Photo 190 Assignment #2 – Studio Portrait

Due Wednesday, 3/27

When making portraits in a studio, it is important to establish a basic understanding of the standard practices which lead to general success. If you can master these basic skills, you’ll be able to replicate the setups easily and focus on your subject instead of your gear and technique. If you are really doing your job well, you will be forming a professional and social relationship with your client, putting them at ease while also observing their face, their posture and their mannarisms so that you can create a portrait which embodies their spirit and personality.

Demonstrate your understanding of the 6 basic lighting setups, and the application of lighting ratio toward them, by creating a set of 10 portraits which include those 6 setups and some alternates/experiments. While you’re completing this assignment, which is truly an exercise, expand your shoot to make some portraits which you are proud of. Make something you can include in your portfolio. Make some art.

You will turn in:

All raw images
Your 6 (or more) processed jpegs

You will be graded on the following:

25pts. – Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept
25pts. – Precise application of lighting standards
25pts. – Camera control, especially in regard to exposure and sharpness
25pts. – Experimentation with lighting ratio and alternate lighting setups

Make use of the following resources:

6 Basic Lighting Setups

10 Things to Consider

PHOTO 190 ASSIGNMENT #1

Photography 190
Scott Groller
Spring 2019

Assignment #1 – Small Figurine
Due Wednesday, March 5th

This is it. This is why we are here.

Studio photography is about control. It’s not exactly about the room or the lights, though those are good things, it’s about the control you have as a photographer to apply just the right light from just the right direction in balance with all other elements. You can have a big room, but you can also apply control in other spaces.

You have been asked to choose a figurine as a subject. Place that item in the right place, arrange it and the camera’s perspective, and then experiment with any lighting available to you including clap lights, phone screens, LEDs, bounced light, any combination that builds the visibility and mood of your composition. Shoot until you are excited by what you see, and then keep going. Go too far. Come back. You’re ok.

Process the image you want to show in critique in Adobe Camera Raw

You will turn in on flash drive:

     All Raw Photos
    Your final jpeg

Your grade will be based on the following:

    Technical craftsmanship - 20 pts
    Appropriate use of sharpness and focus - 20 pts
    Ability to create a pleasing composition - 20 pts
    Use of light to create clarity and mood - 20 pts
    Proper image processing to enhance color, clarity and style - 20 pts

Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment.

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Assignment #5 – Major Event

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Assignment #5 – Major Event
(pushed back 2 weeks to be) Due Wednesday, May 23rd
That should be a fun night of presentations!

This is it. This is why we are here.

Identify an event which is exciting and joyful which you have permission to shoot, and make photographs which celebrate the energy, the players and the details of the experience. If this event is a wedding, you will make photographs which document the moments and textures of the day while making portraits of the major and minor players involved. If your event is not a wedding, shoot it as though it is by finding an important main subject or two and their support crew. Make photos of their experience and the moments which occur in their presence and wake. You MUST make at least one intentional formal portrait as part of this shoot.

Create a set of 12-20 images which are different enough that you can build a presentation of your work which both creates an emotional connection and also gives the viewer a sense of the visuals of the event. Process this set of images to achieve a clear and consistent visual style throughout the collection, and adjust individual images as necessary to bring them to a finished state. Make these photos great individually, make them work together, and make sure they hold up to comparison against work by other photographers within your market.

You will turn in:

A copy of your correspondence with your client. This can be theoretical.
A representation of your full shoot. Selects are good. Web galleries are great.
A finished set of 20 polished images, adjusted and retouched.
An invoice for the job. Again, this may be theoretical. pdf or similar is fine.

Your grade will be based on the following:

Capturing moments of importance and energy – 20 pts
Appropriate use of sharpness and focus – 20 pts
Ability to create pleasing, commercially useful compositions – 20 pts
Use of light to create clarity and mood – 20 pts
Proper image processing to enhance color, clarity and style – 20 pts

Timeline:
Client correspondence due 4/18 by email
Selects from shoot due in class by 5/4 for discussion

Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment. Work will be reviewed in groups and feedback will come in the form of open discussion.

