Studio Visit Assignment
Due Wednesday, October 24th
The greatest tool a portrait photographer can have is experience – experience with their tools and techniques, experience with lighting, experience working with people, and experience being alive and being human. The more time a portrait photographer can spend making photographs of people, getting feedback from their clients, analyzing their work and finding inspiration in the work of others, the faster they can master the art of portraiture.
There is no better way to gain a sense of how a portrait photographer does their job than to observe them at work in their studio and learn as much as you can from their years of experience. You will gain an understanding of their preferred tools and techniques, and you will gain an understanding of what they do to draw out the kind of emotion or expression needed from their subject. You may also gain an understanding of what it takes to run a business or succeed financially as a portrait photographer.
Your assignment is to arrange to visit a portrait photographer at work, observe at least some part of their process and learn the answers to a few questions. I’ll supply three and will rely on you to come up with at least two more. Start with these:
What is the most difficult part of your work?
Photographer to photographer, what is the most rewarding moment in your job?
What advice would you give to a young photographer learning your art?
Note the answers and bring what you learned back to the classroom for discussion. We will pool the knowledge we gained, and share our experiences.
You will turn in a one-page paper which tells briefly of your experience while informally revealing the answers to the questions you asked.
You will be graded on your fulfillment of the assignment in both form and function.