos

posted Feb 20, 2015, 10:31 AM by Chris Sloan

Over the weekend take five quality photos of the subject of your choice.

Framing and Layering

posted Feb 13, 2015, 11:12 AM by Chris Sloan

Over this three-day weekend take some photos that incorporate the techniques of layering and framing.
  • Layer and frame a subject in three photographs, but don’t use a door or a window as a frame. 
  • Watch the eyes if you’re photographing

Color and Intensity

posted Jan 6, 2015, 12:12 PM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 7:38 PM ]

For Monday, 1/12: 
  1. Find and shoot some great color—anything at all, from the glow of a reading light to the red of your car’s tail lights. Be sure to photograph a subject in that color, not the source of the color itself. Try for some cool blue scenes and warmer red scenes. Also try to get some reflected color— off of a coat or off water/snow/ice, for example. 
  2. Experiment with the white balance settings on your camera. Try out every one of the options and see what happens when the camera adjusts for various kinds of light. 
  3. Experiment with light intensity. Find a spot you like and photograph it when the light is at its most intense. Then return when the light is softer. Experiment with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Remember to increase the ISO to let in more light when you need it. 

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