Monday, October 14, 2013

A8 Cinemagraph

For this assignment, you will produce a cinemagraph, which are still photographs where minor and looped movement occurs.  Cinemgraphs are usually published in the GIF format, becuase it is an image format that can store a looped animation while displayed on the web like an image (meaning it requires no plug in to play, nor does it have playback controls like a video would).  It creates an interesting inbetween effect where the image is not quite a photo and not quite a video.

We will be using this tutorial in class, however there are others out there.

Out of class, take a short video of yourself or something moving.

Do not do anything too complicated with the movement, try to make it so one aspect of the image can be isolated without anything else interfering.  Try a couple different scenarios.

Then we will take the video and create the cinemagraph in photoshop.  You will be working on the cinagraph itself on Wednesday in class Nov. 4th.

Some helpful hints & tips:
  • Remember that for this sort of GIF, you want to show some sort of subtle movement; you want to create the intrigue of “what a nice photo—whoa, it moves!!”
  • Besides showing some movement, you also want to make sure you have something in your scene that stays consistent to contrast and emphasize that movement.
  • Try to think of a scene or movement that would be fairly easy to loop since your final GIF will be set to loop forever.
  • Your scene can involve a person but it doesn’t necessarily have to.

Examples are easy to find...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Project 1 Camera Quiz/Shooting Assignment

This is a dual written and photographic assignment designed to have you become more comfortable with the camera you plan to use in class.

In a separate word document, complete the quiz to the best of your ability. There are no right answers for everyone. This is about learning what your camera can do and where some of the most important functions are located. I will check your notes along with your photos to make sure that you completed the assignment.

When is this due? What do I turn in?

You will create and bring a word document of the survey portion, and a collection of images to class on Wednesday, September 9th. Images must be posted on flickr by the end of the day in an album called "project 2"


1. Write down your name, major, email

2. What kind of camera do you own and do you own a manual? If not, find it. READ YOUR CAMERA MANUAL. If you need a manual for your camera, look up your make and model on line and you might be able to find one on the manufacturers website. If that doesn't work you should be able to download a pdf copy here. Please feel free to email me with questions if you have problems finding one. Write down the make and model of the camera you are using for this class.

3. How does the focus work on your camera?  How can you tell where the camera is focusing through the viewfinder? Generally how close can you get to something while still in focus?

4. What is the megapixel count on your camera? What does this mean?

5. Does your camera have different shooting settings? identify these, for example you might find some labeled as low light, macro, mountain, portrait. List them all and describe what they do and when you would use them. Does your camera have Manual exposure settings (M, AV, TV,P)? What do those letters mean and why would you use them?

6. Exposure Basics #1 What is aperture?  How does this affect the image?

7. Eposure Basics #2 What is shutter speed?  How does this affect the image? 

6. Exposure Basics #3 What are the different ISO sensitivity speed settings your camera offers. What do the different numbers mean? Describe how ISO effects the image quality and when you would use different ratings.

7. Find your exposure compensation tool, what does it do?

8. What sort of recording media does your camera need (cf card, SD, SDHC, memory stick, etc) How much memory does it have?

9. Where is the Flash, how do you turn it on or off?


Take a series of photos (around 25) Make sure to follow the steps below. For the content, I want you to consider documenting your neighborhood, or something like the 150 yard radius around your current home base.  Choose carefully and think creatively, as you have to stick to some rules here.

1. Everything in the picture in focus (wide depth of field)
2. Everything in the picture out of focus
3. Sharp focus on the subject, but everything else of focus (shallow depth of field)
7. Stop action (fast shutter speed)
8. Blurred motion (slow shutter speed)
9. High key picture (mostly light toned, you must bracket by changing aperture)
10. Low key picture (mostly dark toned, bracket by changing shutter speed)
11. Picture with strong visual focal point of interest
12. Picture with no visual focal point of interest
13. Long exposure (more than one second, maybe low light)
14. Picture with a light source inside the frame
15. Backlit subject (silhouette)
16. Close-up (as close as your lens will allow you to focus)
17. A reflection

Bring you pictures to the next class, do not worry about Flickr just bring the camera and the camera card, email me the survey at