Cheers to another great year

As the start of the school year begins, we celebrate another 180 days of learning, sharing, and (reluctantly posing) for a gallery group shot. 









Photoshop Tutorials for Photo I Course

Looking for a basic intro lessons for a Photography I course:
Below are four tutorials I created for an intro I class.

Medium: Adobe Photoshop
Time: 1-2 days {One day dedicated to class demo and practice editing} 
Grade: 9-12 
Objective: Develop a basic understanding of Photoshop Processing
Materials: Photoshop & Sample images provided by teacher or students

I typically introduce my photoshop basic editing tutorials in the following sequence:
  • Intro to Color correction
  • Intro to Basic Color Edit
  • Color Selection
  • Dodge and Burn

Lesson: Intro to Black and White editing in photoshop
1. Go to layers palette--> Duplicate layer
2. Go to --> "Black and white cookie" -Adjust LEVELS
3. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust COLOR BALANCE
4. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust Brightness and Contrast
   *You can modify adjustment layer by painting on it with a black brush.
5. Dodge and Burn {only if needed}






Lesson: Intro to Color selection or "color pop"
1. Command+J
2. Create a black and white mask above you duplicated image
3. Using a black paintbrush, paint on the layer mask {the areas you want to come back in color}
4. If you mess up you can use a white brush to bring it back.





Lesson: Intro to Hue and Saturation adjustment layer 
1. Go to layers palette--> Duplicate layer
2. Go to --> "Black and white cookie" -Adjust Levels
3. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust Hue and Saturatoin
4. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust Brightness and Contrast
   *You can modify adjustment layer by painting on it with a black brush.
5. Dodge and Burn {only if needed}





Lesson:  Intro to Dodging and Burning
1. Go to Layers palette-->Duplicate layer by hitting -->Command + J
2. Go to--Layer-->New Layer
3. Select Overlay {CHECK OFF, fill with 50 grey}
4. Dodge and Burn on the new layer

Coming soon... RG Video series!

The beauty of teaching is that with each year new exciting expectations come about. In my experience, most school districts roll out district initiatives every couple of years. In my district we adopted the use of Google Classroom/Drive! 


After attending two google workshops this spring and basking in sensory tech overload I will simplify one of my new favorite classroom applications called Screencastify. The app allows you to record your desktop and embed the video on google drive or other video sharing application. The perk of the app is that it is compatible with google drive..which means easy saving, linking and posting to google classroom!

Excuse the audio.. (still working out the kinks) Stay tuned for a new video series that aims to help photography one teachers with the basics of photoshop.


Lesson: Basic Color edit
1. Go to layers palette--> Duplicate layer
2. Go to --> "Black and white cookie" -Adjust LEVELS
3. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust COLOR BALANCE
4. Go to --> "Black and white cookie"Adjust Brightness and Contrast
   *You can modify adjustment layer by painting on it with a black brush.
5. Dodge and Burn {only if needed}

Digital Photography Lesson // Abstract Light Designs


Medium: Adobe Photoshop
Time: 1-2 days {One day dedicated to class demo and practice shooting} 
Grade: 9-12 
Objective: Develop a basic understanding of Shutter Priority Mode to light paint
Create an abstract design using Multiple light painting images
Materials: Digital camera/Photoshop

The focus of this lesson is to master the use of slow shutter speeds to create light pairing images.  
Using a dark room, students use their the students use their iPhones as a light source and work in pairs to generate abstract light images in a dark room. The images are then edited in photoshop and combined onto one NEW photoshop file.  This unit usually peaks the interest of most students and is a great warm up to the stop motion lesson.

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Below is the Step by Step guide for creating on composite abstract design in Photoshop:
Post tutorial, I print out a copy of these directions for students to use while working at their own pace.



1. Edit your shutter images using: Brightness/Contrast and Hue and saturation.




 -->save edits as .JPGS or merge the adjustments


2. Make a new Photoshop Document:
           FILE NEW> 8.5 by 11, 300 resolution. BACKGROUND COLOR BLACK







3. Paint bucket the background of the new document black.


4. Select a soft edge brush and lower the opacity to less than 75%



5. Open edited shutter image. {Make sure it is .jpg} {Make sure they are merged command+E}


6. Click on Quick mask option in tool box


7. With your brush {soft edge-75% opacity} paint on your shutter image


6. Click BACK ON Quick mask option in tool box


7. Your selection should appear {marching ants}


8. GO TO TOOL BAR > SELECT INVERSE


9. Go to move tool, mouse over selection, click on it. Drag it and drop it to new black document.



10. To change the size of the shutter image on the new document: HIT command+T

11. Repeat steps 4-9.









      Teacher: Meredith Hudson
      Class: Digital Photo I
      Grade: 9-12
      State: NJ
      Teachers Blog: [Website]






Digital Photography Lesson// Shutter speed


Medium: Adobe Photoshop
Time: 1-2 days {One day dedicated to class demo and practice shooting} 
Grade: 9-12 
Objective: Develop a basic understanding of Shutter Priority Mode
Photograph, capture & stop motion photography.
Materials: Digital camera/Photoshop

I typically introduce Shutter speed as a unit. One light painting lesson {1-2 days], followed by stop motion photography. Both lessons focus on mastering the use of Shutter Priority mode. 
Students are encouraged to experiment in pairs with their own "stop action" compositions and subjects.







shutterspeed





      Teacher: Meredith Hudson
      Class: Digital Photo I
      Grade: 9-12
      State: NJ
      Teachers Blog: [Website]


New week, new classroom Photo Apps!

Two buzz-worthy discoveries for Photo teachers this month:

New Phone app: OKDOTHIS
New Website: Exposure.so


Ok Do this is a photo-sharing app that creates a new spin on taking images. The idea is simple, to  "get rid of creative block". See interface and video below.

I found the app is easy to use and a great resource for the lesson ideas.  Even if students don't have a smart phone device, the categories can be used as in class photo prompts for shooting assignments...plain and simple: well worth the $2.00 download fee!
Check out interface samples below.

   





Exposure.so is a photo-narrative website that allows users to create simple blog like posts + text.
{3 for free}
Great tool for photo-journaling, or iPhone based photo essay assignment.


A former photo student shared the news of feature on the site this morning, couldn't wait to pass it along.

Check out his photo essay on the Staff pick page: MATTHEW KALAPUCH

Have fun!

Feel free to comment or share you discoveries with us!

Student Gallery Display // Advanced Photography Fall 2013


Over the course of 4 weeks, students enrolled in the Advanced Photography course are required to develop a Breadth and Concentration Portfolio. During this portfolio process, students are provided with a list and are required to venture to new places and take photos with a theme in mind. Images are edited, students begin to self-reflect, and reshoot if need be.
From photoshop process to printing students begin to understand many aspects of the artist process as high school students.

1st display this year: a few samples from the Advanced High school exhibit. :)





Tierney Riccio, Grade 12
 Graffiti & Transportation



Haley Kaczka, Grade 12
The Outdoors




Ashley Maselli, Grade 12
Ayita




Melanie Santos, Grade 12
Raindrops




Raychel Frye, Grade 11
Home away from home





Tylin Tissenker, Grade 12
Drenched Flesh




Gabriella Battaglio, Grade 12
The street






Haley Abruzzese, Grade 12
Signs, Wood and other things


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