Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Landscape Homework Assignment

Landscape Homework over the next week:

Pick at least two scenic location where you can take pictures.
Pick places with water, mountains, trees, or a combination of all of the above. I would recommend Carkeek Park, Kerry Park, or Richmond Beach.

You will shoot many pictures at each location. Change angles and move all around the location.
You may shoot horizontal and vertical landscape pictures.
One of these photography sessions must be during sunset or sunrise.
Please do not center the horizon line and try to show something in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Landscape .

  • This Landscape CS 2 assignment is Wednesday, September 28th. Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea using an ND filter

Monday, September 19, 2016

Landscape Practice

Photo 1 Landscape Work

You will turn in a 12 shot, 3*4 Contact Sheet called Landscape Practice at the end of the period.

Read the following articles and watch the videos below. Take short notes on each suggestion. A few of the readings/videos repeat the same points. Also, make sure you look up the vocabulary words below so that you can understand the material. Please add these terms to your notes as well.

11 Landscape Hints
10 Landscape Tips

Terms to look up and learn: 
Shutter Speed
Depth of Field
Focal Point
Slow Exposure

National Geographic Landscape Tips
Creative Composition Video
Photo 101 Video
Spend 20 minutes going outside to shoot 12 landscape shots from the baseball, football, and softball fields.
  • Make sure each shot has a large depth of field. In other words, make sure even the background objects are in focus.
  • In each shot make sure you have foreground, midground, and background objects.
  • (Most Landscape shots will have water, trees, and mountains. However, just do the best with what Shorecrest has to offer).
  • Do not center the horizon. Place it in the upper or lower third.
  • Look for lines on the ground or even in the sky.
  • Use tripods as needed.

First Flash Animation Assignment

First Flash Animation Assignment

  • 1920*1080
  • 12 FPS
  • 5+ layers
  •   60+ frames
  •   15+ keyframes 
  • Detailed characters
  •   foreground, mid-ground, and background
  •   both shape and motion tweens
  •  2 Detailed Movie Clips
  • At least three Sound Effects 
  • All items on separate layers 
You will work on this assignment Wednesday, Friday and Wednesday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Photo Compostion 2 assignment

Please shoot three interesting pictures for each composition/design element listed below:
  • Proportion
  • Tonal Balance
  • Rule of Thirds
Please do not take pictures of the same subjects as your previous assignment.
Please turn in a Contact Sheet called "Last name_First Name_Composition 2" into the Vidstore server.

Flash Animation Tutorials

Motion Tween:

Shape Tween Tutorial:
Movie Clip Tutorial:
How to add sound:
Animate background to simulate movement:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dropping Assignments into the Vidstore Server

Dropping assignments in the vidstore server.

Click on desktop background
Select Go in the menu up top
Type Vidstore
Select Connect to server
Type Vidstore
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place properly named assignment in proper class period

Importing Pictures and Creating Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge


  • Make a folder on your desktop called Composition 1 (you will change the folder name for each assignment)
  • Plug in your camera to the computer or place your memory card into the back of the computer in the horizontal SC Card slot.
  •  Import your pictures by first opening Image Capture. Image capture is location in the Applications folder. You can also search for it in the upper right hand corner and open it there.
  • You should see your pictures in Image Capture. Select on the pictures you want to import and make sure you notice where you are saving the pictures to the composition 1 folder on your computer. You can shift+click or command+click to select on specific pictures.



How to create a Contact Sheet in Adobe Bridge

1. Make sure you imported pictures using Image Capture
2. Select on the folder.
3. Open Adobe Bridge CS6

4. On left hand side find your folder and select it.
6. Select the files down below so that they show up in the Preview section. You can select the pictures via lasso, shift key, or command key.
7. On the right hand side select Output. Make sure .pdf is selected. Columns and rows will vary.
  • 6 pictures means columns and rows=2*3
  • 12 pictures means columns and rows=3*4
  • 20 pictures means columns and rows 4*5
  • 24 pictures means columns and rows=4*6
Make sure document is set to:

 8. Click save in the lower right hand corner. Save to your pictures folder.
9. Upload .pdf Contact Sheet to the Vidstore Server in the Classes folder.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stop Motion Treatment

Please email me the answers to the questions below in complete sentences. My email is Also, please CC your parents on this email as well.
All 600-800 pictures are due on October 10th

