FALL 2018 – TGJ 3O0 – Block B

November 13, 2018 –

Today, we will start with a creativity project.  Over the next 2 weeks, you are to complete 3 of the following communication technology assignments. Daily check ins will be done to ensure you are progressing effectively. If you have an idea that is not listed here, please feel free to attempt it, just ask your teacher first –

Photography

Explore further the controls available on the Canon Cameras in the class, including : White Balance and HDR shooting.

Take a series of photos that you feel documents life in Dryden in 2018

Take a series of photos that follows any theme

Create a mosaic photo by taking individual photos of different pieces

Video

Create a stop motion video : 10 photos per second minimum

Create a video that explores cell phone culture

Create a video that is entirely you having a conversation with yourself (may play different characters)

Create a video that extensively uses a green screen

Create a video that extensively uses video filters

Using the “Trailers” option of iMovie, create a trailer for a movie, real or imagined.

Audio

Create a podcast or a series of podcasts

Create a library of “DHS sound effects”

Other

Scan a damaged photo and use photoshop tools to preserve it

Scan a collection of family or historical photos and publish them to the web or flickr

You may work on these projects independently or as part of a group.

November 12, 2018 – Reflection day

Today, you will share your video with class – Silent  Film.

Following this, you will reflect with your group members on the film. This is a formal reflection, and will be submitted and posted in class.

Your reflection should include the following :

A screenshot of your video

Concepts you feel you learned or attempted for the first time

Concepts you feel you have mastered

Best practices, moving forward, for your next group work.

This is to be completed using Adobe Indesign – If you need help getting your screenshot into indesign, just ask!

November 6, 2018 –

The content of your silent film will be a response to something else happening.  Your silent film should allow your viewer to guess “what had happened.

For instance :

  • You lost your phone
  • You won a contest
  • You caught a big fish
  • You just had a break-up
  • Someone said “Yes” to you for snowball
  • Other ideas considered

November 5, 2018 – Silent Movies

Today, we will start to examine the process of creating a silent film.  Let’s start by discussing what the characteristics of a silent film are :

-Moving Picture

-No Dialog

-Music may be added to enhance atmosphere

8 Tips for making silent movies

Silent film – Wikipedia

30 essential films you should watch

A trip to the moon

 

By the end of today, you should be familiar with silent films, and start getting ideas of what you could make.

 

November 2, 2018 – Today, we will be embarking on a 1 day photo assignment.

By the end of today, you will :

Take a photo and print it on 11×17 paper, including your watermark if you have one.

Those who are looking for a challenge will print 2.

The highest achieving students will attempt a photo with the following settings :

Shutter : 1/250

Aperature : f22

ISO : 100

Flash on

These settings allow you to create a neat “black background” effect.

 

October 30, 2018 –

Explore the online graphic design software at canva.com  Create an appropriate poster to go along with the video you shared with the class yesterday.

Students who feel Canva is too limiting should try using Adobe Indesign.

You should be able to get a poster printed by the end of the period.

October 16, 2018 –

Assignment :

Your first assignment is to create a 1 minute video using one of the ideas mentioned in class.

Your video is complete when you have submitted 3 things :

  • Storyboard sheet
  • 3 printed screen shots from your video
  • Link to video, posted to youtube

 

You should start with completing your storyboard sheet.

October 1, 2018 –

Communications Technology is not something that operates in isolation. Therefore, today we will start with our first group assignment.  You will choose a group of up to 4 people to work together with on the following 3 part assignment:

Group Assignment 1 – Photography

a)  _____________ of Dryden.  (bridges, schools, roads, people, sunsets, sunrises etc.)

In your group, decide upon a feature of Dryden which you could make a collage of, using photographs.  You will create a collage that is aesthetically pleasing, and includes a descriptive label for each of the photos shown.  The collage should have a minimum of 5 photos, and each member of the group should contribute at least 1 photo.  This collage is to be created on a minimum 11×17 sized paper, but may be larger.

b) Photo Editing/Altering/ Retouching portfolio

Using Adobe Photoshop, each member of the group is to Edit a photo using Adobe Photoshop. Each member will choose different editing techniques.  Finished product will include the original photograph and the altered photograph, each printed on 8.5 x 11 paper.  A caption will also be included, which details the steps taken and the desired finished product.

c) Group work reflection (done individually)

In this reflection, you are to express a first response to the following points :

  • explain the value of sharing ideas, information, resources, and expertise when working in a group setting.
  • describe techniques that encourage participation by all members of a team (e.g., brainstorming, group discussion, celebration of others’ thought or contributions)

This assignment has a soft deadline of Thursday, October 4.

In addition, we will have our first quiz for this course on Friday, October 5.  This quiz will include vocabulary, diagram labeling, camera function, and safety.

 

 

September 26, 2018 –

Watermark for photos tutorial – Click Here

Blending photos using photoshop tutorial – Click Here

 

By the end of today, Students should have created a watermark for their photos, and attempted to blend two photos together using the tutorial above.  THis is a beginning to your work with photoshop

September 25, 2018 –

Today will be our first day working with Adobe Photoshop –

By the end of today, you should be comfortable with –

Making basic adjustments to a photo

Cropping a photo

Using Selection tools

Using Filters

Using Clone stamp tools

 

September 24, 2018 –

  1. Complete assignment from last week
  2. Organize flickr account into albums, change cover image, change avatar photo, add some custom “About” text.
  3. New Assignment – Mirrors

Mirrors are great yet underappreciated helpers in photography. They provide unique capabilty of looking at things from different angles, at the same time often offering a visually appealing frame.
So let’s take a picture of primary subject mirrored in a, well, mirror. Mirror frame should play a constructive part in your image and hopefully fill the image frame. Try to avoid cliches (like car mirror shots), unless you introduce some brave new idea to it.
Let’s mirror!  Try to use more than 1 mirror if possible.

Once you have completed a mirror shot, you are to print your photo on 8.5 x 11 “letter” sized paper and include a caption.

 

September 17, 2018 – At this point, all students should be comfortable with camera usage, file transfers, and uploading to a cloud based storage (flickr.)

Today, we will start our first technical assignment of the year – Light Painting.

Light painting is accomplished by setting a camera to a slow shutter speed (5 seconds or more), setting the camera on the tripod, and using a light source in front of the camera. This procedure should be done in darkness, or near darkness.

There are multiple examples of light painting to be found online.    Your finished product will include 1 photo

A rubric will follow, but your assignment will be graded on the following :

Aesthetics of overall project

Technical proficiency – Camera

Technical proficency – Post production (printing)

Artistic effort

2 Captions – 1 technical, 1 photographer’s choice.

A rubric will follow.

September 6, 2018 –  Your first task for this course is to send an email to the teacher, Mr. Darling, at paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca In this email, please copy and paste the following questions, and then answer to the best of your ability.

  1.  Do you publish videos, photos, songs or writing on the internet at this point?  If yes, do you wish to share your youtube account/ instagram account/ website at this point?
  2. List three general rules for safety that you feel would apply to the communications technology classroom.

3.  Why is it important to follow guidelines on appropriate content in a high school communications technology classroom?

Camera Safety

List of Selfie deaths

Photographer’s rights

Mr. Darling’s Youtube account

Mr. Darling’s flickr account

Mr. Darling’s website

 

Copy and paste these questions, and answer in an email to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca