Wayne State students: If you feel like this final project is a bit daunting, you’re not alone!
There is a lot of work that goes into a big project like this, so it’s important to concentrate on each step of the process as you go along.
- Find a story that lends to visual variety.
- Pay attention to your camera settings as you shoot. Remember that there’s no need to constantly change your settings while shooting. As long as the available light doesn’t change, the settings don’t need to change (unless you want to change your depth of field or motion).
- Don’t shoot under 400 ISO, or slower than 1/60th of a second.
- When shooting the story, collect caption information as you go.
- Record at least one interview, possibly in a quiet place. However, if you are collecting audio at the scene, like during a parade, just keep the audio device close to the subject so we can hear them.
- If you are shooting multiple days, keep your photos in a single folder as you go.
- When finished with your shoot: drag your working folder into Photo Mechanic; make a final selection via color coding them; isolate those color-coded images; select all photos at once and drag them into Photoshop to edit them.
- In Photoshop, only crop, and fix color balance and exposure issues.
- When saving each image, hit Save As and rename the pic so it doesn’t overwrite the original.
- Select only the edited images and copy or drag them into a final folder.
- Now write your captions. First do a skeleton caption for all photos so your meta data information is tagged to all pics. Then finish the captions per individual photo.
- Next select the two photos you’ll use for the title and end slides, and edit in Photoshop. Directions are in this YouTube tutorial. Once you’re done with these slides, Save As: Rename them Title Slide and End Slide.
- Edit your audio using Audacity (directions for using Audacity is an earlier post in this blog) and put that edited audio into the final folder. If you have audio from a video camera, then don’t worry about using Audacity. You can edit the audio in Premiere (directions are in this YouTube tutorial).
- Once all of your working elements (edited/captioned stills; audio file(s); title/end slides; music file) are complete and in the final folder, then it’s time to produce your story. See tutorial below:
- Review the workflow sheet for YouTube information, which is at the bottom of the sheet. You need to upload your story as an Mp4 to the course YouTube account so you can retrieve the embed code or URL code. You need the embed code to load the story onto your blog.
- You can also view these tutorials if you need more training with Premiere: