HW3: 4pts. Due February 22. Post images to Flickr.

Reading: Aperture and Depth of Field, Understanding Exposure, Bryan Peterson,
pp. 36-39, 43, 46, 48-49

Shooting Assignment: Shooting outside, look for your subjects based on lighting quality and direction. Take 5 great pictures with front lighting, 5 great pictures with back lighting, 5 great pictures with side lighting, and 5 pictures with diffused lighting for a total of 20 images. The early morning or late afternoon on a sunny day will be the best time to shoot the front, side, and back light photos. The diffused light shots should be taken in shade or on a cloudy day. Experiment with how you can move around a subject and transform it with the lighting direction and quality.
Check the weather. Plan ahead:
No credit will be given for improperly exposed photographs or out of focus photographs. No credit will be given for boring subjects like fire hydrants, streetlights, garbage cans.

Upload your files to your Flickr account and then do two things:

1. Add the 20 files to your account. Title them “Front Light,” “Side Light,” “Back Light” and ”Diffused Light” accordingly.

2. Send your images to the class group.

Remember to save all of your work at full resolution (so you can print it) at least until the end of the semester.




HW2: 4pts. Due February 15. Bring marked reading to class. Post images to Flickr.

1. Reading: handout from Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age by Robert Hirsch, Chapter three: Image Capture: Cameras, Lenses, and Scanners, pp. 62-69

Please underline whatever you think is most important and bring the copy to class next week.

2. Shooting assignment: 6 x 6

a. Select a 6 ft square location of your choice anywhere OUTSIDE or inside with BRIGHT

DAYLIGHT. Check the weather and plan when in the week you will do this assignment.  It will be easiest to do on a sunny day! Assignments shot inside in a dark room will not be given credit. Without leaving that small area, take 20 varied and visually arresting photographs, one each for each of the categories listed above from the in-class shoot. Each of the 20 images should be very different from the others.

Shot List 


01. Eye-level

02. Low-angle

03. Overhead or high angle

04. Oblique angle

05. Frame or Radical cropping

Space and Perspective

06. Shallow Space

08. Deep Space

09. Positive space or form

10. Negative space or ground


11. Line-Curved

12. Line-Straight


13. Balanced/Symmetrical

14. Off-balance/Asymmetrical

15. Rule of Thirds


16. Emphasized Texture

17. Minimized Texture


18. Frontlit

19. Sidelit

20. Backlit

b. Because Flickr has a 100MB limit per month, please make a small set of files to upload to Flickr. In Bridge select: Tools>Photoshop>image processor. Then select the location to save the new set of smaller images and how big they will be. I suggest 1000 px x 1000px as an upper limit.

c. Post the small sized jpgs to Flickr. Then send your images to the class group. Please tag the images “6×6” so I can identify your assignments correctly.




HW 1:  4pts. Due Feb. 8th. Post to the OpenLab. Category= hw1.

Select a photograph of New York by one of the four photographers we looked at in class. Identify the photograph. Using the handout “Seeing Photographs” answer the first seven questions. Modify question 8 to be, “How does this photograph relate to others in the same series by the same photographer?” Use the vocabulary listed under “Visual Elements” at least for questions 3, 4, and 5 and elsewhere if appropriate.

Dawoud Bey-Harlem Stories

Thomas Holton  The Lams of Ludlow Street

Michael Kenna

Jeff Liao-Habitat 7

Eugene Richards then select galleries>Stepping Through the Ashes

Reading: Next week, we will see the older photography formats daguerreotype and tintype at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Read these two explanations of these formats.




2 Responses to Assignments

  1. Mike Leon Hw1 “Brooklyn Bridge, Study 1, New York City, USA,2006”- Michael Kenna

    1. It seems to be a regular photograph maybe used for an advertisement.

    2. The photographer’s intention was to show the beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge but, he also used the city and the water to express that beauty.

    3. The photographer emphasized the bridge by making it the biggest in the photograph itself, so it stands out more then the rest.

    4. No there are not any technical problems in this photograph. There are no facial expressions just the landscape itself tells the story.

    5. The first thing I look at in this photograph is the bridge because it’s so large. Then I feel the need to look at the city because of how busy it makes the photograph. It’s a full scale tone, a shallow space of perspective, and follows curved line.

    6. It seems like the photographer is saying that crossing this bridge will lead you to one of the most popular cities in the world.

    7. The photograph brings like a peaceful, sorrow emotion. It just seems all calm for what New Yorkers are used to seeing.

    8. This photograph relates to the rest of the same series because he likes to make his main focus stand out in his photographs. He plays with light, tones, and contrast to show his main focus of the city in all his photos.

  2. Bowman, Kenyasoweta
    GRA 2330 – Digital Photography
    Professor Michals
    February 8, 2010

    Photograph used: Dawoud Bey’s “A Boy in Front of Loews 125th Street, 1976”

    1. What type of photograph is it? This appears to be a “candid” photograph.
    2. What can you tell (or guess) about the photographer’s intention. I think the photographer wanted to show the maturity and style of the young man who seems wiser beyond his years.
    3. What emphasis has the photographer created and how has that been done? The photographer places an emphasis on the backdrop of the theater entrance by using high contrast for the background and full scale for tone for the foreground.
    4. Do technical matters help or hinder the image? I think technical matters aid in the message of the image. The photographer uses soft focus for the background to draw attention to importance of his subject, which is the child in this case. He also toys with deep space to show the distance between the child and the theater.
    5. Are graphic elements important, such as tone, line, or perspective? Yes they are. The contrast in tone between the subject and its background creates a perspective. The diagonal line of the subject shows his age which is recognized by his juxtaposition to the barricade he is standing next to.
    6. What else does the photograph reveal besides what is immediately evident? I think the photographer reveals the child’s youth by how his right leg is perched to supported his small stature, his clothing and demeanor however, alludes to an older individual.
    7. What emotional or physical impact does the photograph have? This photograph makes me smile because I grew up around people with his mentality and outlook on life. There’s a sense of familiarity here.
    8. How does this photograph relate to others made by the same photographer? This photograph shows everyday people in a dramatic fashion by letting their environment tell their story.

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