Digital Photography CHS Agenda

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January 8, 2018 -- WELCOME!!!

Today’s Assignment: 

First, login to your Jeffco Email.

Second, answer the following.

Third, send an email with both URLs and answer to the question to also with the answer to What do you want to learn in this class?

  1. Create Google Document to answer daily course agenda responses.
    File > Publish to Web > Copy
  2. Create your site with the (chs + your id # as the profile url) to display your digital photography photography work in this class.You can find this under Basic Settings > Publishing > Blog Address

Here’s Ms H’s sample blog, 

January 8, 2018: What do you want to learn in this class? Copy the date + question into your google document, then answer the question. You will have a new question every day.

BLOGGER ASSIGNMENT → Create your Artist Bio → Write one paragraph describing who you are (or want to be) as a photographer in this class. Be sure to discuss your style, typical shots, an artist you admire, → Include an image you find online that shows

January 10, 2018 -- What is your ideal camera? Why? What does it do? Insert > Image > from URL on today’s assignment in google docs

Today’s Question:

Signup for Digital Photo on Remind Remind → Text hansenphot to 81010

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Read the article at Then list, answers to the following

  1. What is “Aperture?”
  2. What does Aperture do? When would you use it?
  3. What is the difference between large or small aperture?
  4. What is “depth of field?”
  5. Show an example of a shallow depth of field
  6. What is better? A fixed or zoom lens? Why do you think?

BLOGGER→ Complete your combined image cutout → Upload to Blogger

Thursday, January 18, 2018 -- Elements of Art, building a common Artist Vocabulary for Digital Photography

  1. What does Depth of Field do for your photos? Some might say it makes them seem more __-__
  2. The word __ __ __ __ __ is they are the smallest information that makes a photo.
  3. Elements of Art Terms → Complete the chart below



Photography Example








Complete Tuesdays’ combined image cutout → Upload to Blogger.


Assignment: Color Swap. THEN, Open both the cutout file and your background image

Homework: Take 2 images each day between now and Friday’s Class reflecting something in your own life.

Monday, January 22, 2018 --

Today’s Question: Principles of Design!!!

You all did a great job with this assignment last week. I hadn’t planned on giving this one just yet b/c I wanted to talk about that one but seeing as though I am out today, why not start this one now. I hate being absent but I couldn’t help it today. I have my phone on me, so if you have questions, please send a message through Remind or via reply SMS from Fri


PART ONE: Look at the two pictures below...pick one to write about...which elements of art are demonstrated very clearly to the audience?  (line, shape, value, form, texture, space, color)  What PRINCIPLES of DESIGN (pattern, contrast, emphasis, balance, proportion, harmony, rhythm/movement) do you observe? Screenshot the one you choose and post to your blog with at least 3 COMPLETE sentences...



PART TWO: Principles of Design terms → Define and give ex of each.



Photography Example

1. Pattern

2. Contrast

3. Emphasis

4. Balance

5. Proportion

6. Harmony

7. Rhythm / Movement

PART THREE: Checkin → How are you doing with your Two-Shots-a-Day assignment? Have you kept up? What do you notice about the kinds of images you are taking? Is there a common theme? Do you prefer color or black-and-white? What do you think viewers will notice about this image? What do you hope they will take from this perspective? Include this reflection as your last Google Doc assignment today.

BLOGGER→ Post your best image so far on blogger… then write a one-paragraph description  on Blogger describing the 7 Elements Design it follows.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 --

Today’s Question: What kind of camera do you have on your phone? What does it do? What is it capable of? Best Case Scenario, what should you be able to do?

BLOGGER→ Post a small 4 x 4 image collage of your 2-a-day shots for the past week. Then, link to the full size version of your image from google drive (click the image in drive and click “publish to the web” first to get the link you will use in Blogger) We will discuss, Fri

Using the language listed above, what can you say about each artists’ color swap or image cut-out photo on their blog? or Artist Critique of Blogger Cutouts

Friday, January 26, 2018 --

Today’s Question: What

BLOGGER→ Post a small 4 x 4 image collage of your 2-a-day shots for the past IN A TABLE! Then, link the small image to the full sized one in your google drive

Monday, January 29, 2018 --

Today’s Question(s): THREE PARTS →

  1. Write one paragraph explaining what theme you might focus on in the Coffee Jam Show on 2/9 at 6:30 p.m. Why? (pick 1 theme or 12 different pieces)
  2. Create a shotlist listing 12+ image ideas you might want to include as your photo montage.
  3. What IS a photo montage? DEFINE HERE

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 --

Today’s Question(s): 

Friday, February 2, 2018 -- PHOTO MONTAGE SUBMISSION DAY!

