Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1 DO97

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Midterm Project

First set of photos due October 19th.

Complete project due October 26. 10 pts.

Portrait of a place-Select a park or playground near you. You will take photographs in the same location two weeks in a row. Photograph there at different times of day to capture the place and the people who use it in a series of 8 final photos.

  1. 40 photos in an album labeled Shoot 1 on Flickr due Oct 19th at 2:30pm:

Portrait of a Place-Shoot in your location at 2 different times of day and or in different weather. Your shots should cover a wide range of approaches: long shots to close ups, people including at least one person in motion, animals and plants. Each photo should use light and composition in compelling ways.

2. Second set of 40 Photos in an album labeled Shoot 2 on Flickr due Oct 26th at 2:30pm.

3. 8 final photos adjusted in Lightroom in an album labeled Midterm on Flickr due Oct 26th at 2:30pm.

4. A brief presentation to the class of your project on Oct 26th.

HW 5: Low and High Key

4 pts. Due Oct 12, 2:30 pm. Working outside on a sunny day, photograph low and high key versions of 15 different subjects for a total of 30 photos. the goal is to create two photos of the same subject that have different moods.

Find a a subject such as a plant or tree that has direct sunlight on part of it and is also partially in shade. Adjusting your exposure, take two different versions of this subject, one that is low key where dark tones predominate but there is something bright and one that is largely bright but where there is something in shadow.

Try to create two different moods just by changing the exposure.

Don’t try to do this on an overcast day. Check the weather and plan ahead.

If your only option is to do the assignment when the weather is overcast, then redo the lab exercise and work with exposure challenges. Photograph 2 exposures for 15 backlit subjects and landscapes or cityscapes with sky for a total of 30 photos.

Post your final 30 photos an album in Flickr. Send your best pair to the group.

HW 4 – Freezing Motion

Working outside in the day, freeze the motion of athletes and bike riders, dancers, jumping dogs. Try at least two different types of subjects ie soccer players and bikers, kids on swings and dancers. Capture the decisive moment. The soccer player when their leg is fully stretched out in a kick, a bike rider doing a wheelie. Don’t be shy. Fill your frame with the action.

Use a fast shutter speed.

If using a cameraphone, use lightroom or other app that lets you set the shutter speed.

Post shots of at least two different activities to an album on Flickr for a total of 40 shots. Please don’t include all of the times you missed: shots out of focus, the back of receding bike riders, etc. Just your best work. Send your best two to the class group.

Due October 5, 2:30 pm.

HW 3: Something Near AND Something Far

4 pts. Due September 28th, 2:30 pm.

Photographing outside during the day in good light, take a minimum of 30 photos where there is something in the foreground and something in the background. Use shallow depth of field so either one or the other is out of focus.

If you are working with a camera phone, all of your shots will be close ups. Please for this homework, do not use an app like focos or portrait mode.

When working with a camera phone the best way to achieve shallow depth of field is to get very close to the subject with some actual space between the foreground and the background.

Put your 30 photos on an album in Flickr. Send your single best photo to the group.

Camera Phones and Depth of Field

Camera phones have a fixed aperture. For example, the aperture of the iPhone 7 is f1.8. This is one of the things that makes cameraphones so good in low light. You might think this wide open aperture would make it easy to get shallow depth of field with a cameraphone. However, the other factors involved make it quite challenging to achieve shallow depth of field with a cameraphone.

Camera to subject distance is the factor that gives you the most control of depth of field when working with a camera phone. To create shallow depth of field bring the camera as close as possible to the subject. Allow for some actual space behind the subject

Focal length is the distance between where the light converges in the lens and the sensor and there just isn’t that much space. Even for cameraphones, we use the size of 35 mm film as the standard when discussing focal length. So the iPhone 11 has three lenses that are the 35 mm equivalent of 13mm, 26mm and 52mm. Earlier phones with one camera have one focal length. If working with a camera phone with more than one lenses, use the telephoto choice (highest number) to create shallow depth of field.

HW2: Hula Hoops

Imagine that you have a hula hoop. Put it on the ground (during the day in a place with good light) and do not step out of it. You could also think that you are in one of those social distancing circles that have been drawn in some parks. Take 10 photos without leaving the circle. Use every strategy that we have discussed in class: angle of view, close ups and long shots, negative space, filling the frame, diagonal lines, leading lines, to make the most interesting and varied photos possible from that one place.

Find two more spots and repeat for a total of 30 photos.

Post to Flickr and put in an album.

Due Tuesday, September 21 at 2:30pm.

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