Wide, Medium, and Close Shots
Close-Medium-Wide Story: You and your partner will shoot a scene that “tells a story.”
You need three shots: a wide, medium, and close. Try to incorporate all the lessons we learned in class.
Then in Photoshop, create a visual that is 2048 x 2732 px. The visual should have all three photos on it and:
- have a colored background
- have text (over a shape) next to each shot
- email it to me: adam.chiara (at) ccsu.edu
You will create an original header for your blog.
Make sure to use the dimensions 2000 × 800 pixels for the canvas size.
While I’m not requiring anything specific to be on your banner, it must:
- be visually pleasing
- conform with the rest of your blog (color, style, voice)
- be evident that a true effort was made
- not have copyrighted content
Examples of A’s:
Submit the link to your home page on Blackboard before the start of next class.
About Page Feedback:
- Make sure you are sending a working URL
- OPEN link in a new tab/window
- When in doubt, break up that paragraph.
- Picture up high in the post. Should be the first thing you see.
- Grammar — i’m a senior who
“Long paragraphs are a visual predictor that a story won’t work. You must cut the meat into little pieces.” — Jon Ziomek, professor at the Medill School of Journalism
Follow the 1-2-3 Rule
Your paragraph should contain: 1 main thought, expressed in 2 to 3 short sentences.
SEO: Headline, Keywords, Avoiding Stacking, Hyperlinks
EDIT IN LAYERS
Creative Commons Search
- What is your dream job or type of career?
- How will you get there?
- What have you done, or what you are doing, to achieve this?
– should be around 500 words
– must include at least one picture (must be high in the post and not copyright protected)
– must include at least one relevant hyperlink (open in a new window/tab)
– must follow the aesthetic structure we have talked about (short paragraphs — generally 1-3 sentences, no dead space, text wrap, visual is high in the post, chunking and subheads, etc.)
– should be written concisely
– must be put in a category
– must not have any grammatical or spelling mistakes
Assignment 1: Blog Post
Have an opinion about something and back it up with research.
Your post must:
- be between 500-750 words
- include at least one picture (must be high in the post and not copyright protected)
- include at least one relevant hyperlink (open in a new window/tab)
- not have any grammar or spelling mistakes
- follow the aesthetic structure we’ve talked about (short paragraphs—generally 1-3 sentences, no dead space, text wrap, visual is high in the post, etc.)
- demonstrate good SEO practices
- be put in a category
Post the link to Blackboard before the start of next class.
Edit your blog’s About page so that it has your bio.
- include at least one hyperlink (which opens in an new window/tab) and one picture (it doesn’t have to be a picture of you, but it should be relevant to your bio). Place the/a picture high in the post.
- not just be a block of text. People won’t read through it (see example). Make sure you’re breaking up your text into paragraphs.
- have short paragraphs. Paragraphs on the web are short. Keep them one to three sentences. Especially the first paragraph (the lead).
- have words text wrapped around the picture. This prevents “dead space” on the page.
- use proper grammar and have no spelling errors.
Submit your About page’s URL on Blackboard in Assignments.
You will create a 60- to 90-second interview. Interview an interesting person and edit the interview into a concise package.
- have at least two b-roll shots that transitions in and out using a Cross Dissolve transition.
- use a Cross Dissolve transition if clips of the interview are cut and pieced together.
- have a lower-third title appear telling the viewer who the person is.
- be cleanly edited.
- have a song playing the in background.
- use the techniques we covered in class.
- be uploaded to YouTube and embedded in a post on your blog. Write a paragraph setting up your video. Write an SEO friendly headline for it, too, and put it in a category.
- Once the subject is in frame, press on the screen and hold it to lock in the white balance, exposure, and focus — AE/AF Lock. Pressing on the middle of the screen is usually good, but experiment around on the screen if it looks blue/tan, bright/dark, or out of focus.
- Make your body a tripod. Find any way you can to keep your camera from shaking during the shot. Shoot by keeping the camera close to the body or lean against a wall (even if you look funny doing it).
- Shoot in Airplane Mode so you don’t get interrupted.
- Grid Lines: Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid
Interview your partner about what their best memory or accomplishment has been in college so far (pretend grandma is going to watch this, though).
Then get a close, medium, and wide shot of them doing something on campus. Also, get a few shots of campus without your partner in the shot.