Monday, April 30, 2018

Assignment 37 - Silhouettes that tell a Story

How do you know what the story is in this image?  Is it because we know what love "looks" like?  Is it because of the added color?  The added symbols?

Your assignment is to create a silhouette that tells a very simple story.  It could be a story of love, of despair, of anger and hate, of elation, or maybe just plain fun.  You may work with another student in class but your images must be unique. 

Take a look at this link to find ways of capturing that silhouette - or try your own technique.

Due May 2, end of class.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Assignment 36 - Time for another Capture Challenge!

I'm smiling because Capture Challenges are so much fun!

Choose a partner.  Grab your cameras.  Find the BEST, most INTERESTING captures of the following list of prompts.  Move them all into a folder on your desktop.  Resize them all (instructions on the blog, remember?). RENAME each of them, then share them with me.  Good luck! 

1.  Pure Black + Pure White
2.  The letter "S" found in nature
3.  Stairs that lead to nowhere
4.  A dancer's jump caught in midair
5.  Reflection
6.  A swing
7.  Broken glass, found, not created
8.  Mona Lisa Smile
9.  A Secret
10. Blue eyes shining

Monday, April 16, 2018

Assignment 35 - Catch lights - How to make your portraits spectacular!

Catch light (or catchlight) is a photography term used to describe either the specular (the bright spot of light that appears on shiny objects when illuminated) highlight in a subject’s eye from a light source, or the light source itself.  Below are listed ideas, not hard and fast rules.  They are guidelines you might find helpful.
1. Specularity
By their vary nature, catch lights are specular highlights that will often “blow out,” meaning they will be pure white.  There are many highlight purists who think there should never be any area of a photograph that is overexposed.  Think about your image and in the case of catch lights, experiment with your highlights and their value and density.
2. Shape
Many photographers prefer round catch lights to square or rectangular but that’s not always possible to achieve.  Square and rectangular softboxes exist and often you have to improvise.  The reason is simple - the Sun is round so your light source should more closely mirror what nature has to offer.  You are trying and mimic the most natural lighting – the sun. 
3. Position and Balance
Pay close attention to the position of catch light in the eyes of your subject BEFORE you shoot.  While there is no perfect or “correct” position, there are less flattering ones.  Catch lights are more flattering if they look natural, so try to place them  at 10 o’clock or 2 o’clock.  Is there a wrong catch light position?  Below 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock can be unnatural, so watch your light sources before you make the final lighting decision.
And remember, catch lights need to balance.  If the catch light in the left eye is positioned at 10 o’ clock, be sure to balance that out by placing the catch light in the right eye at 10 o’clock, too.  Subjects appear cross-eyed if the catch lights otherwise.
4. Number of catch lights
Depending on the lighting, It can be distracting to see more than one catch light.  So while it’s often unavoidable to have more than one, it’s not difficult to either add or remove catch lights using Photoshop.  You can decide which catch lights are most flattering and natural looking and remove the rest.
Experimenting with and paying attention to catch lights will make you a more observant photographer.

The triangular catch lights here are at 7 o'clock, not ideal but not unnatural-
the light source was bouncing off the floor but only hit the eye to the left.

Uneven catch lights.

Duplicating the catch lights from the right eye to brighten the left eye.

Due end of class April 18

"I am..." Final Assignment

How do you view yourself here, at Notre Dame High School?  How do others view you?  As families, parents, and prospective students come into the building and see images of you on the wall, how do you want them perceived?

And that's your assignment.

You will be taking on a final assignment that is "real".  You have a client, and that client is Admissions for Notre Dame Belmont.  They have requested we create ten canvases for the hall outside of their office and the entrance to Notre Dame.  Your job is to select from the list below two "I am" themes, create your final concepts to exact specifications, set up your photo shoot using your "professional" knowledge of lighting, location, composition, and Photoshop/Lightroom.

Quite a challenge, and a real-world assignment.  Your final images have the opportunity to be selected to hang in the front hall for all to see, as a canvas.


Select from the list and final approval of two themes - April 20

Give the dates, locations, and concepts of the sessions to Mrs. Kuntz - April 27

Complete photo shoots - May 9

Final production of images - May 19

"I am" List - 2018

I am an athlete
I am a scholar
I am a writer
I am an artist
I am a leader
I am a dancer
I am a musician
I am an ambassador
I am a scientist
I am a volunteer
I am a friend
I am inspired
I am empowered
I am prepared
I am ready for the world
I am spirited
I am enlightened
I am a teacher
I am an alum
I am a mentor

Tuesday, April 10, 2018