Professor Michals

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The Final Project

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

Final Project Statement– Post to OpenLab by May 3, 12 noon

Topic: What is it about? What genre of photography interests you and would you like to explore: street photography, food photography, portrait photography

What purpose will it serve in your portfolio? Do you want to highlight your

conceptual thinking, your design sense, your lighting skills

Subject Matter: Literally what will you shoot?

Style: What will it look like? How will you use photographic style to communicate

emotion and point of view? Find at least one example and include at least one

image with your description.

Lighting: how will you light your project? This may be daylight.

Create a mood board for your project-use Instagram or an internet search to find 6 photographs by 6 different photographers that look like what you want the photos in your final project to look like. Use Milanote and include the link to the moodboard in your openlab post.

Due Week 13, May 10, Shoot 1 – minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr and mood board

Due Week 14, May 17, Shoot 2 – minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr

Due Week 15, May 24: Shoot 3 – minimum of 30 images in an album on Flickr

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


Jennifer Humala


Ramelvis De La Cruz


Rany Selem


HW 8: Photographic Style

4 pts. Due May 3, 2022.

Select a national magazine, TV Show or movie that uses portraits in its advertising. Find three to four examples that use a similar style. Put them in a gallery block on OpenLab and answer the following questions to describe the photographic style that is used for that brand.

Identify the lighting style used including the angle of view, lighting pattern: Rembrandt, split, butterfly light, broad or shot light. How much fill is used to brighten the shadows? How is a background light used to separate the subject from the background? What is the palette? How tight is the framing?What is the angle of view?

Then create your own photo for that entity following the style guides.

Put at least 20 photos in an album on Flickr from your shoot.

Send your single best to the group.

Category: HW 8 – Photographic Style



Mary Poppins

Game of Thrones

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before



HW 7: Environmental Portraits

4 pts. Due April 26.

Shoot a total of 30 environmental portraits of three different subjects- 10 each. 

Environmental Portrait-a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and so that the surroundings illuminate something about the  subject’s life.

When shooting indoors, remember keep the shutter speed faster than 1/60. Better the raise the ISO. It may be too dark. If so change the location!

When shooting outdoor, shoot in diffused light: either shade or cloudy weather.

Make sure that there is light on your subject’s face.

Environmental portrait examples:

HW 6: Window light portraits

Due April 12. 4 pts.

Create a series of 30 portraits of at least 3 different subjects using window light or outdoor diffused light.

For each subject, shoot some in front view, some in three quarter view and some in profile.

Try the 5 lighting styles: front light, Rembrandt light, split light for front view poses, and broad light and short light for three-quarter poses. When you are working with a window, you can’t move the light source so you and the subject must move.

You should be near or next to a window during the day. 

The window can be in the photo or you can just use the light from the window.

Pay attention what is in the frame and make sure the background adds to the photo and is not distracting.

Your photos should use light and expression to be expressive. No props. If you have curtains or venetian blinds, you may use them as elements in the photos.

Experiment with different expressions and gestures and different framing (how much of your subject is in the frame.)

Upload the 30 photos to OpenLab and put them in an album. Send your best 3 – the best of each subject- to the class group.

Examples from previous semesters

HW 5: Mirrors and Windows

Due April 5. 12 noon. 30 photos in an album on Flickr. Send your best mirror and your best window to the class group.

“The two photographers characterize opposite modes of the new photography, with its divergence be tween those who believe that art is a mirror, reflecting a portrait of the artist who made it, and those who see it as a window, through which one may better know the world.” from the catalog for the show Mirrors and Windows, Moma, 1978, curated by John Szarkowski.

Is photography a means of self expression or is a way of reporting about the world?

Which is the better metaphor for photography: Is it a mirror or is it a window?

Take 15 photos that are mirrors – not literal mirrors but images that reflect something about you. These should be beautiful, maybe abstract and should make the viewer feel something. And please no actual mirrors.

Take 15 photos that report on the world. This could be an event (in which you are not a participant except as the photographer) or photographs that document a place – try a new place if you are taking this direction or 15 photos each of a different kind of tree. The photos should convey information but also be visually engaging.

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