03 – TGJ 3M/ 4M

Monday, December 11, 2017 –

End Task Introduction –

Your End Task will consist of 3 components  – Photography, Video, and current issues

Today, you will begin looking at the photography component of the End Task – Is there a specific photographic project you would like to attempt as your photography 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. Potential ideas include :

  • A collage composed of new work, and work from your digital portfolio
  • A refined technique such as light painting, panning, or astrophotography
  • A focus on one type of photography – portraiture, landscape, hockey, music
  • “My favourite vacation”  (real or imagined)
  • A photo mosaic
  • Another photo idea, approved by teacher.


Video/ Web design/ Audio – So far this semester, you have created a youtube channel, and created short video projects recorded using various devices.  You will create a masterpiece in video by the end of this end task. – *Video component may be done in groups.

Ideas :

  • Scare video compilation
  • Video history of a current pop culture topic or item (rise and fall of fidget spinners, for example)
  • Slide show for an upcoming family event (milestone birthday, anniversary)
  • Video Time capsule
  • Series of interviews addressing a current topic
  • A video project consisting of compiling clips of media readily available online
  • A video project consisting of compiling clips you have already shot
  • A video project of another idea

Current issues in Communications Technology – 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 –

  • Net Neutrality
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Cell Phone addiction
  • Cell Phone Anxietey
  • Social Media induced depression
  • Corporate influence on communication technologies (Amazon vs. Youtube)
  • Facebook
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
  • Evaluate the societal and cultural effects of converging and emerging technologies
  • Describe how cultural diversity can be reflected in media products.
  • Analyse the environmental costs and benefits, local and global, of recent innovations in communications technology
  • Describe various ways in which ownership may exist and be protected in creative, intellectual and artistic works
  • Describe the effects of rapidly changing technology on employment opportunities in communications technology
  • Explain the need for lifelong learning in the communications technology industry
  • Identify professional organizations associated with the various communications technology fields, and describe their role in professional support and development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an apply techniques for encouraging collaboration and building consensus.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 –

Standard size of a business card – 3.5 inches x 2 inches

Standard size of a post card – (minimum) 5 inches x 3.5 inches (maximum) 6 inches x 4.25 inches

Standard size of a magazine cover – 8 inches x 10 inches

Today, we are continuing to explore print media.  By the end of today, you are to create either a business card, post card design, or magazine cover.

You will find it easiest if you change the units and increments preferences of your document to “inches”

Be mindful of using basic elements of design such as lines, whitespace and borders.  Also, you are to explore different options for what effects you can put on each layer of the document.

By the end of today, print out one finished print media product from the list above (or you may experiment with a different print media product – a sticker, for example.)



Tuesday, November 28, 2017 –

Today we are starting our 2 week unit on print media.

By the end of today, you are to create a poster with the intent of improving your fellow DHS students and teachers life.

You are instructed to use Adobe Indesign, however if you find it easier or more advantageous to use microsoft word or another program, you may

Motivational Posters

Example concert poster designs

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 –

Students today are continuing to complete their first video project, this should be done by the end of the week (friday.)

Those students that are done should start considering the following question :

Do you have an interest that is strong enough that you wish to prepare a multi – week communications project based upon it?  This project will be introduced later this week, and will consist of many facets, may include video, photography, audio, or web design.

Monday, October 23, 2017 –

By the end of this class, students are to complete the following survey (click to follow link)


Thursday, October 12, 2017 –

By the end of today, students will :

Have uploaded video to their Wevideo account

Have attempted to download the Wevideo app to their personal device

Have sent their youtube account address to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca


Join our collaboration group using the code QBQM3vp


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 –

By the end of today, students will :

Begin to familiarize themselves with WeVideo

Create or customize their youtube account


When you have created your youtube account, please send your address to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca

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.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 –

Students are to review missing work from the course website.

Today is a great day for a photo walk.  Create an album highlighting the colours of the sun and the leaves.  Upload this album to flickr.

Monday, October 2, 2017 –

Seeking out other photographer’s work

Seek out 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 your photos for a display.

We have created some beautiful images so far in this class.  The next step is to share these photos in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Your assignment for today is to print 4 photos from your portfolio so far this year (you may go back to the beginning of summer if you wish).

You will print the photos and mount them in an aesthetically pleasing fashion, to be placed on the walls of the school.  The photos are to be mounted together on a piece of paper, and include the following labels for each photo :

  • Photo Title
  • Camera Used
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperature Size
  • ISO
  • Focal Length

The display should include an overall title and your name.  All text on the display is to be printed using the classroom printer.

Remember to print photos using adobe indesign, you use the following steps :

Create a new document using tabloid sized paper.

Place your photo (ctrl+d) on to the document.

Resize photo by holding down ctrl+shift and moving anchor points.

Print using file –> Adobe PDF presets –> High quality print.

Save PDF to a thumb drive and print by inserting thumb drive in to printer.


Due Wednesday, September 27 –



Thursday, September 21, 2017 –

Today is a beautiful day for photography.

Today, we will examine where our images come from, because some say they certainly don’t come from our cameras.  What we may find out is that our photographs come from our imaginations, our curiosity, our questions, our hearts, our memories, our dreams, and from all of the different things that make us human.  Here are 5 photo assignments to try to speed this along :

  1. The camera is blind and doesn’t understand mood. Make an image with your camera of a mood.
  2. Make a portrait of something you love.  Now make a portrait of something you hate.
  3. Recreate a dream in a sequence of ten images.
  4. Create an image you don’t understand, and create an image that asks a question.
  5. Make images where the subject is on the edge of the frame and then make images where the subject is outside the frame.

