Workshop Wrapup

I managed to get all the images off the seven computers we had in Helen, sorted into folders and distributed across the lab. When you come in today, here’s the breakdown – the number matches a computer in the lab and the folder name on the desktop.

01 – Beech
02 – Blinder
03 – Cannon
04 – Hardy
05 – James
06 – Kazmierczak
07 – Kent
08 – Maldonado
09 – Pap Rocki
10 – Powers
11 – Schafer
12 – Schick
13 – Sutton
14 – Thompson
15 – Wilder
16 – Yu

Some of you were working on your own machines so I didn’t have many/any files of yours. On each desktop there is also a folder marked “17 Unknown” – please see if those are yours.

We will start Tuesday’s class with a debrief – how it went, how the editors did, what can we do better for next year. Then you’ll be free to work on your images – I’d start with backing them up onto your own drives or DVDs. Some of you will need a lot of DVDs …

You have three assignments from this weekend plus a service piece:

  1. Sense of Place: This is one image that gives us a sense of what White County looks like. File name needs to include PLACE.
  2. Face of the County: This is one image that shows us who the people/a person of White County looks like. File name needs to include FACE.
  3. The Story: This is an audio slideshow of your main story from the weekend.
  4. Service: You shot a lot of images and the folks at the White County News went well beyond what we could have asked for in getting this weekend to happen. Our tradition is that we provide them with a selection of images we shot throughout the weekend. In a separate folder, please crop, tone and caption your best images from the weekend – this should include places, faces and the photos from your story. As many as you have.

Due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, are the following then:

  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and PLACE in the file name
  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and FACE in the file name
  • 1 folder with your legally exported audio slideshow
  • 1 folder with your best images from the weekend, including the place(s), face(s) and images from your slideshow

You will have all the time after today’s debrief until the class ends at 4:45 to work as well as all of the time on Thursday. Lab hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are off to the right of this post. (Remember that on Friday the intro kids will have a deadline so it may be hectic in here then.)

Note that the deadline time on Tuesday, March 18 is 2:15 – if you work on your images over break, I’m giving you 15 minutes of class time to upload them to the server. We’ll then watch the slideshows.

I’ll talk about this in class today, but the editors comments to me from the weekend were all positive – they loved working with you guys and were thrilled with the growth every single one of you demonstrated over the weekend.

Nice work, kids – you did well.

Chilling Storytelling

This … is freaking amazing.

It’s a Boyd Huppert story out of KARE 11 TV in Minneapolis looking at ice caves that have formed in Bayfield, Wisconsin. And, holy cow, is it gorgeous.

Listen to the sounds in this – this demonstrates the power of great audio.

(Thanks to Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute for the link.)

How To See

Nice piece on NPR’s web site today looking at how Russian Valeriy Klamm and other photographers view their home country. What from this can we apply to White County? How do we not be tourists but journalists?

Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that foreign photojournalists who came to work in his country arrive with the pictures they want to send back home already in their head: Bleak images of a cold and desolate place where autocrats lord over drunks.

“They already know how to take pictures of Russia, and that’s how they arrive,” Klamm said. “It’s always a wild country that’s in some kind of difficult transition period.”

The Doc Project (Revisited) (Again)

A reminder, we’ll talk about this tomorrow, as well …

As we discussed in class, one way to handle your in depth project this semester is through a photo column. For class on Tuesday, answer these questions:

What do YOU care about?
Can you shoot it?
Does anyone else care about it?
Who is the audience?

Come in with several answers for the first question, we’ll break into small groups to discuss and then you can come up with a proposal and start shooting.

Rebuilding

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Grady College … which is not at all what I had hoped for.

I am trying to figure out how to get everything in that we need, haven’t solved all of the issues just yet. Working on that today, along with rebuilding the intro class … which may be in somewhat less of a mess.

Let’s start with VizCamps … on Tuesday, Feb. 18, we will catch up on the ones we missed. Ms. Maldonado, Ms. Thompson and Ms. Powers will be up at the start of class. Thursday, Feb. 20, has Ms. Kazmierczak and Ms. Wilder up.

After Tuesday’s trio, we will be talking about shooting video. I have pasted a series of video links below you need to watch between then and now. Fire up your popcorn popper and curl up with your laptop. Please make sure you have a clear SD card with you – we’ll be handing out some small video cameras and you’ll need to format the card.

After Thursday’s duo, it’s time to talk Weekend Workshop stories. You’ll break into small groups to talk through your story ideas. If you haven’t been up to White County yet, you must go before Thursday. It is not a wired county – you need to drive the back roads, shake some hands, in order to find you way around and find story ideas.

Now, on to the entertainment …

Shooting Video

Video Editing: Building Your Timeline

Video Editing: Adding B-Roll

Video Editing: Basic Audio

Video Editing: Adding Graphics and Titles

Video Editing: Adding Transitions and Exporting

Sports Project

So, this is very light on images, but the idea is strong … The Disappearance of Small-town Football was published last fall by the Omaha World-Herald.

Thoughts on it?

ASSIGNMENT: The Doc Project

As we discussed in class, one way to handle your in depth project this semester is through a photo column. For class on Tuesday, answer these questions:

  • What do YOU care about?
  • Can you shoot it?
  • Does anyone else care about it?
  • Who is the audience?

Come in with several answers for the first question, we’ll break into small groups to discuss and then you can come up with a proposal and start shooting.