Next Week’s Assignment: Portals

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Photo by Hela Student Cali D.

See the photo above, see how the briefcase in this image acts as a portal. A link to another version of reality? Portals can be anywhere, they can live in mirrors, in phones, in doorways and trap doors, they can take the viewer on a journey and is easy to execute.

Your challenge is to come up with five different portals to transform the viewer from one location to another.

How you choose to show the portals and where you take the viewer is up to you.

Step 1: Brainstorm some ideas you can use the freewrite way of brainstorming or write down the first three ideas you get. Then come up with three more. The 5th and 6th ideas will be the most innovative.

BEING STUCK IS OK. KEEP THINKING, KEEP WONDERING KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF STRUGGLE, DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUSH YOURSELF!

Five portal images are due on 11/15

Some places to start:

https://gizmodo.com/5600260/photoshop-time-portals

https://www.psdvault.com/photo-effect/create-portal-another-realm-photo-manipulation-photoshop/

This Week’s Assignment: Experimental Self Portraiture

More Examples here.

For this week’s assignment, it’s time to get weird. Take a good long look at yourself. How could you explore different sides of your personality with photography? What would loneliness look like in a photograph? What would self-doubt look like in a photograph? What does someone who is trying to figure themselves out look like? How about the moments in your life that have defined you, how could you photograph these?

For example, the photos contained in the examples above explore all kinds of different sides we all have: How we feel like we are several people trapped in one body, or maybe the person inside is different than the person outside. Or we feel like we are not a person, or we feel broken, literally. Spend five photos where you explore different parts of your personality with photography.

Use the self timer please. I have a trigger so you can stand in front of the camera.
Also think props, face paint, powder, flour, water, liquid, make something unique about someone unique, you!!

Five Photos are due on 11/8.

This Week’s Assignment: Color Theory with Emotion

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Color Wheel

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Yellow & Green – Notice the two moods – Jalen Hardesty

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Green – Neutral Tone

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Yellow – Happier Tone Christian McGuire

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Blue – More Somber Mood – Photo by Me.

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Red – Violence – Red – Photo by Me.

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Yellow – Serene Photo by Me.

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Blue – Moody Photo by Me.

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Red – Anger, war, etc. Photo by Me.

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Blue, sad, moody. Photo by Me.

For this week’s assignments we will be exploring a wide range of emotions by photographing five different colors with  five different emotions to match the colors.

https://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/anything-but-neutral-using-color-to-create-emotional-images–cms-23214

Please do read the above tutorial and when you shoot think about what mood or emotion you are trying to convey. You can always add an adjustment layer of color to an image. And you can enhance the amount of color in Lightroom or Photoshop.

 

FIVE PHOTOS WITH FIVE DIFFERENT COLORS AND MOODS ARE DUE ON 11/1

Assignment #3: Next Week’s Assignment: Narrative (Story in Five Images)

For this assignment, you will use a series of images to tell a longer story. What story would you tell the world if you had five images to do it in? Write a paragraph of what happens in each image and then go and make those photos. Props are essential, as is a coherent sequence of events, so the viewer can see the beginning, middle and end of the series.

Tell a Story in Five Images Flickr Group:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/visualstory/pool/

Tutorials:

https://digital-photography-school.com/telling-stories-with-photos/

https://petapixel.com/2016/06/27/6-tips-telling-stories-photos/

Five Images that tell a story are due on or before October 3rd.

First Assignment: This is Your Life

For your first assignment, you will profile another person in this class.

To do this you will need to interview them. I want you to come up with the questions. I want you to find a five image profile on the web and create a photo series OF FIVE PHOTOS introducing us to that person. Think about the portrait slideshow we did in Photo 2. You might use those same interview questions. But I want you to go beyond the traditional get to know you stuff and get to what makes this person unique.

Examples:

You don’t have to make it a video at all, but we want to use this as a place to start, to show several sides of a person and to beyond the surface level of things.

These ideas could include: (PLEASE COME UP WITH YOUR OWN BUT FEEL FREE TO USE ANY OF THESE.)

  • What do they worry about?
  • What adversity has the person had to overcome?
  • Why are they interested in art?
  • What parts of their personality or experiences are they trying to show through their photography?
  • What are their hopes?
  • What do they really want out of life?

You could photograph artifacts from home: Old trophies, baby pictures, certificates, etc.

You’ll turn in five photos and the answers to the questions you asked your subject into Google Classroom.

Five Photos will be due on Monday, September 11th.

Opening Activity: A Photographer’s Manifesto

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AP Exercise:

Pull up your Instagram, or Flickr or your Photo Album or your last 40-50 images. Put them in a slideshow or collage, a place where you can see all of those at once. Do a screen capture of these images like I did here at the top. Use the snipping tool to create a screen grab of the photos.

What do those photos say about you? Things to look at, things to consider:

  • Angle
  • Lighting.
  • Color Contrast
  • Contrast in general.
  • Shadows and highlights
  • Do these images display a consistent mood or emotion, or are they all over the place?
  • What themes emerge the most?

Write two paragraphs about the answers to these questions as a reflection on your blog.

After writing the 2 paragraphs, you will then:

  1. Write a statement of who you are based on these photographs.
  2. Choose someone in the class to share them with.
  3. Then ask the other student if they agree with your statement based on the images they provide as evidence.
  4. After speaking with your partner, do you want to revise that statement?
  5. Add that statement and the collage of your images to your Online Portfolio under a page called blog and under your blog title’s subheading.