Monday, November 27, 2017

Semester Final - The OFFICIAL Final Assignment

The Final, spelled out:

  • Selection of a famous photographer from the official list
  • Research completely:  Know them, Know their work, know WHY they did what they did
  • How were they and their images influential?
  • Why was their work important and ground-breaking?
  • Create/recreate a photographic image in the style of the famous photographer you have selected.  Here's what I will be grading on:
    • Creativity in your set up/props/likeness to the photographer
    • Composition 
    • Lighting
    • How well do you REALLY know your photographer?
    • Final execution of the physical print (minimum 9 x 12") to be turned in
The PowerPoint/iMovie:
  • 5 minute presentation
  • Minimum of 10 images showing a BREADTH of the famous photographer's work
  • Your presentation must be knowledgable, not just a few "wiki-facts"
  • Your image/s is/are to be at the end of the presentation
Due date: December 11 - 14

Point value:  100

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Final Semester Assignment - Photographers you should know about...and will.

How many of you actually LOOK at photographs done by professionals?  How many of you KNOW something about who these incredibly talented and ground-breaking people are?  This is just a taste of what is to come for your semester final...

Extra credit if you know who these photographers are.

Assignment 19 - It's so Surreal!

What is the difference between real and surreal?  What does it mean when, in conversation, someone says, "That's so SURREAL!"?  Take a look at the images below created by two Surreal artists and think about where the images take the viewer and why.

The assignment:

1.  Answer the two questions above - to be turned in at the end of class.

2.  Post images from two Surreal Artists (one from each artist) you are intrigued with and a short paragraph explaining why.  You will be using one or both of the artists you have discovered to create a surreal image with a strong concept.

Using your research, create your own surreal photograph, using Photoshop, Lightroom, and/or double exposure to create the final pieces.  Post your final image on your blog.  Below each of the images you post, explain what your concept is and how you achieved the end result.

Due date:  November 28

Assignment 18 - OFP


(One Fabulous Photo)

Today, during class, you are to go out in the world and take ONE fabulous photograph.  It should be the best photograph you have ever taken (or at least what you're striving for).  You will open in Lightroom and make it even more fabulous (it that's possible...).  Post to your blog.

Due by the end of class.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Assignment 18 - Will the real Aaron Siskind please stand up?

We never seem to look enough at photographers who could make a difference in the images we want to produce.  In this assignment you are going to be looking at the work of photographer Aaron Siskind.  After researching his images, you will be using your camera to shoot in his "monochrome" style, concentrating on shapes, patterns, contrast, and textures.

Post 2 of your best photos on your blog with the technical information - camera mode, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed, and lens.

Write a short paragraph describing what you see in your work that was influenced by Siskind's work.

Due Date:  November 14/15

What elements do you see in Aaron Siskind's images?  Pattern?  Texture?  Contrast?  Shape?
Now you take the lens and see what you can discover around you?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Assignment 17 - A few "How to's" on Text

Using the word "beautiful", in a font you think actually IS, create the two assignments below.

Sometimes you just have to play around with how to create the text look you often see in magazines but have never actually attempted - usually because you have no idea where to start or you just have no time.

Now you do.

Because you will be using text a great deal in the magazine image you are creating, I have a few tutorials I want you to try in class.  You may or may not end up using these on your cover but now they'll be a part of your "tool belt" for future projects.

There are two parts to this assignment.

Part 1.  The link below will show you how to create transparent text over an image you have already taken:

Part 2.  The link below will show you how to create text with a transparent background in 21 seconds:

Due at the end of class, posted to your blogs.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Assignment 16: Yo, Paparazzi!

Let’s see how much fun we can have with new-found fame!  We take and look at selfies all the time, but what if we were suddenly to be able to be on the cover of a magazine?  What magazine would you select?  What would the headline be? (“Artist of the Year!”)

Now’s your chance to be famous before it really happens.

1.  Select a magazine you will appear on the cover of.  Use Photoshop or whatever means you need to  
     recreate it.

2.  Create the cover using your own photographic image.

3.  Include a cover title (Artist of the Year, Girl Hikes Skyscraper Solo!) and a list of stories/features that would be in that magazine.

4.  Have fun.  Use your alter ego, your “other” personalities, whatever you want to make this as “real” as you can.

Due date:  November 8

…and if you want to see the original cover compared to my recreations…

Monday, October 23, 2017

Assignment 15: Light...when it's right it's right.

Prada Store, Marfa, Texas

What is photography if the light isn’t right?  Where is the intrigue, the sweetness, the subtle value changes or drama of stark black and white?  What makes some images make us want wish we’d been there or taken that while other images we simply overlook? 

For this assignment you’ll be capturing 3 different images in 3 different locations that demonstrate great shadow and light.  Make sure your camera is on manual.

Post all three on your blog and include the technical information. 

Edit the images with any or all of the following adjustments:  levels, curves, color balance, hue/saturation, brightness/contrast.  Add the adjustments you made under the images after the technical information.

Lastly, what was the hardest part of this assignment (related to light), what was the most interesting part?  Which image do you think is the most successful?

Due date:  October 27, by the end of class.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Assignment #12 - Symmetry with Photography

What does "symmetry" look like through the lens of your camera?  

Original image thanks to Kasara Schmidt!

In this assignment you will be shooting for design and creating symmetry as an end result.  
1.  Capture something interesting, something that has good shape, form, composition. lines, value.  
2.  Working in Photoshop, finish your image using whatever tools you need to create a dynamic image and design, then crop to a square format.  
3.  Create a square document in Photoshop not larger than 12 x 12", resolution 180.
4.  Using the image rotation/reflect/flip tool, create a final photograph that captures symmetry, good design, and an interesting, overall image.

