Blog Setup- Feb 5th
You will be required to upkeep a PHOTO-BLOG for this course. The purpose of the blog is to showcase and exhibit your strongest work. It allows you to take your work out of the classroom and allow others to share in your photography. Another reason for the blog is that you spend some time writing your observations and insights on your photo process (why, where, how, etc...). I'm not only interested in the final photograph, but want to know the decisions made behind the photography, and how you created it.
"Good photography has the power to change perspectives, surprise and inspire people, and make people care. (small or big change)"
Your photo-blog is worth 20% of your final grade. You will have regular check ups. The checks will look at the consistency of your entries, the amount of the work (outside and in class), and thoughtful captions or writing that tell your stories and observations. How engaging is your blog? Is it interesting? Does it have a good design and aesthetic layout? And is there a growth and development in your photography skills and ideas.
EXAMPLE LINKS- Use the examples for inspiration. Your photo blogs need to create a "story", bring people into your world, or the world that exists around you. Powerful and effective imagery only works if your audience is drawn into your composition and ideas.
PHOTOGRAPHY MODULES + exercises
Download the Modules (PDF files) below. Follow along and fill out the worksheets given to you in class. We will go over the answers on Feb 6. You will be completing a series of "Hands On Modules" as your photography test. Students will need to demonstrate an understanding of photography through the following tasks below.
To begin the hands on Modules you will have to have the worksheets completed.
The completed photographs will be put together into a digital portfolio to showcase what you've learned. Hand in your InDesign file as a PDF.
FILE>EXPORT choose PDF PRINT format. modules_yourname.pdf
RULE OF THIRDS: COMPOSITION MODULE
SHUTTER SPEED: MOTION/FREEZE MODULE
APERTURE: DEPTH OF FIELD MODULE
UNDER AND OVER: EXPOSURE MODULE
Action hero supremo sequence
Photographer- Eadweard Muybridge
For this photography project you will be creating an action sequence. Brainstorm and come up with a plan and idea for your photo opp. Do not just blindly go out and wing it. Put some thought into it before executing the photo. You will talk with Mr. Choy about your ideas and have it approved before taking out a camera. Your plan should include a diagram, shoot location, prop list, design brief etc...
You will need a tripod, camera, and a good "moving" subject to do this assignment. Make sure the camera is on a tripod and the tripod does not move. It will make life much easier when you move into post-production in Photoshop.
1. Brainstorm your idea and plan it out
2. Set up for the the photo outdoors
3. Make sure camera is set on "continuous shooting", MANUAL or PROGRAM mode
4. Shutter Speed: 1/320 or faster
5. Aperture: f7-f10 (you want a large depth of field)
6. ISO: 400-800
7. Take 6 or more photos for the Action Sequence
8. Merge the photos together in PHOTOSHOP first (use MASKING TOOL)
9. BLACK BRUSH- Deletes WHITE BRUSH- Brings Back (use <60% hardness)
10. Save as a PSD file (to keep your layers) and as a JPEG.
11. Open the JPEG file in CAMERA RAW and do your edits (levels, color etc...)
12. Save project as action_yourname.jpg
Hand in >3 of your strongest images. Submit them as
Minimalist Photography refers to the process of creating an image with a very simplistic composition. The photo is carefully framed to remove all distracting elements. When extra parts are abstracted away, resulting in a photo capturing shape or form rather than a specific subject.
Think carefully about your framing. Moving close to your subject or zooming in may help remove any unneeded elements. In some cases you can zoom out or move further away. It's different with each scene.
You can make use of depth of field to help create a clean image. By using a shallow depth of field (large aperture e.g. f/2.8), you can blur out the background, getting rid of any distracting elements.
The use of liness.. . Lines can be provided by anything, but architecture commonly provides strong lines that can be used as the basis for a minimalist shot. Similarly, strong shadows on a sunny day can create nice shapes and lines as a suitable subject.
The use of pattern. The frame is reduced to just pattern. In a similar way, a scene composed of a pattern with a single element breaking the pattern can also work well for a minimalist photo, for example the windows of a block of flats where one single window has a window box with flowers in it.
