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Haomin Tian

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Transcript of Photojournalism


Unit Description
2 hours per week - 12 weeks for one semester
maximum enrollment--30
part of a required course for journalism students

Learning Plans
Learning Plans
Learning Plans
In the third part, students have the opportunities to operate on computers to edit their photos.
Examples of Teaching in Class
The second part is the most fundamental section. In these seven weeks, some professional skills are taught carefully.
I will introduce the function of single-lens reflex camera in detail, and also present abundant photos in contrast.
Slides are always necessary.
Teaching Methods
Students will learn through:
acquisition + inquiry + discussion + collaboration + practice
Teaching Resources from the Internet
Because this learning unit for the course is just an elementary one for photojournalism, it doesn’t refer to interviewing with news photography or taking photos in a real news event. So students still need advanced courses for further learning afterwards.
Essential Questions
What’s the criterion of good photojournalism?
What’s the main function of digital camera?
How can you produce good pictures?
What can you do after you take the photos?

mastering the basic skills of photography
learning throuth practice
improvement of collaboration and communication
ability to analyze and criticize
Expected Outcomes
Students will learn:
assessing quality of photojournalism
The techniques of taking good pictures, especially for journalism
photo editing skills and caption writing
Week 5 Use and types of digital cameras
Week 7 Depth of field, depth of focus and hyper focal
The relation between human figures photography and depth of field
Week 10
Motion photography
When shutter speed is high---
static and moving body are clear
merit: solidify dynamic moment
Assignments of Class
Before class
preview introductory materials regarding digital cameras
browse the websites posting news photos currently
recommended websites:
After class
take a series photos of a given topic
such as scenery on campus or portrait photography
prepare for presentation in groups

Teaching Mode
Students are allowed to raise questions whenever in class.
Time: Week 9
Place: An amusement park
Subject: Figures and scenery

The teacher and several assistants will lead students to the location and each student should bring their digital camera or mobile phone with camera lens.
Here, teacher will act as a supervisor, providing views and advice when students conduct practice.
Week 1 introduction to the course
course description, student objectives and assessment evidence
the definition, status, rules and effect of journalism
Week 2
the themes and forms of photojournalism
caption writing
Week 3
the evaluation criterion of photojournalism
a journalist’s professional quality
photojournalism, moral and law
Week 4
Properties and types of lens
Week 5
Use and types of digital cameras
Week 6
Exposure and metering technology
Week 7
Depth of field, depth of focus and hyper focal
Week 8
Photography composition
Week 9
*Fieldwork (going out to take pictures in an amusement park)
Week 10
Motion photography
Overview of the key points in this part
Week 11 dealing with digital images by software
Basic knowledge of photo explorer
Adjustment of size, light etc.

Week 12 students’ practice workshop
Using the tools of picture processing on computer
A short conclusion of the course
Comments and questions on the course
Picture Processing
Photo Explorer
Distinguish Photojournalism
" Three important aspects of photojournalism include:

1. Timeliness or Relevance - Images or photos are significant to a written story.

2. Impartiality - Depicted images are a non-discriminatory portrayal of actual events.

3. Narrative Story - Collective photographs and relevant news elements can effectively update and inform readers. "
-- from V.C. Higuera
"Learning the Ethics and Techniques of Photojournalism"
Photojournalism Guide
Tools & Learning Environment
Digital camera or mobile phone with camera lens

My students will learn
---through classroom instruction and seminars
---through discussing in groups on Facebook/Renren
---by the means of going out to take photos
---by using the tools of Picture processing
ACD See 9.0/Photo Explorer/Adobe Photoshop
Assessment evidence
active participation 10%
performance in presentations in class and discussions online 20%
photography works for homework 30%
(photos arranged in portfolios for each task)
a written exam for theories 40%

Thank you for appreciation!
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
-- An introductory unit for journalism students
Part A about photojournalism
Part B how to take good photos
Followed are some cases in this section
---When shutter speed is low
moving body is vague
merit: strong dynamic effect
Method of following the shooting---
static body is vague
merit: show both figure and
dynamic of subject
Part 3 picture processing
By Haomin Tian
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