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Florida Yearbook Seminar Notes and Presentations

 

I was privileged to work with a group of middle and high school students in St. Petersburg, Florida a couple of weekends ago. My emphasis was on learning to use the camera in manual mode using the exposure triangle and using the elements of composition to become a better photographer.

 

The students in the photography track have their work critiqued by their peers and the instructor  and receive feedback to assist them in becoming better photographers. Images are critiqued for proper exposure, sharpness and the compositional elements used to help tell the story.

 

It is indeed an interesting process watching the students go from using full auto mode on their cameras to understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how manual settings can affect the final image.

 

Below are some links that might be helpful in helping to further understand all the factors that go into making powerful photographs that tell a story.

Presentations

The Photographer’s Mind

The Perfect Photo

5 Steps to Make your Photos Pop

See the links below for tutorials and how to’s.

1) Cropping – remember pixel density (300) and aspect ratio (vertical or landscape) of final layout

2) Understand the Histogram – tells you how darks and lights are distributed through the photo

3) Sharpening –

4) Levels – use the levels tool to make accurate color adjustments

5) Saturation – a little goes a long way!

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Top 40 with Deke McClelland

http://blog.lynda.com/tag/photoshop-top-40/

http://blog.lynda.com/tag/photoshop-top-40/page/2/

http://blog.lynda.com/tag/photoshop-top-40/page/3/

http://blog.lynda.com/tag/photoshop-top-40/page/4/

Levels Tutorial Video with Deke McClelland – Using The Histogram

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/cs4-online-training-videos/levelscommand-

video.html

PSD TUTS+

http://psd.tutsplus.com/

Bridge and File Management

Bridge Basics

http://www.lynda.com/Bridge-CS4-tutorials/10-things-designers-need-to-know/47761-2.html?lpk2=47761

File Naming

http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/naming-conventions-good-for-faculty-and-students-alike/35467

Network Attached Storage for BACKING UP IMAGE and SPREAD FILES

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/technology/personaltech/14basics.html

Photography – Composition

http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-composition-tips

http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules

http://photofocus.com/2009/11/30/25-photo-composition-tips/

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/composition-tips-simply-beautiful-photos/

http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/photography-composition-tips/

Photography – ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture – Using Manual Mode

http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-camera-modes

http://www.digitalslrguru.com/using-your-cameras-manual-mode/

http://blog.muddyboots.org/2011/02/manual-mode-tutorials.html

http://www.worth1000.com/tutorials/161769/camera-skills-manual-exposure-photography-for-beginners

Student Journalism Ethics and Guidelines

Tip Sheet For High School Journalists

http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=73952

Photojournalism and ethics

http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/business_practices/ethics.html

http://www.jea.org

http://www.poynter.org

The Importance of The Ethical Use of Photoshop – A Real Life Story

 http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2007/04/toledo01.html

Florida Yearbook Seminar Notes and Links

I have been teaching photography to middle and high school students in St. Petersburg, Florida the past couple of days. The emphasis has been on learning to use the camera in manual mode and using the elements of composition to become a better photographer.

The students in the photography track have their work critiqued by their peers and the instructor  and receive feedback to assist them in becoming better photographers. Images are critiqued for proper exposure, sharpness and the compositional elements used to help tell the story.

It is indeed an interesting process watching them go from using full auto mode on their cameras to understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how manual settings affect the final image.

Below are some links that might be helpful in helping to further understand all the factors that go into making powerful photographs that tell a story.

If you have any questions – either add a comment below or reach me through the contact form here.

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Taylor Publishing Florida Yearbook Seminar

It’s that time again folks! The advisers and students have all gathered in St. Pete, Florida at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for the Florida Yearbook Seminar put on by Taylor Publishing. Students and advisers willingly gather each year on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico to to hone their design, layout and photography skills in an effort to create another memorable yearbook for their school. It is at this seminar where themes are defined, color palettes are developed and the all important covers for the books are created. These four long days will get many books well underway for the 2011 school year. [Read more…]

January 15, 2009 – Success

As the McClellan family (left) and head coach Tommy Edwards (center), look on, assistant coach Jason Pascual offers a few words of advice and congratulations just prior to the signing of the letter of intent.

As the McClellan family (left) and head coach Tommy Edwards (center), look on, assistant coach Jason Pascual (right) offers a few words of advice and congratulations during the signing ceremony.

I am not sure how most people may define success, but for a high school athlete many times success is defined as having some or all of your college education paid for in doing something you love. This held true for Neil McClellan of Bishop Kenny High School today as he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Neil had an outstanding junior year in helping lead the Crusaders to a class 4A state title. Neil’s command of his pitches for both location and velocity helped him earn this scholarship to extend his playing career on the diamond and more importantly to continue his education beyond high school.

How do you define success?

Data:Canon G9, auto mode, ISO 200, f 2.8, 1/60, fill flash at 3:01 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 15/365