3rd and 4th Year
Assignment: Develop as a Photographer, Artist, Imagist
Goals: Develop Resources, Develop Portfolio
Tools: Contest, Internet, Videos
Hello Photo III & IV!
Time is so short. We are always so busy just getting by...so little time to get ahead. As an artist, there are so many things I want to work on. My message to you is to stay focused, stay busy. Be an asset to the class.
This is only the 6th official year to offer a 3rd/4th year class (since 1992). And there have only been seventeen (17) 3rd year students prior to you and 2 ever 4th year students. Point is, expect changes as I always work to develop new curriculum. If there was ONE of you, it would be a little easier to let you work on your own. But, with several of you, all spread out among the classes, there will more specific guidelines and requirements. Please look over the following specifics in particular, like the alternative to the Publishing Project and the CEs. With more of you all, I will be expecting this from all of you this year.
Follow the Photo 2 Assignment List - Note specific changes below on and their list.
Daily Focus - Write down one item you need to accomplish EVERY day. IOW, write down the objective that you will focus on for the day. Do NOT fall behind on this. Take this serious.
Plan early to do new (not repeating from previous year), sufficiently complex Special Topics each Grade Period (GP)
Plan head for all contest the other CGII students do, assisting the instructor as well as students. You don't have to do the Focus, but I do want you taking advantage of the projects and contests to continue developing your portfolio and forcing you to shoot.
CE Alternatives - Several CEs will be replaced with alternative projects and assignments. Alternative is NOT optional.
CE3. Rather than just take pictures at Brazos, produce a video of the event
CE4 - All Senior 3rd and 4th years are expected to enter Protege
The GP quiz will be the same as the Comm II...please make sure you take it serious, even if you already took it twice before. You should make a perfect grade. But if you don't turn it in, then it is a zero! It may ALSO be slightly different.
Create a Google Docs Presentation of your best selected work. Your slides will be added into the CLASS presentation which I will need each of you to help maintain.
Video Projects - A 9th grader once brought me in a DVD of his pictures that he made for his sister. WOW! I was so impressed what this student just figured out to do on his own. Photos are great...but remember, pictures are worth a 1,000 words. But video is 30 frames per SECOND. Here is a website to look at a couple of videos: Sample website of a several photo stories. I was on YouTube and looked up photo videos and was REALLY impressed with some of the videos I saw. Although video does not technically start until the 2nd semester for Comm II, I expect that each of you will produce photostories. Prepare to make additional videos in places of various assignments during the course of the year. The general test is...if you will benefit from doing the project again with STILL photography, then that is expected, but if shooting the activity again is counterproductive, then a video should be produced. Specifically, there are two videos that are expected in addition to the photo requirement.
Video for ATPI Fall Contest
Video for Reflections
Video for ATPI Winter BIG 72
Create an Animation. Animation is a neat extension of graphics. It is officially part of the curriculum, just not something I have focused Photo 1 or 2 students on. However, as time permits, I would like for each of you to work with After Effects and other special effects possible with Photoshop Video Editing.
This will take the place of the Publishing Design Project. (This SHOULD be a Comm II class projects...just not enough time.) Use Photoshop for the animation. You final goal will include making an animated gif for the internet...like an animated Avatar. You could also choose to work with After Effects to work with animating a graphic, like what Lillie did for the class video, as well as Will for a video he worked on.
Continue improvements to your PicasaWeb. As you know, I like PicasaWeb a lot...and think you should also...primarily for your personal work.. Outside of class, especially for any commercial work, you certainly should consider OTHER online portfolio album options. But, I'll still expect your updates to PW along with the others. The question is, what places can you show case your work? And don't say Flickr...or Instagram!
Photojournalism emphasis. I want you to work on what interests you, so this is not an assignment, but a challenge should you choose to take. Photography 1 event per week...and post in your online gallery.
Some additional things I would like you to work on. As a group, Photo 3+ does NOT have as much work to do as Photo 2 AND, you have already done some of the work so that the work you have had to do is easier. So, you are expected to not only do most of what Photo 2 does, but a few other tasks each 6 weeks.
These few contests in the Spring are a BIG part of my expectations for you to accomplish MORE than you did last year. This is specifically listed out on Photo 3 Objective Page.
See Comm II Focus & Assignment Page for links, etc. Check the Focus every day. Even though you know your written focus in advance, review the Comm II focus for any announcements, changes, review.
Contests - Additional expectations and contests. Review details of upcoming Contests and participate in ALL required and as many optional contests as possible. Specifically, the ATPI Spring Contests. Planning for this should begin early in the 5th grade period.
Photoshop Montages - As time permits, especially in the fall, continue to develop and expand your photoshop tutorial and lessons by completely montages in a timely fashion. There is no set number for this, like 1 per week, as you might finish something in a few days or a few weeks depending on the complexity.
Video After Effects - Since video for Photo 3 and 4 starts sooner than for Photo 2, begin working with special effects in After Effects as soon as the first video is required for the Fall Contest.
Review possible online galleries...something more specific for a Photo Portfolio OTHER than Deviantart. And/or, consider some webpage design and develop your own page, just like this one that would be stored here, at Westbrook.
Spare time? Prepare materials and/or classroom for next day, like chemicals for 2nd year. Develop resources for special topics. Develop tutorials.
Review videos, determine time code index of key points to show to class.
Help catalog new photography books.
If you think you might want to major or minor in Photography, research colleges offering Photography and/or Art degrees. Find scholarships that you can begin apply for right away. Take a college day and go visit the campus. TxA&M in Commerce is a great such photography facility. UT in Arlington is another great photo facility. And of course, Lamar has the infamous Keith Carter.