Week Three: Photography

Penrose lego by Erik Johansson

Penrose lego CC2007 Erik Johansson


All work is due by midnight on Friday, 9/16

This week we will be exploring visual elements of storytelling.

  1. Think about the Visuals of Storytelling: Review the following materials about photography and using visual elements to create stories. Write a blog post (tag: photoreflection) about your previous/current experience with photography. Do you take a lot of photos now? What of? Do you have a particular approach to taking photos? Do you ever work to capture a particular feeling or meaning in your photos? If so, how successful do you think you are? After reviewing these resources, what tactics can you use to improve your photos or to take a different approach to taking photos?
    •   Becoming a Better Photographer (section from the ds106 Handbook – just the “Becoming” part, not all the assignments contained on the page)
    •   The Internet and photography PHOTO 2.0 — ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHIC THINKING (REVISITED)
    •   Photography and narrative: What is involved in telling a story?
  2. Think about what you read in Becoming Better Photographers and try to find examples of the different points and analyze them. Flickr can be a great resource, but you are welcome to look elsewhere. How many can you find?
    •   selection
    •   contrast
    •   perspective
    •   depth
    •   balance
    •   moment
    •   lighting
    •   foreground/background
  3. 8 stars worth of visual assignments, and involve our theme in one of them in some way. How you go about doing that is completely up to you, but as a challenge, I will suggest looking to the questions the class generated, such as
    •   How would historical figures react to the Internet?
    •   How has the internet come to consume our daily lives?
    •   Are there any limits on what is possible?
    •   Are we really free on the internet?
    •   What can you imagine the Internet will be like in the future?
    although you are not limited to those.
    Be sure to write a post in WordPress for each assignment describing your thinking, your process, and evaluating the results, and be sure to tag it with the assignment tags.
  4. 3 Daily Creates this week.
  5. A 20 minute Photoblitz. Be sure to grab the code and include the seven tasks you were assigned in a blog post, along with the photos you took. Tag this post photoblitz. Thanks John Johnston!
  6. Commenting. Everybody needs to pay attention to the work the rest of the class is doing and offer regular feedback and comments. A good way to go about this is to go to the course blog feed every day and take a few minutes to leave a few comments. You can also use Hypothesis as a commenting system – make sure to use the ds106 tag on your annotations. This should not be difficult or time-consuming. It is rewarding and inspiring though.
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