Tuesday, May 31, 2011

HDR Homework

Grab your camera.
Get to an interesting an scenic location around sunrise or sunset (water in the picture would be a plus).
Place camera on tripod or something steady.
Take 4-5 pictures, each on a different setting. Either adjust the shutter bor adjust the camera mode (sun, snow, beach, clouds, and action etc.) between each picture.
Change angles and take 5 different "sets" of HDR pictures. In other words, take 20-25 pictures total.

For more info about HDR pictures please see below.

Friday, May 27, 2011



This is a new assignment for some of you and for others it's something you have done before. There are detailed instructions on how to create HDR pictures below.

I'll give you some hints:
1. Use a tripod.
2. Take 8-10 pictures using a variety of shutter speeds from almost dark to too bright. (Adjusting aperture only works also).
3. Make sure tripod is completely steady.
4. Import pictures and put all the HDR pictures in a folder on the desktop
5 Merge pics in Photoshop using automate>merge>HDR

Your assignment today is to read the instructions and using your own cameras (or a friends) go in groups of 3-4 and take a scenic OR landscape type shot 8-10 times using the HDR technique described below. Do this for two locations somewhat near school.
At 11:30 (not 11:40) please return and import your photos and then merge them to HDR. You can eliminate any pictures that you don't need.

Turn in a contact sheet with 16-20 pictures and also turn in one good HDR picture.
Email me with questions.

Step-By-Step HDR Instruction


In the instructions above they suggest you change your shutter speed (I have successfully created HDR merges with aperture adjustment). I will recommend you try both. You CAN take HDR pictures using a point and shoot camera. Instead of adjusting the aperture you can try different settings for each picture like Beach, Snow, Clouds, and Sun etc.

HDR Pictures

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

Fashion Assignment

Create a folder named Fashion Pictures.
Please create a contact sheet with the ten adjusted photos along with the ten original pictures.
Turn in the ten adjusted pictures as full quality jpegs in the following way:

  • 1 Magazine Cover
  • 1 Title Page
  • 8 pictures with clothing descriptions and quotes

Put all pictures and the Contact Sheet in the folder your created above. Don't forget to use the naming convention.
Remember to save your pictures with the appropriate adjustment descriptions.
Please note, all the pictures in your folder should relate specifically to the magazine unless you have decided to create two magazine covers.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A slight change

You will adjust 10 pictures using the adjustments methods below. Please remember to save your work with the correct abbreviations.

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)

When you are done adjusting all ten pictures you can begin create your cover, clothing descriptions, and quotes.

Live Video Production Class!

Social Experiment Documentary

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three favorite fashion photographs

Please write the links to your three favorite fashion photographs in the  comments section below:

Favorite Magazine Covers

Please write the link to your favorite magazine cover in the  comments section below:

Rolling Stone Cover of Nirvana / Rolling Stone Magazine Vol. 628, April 16, 1992, Art Print by Mark Seliger
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Monday, May 09, 2011

Fashion Cover Work

Start your Fashion Magazine Cover and Adjustments. The assignment is listed below:

You will create a magazine cover page using your best Fashion picture. You will also create a eight-picture photo spread that details what your subject is wearing. Before I give you some tutorial examples, here and here are some example covers. Click on the images to get ideas for your cover.

Before you start your cover, you need to edit and adjust your pictures to make them look professional. Here is a list of adjustment methods we did last semester:

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)

If you do not remember how to do these adjustments feel free to use the Photoshop book at the front of the room. Take your time. You have a few days to adjust your pictures and make your cover and picture spread. The bottom line is this: get rid of blemishes, tone down hot spots or glare, soften the skin, adjust colors for emphasis, use black and white (greyscale) if necessary, crop for effect, and play around with brightness/contrast etc.

Magazine Cover Tutorials: You can use the tutorials or create a cover without a tutorial.





After you create your cover you need to add text to eight of your pictures. This text, done in the same style as the Action Pics and Spring Quote Pics, should tell us the brand of each item of clothing like this example:

A quote from the subject or something interesting about the items is also a nice touch.

Fashion Assignment

Fashion Magazine Assignment

You are working for a fashion magazine that sells clothing to a specific audience. Your job together is to shoot two picture spreads to sell two different styles of clothing and accessories. This includes pants, coats, shirts, scarfs, shoes, socks, belts, dresses, shorts, and anything else a person can wear.

Your pictures should show a variety of composition and also showcase a variety of ways to light your subject. Please review lighting techniques here.
Please review portrait tips here.

Please look through, watch, and read about the following fashion shoots.

Beyond The Sea
Grey Gardens
In the Trenches
Megan Fox

True Blood
Jessica Biel
Katy Perry

Fashion Setup 

You must choose a partner from class.
You will model for each other on Thursday/Friday and Tuesday/Wednesday.
You will shoot one day outdorrs and one day in the studio.
Your location away from school needs to be unique and interesting on it's own.
Get creative. Play dress up. Dress stylishly and/or uniquely.

Please get together with your partner  and answer the following questions using Text Edit. This is due on Tuesday/Wednesday.

1. What are your names?
2. What two magazines are you shooting pictures for? Why? What types of clothing are you trying to sell?
3. What day are you using the studio?
4. What specific clothing will you wear each day? What accessories will you bring to enhance your shoot?
5. Where do you want to shoot outside of school? Why?
6. How will you ensure that you give 100% on this project? What can you do to make these pictures the best pictures you've taken in class?
7. How will you use lighting to make your pictures interesting? Be specific.

Bring your cameras Friday and be ready to check out/shoot at TAP.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Slow Shutter and Light Paiting Assignment

  •  Make lights move yourself. (Dance with lights etc.)Examples.
  • Landscape. (Sunrise or Sunset).
  • Cars.
  • Moving water.
  • Motion Tracking. (Zoom in, tripod helps).

A video Tutorial on how to "Light Paint":

Tips on How to Light Paint [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

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