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CII Opening Outline
- A year of change - When I first
started teaching in 1992, I was told that it would be tough for about 3 years,
but it would get easier. Strangely, each of the last three years has been
extraordinarily difficult on me. Two years ago, the changed the first semester
to end before Christmas, requiring considerable lesson changes. Well, they did
it again. This time, converting from 6 oddly arranged grade periods to 4 odd
arranged grade periods. Not a single one of them has the same number of weeks.
And the Fall Semester is WAY shorter than the spring. And, to make matter
worse, they started the semester on a Wednesday instead of a Monday requiring
even more adjustments, especially in Photo 1. And, to make things as
complicated as they can be, somebody above the building principal looked as my
small class sizes, which is prudent for a class of this type, and merged them
down create three large classes from five. Anyway, I have known since April
about some of those challenges and all I can say is that there are going to be
some adjustments that need to be made along the way. I can tell you that after
very careful consideration, I have decided to decrease the workload in the
Fall semester even more than before. I may shift at least one of the projects
to the Spring Semester, but I will make the decision later.
- Check your email...most of you have not replied to an
emails I sent over the summer. This means some of you all are already behind.
See the next section. But first, more about emails.
- The favor of a reply to all emails is expected. This is
almost always the case. Most of you didn't reply because you didn't realize I
expected you to do so. But when I email you or the class, I expect you to
reply something. OK, Got it. Thanks. Take a hike, I won't do it. Or something.
Failing to reply to an email will be a 5 point deduction PER email during
the course of the week from your weekly survey. Please work with your
technology to make sure that EMAILS come in as QUICKLY as a text message. In
the modern age of communication, there should be NO difference between a text
message or email.
- Check your email DAILY. This is a COMMUNICATIONS class, and part of my responsibility is
to make sure you are taking FULL advantage of the technology resources
available to you. This DOES include things like Facebook, Twitter, and Texting...but
most importantly EMAIL! This is NOT up for debate.
- If your email is inundated with 1,000s of unread email
and/or you get hundreds of mail so that it is impractical, it is time to
create a professional email. I recommend
email@example.com and start from scratch.
- Remember, I need to see your Texas Rice Festival Web
Galleries by early next week. Please send your links TODAY. PicasaWeb has gone
away, but we now have Google Photos. Desktop or Phone, post a gallery and send
me a link.
- This will be a simple check that you shot, not what you will print for the
- Be VERY intrinsically motivated
(personal desire)…not extrinsically (grade). Do what I ask…nothing less than
100% is expected…everybody should make a 100 in this class. Less
structure than last year, but more work. “We don’t do
hard work, but we do work hard”. If you don’t think you want to do 4-5 times
as many pictures as you did last year…please bow out gracefully…this week!
Your TRF POL is due on Monday. See your Assignment page for a complete list.
- For older returning students, we have a new weekly grade
called a Weekly Survey.
- Unless notes are being taken, focus will usually
consist of a study/critique of photography, specifically, browsing random
galleries on Pbase or Smugmug. Check and complete daily, especially if you are absent.
- Computer Projects
- Business Cards - A great project
returning after an absence. Using a template, design one, copy and paste to
11 other spots to be copied and cut.
Design. Design a Photo with Text publishing
project, to be printed on a media of your choice. It will be your responsibility to submit
to online site or take to a local store to be put onto a product of your
choice. Your grade
will be based on the actual product. Please add the design and any other
sample designs in your
Picasa Web Gallery by
the end of the 1st 6 weeks. This is a very simple assignment…a
lot like the poster design. Work on this on your own time as time permits. Remember,
an actual product is what your grade will be based on. You may use your
choice of vendors. I have used:
- Photoshop Deviations – as time permits,
continue to work with Photoshop, editing images, posting the edits to your
PicasaWeb Gallery (see below). I will expect to see approximately 1
deviation per week. Obviously some deviations will take more time, and I
will adjust my expectations based on the flow of the class. But, we can’t
all be in the darkroom, so, be working on computer projects, Photoshop
tutorials, etc. so have
- Google Docs -
- Photography - Darkroom revisited &
Film. One roll of film by early October for the ATPI Fall Contest Deadline. (Don't worry, we'll shoot digital also.)
- One roll of B&W film. You may shoot
more, and at only
$1 a roll...shoot like it’s digital. If you mess up, or you want more,
it is only a buck, B&W film is cheap, and the processing is
free, so fire away.
- Learn to process your own film. Some of
you all will help make and manage the chemicals and/or roll film
Film shooting to be done
OFF campus...so get in and check out a FILM camera QUICK (starting
next week)!! We will usually practice a
concept during class with the digital cameras.
- Learn about camera controls not possible with a P&S
Depth of field
- Use digital camera as aid to film shooting…test
shots for exposure and composition.
- Binder – clean up your binder and/or
replace from last year…for all unmounted prints - the OUTSIDE of your binder
is your FIRST impression...make it a good one.
Sheet protectors – buy new ones, heavy duty, good quality, if
your mounted work and binder back to school with in the next 5 class days. Show
me for a 100.
- Online gallery –
MAJOR changes with Google...mostly for the better. Visit PicasaWeb now and start
updating up your gallery. I have a guide to set up the Custom Sorting of
your gallery. This gets more difficult the more galleries you have, so let's get last
year's galleries updated ASAP.
