This week, students are beginning Photo Shop CC. We are looking at file formats, the work space, tools, layers and learning to do basic adjustments to photos. On Wednesday, students will begin the process of editing their photos and creating a photo file for their portfolios.
Photo shop is a partner to Illustrator and InDesign. All three are used fluently by graphic designers because, while they are closely related, each do different tasks necessary to complete the designer's tool chest.
Advanced students are taking the pathway completion exam this week.
This week students are completing a file of their own photos using 20 compositional techniques. Because its beautiful outdoors, students have been exploring focusing, exposure, lighting, and all the ways to use the iPhone as a legitimate camera to shoot beautiful photos while outside. We have discovered things about our campus and surrounding grounds we were not aware of before.
Once files are complete, students will begin the first assignment in PhotoShop.
This week begins our adventure into digital photo using our Android and iPhones. We are exploring manual adjustments and techniques that will allow us to use the digital phone as a camera to add images to the graphic design tool box. While studying the basic compositional techniques (rule of thirds, symmetry, the Golden Mean, Rule of Odds, etc), students will take photo examples with their phones, download them and use them as original resources in their Photo Shop assignments next week. There's so much to learn and we're running out of school year to get it all in!
All levels are working on this new knowledge with a focus on understanding why photography is such a key element for graphic designers to know, use and understand. It's exciting, its hands-on, its real world, and authentic learning! Talk about fun!