Welcome back and Happy New Year folks! – DP11

I hope all of you had a wonderful winter break and new year celebration!

Sorry, no cameras this week.

As we ease into the new year, there are a bunch of house keeping things I would like to take care of.

1. Course Fee $25 is way past due. So far I have 6 fees out of 58. Please pay as soon as possible, hopefully next week when I am back.

2. s:/ drive needs to be cleared. I hope some of you asked for external hard drives for x-mas, but probably not.

3. People who have not handed assignments in must do so, you will not receive credit for your late submissions, but you are still required to hand in all your assignments. If this is you, you need to re-evaluate your decision to continue on with this course.

Today’s lesson:


You need to sign up for a free Flickr account. If you already have a Flickr account, great, if not you need one.

There are many Web 2.0 applications that are similar to Flickr like Picassa, Photobucket, and etc. They give you free storage up to a certain quota. Photographers use this product, as well as business, amateurs, hobbyists, or people just wanting to share with friends and family.

The beauty of this and other applications like this is the ability to share and more importantly limit access to only those you wish to share your photos with. Once you create your account, it is a good idea to secure it. (Please, be cautious with what you upload as digital also means forever and just because you delete files does not mean that it is not backed up elsewhere) I will talk more about digital citizenship when I get back.

Rationale for creating an account:

1. Accessibility – you can access your files anywhere with an internet connection

2. Back-up – this is an alternative form of backing up your work without having your storage. But it also give the others (Flickr and internet rovers) access to your files.

3. Security – limit access on demand

4. Sharing – share your work with other like-minded people with the same interests by creating or joining groups. Also, tagging your photos for searching.

5. Reflection – allow others like peers and friends to comment on your work. Photographers are life-long learners and different people have different perspectives. Similarly, what you see today may change tomorrow. Photographers are always examining others work and comparing and contrasting with their own. There are always new techniques and different skills to learn in perfecting your craft.

What you need to do for this week:

1. Create a Flickr account.

2. Hand in all un-submitted work.

3. Migrate your 5 best photos from the exposure assignment and 2 best from your self-portrait to Flickr. Please tag your files.

4. Open this doc file and define the terms. (You will get a quiz at the end of next week)

5. Exploring themes – Look at the following websites and portfolios:











These photographers are obviously passionate about their work. What do you think inspires them? What inspires you? Tell me which photographer you like and why? In exploring others’ work, ask yourself how can you recreate this? This is the sense of inquiry that make photographers intrinsically life-long learners.

Now you need to begin thinking about what you are passionate about and what you would like to include in your portfolio. Also, we will examine a number of themes this year such as landscape, portrait, macro, black and white, and etc.

Find some photographer links and share your favourites by posting links on my blog. You will first need to register for an account.


My little one at Killarney Pool.

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