December Project/Activity Checklist

As our class continues to progress, you will be responsible to organize and work on more than one project during a given time period. This means staggered deadlines, and good time management on your end. To assist you with this, I will be posting periodic updates with checklists to keep you on point with the […]

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Advertisement Project

For this project, you will be creating a new advertisement for a Nike campaign focused on the statement, “Find Your Motivation.” You are to create a custom design as well as provide all photographs for the advertisement work. This advertisement will need to meet various content areas including the following: Two page magazine spread (8″ x […]

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ACA Review #3

This is third review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 1-4 under “How to work with swatches). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Define the 8 terms identifying different types of swatches (write this in your blog post) Know the various parts of the swatches panel […]

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Aperture/DOF Introduction

This is part II of the three part’s that control exposure (remember the exposure triangle)? We’ve already explore shutter speed, how it’s controlled, and what aspect of photography it allows us to focus on (motion control). In this second part, we are focusing on aperture. To kick things off, download this document. Then make a […]

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Lightroom Tutorials and Preset Development

For this activity, you will need to visit this site, and choose 6 tutorials to complete. Additionally, you will need to provide your own photos for each. As such, you should be looking through the list, picking the effects you want to attempt, and then choosing what type of photo would be best for this type […]

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Shutter Speed Control Introduction

As progress further with projects requiring photo work, it’s necessary that you not only have a key understanding of composition and what makes a great photo, you should also know how to control the camera to manipulate lighting and motion to create a desired effect. Auto mode on most cameras is fairly limiting on the creative front. […]

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Jersey Shore In Black & White

Black and white photography at one time, was photography. Up until the middle part of the 20th century, color photos simply didn’t exist. Fast forward to today, and while it isn’t our only choice, black and white is still very popular. Black and white photography focuses on light and shadows to tell the story. Playing with light […]

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ACA Review #2

This is second review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 11-9 (second section on Opacity Masks). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Turn Rulers on/off Turn on the document Grid Show were guides preferences are located Create ruler guides Demonstrate bleed setting location Identify the parts of […]

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File formats…what do they mean?

One of the skill sets you should be developing as a designer is knowing what the various file formats that exist are and in what circumstances are they best suited. I have put a link to a great resources on my website that explains the various common file formats in the design world. Read over […]

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Introduction to Photo Composition

After your introduction to the camera systems used in class, please view the PowerPoint. Make a blog post titled, “Photographic Composition Intro.” In this post, summarize each composition guideline outline in the PowerPoint. Then using Creative Commons search, find example photos that you feel demonstrate each of these guidelines. Post them to your blog with […]

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