Thursday, May 29, 2014

Abstract Photography

Abstract Picture Assignment

You may take pictures nearby school today.
Tuesday the 3rd will be a shooting day.

Please look at the links below for examples of abstract work. What is an abstract photo? What makes abstract photos interesting?


Earth Photography

40 Great Examples of Abstract Photography

70 Great Examples

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 take pictures of things you don't normally see in pictures.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Illustrator Tutorial

Illustrator is the next and final program we will work with the year. Illustrator is used mainly to create graphics and designs, but is has many uses.
Please work through the tutorials below starting with the first one.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

1.Illustrator 1 Tutorial

Logo Tutorial

Erase Shapes in Illustrator 

15 More Tutorials

Photo 1: How to Turn in Your Portraits

You will turn in a Portraits Adjusted Contact Sheet.
It will contain:
  • 5 Photos from day 1 of portrait shooting (another person)
  • 5 photos from day 2 of portrait shooting (another person)
  • 4 photos adjusted from self portrait shooting (one for each style of self portrait)

Please make sure that the contact sheets shows a variety of picture styles and composition. For example, I do not want to see 14 close ups. Variety rules.

You will also turn in:
  • Best Portrait as a jpg.for printing and grading
  • Best Self Portrait as a .jpg for printing and grading

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Expermimental Photograpy for Photo 2


Expermimental Photograpy Assignment

Pick one or two ways to experiment with Photography. Between now and next Friday May 30 shoot two contact sheets full of experimental photos.
  • Wednesday May 21 will be a practice day. You can practice your techniques or test out different techniques in order to help you decide what to do.
  • Wednesday May 28 will be a shooting day.
  • On Friday May 30 you will turn in both Contact Sheets

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photo 1: Self Portrait Treatment

First of all, I want you to look at the photos on the following websites for self-portrait ideas and then answer the following questions. 
Please use text edit, Abi Word, or Word and drop the answers into the proper class folder.

 Also, go to Getty Images and do a portraits search (self-portraits on Getty show people taking pictures of themselves. We do not need to see the camera).

What four categories do you think you will pick? Why?
What are your interests and hobbies that you can showcase in your self-portrait?
What colors will be the best for you to work with for self-portrait where color is emphasized? What are your favorite colors?
Do you have any costumes or props you can use for the self-portraits?
Next, I want you to grab two separate sheets of paper and sketch two of your ideas for self-portraits. Include location, outfits, poses, costumes, and facial expressions etc. I realize that not everything is an amazing artist, but do your best.

Self Portrait Assignment

Self Portrait Assignment
The Art of Constructing a Self-Portrait
A self-portrait comes from within. Injecting 'those we love' into the portrait steers one away from the harder task to trying to reveal self without adornment.
If you eat, sleep, and live for speed then your self-portrait should reflect motion and movement as one of its cornerstones.
If you are a reflective type, then reflections and patterns and their intersections should occupy a primary space.
If overall you feel more flawed then whole, then you wouldn't want to go about photographing the most pristine parts of yourself; you would want, instead, to capture your essence in a manner that describes and defines you without complaining. I say that because the essence of self-discovery requires you to be a benign observer of self so as not to hone in too closely on this or that part.
A sense of 'wholeness' is difficult to capture at best. Indeed, wholeness is almost impossible for some people to even understand -- let alone capture in themselves -- because their persons and their lives are so fragmented, so disorganized in general.
But that is what self-portraiture is all about, capturing the whole -- the whole of who you are as a person.
Try to be unforgiving in a benign and neutral way. Study yourself in the mirror and paint what you see there. Then go inside yourself and paint what you see there."
You will shoot four different self-portrait concepts over the next 12 days. You will shoot at least 24 pictures for each concept.
 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.

Hints for self-portraits:

Use colors or lighting to create a concept.

Costumes or uniforms work great.

Change angles.

Use props.

Vary the lighting.

Try different emotional looks.

Pose in action.

Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your composition rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.
May 15: Start Shooting
May 22: Self Portrait Shooting Day
May 27: All pictures are due. Note: Seniors need to turn their pictures on or before this day. No late work. Take all your pictures between now and next Thursday if you need to.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

Photo 2: New Photography Masters Assignment

 Use Text Edit to answer the following questions:

1. Look at the various work from ALL of the photographers listed below. This will take at least 30-40 minutes. You may even explore more up and coming photographers on your own.
2. Pick a photographer that you would like to emulate and pay homage. You will eventually re-create an exact picture and also create your own picture in the "style" of this photographer.
3. Tell me about the photographer and why you picked their work.
 In no LESS than one page (double spaced) 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? What types of photos do they take? What are the themes or concepts?
•• Why did you choose this photographer? What do you like about their work/style?
 Please reference different photos and use photography terms that we have discussed in class and from the links below.
Rules of Composition
Elements of Design
4. What specific picture are you going to re-create? Why? Please provide a link to this photo. Where will you shoot this photo? Who are what exactly will be your subject? How will you re-create the exact lighting?

Note: Do not copy/paste text from web sites. I will check to make sure that everything written is in your own words. Google is a fantastic tool for checking plagiarism.
  Assignment Due Dates:
May 12nd: Written Description Due at end of period
Homework Re-Create a Photo: Shoot at least 24 attempts.
May 14: Re-Create a Photo Shooting Day.
May 16: Homage Shooting Day
May 19: Editing
May 21: Editing. Homage and Re-Create a Photo pictures due at 11:00 am.

 Jim Goldberg - documentary, black and white
Christopher Anderson - color portraits and documentary
Chris Jordan - patterns, industrial waste
Cindy Sherman - self portraits, "film stills"
Arthur Tress - staged fish tank images and various stuff
Steve McCurry - landscape, portraiture, photojournalism
Alex Majoli - photojournalism, black and white portraiture
Vik Muniz - photo composites
Loretta Lux - portraits
Julia Fullerton - commercial
Lauren Greenfeld - documentary
Shimpei Takeda - abstract
Walter Ioos - sports

Young and New Photographers:
Chase Jarvis -variety
Rookie Nolan -
Sarah Hoey - surreal 
Paulina Otylie Surys -

Pari Dukovic -impressionism

Jim Mortram- 

Samuel James -activism, realism

Liz West -variety

Zhang Jingna -portrait

Karrah Kobus -surrealism

Nirrimi Hakanson

Futoshi Miyagi  

Seb Janiak

Simon Powell

Marco Martinelli

Kenny Weng

Michael David Adams

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Portrait Examples

Portrait Assignment

You will shoot portraits over the next week on Thursday May 8  and Tuesday May 13.
One day you will shoot at school using the lights in the studio and the other day you will shoot off-campus at a predetermined location. 
You will shoot AT LEAST 50 pictures of your subject each day (most of you will shoot between over 100 photos).

1. Find a partner in this class or in Ms. King's class .
2. Talk to your subject. What type of portraits do you want to create? 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 HintsPart 1
Portrait Hints Part 2

More Hints

Even more hints

Here is a list of a few of the different types of portraits photos you will turn in:


Monday, May 05, 2014

Multimedia: After Effects Battle Project


·      Work in groups of three
·      At least two people will fight using fireballs, lighting, or other After Effects created effects
·      A one minute (or more) action sequence edited in Premiere and After Effects
·      You need at least eight 5-7 second shots in your final video
·      You need to shoot every shot from three different angles (Close-Up, Medium Shot, and Long Shot), which means you will shoot at least 24 shots total. Most groups will shoot more.
·      Keep all of your action moving left to right or right to left instead of toward or away from the camera. This will make effect creation much easier.
·      Make sure you focus the camera every shot. Zoom in, focus, and zoom out. Out of focus shots are unacceptable.
·      Please avoid Jump Cuts between shots. In other words, your action needs to match up between each shot when you edit.
·      You will add titles, music, and sound effects in Adobe Premiere and create your effects in After Effects. I will show you how to work with Premiere on Friday.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Multimedia Motion Tracking

Changing Eye Color:

Other options...

Fireball Tutorials:
You need a ten second video of someones moving their hand(or something else of your choice).

Use or to capture flames.
Or you can grab fire from the "Fire Folder" in the Public Folder on my Staff Server.

You need a ten second wide shot to do this tutorial.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Photomerge and Sequence Projects to turn in

Due Thursday May 1:

·   Three adjusted Photomerges from three different locations (one from Golden Hour) on one Contact Sheet called Photomerge Adjusted.
·   One Sequence adjusted as a .jpeg called Sequence Adjusted.
·   Your best Photomerge or Sequence adjusted for printing called __________ for print.