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Photography (July 12-16, 2021)

Friday July 16 2021

Hey everyone!

Well! Today was our final class. More than anything, I am incredibly impressed and proud with how far our students have come. They have been learning some very complex photography principles, and I am so proud with how much they have learned, and how their work has continually shown growth! Give yourselves a pat on the back folks! 

For our final class, we went over portfolio making and some brief editing tips. We went over the importance of having a portfolio, and how having one can be a very important artist statement on a personal and professional level.

If you want to take a look at the portfolios this week, take a look! They are super fun, and show lots of experimentation with light, shadows, exposure, and composition.

Tyler's Portfolio:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAEkYsBAJjI/TvbmT1NIl4dmHwXWam_XPw/view?utm_content=DAEkYsBAJjI&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink#2

Lucas' Portfolio:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAEkYufhl3Y/o5TeYpdCvWTXWBqQHmWnWQ/view?utm_content=DAEkYufhl3Y&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink#2

 

With that, I hope our students explore photography further down the road. They have grown a great understanding of the fundamentals, and the future for their photography careers look very bright!

It's been an honour to teach them this week, and I'm excited to see what else they have in store for the photography world!

Take care,

Jimmy

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Thursday July 15 2021

Hi everyone!

Today, we went over some of the amazing photos our students took with our DIY Lightbox. Not only do they look great, but the students took in account lessons learned from previous classes to take more interesting compositions. I'm super proud of how far they've come from the beginning of the week!

Today, we dissected how light works in the lightbox, and how to control lighting in general. We discussed the differences between hard and soft light, high and low contrast, and highlights and shadows. Lighting is one of, if not the most, important fundamentals to understand about photography, and our students picked up the concepts with ease. 

Tonight, they have been assigned to take two sets of portrait photos:

1) Portraits taken mid day

2) Portraits taken during golden hour

Through this exercise, they're going to learn about timing with natural light, and how to experiment with highlights and shadows. I'm super excited to see how these photos turn out!

Tomorrow is our final class, and we're going to compile all our photos taken during the week into a fun portfolio. On top of that, we're going to go over some brief editing tips on how to make their photos top-notch. It's going to be a blast!

Take care everyone,

Jimmy

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Wednesday July 14 2021

Hey everyone!

Today, we went over some composition fundamentals, such as the rule of thirds. These basics are crucial to understanding and learning how to take better photos, and our students continue to impress me with every class! Not only did they understand the material well, they offered a lot of unique insight on photos shown in class, about what works and what doesn't work, and how they would make it better. I am very pleased with how our students are progressing this week.

We also made our DIY Light Box! It will be so great for taking unique and professional product photography, or for taking photos of any object! Their homework tonight is to use the lightbox and experiment with it. I'm so excited to see how their work turns out tomorrow!

Tomorrow, after experimenting with the light box, we're going to discuss lighting, and how to use lighting to our advantage to take unique images. With how things are going, I'm positive it's going to elevate their photo game!

Take care! As always, for any questions, feel free to reach out!

Jimmy

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Tuesday July 13 2021

Hi everyone!

In today's class, we went photography concepts like the exposure triangle, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and wow! Our students understood the concepts super well and super quickly. I showed them examples of different photos and they gave really strong insights into how the photos were taken on a technical level. Our class are naturals when it comes to understand photography fundamentals!

For homework, I have assigned them to take two different photos: one long exposure shot and one fast exposure shot. These are very advanced photos to take, but given how quickly our students grasped these concepts, I'm super excited to see what they come up with!

For tomorrow's class: we will be discussing composition basics, as well as making a DIY Lightbox! As a reminder, we will need the following materials:

1) A cardboard box (18 x 18 x 24 inch would be ideal, but a smaller box also works. 

2) Parchment Paper (Clear and Translucent)

3) Bright white poster board 

4) Scissors

5) Tape

6) Any 2 lamps available (with fluorescent lightbulbs preferably, but not necessary to understand the principle of the project)

It's going to be a blast! Again, if there are any questions, feel free to reach out.

Take care! And happy photographing!

Jimmy

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Monday July 12, 2021

Hey everyone!

Today's introductory lesson to Photography went great!

We discussed the meaning of the subject, and the importance of finding intention and purpose when a photographer picks up a camera. While going through a variety of example photos, our students had a really strong grasp of the subject and had really strong insight on the photos' composition, subjects, and colour! We also set up their iPhones for successful photos. 

For homework, I asked them to explore their environment around them and take a photo of anything that sticks out to them, as well as to play around with angles and composition. Additionally, I asked them to think about an existing photo that means something to them. 

Tomorrow, we are going to go over the photos our students take and choose. I'm super excited to see what they come up with! After that, we will delve into some more advanced camera settings, such as exposure, aperture, and ISO, and how they all interact to make stunning photography. 

Thanks for the awesome day everyone! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. 

Take care,

Jimmy. 

PS. For Wednesday's class, we are going to make a DIY Lightbox. This will be great for taking well lit and professional product photos that your kids can take forward into their photography careers. For Wednesday's construction, we'd need the following:

1) A cardboard box (18 x 18 x 24 inch would be ideal, but a smaller box also works. 

2) Parchment Paper (Clear and Translucent)

3) Bright white poster board 

4) Scissors

5) Tape

6) Any 2 lamps available (with fluorescent lightbulbs preferably, but not necessary to understand the principle of the project)

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Hey everyone!

My name is Jimmy, and I'll be your instructor for the week! A little bit about me, I'm a freelance photographer and a recent graduate of Ryerson University's Media Production program. I have a huge passion for sharing my love for photography, and I look forward to inspiring the next generation of photo snappers! 

This week, we'll be doing a lot of hands on work, as well as exploring the fundamentals of photography. We'll be learning concepts like composition, the rule of thirds, camera settings, lighting, and more! 

What your child will need throughout the week:

- A camera! (DSLR is preferred, but a film camera or even a phone with a camera will also work)

- A SD card (if using a DSLR to capture photos).

- If using a phone, download ProCam Lite or any app with manual camera controls.

- A free space for them to take photos.

Our class will take place from July 12-16 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST (Toronto time). Below is the zoom link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82210978857

The line will open 10 minutes before the class starts.  Please ensure you have a Zoom account and are able to connect. 

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out! 

See you Monday! 

Jimmy

 

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