Upload these images to flickr in an album “20170921 making images”

Monday, September 18, 2017 –

Today, you are presented with 2 tasks.  They will both be due Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  They are numbered below as 1 and 2.

  1. Introduction to communities of practice.
    A community of practice is defined as a group of people who share a craft or profession.  Communities of practice can exist in the physical setting, with people holding face to face meetings, or increasingly in the virtual setting, where people share knowledge and experiences.
    Examples of online communities of practice include :Skateboard cityHigh School Cross country running forumPhotography forumVolleyball forumYou may search to see if a forum exists particular to your interests by googling, for example “soccer referee forum” “chevrolet 4×4 forum” “northern ontario fishing forum”Redditt is the 4th most popular in North America, and the 9th most popular website in the world.  Redditt was created in 2005, and currently has 234 million unique monthly visitors. Information on redditt is organized in to subredditts. The subredditts are examples of communities of practice. Redditt is a highly moderated website and prohibits harassment. Examples of subredditts include:/r/skateboarding
    /r/starbucksyou may search for any interest to see if a subreddit exists.Please remember that your student computer use agreement prohibits you from seeking out sexist, racist, hate speech, pornography, and any material that is considered to be offensive in a high school classroom. If you need any clarification on this, your supply teacher or the school’s administrators can explain.Your task is to visit at least 5 different communities of practice.  These may include those listed above or some of your own specific interest.Write a reflection that is at least 100 words long.  In the reflection, include :
    -which communities of practice you visited.
    -anything new or interesting you may have discovered
    -personal opinion on wether you would participate in an online community of practice.Write the reflection and send to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca
  2. Focusing on close-up photography, create an album called “small signs of fall.”  Try to take at least 5 photos that you feel meet the description “small signs of fall.”  Try to get as close to your subjects as possible in taking these photos.  Album should include : Appropriate album name, photo titles, photo descriptions and tags (topical, people or geographic)These two assignments are due Wednesday, September 20, and may be completed in any order.  You are to have read this assignment before you may participate in a photo walk on Monday, September 18.  Remember to email reflection to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca

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 (link on class website)

Try to take photos with each of these 5 different techniques.

Subject vs. Background


High Speed photography – 1/4000 of a second using the fountain at kinsmen park.

Portraits in the light shade

Using the sun as a star

Attempt to capture at least one photo in each of these different situations.  Take at least 5 photos total.  You may include extra photos in the album that you are just very happy with. Upload your photos to an album named “20170912 Sunny Day”

This album will be graded as your first major photography assessment.

In this album, you are to do the following :

Pin at least 1 photo with location.

Tag photos with tags appropriate to the photos.  You may tag all photos at once, and then add individual tags.

Tag at least 1 person (you may use Mr. Darling)

All photos individually titled – Titles may be 1 word or more.

All photos individually described – Description should be at least 1 sentence and be relevant to the photo.


Due Thursday, September 14, 2017 in class.




Thursday, September 7, 2017 –

Today, we will start by getting familiar with Adobe Indesign.  By the end of the day, you will be printing at least 1 photo that you have taken so far, to be posted in the school hallways.  Photos should be :

printed on 11×17 (tabloid sized) paper

include a byline at the bottom (by Michaela Landrie, for example)

Be of good resolution and overall aesthetically pleasing.


When you have completed this, you are to continue planning your tourist brochure.  By the end of the period, you should have decided upon what the central focus of your brochure will be, and how you will attract people to Dryden.  You are to use Adobe Indesign software to create this brochure.

In terms of content of the brochure, be sure to include the following :

An eye catching cover page

What the central focus is of your brochure

Descriptions of attractions/ activities and points of interest

appropriate images (ideally photos taken by you in this class, but not absolutely necessary)

A quote or testimonial of someone

Address/ Contact information


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 –

Idea gathering photo walk –

We are interested in bringing more people to Dryden – both tourists and permanent residents. Today, your photo walk is intended to start to capture images that will attract people to Dryden.  Try to use today to decide on what central theme you may wish to use

-Parks of Dryden

-College in Dryden

-Fishing in Dryden

-Recreation in Dryden

-Shopping in Dryden

-Working in Dryden

-Life in Dryden

As you explore the city, take photos and begin to plan what your brochure will look like.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 –

Today you are to go on your second photo walk – Down Arthur street and to the Wabigoon river.  Try to find a photo that you could describe as “Colourful on a grey day.”

By the end of the class, you should have :

  • A flickr account created
  • Connected with me by following me on flickr
  • Photos from photo walks uploaded in to albums.

When you have completed this, you are to change the header image on your flickr account, as well as the thumbnail image for your profile picture.


The first assignment we will be completing will consist of a tourist brochure, trying to attract individuals for one of the two following reasons :  Attending college in Dryden or Fall Fishing in Dryden.   What are some features of Dryden that you would want to include in the brochure?  What photos would you include?  Start to plan for this if you have completed all of your work with flickr.



Friday, September 1, 2017 –

Today, you are going on your first photo walk – An excercise in taking photos, and gaining familiarity with the camera.

Individuals in this class have varying degrees of ability with the camera, and photography is a skill that you can continue to improve upon over the course of your lifetime.

Today, your task is to take 3 different photos  –

A photo of the Dryden Mill

A photo of King Street, downtown

A portrait of someone, either posed or candid

A panning photo of a car on Duke Street.


These photos are to be saved to your z: drive when you return to class and uploaded to your flickr account.


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.