Author: Joe Dennis

PP9: Walking Meditation

Photojournalist Duncan Davidson talked about “finding the photograph right in front of you” utilizing the process of “walking meditation.”

Separate from each other. Take a walk BY YOURSELF around campus. And find that one object you can see clearly — more clearly than ever before. Take the photo and post it, explaining what you are seeing for the first time.

This project is due by 1 p.m. today.

Prompt 7: MCOM Experience

Shoot and post a minimum of three photos from MCOM Experience Day.

  • Photos can be shot with smartphone or DSLR
  • Cutlines are required. Get names of everyone in the shot.
  • No more than two photos can be taken in same room.
  • editing is OK.

Photos should be posted by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Prompt 7: Fall Break

Enjoy your Fall Break … but take some pictures too!

Whether it’s a cookout, hiking in the mountains, traveling with your team, heading home for the weekend, chilling in the dorms or surviving a hurricane, shoot and post three photos with cutlines that showcase how Piedmont students spend their Fall Break. Two of the photos must have people (not you) in them.

Use your phone for this assignment.

Prompt 6: Swanson Happenings

Assignment: Capture three photos – at least two action shots – of one (or both) of these events:
• Dress rehearsal of Cabaret, tonight at 7 p.m.
• World College Radio Day, Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
o Marion, 8-9 a.m.
o Amin (with Marion), 9-11 a.m.
o Radio 1 class, 11 a.m. – noon
o Joey & Garrett, 12-1 p.m.
o Just Joe, 1-2 p.m.
o Flavortown Friday, 2-3 p.m.
o Caitlin (capstone), 4-4:30 p.m.
o Savannah, 4:30-6 p.m.

Requirements:
• There is no formal class meeting on Friday, Oct. 4.
• Photos can be taken with the camera of your choice
• Photos must be in color
• A person/people must be in at least two of the photos
• Crop and edit as necessary
• Every photo needs a cutline of at least two sentences. The first sentence should state at a minimum the “who” and “what,” and the second sentence should provide context.
• Post photos to the blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Prompt 5: Photoshop

Assignment: Utilizing Photoshop, edit five of the 10 photos in the Photoshop Exercise section of Canvas.
• Crop out unnecessary distractions, maintaining the original ratio
• Put subject on the rule of thirds
• Adjust the levels and curves
• Make one photo grayscale
• Create a cutout from a subject in one of the photos

Criteria:
• This is an individual exercise. You will have the next two class periods to complete this – they will be open labs.
• Post your final five photos on the class blog (no cutlines necessary) by Friday, Sept. 20 at noon.
• Be ready to discuss your editing in class.
• Utilize the “Editing Photos” handout distributed in class (and available on Canvas)

Prompt 4: DSLR

Photo Exercise: DSLR Practice

Assignment: Within the next hour, shoot the following types of photos.
• A close-up of something in nature.
• A close-up of some aspect of a person.
• A medium photo of a faculty member (other than me).
• A medium profile of a student outside.
• A medium action shot of a someone running/jogging.
• A medium action news shot inside.
• A long shot with a person in the foreground.
• One wildcard shot of your choice (does not have to fit the above criteria, and does not have to be journalistic)

Requirements:
• Photos must be taken with the provided DSLR camera
• You can utilize any of the camera modes discussed in class
• Some element related to Piedmont College must be in every picture.
• The photo will run as is – no cropping.
• Each person on your team must have shot at least one of your team’s final photos.
• Upload the seven photos to the class blog yourself and turn in your camera to me
• Cutlines and photo credits must be added to the photo no later than 5 p.m. today
• Winning team gets a lunch of their choice after Joe gets paid  Losers get the shame of feeling like a loser for the rest of their lives.

Teams:
Sage & Alyssa
Nathan, Cameron & Christian
Hadley, Nate & Garrett

Prompt 3: Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend … but take some pictures too. Whether it’s a cookout, hiking in the mountains, traveling with your team, heading home for the weekend, chilling in the dorms or surviving a hurricane, shoot and post three photos with cutlines that showcase how Piedmont students spend their Labor Day weekend. Two of the photos must have people (not you) in them. Use your phone for this assignment.