  1. What will you use to create your Stop Motion?
  2. Why did you select this why do you think you can make an interesting animation for this class?
  3. What is the main story line? Please use two or three sentences to describe.
  4. What sound effects will you use? Please be specific. Sound effects are required for anything that moves.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. Do you need to borrow or camera or do you have your own camera or iPad? 
  7. When are all the pictures due?
  8. How can family members help you with this project?
  9. If you email address does not show your name please list your name so I can give you credit for the assignment.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Stop Motion Activity

Please watch a few stop motion videos.
Pick two that you like.
Answer the following questions in the comment section below:
1. What is your name?
2. What is the name of the video?
3. What is the URL (copy and paste it).
4. What did you like about the video? Please use two full sentences.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Digital Photo First Week

Digital Photo: First Week Composition Reading and Homework

This is not a writing intensive course, but there is some reading the first couple weeks of class.
Please take notes on the bold faced words as you read from the links below. You will be shooting the various composition elements this weekend and next week. We will also have a quiz on this material as well.
Bring your cameras to class every day.

In Class reading:

The Principles of Design in Photography | Trent Sizemore Photography

(Take quizzes at the end of each section below) Start reading at "Strive for Feeling of Unity"

The Elements and Principles of Design

This week and next week during class you will shoot 24-36 pictures with at least six different subjects.
Please shoot four  Rule of Thirds shots, four texture shots, four color contrast shots, four balance shots, four leading lines shots and four frame within a frame (using other objects to frame your subject) shots.

Homework: Do the same assignment above except use subjects and objects away from school.
  • 15 INTERESTING shots using all four techniques described above. Some people will take 40-80 pictures for 15 good ones.

Computer Animation: Stop Motion Assignment

Your first project is a 600-800 frame stop motion animation assignment. 
You will shoot still pictures of objects or people and eventually make them move on a frame by frame basis. 

Here is the simplified version of the assignment: 
  • Take a picture, move the object, take a picture, and move the object etc.
  • This assignment is the only homework assignment this semester.
  • You will shoot this assignment away from school anytime in the next four weeks.
  • You can borrow a camera and/or tripod from me if needed

All pictures are due on Monday, October 10.
You will edit your videos in Adobe Premiere and add sound effects and music. Last year two Animation students from Shorecrest  won the Seattle Times Three Minute Masterpiece contest! 

Rhys' video:
  Chris' video:

Western Spaghetti
Fresh Guacamole
Lego Stop Motion
Star Wars
Stop Motion Pre-Production
Please get in your groups and start planning your production.
1. Please use your email and answer the following questions using four to five complete sentences.

  • What are you animating?
  • Please tell me what special "tricks" you will create to make your animation look interesting. What will your characters do that they can't do in real life?
  • Most importantly please tell me the story from beginning to end.
  • What type of music will you use? Why?
  • What kind of sound effects will you add?
2. Create a storyboard of the first 45 frames.

 Each video will need:

1.                 Fade In/Out

2.                 Titles

3.                 Credits

4.                 Music

Monday, June 20, 2016

Export From Maya Into Premiere

Animation: Export From Maya to Adobe Premiere

Before you export please make sure that your Maya animation project is at least 300 frames and that your animation does something interesting or engaging.

(You can see the pictures better by clicking on each icon).

1st Click on the Render Settings Button in the upper center of the screen.
Next, change your settings to match the one's listed below.

Make sure you are exporting your pictures as TIFF files and that name.#.ext is used.
Also, don't forget to change your starting and ending frames.

You can export four different camera angles so that you can change angles in Premiere.
You will need to export four different times to get each angle.
Next, click out of the Render Settings Box and go to Render in the top Maya menu.
First, click Rendering in the upper left hand corner:
Next, choose Render and Batch Render.

It will take a few minutes to Render your pictures each time you Render a different angle.
Your images will show here:
Create a new folder within this folder for each angle. For example, you could call the folder "Angle 1" or you could call it "Perspective View."

Next, open Adobe Premiere.
Create a new Sequence that is DSLR 1080p24

Go to the Adobe Premiere User Preferences in the upper left hand corner of the screen and click 'General Settings'. Please change the still frame duration to one frame:
Next, import your pictures into Premiere by going to File>Import>Folder
You will need to import each angle separately. Make sure each angle is in a different folder.