Make use of negative space. Dedicate a large portion of the image to negative space. By making the subject small in the scene, it actually helps them stand out more against the rest of the image. Use of negative space forces you to avoid a cluttered scene. This typically makes for a photo that is easier to view - the viewer's eyes are focused and drawn straight to the subject.
The stronger the contrast between the subject and the negative space, the more impact it will have. Both tonal contrast and color contrast can be used to good effect in this way.
Long exposures and Minimalism. Get in really close to a subject for a close-up or macro photograph. For larger subjects, like landscapes and buildings, you may notice that a long exposure time is often used.
Using a slow shutter speed allows moving elements in the scene, that may be distracting, blur away into an abstraction. Moving water takes on a smooth milky look, tidal water may even look almost like fog. Long exposure will remove well defined outlines of clouds by rendering them as blurred streaks of white. In busy areas full of people, the moving people can be blurred into non-existence (or an abstract blur of color) by use of a long exposure.
Black & White vs. Color. Black and white is a popular medium for minimalist photographs. When you think about it, this makes sense, as black and white is a form of minimalism itself - it is removing the color from the photo, so you will only focus on the differences in tone in the image.
Your challenge for this project is to take 80 photos of one subject. Explore the effects of light and shadow. Experiment with focus, points of view, and zoom. Think creatively.
OBJECTIVE: To explore all the features of your camera while getting over the fear of taking a “bad” photo. To experience the physicality of making images and the joy of inquisitive curiosity and exploration.
PART ONE: Choose one object (something interesting?)—this will become your subject.
PART TWO: Once you have selected a subject that you find visually appealing you are going to photograph it a minimum of 100 times. Explore your subject, look at it from every angle. Can you use any available light to change the way it looks through you view finder?
Allow yourself time to really observe. This assignment will take a minimum of two hours. DO NOT rush it. As you will experience time and time again in this class, the more thoughtful you are (both in the generation of your ideas and the actual planning of the photographs), the easier this assignment will be. Don’t wait until the last minute and try to photograph a subject that you don’t find interesting.
80 different perspectives on the same object.
GRID TEMPLATE FOR PLACING 80 PHOTOS
Save final project as 80_yourname.jpg
Change format to JPEG
Choose your own adventure
What have you always wanted to learn in Photography? Or maybe you don't know. For this 1 week project you will research a Photography camera technique and learn how to create a number of photo examples using that technique. This can be done in partners (no more than 2 people).
Use resources such as photo books (there are many in the classroom), photography magazines, online tutorials (video or websites), etc... Mr. Choy will facilitate and direct your through this independent research project. If there is any equipment that needs to be made you will be responsible for it, there are a number of DIY site out there that show you how to create what you want. Or if something that you've research requires the purchase of some camera equipment please let Mr. Choy know as well, and we'll figure out if it can be obtained.
We will be focusing solely on "camera techniques" alongside theme exploration when developing your photo ideas. Make a real attempt to choose something that is outside of the usual camera techniques/tricks we know. If you can complete this project in less than a day, you need to find a bigger challenge or else you are selling yourself short.
Here are a number of ideas for camera techniques if you don't know what to do:
Panoramas, HDR, Silhouettes (spot metering), Bokeh, Star Trails, High Speed photography, Macro Reverse Lens, Levitation, Infared, Time Lapse (photos- video), Product photography (Light Box), Dramatic portrait lighting, Pinhole photography, Tilt-Shift, Lomography, Steel wool.
Your objective in this project is to become an expert in your chosen "camera technique" and then show the class what you learned. Takes risks, and experiment. You learn from making mistakes and analyzing how you can improve on your previous attempts.
To begin, create a formal proposal outlining which camera technique you will be undertaking. As you progress through your research, document the books, websites, and videos that were helpful in your exploration. Your research sources must be documented (typed up) and shared with the class. Create a mini presentation for the class, exhibiting your research sources, a "how to" instructional walk through, and examples of your photography technique.
