photo class work

Over-50 portrait

posted Apr 28, 2015, 10:44 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 10:48 AM ]

For Monday, upload over-50 portraits. Talk with someone from an older generation so that you can learn about the connections they make between their own lives and the past.

  • Ask the person to talk to you about an object that is important to them. We would like the object to be at least 30 years old. Maybe it is something that meant a lot to the person when he or she was young; maybe it is something that has been passed down through his or her family. Look at the object slowly together, using the See, Wonder, Connect routine.
    • What do you both notice about the object?
    • What do you wonder about it?
    • What connections does the person you are interviewing make to this object? Can they tell you a story connected to the object?

OOEL, footstep 2: Connecting our own lives to the past

posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:44 AM by Chris Sloan

The aim of this activity is to invite you to think about how your own life connects to the past or history. We have made the activity very open-ended so please feel free to tackle it in any way you want. However, we do ask that you try to make some connections to the past, including before you were born. You can go back to very early human history like Paul or stick to more recent history: it is up to you.

  1. BRAINSTORM. Make a list of the ways in which you think our human past or history is connected to who you are and the life you are living or expect to live. You can include events, individuals or groups of people, trends, developments and/or themes that extend over a few or many years. You do not need to turn in this list.
  2. DIAGRAM. Now use this list to help you to draw a diagram or picture to explain how our human past or history is connected to who you are and the life you are living or expect to live. Organize your diagram in a way that you think makes sense. If you like, you can use lines or arrows to show connections or influences among the different parts of your diagram. You can draw your diagram by hand and then photograph or scan it or you can draw the diagram electronically in any application you like. Remember not to include your real name in the diagram.
  3. PLACARD. Please write a placard to help other people understand what your diagram is about and why you made it the way you did. A placard is a short written description such as you’d find in a museum or gallery next to an exhibit. You can also give your diagram a title.
  4. REFLECTION. In what ways do you think your diagram was influenced by the place in which you live?

One-page layout

posted Apr 14, 2015, 10:56 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 11:19 AM ]

Design a one-page magazine layout, highlighting one of your photo shoots (one that has at least three great photos).

  • photos
    • dominance - at least one photo is twice as big is the next smallest
    • balance
    • direction
  • text
    • headline
    • caption

For some inspiration, look at these Pinterest boards: Magazine layouts and (not to be outdone) Magazine layout inspiration.

Easter Break photography

posted Apr 1, 2015, 12:06 PM by Chris Sloan

Be sure to document your break. Take photos of the places you go and the people you're with. Minimum 10 photos. Upload to Flickr by Sunday, 4/12.

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: https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/cams/assets/D40_en.pdf
  • continuous autofocus/servo AF (p. 23 of D40 manual)

  • center autofocus point

  • continuous drive/shooting mode (p. 32)

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