Archive for Advanced Commercial Photography

Green Screen & Next Nine Weeks

Today your Green Screen project is due by midnight.

Next nine weeks we’ll be going over the following:

  • Panoramic Photography
  • Bracketing
  • ATPI
  • Portfolios
  • Holiday Lighting



Week of May 18th -ALL CLASSES – Turning in Through & Schoology Questions

This week is NOT really a weeks worth of assignments or photography. So pay attention.

Your 2 Goals by the end of TODAY are:

  1. Answer the Schoology questionnaire before 11PM TODAY.
  2. If you did not turn in your Through assignment from last week you have till 4PM TODAY.

So if you haven’t figured out by now the school year is wrapping up and end of the year grades are due. As you and I were instructed, 4th nine weeks grades can not be a negative impact on your semester grade. However if you were failing the 3rd nine weeks and wanted to pass for the semester completing successfully your assigned work during the 4th nine weeks was the way to do it. I hope you took advantage of this, if you needed.

Today you will be getting several Reminds. Be ready.

Have a Great Week!

Through & Gear Turn-in Video

Week of May 11th – Through – All Classes – Last Assignment

This weeks assignment is based on Through. There is an informative video regarding the lesson on the assignment page. This assignment is also based on the very popular Tik Tok photo video of shooting through items. You are posting 2 images by the end of the week.

This will be the last full photo assignment for this school year!!

Didn’t turn-in last weeks Flat Lay assignment. You have until this Wednesday at 4PM to do so.

Speaking of Wednesday. That’s when all photo gear is due back to the Career Center. We will be there 1pm to 5pm. In the front. You need to place all items in garbage bags or shopping bags WITH a label. Your name and ID. AND everything that you are turning in. From cameras to tripods to backdrops to lights to cap&gowns to etc. Bring it to KCC on Wednesday!!

Have a Great Week!!!

Flat Lay Video

Week of May 4th – Flat Lay – ALL STUDENTS

This week you will be creating two separate themed Flat Lay images like the ones below. Instructions are posted in your respective areas.

Pay very close attention to the instruction details AND watch the video, it’s got some great tips.

Everyone read the next colored section……..

ATTN SENIORS!! –  Coming to the KCC this week. I’ll be there. Hope to see you. Send me a Remind message and I’ll be on the lookout.

Throughout Monday thru Thursday I will be working at the KCC. I will be checking email once every few hours and will check Remind regularly throughout each day. So if you need me please let me know.

If you have not turned in last weeks Silverware assignment 4PM Wednesday is the cutoff for acceptance.

GOT GEAR?? – NOT this week, BUT next week you will begin turning in your gear. ALL of it. Information to come.

Have a Great Week!!


Silverware Video

Week of 4/27 – CP1 & CP2 – Silverware

This weeks lesson goal/assignment revolves around silverware. Create your best image using the silverware, lights, backdrops, food, etc you have at home. The more creative the better. Below are images from other high school students throughout the world, creating their own vision.

I don’t want to give you too many ideas or examples because I want you to come up with your own creations.

CP2 & Pract – Week 3/4 Choice Video

Week of 4/13 – Part 2 CP2 & Pract – The Options


This week’s goal is a choice for you to capture. All of which can be done at your home, a neighbors home, or friends home. BUT. And I do mean BUT. From the safest distance possible. You have cameras with incredible quality and editing with awesome features. That completing these images should be great.

If you find that your person is taller. The sidewalk is slopped down or the front door is up some steps. Then get a yourself a stool or step ladder. Some people, Jamari to be exact, to them this won’t be a problem.

Because of the logistics of this assignment it will be due NEXT Friday, April 24th @ 4PM. No exceptions, unless you or someone in your home gets a virus.


Week of 4/13 – Part 1 – HOPE Assignment

Monday’s goal by the end of the day is to have your HOPE assignment posted/uploaded with visual editing AND your information on WHY the items bring you Hope. Below are three examples that have been turned in so far where you can see obvious editing to the images and each placed information with their creations.

By: Daejzia Alexander

By: Ensara Lance

By: Lorelei Jenkins

Part 2 will information will come later today.

