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Week 22 – Composition

View the tutorials on and complete the exercise below.



Take a series of photographs, each photograph must focus on one of the following:

  • Pattern
  • Symmetry
  • Texture
  • Depth of field
  • Lines
  • Framing
  • Perspective
  • Space
  • Balance
  • Colour

Submit your ten best photographs to your blog.

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Week 21 – Studio Lighting

Question 1

  1. Name three lighting sources and their functions.
    Daylight – most common lighting source used in photography. Daylight changes during the day.
    Artificial light – any other light, such as lamp, daylight which comes through a window, etc
    Photographic flash – flash light from a camera.
  2. Name two light modifiers and explain the difference between them.
    Softboxes and umbrellas. The difference between them is that spread of light with a softbox is more contained, while an umbrella can spill beyond the boundaries of the reflective surface. Softboxes are easier to control than umbrellas.
  3. Draw a diagram of and describe the three-point lighting setup.
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Week 20 – Put Thought Into Your Design

“Design a 5-page website or blog to promote your hometown (or any other place if you so choose). Present your design along with a strategy that explains the decisions you’ve made during the design process (keep the six steps mentioned in the lesson Web Design Process: Designing for Web (part 2) in mind). Remember, it’s important for us to see how you think, so explain why you decided to do things the way you did.

This is a front-end design learning activity. No coding or publishing is needed.”

Here is the PDF with the design and explanation.

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Week 19 – Design Different Looks

“Copy the exact content from a homepage of a website of your choice. Now redesign this homepage in three different ways. Each design should evoke a different emotional response from viewers. You can choose what you would like these emotional responses to be.

Please upload this activity to your WordPress blog along with a short report where you explain the look and intent of each of the three designs.”

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Week 18 – Web Design Process 1: Planning

 Providing Your Own Hosting Service

This learning activity is to acquire your own hosting service. This hosting service will be needed throughout the rest of your studies, and this Learning Activity is therefore mandatory.

You are free to choose any hosting service in the world. If you find it difficult to find one, we recommend

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Week 17 – Introduction to Web Design

Get the Basics Right

Part one

  1. Explain the following terms in your own words:
    • The Internet – worldwide network of many computers and other devices connected together.
    • HTML – universal language used by the Internet.
    • Browser – application used to view all the information from the Internet.
    • Search engine – a program that searches the whole Internet for key words which one enters into it.
  2. Please research and add another 10 questions to the briefing process.(See the lesson.)
    1. Do you have text prepared? What should be written on your website?
    2. Do you have a graphic profile? If so, do you have a profile manual?
    3. If so, can you provide original files (like a logo, decorative elements)?
    4. Do you have any photos, which you want to use for the website?
    5. Do you have copy rights for file that you want to use?
    6. Do you have any idea how it should looks like?
    7. Do you want any video or audio files on your website?
    8. Do you want your website to be mobile friendly?
    9. Do you want this website to be multi language?
    10. Will users need to log in to your website?
  3. From this list of 20 questions (your 10 added to my 10), please create the ultimate list of 10 questions that you would use for clients.
    1. What kind of visitors are you expecting on your website?
    2. Who are your competitors and how do you differ from them?
    3. What is your deadline for completing the site? How big is the budget?
    4. What features should be used on your website?
    5. Do you have a graphic profile? If so, do you have a profile manual?
    6. Do you have copy rights for file that you want to use?
    7. Who will be the contact person for this project?
    8. Please list the names of three sites that you like and explain what you like about them.
    9. Do you have any colour preferences? What should the look and feel for the website be?
    10. Will users need to log in to your website?

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Week 11 – Learning Activities – Print Preparation

Question 1:

1.  Design your own printing checklist form.

printing checklistQuestion 2:

2.  Design a simple dummy 20-page magazine style brochure combining dynamic typography and photography. You can use placeholder text for body copy. For your magazine, use a spot varnish for the cover and design it using two spot colours.
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Learning Activities – Layout

Form and Space

  1. Rearrange shapes cut out of paper, and try to find the point at which the figure disappears into the ground.
    • Cut out a series of shapes from black paper – squares, rectangles, circles and random shapes – in a variety of sizes, from small to large.
    • Working with a square piece of white paper, place shapes of different sizes into the white space; place them on the white one at a time and move them around.
    • Try to find the point where the distinction between figure and ground becomes unclear. Does it depend on which shape dominates the space: black or white? Is it about the position of the shape within the space? Think about how important figure-ground relationships are within composition and design.

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Learning Activity – Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography

Question 1:


Also known as a melainotype or ferrotype. Tintype was invented in 1856 by Hamilton Smith. He used collodion process on a metal plate. A thin iron sheet was covered with a dark lacquer. This way a positive was made. The whole process took only a few minutes, was much cheaper and allowed a photographer to travel. Continue reading “Learning Activity – Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography”