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Photography Projects 2012-2013

Curriculum Map / Class Calendar

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To keep current with technology and contemporary art this course is forever evolving. The following is a sample of a class calendar, but it may be altered as new items come along. First semester: Projects are related to developing control over the cameras, learning digital processing techniques, printing, and mounting. Second semester: Students take their knowledge further to develop a style of their own and further their skills in composition and presentation.

Individual Student Presentations on contemporary photography:


You will be required to give a 5-10 minute presentation on a current topic/contemporary photographer on work from any photo gallery/dealer in our area. Your idea for this presentation must be preapproved by the instructor. The presentation can be in any digital format and should include a brief bio/background of the artist, site at least 10 examples of their work, and include how their work relates to time art and contemporary new media. Individual presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes.

Resources
Stores for Buying Supplies and Equipment Adolf Gasser, 181 2nd, San Francisco, 495-3852 Calumet Photographic, 2001 Bryant St., San Francisco, 643-9275 Looking Glass, 2848 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, (510) 548-6888 Seawood Photo, 115 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo, 453-4322 Wolf Camera, 1425 Grant Ave, Novato, 898-3456 B & H Photo (online) www.bhphotovideo.com Marin FilmWorks, 703 3rd Street across from the bus depot, San Rafael 256-8200 Staples, for some papers and flash drives Radio Shack for flash drives

OnLine
Newegg.com for flash drives and small USB driven external hard drives. B&H Photo-Video, (800) 221-5662, www.bhphotovideo.com Freestyle, (800) 292-6137, www.freestylesco.com Light Impressions, (800) 828-6216, www.lightimpressionsdirect.com Bostich and Sullivan, for alternative processing supplies

Film/Photo Processing
Marin FilmWorks, 703 Third St., San Rafael, 256-8200 Lightwaves (2 locations), 1006 Pardee St., Berkeley, (510) 704-0190 or 130 Russ St., San Francisco, 431-9651

Seawood Photo, 115 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo, 453-4322 Costco, Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Novato, CA -- Check the Costco printing worksheet.

Sample Photo projects:


Photography 1 Projects :
(most of these will be used, though new projects are introduced each year)

Lines and curves Shoot images that show design and interesting composition with lines.

Two shots required, one with man-made objects that create line design, one with naturally made line texture. (work with 60 as the time exposure. Change the aperture if necessary to get the light meter reading correct.)

Freeze frame shot of moving subject frozen, with no blur, or subject jumping in air frozen mid-air.
(shutter speed at 125, 500, or 1000 aperture open to 5.6, 4, or 2.8 or wider to compensate for fast shutter speed)

Panning Subject is frozen and background looks blurry and streaky. (set to 1/60th so you can handhold cam. Pre-focus and pre-read light meter. Center subject in frame and follow them as they move until they are in the pre-focused area) .

Blurry effect some stationery and some moving elements e.e. roller coaster, river, rain, etc.
small, use slow shutter speed (to get the blur effect) 4, 2, or 1 second. Or B or T. Use a tripod.

f-stop is

Timed Exposure Use large opening 5.6 or 8. Depth of field project.

You must guess at exposure time, maybe 10-20 sec., make the same exposure again but add 10 seconds and again with 10 seconds less than first exposure. (4 shots or more due) Foreground in focus, background out of focus . Use wide aperture to get a shallow depth of field (F2). Use a small aperture to get an extended depth of field where everything, from close up to infinity, is in focus (F16 or F22)

Lighting - Use bounced light to light a subject, then use direct light on same subject like from a flash,
or from photo-floods. Use flash with a silhouetted image at sunset (at least three shots)

Ugly is beautiful find intriguing subject matter in the less-than-pristine.

Using creative framing and composition make something normally thought of as ugly into something interesting.

Repetition Intentional empty space, using negative space Reflective surfaces Everyday Objects Capture an image of a familiar object in a way that is unique and visually pleasing. Shapes - geometric shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) Portraits- play with centering, placing subject to side. If you are using a digital SLR, shoot at least 144
exposures. Plan to print at least 5 quality images that are 5 x 7 inches or larger.

Selfies aim the camera at yourself. Experiment using mirrors or other reflective surfaces as a means
of capturing a selfies. Then shoot a formal portrait of someone else, and an informal portrait

Shadows and Visual texture Use shadows to create an intriguing image with plenty of texture. Hand coloring hand paint four photographs with Photoshop

Light Fantastic Converging lines to show depth within the images Asymetry and symmetry Extreme cropping Shots including the Horizon, keeping in mind the rule of thirds. Add a twist to an image, baseball glove with apple in it, bowl with baseballs in it Tilted cropping Textured backdrops (start collecting backdrops) Close ups Tell a story in pictures
Photography II projects:

Found Object (one great one) - Create an intriguing image of an object you found

Use a flashlight to spotlight a small subject in total darkness. Move flashlight around to test various options. Use timer on camera to prevent camera jiggle (and tripod). Do this with at least three different objects with at least two lighting options each.

Implying story (3)- curiosity draws people to photographs that contain suggestions of a
larger story or message. Create a "What's going on here?" moment.

Alternative processes: Cyanotype (3) Hands & Feet - a collection of photographs of hands, lots of different hands, doing different things.
Play with composition, texture, shape

Crisp Motion: The object in motion is clear and sharp with background blurred - follow the action (shutter speed not so fast that it stops all action blur)- under 1/8th of a sec.

Parts of body as works of art. CU images, show shape and texture with tonal ranges. Words project. Capture word images that take on humorous or ironic thematic twists -- depending
on the context in which they are seen. Could be on buildings, posters, think outside the box. Take at least 50 photos. Turn in the three best.

Splash That!

Liquid sculptures. More details on the Assignments sheet. Check this website for some amazing examples: http://www.liquidsculpture.com/fine_art/image.htm?title=Sunrise2

Egg Shaping - Shoot a white egg on white paper using light gently to accent shape of the egg
product shot techniques demo.

Use backlighting to get nice visual effect, especially if subject is translucent, like jars filled with liquid.
This requires just a bit of light on the front as well to prevent a silhouette effect. Transparent subject (crumpled aluminum foil makes good surface and/or backdrop) At least three samples images.

Use a flashlight to spotlight a small subject in total darkness.

Move flashlight around to test various options. Use timer on camera to prevent camera jiggle (and tripod). Do this with at least three different objects with at least two lighting options each.

Dusky blurred motion - Take a shot just after dusk, a long exposure, 30 seconds or more. Stopping time - Freeze action with fast shutter speed. Play with fire. Take pictures of fire and things on fire.
shoot cu

Best with water as part of the subject in our area, like waves lapping a beach, fog rolling in, etc.., cars passing by Water balloon pierced with dart, drop of water in cup, spray of water with hose, (Five shots required, of five different things, some close up, some further away) Make this artistic, stop motion, blur motion,

Mixed media.

Combine photographs with fabric, paper, objects, painting and drawing. stitching,

block printing **Check out Andy Goldsworthy artwork. Altered natural elements

Take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.

This cold be a fork taken in interesting lighting form different angles and framing, a broken light bulb, strips of bacon, salt shakers, etc..

Portraits in their environments play with centering, placing subject to side. Please use at least 4 rolls
of black & white film. If you are using a digital SLR, shoot at least 144 exposures. Plan to print at least 5 quality images that are 8 x 10 inches or larger.

Solarized Prints county fairgrounds, Santa Cruz boardwalk, Marin world, get the idea?
website for inspiration. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/locations/midway.shtml

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Shapes - geometric shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle Asymmetry Symmetry (could be a reflection) Extreme cropping Horizon: Shots including the Horizon, keeping in mind the rule of thirds.
**. Techniques for setting up a simple studio for product shots

Add a twist to an image, baseball glove with apple in it, bowl with baseballs in it Tilted cropping Tell a story in pictures Montages ala Stern brothers