Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lightsaber Tutorials





Monday, December 08, 2008

Self-Portrait Assignment

You will shoot four different self-portraits over break. You need to pick four photo types from the following five categories.

1. A self-portrait where color is emphasized. Color may include wardrobe, location, props, or natural objects. Think of your picture as a one or two color concept picture.

2. A picture that emphasizes lighting and shadows. This will be a grayscale self-portrait.

3. A self-portrait that showcases your interests and hobbies. In this picture we learn what you like to do away from school. Think about what interests you and transfer that into a photo.

4. A fantasy self-portrait. Dress up and use costumes. In this self-portrait you can use Photoshop to enhance your picture in any way, shape, or form. Transfer yourself to Hawaii or become a Viking like you have always wanted.

5. The Supermodel self-portrait. Dress up like a GQ or Cosmopolitan magazine model. This can be a grayscale or color picture. You will use Photoshop to airbrush and enhance this photo.


You will take a total of five sets of HDR pictures between today and Thursday/Friday. Each HDR Merege should have at least four different pictures.

You will have class time on Tuesday/Wednesday so please bring your cameras. The rest of the pictures will be taken on your own time. I would like everyone to get at least one sunset or sun rise picture.
I recommend adjusting the shutter speed only or using full manual mode when using my cameras.

When you use your own cameras to get HDR pictures please adjust the different pre-selected settings to change light. For example, you could select snow, beach, cloudy, and sunny to get four different amounts of light into your camera. (These pre-selected settings adjust the aperture and shutter speed for you automatically).

Thursday, December 04, 2008

HDR Pictures

Step-By-Step HDR Instruction


In the instructions above they suggest you change your shutter speed instead of aperture. I will recommend you do both. I have created HDR picsusing aperture only adjustments and have had good results.

HDR Pictures

Each of these pictures is actually three pictures combined, each with a different aperture setting.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some Photoshop Test Hints

Know how to airbrush a photo using the Gaussian Blur method. (page 184 in Photoshop CS book).
Please know how to adjust a grayscale picture via the Lightness Channel Method.
Know all tool shortcuts.
Know what is in the option bar for brushes, text, and clone stamp.
Know keyboard shortcuts like zoom in and out, copy/paste, select all, deselect, and free transform.
Know what all the buttons in layers palette are called, most importantly the Create Layer Fill and Adjustment Layer button. (what is in this all-important button?)
Know what the burn and dodge tool do.
Know all about Clone Stamp and Patch Tool.
Know how to change a picture to basic grayscale.
Know the Ansel Adams and Basic Channel Mixer settings for grayscale.

This is not everything you need to know, but it will get you started.
Study your notes!

Maters of Photography Re-create a picture assignment

You will choose a photograph from a photographer below to re-create. You need to make this picture as close to the original as possible. In your picture please re-create not only the specific subject, but also the lighting, angle, costumes, location (as close as possible) and props etc.

• Abbott, Berenice
• Adams, Ansel
• Adams, Robert
• Alvarez Bravo
• Arbus, Diane
• Atget, Eugene
• Bellocq, E.J.
• Blossfeldt, Karl
• Brandt, Bill
• Brassai
• Callahan, Harry
• Cameron, Julia M.
• Coburn, Alvin L.
• Cunningham,Imogen
• DeCarava, Roy
• Doisneau, Robert
• Eggleston, William
• Evans, Walker
• Friedlander, Lee
• Gutmann, John
• Hine, Lewis
• Kertesz, Andre
• Klein, William
• Koudelka, Josef
• Lange, Dorothea
• Lartigue,Jacques H.
• Laughlin,Clarence J.
• Levitt, Helen
• Mapplethorpe,Robert
• Modotti, Tina
• Muybridge,Eadweard
• Nadar, Felix
• O'Sullivan, Timothy
• Outerbridge, Paul
• Porter,Eliot
• Riis, Jacob
• Rodchenko,Alexander
• Salgado,Sebastio
• Sherman, Cindy
• Smith, W. Eugene
• Sommer, Frederick
• Steichen, Edward
• Stieglitz, Alfred
• Strand, Paul
• Talbot,William H. Fox
• Uelsmann, Jerry
• Weegee
• Weston, Edward
• White, Minor
• Winogrand, Garry
Guy Bourdin
Cartier Bresson
Andreas Gursky
Annie Leibowitz

Click here to view some of these photographers images

Here are even more from Wikipedia

You can have next Monday or Tuesday to shoot your image during class, but if you pick something that you CANNOT shoot during class time you need to shoot your picture as homework.

Masters of Photography written assignment


In no LESS than one page please explain:

• Who you chose and who they are (i.e. when, where, what etc)
• Describe their photography (what is unique about her/his style and technique)
• And explain how he/she (or something they did, used, or created) has impacted or changed the world of photography.
• Why did you choose this photographer? What do you like about their work/style?