Week of 4/6 – HOPE & More

This week’s assignment is all about HOPE. As you will see from Matthew McConaughey what we are dealing with now will one day be over. My intent when posting was that you would be shooting and editing this assignment before this week, but again this week may give way to flowers, rainbows, reflections, sunshine, and more.

Also this week when editing…. YES I said editing . . . .  try to make your images look the same. That can be done with toning, contrast, colors, etc. There’s all kinds of ways to make your images appear sync’d together. Need help, I’m only a email, text, or call away.

Reminder that 4PM this Friday your HOPE assignment is due. CP1 that means your collage needs to be posted in Schoology. CP2 & Pract this means yours is to be posted AND an email sent to me stating you posted.

Hump Day Professional Dress Grade

Me: Grades.

Student: Grades?

Me: Yes! Grades.

Me: Since Wednesday is no longer Professional Dress, this Wednesday I’m placing a Professional Communications grade in the grade book.

Student: Professional Communications? Um Huh?

Me: Last week you received communications, several different ways for some of you to complete the process of joining the Photo Course Group in Schoology for your class. Sounded like an easy way to place a Professional Communications grade for me sending it. You reading it. You completing the task from the communication.

NOTE: All grades are posted in Schoology this nine weeks.

Week of 3/30 – 1st Wks Assignment & More

This week’s goal, as with each week, is to complete and upload your photo assignment. This week Social Distancing…… or should it be called Physical Distancing…… to your assigned location by this Friday. Make sure to read ALL instructions. Re-submitting is allowed in Schoology (many of you already know that).

Done with this weeks. Look to next when it’s HOPE. And that brings me to the images I captured this weekend back in my old neighborhood in Austin. What brings you HOPE for the future.


Smallwood’s Social Distancing Examples

Week of 3/25 – Welcome Back!!

Welcome to the new Online Commercial Photography style of learning. Yesterday you should have received two emails in regards to your course work. I won’t bore you again with them here, but note that your first assignment is posted under 4th Nine Weeks tab.

Got Questions?? Email me OR send me a message on Remind.

Need or Want Adobe? Take the link and follow the instructions. I went over this in class before Spring Break. Got issues or questions let me know.

Recorded a week ago for Comm Photo 1.

Adobe Software @ Home

Signing Into Adobe

Students can now go to,

Click Sign In at the top-right, log in with your KISD email & password.

Click Open under Creative Cloud,



Software Install (Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, etc)

Then Get Desktop App for the apps that they want.



Creative Cloud Install (Online hard drive space 80GB)

From the top LEFT corner of the screen make sure Home is underlined.

Over on the RIGHT portion of the window you will see your name and under it a link for Install Creative Cloud App.

Click the link and install your Creative Cloud App on your personal computer.

After installation you should be able to click on the icon, input your school login and password.

Sharing files from Home and School is now set.



Cellphone Install

Yes there is an app for you phone. Go to your store and search Adobe Creative Cloud.



CP2 & Pract – Week of March 2 – Mounting & Portfolio

Everyone – Portfolio first half (8 for CP2 & 10 for Practicum) are due this Wednesday on your website.

CP2 – If you’ve been through water droplet you will be mounting your 11×14 water droplet photo Mon/Tues.

Pract – You will be mounting your oil/water image and photo booth event is due Wednesday.


Week of 2/24 – CP2 & Pract – Theme Week

CP2 – This week’s goal is to have completed by Friday your topic item for this week. You’ll notice in the gradebook there is a summative grade for weeks 1-4. This is done by averaging all week 1 – 4 formative grades.

PRACTICUM – Your design and functionality of the Photobooth is due next Tuesday.

CP2 & Pract – Week of 2/18

This week’s goal is to have turned in your first 4 or 5 portfolio images. Also to complete and turn-in your CP2 – Topic 3 or Pract – Topic 2.

Today we’ll go over:

  • Menu items – Portfolio
  • Gear Checkin
  • Studio??
  • Topic Complete by Friday
  • Limited gear this weekend
  • No Professional Dress this week.