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Fine Art Showcase

10 Jan

January 20th 2012 – Show them what you got!

10 Days from now you will be showing off your talents for everyone to see.

You have approximately 1 or 2 classes to select a photograph for the show on the 20th.

Today you can take more pictures, work on a photograph you have already taken (using Picasa or Skitch for example), or create a collage.

You MUST choose a picture to have printed by the end of the day today if this is your last class before the show, or Thursday if that is your last class.  You must also think of a title for it.

I will have all of the pictures printed this weekend.  There will be no Photo Club next week because of the performances.  On Tuesday and Thursday all students will have to participate in or watch the performances.

If you need ideas for photographs here are a few:

– Take a picture of one of your friends.  Alter that picture using the effects in Picasa to really show what you know about your friend.

– Complete the collage project.  See the previous post below. This time though create a collage about something that interests you.

– Take a picture of your favorite thing in black and white.

-Take a close up picture of something that seems ordinary.  Use the macro setting.  It is fun to make something look strange or surprising.


Really, it is up to you!

I want to see something you created that you feel really proud of.  So get out there and take a lot of pictures and make sure you choose one to include in the art show.

Thanks guys,



Week 2

6 Dec

Last week…

You uploaded all of the important software to your computer.

You sent me your bio – a Photo Booth picture of yourself including your name and three projects you would like to do this semester in Photo Club.

You also started creating your very own website.  If you did not finish, please click here and follow the instructions to create one.  This is where you will put all of the images you take in the future.

This week…

Lesson 1

Your camera has several basic functions.  One of them is called CREATIVE AUTO.  Creative Auto is different from full auto.


See your D550 Manual page 55.

In Creative Auto mode you have control over more of your camera’s features than you do in Full Auto.

Here are the things you can control in Creative Auto Mode:

1- Flash (Auto Flash, Flash On, Flash off)

2- Background ( Blurred <—> Sharp)

3- Exposure (Darker <—> Brighter)

4- Image Effects (Standard, Portrait – Smooth Skin Tones, Landscape – Vivid Blues and Green, Monochrome Image)

5- Single, Continuous, Self-Timer Shooting

6- Image Recording Quality


Read page 55 and 56 in your manual.  Try changing the settings in your camera.

Press the [Q] Button at the back of the camera and the cross keys to navigate the screen.  

Roll the Main Dial near the Shutter Button to change the setting.  See p. 16 and 17 if you are not sure.

Your task:

1-Choose something to photograph.

2-Take a picture of it using a different setting each time.  (You should have about 24 pictures)

3-Upload your images to your camera.

4-Look at each image and think of why they are different.

5-Upload the images to your website.

Here is my example:

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Welcome to Photo Club!

1 Dec

This is where you are going to find the information you need

Each day, I will post our “focus” here.  My goal it to teach you to take wonderful pictures using these:

Canon EOS D550 DSLR

Each week we will learn a new feature of these cameras, as well as a new photography technique.

To start with here is a copy of the information I handed out to you in the Photo Pro Brochure.

KIS Photo Pro Intro

Photo Credits: Ansel Adams, View of cactus and surrounding area “Saguaros, Saguaro National Monument,” Arizona. (Vertical Orientation) – Hippocrab – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dieppe France, 1926 – Edward Burtynsky, Wushan #3, Three Gorges Dam Project, 2002 – Robert Frank



1 – Go to this website:

2 – Read the page.

3 – Write three questions you have about that page.  For example:  Why does Cartier-Bresson think it is important to crop a picture “in-camera”?

4 – Participate in the class discussion.

5 – Sign out a camera.

6 – Take pictures of everyone doing their activities today.

7 – Leave time to upload your pictures to your computer.



Next time you will create a website to share what you are doing in our club with the world!  You can start right now if you like.  Go to and see if you can figure out how to create your website.  Please send me the address of your site by email so that I can link it to our class site.

-Keep shooting!