Case Study Assignment

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Case Study
Due: Wednesday, April 25th

The purpose of this assignment is to force you to seek answers to questions from somebody you respect, and to establish a connection with a potential colleague. Identify a person working in the wedding industry who you feel can offer valuable insight into and perspective of wedding photography. Interview this person and collect their answers and your thoughts into a 2-page paper which will be shared with the class.

In order to provide a basic platform from which to build your questions, I would recommend that you consider the following:
Simple basic questions are useful in establishing who and what and where type answers.

People love to talk about themselves, people love to tell stories, people love to feel smart, and people love to talk smack. Ask questions which allow for all of this.

The business is always changing. Ask about change and how they see this affecting their business. What is coming?

Some people are willing to talk about their success.

People enjoy feeling like they are able to help. Asking for tips or advice may allow for this kind of answer.

Come up with some ideas of your own. Ask your own questions.

Your grade will be based on the following:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept – 33.3 pts.

Gaining a solid sense of the subject’s perspective on
the business of wedding photography – 33.3 pts.

Proper formatting and presentation – 33.3 pts.

Assignment #4 – Still Life

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Still Life
Due: Wednesday, April 25th

This assignment may at first seem a little outside the realm of wedding photography, but there are many slow moments in-between the hustle and bustle. That is the perfect time to consider the value of finding or setting up a little still life. You’ll find yourself surrounded by scenes and objects which have been chosen with great care by someone who would be thrilled to see them represented in the photographs.

These photos may not draw the biggest print orders, but they are quite useful in other ways including use as backgrounds for album designs and slide show titles. They are also very useful in making a positive impression on the florist, bakery or wedding coordinator, who may ask for some pics. Sometimes forming strong relationships with partners is good for business.

Your assignment is to create a still life. This can be wedding related, but may also be something entirely different. Compose and light carefully, and use a tripod for maximum control and repeatability.

You will turn in:

One single perfect jpeg
Your Raw images
Your grade will be based on the following:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept – 20 pts.
A moving and balanced composition – 20 pts.
Strong clarity with little noise and deliberate focus – 20 pts.
Use of light to create emphasis and mood – 20 pts.
Sophistication of style and processing – 20 pts.

Assignment #3 – Formal Portrait

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Assignment #3 – Formal Portrait
Due: Wednesday, March 28th

Create a deliberate, formal portrait of someone you know well. Control the subject, control the situation and control the environment to create a portrait in a setting which is appropriate for your subject and which aids in the expression of their personality.

Create or use lighting within your means and comfort level. Use light to control mood and enhance the personality of the subject.

You will shoot at least 72 photos of at least three different poses, and will be very aware of lighting, the setting and background, clothing, hair and makeup, sharpness, composition, and especially style. Above all, you will be aware of your subject’s expression and energy, and will work to capture that emotion in your photograph. Your final image will be projected for the class at the critique.

You will turn in:

Your flash drive containing all unadjusted images, your PSD file, and final image for the critique
Upload your choice for the critique to StuData
Your grade will be based on the following:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept – 20pts
Capturing expression – 20pts
Control of focus and motion blur – 20pts
Ability to create a pleasing composition – 20pts
Use of light to create clarity and mood – 20pts
Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment. Work will be critiqued on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.

Assignment #2 – Engagement Session

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Assignment #2 – Engagement Session
Due: Wednesday, March 14th

Make photographs of two people which demonstrate their relationship while expressing something about their personality and your photographic style. Choose a public location which is appropriate for your subjects, resolve technical and artistic issues, and then engage with the subjects to create an image which catches a moment of real emotion and connection.

Create or use lighting within your means and comfort level. Use light to control mood and clarity, and to enhance the personality of the subject.

You will shoot at least 72 photos of at least three different poses which work to express engagement and relationship, and will be very aware of lighting, the setting and background, clothing, hair and makeup, sharpness, composition, and especially style. Above all, you will be aware of your subjects’ expressions and energy, and will work to capture that emotion in your photograph. Your final image will be projected for the class at the critique.

You will turn in:

Your flash drive containing all unadjusted raw images, your working PSD, and your final image for the critique

Your grade will be based on the following:

Capturing expression (20 pts)
Sharpness and appropriate use of focus (20 pts)
Ability to create a pleasing composition (20 pts)
Use of light to create clarity and mood (20 pts)
Proper image processing to enhance color, clarity and style (20 pts)

Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment. Work will be critiqued on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.