Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Presentations today

Presentations for landscape project due today

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday is work day

I want you guys to have some images from this project for the next Lightroom demo, so let’s make Monday a work day.  Instead of going to class, go out and do some shooting.  Try to fit in a couple visits to your site this week.  I’ll have a demo to give on Wednesday. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Exposure Compensation

Bracketing your exposures with the Exposure Compensation Feature

While Exposure can be adjusted manually via the Shutter Speed and Aperture, there’s alsoExposureCompensation, which is represented by a +/- icon on the camera. Exposure Compensation is a hasty way to adjust the shutter and aperture ratio without having to delve into manual mode. Exposure Compensation is usually set in EV units, which is usually equal to one exposure step (stop). Have you ever looked into an electric viewfinder or gazed at an LCD screen that displayed an image with blown highlights or dark shadows, despite the camera’s predefined exposure settings? Exposure Compensation will come to the rescue by subduing those highlights or brightening those shadows. It actually compensates for the camera’s inability to choose the proper exposure due to its metering system. (!))

Look at a great tutorial here, that talks about the subject.

The Photograher's Ephemeris App

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) is a tool to help you plan outdoor photography in natural light, especially landscape and urban scenes. It is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Landscape Artists

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ideas already taken

Caitlin - Glen Hotel
Tori - Granbury Historic Railroad Depot
Faith - Chalk Mountain
Andrew - Granbury Square
Ty - Old Brazos Bridge
Kelsey - Selden
Mckenzie - Hico
Taylor - Granbury
Tara - Old Rock Church, Cransfill Gap
Rebecca - Ranger
Francisco - Thurbur
Joshua - Thurbur
Matt fort Belknap
Sydney - Clifton
Sterling - Hico
Nicole - Alexander
Rebecca - Ranger
Patrick - Stephenville Square

no more Granbury ideas unless you have something really specific.

Project 3 Story of the Landscape

For this assignment you will serve as photojournalist and artist.  I (your instructor) will be the photo editor, and you will be the photojournalist working on the  assignment entitled "The Cross Timbers outside Stephenville”.

What/How do I turn this in?

Part 1: Seek approval of your idea through me in class, no more than 2 people are allowed per location. Turn in a one page abstract of where you will be shooting to your instructor via email before the beginning of class Friday, Sept. the 15th.  Must be at least one page and include the basic historical importance of the area and how you plan to describe that through images.  (50 points)
Part 2: You will turn in 10 images (minimum) to flickr in a set entitled "project 3" by the end of the day Monday, Sept 25th. (100 points)
Part 3: You will do a 10 minute presentation of your work in class on Wednesday Sept 27th based off the subject you choose.  Your presentation should include a Powerpoint slideshow along with relevant historical data to supplement your images.  You will be graded based off the quality of your presentation's research and the engagement level you have with the work.  You are required to have at least two CREDITED sources in your presentation, be it a book, magazine, website, or interview.  (50 points)

Why are we doing this?

I want you to think about the details in your photographs that tell the story, that imply the narrative of a place. Photographers must know their subject before and after they shoot it, and sometimes it requires research, and knowledge of a place. Even historians are constructing a narrative with words of a place. Maybe it is about the history of a place, maybe it is more your own personal encounter with history that is the true story. What information can you put in your photograph that makes more than just a random field, or barn? Think about the details that set the scene of the story you want to tell. If there is an interesting event going on there, Like the Commanche Pow Wow, than document that.  

Possible locations

Who was George Bernard Erath? What is up with those wind turbines popping up in the Northwest? Every actually stop at a Texas roadside marker? Where did people see the aliens? How did people migrate here? Where does the railroad go and how was it used? Why is Thurber a ghost town? Where is the chalk on Chalk Mountain? Why is there a headless woman haunting Alexander, TX? What's the hub boob about the strip club in Proctor? Where is the biggest rocking chair in the United States? What do people do on a Saturday night in Morgan Mill? Who is Dale and how can you tell he is bluffing in poker in Bluff Dale? Where does the roller derby team play? What goes on in Comanche, Deleon, etc...etc...

Locations that are not allowed
Anything in the central Tarleton campus that has to do with Tarleton
The Baker Hotel (unless you can get in)
Dublin Bottling Works

Cross Timbers Area

Erath, Hamilton, Comanche, Bosque, Somerville, Hood, Palo Pinto, Eastland Counties

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Exposure Basics

You can find more online

Photocaddy app for android
or for Iphone

Web App for exposure basics

Project 2 Exposure Checklist

Take a series of photos.... Make sure to follow the steps below. For the content, I want you to consider documenting your "home" or something like the 100 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 (deep depth of field)
2. Sharp focus on the subject, but everything else out of focus (shallow depth of field)
3. Bokeh - In at least one photo, nothing at all should be in focus. It's hard to take a good looking photo where nothing is in focus - be creative!
4. Stop action (fast shutter speed) The main subject should be frozen in time, be creative in finding a solution.  
5. Blurred motion (slow shutter speed) The main subject of at least one photograph should be motion-blurred, either due to movement of the subject or movement of the camera.
6. Long exposure (more than one second, maybe low light)
7. Backlit subject (silhouette)
8.  At least one photo must be poorly exposed. That is, most of the image should be either very close to black (underexposed) or close to flat white due to oversaturation (overexposed)

at least 8 images due Monday September 11th, beginning of class