Weekly Learning Journal
Week One - Introductions - Excited to be in the course. While I've been teaching photography since 1995 the digital age is pushing me to expand my limits and open up to technologies I would not ordinarily choose to use in my professional photography. ~ Specifically, I'm looking forward to learning more about Adobe LR CC. I use Classic in my professional workflow. While I have no use for CC in that area I am finding that having the knowledge to teach it is still very relevant and important. I recently had a private EDU student whose personal workflow demanded use of Cloud storage. This is when I realized the need for learning and teaching this new ability. Onward and upward to the Cloud I shall go.
Below are a few images from my early photojournalism career. Last year I was offered a position teaching photojournalism at Community College of Denver. It is an honor to go back to my roots and now educate young photographers. This Adobe course will be an asset to bring into the classroom.
Thoughts & Assignment
I can already see this course is going to be a challenge. I've been teaching photography for more than 20 years and digital specifically since 2011. Yet, this week's assignment challenged me to seek and to use the iPhone 8 Plus I just bought. ~ I admit, I do NOT like iPhone photography! I can barely hold the thing steady let alone get an image with any quality. As for editing photos on a phone platform, well, I have a 27-inch calibrated BenQ Photography series monitor on my workstation so the idea of mobile apps doesn't thrill me. ~ That said...putting myself in a position of using new devices and apps can only push my teaching skills further! So...here goes!
Assignment One: Faces with my iPhone The assignment is to find faces in patterns. It forced me to slow down and focus/defocus. Harley thinks I'm nuts walking back and forth with my face inches from the walls. Here's what I found.
WEEK TWO ~ PORTRAITS
I shot portraits on both my new iPhone 8 Plus, my Fuji X-Pro 1 w/ 18mm f2, and with my Nikon D800 w/ 50mm f1.4. The two I posted of Carrie and our shared pup, Harley, were shot with the Nikon.
While I'm very well-versed in LR Classic I'm tasking myself to use the LR CC version for this class. It's been tough letting go of having as much control. However, given that I've worked with Lightroom since version II I'm excited to see what amazing things Adobe will do with future CC versions.
I set up a simple still life with published clips and the cameras I used as a photojournalist (I wish I still had my Nikon F4s!!!). I didn't want to set up a series of studio lights so I kept it simple with a silver reflector to bounce the bright natural morning light in my office. The CDs are to hold the white seamless. You've got to do something with these things!
This was a great opportunity to shoot and process an assignment completely within LR CC mobile!
Shot with my iPhone 8 Plus.
Additional Still Life photos (Added 11/13)
Week 4 ~ Landscapes
Shooting fireworks with no tripod! I put the camera on a pad and pushed down on it to stabilize it. I love the guy on the left with the iPhone. (it's cropped a bit tight here in Spark).
I shot this many years ago on film. It is a double exposure on ONE frame of film. I shot the first image at sunset to get the detail in the marina area. I waited another two hours for the fireworks to start. Skill combined with LUCK!
I photographed this during a canoe expedition on the Green River, in Utah. I was inspired by my former student, Arthur Balluff to try star trail photography.
I had almost put my camera up for the night having shot about 20 frames of this side canyon. A voice in my head told me to shoot one more exposure. I was standing at the camera and saw the International Space Station begin to transit through the canyon! Wow! Exposure is 30 seconds. f4 at ISO 800.
I used this technique often at weddings. "Dragging the shutter" allows me to pick up the ambient light in the background and avoid a pitch black background.
It fits the energy at a reception where alcohol is poured on top of estrogen and testosterone!
Can you figure out how I got the circular effect?!