Due date:  Today, end of class.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Assignment 10: Great Bokeh there!

Depth of Field may not be everything in photography, but knowing when and how to use it, and in what situations, will certainly make your photograph more intriguing.  This assignment is about a term known as bokeh - the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.
Image by Annie Manning - Paint the Moon

Take a look at the link below - research the various lens and techniques the photographer used, and create two versions of your own bokeh.  You should first and foremost, use the technical aspects of your camera and lenses.  If you don't have the ability to create bokeh with the camera you have, look at the Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials that can enhance what you create.

Most importantly, have fun.

Due date:  Post at the end of class today, 10/2 or 10/3

Friday, September 29, 2017

Assignment #9: If Photography is an art, what about capturing "art" as a photograph?

We all have favorite artists, favorite paintings, favorite sculptures.  Sometimes, wouldn't it be nice to get inside the head of the creator and see what they did as they were making their creation?  Now you will.

Choose your favorite painting, sculpture, artist, and recreate your favorite piece using whatever photography means you feel you need.  The sky is the limit.  Pose your friends, use the studio, Lightroom or PhotoShop as you see fit.  Your assignment is to "re"capture the image using your own tool - your camera.

What I'm looking for:

1.  Lighting
2.  Composition
3.  Accuracy (within reason)
4.  Attitude (serious?  humorous?)
5.  Research TWO artists and the work they create that you are interested in "re"capturing through the medium of Photography.  Post both artists and their images on your blog and give them due credit.
6.  Your final piece will be saved at a resolution of 300 , not larger than 8 x 10, and posted, side by side, with the original art/artist you selected.

You can work with a partner ONLY if both of you are in the final capture, and upon teacher approval.  Set up and location is important so choose your image carefully.  Think about using the Photography Studio and think about needed props to make the image come alive.

5.  Have fun, please.  Always important…

Due date:  10/18

Pot Pourri”, Herbert James Draper – recapture by Tania Brassesco and Lazlo Passi Norberto

Girl with Ice Cream Cone”, Wayne Thiebaud – recapture by Stephanie Gonot

Le Désespéré”, Gustave Courbet – recapture by Stefano Telloni

                                                     Self Portrait 1889″, Vincent van Gogh – recapture by Seth Johnson

Girl reading a Letter by an Open Window, Vermeer - recapture by Wanda Martin

                                      Portrait of a Lady, 1640, Rogier Van der Weyden - recapture by Hendrik Kersten

Monday, September 25, 2017

Assignment # 8 now that you've done the hard stuff...

...let's have some fun!

The Assignment:  To capture letter forms that make up the alphabet.
The Final Project:  Create a QUOTE you find particularly meaningful using those letter forms.
The Rules:  
1. Capture images that LOOK like the alphabet letters
2.  Do NOT capture existing letters (from signs, buildings, billboards, etc.)
3.  Create a new artboard in Photoshop that will fit the entire quote and place the letters you've captured on it, sized and cropped correctly.
3.  Due 9/27, posted on your blog.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Assignment #7 - What color are you?

When you think of who you are, what color do you see?  For this assignment, think about who you are and capture the color in one fabulous, portfolio quality image.

Some rules:
1. When you capture the image, leave enough room for the color "word" you've chosen.
2. Once you've captured the image, create a new document in Photoshop approximately 12 x 18 (your "shape" may be different but not larger than those dimensions.
3. Place your image and design the word so that is is evident but not obvious.  Think about the opacity and color of the word itself.  Think about the font as well.
4. Post on your blog and include a paragraph explaining/describing the image and color you selected.

Due date:   A Day - 9/20, end of class
                  B Day - 9/21, end of class

Monday, September 18, 2017

Assignment #6 - How do you see Polar Opposites?

Earth and sky.

In photography, a diptych is a pair of photographs placed side by side to form one single artistic statement or comparison. The images can be identical or similar in composition, they can show different angles of the same scene, or they can demonstrate polar opposites such as morning and night, old and new, or before and after.

The Assignment:

Photograph two subjects which you consider to be polar opposites.

Create your diptych using Photoshop by cropping each image to 5 x 7" (or 7 x 5") with a 180 resolution.

Place both images together in one document sized accordingly (11 x 15") and 180 resolution and post to your blog.

This time include a 300 word reflection that discusses your original concept and how well you executed it.

Due Date:  September 22, end of class

Monday, September 11, 2017

Assignment #5: How can you feel TEXTURE when it's in a photograph?

What?  Feel texture in a photograph?  I can SEE the texture, and it looks so DIMENSIONAL…but how can I make the viewer actually FEEL it?

So that’s the challenge in this next assignment.  You now have proven you can compose like a pro – so what about the other areas you need to really think about in taking the leap from snap shot to art?  Here goes:

1.     Capture 5 images that show texture – make them DIFFERENT – not 5 in the same location.
2.     Make sure you are shooting on the manual mode (M) on your camera metering dial.  If you can’t get the settings right, what should you do  (hint…it involves your MANUAL – the instruction book…).
3.     Make a folder on the computer desktop and upload your images.  Label the folder “Texture 101”.
4.     Edit your images in Photoshop – this is the time to play around with the image adjustments drop down menu:  levels, curves, color balance, hue/saturation, brightness/contrast.  See what each of them actually does.  Remember to use Command J before you edit and save!
5.     Save each image as a jpeg and rename them so you know what they are.
6.     Post your two BEST captures on your blog and make sure you include your technical information (ISO, f-stop and shutter speed, camera mode).  This post is to be called Texture 101.
7.     Along with your images, find a capture that you think shows incredible texture and under your images post this.  Explain why you selected this image, what makes it texture-perfect and who the photographer is.

Dues date:  Friday, September 15, end of class