End Task

Posted: May 30, 2013 in End Task, Uncategorized

End TaskDue Date: June 12th
We have a problem on our hands here. DHS is full of sloppy, messy people who throw their trash on the ground. After lunch and after school the halls are full of nasty garbage because some people are not cleaning up after themselves.
This is where you come in. We need to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to use the garbage cans and clean up after themselves.
You need to create posters and commercials that deal with this issue. It is up to you how to approach the issue, whether is is serious or humorous, but the end message must be the same: Don’t litter!

Individually you must complete a poster using Adobe InDesign and photographs that you take yourself. (remember the CRAP principles of design). Each poster must have at lease one photograph that you took yourself. You can incorporate images from online as well, but you still need an original picture.

Individually, or in groups of two or three you will create a short commercial dealing with the issue (max one minute). You are responsible for managing your time in order to Ensure that you can complete all parts of this assignment in time.

All of your work (poster and commercial) must be posted on YOUR blog site to be considered for evaluation (videos produced in groups need to be posted on each members blog)

How I will mark it:

30% – Poster/Photographs
The poster will be evaluated based on the concept/idea, use of design principles as well as the technical implementation and quality of the photographs used.
40% – Video
The video will be marked based on the planning and preparation, production and final editing.
30% – Process
This is an evaluation of how effectively you use the time given to you to complete this task.

Here are some past examples:

Using the techniques discussed below (RULE OF THIRDS, BALANCE, COMPOSITION: CONTRAST AND SIMPLICITY), take and place on your Blog 10 new photographs with a WRITE UP to explain how you’ve tried to compose EACH shot. Use a VARIETY of the TECHNIQUE described.  MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE ALL OF YOUR OWN PICTURES. 

Rule of Thirds

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Photography, Uncategorized

Rule of Thirds: This is a principle taught in graphic design and photography and is based on the theory that the eye goes naturally to a point about two-thirds up the page. Also, by visually dividing the image into thirds (either vertically or horizontally) you achieve the informal or asymmetric balance mentioned above. Although there are many ways a photograph can be composed effectively by basing it on the use of “thirds,” the most common example is the placement of the horizon line in landscape photography.

Your turn: Take pictures that use the rule of thirds. Use any combination of live models and existing objects. Take a selection of pictures and post the five best on your blog. Feel free to do any Photoshop editing to your images before you post them.


Balance: Placing the main subject off-center and balancing the “weight” with other objects (smaller or lower impact) will be more effective than placing the subject in the center. Balance can be tricky as you really have to compose your scene in order for this to work well. There are two types of balance used in photography.

Formal Balance implies that the object or subject is mirrored in the image. An example could be a close up picture of a face as it will be basically the same on both sides.

Informal Balance refers to balance that uses different sizes, shapes or colours to balance out an image.

(formal balance: 1, 2) (informal balance: 1, 2)

Take some pictures that have balance. Post your top five on your blog.

Composition: Contrast and Simplicity

Simplicity: Try to eliminate unwanted objects or clutter from the photograph. If you are having problems eliminating unwanted objects, try changing the viewpoint of the picture. Use a low-angle shot so the sky is your background. Find natural or manmade solid background (i.e plain walls inside or outside of buildings) This technique can really help your subject pop out of the picture. (more simplicity 1, 2, 3)


Contrast: A light subject will have more impact if placed against a dark background and vice versa. Contrasting colors may be used for emphasis, but can become distracting if not considered carefully. (more contrast 1, 2, 3, 4)

Video Assignment 1

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized, Video

Your task is to make a 1 minute commercial that uses 15 different shots.  Here is Mr. Wilkinson’s from a couple years ago:

Mr. Wilkinson’s Video

Count how many shots are used in this video.

We will have to really use our time well as we will only have one Mac computer (IMovie) to work on.



Using the SLR digital cameras, take the following pictures:

1. A picture of a person inside
2. A picture of a person outside
3. A “natural” portrait – a picture of someone who is not looking at the camera or acting as if they’re having their picture taken
4. A close up of an object (as close as you can get with the object still in focus)
5. A picture of a building
6. A picture of a lot of something (i.e. a lot of pencils, a lot of bricks, a lot of books, a lot of people)
7. A picture of a colour (fill the picture with something that is all one colour (i.e. green grass, red bricks, grey sidewalk)
8. A picture of a texture (rough, soft, smooth, whatever)
9. A picture of a hand or hands
10. A picture that shows repetition (i.e a row of lockers, chairs, railings on stairs, books)
11. A low angle picture (camera is at a low level looking up at something or someone) 12. A high angle picture (camera is high looking down at something or someone)
13. A picture of someone moving (running, jumping, walking, etc.)
14+15. Two bonus pictures to make it an even fifteen – these can be anything you want.

