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