TGJ 2O0 – February 2019

May 23, 2019 –

Today, you will begin looking at the different options for the End Task.  You are to complete the following 4 components for your end task –

  1. 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.  I will be assessing your flickr account to ensure you have at least 20 photos uploaded, in at least 5 albums. You may create a photographic masterpiece as part of your end task.  Your photographic masterpiece may be one of the following

  • A highly polished digital portfolio, with your 6 best photos printed in hard copy and mounted to be shared within the school.
  • A process of choosing 4 photographic techniques which you will attempt to master.  This process will consist of choosing the photographic techniques, creating a plan to learn and master them, and then developing a digital portfolio which includes work you consider to be “attempts” and work you consider “successes.
  • A photographic project which consists of taking at least 1 photo (ideally) every day for the next 16 days.  You may choose where to publish these photos, and will prepare a digital and hard copy of your work when complete.
  • Other ideas to be added or approved.


  1. 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 may expeceted to create a masterpiece using one of these mediums.  Some ideas you may wish to explore are :
  • Create a series of blogs (at least 4)
  • Create a music video or lip dub
  • Emulate 2 commercials – serious or satirical
  • Create 2 Rick Mercer-style rants
  • Other ideas to be added or approved


  1. 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.  A Communications Tech approach may include photography, video, audio, or any other you may wish to explore.
  • 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.
  1. Photo editing –
  • Take at least (1) photo and edit it to your liking.  Photo should be printed on 11×17 paper. This photo should represent what your “best edits”

End task is due Tuesday, June 18, 2019.


May 13, 2019 –

Different cuts in video.

Today, we will review the 8 essential cuts every editor should know.

From this, you are to:

Create a video that attempts to use at least 3 different cuts. The video should be no more than 1 minute long, but can be as short as 20 seconds.  Video should be coherent and attempt to tell a story.


May 10, 2019 –

Reflection –

  1. If you have completed the comic book assignment, you are to complete a reflection. In the reflection, you must state : (a) What you are happy with in regards to the completed project. (b) Things you would like to improve upon if you were to complete the assignment again.
  2. State what types of video you would like to explore with creating over the next 2 weeks.

Send the responses to both parts 1 and 2 to

April 23, 2019 –

Comic Strip project –

As a group, you will investigate the different elements and layout techniques of Comics. Your group will brainstorm the storyline for a two-page comic layout. You will be responsible for writing an outline, thumbnail sketches, script and storyboard for a minimum of twelve panels. Your story should be original and have a definite beginning, middle and end. There should also be some sort of challenge, adversity or climax to add interest to the plot-line. Once your group is satisfied with the outline you will need to develop detailed sketches, a script and storyboard. The more detail you add to each of these elements in the pre-production process the more it will help your group be successful during the production and post production stages.  The goal of this group project is to fully develop an original storyline and use the techniques of pre-production, production and post production in order to produce a cohesive and dynamic two-page comic spread. Students will write and edit text for conversations and storytelling.

Consider using topics that raise awareness of issues that are relevant to teenagers.


Create one final individual two-page comic layout. Note that the story outline, thumbnail sketches, script and storyboard will be done as a group. The group will then digitally
photograph each shot from the script and storyboard using different shot types and angles. This will provide a large variety of JPEG images. Afterwards, each group member will upload a copy of all the JPEG images to their individual digital storage. Finally, each group member will use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign to individually edit and place their chosen photographs in a two-page layout.

Creating your own comic

Creating comic book effects in Photoshop

For Today :

Students will pick a theme for their Comic Strip and start to brainstorm ideas for a related storyline. Students need to focus on a concept that will relate to their target audience: teenagers. All great ideas start with open communication and great group collaboration.
The students will start off by participating in a six panel Comic Jam Exercise. Each group member receives a worksheet with six blank panels on it. Each student will have five minutes to draw the first panel based on a theme of their choice. Then, each student will pass along their worksheet to another group member. The next group member will continue the storyline in panel two. This format will continue until each group member has drawn six panels on six different worksheets, each worksheet containing a different storyline. The students should take a moment to reflect on the themes that were introduced during the Six PanelComic Jam Exercise. The group should make a short list of possible themes and discuss them in detail to see which is most appealing to the group. Once a concept has been chosen, the group will
begin developing the plotline through character development and thumbnail sketches. They will also decide on the story elements. Once the basic storyline has been worked out the group will write and produce a script and storyboard. The script and storyboard will include the dialogue, possible shot types and angles and a list for cast and crew, props and costume, and set locations.  The students will incorporate prior learning of the production process, which includes script writing,storyboarding, and the Principles of Photography.

By the end of today, you should have completed the 6 panel comic jam.



