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


Portrait Lighting Guide

Homemade Lighting Setups

Studio three point lighting video

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Project 4 Self Portrait in Different Persona

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 three parts:
  1. Out of class assignment (5 final photos): environmental portrait.  Light source must not be overhead.  Use a sidelight, direct light source such as a setting sun or a lamp at home.  
  2. In class assignment (2/27) More info coming...
  3. In class studio lighting assignment (1 final photo): portrait taken on either 3/4 or 3/6 with the studio strobe lights in the Digital Media Studies Lab in the Grant Building room 240.   We will be using the green screen and putting in different backgrounds in photoshop when we meet as a class on 3/18 after spring break.  Bring your camera. 
What is due and when?

6 final and edited photos of the assignment to be posted on flickr by the end of class Monday 3/18. 


Part two of this assignment will be done in class on Monday 3/4 or Wednesday 3/6, 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 2/27. 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.


  • 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

Monday, February 4, 2019

Locations Picked so far...

Abigail - Bisque River
Brittany - Mineral Wells Hotels
Chelsea - Cora Courthouse, Comanche
Claire - Claire Hotel, Glenn Rose
Dan - Indian Gap
Hunter - Beattie, TX
Jeffery - Clairette Cemetary
Kaitlinn - Dinosaur Valley Park
Kalie - Hippodrome Theater
Kodi - Alico Building
Miranda - Bluff Dale
Shannon - Lake Mineral Wells Park
Wesley - Indian Gap

Project 3 Landscape Study

For this assignment you will serve as photojournalist and artist.  I (your instructor) will be the photo editor, and you will be the photojournalist working on the  assignment entitled "The Cross Timbers outside Stephenville”.

What/How do I turn this in?

Part 1: Seek approval of your idea through me in class, no more than 2 people are allowed per location. Turn in a one page abstract of where you will be shooting to your instructor via email before the end of the day Wednesday, Feb. the 5th.  Must be at least one page and include the basic historical importance of the area and how you plan to describe that through images.  (50 points)

Part 2: You will turn in 10 images (minimum) to Flickr in a set entitled "project 3" by the end of the day Monday, Feb 18th. (100 points)

Part 3: You will do a 10-minute presentation of your work in class on Wednesday, Feb 19th based off the subject you choose.  Your presentation should include a Powerpoint slideshow along with relevant historical data to supplement your images.  You will be graded based on the quality of your presentation's research and the engagement level you have with the work.  You are required to have at least two CREDITED sources in your presentation, be it a book, magazine, website, or interview.  (50 points)

Why are we doing this?

I want you to think about the details in your photographs that tell the story, that imply the narrative of a place. Photographers must know their subject before and after they shoot it, and sometimes it requires research, and knowledge of a place. Even historians are constructing a narrative with words of a place. Maybe it is about the history of a place, maybe it is more your own personal encounter with history that is the true story. What information can you put in your photograph that makes more than just a random field, or barn? Think about the details that set the scene of the story you want to tell. If there is an interesting event going on there, Like the Commanche Pow Wow, than document that.  You will also be learning how to shoot in available light.  

Possible locations

Who was George Bernard Erath? What is up with those wind turbines popping up in the Northwest? Every actually stop at a Texas roadside marker? Where did people see the aliens? How did people migrate here? Where does the railroad go and how was it used? Why is Thurber a ghost town? Where is the chalk on Chalk Mountain? Why is there a headless woman haunting Alexander, TX? What's the hub boob about the strip club in Proctor? Where is the biggest rocking chair in the United States? What do people do on a Saturday night in Morgan Mill? Where is their the grave of an unidentified girl in Silver Spring? Who is Dale and how can you tell he is bluffing in poker in Bluff Dale? Where does the roller derby team play? What goes on in Comanche, Deleon, etc...etc...

Apps to help you when you are shooting on the field

The Photographers Ephemeris