Aug 032011

Here’s the agenda and resources for our Digital Video in the Classroom session today:


  • Importing Video and Images into your Project
    • The nice thing about iTunes & iPhoto…
  • Basic Edits
    • Trim vs. Crop
    • Splitting clips
    • Separating Audio from Video Tracks
    • Changing the direction of a clip
    • Speed up/slow down clips
  • Adding Still Images
  • Adding Titles, Transitions & Effects
  • Adding Audio & Sound Effects
  • Discussion of Copyright Issues
  • Sharing your work
  • Wrap Up

Some resources that you might find helpful:





Aug 022011

CVHS Lab 221 – U: photo P: shop

So, what exactly is the Power of Photoshop? What can it do?

You can also get the YouTube version here.


First off, let’s take a look at the toolbar and the functions of each tool:

Image of exploded toolbar and what each tool does. 

Next, let’s look at the Type tool and the all of the Blending Options available for making headlines, web link images, and text-based graphics. The blending options can give your text a simple drop shadow, added depth with bevels & embossing, or inner and outer glows.

The cloning tool, or rubber stamp, and the healing tool can do wonders for clearing up problems with a photo – you can remove a pimple or an entire person!

Now, let’s turn to using Photoshop to creating images from scratch using the available tools and filters.

First, let’s make wood from scratch. The handout has the instructions for completing this project, or you can obtain them here online. Here is what our final image should look like (click on the image for a larger view):


Next, let’s take a photo of a nice day and turn it into a gloomy, rainy day. Here is the starting image:


Now, follow these instructions, or you can follow along in the handout to make this image look like this:


Next, let’s create an image of a bullet fired from a gun completely from scratch. This tutorial will give you a great feel for using layers. Here are the instructions or refer to the handout, and here is what your final image should look somewhat like:


Lastly, we will create a checkered flag waiving in the wind entirely from a blank screen. In this advanced tutorial, we will use a displacement map to create the sense of movement in our image. The instructions are included in the handout or you can download them here, and here is what the final image should look like:


If you are craving more step-by-step tutorials, here are a couple of great resources:

Jul 262011

Here’s the agenda for our session, along with the videos, links, and resources that we’ll need for the day. 


  • Welcome & Introductions  9:00 – 9:15 AM
  • How to Choose the Right Camera 9:15 – 9:30 AM
  • Photo Pre-Test 9:30 – 9:45 AM
  • Show-N-Tell & Photo Taking Tips 9:45 – 10:15 AM
  • Photo Assignment & Upload 10:15 – 10:45 AM
  • Break 10:45 – 11:00 AM
  • First Pass 11:00 – 11:15 AM
  • Edit & Share 11:15 – 12:00 AM
  • Discussion & Trial of Online Photo Services 12:00 – 12:45 AM
  • Q&A, Take Your Pulse & Wrap-Up 12:45 – 1:00 PM

David Pogue NYTimes Video on DSLR’s:

Online Photo Editing/Sharing Sites:

Group Photo Sharing Sites:

    Take Your Pulse online survey
    Jul 192011