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Photography students take their work to a new dimension
Students in Will Creighton's photography class at Pitman High view their 3-D projects through special glasses. - photo by MAEGAN MARTENS / The Journal
Kicking back and munching on some popcorn is all Pitman High teacher Will Creighton expected while being entertained recently by a 3-D movie. But the movie had more in store for him and his photography class.
“I was inspired to see how they (film makers) did it so I could bring it to the classroom,” Creighton said. “I want to show the students that there is more than 2-D photos.”
With upgraded programs and new computers put into Creighton’s classroom, the 3-D project came to life this week for the first time.
Students started off by taking regular photographs of assigned topics each day, Creighton said. On Monday, students were assigned to take pictures of hands and turn them into a 3-D image.
As the week progressed, the assigned topics became harder to make into 3-D images. By Wednesday, the topic was bikes and on Friday the topic was humans.  
Some students really got into the different photos they could take to make the picture “pop” out of the screen more. One student put his hand through a roll of duct tape to create the image of his hand coming out of the screen toward the viewer.
“I feel (a sense of) accomplishment to find an image that really pops out at me,” said junior Kayla Roton, who was having trouble finding good photos to live up to the 3-D image.
Creating the 3-D image isn’t that hard, Roton said. Finding a photo that really pops out was the difficult part for her.
Creighton agrees with how simple the 3-D images are to create, he said. He said he wishes he would have been inspired sooner to teach more students how to create the 3-D photos.
To create the 3-D image, the students combined two photos of the same image and changed some settings on Photoshop, Creighton said. Photoshop allowed the students to really develop their photos and try different things with them.
“Photoshop is like their dark room,” he said.
This week the students said they really enjoyed working with the different settings on the program to make their photos unique.
“It is pretty sick because it gives us the chance to work with our photos,” said senior Jon Carrera. “It’s neat to take an ordinary picture and change it.”
Other students also enjoyed bringing their picture to life.
“The pictures look so real,” said junior Belsin Younan. “The human photo looks like the human is alive and it is coming toward you with the 3-D glasses on.”
Even with this fun project, there is always grading involved to make sure each student learned how to create a 3-D image.  
Creighton will grade each student on their execution, technique, procedure and quality of each photograph, he said. He is focusing on how they applied the technique to each photo.
He said his main goals throughout this process was to teach the students that they can do more with photos then just have them be 2-D, along with learning their way around Photoshop.
“They have got really good at Photoshop,” he said. “They even know how to Photoshop themselves in pictures with celebrities.”
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.