Course Assignments 

 
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Assignment 1: composition

Learn to recognize composition guidelines in photographs. Learn to use compositional guidelines to place emphasis on subjects. Learn to critique photography based on compositional guidelines.

Compositional Guidelines:

  1. Formal: The subject is centered and or /symmetrical in the frame

  2. Golden Mean (or Rule of Thirds): Place the important subject elements on a 1/3 intersection point.

  3. Lines of Movement: Use lines as a design element to draw the eye around the frame

  4. Texture: Looking at the details and surface of things.

  5. Color: Photos that address different color schemes: Complimentary, Warm, Cool

  6. Choice of any of above design/composition converted to black and white

Product: A minimum of 150 exposures, un-cropped, un-altered shot in RAW format.

EIGHT edited images will be digitally critiqued in class.

TWO final images will be chosen to be perfected in editing and printed for FINAL Critique at the end of the course.


Assignment 2: environmental PORTRAIT

Learn to photograph people that tell us a story about that individual. Your portraits can be outdoors or inside but the most important thing is that they must tell us something about the individual you are photographing. Your choice of environment, the lighting, color, the angle and the composition of the photograph must be carefully thought out. These elements are all part of the process in which we will interpret your photograph and the individual your are photographing. Think specifically what certain colors could mean surrounding your subject. Your photos must go beyond a snapshot or candid and convey a deeper meaning in regards to your subject. No Flash is allowed

Product: A minimum of 150 exposures, un-cropped, un-altered shot in RAW format.

FOUR edited images will be digitally critiqued in class. 

TWO final images will be chosen to be perfected in editing and printed for FINAL Critique at the end of the course.

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Assignment 3: the constructed image

Create a series of images that explore both lighting and the construction of a still life. Working with objects that only have two or three dimensions, construct an image that explores elements of color, light and design. The photos should alter our own perceptions of design and space. Create your own universe of sorts, with its own sets of rules and forms and physics. The most important element of this assignment is that your work and the process of working should challenge both you and the viewer to rethink ideas commonly connected to photography. Think about color, space, perspective, and light, along with their relationship to photography.

Product: A minimum of 150 exposures, un-cropped, un-altered shot in RAW format.

FOUR edited images will be digitally critiqued in class.

TWO final images will be chosen to be perfected in editing and printed for FINAL Critique

Link to Example Slide Show