Feature Assignment

Photography 215
Scott Groller
Fall 2017

Feature Assignment
Due: Wednesday, Nov. 29

Now that we have the tools and processes figured out, let’s make some photographs. For real. Create a photo essay for publication on Cougar News (official) or Canyon Call (unofficial). You will work to reveal an objective but interesting viewpoint within a story which you choose. Your coverage must be visually interesting while fitting both the aesthetic of the subject matter, and your own personal style.

A comprehensive set of images should work just as a film does to provide an establishing shot, some heroes, details, drama, texture and contrast. Several key or meaningful moments should be represented within your story.

You will shoot at least 144 photos for this assignment, and will work hard to keep the style of your work consistent within the story. Create and process your final images so that they hold up individually while holding onto a constant personal style. Above all, your photos must work together to tell the story.

You will turn in:

Your assignment proposal (story choice) on 10/25 via email
Progress summaries consisting of 3-5 captioned images on 11/8, 11/15, and 11/22
All original photos and your final, captioned jpegs on 11/29

Your grade will be based on the following standards:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept
Technical achievement and sophistication in the photography
Visual storytelling using the camera and composition
Success in delivering an engaging and truthful story
Focus on the human element or experience

Students will submit all work in a named folder via StuData. All students must attend the critique.

Photojournalism Paper

Photography 215
Scott Groller
Fall 2017

Photojournalism Paper
Due: November 15th, 2017

It’s one thing to step into the role of a photojournalist for a moment or two. It’s quite another to understand the issues involved with the profession completely, especially as the evolution of the photojournalist has been recently accelerated in the direction of extinction. Changing markets, mediums and technologies have placed pressure on those who act as witness and share their visions of unfolding history.

In an effort to connect deeply with these issues, students will identify a topic for exploration which relates to the changing landscape of photojournalism, and produce an essay. This paper will reveal your perspective on an issue facing shooters while providing the reader with a tour of the history, facts and relevant details.

Optionally, you may elect to choose a photojournalist whose work you admire or respect, and focus your thoughts on their work, their process and their impact on the world. You will have to write the same amount and do the same level of work, but with a different emphasis on photography instead of the news industry.

You will turn in:

Your Topic Choice via email (short description) due Nov. 1st
Your 2 page paper

Grades will be based on the following:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept – 50pts
Research of topic and expression of idea – 50pts
Proper formatting and presentation – 50pts