Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Abstract Adjusted Contact Sheet

· A&M Adjusted Contact Sheet
· 24 Pictures
· 12 Macro
· 12 Abstract
· Use the seven tutorials for seven Macro shots and seven Abstract shots. The other ten on the Contact Sheet are your choice.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Portrait Assignment

You will shoot portraits during the week after Thanksgiving break.
One day you will shoot at school using the lights in the studio and the other day you will shoot off-campus at a predetermined location. 
You will shoot AT LEAST 24 pictures of your subject each day (most of you will shoot between 50 and 75 pictures.
You can, and probably should, take pictures on the weekend as well.

1. Find two interesting human subjects. The people you choose should WANT to be in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate. I highly suggest working with people in this class.
2. Talk to your subject. What type of portraits do you want to create? Use colors or lighting to create a concept for your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK. Choose an interesting setting based on your concept.
3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of each subject.
4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject.
5. Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you will read about in class (see above).
6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy".
7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine.
8. Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Portrait HintsPart 1
Portrait Hints Part 2

Even more hints (read all four sections)

Here is a list of the different types of portraits photos you will turn in:

  • A Vignette Photo
  • A Grayscale Method Photo
  • A One Item Kept in Color Photo
  • A selective Focus Photo
  • A minimally adjusted photo
  • One WHACKY anything goes portrait (change the colors, use the liquefy tool, and make this as unique and interesting as you can)

Finally, you will turn in your best picture as well.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Abstract and Macro Photoshop Adjustments

Color Lookup:

Color Splash:
selective focus:


Vivid Color:

Enhance Saturation:

More Vivid Colors, that look natural:

Abstract and Macro Photography Hints

1.  Look for subjects that showcase lines, shape, and form. 
2.  Look for subjects that you dont normally see in pictures.
3.  Look up, look down, and look very close at subjects. Macro photography can lead to interesting abstract photography.
4.  Look for subjects that showcase pattern and repetition.
5.  Look for interesting color combinations.
6.  Look for reflections.
7.  Look for pictures that showcase light in a unique way.
8.  Play around with focus. Selective focus and soft focus pictures are OK in abstract photography.
9.  Practice and experiment with paints, oils, food, and other objects.
10. Throw away the photography rules and have fun!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Abstract and Macro Homework

Period 3

Homework: One Abstract Contact Sheet due next Monday and one Macro Contact Sheet due Friday the 21st

Period 4

Homework: One Abstract Contact Sheet due next Tuesday and one Macro Contact Sheet due Monday the 25th.