Blogging from the bus

The power of mobile device.

Had a journalism moment a few minutes ago. While waiting for the fourth bus, the previous three passed us by completely full, the cops for cancer cyclist passed us by. A couple high-fived our grade 8 students as they cruised by.

So, what did I do. I pulled out my camera to snap a few pics as they made their way pass our school.

DP 11/12 – September 30, 2010

Raw vs Jpeg

We always shoot in Raw. Yes it is a larger format but it stores all the information and with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom we can optimize and customize every image. In addition, we are able to export the file as a Digital Negative (DNG) and other popular formats such as TIFF and JPEG.

Exposure Triangle

Depth of field

Shutter Speed

For the geeks like me – The Nikon D3s – What the pros use.

Play time with Simulators:

Virtual Camera

Virtual Camera

Virtual Camera

Virtual Camera

Be prepare to discuss ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture on Monday. We will also be out to experiment with the various settings and start with our first project and theme. In addition, I will review uploading images and organizing your catalog.

I looked through a number of worksheets from last day and frankly – I think many of you can do better. Like I said, it was not a test and you can collaborate and discuss with other students. That said, students should not be handing in worksheets with blanks. That to me is a lack of effort. On a different note, there were some very good submission and many of you made a great effort. Congrats!

Web 11/12 – September 29th, 2010

1. In you groups, download the PDF by clicking on the link below.

Activity Sheet

2. Register for the Community Web click here

For your username use your first initial and lastname. Password anything secure. Enter your real name, first and last.

3. Create a wire frame for the Community Web site.

Have a look at the template.

The first page is “about”, “news” is the the blogroll or news reel. New and Big Feature are parent categories and Feature is a sub-category or child of Big Feature. When I talked about Categories, here is where you have to define your client for easy search. For example, Heidi’s is a restaurant. It is also located on Fraser and it is also a service. If you were to find or categorize Heidi’s, how you categorize it. In other words, if you were wanting look up a restaurant that served a particular kind of food and on Fraser and close by. You have to tag it accordingly to find quickly and efficiently. This is something you have to think about when wire-framing your client into our site.

As you can see from the screenshot, “Big Feature” has a collapsible or expandable menu. When you add a Category, it will appear on the site as well. Think of what categories will be appropriate for our purposes. Organization is essential when it comes to ease of navigation for all web sites. Simplicity is highly valued when contemplating design. But what if you can create your own template.

1. What would you have on it that would represent “Connecting Communities”?

2. Where would you put links, navigation, menus, banners, pictures, map, video, and etc?

3. What colours would you like to use?

4. Remember, this is design and everything is done for a purpose to enhance something. Your layout, your traffic, your appearance, and their experience so they will come back to use the site.

5. Take down some notes and we will share next week.

6. If you have time remaining in class today, I want to do some research on the web in terms of what info is available for your clients.

DP 11/12 – September 28th, 2010

Good Morning,

I would like to thank Mr. Monga, Mr. Chow, and Mr. Bondi for coming in to supervise you while I am away on field studies.

Everything you need to know for today’s lesson will be on my blog. While we are at it, I will remind you that whenever I am away or sick, the instructions will be on my blog. That said, the class should be able to run with or without me. However, cameras will not be issued when I am not at school because I am uncomfortable asking others (sometimes unfamiliar TOCs) to handle and manage expensive equipment. In addition, students will not be permitted to leave the class to take pictures unless we have prior arrangements – for safety and supervision reasons.

Last day, we talked about:

Nikon D60

White Balance



Shutter Speed


Aperture Priority

Shutter Priority

In addition, we talked about how to change the various settings. Today, you will explore these topics further and build upon your knowledge and understanding. Click on the links above to skim through the readings to expand your knowledge. Attached is a worksheet to help you sift identify the most pertinent and applicable information for this course. *Review the PDF before you begin reading through the links.


1. Download PDF

2. Complete the PDF with a partner (just one) or do it on your own. This is not a test, but the info is important to learn so everyone needs to be actively doing to work. One mark per question except for question #27.

3. Hand in to the S:/ Drive > Handin > Su > (The folder that corresponds to your period) > rename PDF with your name(s).

Tube for Understanding:

White Balance


ISO on D60


Digital Workflow

Mastering a digital workflow is not an easy task, but in the productivity world it can save you time and money. Time is money and the quicker you can do the job – the more money you can make. So what is a digital workflow? Basically, a workflow is a step-by-step process of tasks that will lead you to the final or finished product. Remember, find the path of least resistance and a shortest distance is a straight line. However, when if comes to technology, as you may know, there are many different ways to accomplish the same task. This is where knowing a software package and its capabilities come in handy. Similarly, real world hands-on experience will prove invaluable to generating and mastering a digital workflow.

The concept of workflow is not restricted to digital applications or software. Think of an assembly line or the building of a house. You have to follow specific steps such as apply for a permit, excavate, build foundation, framing, and etc. Some steps you can bypass, but most steps have a sequential order. This is the same for a digital workflow.

Think about it and ask yourself, how can I apply this to my schooling?

Look at it from a backwards approach. This is where I need to go, how am I going to get there and then chart your course. This will make you experience more purposeful and less complicated – not to mention save you time to do other things.


It is…all a matter of perspective. Part of being a teacher is helping students see different perspective to help them formulate their own ideas and opinions. In photography, we use different perspective to communicate a way of looking at something that may not be so obvious or straight and narrow.

This year, I have a number of goals and values I would like to instil in my students. One being, the ability to look a situation or problem and figure out a method of generating a workflow. In this case a digital one.

For example, students are required to make a collage for their ePortfolio. What is the process? Where do I begin?

For people (students) who have an innate ability to logically think things through or familiar with processes – this is easy, but for most people this is not innate. It has to be taught and this is where the mentor comes in. The mentor is not there to do it for them, but to guide them along and offer advise based on experience to help students make informed choices and generate engagement strategies for tackling a task.