Monday, April 8, 2019

Project 6 Cinemagraph

For this assignment, you will produce a cinemagraph, which are still photographs where minor and looped movement occurs.  Cinemagraphs are usually published in the GIF format, becuase it is an image format that can store a looped animation while displayed on the web like an image (meaning it requires no plug in to play, nor does it have playback controls like a video would).  It creates an interesting inbetween effect where the image is not quite a photo and not quite a video.

We will be using this tutorial in class, however there are others out there.

Out of class, take a short video of yourself or something moving. Have the video file ready for class on Wednesday April 10th. Due end of the day Wednesday, email to me the final gif file...(flickr doesnt seem to support them)

Do not do anything too complicated with the movement, try to make it so one aspect of the image can be isolated without anything else interfering.  Try a couple different scenarios. You MUST MUST MUST have a stable camera set up with a tripod or something.

Then we will take the video and create the cinemagraph in photoshop.  You will be working on the cinagraph itself on Wednesday in class April 10th.

Some helpful hints and tips:
  • Remember that for this sort of GIF, you want to show some sort of subtle movement; you want to create the intrigue of “what a nice photo—whoa, it moves!!”
  • Besides showing some movement, you also want to make sure you have something in your scene that stays consistent to contrast and emphasize that movement.
  • Try to think of a scene or movement that would be fairly easy to loop since your final GIF will be set to loop forever.
  • Your scene can involve a person but it doesn’t necessarily have to.

Examples are easy to find...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Project 5 Uncanny Valley

"The concept of the uncanny valley suggests humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers."

"uncanny: having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary"

This next assignment is based off the word uncanny.  You are to construct one image that looks completely realistic at first glance but shows elements of an uncanny presence, or impossible, spiritual, or surreal situation. 

You may use Photoshop to composite your image from your own source material.  You must use all your own images, nothing drawn from the internet. 

You will present your one image to the class finished at the start of class, April 8th.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Final Book Project

As of now you should begin focusing and shooting for your final. Your final should be an exploration of a topic that you select that you can invest time and research towards. This will be your homework for the rest of the year, and I expect the work to reflect the quality of a project that has been worked on and refined as much as possible. Every image turned in should be amongst your best work, and the photos should work together cohesively to explicitly illustrate your ideas contained in your research.

You will be designing a book in Blurb that you will create and publish. Your book may be a narrative of some kind, a documentary work, have text or not, whatever you like…but I do want you to consider the wide appeal of this book. If you want to make a book about your family or your friends partying, then you must consider adding enough content to make it interesting enough to catch the casual viewer.

What is due?

You must have your Blurb book sent to be printed by the last day of class (May 2nd). Your blurb book must have a minimum of 25 photos. For the final in this class we will meet and go over your book design before you send it in to be printed. On 5/2 you must also turn in a folder of your final project photos. This can be done through the cloud, or on disc, or you can just copy your files on my lab computer when attending the final class day. This project is worth 500 points.  The final book is not the only thing you will be graded on. You will be expected to shoot every week and participate in class discussions for full credit on this project.

The schedule....

1. You are to create a short paper (500 word minimum)  by April 1st on what you plan on doing for your final project. This paper should clearly state the objective of your project, possible shooting strategies and locations, technical requests, and about a paragraph of historical research that must cite at least two photographers whose work/ideas somehow parallels yours. You may use any source to find photographers, but I recommend Lensculture.  I am not going to stress perfect grammar or style, although I expect a paper written at least at high school level and readable. This is worth 50 points.

2. Weekly Flickr Progress Reports: You will be expected to upload at least 25 images a week on your assigned topic. These must be uploaded by the end of the day on Monday (4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29)
These check ups are worth 50 points.  They must be done on time (by 11:59pm on Monday) or no credit will be awarded.  I reserve the right to give partial or no credit if I decide the images you take are not geared towards your final project abstract.

3. We will have an inclass group discussion/critique of your work on Wednesday 4/17. Attendance and participation in this discussion is worth 50 points.

4. Final Critique: The final class day will be May 1st.  You must turn in a folder to me of your book images, and I must have proof that you have paid for your book.  (printed receipt would work).  Come to class that day and turn in your photos and receipt.

Your book will most likely not be ready for the final in terms of being printed, so all I need to see is the receipt you have created the Blurb file and have sent it off to be printed.  You may ship it to your home address.


This project is worth 500 points. Breakdown: 200 points for the final work, 200 points for the check ups, 50 points for the abstract and 50 points for participating at the critique.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Photo class cancelled Wednesday 3/20

I have to be out of town today so there will be no class.  See you next Monday

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Project 4 In Class Assignment - Perfect Strangers

For this assignment, you should meet in a crowded area of campus today with their camera. You are tasked with taking at least 5 portraits of perfect strangers that you will post on Flickr and you are told to keep track of their names, keep track of how many times they are turned down and even the gender of those that turned you down. 

You should do this for exactly one hour.  Come back to class with your pictures and your notes.  Any photos you take will not be posted online to Flickr (unless they say ok) and will only be seen in class.  
As an incentive, the two students with the highest number of stranger portraits in an hour receive a grade bump on an assignment or a free absence. 

Studio Schedule

Please show up on the days you are required to show up.  Try not to be absent as you will miss essential parts of the assignment you wont be able to make up likely outside of class.  Bring your camera and any props you need.  You can change if you need to in a nearby restroom.  Class will meet at the Digital Media Studies lab, room 240 second floor of the grant building (on the new side, to the right of the writing center).  

If it is not your day to shoot, you don't have to come to class, but you should work on the homework portion of the assignment.

Monday 3/4 1pm 


Monday 3/4 2:30pm 


Wednesday 3/6 1pm


Wednesday 3/6 2:30pm