April 16, 2019 –

Video continued –

Today, your task is to create a video, no more than 30 seconds in length, which will use Slow Motion, Fast Motion, or reverse footage effectively for humoourous or thought provoking effect.  Video does not need to be 30 seconds total!


You may do additional searches for more ideas.

April 11, 2019 –

Introduction to Video

By the end of this course, students should have an understanding of video capture, editing, and distribution.

Before starting a video :

  1. Consider your audience/ purpose of the video.  Who do you expect will be watching this video?  What will you focus on? How much editing will you perform? What platform will you distribute the video on (if any?)

2. Consider how much editing you plan to do.  Consider three levels of editing :

SOOC (Straight out of camera)

Lightly edited – Edits are done for length, potentially a title is added  (1 day)

Heavily edited – Edits are done using many clips taken over a period of time.  Editing considerations are made to audio, video, titles and transitions.  Special effects and graphics overlays may be added.

3. Research your topic – Do searches to see if others have made a video on a similar topic or concept.  Are there ideas you wish to use, or add on to?

4.  Video Quality – Today, we can capture video from many different sources (classroom cameras, smartphones, even ripped from online sources.)  What quality do you wish to make your video? Will you use a tripod or no tripod?  Do you wish for your video to have a polished look or more of an “indie” DIY look.  There is a time and place for both.

5. Length – In many cases, shorter is better. Think about your own viewing habits – Would you be more inclined to watch a 15 minute video or a 30 second video.  Ask yourself, “How long does this video need to be?”

6. Appropriate content – All content in this classroom must be appropriate for a “G” rated audience.  This means no swear words.  This also means that the content of the video should not make anyone feel uncomfortable in the school or community.  Any questions on this can be discussed with your teacher.

We will have a brief introduction on iMovie now.

Your first video assignment has the following parameters :

45 seconds maximum

Suggested topics :

  • My favourite place in the school
  • My favourite part of the school day
  • My favourite time of the school day
  • Life tip for making the most of your day at DHS

Video should include some edits (you may take this as an opportunity to show me your personal style)

Video can be done in groups or individually.  You may use any of the equipment in the room, or your own.

April 8, 2019 – Camera Purchasing assignment

Today, we will be using our knowledge of the digital SLR cameras, and building upon them to increase our knowledge of the camera market.

For this assignment, you are to do the following :

Pick 3 different cameras to compare in terms of price, options, photo quality.  For each of these cameras, you will list relevant details for each and include a photo.  You should also include the price from the retailer where you found it.

Choose 1 camera you choose as a camera you would purchase if you had the chance.  Include with this camera any relevant accessories you would want to include.  Describe why you chose this camera and be sure to include a total price tag.

For the manufacturer of the camera you choose (Canon, Nikon, GoPro etc..) Try to find their environmental policy.  What actions does this manufacturer take to protect the environment and minimize resource use.

This finished assignment will be prepared using Adobe Indesign and printed out on the paper size of your choice

April 3, 2019 – Photography as a group

Today, we will embark some photography activities as a group –

  1. For part 1, you will compose a photo, but get someone else to take it.  Choose a location, and determine what you would like to achieve with your photo, and then instruct your partner or group member to take a photo.  Continue with this until you get the desired photo you are thinking of.
  2. Part 2 – Perspective.  Using a small object or model, create a photo which displays perspective.  The object that you use could be anything – including your phone!
  3. Edit a partners photo – Ask a group member for permission to edit one of their photos, and attempts edits which you feel will improve upon the photo, or add your own personal touch to the photo.  Include in your photo who the original photographer was, and your own name.

For each of these photos, upload the photo to your flickr account, and print out the end product photos for each of the three parts.


March 28, 2019 – Natural Light

Natural light has the potential to improve any photo – Your task today is to work with a partner (or group of 3) and use an instance of natural light to capture a well textured photo.  You will want to take this photo without using the flash.  Take at least 1 photo (portrait of a person preferably), which is utilizing natural light.  Print your photo on tabloid sized paper, including your watermark.

March 26, 2019 – Mirrors and light

Your next photography assignment is to create an image using mirrors or another reflective surface.  Use either the hand held mirrors in the classroom, or look elsewhere for a reflection.

Prepare your finished photo, with your watermark in Photoshop.  Print your photo on 11x17inch paper using adobe indesign.


March 21, 2019 – Photography A-Z at Dryden High School.

Today, we will be continuing to build our skills with photography.  Your task is to use the classroom cameras to capture the letters A-Z throughout the school and in the area close to the school. (Don’t wander too far!)

Capture the letters A-Z in photographs, and then save the photos to you Z: drive, or to you flickr account, or in your own directory, if you are not on a networked machine.

