Looking Ahead – Adobe Illustrator

If you have completed all of your Photoshop, InDesign, and Photography assignments, try this Adobe Illustrator tutorial that walks you through drawing this adorable lil’ panda.

We will be completing more Illustrator assignments at some point in this semester, so this will give you a head start on learning some of the tools available in Illustrator.



Photographic Portfolio

Photographic Theme Portfolio Grade 10 Communication Technology

Use the knowledge you have gained with past photographic projects to create a portfolio of photos on a specific theme (10 or more photos)

Choose a theme like:

FRIENDS – Photos of classmates and friends working, sitting, reading etc.

PORTRAITS – Posed or Natural (spontaneous) close up portraits of different people (neck up), use natural or artificial light, try to use different angles, B & W or colour. Be sure to ask people permission to take their picture.

The Natural World – Photos of nature around DHS

The Developed World – Photos of buildings, architecture, man made objects

THE SCHOOL – photos of DHS from various places, inside and out, remember to use composition, angles, framing to create interesting photos.

ARTWORK – Photos of different pieces of art found in and around the school.

ONE ITEM – Pick one item and take different pictures of that same item using various angles, shutter speeds, lighting or positioning.

Or a theme that you would like to use, please check with instructor on your choice.

You will be marked on three aspects of this project.

Continuity of the theme. (Keeping the chosen theme evident in all pictures)

Technical quality (clear, in focus pictures)

Composition and Artistic quality. (Framing, use of light, positioning, interesting angles, etc)

Photography: Rule of Thirds


Rule of Thirds: This is a principle taught in graphic design and photography and is based on the theory that the eye goes naturally to a point about two-thirds up the page. Also, by visually dividing the image into thirds (either vertically or horizontally) you achieve the informal or asymmetric balance mentioned above. Although there are many ways a photograph can be composed effectively by basing it on the use of “thirds,” the most common example is the placement of the horizon line in landscape photography.

Your turn: Take pictures that use the rule of thirds. Use any combination of live models and existing objects. Take a selection of pictures and post the five best on your blog. Feel free to do any photoshop editing to your images before you post them.

Photographing Colour and Texture

Our next photographic assignment is to find and capture images of Texture and Colour.

Texture in photography is created by varied surfaces as well as lighting – harsh side lighting will usually enhance texture, while direct lighting will wash it out.

Here are some examples of texture photography.

Colour in photography is also affected by light – brighter light will often bring out vivid colours, while soft light will subdue even very bright colours.

Here are some photographs of vivid colour.

Try to capture some images of both texture and colour – you can combine the two or have different pics if you’d like.

Post at least three images for each to your blog.

Picturing DHS

If you have completed everything you need to do, take some pictures of DHS for me. I am looking for images to post on the dhseagles.com website. I would like pictures that give an impression of what the school is like. I am mainly focusing on the physical space – there can be people in your images, but they shouldn’t be the main focus.

What do you think of when you think about DHS? What are the defining features of the building that we spend our days in?

Take a bunch, and pick your top two or three to post on your blog. Don’t forget that you can always crop and adjust levels in photoshop if your image needs editing

More Photography

Using the SLR digital cameras, take the following pictures:

1. A picture of a person inside
2. A picture of a person outside
3. A “natural” portrait – a picture of someone who is not looking at the camera or acting as if they’re having their picture taken
4. A close up of an object (as close as you can get with the object still in focus)
5. A picture of a building
6. A picture of a lot of something (i.e. a lot of pencils, a lot of bricks, a lot of books, a lot of people)
7. A picture of a colour (fill the picture with something that is all one colour (i.e. green grass, red bricks, grey sidewalk)
8. A picture of a texture (rough, soft, smooth, whatever)
9. A picture of a hand or hands
10. A picture that shows repetition (i.e a row of lockers, chairs, railings on stairs, books)
11. A low angle picture (camera is at a low level looking up at something or someone)
12. A high angle picture (camera is high looking down at something or someone)
13. A picture of someone moving (running, jumping, walking, etc.)
14+15. Two bonus pictures to make it an even fifteen – these can be anything you want.

Work in groups to take the pictures if you like, but everybody MUST have their own unique pictures.

When you have all of these pictures, load them onto your Z drive (use My Documents if Z: is full)

Print this entry off and take it with you if you need it to remember what pictures you need.

Do any cropping or other photoshop work that these pictures need.

When you have taken and edited all of the pictures, post them on your blog. Be sure to label each picture so I know what I’m looking at. Include a brief description explaining why you decided to take the picture the way you did.

What I am looking for:

Clear, in-focus pictures
Interesting subject matter (i.e. you didn’t just go out and press the button 15 times at whatever you saw first)
Unique views – Try high/low angle shots, experiment with backgrounds and different lighting conditions, get in close to highlight your subject.
Carefully edited photos (if required – cropping, photoshopping)

Photography A-Z

We are going to be starting our work in Photography. We are using Digital SLR cameras to complete the assignments in this class. If you have you own camera and wish to use it, that is fine.

We will complete these assignments in pairs or in groups of three – but each person must take their own pictures (the same picture can not be handed in by more than one person)

There are a few rules that need to be followed in using the cameras:

1. Always wear the neck strap! You should be wearing the neck strap and holding on to the camera with at least one hand at all times. Don’t let it swing around and smash in to things.

2. Don’t disturb other classes in the school. Do not go up to the second floor, or into the business/science hallways. (Don’t go any further than the student square). Most importantly DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF PEOPLE IN OTHER CLASSROOMS UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE TEACHER. When you disrupt classes, I hear about it, and it is annoying. Don’t forget, you will have photographic evidence if you do any of this stuff!

3. Don’t take pictures of things that you shouldn’t be doing at school (violence, drugs, etc, etc – I think you get the picture)

4. Take lots and lots of pictures! If the assignment asks for ten pics, take a hundred and pick the best 10. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice.

For this assignment you will need to take 26 pictures – one for each letter of the alphabet. Look for signs or shapes that represent each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. You could even try to get people to stand in the shapes of the letters (if that’s even possible).

You can take pictures of actual letter from signs, posters, books, etc OR you can go more abstract (as seen here, for example)

The pics must be nice and sharp – no blurriness, and there should be no glare from the flash – in fact, you shouldn’t even have to use the flash. Avoid getting too close to the letter as the camera will not be able to focus – you can crop it out after the fact if you need to. You’ll need to be about 45 cm away from whatever you are photographing in order for the camera to take a picture.

When you have all of these pictures, assemble them into a single page InDesign document to be posted on your blog (JPG format)

It’s not a race – if you take a bunch of pics and realize that they need more work, feel free to go out and get more.
Remember to conduct yourself in an appropriate fashion while out in the school taking pictures. Stay within the allowed areas, take the pictures you need and return to the classroom ASAP. Don’t linger or hang out in the Student Square or the Caf, please.

While you are waiting for you turn to use the cameras, you will be working on the Career Research project posted in the entry below.