01 – TGJ 2O

Monday, December 11, 2017 –

Today, you will begin looking at the different components of the End Task –

Photography –

So far this semester, you have been able to explore the use of the digital SLR camera, in addition to your exisiting photography experience.  You will create a photographic masterpiece as part of your end task.


Video/ Web Design/ Audio recording – So far this semester, you have created a youtube channel, and created short video projects recorded using various devices.  You are expeceted to create a masterpiece using one of these mediums.


Other media – In the fast-changing world of communications technology, the number of options for alternative media are many.  Use the following prompts and use a communications technology based approach to describe an aspect of communications technology you are interested in –

  • Describe industry hazards and methods for preventing accidents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply safe work habits when using equipment
  • Describe health risks associated with the use of photographic, imaging, and computer equipment, and identify ways of avoiding them.
  • Identify career opportunities in photography, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling, and/or web design, and describe the qualifications and skills need for entry into these occupations
  • Identify programs and groups that are available to support students who are interceded in pursuing non-traditional career choices in communications technology.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues related to communications media production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social standards and cultural sensitivity, and use appropriate and inclusive content, images and language in communications media productions.
  • Describe effects current photographic, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling and web design technologies have on the environment.
  • Describe ways in which environmental problems are being or can be addressed by communications technologies.
  • Identify recent innovations in photography, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling, and web design, and describe their social and economic effects.

You may combine different aspects of the three components of the end task.  If you feel you can meet the expectations of more than one component of the end task with one piece of work, you are encouraged to do so!

Monday, November 20, 2017 –

Today, you are starting on a major video project.  To create this video, you will use the cameras available to you in the classroom, along with your own devices, and you may also rip video clips from the internet.

The topic of your video may be :

-Virtual tour of the high school

-Internet privacy and ethics in the age of Snapchat and Instagram

-A performance video – singing, guitar, any other instrument

-A spoof ad for any product.

-A news style report

-A humorous short story

-Other ideas may be explored, simply run them by the teacher.

Video editing will be done using iMovie, adobe premiere pro, or a video editing program of your choice.  Video must be at least 720p in quality, and should not have any watermarks on it.

This video will be due Friday, December 1, 2017.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 –

This assignment will last today and tomorrow.  You are to complete a 1 take video (no editing) that has an introduction, story, and conclusion.  Videos are to be uploaded to your youtube account.

Monday, November 6, 2017 –

By the end of today, you should have at least 1 video uploaded to your youtube channel.  In addition to the video, you are to send an email to me indicating the following : What is your level of experience with iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro or Windows Movie Maker, or the video editing software of your choice.  Be sure to include the link to the video you have uploaded, in your email.


Friday, November 3, 2017 –

By the end of today, you are to have a youtube channel set up and the address sent to me at paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca


Monday, October 30, 2017 –

2 options for today –

  1. Plan an edited photo – Plan out a location within the school where you will choose a background for a photo you are going to edit, use your imagination!
  2. Add your first “snow photos” to your portfolio

Upload your work to flickr.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 –

Today’s task is to create a fantasy scene, using your selection tools skills.

Sample Ideas –

An army tank with mickey mouse ears in the desert

A toaster with wings at the taj mahal

A pink flamingo with a robot head in Wabigoon Lake.

Photo compositions should include :

A background image,  Fantasy object.  When complete, post to your flickr account.

Monday, October 16, 2017 –

Multiplicity –

Today, we will get started on a multiplicity assignment.  This assignment will consist of you creating a finished multiplicity composure.   At the end of this, you will write a 50 word reflection.

The instructions for the multiplicity photo are below.  1st deadline – Thursday, October 19.


Web Link – http://photoextremist.com/how-to-clone-yourself-using-multiplicty-photos


In order to do this, you must start by taking at least 3 photos of a person, without moving the camera on the tripod.

You will then import the photos in to photoshop, and use the command file –> scripts –> load photos in to stack.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017 –

Students are to explore the pixlr program further.

