Assignment #1 – Digital Assembly: Object

Due: Wednesday, March 8th

A single exposure can include the light coming from a number of light sources. The sun can strike your subject from behind while also bouncing off of the building in front of them, which may illuminate them from another angle. If you combine this light with the light from a flash, you can imagine where your subject has been lit by three different sources or angles at once.

If your camera and your subject are completely still, you can replicate this idea in a studio or dark room by making several individual exposures using different light angles, and then combining the images later using Photoshop or similar software.

For this assignment, you will do just that.

Create a simple setup using non-moving objects, and set your camera up on a solid tripod. Use manual mode and manual focus, and turn off any image stabilization features. Make the room as dark as possible so that there is little to no ambient light. Now use a single light source to illuminate your scene from one direction. Then another. And again. Experiment and see what happens as you vary the brightness, size, shape, direction of this light, while maintaining the same ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

Afterward, you will combine several of these exposures using Photoshop to create an image which shows a complexity of lighting by adding the light from each individual exposure to create your final image.

You will turn in:

Your flash drive containing all of your raw images (at least 24)
Your final image in PSD format
Your final image in JPG format

You will be graded on:

25pts. – Full completion of the assignment
25pts. – Use of lighting to create mood and contrast
25pts. – Photoshop layering technique and craftsmanship
25pts. – Overall image impact and beauty

Work will be turned in on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.


Welcome to Photography 190 – Studio Photography

This should be a great class. We’ll have some fun experimenting and learning some studio basics. We’ll also get into the gory details of how to create lighting setups that are really special.

I’m very glad to let you know that you have homework to do already! This assignment serves several purposes including gathering your contact information and learning about your personal vision for you work, while also forcing you to write a brief but professional paragraph. Ready? Here we go:

Email your instructor as though you are applying for a real, paying internship at a high-profile studio. Introduce yourself, describe your interest in photography and in studio photography in particular, and also communicate your vision for how working in a studio might impact your work. What do you hope to achieve? Provide a link to somewhere this person can find your work online, and lastly provide your full name, email address and phone number (the ones you actually check daily).

As you write, you’ll assume that the recipient knows nothing about you and that you really want to impress them without lying or going overboard. It’s just a paragraph, don’t gush.