Professor Michals

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Midterm Project

10 pts. Shoot 2 due March 22, 12 noon.

Final Presentation Due March 29th

Portrait of a place-Select a park or playground near you. Photograph there at different times of day to capture the place and the people who use it in a series of 10 final photos.

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 in motion either blurred or frozen, animals and plants. If you have a tripod, make at least some of your photos in the blue hour – 20-30 min after sunset or once it is dark. Each photo should use light and composition in compelling ways. Use the project to demonstrate your strengths in photographic composition.


  1. 40 photos in an album labeled Shoot 1 on Flickr due March 15th at 12 noon:

2. 40 Photos in an album labeled Shoot 2 on Flickr due March 22 at 12 noon.

3. 10 final photos adjusted in Lightroom in an album labeled Midterm on Flickr due March 29th at 12 noon.

4. A brief presentation to the class of your project on March 29th.


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HW 4 – Long Exposure

4 pts. due March 8th. 20 long exposure images.

Long exposure photography is typically used for night photography.

If you have a camera AND a tripod, try a combination of night photos and or light painting. When shooting with a camera and a tripod, keep your ISO to 100 and make the shots longer to add light. Something must be sharp in every frame. The best time to do night photography is 20 to 40 minutes after sunset. So this week that would be 6:10-6:40 or so. The sky will be a beautiful blue at this time and the light levels are less contrasty than later.

If you are shooting with a cameraphone, you may try a light painting app. If you have an iPhone 11 or higher, it can do a credible job of hand held night photography. If not, find a way to secure your camera with a tripod homemade or store bought. Figure out what you need to do to get a sharp image in low light for your equipment.

In general, whatever you are shooting with bright lights close to the camera will become shapeless white blobs. Change the composition so that street lights are further away or not in your frame.

HW 3: Motion

4 pts. Due March 1, 12 noon.

You can either shoot 40 frames of frozen motion OR

20 frozen and 20 blurred motion.

if you do not have a tripod or other way to secure the camera, stick to frozen motion!

Frozen motion:

Working outside in the day in good light, freeze the motion of athletes and bike riders, skate boarders, dancers, jumping dogs, a moving subway car. 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.

If you are working outside in bright light with your cameraphone, it will select a fast shutter speed. If you are working with a camera, use a fast shutter speed. 

Blurred Motion:

Each shot MUST have something sharp and something blurry. 

For blurred motion you must find a way to secure the camera. If you don’t have a tripod and are working with a camera, rest it on a surface and use the camera’s timer. 

If using a cameraphone, you will need to use an app. I recommend slow shutter.

You will still need to secure the camera otherwise the whole image will be blurry. 

If you are working with a camera phone, you can make a tripod from a coffee cup or small box like a tea box.

Post 40 shots to an album on Flickr. 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.

HW 2 – Lighting Direction and Mood

4 pts. Due Feb 22 at 12 noon.

Working with a flower, natural or artificial, create a series of images that evoke a range of emotions. Use light and composition to change the mood. Work with whatever lights you have available: a window, a desk lamp, the flashlight on your phone are all good choices. Don’t use the light of an overhead light but instead something that you can control. You may not use props. Think carefully about the background.

The six emotions are: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, disgust. Create 5 versions of each one for a total of thirty images. Post to an album on Flickr. Send your best two to the class group.

HW 1: Describe a photo

4 pts. Due Feb 15 at 12 noon.

Select one photo that you love from one of the following photographer’s websites:

Malin Fezehai

Christopher Gregory-Rivera

Alex Webster

Once you have selected a photograph, write a 300-word post on OpenLab about the photograph. 

1. Identify the photograph with the name of the photographer, the title of the photograph if there is one and a link to the image. Write a description of the subject matter and location. Then identify what the photographer is trying to say in the photograph. What is the purpose of the image? How do you feel when you look at the photograph? Why do you love the image?
2. Select three of the formal elements we discussed in class that are most important in the photo that you selected. (Rule of thirds, diagonal lines, leading lines, patterns, symmetry, figure to ground, contrast of light and dark, a frame within a frame.) Write a second paragraph describing the photographer’s use of those three compositional principles and how that composition carries the message or feeling of the photograph. 

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