How much partial credit is give on late work?

Question:

I see that I can still submit the assignment but was wondering how much partial credit is given.

Answer:
The first two and a half weeks I allow students to submit work late with no point loss.  I do this as students add the class right up to the last day, some are needing to ask questions on how to use their cameras or software, and some are just learning how to figure out what is due when in Moodle.

After this adjustment and settling period is over, no extensions will be given unless you have extenuating circumstances outside your control.  In these cases, while I hate to ask, I will need to see notes from your doctor or proof in some way that attention needs to be somewhere else during this time.  If your time out of school is severe, please contact your counselor to let him/her know of your situation.  He/She will be able to advise  you on  your best course of action for classes.

I truly hope everyone has and ‘event-free’ semester, but life happens.  The best way to deal with it is to try and work ahead as often as you can.  I release our class schedule two to three weeks in advance so that you can have this opportunity to work ahead.  If you life allows for it, take advantage of it.

When a student turns in late work, as per our department policy, 40 points for the assignment will no longer be available to earn.  The student will also not be allowed to resubmit the work by Week 13 for a potentially higher grade.

The best way to keep all 100 points possible for the higher grade is to turn in SOMETHING that is related to the assignment, even if you know it is not correct.  Doing so will allow  you to resubmit better work one more time (up to Week 13) for a potentially higher grade.  You may want to wait until after I grade the assignment to reshoot as I will do what I can to help guide you to your next step in the assignment.  This is a great loophole, use it.  😉

What are some macro photography solution and how to clean a camera’s sensor.

Question:
Hi smile

I was doing quite a bit of research on macro realities this weekend and wanted to get your input. I really like doing macro work and eventually will get a really nice lens or two to do it. But the Sigma 105mm one I’d maybe get is about $1000. Such a bargain. smile  In the meantime the poor people are looking for less expensive alternatives. And along these lines I was looking at extension tubes and magnifying filters. I’m sure they’re not nearly as good.

When I was really into photography before I had a 55mm Micro Nikor lens which was pretty much an iconic lens with great optics. And I used it a lot. But now everything is so much more expensive. As with everything else I would imagine you get what you pay for.

Thanks for your input.

Answer:

Thank you for your questions.  Macro photography is quite fun and it is good to have a plan B.  smile
On thing that comes to my mind immediately is turning your lens around.  I mean pretty much just that.  This would be the steps.
  1. Get your tripod out and line up your shot – you can do this without a tripod, but it is easier with a tripod.
  2. Open your aperture to as wide as it can go.
  3. Correct your ISO and/or shutter speed so that you are properly exposing your shot.
  4. Take a shot
  5. Check the image and histogram
  6. Make corrections till it all looks good
  7. Take the lens of the camera’s body
  8. Rotate it 180 degrees so that the front of the lens in now making contact with the camera’s body. – Do this carefully
  9. The rear element of the lens is now facing your flower
  10. Check focus, adjust if needed
  11. Again, make sure the lens is being held next to the camera’s body
  12. Snap
  13. Check
  14. Adjust if needed
Note: Due to the amount of dust that floats through the air, you will want to try to do this in dust free place as possible.  If you are doing an out in the nature shot, then you stand a greater chance of getting dust on your sensor.
Please know that getting dust on your sensor is inevitable and part of the digital photographer’s life.  Before you clean it off, be sure to watch at least five videos on other people’s approaches to getting dust off their sensor.
As  you are going to need special tools to clean off the dust, I would also recommend going down to a local camera store and having someone there show you how to do it too.  Go early before they get busy.  You never want to clean the dust off sensors when in a hurry.  This is a slow, delicate, deliberate job.  😉
Also NEVER use canned air.  It has a propellent in it that will cause your sensor to get sticky and then trap more dust which will be harder to clean off in the future.  Also do not use cotton swabs as they will leave more threads than then pick up.  You want to buy the proper tools for the job and do it well.  We are thinking less pressure, more repetition.
  1. Often I like to run the shower in my CLEAN bathroom first to get all the dust in the room to settle.  The room should not be steamy though.
  2. Then I walk in with my sensor cleaning tools, the body cap to my camera, and camera body  with the lens on it and organize them for use.  (I also make sure there is no water on any surfaces and that the toilet lid is closed.)
  3. I then make sure my battery is well charged, and go to sensor cleaning in the menu of my camera to flip the mirror up and open the shutter so that I can safely reach my camera’s sensor.
  4. I then face the camera body with the lens down.  I carefully take off the lens and set it aside  in it’s cap on safe surface I will not bump.
  5. Next I clean the sensor in a way that is safe and works well for me.
  6. The clean body cap is put on the camera and next I go to work on the back element of the lens to make sure it is clean and perfect.
  7. Once this is done, I face the camera’s body back down (I do this step every time I change a lens too to lower the chances of dust getting into the camera and on the sensor), take of the lens cap, grab the lens and look at it one last time for dust, and then snap it into place on the camera’s body.
  8. I then click the remaining body cap to the lens end cap to keep dust out of them as much as possible too.
  9. To test my work, I take the camera outside on a cloudless day and point it toward the north (or south if I am in the Southern Hemisphere), close my lens down to f/22, and choose an ISO and shutter speed to so that my exposures are one stop under exposed.
  10. The last step is to look at this image  on my computer at 100% viewing to make sure there is no dust on the sensor.  If there is, I start over and repeat until there is not dust.
OK, enough on that.
Another suggestion would be to contact checkout@sbcc.edu and see if they have a macro lens that will fit your camera’s body that you can borrow.  If they do, you need to email me at least two days in advance to arrange permission to check out the lens.
As for the idea of extension tubes, these can really be pretty good.  Just be sure the one you rent, borrow, buy will work with your lens on your camera’s body.  Some lenses will not take extension tubes so be sure to research this too.
The magnifying filters are fun, but the least sharp all the way across.  They tend to loose focus as they work their way to the edges.  I did a cursory look online to see if I could find a good example of this, but did not find what I wanted.
Hope this helps!

