Hi all, Well after quite a lot of theory finally some practical assignments – where you will learn through doing. Phewww – follow the instructions for your assignment for the next couple of weeks.

Part 1

Today we discussed the use of Photo Manipulation and its social and ethical issues in a variety of scenarios. Now its time to get practical. I am sure you have all used Photoshop/GIMP before (and have now downloaded on your BYOD laptop) – some of you may have better skills than others however I want you to complete the following tasks utilising tutorials that you can find on the web – I have given some example tutorials however I am sure as Digital Natives that you can find your own? The school laptops have Photoshop CS6, and the iMACs have Photoshop CS5 – both are pretty similar and you will have the latest version on your BYOD laptops if you downloaded the trial (GIMP users you will need to find and use your own initiative to gain the following skills.)

You will use many techniques – remember to link some of the tool names with the practical activities that you are doing – some tools you will need to use are: – Clone Stamp Tool, Masks, Layers / Layer Masks, Lasso Tools, Blur Filters, Free Transform, Healing Brush, Brush Selection and Dodge Tool.

Tasks –

  1. Create a cracked / wounded face of – Cracked Face Tutorial – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC_ch_d7GMI
  2. Blend and combine two or more images – How to Blend and Combine Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOyJexxS2ww
  3. Make someone look older – Make someone look older – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_BqknfhME
  4. Remove a number of objects from a photo – Removing Objects and People from Photographs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlunonPF8Mw

For these tutorials I would like you to use the same base images – however you may then decide to utilise other images etc as you wish: –

  1. For task 1 – base image
  2. For task 2 – base image
  3. For task 3 – take a photo of yourself with Photobooth or by another method and use this…
  4. For task 4 – base image

So what are you waiting for – get started. You will have one week to do these four tutorials and then you must email me the results.

Part 2

Well you have had the pleasure of playing around with Photoshop for over a week now, and so are beginning to understand many of the processes and tools that you have access to that enable you to alter photographs in may ways. These should include the use of the following tools:-

  1. Clone Stamp Tool
  2. Masks
  3. Layers / Layer Masks
  4. Lasso Tools
  5. Blur Filter
  6. Layer Blending Modes
  7. Free Transform
  8. Healing Brush
  9. Brush Selection
  10. Defining/Creating a Brush
  11. Dodge Tool

More tools than you thought..huh. Well now you have practiced with them it is time to use them to change some photos to see what you believe is the difference between ethical and unethical. You must first take your own digital pictures of as many teachers and students around the campus as possible. This could be group photos, portraits, action in fact whatever you would like to take. As a group from the photographs, choose which two you will all use to manipulate. From these photos you need to change and manipulate the two photos in two ways:-

  • Place the teachers/students selected within a setting, scam, position etc that would be considered unethical in terms of how you have manipulated them.
  • Manipulate a photo subtly so that it changes mood, style etc which you would consider enhances a photo but does not impinge on the integrity of the photo.
  • Write an explanation of the photo manipulations explaining how they sit within the ethics of photo editing, and then link this to your rules for how to control or provide policies and standards for digital photography. To help you please read Ethics in the Age of Digital Photography and Digital Imaging Ethics along with NPAA Code of Ethic.
  • Present your work, showing before and after photographs, along with a discussion of the ethics with conclusions. All works used should be cited correctly.

You will need to use as many of the skills that you have practiced that are listed above ad maybe need to practice or improve with new skills. Remember Photoshop / GIMP have untold features and power. Both the photos should on initial glance look untouched, the more professional the better grade you will receive. Be original and creative…and have fun!

P.S. To get you thinking further take the hoax test, and then think about which stakeholders of these photographs might have found the fakes as unethical…
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