Sunday, October 29, 2017

Project 5 Spirit Photography


From its invention, photography has been used to capture things that vanish, to memorialize the dead, to stop time and capture the uncanny and might not have been seen by the human eye. 

Make a small series of photographs (3 or more images) that illustrate or reveal this force. Images can be anything from landscape to portraiture to abstract...but all should be focused on using light, environment and subjects to set the mood for spooky, creepy or unsettling scenes in anticipation of Halloween.

What are the ways we can think of the notion of ghosts?  Is it the spirit, devoid of a body?  Or is it unseen forces and intentions that shape our lives? Is history always alive?  

Due end of class Friday the 3rd uploaded on Flickr

How to do this assignment
consider artificial lighting in dark places
slow shutter speed blur
photo overlays

Photographers to look at

Henry Fox Talbot’s “fairy pictures” and then look at spectral trends nineteenth-century photography, especially spirit photography-- photographs that people believed showed ghosts-- and then delve into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, looking at photographers who invoke disappearance by different means: Ralph Meatyard, Francesa Woodman, Graham MacIndoe, Paula Luttringer. multi-media works by Rebecca Belmore, Sally Mann, Ana Mendieta, Carrie Mae Weems.  Many ghosts haunt a place due to a past event or unresolved issue, so consider the history of place when considering your images.  

Abstract for Final

This brief assignment is meant for you to start researching and thinking about the conceptual basis of your final book project

Overview:

You are to create a short paper (500 word minimum) 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.

Due Date: emailed paper due Monday Nov 6th by the end of the day. The final photos/book will be due at the end of the year during final weeks.

Points to Consider:
Whatever you choose, make sure that you pick a topic that interests you (and will continue to interest you for the month you will work on it). To begin, start looking at the work of contemporary photographers who are working in a similar vein as to what you wish to do. Check the campus library, museum, and magazine websites for inspiration and for examples. After you have your idea and examples, develop a clear paper and emphasis the points you wish your photos to illustrate.

In November/December your weekly assignments will become open, you will be required to shoot a minimum of 25 images a week that should be geared for the final. A majority of your final grade depends on it.

Lensculture
Here are a list of a historical/contemporary photographers
More lists
and more and more

FINAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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 work on it for homework the remaining four weeks of class.

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.

Blurb Photography art books
How to make a beautiful photo book with blurb

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 day of the Final (Monday, December 11th at 3 pm-5:30pm). 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 12/11 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. 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 (11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11)
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.

2. We will have an inclass group discussion/critique of your work on Wednesday 11/29. Attendance and participation in this discussion is worth 100 points.

3. Final Critique: The final class day will be in accordance with the universities final exam scheduling, and the scheduled date is: Monday, December 11th from 3 to 5:30pm.  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 before 5:30pm. 

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

Grading

This project is worth 500 points. Breakdown: 200 points for the final work, 200 points for the check ups, 100 points for participating at the critique.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Green Screen removal

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Shooting 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.  Meet the class at the normal location, Fine Arts Computer lab 110, and then we will work over the Digital Media Studies lab on the second floor of the Grant building next to 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.

Wednesday 11th

Sterling
Andrew
Josh
Kelsey
Tara
Taylor

Monday 16th

Samantha
Lisa
Mckenzie
Ty
Francisco
Caitlin

Wednesday 18

Rebecca
Matt
Sydney
Patrick
Nicole

Emily

Videos from Mondays class

How to Take a Portrait, According to Photographer Catherine Opie



https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-portrait-photographer-catherine-opie

Friday, October 6, 2017

Studio Shooting Days

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.  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. 

Wednesday 11th

Sterling
Andrew
Josh
Kelsey
Tara
Taylor

Monday 16th

Samantha
Lisa
Mckenzie
Ty
Francisco
Caitlin

Wednesday 18

Rebecca
Matt
Sydney
Patrick
Nicole

Emily

Project 4 Self Portrait in Different Personas


The point of this assignment is to explore lighting through the art of portraiture. You will take some photos that illustrate your idea of what your created "self" could be. You will take a couple portraits of yourself in a persona of your choosing. Something that is either different than you or an extreme extension of what you would consider to be "you".

The assignment comes in two parts:

  1. Out of class assignment (3 final photos): environmental portrait.  Light source must not be overhead.  Use a direct light source.  
  2. In class assignment (1 final photo): portrait taken with the studio strobe lights in the Digital Media Studies Lab in the Grant Building.  Meet in the normal computer lab (Art 110) first, and we will walk over.  We will be using the green screen and putting in different backgrounds in photoshop when we meet as a class on 10/23.  Bring your camera. 

What is due and when?

4 final and edited photos of the assignment to be posted on flickr by the end of class Friday 10/27. 

Groups

Part two of this assignment will be done in class on Wednesday 10/11, Monday 10/16, or Wednesday 10/18 depending on which group you are in. Will split in groups for the inclass assignment, one group working in the studio while the others are give the day off to work on the second part. Groups will be announced in class 10/6. You will be working with Mr. Ireland and the studio lights. Come prepared with costumes and props, and bring your camera.  

Why am I making you do this?

Practically, so you learn how to use our lights and create interesting portraits. Whether for the sake of illustrating a point, concept, or for fun, artists have often photographed themselves in different guises and personas in an attempt to tap into the archetypal schizophrenia of the ego and the fantasy land where creativity resides. Your end goal is to transform yourself into a being which is mundane, glamorous, or otherworldly -- to tow the line of familiarity and fiction.

Tips


  • Use a tripod for indoor shots.  
  • Subject should be directly engaged with the viewer/audience—meaning that, in most cases, the main subject is looking directly at the camera. No casual snapshots or man-on-the-street photos where the subject is not aware you are taking their picture.
  • Remove distracting elements whenever possible—declutter whenever possible.
  • Try to pre-visualize the images taking into consideration the way environment, light, pose, clothing, formal considerations, and other factors contribute to the construction of individual identity.
  • Try to think beyond cliche identity
 troupes such as cowboy, jock, college guy/gal, punk, etc.   

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Simple guide to Depth of Feild

Photo cheat sheets



https://www.designzzz.com/handy-photography-cheat-sheets/

Assignment - Stranger Portraits


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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 and you are told to keep track of their names, offer model releases, 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 to class on Friday with your pictures and your notes.  Any photos you take will not be posted online to flickr (unless they sign a release) and will only be seen in class.  
As an incentive, the two students with the highest number of stranger portraits in an hour receives a grade bump on an assignment, or a free absense. Posing two strangers together as a couple (with a witness) counts as 2 strangers since it is much more difficult to do.