I've been seeing some great pictures of the places you have visited. As I look back at the photos I've favorite, I'm noticing a few things. I'm a sucker for backlighting, and I like small figures in a grand landscape. But as I look back at those pictures I realize that the ones that catch my attention initially may not be the best in the end. Small figures in a landscape can all of a sudden turn into an overdone archetype. One of my colleagues calls these pictures, "dude in a red jacket." And the backlit pictures, upon further reflection don't seem to have lasting meaning.
In order to transcend these problems the photograph has to have more than one thing going on. Try adding another element. For example a beautiful landscape with, stunning light, and a small figure with body language that shows struggle or happiness. A backlit cobblestone street with tourists just walking by is one thing, but if the subject is doing something interesting, like playing a violin on the street that's so much better.
I've also seen many pictures of people either up close, or far away, how about something in between?
The last thing I want to talk about is post processing. Although I like my chili very spicy, I don't feel that way about photographs. In the last few days I have looked at way too many HDR pictures, over-saturated pictures, and photos with overused shadow and highlights and clarity sliders. What's terrible is that most of the overdone shots were taken in places that were already incredible to look at and photograph.
Yes, tasteful post processing is very important in creating dramatic, compelling photography. I can't tell you how much is too much, so rather than try to explain I'll cop out and use former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's threshold test for obscenity, “I know it when I see it.”
Assignments due Wednesday, March 14
1. On Location Portraits with Double Lighting with Bounced Flash
Do a photoshoot in school, Using two flashes to create “double lighting” . Set the flash on camera (or off camera with the cord) to MASTER and have an assistant hold another flash set at SLAVE. Edit your photos in Lightroom and do any cosmetic retouching in Photoshop. Post 2-10 portraits to your blog. Think about COMPOSITION and POSING when doing your photo shoot.
2. Fashion Photography
Do a fashion shoot in the studio with the white or black background and strobes, or outside on location with a very long lens. Before you shoot, research photographers who specialize in fashion photography and post 2-3 of their images to your blog. In the caption section write how you think they achieved the results. Post your best fashion shot to your blog.
3. Touch Series
Take photos of people touching in some way, and put them together as a series.
Assignments due Wednesday, March 7:
1. THEME BASED PHOTO STORY
Create a series of photographs which work together to conceptualize a theme or story idea. You should have at least 5 beautifully edited photos in your photo story. Make each photo a separate image on your blog (no gallery or photomontage) Write a caption for each photograph in the series. Also, write an introduction paragraph or two to begin the Photo Story. (Include a description of what you are trying to communicate about the subject and why this subject matter interested you enough to dedicate your time and energy to visually share it on your social media sites. (ie: blog, website, facebook, instagram, snapchat, etc) Check out these links to get some good ideas for your project.
2. PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE OLYMPICS CRITIQUE
Look online for photographs from this years winter Olympics. Find a few photos (3-5), which you think are absolutely amazing. Post them to your blog and explain under each photo how you think the photographer shot the image technically. Also talk about the composition and why the image is so successful.
3. LIGHT PAINTING SERIES WITH PIXELSTICK
Use the pixelstick to create a light painting series. Experiment with different exposures and lighting effect. Make a series out of your images in Photoshop and then post the series image to your blog.
4. FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER ESSAY
Research photographers online who specialize in your area of interest. Write a 500 word essay about your chosen photographer. Include a description of their style, how you think they technically achieve their results, and describe their visual aesthetic and composition style, and why you enjoy their photography. Include 2-3 of their images with your writing.
NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20:
1. FUTURE REFLECTION
Take a photograph of yourself looking in the mirror. Using Photoshop, put an image in the mirror how you see yourself in the future. Samples from photographer Tom Hussey below:
Bookface involves strategically lining up a face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday. Take a few bookface photos, edit in LR or PH and make a series of 3-12 photos.(either in one document or as a gallery on your blog. Post some to IG with the hashtag.
3. FACE AND HANDS MONTAGE
Photograph a subject’s face and then a take a photo of them with their hands over their face. Merge the two images to create an end result similar to the samples below.
4. SELF PORTRAIT BLENDED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF IMAGERY
Take several self portraits and edit your favorite. Find an image online that describes something about you and the kind of imagery you’re eye is attracted too. Blend the two images together to create a unique and creative selfie.
Look online at resume formats to get ideas. Then produce your resume. Be sure to include your objectives, education, experience and also your skills. Post your finished resume to your blog.
ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY FEBRUARY 5
1. COLORED GELS PORTRAITS
Take some portraits in the studio with the strobes and gels. Take at least 100 photos, trying to capture the true essense of the person you are photographing. Try placing the gels on the fill or main light as well as just on the background. Edit your photos in Lightroom and post 20-25 of them on your blog. Make the feature photo of the blogpost your favorite portrait.
2. 60-90 SECOND VIDEO: MY FAVORITE PLACE
Take at least 3 video clips of your favorite place and explain why it is your favorite place. Use your cell phone and /or a DSLR Camera for your cinematography, but edit with Desktop Premiere, or Adobe Mobile app “Adobe Clip”. Add some background music at some point in the video.