Using 3 different photos, students are to apply filters to their photos to improve the overall appearance.  Upload your finished photos to your flickr account.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 –

Today, we will spend the period working with Adobe Photoshop and Google Pixlr.  Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing, Google Pixlr is a web based app that is available through the google app store.

The interface and many of the controls are similar between the two applications – the advantage to you is that Pixlr is available anywhere you can access google chrome, Photoshop is available on these computers.

You are to take a photo and perform  similar edits on both photos using both photoshop and pixlr.  Please use this as an opportunity to display where you are at with photoshop in terms of background and ability – Everyone has varying levels of experience and as teachers we refer to this as a diagnostic.  Upload your photos to flickr in a new album named “2017-10-05 edits”

When complete, send an email to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca describing your preference between the two applications.   If you have a phone based photo application that you prefer to use, please share the application name with me.

Monday, October 2, 2017 –

Introduction to famous photographers.

On your own, discover 3 photographers who are exhibiting their work online.  Reflect on what you like and what you don’t like about their work.  Send an email to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca listing the three photographers you discovered and a 2-3 sentance reflection on their work.

When you have completed this, you may use a classroom camera to emulate the work of one of the photographers you have found.  Upload your photos to an album on flickr.

Monday, September 25, 2017 –

Printing of photos –

Today, we will look at printing some of our photos out to share them with others.

You will print photos using adobe indesign.  You will use a tabloid sized document in portrait orientation.  Please include a byline at the bottom of your photo.  (photo by…)

When you have completed this, you will print your photos in landscape orientation on a tabloid sized paper.

Two things to remember with Adobe Indesign –

Ctrl + D is used to place a photo

to print as a PDF, file–>AdobePDF presets –> high quality print.

Start by getting one photo printed out today, by the end of this week, you will be printing out multiple photos.


You may use 20 minutes of today to get some fall colour photos as well.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 –

Today is a catch-up day.  If you are behind on your albums or organization, please catch up with them.  If you would like to make a bonus album, the conditions outside are quite unique – Sunshine after a rainy morning.

Make sure your photos are organized in to albums as appropriate.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 –

Today, you are to create an album where you focus on “little details” of the fall season.

The emphasis on this album is to have photographers get as close to their subjects as possible.

You may go outside, however there is some precipitation.  If you are staying inside, please remember that you are not to be taking photos outside of any classrooms, not point the cameras inside of any classrooms.  You may take photos in student square, in the area outside the resource room, and in the cafeteria.  No loitering – you are to return to class as quickly as you are done.

Save the photos in an album named 20170919 close ups

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 –

Today, we are taking advantage of one of the last warm days we will have.  Have a look at tips for sunny days photography –

Tips for sunny day photography

Try to take photos with at least 3 different techniques –

Subject vs. Background


High Speed photography

Portraits in the light shade

Attempt to capture at least one photo in each of these different situations.  Upload your photos to an album named “20170912 Sunny Day”


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 –

Photo walk # 2 – The Wabigoon River.  Today, we will be walking as a class down to the Wabigoon River.  Try to get your best photo of the park like setting.

By the end of today, you are to have the following :

-Flickr account created

-“Follow” Mr. Darling

-Upload photos from Friday, Today.  As you upload, be sure to add photos to an album, as described.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017 –

In the world of today’s communications, it is necessary to understand that there are many different file formats that we encounter.  There are 2 things that are very important to understand in terms of image quality, these are : File Size and Resolution.

Image File Formats

File Size and resolution

Search google for the following images, and make mental notes of what each photo looks like.  For each photo, make note of the image size in pixels and the image size in megabytes.

Photo with slow shutter

Photo with fast shutter

Photo with small aperture

Photo with large aperture

Panning photo

Light painting photo

Multiplicity photo

Next, visit the camera simulator website, and use the simulator to create different images.  Visit the Canon version of the same tool.

Finally, Visit flickr.com and create an account if you do not already have one.  Add me as a contact on flickr so that we can be connected.


Flickr is just one photo sharing community on the internet.  Search Picasa, Smugmug, and any other photo sharing situation.