Friday, September 23, 2011

More Digital Photo Assignments


Try to get more than one for each area so you have some choices.  We'll be continually gathering photos as scenes arise, ideas are inspired and you get your hands on a camera.  These 10 categories will be "due" The week of November 1st.

Digital Photo Self-Assessment and Evaluation    
Composition
Distractions - more than what's asked for in the scene,...
Arrangement - cropping technique
Focus
Lighting/Contrast
Originality
Interest/Impact
Creative Adaptation of original print

Group Photograph
A group is three or more people or objects. Group photographs are usually stationary and posed with people looking at the lens. Group photos can also incorporate candidness and action. Positioning people and objects in layers will create the illusion of "depth".

Shadows
Using shadows to enhance a photo or add impact is an interesting task.  Use alternative lighting or lack of lighting indoors or shoot outdoors when and where shadows are extreme. 

Weather
Imagine the impact the weather has on our environment.  Capture a scene where weather is the focus.  Clouds, Colors in a Sunset or Sunrise, Ice, Snow, Rain, Mud or any effect of the weather.  We will send these photos into KWWL for their Hot shots feature on the morning news. schnack@kwwl.com

Abstract Close-ups
Abstract close-ups should cause the viewer to see the shapes, patterns and value contrasts in an object that the eye takes for granted or ignores. The challenge is getting the lens to focus when up close to objects. Usually you need to be two or three feet from an object in order to focus the lens properly.

Action Photo
Action Photographs freeze action as it is happening.  Whether the scene is crisp and clear or the action is in a blur all depends on your camera setting.  You can change the shutter speed setting on your camera to effect this.  a shutter speed of 1/250th or higher helps to get action, use a lower number to get a blur or use a panning effect by following the action so the background is more blurry than the subject you've been following.

Framing
Frame your subject by placing something around the edge of your viewfinder that draws focus to the real subject matter within the frame.  Possibilities exist in looking through doors to the outside, branches around the edge, or find the rare find to create that impact that leads to the focus within.

What Would Otherwise Go Unseen
Experiment with angle of view and framing. Look below your knees and above your head. Consider how other visual elements might help you achieve your goals. Think of things in your environment that typically go unnoticed – a plant, fence, old building, or drainpipe. How can you use photography to encourage others to see things that usually go unnoticed?  How can your photographs invite viewers to think differently about people, places, and objects?

People
Get some close up photos and or photos of people doing what they do best.  Capture them in candids and posed photos and decide which gives the strongest impact.  A picture of all shadows?  Young or old or include both... A candid photo captures the moment without the subject being aware they are being photographed.  In order to shoot candid photos, people should be used to seeing you with your camera so they are less camera shy or worse, camera hams. Let people forget you are there before you start shooting by quietly observing people's activities and interactions.

Architecture
What architectural elements can you pull out of your environment?  Look to include angles or lines that draw interest into the scene.  Get close to fill the space.  This is not just a photo of a house and lawn.  Find interest in the old or new aspects of design... reflections, decay, repeated designs,...

Nature
Allow photos to show nature at work.  There are tons of possibilities; animals, plant life or flowers, landscapes, water,...


+Optional or ideas for subject matter
Vehicle study: motorcycles, cars, trains, antique autos, scenes at the dump, parking lots, on the road,...

Photos will be allowed to be touched up with Adobe Photoshop so imagine how they can be cropped and enhanced with the program.  Don’t filter every picture beyond recognition.  Composition and impact are the key.  Fill you space with interest.

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