Last year I teamed up with the Media Development folks at Art Institutes to create the Virtual Studio. The project was a success, which prompted AI to call me for second and related photography course learning object. This stunning interactive teaches students the fundamentals of three-point lighting in a still-life photography setting.
In the activity, the student assumes the role of assistant to a famous photographer, and will be helping him compose and light a shot, based on a diagram. The student first has to construct the set by dragging and placing all the elements to their appropriate spots. Next the student needs to set up and adjust the lights. This portion allows students to manipulate each shadow as it falls on the scene. The photorealistic effects were achieved by using Flash Video and allowing the user to manipulate it’s playback in real-time. The students move interactive lights in the background of the scene, and their shadows appear in the foreground of the scene showing the camera’s output.
Subsequent modules involve setting other lighting and camera options to create the proper mood for the final shot.
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