Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Strong School Studio Art Light Drawings

This project requires a very dark room. We used tarps, black construction paper and paint shirts to plug all the light leaks we could. Light drawing also requires a DSLR, a tripod and a long exposure time (5-15 seconds). Using flashlights, glow sticks, candles, cell phones and miscellaneous other hand held lights, students 'draw' in the air. The light trail is recorded on the camera's sensor as a 'line'. Unfortunately Studio Art class is not very long this year and 2 students were absent. We should do this activity again. Well done everyone. -Mit


Sunday, June 20, 2010

MTA workshop- Digital Photography in the Classroom

Hi folks

I have included some interesting links to things you may find interesting or helpful re: digital photography in your classroom. I will also attach my teaching notes for this 1-day workshop on the lower right of this post. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have integration questions or would like another person to help brainstorm lesson ideas.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

A few last words...

Hi folks
Thank you for your participation, experimentation and efforts in my first Photography 101 class! With very few pre-conceived ideas about the knowledge and abilities of the class when we began, I was impressed with your openness to experiment, work, fail, and learn from your experiences and those of others. You created some wonderful images during the class many of which were ‘WOW’ images.
The comments you wrote on your evaluation feedback sheets have been very helpful in refining the material and techniques I will include in the next class. Some things you said:
What I learned:
·       Composition techniques
·       Better understanding of Depth of Field
·       I can publish my photos!
·       Post-processing tips
·       Not to be afraid to just shoot!
·       POV “I always just shot at eye level”
·       How to blog
·       Places to find more information on Photography
·       Make the class longer
·       Review time/brain backup time (pause and reflect)
·       Look at fewer photos but spend more time on them
·       More editing info
·       Larger end of class project
·       More in depth
·       Longer
 Of course I have thought about a bunch of things that I should have covered and said in the class since it ended, but I have been keeping good notes so I can improve the next time around.
Once again, thank you for making my first adult ed experience a great one!  Please drop me an image or a link when you do something you are particularly happy with. I love seeing your work.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Last Class!

I believe that I have contacted everyone by now but...

In addition to your photojournalism shot and caption, I would like you to bring in 2-3 of your favorite images to share with the class. They should have been shot by you but the do not need to be 'recent'.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Photo Journalism Submissions!

Lisa (from Wilton) is going crazy!! She has submitted photos to 2 places and been published by BOTH! She got the home page (I call it a 'cover-shot') of the Daily Bulldog http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/ and... The Natural Resources Council of Maine 'My Maine This Week' image which can be seen here:  http://www.nrcm.org/mymaine.asp  Awesome Lisa, who's next?!

With temperatures reaching the mid-fifties on Sunday, these hens appear to enjoy the mild weather, and a little gossip, in a Jay backyard.

Photo by Lisa Bryant


"Opportunities are like sunrises - if you wait too long, you miss them.” William Arthur Ward.  Winter sunrise in Jay Maine.

Photo taken by Lisa Bryant.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Checking in...

OK, it’s been awhile since our last class! I hope you have been shooting lots of photos. I’m not sure if I told you that for every 100 shots I take, I’m doing well if I get 1 or 2 that I would consider sharing with others. As you shoot more, the ratio of shots-to-keepers will improve.
What to do if you have 10 or 15 shots that you are happy with!?  Put together a little slideshow using your editing software, dim the lights, and ask a family member or friend to sit at your computer and tell you their favorites. this feedback can help you narrow your images to the 3-4 you will share on Thursday.
To clarify on the homework:

a. Choose 1 theme/shooting assignment from the list on the blog and follow it.
b. Bring 3-4 of your best images to class to share. Try and include one example of natural framing.
c. If your camera will allow you to set the f-stop (apertures), then experiment with depth-of-field.

Keep it fun. Follow the ‘Creativity Tips’ in the links on the blog.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rule Of Thirds Week 3 Student Images (wow!)

Chrisit and I went through the images you shared during our last class and attempted to select one form each of you.  If I missed you, please email me and I will add you to the post. Also if you would like me to remove any of your images please let me know. smitman@tds.net
Click the image to enlarge.





























Thursday, February 25, 2010

No class tonight!

The storm has made travel dangerous so we will not have class tonight.
we'll try again next week on March 4th.
Keep Shooting!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Will snow prevent our next class from meeting on Feb. 25?

It is not looking very good for having photo class on Thursday Feb. 25

I will wait and see what the forecast looks like at noon on Wednesday and then call you.

Thursday: Snow. High near 35. Northeast wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Thursday Night: Snow before 1am, then rain and snow. Low around 29. Blustery, with a north wind between 17 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 11 to 17 inches possible.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Light Drawing...long exposures, a light source and movement

We had a 3 hour power outage tonight at our house. I set up the tri-pod and we all experimented with light drawing with flashlights and light sticks. The kids had made light sabers from rolled paper with a flash light in one end. Most exposures were 20-30 seconds at F-16 and f-8.