Note: Do not copy/paste text from web sites. I will check to make sure that everything written is in your words. Google is a fantastic tool for checking plagiarism.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Goofing around in Beijing at a "Workout Park"

China Pictures

In front of The Forbidden City

One of many workout parks

The Forbidden City Fountains

The Wall

Tiananmen Square

Street view from Pearl Market crossway

One of numerous small stores

Forbidden City from hill

Guard in front of Forbidden City

Downtown Beijing

The Bird's Nest

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

China Photomerges etc.

The Temple Of Heaven view from the Pearl Market

The Forbidden City

Click on the pictures to see them in full view.

The Forbidden City Fountains

Tiananmen Square Monument

The Great Wall

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Abstract Photo Assignment

Abstract Picture Assignment

You will take 24 pictures over the weekend of November 7-9. Choose bizarre objects and shoot them at weird angles. Try to make the class guess what the pictures really are.

You will also have a shooting day on Wed the 12th (3rd period) and Thursday the 13th (6th period). During this time you will take 24 MORE abstract pictures off-campus. You may sign-out early if you need to.

Please look at the links below for examples of abstract work.

Earth Photography



For this next assignment I want you to throw out all of the "rules" we've discussed in class this semester. This is your chance to be as creative as possible. I would recommend looking for patterns, colors, and shapes when deciding on pictures to take. Also try to think of things you don't normally see pictures of.

Adjusting your Portraits

Between now and the end of the week you will adjust your portraits.
Here is a list of the different types of portraits photos you will turn in:

A vignette Photo
A grayscale Method Photo
A One Item Kept in color Photo
A selective Focus Photo
A minimally adjusted photo except for facial re-touching
One WHACKY anything goes portrait (change the colors, use the liquefy tool, and make this as unique and interesting as you can)

Finally, you will turn in your best picture as well.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lighting Help For Portraits

Lighting Styles

Portrait Assignment

You will take portraits at school and off campus. When you shoot at school you will use the studio room next door and vary the lighting for effect.
When you shoot off campus you will pick locations that enhance color, lighting, and backgrounds etc.

1. Find an interesting human subject. The person you choose should WANT to be in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate.
2. Talk to your subject. Use colors or lighting to create a concept for your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK. Choose an interesting setting based on your concept.
3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of the SAME subject.
4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject.
5. Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you will read about in class (see above).
6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy".
7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine.
8. Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Proejects Due Thursday/Friday

• Due at the beginning of the period Photomerge Contact Sheet (pictures you took to make the Photomerges)

• Due at 11:15: The actual Photomerges for printing. Five Photomerges total (one vertical)

• Next assignment: Reflections

Our next assignment

WOW! 2008 Reflections

Entry deadline: Friday, November 14, 3PM

What has recently caused you to have a reaction like WOW? This year’s theme for the PTSA Reflections Program is short and simple, but has an infinite number of ways, with a little time and effort, you could put your ideas into a creative entry using visual art, music, writing, dance, photography or film/video that’s extraordinary.

Your process could be as simple or elaborate as you want, as long as it’s done within the time frame and rules of the National PTSA Reflections Program. How you depict what you think of as “WOW!” is totally your choice. Find out more about the Reflections Program and be sure to get your Entry packet with all the instructions in the Main office by the end of Sept. Check out the past programs at WA State Reflections website including last year’s gallery of National finalists at http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/Reflections/reflect.htm.

Entry forms are in the office.

Questions? Call the SC Reflections Chair, Linda Feathers at (206) 361-9074.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Final Grayscale Pictures to Print

Please create a contact sheet that showcases your best pattern picture and best shadow picture.
Two total pictures.
Use the naming convention_grayscale_print and drop it into the classes server.

I will grade your grayscale pictures next week.

Photomerge Assignment for Digital Photo

Your assignment over the next five to six days:

You will create Photomerge pictures. These are 3-5 pictures that overlap to show a wide landscape or cityscape (one big picture).

Your three Photomerges should be taken at three different locations at three different times of day: sunrise, afternoon, and sunset.

Use a tripod if possible. Remember to manual adjust white balance or select something like "cloudy" or "sunny" on your camera.

  • Three locations
  • One Photomerge from each location
  • make sure each Photomerge is taken at a different time

Monday, October 06, 2008

Saving Your Grayscale Pictures after they are adjusted

BBW=Basic Black and White
BCM=Basic Chanel Mixer
AA=Ansel Adams
LC=Lightness Channel

Please save your pictures in different folders. The folders should be titled the name of the adjustement methods we've discussed in class.

Don't forget to put the adjustment method at the end of the file name. For example a picture of a shoe would be: naming convention_shoe_BBW. (BBW means basic black and white).

San Francisco Pics

A Trolley Heading Up Powell Street

Selective Focus

Grayscale Adjustment using basic Black and White

Color Balance, Brightness Contrast, selective Sky Exposure Adjustment
(I still wish this picture was more vibrant).

Color Balance and Photo Filter Adjustment

Grayscale using Lab Color

Basic Channel Mixer Grayscale

Golden Gate looking South-East

Ansel Adams Grayscale

Color Balance and warming Photo Filter Adjustment

Brightness/Contrast Adjustment

Eight Picture Photomerge