3. TED TALK: IMPOSSIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Watch this tedtalk and on your blog write a three paragraph reflection summarizing it and also discuss your opinion and what you got out of viewing it. https://www.ted.com/talks/erik_johansson_impossible_photography
4. GEORGIA O’KEEFE ILLUSTRATION
Look at the amazing paintings by Georgia O’Keefe. Create your own illustration in Photoshop based on the close up work by this artist. Use brushes and color swatches to create your own digital art in the style of Georgia O’keefe
ABOUT ME VIDEOS TIPS
Tip 1: Plan Ahead.
Before you create your video, make a list of five words that you’d use to describe yourself and your personality. Then create a second list of key words that describe your future endeavors. These are the foundation of your storytelling. When you’re building your video, incorporate the words into a story by text slides throughout the video that work with your visuals.
Tip 2: Grab Attention.
To instantly lock in your viewer’s attention, include a video clip in the first ten seconds. It could anything but think about conveying energy, excitement or tension.
Tip 3: Mood Music.
Music can convey a very different feeling: slow music can make a viewer feel like the video is actually longer than it is; fast music tends to create excitement. Choose wisely.
Tip 4: Think Short.
Make sure your video is no longer than 90 seconds; the closer to a minute in length, the better! Over 50% of viewers click away from a video after the first minute. In fact, if you upload your video to YouTube, their analytics can tell you exactly when people stop watching so you can re-edit your video if you see a problem.:
Tip 5: Don’t Forget
- Include your name
- Talk about yourself
- Talk about your areas of interest
- Include a picture of yourself
Once you are done, be sure to share your video. After you post it on your edublogs, send links to You Tube, and Facebook — drive traffic to your video!
ASSIGNMENTS AFTER BREAK: DUE FRIDAY , JAN 20
1. LEVITATION SERIES Look at this levitation series: http://yowayowacamera.com/ and get inspired to produce a levitation series of your own. Use Photoshop to make your subject look as if they are levitating. Have at least three different photos in your photo series.
2. KINOPTIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ART: Look at the work of Julio Amaro online. He is a kinoptic artist. Research kinoptic art online. Photograph two subjects that are polar opposites. You will make your kinoptic piece in Photoshop by combining sections of each photo equally. Make each section 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Then you will print your image 17×11 and fold it in a fan style to make the kinoptic piece. Photograph your work from every angle and post to your blog. Look at the samples below to start formulating ideas
3. 90 SECOND ABOUT ME VIDEO
Use a DSLR camera on video mode to produce a 90 second video about yourself- your interests, friends, family, goals, etc. Edit your video in Premiere and add music.
Read these links to get inspiration and ideas for your video. Write a two to three paragraph summarizing what you have learned about video production. Before you begin to shoot video write a brief summary describing your ideas and what you want to share about yourself on the video and how you plan to make it entertaining, and also how you intend to get views.
1. NEW WORKS POWERPOINT (Due Monday Dec 11)
Make a powerpoint highlighting your new images which you created this semester. (i image per slide) Caption each photo with a name and include an intro slide with a self portrait and the name of your photography company, and an end slide which includes five things you learned this semester in photography 2 class and five things you hope to learn next semester. You will present this to the class next week during final time.
ARTIST INSPIRED ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, DEC 8
2. CREATE A WORK IN THE STYLE OF OF WASSILY KANDINSKY
Using Photoshop create a work of art based on the style of artist Wassily Kandinsky. Research his work online and write a paragraph describing his work and your opinion of it. Use brushes, colors, shapes and varying opacities to imitate his style of art.
3. CREATE A WORK IN THE STYLE OF SANDY SKOGLUND
Research the work of artist Sandy Skoglund. Write a paragraph on your blog describing her original style and your opinion of it. Include your favorite image of hers in your blog post. Using an original photograph, find a subject online to reproduce multiple times within your image. Think of an original and descriptive name for your new piece.
4. MIXED MEDIA WITH SCREENPRINT
Use the photo screenprint image you made, and create a new mixed media work of art. Embellish your work with collage, painting, photography, colored pencils, or any other visual medium. Scan or take a photo of your work to post on your blog.
NEXT ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY NOV 9:
1. PHOTO SCREENPRINTING
Make a photo screenprint on a tee shirt or article of clothing with your original image on it. Follow the steps in the screenprinting process to achieve the optimal results.
2. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN ART
Choose an issue you care deeply about, and would want to try and do something about. This issue should be something that is a general issue or concern in society somewhere in the world. Some ideas of things you might be interested in depicting/standing up for or against: pollution/environmental concerns, abortion rights, pro-life, racism, big government, homelessness, AIDS, religious wars, poverty, verbal abuse, bullying, depression, teen suicide, discrimination, gay rights… Create a 11×14 300 resolution collage poster about the social issue you have selected.
