The semester if flying by. Because we're using digital cameras, there are about 3 chapters that we could easily skip, but chapters 3-6 (pp.55-129) contain a lot of information that's pretty important, both for taking better pictures, and for understanding how to edit and process pictures in software like Picnik, Gimp, or Photoshop.

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This wiki page will include specific pages (or spreads) and vocab terms which I'd like you to familiarize yourself with from these 4 chapters, instead of having to read and be responsible for all of them.

READ: p.58, Film Speed and Grain*
  • ISO (should be review)
  • *Noise (the digital version of Grain)

READ: pp62-63, Color in Digital and Film
  • additive color process
  • subtractive color process
  • Channels
  • RGB
  • CYMK
  • Color Balance
  • Golden Hour- not in the text, see Wikipedia explanation
  • Light Source Colors (aka color temperatures)
    • Midday= Blue
    • Morning/Evening= Red
    • Incandescent/Tungsten bulb= Yellow
    • Fluorescent bulb= Green

Shooting Assignments:
If you like science, you may want to check out or try using the online golden hour calculator

READ: pp76-80, Exposure
  • Diffused light
  • Direct light
  • Directional/Diffused light
  • Reflected light meter
  • Reflector
  • Underexposed
  • Back-lighting
  • Silhouette

Shooting Assignments:

READ: pp116-123, Adjusting, Editing, and Processing
While these pages are part of the chapter on making prints, and all you have to do is send your image to a computer printer or upload it to a website that will make prints for you, like Walmart or Snapfish- this is some important stuff. Learning about these concepts will help you see better (therefore take better pictures) and give you what you need to know to help you edit your pictures better in Picnik, Gimp, Photoshop or whatever program you have on your computer.

  • Density
  • Contrast
  • Range
  • Burning
  • Dodging
  • Cropping
  • Spotting

Other Areas to touch on

1) If you're really ambitious, you might try taking pictures of the same subject in the same pose and angle with different lighting sources, or at least at different times of day. Check out this gallery of images where people experimented with light and time of day-

2) PP. 60-73 talk about light meters and measuring light balance. Digital cameras have built-in meters (auto balance) that work just like the auto-focus feature. One more reason why it's important to depress your shutter-button to engage all those auto features before pressing it all the way down to take a shot. You may want to read page 74 to learn how to over-ride your camera's auto-balance if you'd like to experiment, like the barn fire picture on page 75.

3) PP.85-115 talk about the OLD ways of developing film and processing prints. If you ever wanted to learn how to do this- this would be your chance.

4) PP.124-129. If you plan to enter any of your pictures into contests or fairs this summer, for 4H or Open Class, or if you're serious about compiling a portfolio for colleges, employers or clients- you may want to read this section on mounting and matting. To be honest, I'd rather spend the money to either buy precut mats or have a pro frame my picture- because I usually mess up and often slice up my fingers- but this is good stuff to know, especially if you end up taking Photography again in college.