Work in groups to take the pictures if you like, but everybody MUST have their own unique pictures.

When you have all of these pictures, load them onto your Z drive (use My Documents if Z: is full)

Print this entry off and take it with you if you need it to remember what pictures you need.

Do any cropping or other Photoshop work that these pictures need.

When you have taken and edited all of the pictures, post them on your blog. Be sure to label each picture so I know what I’m looking at. Include a brief description explaining why you decided to take the picture the way you did.

Make sure that YOU take all of your own pictures for this assignment.

Career Research Project

Posted: May 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you do not have access to a camera, I would like you complete the Career Research Project.  Please be thorough and do good research.  Please put things in YOUR OWN WORDS.  When you are finished, please post to your website as a PDF file.  Also, if you made it in a format that is printable, please print and hand in also.

Photography A-Z

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Photography, Uncategorized

As I have mentioned, we are going to be starting our work in Photography. We are using Digital SLR cameras to complete the assignments in this class. If you have you own camera or you would rather take your pictures at home or outside of class time, that is fine.

We will complete these assignments in pairs or in groups of three – but each person must take their own pictures (the same picture can not be handed in by more than one person)

There are a few rules that need to be followed in using the cameras:

1. Always wear the neck strap! You should be wearing the neck strap and holding on to the camera with at least one hand at all times. Don’t let it swing around and smash in to things.

2. Don’t disturb other classes in the school. Do not go up to the second floor, or into the business/science hallways. (Don’t go any further than the student square). Most importantly DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF PEOPLE IN OTHER CLASSROOMS UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE TEACHER. When you disrupt classes, I hear about it, and it is annoying. Don’t forget, you will have photographic evidence if you do any of this stuff!

3. Don’t take pictures of things that you shouldn’t be doing at school (violence, drugs, etc, etc – I think you get the picture)

4. Take lots and lots of pictures! If the assignment asks for ten pics, take a hundred and pick the best 10. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice.

For this assignment you will need to take 26 pictures – one for each letter of the alphabet. Look for signs or shapes that represent each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. You could even try to get people to stand in the shapes of the letters (if that’s even possible).  Just a thought…. for Q and Z, you could look at the new Blackberry phones!!!

You can take pictures of actual letter from signs, posters, books, etc OR you can go more abstract (as seen here, for example)

The pics must be nice and sharp – no blurriness, and there should be no glare from the flash – in fact, you shouldn’t even have to use the flash. Avoid getting too close to the letter as the camera will not be able to focus – you can crop it out after the fact if you need to. You’ll need to be about 45 cm away from whatever you are photographing in order for the camera to take a picture.

When you have all of these pictures, assemble them into a single page InDesign document to be posted on your blog (JPG format)

It’s not a race – if you take a bunch of pics and realize that they need more work, feel free to go out and get more.
Remember to conduct yourself in an appropriate fashion while out in the school taking pictures. Stay within the allowed areas, take the pictures you need and return to the classroom ASAP. Don’t linger or hang out in the Student Square or the Caf, please.

While you are waiting for you turn to use the cameras, you will be working on the Career Research Project

Many Logos choose to use lettering but very rarely are the letter not part of the design.

There are many ways to manipulate letters to include them in your logo.

#1  Type on a path – Design a shape (duplicate it if you plan to use the shape afterward) Select the type on a path tool and your lettering will follow the path of the shape.

#2  Un Grouping letters – This will allow you to move each letter individually so it fits exactly where you want it to.

-Type out what you want.

-Select it (black arrow)

-Object > expand > OK

-Use the Select Arrow to move as you see fit.

#3  Changing Letters – To make your letters into totally unique shapes, use the direct selection tool.

Logo Design

Posted: May 6, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Your ninjas and your monster have hopefully made you familiar with the tools you need in Adobe Illustrator to work towards our final goal:  Logo Design.  This will not be a simple task.  A good logo will be easily recognizable and a great logo will be impossible to forget.


Think of how much money these two logos have associated with them.  That’s why before you start the process of your logo design, you need to learn a little bit about them first.

Read the 8 elements and 4 types of logos

You are to design two logos.  One should be for a serious business the other should be for something fun.  For each logo, explain which type of logo you have used and why you chose to use it.  Post to your blog with the Titles Logo 1 (Serious Business) and Logo 2 (Fun Logo)