Course Assignments 

 

Weekly Blog entry:

Your blog will essentially become your learning portfolio. It should document your inspirations, insights, breakthroughs and frustrations. You'll post the observations, research and references that are influencing your thinking and, ultimately, your work. The more honest and forthright your blog entry is, the better. Your blog can and should include your work, reflections, work of other artists, video links, website links, and any external resources that inform your fundamental ideas. Use it is a primary learning and archiving tool. Starting Week 2, It is mandatory to post your blog entry by Sunday 5pm for Monday’s Classes and Thursday 5pm for Friday’s class.
Each week your Blog should address the following questions:

  • What were your success and failures?

  • What photographers are you looking at? How do these relate to the work you are making?

  • What are your responses and conclusions regarding the previous class critique of your work? Was it or was it not helpful? ( on weeks applicable )


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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. Rule of Thirds: Place the important subject on a 1/3 intersection point of the composition

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

  4. Texture: Looking at the details and the surface of things along with the direction of the light to capture texture

Product: A minimum of 150 exposures, un-cropped, un-altered shot in RAW format. Four final images (one from each compositional guideline) will be chosen to be perfected in Lightroom and printed for class critique. One will be converted to black and white.


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 of these images will be chosen to be perfected in Lightroom and printed for class critique. One of these must be a portrait of a stranger.

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Assignment 3: the constructed image

Create a series of four images that explore both lighting and the construction of a still life. Working with objects that only have two 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 of these images will be chosen to be perfected in Lightroom and printed for class critique.

Link to Example Slide Show

Assignment 4: A Photo series- Personal choice

In this assignment you will create your own photo series around one theme of your choosing. Discover how to use several images (a minimum of 6) that develop a broader investigation into your topic. Looking at several different photographers work you will find inspiration and gain an understanding on how to put together a larger series of photographs based around one idea.

Product: A minimum of 200 exposures, un-cropped, un-altered shot in RAW format. Six of these images will be chosen to be perfected in Lightroom and printed for class critique.

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