ASSIGNMENT: 36 Faces, Grading Rubric & Learning Photoshop

Well, this is going to be entertaining … I’m not sure when we will make it back to campus, the predictions certainly are fairly dire. Because of that, I’m going to move the Depth of Field deadline to Monday – you’ll have time in class then to turn it in.

Up next is the 36 Faces assignment …

You need to shoot vertical mug shots of 36 different people who you don’t know. These should be from the top of the shoulders to just over their heads.

First set are to be shot at 75 mm, filling the frame. Four in bright light, four in shade and four adjacent to a window.

Second set are to be shot at 50 mm, filling the frame. Four in bright light, four in shade and four adjacent to a window.

Third set are to be shot at 28 mm, filling the frame. Four in bright light, four in shade and four adjacent to a window.

You need full captions for each – name, age, hometown, major or job title and contact information.

I would recommend filling out this sheet as you shoot and then transferring that information into a document or email so you can minimize the amount of time you need to spend typing in the lab. (You may want to also put down the color of their shirt or the time you shot them so you can match the IDs up with your images later.) Essentially, you can pre-write most of the caption and then just copy and paste it into Photoshop.

For instance, in a document you would have:

Mark E. Johnson, 43, a senior lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and originally from Medway, Mass., mejohnso@uga.xyz

In the Photo Mechanic stationary pad, you can write your generic caption:

poses in {city}, {state}, on … (Photo/Mark E. Johnson, http://www.mejphoto.com)

I then paste all of the names in there – yes, every single one as this then transfers all of my notes into the same place where my images are. After making my selections in Photo Mechanic and sending the images over to Photoshop, I can then copy the info I need to the beginning of the caption and delete what isn’t relevant.

This is due on the server, in one folder, by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

In the video, I promised you a TED talk …

There’s one more lesson on Photo Mechanic …

To get you started in Photoshop, please watch the following tutorials …

An Introduction to Photoshop

Cropping and Toning in Photoshop

Writing Final Captions in Photoshop

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