Photography 190 Assignment #3

Due Wednesday, April 10th

The studio is all about control, but when action or motion is involved in a shoot it becomes easy to lose control. A photographer needs to be able to achieve a clear image technically, but also wants to capture the proper energy of the moment. It takes practice.

For this assignment you will photograph action in a controlled manner, whether inside the studio using controlled lighting, or outside the studio using the natural environment to provide idealized lighting for our scene. Keep control by preparing as much as you can for framing, focus, exposure and timing. Learn to control and lock your settings so you are free to press the shutter button at any moment, not waiting for the camera to get to work.

For this assignment you will turn in:

One perfectly adjusted jpeg
All other raw images

You will be graded on the following:

25pts. Visual/Emotional impact of action in the photograph

25pts. Technical clarity in stopping action

25pts. Use of sophisticated lighting to enhance mood and clarity

25pts. Craftsmanship in adjusting and finishing in software

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