Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1 OL89 | FAll 2020

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Final Project

The goal of the Final Project is to create a series of 10 related images on a theme.

You may choose to do either:

A series of portraits or self-Portraits OR

A still life series

OR working outside during the day a series on Mirrors (reflections) and Windows.

First decide which assignment(s) you most enjoyed. Then consider: do you have people to work with? Do you feel most comfortable working at home given cornona virus? Do you prefer to take photos outside?

Inspiration for Self-portraits:

Joel Meyerowitz did a self-portrait a day during last spring’s lockdown. Note how many use window light!

The New York Times ran a story on photographers working in quarantine. See some of the Joel Meyerowitz photos there.

Inspiration for Still Life:

A maximal approach – Lucia Fainzilber The Cookbook

Inspiration for Mirrors and Windows:

Deliverables and dates:

Due Week 13, December 1: Shoot 1 – minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr

Due Week 14, December 8: Shoot 2 – minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr

Due Week 15, December 15: Shoot 3 -minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr PLUS

  • final 10 images selected, adjusted in Lightroom, and posted to an album on Flickr
  • a presentation to the class of the final images.

Example Projects:

Jennifer Humala – Portraits

Daniah Saifan – Photography and illustration

1. wake up

Razan Ikhais – still life

Final project part#part2 week 13

HW 9: Yummy!

Working with something you think is delicious, create a series of appealing photographs to convince everyone else this food is good to eat. The goal is to make the food look appetizing.

Pick something simple and easy to work with. Take off and wrappers or labels. Odd numbers are visually more appealing than even so get three of whatever it is. Three cupcakes or donuts. Or you could use three fruits or vegetables. It will be easier if they are around the same size and shape. Three pears will be easier than a banana, grapefruit, and an apple. Or better yet try a bunch of grapes.

Pick a background to compliment your subject. A bright pink background will be perfect for donuts with colorful frosting while a cutting board will be better for fruits and vegetables.

Use side light with fill for 10 photos and back light with fill for 10 photos. You may shoot from overhead or a three-quarter view or a combination. Experiment with the composition. Each photo should have a unique composition. You may add simple props, a spoon, a napkin, a plate, a flower but keep it simple. Post the 20 photos to an album on Flickr.

Select your best two and adjust the two photos in Lightroom. Send them to the class group.

Due: November 24th at 8am.

HW 8: Lighting Direction

Working outside on a sunny day, capture the fall season by photographing trees and the changing color of their leaves.

Think of the sun as your main light and move so that it is a front light, a side light and a back light. Also, work in the shade (or on a cloudy day) and find diffused light and directional diffuse light.

Take 6 photographs of each kind of light for a total of 30 photographs.

Post to an album on Flickr.

Due: November 17th, 2020

HW 7: Homework: Barriers

Physical Barriers: Something that prevents movement form one place to another. Anything , either natural (trees, hedges) or manmade (fences, police tape, gates, walls ), that keeps you from passing through.

Working outside during the day:

Actual Barriers

  1. Find examples of 4 different barriers. 

For each barrier shoot  following:    

  1. Perspective shot of barrier-use the converging lines of the barrier as it moves away from you to create a strong sense of space in your photograph.
  2. Using shallow depth of field technique from class, move in close and focus on subject and the background is out of focus
  3. Using shallow depth of field technique, take the same photo but focus on background and the barrier should be out of focus.

 Total of 12 images for part 1

Visual Barriers

  1. Frame within a frame: Shapes and forms that occupy large areas of the frame that are not the main subject. 

Use the frame to isolate a shape or form in the composition.

  1. Use rule of thirds and shallow depth of field and focus on shape
  2. Use rule of thirds and shallow depth of field and focus on background

Do this for 5 different shapes or forms

Total of 10 images for Part 2

Upload to flickr in an album labeled  Barriers DoF. There should be 22 images in this album. Send your best 5 images selecting from Parts 1 & 2 to the group.

Due: November 10, 8 am

HW 6: Reflections

Due November 3. 4 pts. 

Reflection – 1. the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.

Working outside during the day, photograph reflections to create strong compositions that include a combination of elements that are seen directly and by reflection. Reflections can be found in water, windows, and cars among other surfaces. Do not confuse reflections with shadows. Working outside during the day, take enough photographs to end up with 30 interesting photographs with reflections. No credit will be given for improperly exposed photographs or out of focus photographs. No credit will be given for photos taken inside without sufficient light.  Upload to an album on Flickr. 

Reflections example by Edward Burtynsky:

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