Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Family Portrait Assigment

You have two options for your family portrait assignment. You can shoot 24 pictures of your family members (with at least six attempts at a good group shot) or you can shoot some intentionally awkward pics like the ones at http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/.

Use your 20 Portrait Hints notes that you took in class.
All pictures, serious or not, must be well lit, in focus, and fill the frame.
Please try new poses and expressions and experiment with a variety of camera angles.

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Please email me with any questions at trent.mitchell@shorelineschools.org.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Upcoming Digital Photo Projects and Due Dates

Thursday/Friday this week: In-Studio/On Location Photo Shoot Day 1
Due: Portrait CS1

Monday/Tuesday the 22nd and 23rd: In-Studio/On Location Photo Shoot Day 2
Due: Portrait CS2

Thanksgiving Homework: Family Portraits

Tuesday/Wednesday the 30th and 1st: Portrait Editing
Portrait CS2
Family Portrait CS and note check

Monday, November 15, 2010

Portrait Edits

  • A Vignette Photo
  • Two Grayscale Method Photos
  • 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)
  • One picture where hair color (or another object) is significantly adjusted in a realistic way
  • 12 pictures adjusted by using any of the methods listed below.
Please use the following adjustment methods. When you save your work, please indicate which adjustment method you used in the name:
Clone Stamp (CS)
Patch Tool (P)
Gaussian Blur (GB)
Color Hair (CH)
Whiten Teeth (W)
Removing Hot Spots (HS)
Healing Method (HM)
Glamour Skin Softening (GS)

You will turn in a total of 20 Adjusted Portrait Pictures. You have to turn in the pictures listed above plus an additional 12 adjusted photos.

After you turn in your portraits adjusted, you will turn in the following:
Best Studio Portrait
Best Away From School Portrait
Best Family Portrait



Some examples of Broad and Short lighting using Winnie the Pooh and Woody.

Portrait Assignment

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

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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,cityscape, or sequence.

Your two Landscape style Photomerges should be taken at two different locations at two different times of day. Your sequence Photomerge can be taken any time at any place.

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


Cool Abstract Pics!

Due Today: Together We Can

Please make sure your 20 adjusted Together We Can pictures are turned in. Don't forget to also turn in your Best Together We Can picture as well.
Finally, you will need your PTSA Together We Can entry form.