• Seeing *color* photo assignment (7802)

    For this assignment you will learn to use the Nikon D7000 camera to make a well-composed image. That means you should be thinking about framing and composition, i.e. what is contained in the frame from edge to edge, and how those objects and shapes are arranged within your picture. It also will help to scan around the outside edge of the viewfinder as you are framing each picture to avoid including any unwanted objects in the periphery.

    The goal is for you to enjoy the freedom of seeing and photographing in a way that demonstrates your own unique vision. It’s also a chance to start learning from experience how to make visually interesting images.

    If you want to use your own camera, please clear it with your instructor first.

    The color you’re assigned must be the dominant element. Get out of the house and make some images! You can photograph almost anything you want, except for the following:

    • no text representations of the word — “red,” “green” or “blue”
    • no signs/business marquees
    • For red:
    • no stop signs/traffic signals
    • no fire hydrants
    • no red doors
    • no carpet in the j-school
    • For blue:
    • no sky
    • For green:
    • no grass
    • no Shakespeare’s building
    • no traffic signals
    • no parking meters

    You also must learn how to use the camera’s settings to make your images come out properly exposed. That means you will use one of the following camera settings: manual, shutter or aperture priority. (Do NOT use Auto or Program mode. If you do, you’ll be docked one letter grade.)  The goal here also is for you to get more comfortable with the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed, as well as learn to compose interesting pictures.

    You might want to try some different shutter speeds and f/stops (aperture openings) and see what effect that has on your picture.

    Take as many pictures as time allows.

    The next step is to edit your “take.” Go through your pictures and select the three best. It is OK to do some minor cropping to improve the composition of the images. If you don’t have three images you are proud of, then go back out to reshoot.

    Click here to see examples of successful Seeing Color (red) assignments (PDF file)

    Once you have what you need…

    • Size your photos in Photoshop so that they are 5 inches on the longest side and a resolution of 150 ppi. (We will learn to do this in class)
    • Each photo needs a caption. Write the captions in a text file, then copy and paste each photo’s caption information into the “File Info…” in Photoshop. (Keep the text file because you’ll need the caption text for your Web page.)
    • Save the three photo files in the a folder named “(LASTNAME)_SEEINGCOLOR1” or “(LASTNAME)_SEEINGCOLOR2”  inside your folder on the Classes server (smb://doit-bfs1.col.missouri.edu/journalism/Classes).
    • Place the photos along with the text of the captions on your website. You can choose either to embed the photos directly onto a page on your site or you can first upload them to Flickr and then embed them. You can choose to make a gallery for the assignment, too, if you prefer.
    • Be sure to make sure everything is appearing correctly out on the Internet before the start of class.
    ----------Posted on August 20, 2014 by in 7802

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