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Photography 1, 2 & 3: Class Project Categories Photograph I ARTS 2356

Suggested Photo Project Categories

POSTERIZATION  Photographs are easily posterized with a computer.  This assignment is used to familiarize the studnet with the basic digital darkroom photographic process, and to produce a pleasing image.

RULE OF THIRDS Place the center of interest at a point where the imaginary lines cross as shown in the diagram below.  Do not place the center of interest in the middle of the picture.











SELECTIVE FOCUS Isolate the subject by having it in sharp focus while the background and/or foreground is out of focus.  Use a large aperture such as f/4.

AVAILABLE LIGHT - INDOORS Take a photograph using only the existing light available indoors.  It can be artificial light such as from a lamp or it can be natural light such as srom a window or candles.

AVAILABLE LIGHT - NIGHT Take a photograph using only the existing light available at night.  It must be taken outdoors and look like it was taken at night.  Dusk is the best time for night photography.

STOP MOTION Freeze the subject in action using a fast shutter speed such as 500 or 1000.  It must be obvious that the subject was moving fast.

SHOW MOTION Use a slow shutter speed such as 15 or 30 to blur a moving subject.  Objects in the photo that are not moving must be sharp.

PORTRAIT This is an environmental portrait.  Show your subject somewhere or with something that provides more information about him.  Usually, but not always, the subject must be looking at the camera for it to be a portrait.

EGG PICTURE The only requirement is that there is an egg in the photo somewhere.  Because an egg has no color, texture, or interesting shape, this assignment can be challenging.  Be creative.  Egg photos will be placed in a class competition for the "Eggbeater Award."

OPEN Good pictures that do not fit any of the other categories, or when you have more than one good picture in the same category.

FRAMING Also gives depth to your photo.  It accomplishes this by making several planes in the subject obvious.  An object in the foreground is manipulated to surround or frame the main subject.  Tree branches are often used to frame landscapes.

SILHOUETTE Occurs when the subject is backlit.  It sets a low key mood such as depression or loneliness.  It is most effective when the backlighting element has an important relation to the silhouetted element.

TUNNEL Occurs when shooting down a hallway or some other type of corridor.  All lines tend to converge to the same point in the photo which draws attention to that point.  This is where the main subject should be.  It is important that the subject have a reason for being in the tunnel or your photo will lack continuity.  The effect also gives depth to your photo.

PAN MOTION Shows speed or movement by blurring the background while keeping the subject sharp.  To pan, use a slow shutter speed such as 1/30th of a second.  Match the movement and speed of the camera with the movement and speed of the moving subject while exposing the film.  Be sure to follow through for best results.

TEXTURE Gives depth to your photo.  It occurs when your subject is cross-lit.

PATTERN Occurs when your photo has reptition of the same shape.  It is a very good method to use to draw attention to your subject which should be a related element that breaks the pattern.

STARBURST Use filters, screens or small apertures to turn strategic points of light into starbursts that create dynamic accent to your subject.

LEADING LINES Real and implied lines in your image point to the center of interest, drawing the viewers eye where the photographer wants it to go.  The TUNNEL assignment is a very specialized form of this effect.

TONING No smelly chemicals are required to produce this process digitally.  The studnet should strive to create an image that is enhanced by this technique.

PRESENTATION Mount or frame your photograph with related materials that enhance the message of your subject.

REFLECTION Search for reflective surfaces that are related to your subject.  Shoot that surface with your subject reflected in it.  This will draw attention to your subject, give depth to your photo and give more information about the subject.  It is important that the reflective surface be related to the subject.

SHADOW Be aware that shadows of your subject may be an interesting way to present it.  They are like silhouettes but more fluid and more unusual.  Try to have the shadows fall on a related element.

MONTAGE Occurs when two or more images are integrated into one photo.  The key to making a good montage is to select images that work better together than separate.

B&W WITH ISOLATED COLOR Use the digital darkroom to highlight your center of interest by making it color while the rest of the photo is in black and white.

SOLARIZATION In traditional darkroom photography, a partially developed print is given a second exposure to weak light to create a photograph that is partially positive and partially negative accented by Mackie lines.  This process is simplified and made much more predictible using a digital darkroom.

PINWHEEL A specific form of montage produced on the computer in which four copies of the same image are flipped and rotated to make a visually pleasing abstract image.  This is an especially good exercise to help the student better understand the use of layers in Photoshop.

PINHOLE Use a pinhole camera to make a print with unlimited depth of field.  4 x 5 black & white film must be used with the school's camera or one that you make to complete this assignment.  Traditional darkroom processes are also required.

FORMAL PORTRAIT STUDIO Use the school's portrait lighting equipment to photograph someone.  The pose need not be formal.

PHOTOJOURNALISM Take a photo of a newsworthy event.  This could be sports, charitable events, celebrity visits, politics, etc.  Do not interfere with public safety officials or endanger yourself to accomplish this assignment.

PRODUCT PHOTO Take a photo that could be used in an ad to sell a product.  The school's studio lighting equipment may be used, but it is not required.
Attributed to 
Marvin Gorley | Paris TX

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