What is the best plan of action for me to get caught up?

Question:
I have had a work injury and this is why I am behind on my class work. Work Comp is slow in getting me to be able to see a doctor. I finally saw the orthopedic doctor yesterday and had a cortozone shot to reduce the swelling. It seems to be starting to work. Thankfully. It has been difficult to use my hand for the last two months but the last two weeks have been extremely bad.  Please let me know how I might best start to catch up on my assignments.

 

Answer:
Sorry to hear you were injured.  It is good to hear you are on the mend though and ready to get back to work.

As for assignments, you know how to check your grades, right?  There is a link that says “Grades” on the left hand column a little ways down the page.
Image shows where a student can click on the home Moodle page to check for grades.
Click on this link to open a new window that will show you the grade you have earned for each assignment.
The best course of action is to see what assignments are due immediately and get those in first.  At this time of the term, we are looking at the Camera Raw Exercise being due this Sunday and two response posts to the discussion board.  Get those in so that you may have the opportunity of earning 100 points for the work completed.
The next would be to look at all the missing work you have and get that work in.  What I am seeing you are missing currently is the following:
  •  Either an original post or two response posts to discuss a memorable image
  •  All posts to Pick an Image and Critiquing Rules
  •  A response post to Midterm Questions
  •  The Family assignment
Late work will earn you a maximum of 60 points, which is much better than zero points for not getting work in at all.  As you have one opportunity to submit late work, make this extra time work for you.  You will want to be sure to see what other students have done in the Student Gallery for assignments so that you may earn the highest grade possible.  You have until Week 13 to get the late work in.  Just submit it to the assignment it is meant for.
As for work you have submitted on time and did not earn the grade you wanted, you may rework the assignment(s) and subit the corrected work for regrading by Week 13.  Again, just submit the work in the assignment it applies to.
Hope this helps,
Say!

May I convert my color images to black and white for the assignment?

Question:
I was wondering if black and white conversions are okay for the B/W images for the images due? I like being able to control what parts of the image contrast most, but if you want the images to have been shot in B/W I understand.

Answer:
Do PLEASE shoot in color and then desaturate in your photo editing software.  Shooting in black and white is for rookies who do not know better.  You are not one of them.  😉

Do keep in mind that you are not allowed to submit black and white prints for grades in the Portfolio assignment.  All prints must be in color and color corrected to the best of your ability.

Can we use images from Best Images in our Portfolio?

Question:

Sorry but I have to ask again!

Our Best images need to be new photos? Not any photo that has been graded? But our Portfolio can be any images including photos that have been graded and images we used in our Best images assignment? I don’t know why i’m getting confused! Also can we use any image we turned in for SOMA for either of these assignments? Thanks!

Answer:
Yeah, it can be confusing, because we have two assignments that can pull from past assignments. So let’s break it down.

Best Images needs to be any work that has been created since the start of term up to the day you turn it in. This work can not have been graded before. The idea behind this assignment is that you now have the skills to make great images. The field is wide open on whatever you want to bring forward and show.

SoMA & Portfolio also have to be work that was created this term, but both can pull from past assignments… including a pull from Best Images. In fact, if you want to pull all your images for SoMA and Portfolio from the Best Images assignment, feel free to do so. I will not bat an eye.

thanks for asking,

I am confused about the black and white images in the Best Images assignment.

Question:
Hello! I was wondering about the best images assignment! I was confused by the three black and white images part of the assignment, I feel like we have only done one or two black and white images?

Also, I am confused as to what pictures you want us to select, for instance do you want to see a completely different image from specific assignments. For example if i had taken a picture of a orange pole with a green background as one of the contrast photos in the beginning of the class. would you want a different shot of the same picture, or a completely different photo entirely. I am asking this because i am not sure how many different photos i had taken for each assignment!

I hope this wasn’t too confusing!

Answers:
I think you are making sense.

The Best Images assignment is to be all new images.  Taking all that you have learned and creating the best images you can on any subject matter(s) you like.  This is YOUR assignment to do what you want.

Be sure to show me images that I have not seen before for the Best Images assignment.  Again, this will be new images you have shot.

In the PORTFOLIO assignment, you are welcome to show any image you have shot this term.  They can come from any assignments or be fresh, but they need to be shot this term…. then again all work turned in needs to be shot this term, so I guess that last part is redundant, but you get what I mean, right?

Follow up Question:
Yes I think I understand it a little more! I am still somewhat confused by the best images assignment, whether or not we should take more pictures for the assignment (and if they have to be within guidelines of previous assignments) or if we have to choose from our extra pictures from previous assignments?

Sorry if that is confusing!

basically i am wondering if we are allowed to take different photos for the best images assignment? and if we can, do the new photos have to be within a guideline of a previous assignment, or if they can just be an image that shows that we have learned concepts of this class?

Answer:
Best Images may be of any subject matter  you like, but you should still work with using your knowledge to create strong compositions, play with  your shutter speed/aperture / ISO settings, angles, and consider the use of your lighting for the best looking image you can create.

If you have an AWESOME image from a past assignment that I have not seen before, nor its nearly twin image, then you may submit this image too.  This image needs to be completely different thank anything you have submitted prior and should be strong visually.

Ultimately, I want to see that you are learning and growing stronger as a photographer.  😀  The best way to show me this is for you to apply what you have learned when you are out there shooting!  Shoot often and you will have many images to choose from, which  is a pretty good position to be in.

Hope this helps,