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Class Assignments

Assignment: Getting Started in Photoshop

Photoshop Videos

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Click on the PS videos link above. Download the tutorial files. Watch the 5 videos and follow along. Save your files as yourlastname.nameoftutorial.jpg. Turn in each of the five files in the correct hand in folders (click on the hand in link above).

Assignment: Composition

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Post a folder with all your images.

Assignment: Self Portrait

In Class Video


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The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since man first saw his own reflection. Much like Narcissus, it’s often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth studying. 

Create a self portrait that tells the viewer something about your true personality. This image should evoke emotion in your viewer and lead the viewer into a story about who you are or at least make them wonder about how you are. Pull them into the image but leave some questions unanswered. Key aspects of this shoot should include interesting lighting, dramatic camera angles, use of props, creative use of depth of field, as well as creative Photoshop techniques.

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Assignment: Lifestyle Photography



In class video

PowerSchool Learning

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Critique Day: Thursday 4/25

Whether you have a multi-thousand dollar DSLR or a simple cell phone camera, you can take good pictures if you have photography skills. Sometimes working with a mobile phone camera can be an advantage, you always have it with you, the speed at which you can capture an image, the size and flexibility of the phone makes it easier to get a unique angle, to name just a few advantages. 

Environmental Portrait Photo Essay


Due Date:  Critique May 7th



Article to read

Photographers to check out:

Tim Tadder

Anthony Kurtz

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An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings. 

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Sports Shoot


Due Date: Critique May 14th



Check out these sports photographers

If you have Netflix check out "Tales by Light" season 1 episode 3- Adrenaline

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Taking great sports action photos doesn’t require the newest auto focus cameras and lenses on the market, it just requires the photographer to have thorough knowledge of the game that is being covered. 

Assignment: Product


In Class Demo


Assignment: Emotion


In class Video-Netflix: Abstract season 1 Episode 7 "Platon"

Create an image or images that evoke emotion in your viewer. Photographers have the power to change the way people see the world, use the skills you have learned in this class to make your viewer see something in a new or different way.

Assignment: Photoshop Challenge (restoration)


Old photos are often faded, stained, cracked and have other damage. Using photoshop see if you can fix the tonality, repair damage, and recolor the image. Use the "Start Image" and try to match it to the final image.

Assignment: Night Scape Light Painting

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Assignment: Tadder Inspired

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Assignment: Adobe Spark


Building a portfolio.

What is Spark

Spark Pages


Assignment: Article Summary

Due Dates: 3/8/19


Complete this assignment to get a better understanding of what is happening in the photography industry today. 




environmental portrait



Assignment: Panorama

In class video and demo


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Creating a panorama that captures the feeling of actually being there. Use interesting perspective to create a unique feel and story 

Assignment: Story

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Assignment: Photoshop Challenge



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Use any PhotoShop skills you know to create an interesting creative composition. Use the images I have supplied you with and bring in one image of your choice.

Assignment: Shallow Depth of Field

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Assignment: Composite


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