Spring 2015 Week 12 -final class

photo by Mike Montalto

Last class today

1. EXAM returned today
2. Critique Final Projects.
3. All work due today, check GRADED folder now
4. Soundslides -converting to movie file
Parting words...
Good luck to all seniors


Spring 2015 Week 11

photo by Stephen Spanopoulis

1. EXAM today
2. Assignment #10 Illustrations due today
3.Get going on Final Projects.
Please submit photos to the DROP for discussion next week. Slug: last name_finalproject.jpg
4. Submit any missed assignments or redo ANY assignment by  May 4th, including Paper Assignment, worth 15pts
5. Evaluations to Dan, he will drop them off


SPRING 2015 Week 10

photos by Hannah Mucerino & Stephen Stanopoulos

  1. EXAM NEXT WEEK: April 27. NO MAKE-UPs. Exam will begin on-time.
  2. Assignment #09 Town Soundslide
  3. Assignment #07 Town Photo Essay (remember to submit all selected pics to Drop Folder)
  4. History of Photojournalism; Elliott Erwitt, Eddie Adams, Charles Moore, Iconic images on 1960's
  5. Assignment #10- Illustration  -next week
  6. Soundslides examples
  7. How to guides: AudacitySoundslides, more on Audacity
  8. Remembering Eddie Adams  
  9. Final Project
  1. Know your rights when photographing police
  2. Daniel Berehulak's coverage of the Ebola crisis wins the Pulitzer Prize 
  3. War Photographer, James Nachtwey (if we don't finish in class, see Class Folder for video files)

Spring 2015 Final Project

Photo essay Soundslide (DUE 5/11/15) -no exceptions.

The Final Project is a 3-week project that requires each student to spend significant time with the chosen subject, and produce a well-crafted, in-depth photo essay in the form of a Soundslide 2:30min or less.

SUBJECT: An unseen life

Select a person of your choosing (non family member), who lives a purposeful life that we (the public) normally never see, and complete a detailed and comprehensive photo essay and soundlside presentation.

Photo Requirements:
  1. Create a sequential, cohesive narrative of pictures and audio that tell a story, like a movie, with a beginning, middle, and end.
  2. Photograph your subject at length, at least 3x or for 6 hours.
  3. Each photo should be self-explanitory, the viewer should be able to look at each image and get it, otherwise the photo should NOT be included.
Remember, the only things a still photograph brings to a viewer are those things that are visible - what you heard, felt, thought, smelled, or cared about when you took the photo are meaningless to the viewer.
  1. Photos should reflect photography principles practiced in class, in terms of lighting, compostion, focus, motion, and depth of field.
  2. Essay must include at least one Environmental Portrait.
  3. Essay must include at least one Close-up of person’s face, taken within at least 3-5 feet of subject.
  4. Captions should be completed as per usual, but should only provide a means of supporting what is in the picture.
  5. The final essay should consist of at least 20 images, with an audio interview with the subject, in a finished Soundslide 2:30 or less.

Audio Requirements:
  1. Interview with your subject, talking about their life and purpose.
  2. At least one piece of natural sound
  3. OPTIONAL: background music (be sure to give credit)
  4. Audio must be 2:30min or LESS.

Each final project will be graded as follows:
·      (10pts) PHOTOGRAPHY
·      overall quality of images
·      how well were the principles learned in this course used
·      quality of the editing; relativity of images selected, lack of repitition
·      variety of images; vertical, establishing shots, details, etc.
·      preparation of images; cropping, toning, color, white balance, etc.
·      caption completeness
  • Soundslide quality; titles, colors, opening, closing, ID's, completeness
  • Sequencing of images.
  • How well criteria was met, were instructions followed.
  • Strength of finished product; effectiveness as a story-telling piece

  1. Rename the "publish to web folder" lastname_soundslide.
  2. Submit this folder to the DROP, NOT the entire soundslide project.
  3. Be sure you've tested your soundslide (play INDEX file).You will not receive credit for any projects that do not play.
  4. Be sure each image has a caption.
  5. Make sure all the info fields in Soundslides are filled in; Headline, caption, etc.
  6. Give credit to any music you use.
  7. Be sure to start with opening title slide. If necessary include a brief explanatory text page.
  8. Check for typos and usage errors.

Please follow instructions carefully.

