Thursday, January 31, 2008


Panning is a technique that can produce amazing results (if you perfect it…. or get lucky) but is also one that can take a lot of practice to get right.

The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background.

Click here to learn more about panning

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Senior Pictures

Mr. Mallory still needs senior pictures for the yearbook from the following students:

Andrew Barksdale, Kayla Donscheski, Seth Elder, Derek “Omar” Erlemeier, Michael Ferguson, Brett Gliem, Nathan Head, Dillion Klein, Jacob Klein, Christopher Malone, Whiney McAllister, Mark Mefferd, Emily Melby, Ashley Reisinger, Chris Reisz, Alisha Steele, James Sullivan, Daniel Swertzic, Chase Thoreson, and Jamie Weverka.

If you do not think that you will be able to get a senior picture in by the end of February, please see Mr. Mallory about setting up an appointment to take your picture for the yearbook. If your name appears on this list, but you have already given a picture to either Mrs. Hanigan or Mrs. Staley, please ask them to be sure that Mr. Mallory is able to scan a copy of the picture you gave them. Thank you.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Terms for Friday 2/1 Quiz

Please read pp. 66-70

  • Infographics
  • Primary Headline
  • Secondary Headline
  • Subhead
  • Kicker
  • Hammer
  • Wicket
  • Tripod
  • Label Headline
  • Guidelines for writing quality headlines (p.71B)

Terms for Friday 2/1

Please read chapter 1 ( esp. pp 16-23). Quiz Friday

Picture assignments-
Due Tuesday; 9 free choice pictures
Due Wednesday; Several action shots
*Some going past you laterally (may blur), some coming toward you, and some panning
Due Friday; Experiment with some depth-of-field, take some with blurred foreground & sharp background, some with blurred background, if possible try some more action shots with a variety of shutter speeds (see pp.24-25)

Terms for CH. 1 Quiz-
  • Aperture (see p. 22)
  • Optical
  • ISO
  • White Balance
  • SLR
  • DSLR
  • "Prosumer"
  • Shutter Speed (see p. 20)
  • Lens focal length
  • Pentaprism
  • Histogram
  • Panning
  • Depth-of-Field

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jeremy from the Creative Center

This is the website of the Creative Center in Omaha
whose representative came to talk to Painting and Yearbook classes today. Sorry you missed him, Photography. They're a 2 year Technical College that specializes in Commercial Illustration and Graphic Design.

Color Theory

Your finished water color grids should look something like this.

Introducing... Photoshop

Reading: Please read page 3 and pages 9-15 in your textbooks by Friday. We'll take a closer look at some of it together in class this week, but first-

Lab Work: By Friday, make sure you've taken, downloaded, and printed a contact sheet of your 10-12 portrait-profile-3/4 view pictures and turned the contact sheet in to Mr. Mallory with your name on it.

  • Find "\\Server1\photography" on Network Places on a computer. transfer your pictures from the "my pictures" folder on the computer, or your student folder on the server to this one.
  • Right-click to re-name the pictures in your sub-folder with your initials; For example, in stead of "spotty," I'd call it "TMspotty."
  • Edit each of these pictures in Photoshop- make sure you make each of the following corrections:
  1. Levels, (lighten Kensie)
  2. healing brush tool, (Give Justin a smooth, clean complexion with no freckles or zits),
  3. blur tool,
  4. red eye tool, (do you see Kensie, Kaytlin, and Sasha's the problem?)
  5. and cropping (you choose how)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Here are some exciting sites
Sure, it's pretty much an advertisement for Nikon cameras, but they challenged some pros and those pros really delivered.
These are pictures by a recent Popular Photography magazine reader contest- look for the green sea turtle, it's amazing. FYI- is another website for storing, showing and selling your photos, you might like to open an account with them.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist. Some of the pictures in her photo essay about Selah, a 9 year old boy who was injured in Iraq by shrapnel are disturbing, but very compelling.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Yearbook Terms

New Terms- expect a quiz Fi 1/18:
  • Eye-line
  • Rail
  • Trapped White Space
  • Bridge

Color Mixing

Color Vocabulary:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary
  • Neutralize
  • Contrast
  • Complimentary
  • Hue
  • Chroma
  • Value
  • Tints
  • Tones
  • ROY G. BIV

Mixing ratios:
P 1:0
S 1:1
T 1:2

Mixing Math:


BV=B+(B+R) AKA: Indigo

First Assignment

Vocab (expect quiz, Fri 1/18):
  • Direct Lighting
  • Indirect Lighting
  • Diffused Lighting
  • Back Lighting
  • Fill-Light
Assignment (Due Wed 1/16):
Take one of each zoom level in each of the formats, a minimum total of 12 pictures
3/4 View
Funky Angle

Zoom Levels:
Head & Shoulders
Tight Close up of face
Fill Frame

Friday, January 11, 2008

Sports Photojournalism

Nobody ever covers the middle school kids, so here's one from the 7th grade girls' game against COU the other night. Note, faces, action, ball in the shot, AND the triangle composition.

