What we did today:
First, we discussed the Soundslides 1 assignment. Even though the due date is far in the future (Week 10), you have to know what your story is NOW — because your Photo 1 assignment is to shoot the very same photos you will be using in that first Soundslides.
- Week 5 (today)
- Week 6: Photo 1 due
- Week 7: Nothing due (work on photo reshoots and/or audio)
- Week 8: Blogging 2 due
- Week 9: Nothing due (work on photo captions and/or audio)
- Week 10: Soundslides 1 due
As I cautioned in class, it is up to you to budget your time and gather your AUDIO, as well as your photos, for Soundslides 1.
Signing Out the Audio Gear
You might be wondering how to get the audio gear so you can gather your audio. (Hmm … no one asked that in class.) Well, you will be signing out the audio equipment from one of our grad students, Gary Ritzenthaler.
The way to do it: Go to the IML (Interactive Media Lab, 3219 Weimer) during Gary’s OFFICE HOURS (see chart on this page) and sign out the equipment. Gary will handle everything. Pay attention to the return time — everybody has to share the equipment! Do not keep it out late!
DO NOT go to the IML at times other than Gary’s office hours. No one else in the IML is authorized to help you or give you the gear. There are classes held in that lab. If you waltz in at another time, you might be interrupting a professor’s class!
If you have your own recorder, Gary can sign out a microphone and cable to you (without a recorder). MAKE SURE you always use a proper external mic — and WEAR YOUR HEADPHONES.
We discussed the assigned readings, especially the ethics chapter. I emphasized these points:
- NEVER ask anyone to do anything (except for a portrait)
- We are NOT doing any portraits, ever, in this class
- Using a model: NEVER (except in a photo illustration)
- We are NOT doing any photo illustrations, ever, in this class
- NEVER move anything, e.g., the Coke bottle
Eisa and Shifen noted that the standards discussed in the Kobré text are not practiced in many other countries. This is very true! Of course, since we are here, we will follow U.S. professional standards for photojournalism.
I also emphasized:
- Cropping a photo is okay.
- Erasing is not okay.
- Dodging and burning is questionable.
- Never erase anything.
- Never add anything.
We discussed “readers’ favorites” vs. what photo editors consider the “best” photos (MSNBC: Year in Pictures, 2005).
As for the photo editing chapter: You should read and re-read the first part about how photo editors judge and select pictures. These later sections are important for your continued reference:
- Cropping (pp. 209–11)
- Sizing (pp. 211–16): Make sure you have read this!!
- Captions (pp. 220–223): You will need this for your Soundslides!!
The slideshow I showed you to illustrate “the rule of thirds” and other principles of photo composition is in the “Handouts” folder on the L: drive. You can access the L: drive from any computer lab in Weimer (log in with your usual mmc6936a login). You may copy the PowerPoint, but for your own use only. Do not e-mail it or post it online.
Photo Editing in Photoshop
Students practiced being a photo editor by selecting the best three photos from another student’s take from last week. After selecting the three, they then had to edit them for the Web. In Photoshop:
- Crop the photo (if necessary)
- Adjust the levels (Image menu — Adjustments — Levels) as necessary; don’t overdo it
- Change the RESOLUTION to 72 ppi (see the handout); this is for the Web — it would be different if we were printing or publishing in print
- Change the width OR height — in PIXELS (also in the handout)
- Save for Web (explained in the handout)
Note that it is always important, when preparing photos for the Web, to know the maximum width and the maximum height that are required. Your Photo 1 assignment specifies a maximum width and height. Make sure you use them!
Note: It is not necessary that a photo have the maximum in both dimensions. ONE dimension (either width OR height) will be LESS THAN the maximum for that dimension, while the other will be equal to the maximum.