Monday, November 23, 2009

Portait Assignment

You will shoot portraits during the same time frame as the studio lighting assignment. You can have two days during class to shoot. One day you will shoot at school using the lights and the other day you will shoot off-campus. You can, and probably should, take pictures on the weekend as well.

1. Find two interesting human subjects. The people 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 each 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.

Portrait Hints

More Hints

Even more hints

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
  • 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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Everything Up Til Now Test

Example questions:

1. When one subject is in focus and the other object is out of focus in a picture it is called _________________________.

2. The composition element that suggests you should shoot subjects off center is called _________________________.

3. _______________________ gives your subject space to walk and/or look in a picture.

4. The __________________ is the device responsible for the amount of light that gets into your camera.

5. The _________________ controls the length of time that light enters the camera.

6. An F-Stop of F-22 means you have a _____________ amount of light entering the camera.

7. An F-Stop of F/1.4 means you have a ______________ amount of light entering the camera.

8. A shutter speed of 1/250 to 1/1000 is good for _________________ pictures.

9. A picture that shows two subjects with two distinct and different colors is an example of __________________ composition.

10. ______________ is the term used to describe the focus length from your camera to your subject.

11.To change a picture into grayscale you go ________________ then ____________then _________________.

12. To adjust brightness/contrast you go ______________ then _______________ then ____________________.

13. Layer Style and Layer Mask buttons are located in the ________________ ___________________.

The Keyboard shortcut for Free Transform is ______________ _______________.

Apple C= ___________________

Paste= ________________ __________________.

Zoom in= _________________ ________________.

Zoom out= __________________ __________________.

Apple D = ________________.

To change a picture into basic grayscale you go ________________ then ____________then _________________.

To adjust brightness/contrast you go ______________ then _______________ then ____________________.

Layer Style and Layer Mask buttons are located in the ________________ ___________________.

List three things you can change and manipulate in the text options bar:

1. _____________________

2. _____________________

3. _____________________

To adjust lighting effects you go to ________________ then __________________ then ___________________.

Does the Dodge tool make portion of your picture lighter or darker? _________________________.

When you use the patch tool do you select on the area you want to change or the area you want to copy from? ________________________________.

When you use the Clone Stamp do you option-click on the area you want to copy to or copy from? ______________________________.

Rotate Canvas is located in the _____________menu at the top of the screen.

When you adjust the ________________ level you are adjusting how transparent a layer or object is on your project.

You can duplicate a layer in the layers palette a few different ways. Name one ___________________________________.

List two things you can adjust in the clone stamp options bar:



Tools Palette:

V= ___________________

S= ___________________

L= ___________________

E= ___________________

M= ___________________

Crop= ________________

Magic Wand= __________

Text= ________________

Brush= _______________

Where is the channel mixer located in the layers palette?

How do you turn off a layer in the layers palette?

What is the Ansel Adams setting in Channel Mixer?

Red=________ Green=________ Blue=_________

What are the two main tools you used to fix blemishes on your portraits? ­__________ ____________

Please list lightness channel adjustment steps you used when creating grayscale pictures.








List the steps you used to keep one item in color using copy and paste:






Please list the steps for a basic Photomerge:






Know all grayscale and color adjustment methods.

]* selective focus
* macro
* Strive for a feeling of unity
* compose scenes around a single center of interest
* Lighting to emphasize a point or idea
* leading the subject
* the rule of thirds
* horizontal and vertical lines
* tonal balance
* balance mass
* abstract
* leading lines
* frame the central subject matter
* color contrast
* # of prime objects
Convey Meaning Through Colors and Tones
* movement
(start reading the above link at Strive for a Feeling of Unity)
(Look at further examples at bottom of page)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sequence Photomerges

Your next assignment is a sequence Photomerge. You will practice on Thursday and shoot over the weekend. You must get one sequence Photomerge done this weekend.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Photomerge Assignment

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

Thurs/Fri: Out of Class Shooting
Fri-Mon: Photomerge Weekend Homework

All three locations are due next Mon