digital practices

Digital content production (1)

wordpress with pen NOV 6th 2020 WEEK 2
  1. digital photography
  2. video series
  3. activities for practice
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screenshot of workshop page This session is brought to you by the university's own Creative Media team. This week's topic is digital photography and image manipulation. Have a look at the tutorials and check the playlist for more updates over the next few weeks.

independent learning

The Creative Media sessions are for synchronous and independent work. You will find the material in Blackboard, listed under Creative Media Resources. Please work through the videos and tasks in your own time and you are welcome to email the team with questions and queries, details can be found on their website.

Don't forget to check the practice and homework tasks for specific work you can do towards your final project.

After watching the tutorials on composition and lighting, take some time to experiment with taking photographs with whichever equipment you have at hand. This could be a DSLR camera or the camera of your mobile phone. The important task is to understand how to light and frame your photos well.

to-do list

  1. practice :)
    take a few photos and experiment with light, focus and angle.
  2. edit your photos
    using any photo editing app, have a look at available settings and explore the editing tools.

To hone your image editing skills, have a look at the following tutorials and try out some of the online editors.


icon of image cropping

online editors

please note:
For your project work, you will be given access to the Adobe suite, including Photoshop. Please bear in mind that the tool itself matters less than the end result you are able to produce :)
If you are already using an image editing app, feel free to work with that instead. If you'd like to try out other options, the list of editors will offer alternatives (some of which are easier to work with for the novice :)).

to-do list

  1. experiment with ideas for visuals
    considering your brief's topic, take some fitting photographs - think about content as well as backgrounds.
  2. editing / cropping / saving for web
    select one or two of your photographs and work on editing the image, cropping it to different sizes for better composition and figure out how to best save images for use on your site.

PROJECT PROGRESS experiments with visual media