August 31st, 2010 Class Notes

We talked about a lot in class this week. Make sure to read the course info on Jamie’s website.

We went over some photo basics. When composing a photo, keep the rule of thirds in mind. The human eye is also drawn to faces, color on a monochromatic background, motion, action, framing, and lines. The angle the photo is taken at can affect the mood; photos taken at a low angle give the subject an ominous feel, photos taken at a high angle give the subject an intimidated feel.

WHITE BALANCE YOUR PHOTOS. Here is a chart of color temperatures.

Pick a file type that will serve your purpose. Jamie recommends shooting high quality and then we will ‘downsize’ the images in class.

This site explains some fancy stuff like ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed.

Follow the html tutorials at w3 schools or htmldog. If you’re going to write html on a simple text editor (notepad for PC, textedit for Mac) make sure you write it in plain text NOT rich text.

Set up your twitter account. Follow @profJSbianco, @sarahvinski and the rest of the class. Also, get an account on wordpress (the site that hosts this blog!).

Jamie showed the basics of XHTML and the “two-column box design” using div tags to arrange a webpage


THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENTS (always double check schedule on the website so you don’t forget anything!!):

-Read the Digital Millenium Copywrite Act and about Creative Commons

-See “Twisted Pair” at the Warhol (ENDS SUNDAY!)

-Read the selection (on website) from de Certeau’s Practice of Everyday Life

-Twitter Narrative. Tweet once a day for six days. Use three found sources in each tweet. Make the 6 tweets a cohesive narrative.

-Take many photos of a place you’re drawn to. Pick the 5 best and bring them to class on your USB drive.

-Complete Photoshop & HTML tutorials (see Prof. Bianco’s website)

-After completing HTML tutorial: finish practice webpage (use what you learn in the tutorial to structure the page). Contents: header, two columns, footer (4 divs). You add content. This should be done in Dreamweaver in the “split view mode.”

-Look at websites online… how are they structured? Look at the HTML through “view source.”

-draft a design (on paper) of what you would like your website to look like.

-Set up a domain and host. This can be through Pitt (free & tiny amount of space) or through a hosting company (not expensive, but not free & a large amount of space…plus you will “own” your website).


~ by Sarah on September 1, 2010.

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