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

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

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Digital Photo Homework

Your Photo Homework over the weekend is to shoot 24 pictures involving man-made shadows shadows and 24 other images involving lightness/darkness relationships with a focus on patterns.
You should have at least five different subjects for each group of pictures for a total of ten subjects.

Pictures are due Monday.