Written Assignment: Write about your poster. Answer a number of these questions in your writing. Why do you feel the way you do? What are your arguments for or against? What – or who – has influenced your decisions. What is the “flip side” of your issue? What might the other side have to say? Can you see their point of view? What is your reasoning for choosing your stand? Is your artwork intended to offend? Who would be offended? Does the artist have a right to offend? Critique your project. Does it get your point across? How? Is there a focal point (center of interest)?
3. BODYSCAPE TRIPTYCH
Photograph the body and make a triptych image of your three favorite ones, which go together visually.
ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
1. Review of articles on Canon Lens Experience
Check out the site first and then go to the Experiences tab. Read at least two of the online articles and review them on your blogsite. Talk about how you got inspired by what you read, and how you can use these stories and personal experiences to shape your view and opinion about a career in the photography field. .(500 words).
2. Your Photography Exhibit (sign and artist statement)
Print 5-8 of your best photographs and mount on construction paper. Find a location in the school to put up your photography work. Make sure to make a sign with your name and website link to display with your exhibit. Also write an artist statement, 3-5 paragraphs in length describing your work and why you chose this particular work to exhibit.
3. Portrait Silhouette with Text Inside
Photograph a silhouette portrait, head and shoulders or full length. Bring your silhouette photograph into Photoshop and make sure you use levels or curves to get a strong black silhouette. Select the silhouette portrait and use Control+J to put it on its own layer. Use the text tool (any color you can see against black)and fill the silhouette with text (describing words, nouns, inspirational quote, song lyrics) Use Control+Alt+G to fill the silhouette with the text and align appropriately. Don’t forget to add a stroke to the text. Add a pattern gradient to the background layer. Save as a jpeg and post to blog.
4. Double Color Exposures
You will be creating a Double Color Exposure using Photoshop and Portraits to create a color fringing look. You will be taking portraits of your partner in two (or three) different angles. You will need to fill the frame and make sure you shoot from the waist up. It is your decision on the orientation of the images. Although, you will need to make sure that the two images you choose to use are orientated the same way. For example, both should be either horizontal or vertical.
You need 6 different poses: 3- side view and 3-front view. This will allow you to try various color combinations. You must shoot your images on a blank, clean background. The studio works best, but if you can find a nice solid background outside that will work just fine.
Bring both images into Photoshop, open a new document and and place both images in, onto two separate layers.Then on the top layer click the fx tool [layer styles]button at the bottom of the Layers Palette.
Uncheck the R G B boxes in the ADVANCED BLENDING SECTION. As you click the boxes one-by-one you will see your image change colors!
Once you get the color combination you like hit OK.
Then if there is left over space after adjusting where you want the images to be, SELECT a slice of the image with the correct color [make sure it is just the background and does not contain any of the subject inside] using the MARQUEE TOOL.
Then CLICK CTRL/CMD T and it will turn your selection into the bounding boxes to transform it. Pull from the side to stretch it out.
Then ADD and ADJUSTMENT LAYER [SELECTIVE COLOR] to refine the color combinations you chose.
FLATTEN LAYERS and then SAVE for OUTPUT.
NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
1. PHOTOMONTAGE a la DAVID HOCKNEY
Construct a photo montage similar to the work of David Hockney. Make sure to use your own photography for this assignment. Use Photoshop or find an app which helps to construct the montage. Post to blog and website.
2. ARCHITECTURE SERIES
At The Getty Museum Field Trip, photograph architecture. Edit your photos in PS or LR and put them together into some sort of photo series. Post to blog and website.
3. PHOTO EQUIPMENT BUYING
Pretend you have 10,000 to spend on photography equipment. Make a list of the equipment you would buy and a 1-3 sentence justification under each item as to why you would need it. List all prices and add them all up. A good site to use is B&H Photo and Video.
4. ON LOCATION PORTRAITS
Photograph portraits on location, outside or inside. Try to get shallow depth of field in your portraits. Edit and post 3-10 portraits on your blog and website.
5. JPEG VS. RAW READ AND WRITE
Research what jpeg and raw file formats are, and the differences between them. Write a three paragraph reflection comparing and contrasting them both on your blog.
6. 5 COMMENTS ON STUDENT WORK ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THE BLOG
7. FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ON YOUR WEBSITE
NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
Complete the 6 assignments by the due date.
1. TIME MAGAZINE COVER
Take and edit a Self Portrait and put it in a time magazine cover design. Add appropriate text on the cover to include why you would be on the cover.
2. WHATS IN YOUR HEAD
Take a portrait of a friend or family member and digitally open up their head to reveal what they are thinking about.
3. LIGHT PAINTING
*Read these links about Light Painting and the Pixelstick. On your blog list 10 new things you learned about light painting and also 10 features of the pixel stick and why we should purchase it. Then post 2 photos you like from online which show amazing use of the pixelstick.
Experiment with light painting and post 1 to 3 images on your blog and website.
4. CUT AND PASTE COLLAGE
Cut out images from magazines and make an 8×11 collage showing your understanding of good composition. When you are done with your collage, scan it and add a few more elements, details, colors etc, with Photoshop. Then post to your blog.