Pictures of the week

Here are two links to "Pictures of the Week" sites:

Time-Warner/AOL/CNN pictures of the week

MSNBC's The Week in Pictures

English teachers often tell students that good readers make good writers. One great way to train your eye and brain to better capture good pictures is to study good photojournalism- so come back to these sites often to see what the best photographers are doing and you're bound to become a better photographer yourself!

Terms to expect on Jan 18 quiz

Keep your notes- or look these up online. Either way, remember that all of my quizzes are open-note. But you can't use 'em if you don't take 'em, keep 'em, and bring 'em!
  • Emulsion
  • Film
  • Photon
  • Photo-reactive
  • Digital
  • Diodes
  • Pixels
  • Megapixels
  • ADC

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Band Tee Shirt

Here are the designs for the front and back of the band tee shirt that I did. That's our own illustrious director Trenton Stump on the turn tables, AKA: "DJ Sharp-er-Flat" -whatever THAT means. If you're interested in ordering one, talk to Christine Harriott or Kasi Hammer.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Some Photo Links

Hey there shutterbugs,

Thought I'd pass a few links on to you real quick.

One is
If you want to see MY pictures (like this one of Jake).

Another is actually one YOU can submit to.
Have you noticed our "Picture of the Week" on the school website?
If you have a great picture that you think should be on the school website, or in the yearbook, go ahead and email it to me at

You'd better do it too, because by actually putting my email addresses on this website, I just guaranteed myself a bunch more spam. So make it worth it.

And one last one, this is a lot of fun. Have you ever seen Jones Soda in the grocery store? Ever had one? I'm not here to advertise them, but they do something really cool- they publish amateur photography on their labels. To take a look at some of the best ones, and to send them your pictures if you want to, just visit

Have a great week.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Photo- your first VOCAB!

JPEG- leading digital image format, good for web, emails, and small prints. Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEGs are compressed and therefore their quality can degrade over time.

TIFF- Tagged Image File Format, much larger file, not as good for email or web browsers- but provides optimum picture quality.

Camera Raw- developed for photo purists, un-doctored by camera factory settings. Completely uncompressed, large files.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Art Criticism

Hey Painting class- here's what I was talking about in class today!
Photo people, this is good for you too.
MS Art, you may want to try to figure it out too.

Fabruary 1 Deadline Assignments & MORE!

049 VOICE- Olivia & Jennifer
050 FCCLA- Miranda
051 FFA- Bonnie
052 NHS- House
053 Science Bowl/Club- Christine
054 Student Gov.- Jamie & Seth
063 Winter Cheer- Vickyk
064-065 Girls Basketball- Eric
066-067 Boys BB- Cheese & Ashley
069 Drill- Kristen

Vocabulary terms that will be on the quiz, Friday Jan 11-
  • Design
  • Dominance
  • CVI
  • Folio
  • White Space/Planned White Space
  • Subjects should look where?
  • Bleed
  • Margin
  • Gutter
  • Pica
  • Point
  • Spread
  • Steps in Designing a layout
Next week-
Mon. Jennifer, Kristen, Seth, & Eric get to endure the pre-test, everyone else can work or studyhall
Tues. Mr. M demonstrates how to build a class page (004-015, 020-025, 032-039) for everyone but Bonnie, Vicky, Cody & House
Wed. Mr. M demonstrates how to build sports, clubs, & activities pages- review for everyone but Jennifer, Kristen, Seth, & Eric, but review is good for you!
Thurs. Work day
Fri. Vocab quiz

What a good photo should be

Glad so many of you seem to be enjoying the National Geographic video-
Thought I'd kinda takes some notes for ya here:
Nat. Geo. Photographers think that a good picture...
  • Has a Center of Visual Interest (CVI)
  • Sharp, clear contrast & focus
  • Good composition
  • And content- that is to say, it says something
As far as composition goes, you may skim over things I post for Yearbook and Painting.
As far as saying something goes, skim over future posts for Painting.

See ya Monday- keep watching this space for links and pointers.

Ambition; the rural high school newspaper

Hey Photo and YrBk people,

You can view photos you see in Harrison County Ambition online at

You can also share YOUR with photos with Ambition by sending them to