Your Rights When Photographing the Police -by the NAACP

"The question about our right to film and take pictures of police officers in the line of duty has resurfaced in the aftermath of the Walter Scott’s killing in North Charleston, South Carolina.  The answer according to multiple courts across the country is yes.  Federal Courts have continuously held that the First Amendment protects our right to take pictures and/or digitally record police officers engaging in their official duties.  See Smith v. Cumming, 212 F.3d 1332, 1333 (11th Cir. 2000); Fordyce v. City of Seattle, 55 F.3d 436, 439 (9th Cir. 1995); and Robinson v. Fetterman, 378 F. Supp. 2d 534, 542 (E.D. Pa. 2005).  As with all protected speech, the government can place reasonable restrictions on this right, but cannot ban the right entirely—or arrest a person who complies with the restrictions, if any exist in the first place.  
If you are in a public space—such as on the sidewalks, streets and locations of public protests— or any other place where you have the legal right to be, including the common areas of private businesses, then you have the right to film and/or take pictures of the incident.  This right is limited in so far as you are not interfering with the officer performing their duties or placing the officer or public in danger.  (You should check your local police or governmental rules for their policy, if one exists). 
More importantly, the officer and/or the government at large, does not have the right to threaten, harass, or otherwise prevent you from exercising this right.  If a reasonable request to leave the area due to a potential harm is made by the officer, you should comply in manner that would eliminate the threat.  Your right to film/record an officer does not allow you to break the law in an effort to capture the images—including, for example, trespassing on another’s property.
We have an incredible power in the palm of our hands to help hold all of our public officials accountable, including the police. "


SPRING 2015 Week 9

 photo by Maggie Nagle

  1. EXAM: April 27. NO MAKE-UPs
  2. Review graded folder, some are falling far behind. Make up missed assignments ASAP
  3. Assignment #07 Town Photo Essay
  4. History of Photojournalism; Elliott Erwitt, Eddie Adams, Charles Moore, Iconic images on 1960's
  5. Illustrations
  6. Assignment #10- Illustration
  7. Soundslides examples
  8.  Did u bring a piece of music?
  9. How to guides: AudacitySoundslides, more on Audacity
  10. Audacity LamLib download
  11. Assignment #09 Town Soundslide
  12. Multimedia Tips and Tutorials
  13.  Robert Kennedy Assassination, story behind iconic photo by Bill Eppridge/Life Magazine

Robert Kennedy assasination -by Bill Eppridge/Life Magazine

 Photo by Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
1968: Senator Kennedy lies in a pool of his own blood on the concrete floor, a bullet deep in his brain and another in his neck. Juan Romero, a busboy whose hand Kennedy had shaken before the shots, tried to comfort him. Read more

Bill Eppridge photos of Robert Kennedy assassination Life Magazine
NPR Interview with Bill Eppridge
RFK Assassination photos on NPR

Assignment #09 Town Soundslide

(Due 4/20/15)
Complete audio slideshow using Soundslides of photo essay on a selected place.

History of Photojournalism; (see photographers bios or the Blog)

Complete Soundslide project, less than 2-minutes in length.
For reference:
Audacity Tutorial: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.htmlAudacity LamLib downloadSoundslides Tutorial: http://support.soundslides.com/index.php?pg=kb.book&id=2

***Write, record, and edit a narration for your photo essay for extra credit.

SOUNDLSLIDE must include:
Please follow instructions carefully.

1.     Title slide
2.     Closing text slide, credits.
a.     Include special text:
b.     This multimedia presentation is not for publication. For educational purposes only.
3.     Incorporate music.
a.     Trim music to roughly 2 minutes
b.     Fade music out rather than abruptly end
c.     Give music credit at the end
4.     Rename & submit “publish to web” folder only. SUBMIT THE RENAMED PUBLISH TO WEB FOLDER ONLY! not entire Soundslide Project

Last name_townname
EXAMPLE: franklin_hoboken
6.     Place this folder ONLY in the DROP (not entire Soundslide Project)

·      Photos =10pts (Assignment #08)

·      Soundslide =10pts (Assignment #09)

Assignment #10 Illustration

ASSIGNMENT #10 Illustration

 (Due Monday April 27th) 2-weeks
Part I:  Create a photo illustration for this NY Times story:  
The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much,” by Paul F. Campos

  • Do all necessary research and create or select images to make an illustrative image. 
  • Illustration must contain some of your own created imagery. 
  • You may use samples of other photographer's work in your illustration, or images found on the internet.
  • BUT BE SURE TO GIVE CREDIT in caption if you use other people’s work.
  • Remember, an illustration may be a Non-Documentary photograph, and can be completely set up, manipulated, or orchestrated. 
  • The image’s message must be communicated clearly, with a clear preconceived visual solution. 
  • This is an opportunity to take an idea and transform it into a representative visual, with manipulated guidance. BE CREATIVE AND CONCEPTUAL.
  • See these manipulated illustrations: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/04/02/photos-of-modern-day-locations-blended-with-shots-of-major-historical-events/
  • Photo may be montage, multiple images, computer or darkroom- altered images.
  • Image alteration is allowed, BUT not required. 
  • See non-manipulated examples: http://petapixel.com/2013/01/03/creative-conceptual-iphone-photographs-by-instagram-shooter-brock-davis/

*Students must complete:
1. Select (1) best photo.
2. Be sure to write a complete caption, give credit where applicable.
Last name_illustration.jpg EXAMPLE: franklin_ illustration.jpg

4. Place image in the “drop folder.”