- Picture Tracker - Tracking your projects
electronically via spreadsheet...copy and paste the spreadsheet \\Wbphoto\public\Scans,
manuals, articles, books, examples, etc into a Google Docs Spreadsheet and
share the link with me.
- Current Events –
(digital)…pictures due by the 3rd week of each grade period, images
uploaded to web gallery.
- CG3 & 4 will have substitutions some 6 weeks.
- Special Topics –
The course's main emphasis on photography
- One topic due each grade period, in addition to other work.
This is your main outside shooting project…similar to your print display
assignment from photo 1. Start planning NOW for this grade period. Start
planning ahead for future topics. No DUPLICATE topics with in the class
ever. Once the topic is done, nobody else can do that topic. There will be a
total of 4 topics done. Two in the Fall, two in the Spring. If you start
looking at the assignment this week, don't be confused by changes that need
to be made to the timeline, grade period arrangement, etc.
- Actively shoot for each topic (and some
contest). Do not
plumage your previous shooting for “new” prints. Special topics and other
class projects must have new work submitted. The only time you can use old
or repeated work is for contests, except where noted, i.e. TRF has a “New
- Video Production – start brainstorming NOW!
- Video 1 - Individual Photo story
– end of 1st Semester.
Shoot all Fall Semester long with a theme and a song in mind. You will use
Premiere (no Movie Maker or Picasa) to assemble your videos.
- A theme must be picked with in the next 2-3 weeks. If a
theme has not been picked, your theme will be assigned as
- 3 Videos and a DVD in the Spring – Filming and planning needs to
begin in the fall. Review the links for the video projects in the next few
Video 2: Individual. Short story. Initially as in-camera
as possible, should be filmed
sequentially so that you end up with a decent video right in your camera even
though you will have numerous digital video files. But even this rough
collection of video clips will be edited. More
about this later.
Video 3: Partner up…you will be filming a music video with one
Video 4: Individual - Photo video montage
with 4 Time-Lapses - a unique form of video.
Traditionally shot as stills, then assembled as a video. You will need to shoot
4 subjects minimum to film over the course of the year. It is recommended
that you film the four subjects along a theme, so they can be put together as
one movie. Spend some time researching some samples on YouTube. Time-Lapse are a
fun way to document an event with out having to "film" or photograph.
Contest – Most all listed are required and
major part of your
- Refer to Contest Tracker…other contests will be
- Texas Rice Festival – More categories. We will
be looking at winners from last year to analyze.
- SETx State Fair – we have done very well with
this in the past…want to take 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Want to try to “man” the display in the evenings.
- Numerous Others – Reflections, ATPI FPC, 3rd
Floor, EOY, Harvest, etc.
- Entry fees
There is no fundraiser so please plan ahead and be
prepared to pay all of the fees on or before the due date of each contest.
- Photography Pass
- Kind of like a Press Pass. Be responsible…don’t get
into trouble with it.
- Field trips- organized trips to help with photo
Ø Hike & Bike
Ø Railroad - new...need to work on...but just a tip...don't shoot on a railroad.
Nearby is ok. If you shoot on, the photo can be used as evidence that you were
All first year shooting days as assistants (plan ahead…stay caught
up in your classes…I need LOTS of help).
Saturday morning trips, if possible (depends on student transportation). If the
class does not meet together, small groups are encouraged. Team up!
at Lake Loker for
Astronomy/Night/Nature pictures Date: NOV ___________. PLEASE plan for this NOW.
Something will ALWAYS come up, if you let it. A
fall semester assignment is based in part from the photos taken at this even (or a
similar place if not attending), so please try to make this trip.
Ø Tyrell Park?
Claiborne Park (between Vidor and Orange) – possible first year?
Other night time shootings
- Lots of additional equipment available to you
Due to the number of students, I do NOT have a DLSR for each of you to check out and keep for
the year. Check outs will be for 1 week; Out on Thursday or Friday after school,
in by Thursday morning. I currently only have 5 DSLRs for home use (the
classroom set is not available for home check out). So, I recommend something
like a D3300 (video capable…very cool...very reasonable).
All other equipment is due 2 weeks after check out. PLEASE do not
check out equipment just to hang on to it until the underside of your bed eats
it, or it is stolen. No additional equipment will be checked out if you have
outstanding items out. Check in UNused work prior to checking out NEW items. In
addition, if you are shooting commercially.
OLD - Bring back all supplies and
previous prints from 1st year: Sharpie, Binder - complete
with all 8x10s (if not given away, etc.), Folder (with handouts), all
mounted prints. A grade check will be conducted at the 3rd week to make sure these items are back in place. Replace any items that are
missing from previous year (i.e. a sharpie).
- New for Photo II+
- 500gb External Drive - $50 -
- Remote cable release - $10 (Amazon or ebay) - Check for
YOUR camera model and order early in time for field events.
- DSLR - It is recommended that you have your own. Please
purchase one as soon as possible. Older used DSLRs can usually be purchased
very inexpensively. Until arrangements can be made, I have DLSRs available
for checkout for 1 week at a time.
- Tripod - Spare no expense on this as tripods outlast
- etc. (see
for more details...there is a special section below
the Comm I list)