DUE: NOV 12 (Presentations)
DUE: Choose #2- Dec 1st
ARTIFACTS OF ME
For this project you will be creating a photo of your belongings in the style of an organized display. Look at the examples of artifact photos on the side. This should be a photograph that exemplifies who you are, a personal "SELF PORTRAIT".
Begin to brainstorm objects and belongings that you believe strongly dictate and exhibit who you are as an unique person. Try to make your list diverse and incorporate different items. You will come up with a list first so that it will make it easier for you to organize yourself.
Bring in these items to class so that you can photograph them. Spend sometime thinking about your layout and what you want to communicate about yourself. If someone 100 years from now saw this photo, what would they be able to tell about you? What is your identity? What is important to you? What do you value?
Use the CROP tool to get rid of any outside items that are unneeded.
Then use EDIT>TRANSFORM>DISTORT to alter the angle of your corners. Make sure your items and table line up parallel with the sides of the canvas.
Save projects as artifacts_yourname.jpg.
DEC 15 / THEMED WORDS PHOTOGRAPHY
Your objective is to interpret the "theme" words into visual images. Be artistic and creative with your composition, visual lines, camera angles, and light/shadow choices. You will be handing in your strongest choice for each word. Of course you should be shooting lots and experimenting with different ideas and interpretations of the words.
Being creative means trying your first initial idea- and then pushing that idea further to see where it can lead you. Sometimes our first initial idea is a literal translation and interpretation of the word. But try and sit down being beginning to shoot and thinking about double meanings, or more abstract understanding of the words. Use a thesaurus, look up the words in the dictionary.
The assessment will be on the variety of photos you submit. They should exhibit a range of different types and styles of photography (example: street/urban photography, macro, still life, scenic/landscape, photojournalism, people/portraits, action/movement, extreme angles, architecture, black and white, or light and shadow).
Hand in your files as JPEGS. Name the files with the themed word followed by an underscore, and then your name.
THE THEMED WORDS
You will be brainstorming a photo story idea (a central theme). Spending time planning out an effective way to capture this story, and creating a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story to the viewer. Address a certain issue, or attempt to capture the character of places and events. Telling a story from beginning to end.
Sit down and think about what the story assignment is. Photographers plan out the shots ahead of time by anticipating what might be a good oppurtunity to get a picture or a good location or good angle.
You’re not going to be able to go out and get lucky with this photo story – it’s going to take some thinking on your part of what photographs will tell the story best and coming up with different shots you want to get before you shoot the photo story over the next few weeks.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME:
To understand what the difference between what photography and photojournalism is. For students to understand the important role of photojournalism in society, history, and culture.
Successfully combine the 4 elements (Location, Subject, Composition, and Story).
Exhibit proper and quality camera technique in your photography (ISO, Shutter, Aperture, Focus)
Learn to step out of your comfort zone. Take risks and challenge yourself.
Identify ways to improve photography skills, whether through composition, technical skills, or creative ideas.Improve your photography by looking at the works or other photographers. Understand what makes a photograph memorable.
Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that employs images in order to tell a news story.
Taking a photograph is one way to tell a story. Some photographs tell stories about specific moments in time, places, or events. Other photographs tell stories of a sequence of events. To create a good photo, a photographer must decide what to photograph (the subject) and how to frame the subject(s) (composition). To give a broader view of a topic, a photographer might take a series of photographs (the story).
LOCATION: The location you choose is one of the most important considerations to make before you start taking photos. Follow these tips to help you choose your location.
THE SUBJECT: The first step to taking any photograph is choosing a worthy subject. Look for physical landscapes, cultural markers, and people that help to tell a story. Cultural markers are events or facets of our society that illustrate or reveal cultural or societal norms, and shifts in those norms.
THE COMPOSITION: The composition, or arrangement of subjects in the picture is a very important part telling the story.
PHOTOJOURNALISM STORY PROPOSAL: Send a brief summary or general survey of your idea for this project with CONTACT.
Please submit before Dec 31st.