Finally, place your pictures in the order you want on the timeline.
You will Next, add music and sound effects as needed.
Don't forget to create a title and credits at the beginning and end.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Experimental Photography

Your next assignment is Experimental Photography.
Here are some ideas:

Thursday is a practice day. You will turn in a practice contact sheet.
Next Tuesday the 21st will be an all-period shooting day. You will turn in at least 24 experimental photos.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Animation and Photo: Tech Prep

Sign Up For Tech Prep
Click Create an account under students click here. 

Create an account. Fill out only forms marked with a red asterisk
For Career Cluster pickle anything you want.
For Future Plans pick whatever is best for you.

Find Shorecrest High School and select Animation, Video, or Digital Photography with Mr. Mitchell as your teacher.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Turning In Fashion Work

1 4*3 12 picture Fashion Contact Sheet Adjusted
2 Best Fashion Photos
1 Best Magazine Cover

Shoreline Art Show

To submit to the Shoreline Art Show
Go to the link:
Fill out the form. You will need to copy the label and email Ms. King, to print.

Masters of Photography Assignment

Masters of Photography

New Photography Masters Assignment:
 Use email to answer the following questions:
1. Look at the various work from ALL of the photographers listed below. This will take at least 30-40 minutes. You may even explore more up and coming photographers on your own.
2. Pick a photographer that you would like to emulate and pay homage. You will eventually re-create an exact picture and also create your own picture in the "style" of this photographer.
3. Tell me about the photographer and why you picked their work.
 In no LESS than one page please explain:
• Who you chose and who they are (i.e. when, where, what etc)
• Describe their photography: What is unique about her/his style and technique? What types of photos do they take? What are the themes or concepts?
•• Why did you choose this photographer? What do you like about their work/style?
 Please reference different photos and use photography terms that we have discussed in class and from the links below.
4. What specific picture are you going to re-create? Why? Please provide a link to this photo. Where will you shoot these photos? Who are what exactly will be your subject? How will you re-create the exact lighting?
Please email this document to me at
Note: Do not copy/paste text from web sites. I will check to make sure that everything written is in your own words. Google is a fantastic tool for checking plagiarism.
  Assignment Due Dates:

June 6th: Written Description Due at end of period

June 7th: Shooting Day

June 9th: shooting day as needed
June 14: All pictures due. You have class time to edit on this day.
 Jim Goldberg - documentary, black and white
Christopher Anderson - color portraits and documentary
Chris Jordan - patterns, industrial waste
Cindy Sherman - self portraits, "film stills"
Arthur Tress - staged fish tank images and various stuff
Steve McCurry - landscape, portraiture, photojournalism
Alex Majoli - photojournalism, black and white portraiture
Vik Muniz - photo composites
Loretta Lux - portraits
Julia Fullerton - commercial
Lauren Greenfeld - documentary
Shimpei Takeda - abstract
Walter Ioos - sports
Young and New Photographers:
Chase Jarvis -variety
Rookie Nolan - 
Sarah Hoey - surreal 
Paulina Otylie Surys -














Thursday, May 19, 2016

Editing Fashion Pictures and Magazine Cover

Fashion Cover Work

Start your Fashion Magazine Cover and Adjustments. The assignment is listed below:

You will create a magazine cover page using your best Fashion picture. You will also create a 12-picture photo spread that details what your subject is wearing. Before I give you some tutorial examples, here and here are some example covers. Click on the images to get ideas for your cover.

Before you start your cover, you need to edit and adjust your pictures to make them look professional. Here is a list of adjustment methods we did last semester:

Clone Stamp (CS)
Patch Tool (P)
Gaussian Blur (GB)
Color Hair (CH)
Whiten Teeth (W)
Removing Hot Spots (HS)
Healing Method (HM)
Glamour Skin Softening (GS)

Adjustment Tutorials: 

If you do not remember how to do these adjustments feel free to use the Photoshop book at the front of the room. Take your time. You have a few days to adjust your pictures and make your cover and picture spread. The bottom line is this: get rid of blemishes, tone down hot spots or glare, soften the skin, adjust colors for emphasis, use black and white (greyscale) if necessary, crop for effect, and play around with brightness/contrast etc.

Magazine Cover Tutorials: You can use the tutorials or create a cover without a tutorial.

After you create your cover you need to add text to 12 of your pictures. This text, done in the same style as the Action Pics and Spring Quote Pics, should tell us the brand of each item of clothing like this example:

A quote from the subject or something interesting about the items is also a nice touch.