The fall 08 semester has ended at the Academy, and I can say that I had one hell of a fun time learning Final Cut Pro, exploring photo journalism through the direction of one of San Francisco’s most legendary photojournalists–Fred Larson. In Fred’s Photojournalism class he really pushed us to get out and shoot. One way he did this was by giving us assignments by e-mail, similar to how he receives them from the Chronicle. We were emailed the assignment earlier in the day. We had 2-3 hours to shoot, we had to then transmit the photos to his ftp site somewhere off campus via a laptop if we had one. We then met back at the classroom to discuss the assignment and the photographs. The following is an example:
————— PHOTOASSIGNMENT —————-
Story Slug: holiday
Event Date: 11/21/08
Start Time: 3:30pm
Time Needed: 5:15pm (FIRM)
Story Description: Feature Wild Art
With the holidays madness upon us, A1 needs to illustrate a story about Thanksgiving week in a downturn ecomonic recession. Please stay close to the office because you will be under a tight deadline. Some idea’s is the scene at Union square, ice skating rink, a different angle of shoppers or non-shoppers, perhaps the tension of shoppers faces as they muddle through the holidays. Please don’t photograph (or transmit) the obvious. Think outside the box, be creative, take some risks photographically. The photograph(s) must have a identifiable person with caption information attached (file info), who, what and where. The A1 desk is looking for one shot that said it all or if your must a three picture package using the LIFE formula.
Return to the class room no later then 5:30pm.
You need to transmit some where away from 180 New Montgomery.
Transmit all material to your individual folder in the IDisk at a remote location, under TRANSMITTED PHOTOS.
Please keep you files smaller (jpeg), it will speed up the process of transmitting.
FYI: There is two Peet’s coffee houses that have wifi on Mission Street at 3rd and 2nd Street.
Contact: Frederic Larson
Needed by: Daily deadline
Requested by: Frederic Larson