Using adobe indesign, lay out your letters from A-Z in a visually appealing fashion on tabloid sized paper, with the title “Photography A-Z.”  You may wish to make each letter the same size, or at least the same height, to make your finished product look appealing.

Be creative!  Have fun with this!  Make sure you save your work often when you are laying your letters out in indesign, as you will have a lot of files you are working with.

March 18, 2019 – Welcome back!

Today, students will have time to make some last changes to the light painting and multiplicity assignments from before the break.

Students who are completely caught up, may begin building their photographic portfolio, and start thinking about a long term photographic project.  This project may encompass many different things, including the passage of time.

March 7 & 8, 2019 – If you are completely finished all assigned work, you are to seek out at least 1 story online, relating to communications technology, which you will share when we get back from the break.

March 5, 2019 – Multiplicity Assignment.

  1. Take 3 or more photos in a tripod without moving the tripod at all.

2. In Photoshop, Edit –>Scripts–>Load files into stack

3. Choose the first layer in the photoshop document, on this layer, create a layer mask.

4. Choose your foreground colour as black and paint over the image of the person.

5. Press Ctrl+I to inverse the image

6. repeat steps 3- 5 until you have completed the image.

7. Save as a .psd and a .jpg file.

February 28, 2019 –

For this assignment, you will create 2 works on 11×17 inch (tabloid) sized paper.

1 – Your favourite light painting photo after your experimentation through trial and error.  The photo should take up the entire paper, with a 1/2 inch margin.  You will identify your work by using a watermark on the photo, added in Photoshop.

2 – A layout of your own choosing showing how you created your light painting.  This layout should include a photo of you in the process of light painting, and the relevant steps you have taken to produce a light painting photo.  Level 4 assignments will include an example of “high end” light painting, and a list of other examples of light painting.  You are free to use any design style you wish.


February 26, 2019 – Introduction to photography.

Today, you will perform a couple of activities to get ready for photography.

First, create an account at  When you have created this, you may follow me, Paul Darling.  here is a link to my profile –


Second, explore the following websites – they are camera simulators.  You will want to adjust shutter speed, aperature size, and ISO on these simulators, and try to draw conclusions of what these controls do to photographs.


Canon Camera simulator

List of 10 different camera simulators (you may wish to check them all out)


Third, explore through the following portfolios –

25 best portfolios


Last, send me an email describing your level of experience using Digital SLR cameras.  Do you own one?  Have you ever used one?.  Also, in the email, describe one technique you would really like to learn with the SLR cameras.

Send the email to

When you are complete, you will have free time to continue advancing your skills with Adobe Indesign and Photoshop.


February 20, 2019 – Indesign continued

By the end of today, students will create a motivational poster (must be positive), and a logo involving typing on a path.

Both of these pieces must be printed out using the classroom printer.


February 19, 2019 – Introduction to Adobe Indesign

By the end of today, students will : Print out a polished work with Adobe Indesign

Your polished work should include :

A background image

Text with Stroke

A well-thought out margin.

February 14, 2019 –

Valentines Day –

Students are to use Adobe Photoshop to create 2 Valentines cards – 1 that is made from a blank canvas, and one that is created with a background image.  Your valentines cards should be at least 1000 pixels wide, so that we may print them out.

Using all of your knowledge thus far, including selection tools, gradient tools, blending layers, adding effects to text, writing on a path, and filters, create 2 valentines cards using Adobe Photoshop.

Your cards should be better than the obama example below (although you may steal the joke).  You may use the card popularized by the simpsons for inspiration as well.

When you have completed your cards, you are to save them as .jpg files, and email to


February 13, 2019 –

Today we will work with blending photos together.

A good resource for this is the DHS flickr account.

By the end of today, you should have attempted multiple blends of photos.

February 11, 2019 –

Today, get your photo from Mr. Darling’s flickr account.

You are to edit this photo in photoshop, at very minimum you should transfer yourself to a new background, add a filter, and add some text.


Friday, February 8 –

**Block D students are to complete the email listed below, scroll down.

Students today are to open Adobe Photoshop at the beginning of class and continue to explore with it.  Your exploration should include :

  1. Selecting an item from 1 photo and moving it to a new photo.  Remember to use ctrl + t to free transform the moved item.

2. Writing along a path – Yesterday, you learned writing along a path to create a circular logo, today try to continue that while using other shapes.  Try to create a triangular logo or an octagonal logo with writing – what looks best?


If you have any work you would like to share from part 1 or 2, please save it as a .jpg and email to


Hi!  Welcome to Communications Technology.

**Block D students complete this on Friday, February 8.

Your first task is to send me an email to


In this email, please include the following information :

How often you use email?

Do you use Social media?

What do you feel you consume more of, Television, Youtube or other (short phone videos)


You may make the subject of the email as “first email”