Today’s Question(s): Two Questions

What is a RAW IMAGE? 

Paste your RAW images into the table below

Monday, February 5, 2018 -- PHOTO MONTAGE SUBMISSION DAY!

Today’s Question(s): _How do other people’s photos compare to yours? What did you like about them? Write a reflection.

Gallery Walk

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -- PHOTO MONTAGE SUBMISSION DAY!

Today’s Question(s): Three questions...

  1. What is a filter?
  2. How do you create an overall THEME using filters?
  3. What kinds of FX or Special Effects can you add to your raw images that will bring together the vibe you are trying to express in your RAW images for Friday’s Coffee Jam?

Thursday, February 8, 2018 -- PHOTO MONTAGE EDITING DAY!

Today’s Question(s): What did you think after seeing our class’ montages on screen? What feelings do you think the audience will notice? Are there any topics that might be interpreted as difficult or thought-provoking in nature?

  1. Give Matthea your Artist Name and Title of your .mov Scene
  2. Edit your .mov → send to to be included in the show (Michaela to Edit)

Monday, February 12, 2018 -- FOOD PHOTO WEEK

BLOGGER Post 6 Food Images of some of your favorite shots

HW → Take FOOD Pics this week for Wednesday’s Class Discussion

FRIDAY → In class study of Food Studies. Bring something to share. Bring your fave DSLR or phone camera for photos.

Today’s Question(s): Coffee Jam Reflection (ask Ms H to play it again).

  1. What was the vibe on Friday after attending the Assembly, hearing Rosmin’s talk about Life Purpose and what he has done in Tanzania at his children’s home? Was it meaningful? Do you think students could relate? Why or why not?
  2. What do you think of the Photo Montage with Music shown at Coffee Jam? What did you like? What would you have done differently? What was changed? Why?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Happy VALENTINE’s DAY!!

NOTE: Photoshop Creative Cloud just updated its list of new features with some REALLY COOL STUFF!! Check it out, 

Today’s Question(s): List five features from the video that are new to Photoshop CC 2018 (from the drop 5 days ago)

  1. Customization of project brushes
  2. Apply Layer Mask → Image Masqueing (masking) using ONION SKINS to show transparency
  3. Command + C to copy layer to new document
  4. Variable Fonts (shortcut key = t)
  5. Learn Tool → looks like a lightbulb; located in right menu properties (Ex: how to use spot healing  brush)

TIP ? How to airdrop a photo from iPhone to Mac…

Finder > GO > Airdrop > locate your computer to share the file (only works on mac :( )

QOTD → How do you show warmth, tone, or mood in Photoshop? Open PS and create an image you might print / send your Mom (or close friend/relative you care about) today that displays warmth and a caring message. Meme-i-fy it and send it! Reflect… what is your recipient’s response?

BLOGGER→ Upload your Valentine or Personalized Meme you’d send to your mom or someone you care about, here

Friday, February 16, 2018 FOOD PHOTO DAY!!!

Today’s Question(s): Upload your best three images of today

On Tuesday, copy and share on your blog

Blogger → What are the best food images to give to a Valentine or show someone you care? Go to Find three images that would make you change your order…


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today’s Question(s): A photo of a single trapped atom wins the UK science photography prize. Why was this SO important? Explain
Upload and crop your Foodie Photos from Friday to to Blogger

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Today’s Question(s): What is the difference between the images you shot on Friday with your favorite Foodie Photos from last week?
Cut out ONE item from Friday in PS.

Digital Photo prep you should do for ALL photos

  1. Adjust the lighting if it needs it
  2. Adjust my levels
  3. Be sure the images you want are in the frame (you may need to crop it afterwards)

Additional Topics:

4:3 Screens vs Portrait

Rule of Thirds (only ⅓ of our class said they had heard this phrase before)

What is a “layer mask”?

What is “white balance”?

How to you adjust “color points” in Photoshop?

What is “frame on frame”?

What are your most useful PS tools? Why? Air Brush,Brush,Pencil and Eraser.