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    
Distractions - more than what's asked for in the scene,...
Arrangement - cropping technique
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".

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. 

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.

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.

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?

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.

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,...

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.

Make Photos Look Better...

Almost all photographers, amateurs & professionals alike, have at least one thing in common -- virtually every picture they take could be better. For the professionals, it's their business to get as close to perfection as possible, but even the best photographers can find something to improve in almost every shot. With this in mind, a simple thought that can lead to consistently better pictures is look before you leap! In the final instant before you snap the shutter take a quick glance at your scene & look for things to improve. Even if you find you don't have time to make improvements this time, you'll find that by incorporating this one habit into your picture taking, your images will begin to improve -- consistently!

Now that you know to take one last look before you shoot, let's talk about some of the principles of composition that will help you make your pictures better: The photographs you admire in exhibits may look like chance shots, but few of them are. They are created by, learning  and then making careful use of some basic principles   of composition.  Photographic composition is simply the selection & arrangement of subjects within the picture area. After you learn the basic rules, you'll realize that most pictures with good composition are the result of careful planning, patient waiting, or a quick sensing of the best moment to take the picture. But it's easier than it sounds. You'll find that the rules of composition will become part of your thinking when you are looking for pictures,  & soon they will become second nature to you. Here are some of them:


SIMPLICITY - the most important guideline.  Look for ways to give the center of interest in your picture the most visual attention.  Select uncomplicated backgrounds, avoid unrelated subjects, and move in close.

RULE OF THIRDS - Imagine your picture area divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically.  The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four options for the placing the center of interest for good composition.  Try to place horizon lines and verticals off center to make the picture more effective.

LINES - Diagonal lines are dynamic!  Use lines to lead your eye into the main subject.  Repetitive lines draw a viewer's attention to your center of interest.  One of the most common and graceful lines used in composition is called the s curve.  Use simple geometric lines and shapes to help arrange your picture.  Triangles add strong visual unity to pictures.

BALANCE - good balance is simply the arrangement of shapes, colors, or areas of light and dark that complement one another.  Symmetrical balance is like even balanced scales.  Non symetrical balance in general is more interesting to look.

FRAMING YOUR SUBJECTS - For an added creative dimension, compose your pictures with an interesting foreground frame, such as a tree, a leafy branch, or a window. Try to choose a frame that links thematically with the subject such as a garden trellis framing a flower scene.

AVOIDING MERGERS - We see things in three dimensions, the camera flattens these views and mergers appear and distract the viewer.

STRONG CENTER OF INTEREST - It is usually best to have one main point of interest because a picture can tell only one story successfully. And, whatever the main subject is, always give it prominence in the photo to make all other elements subordinate to it.

USE THE BEST CAMERA ANGLE- Good pictures usually depend on selecting the proper point of view. You may need to move your camera only a few inches or a few feet to change the composition decidedly. When you want to photograph a subject, don't just walk up to it & snap the shutter. Walk around & look at it from all angles; then select the best camera angle for the picture.

FILL THE FRAME - One of the most frequent problems in amateur pictures is not being close enough. As a general rule, the closer you get to the subject, the better your pictures will be. Getting close helps eliminate distracting picture elements that do not contribute to the composition. This is especially true in people pictures where some background information is necessary to help set the scene & make the picture interesting, but is not the main subject & shouldn't dominate the composition.

Exposure & Environments?
As you gain experience in picture taking you will recognize that one of the key challenges in photography is knowing your environment! If you are to control the outcome of your efforts you must develop an understanding of light, exposure control, depth of field & focus to name a few.

Light on film in a traditional camera or the CCD in a digital camera creates the image! This fundamental fact of photography clearly points out the need to understand light & how it affects the success of your pictures. Much of your understanding of light will come from experience, by observing lighting conditions as you photograph & then correlating your observations with the results. In doing so you will come to understand light.

Light has a "quality" to it & you have a degree of control over that quality. "Soft" diffuse light has a different quality than harsh direct light, & through the use of diffusers & filters, you have some control over the softness of the light you use. In some shots, harsh light is very creative, but for other shots a softer light works best. & in outdoor photography, waiting until a different time of the day can change the whole mood of a shot as the quality of the light changes. Observe this & work to use it to your advantage.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Collage Face

We had to take pictures of people and use something from each of their faces.
Sarah Diercks

Sarah's Face Mash

For this assignment we took parts of peoples faces and put them on a different face. I thought mine turned out okay but i don't really like it.

Face Collage

For this project i took different facial features and pasted them onto my face, I liked this project alot and thought it was very fun!:)
Alex k.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Assignment: Beginning Photo Collection

 Photography is an art of selection.  You select the information you want to communicate in your photograph from all the possible visual elements.  Visual elements can be anything you see in the viewfinder of your camera.  Choose your visual elements carefully;  they are the vocabulary with which you communicate.

Look for images which engage you and make you care about them.  You will be: 
Communicating thoughts and feelings 
Expressing unique points of view 
Exploring the world around us 
Creating new visions 
Recording important events 

Helpful hints:
REPETITION of one of the art elements is what makes many classical photographs so dynamic.
There are many kinds of CONTRAST:  figure/ground, old/young, rough/smooth, shiny/dull, dark/light, etc.  The conscious use of contrast is important.
Decide on a focal point or CENTER OF INTEREST.  Discover what it is by closing your eyes.  Open them, and make note of the first thing you see.  That may be the portion that demonstrates the principle of EMPHASIS.
Take advantage of PATTERNS found in nature, calling attention to them through composition and point of view.
Fill your viewfinder with your subject.  Get in close.  Keep the background simple or use the background to reinforce your subject.
Don't cut off important parts of your subject... ie. never cut off hands or feet if your taking a photo of a person.  (No one wants to walk around on their ankles.)

We need to improve our photography collection so we have photos to work with on different projects.  Here are some categories/subject matter that you can try searching for in photos.  Check out the links of interest to the side for more tips.

Beginning Photo Assignments:  Lets start with the hints above and make them into categories:
REFLECTIONS -  buildings, chrome, mirrors, kitchen appliances... frame your shot to use the reflection as the most important subject in your view.  Allow the original part to fade as the reflection becomes the focal point.
CONTRAST - don't limit your possibilities out there.  Dark/Light is used most often but there are many others... see the list above under hints.
CENTER OF INTEREST - Also known as the focal point.  Something should grab your interest and make an impact on "you" the viewer.  I'd try to choose something unique, original, maybe from a different vantage point or angle of view.
PATTERNS - Patterns are in many everyday objects and scenes.  Find patterns in a repeated line of elementary students standing in line, mechanical objects or pieces of a machine, plants, animals.  Find something unique.  Be aware of your compositional choices and angle of view.

Face Collage

For this face I put all of my friend's faces together. I added one facial feature from each of us and then I added some of our hair.
-Missy S.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Marissa's Letter Head

Sarah's Font Face

I made this face out of different fonts and letters. It was fun and I think it turned out pretty good.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sarah's Font Face

For this assignment we used a bunch of different fonts on Adobe Illustrator to create a face. I really enjoyed this and will do it again just for fun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Old Church Organ Player

I don't know how it all came together but this is what I ended with, an old lady looking face that reminds me of a church organ player.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BEAUTY-Jena Jenkins

In this assignment, I was to take pictures of objects which appear to be letters, to create the word of my choice. Because this project was supposed to be natural, or atleast as natural as we could make it, I chose the word beauty. Beauty itself is natural.

Alphabet- Josie

This was our first assignment, we had to find pictures that look like letters to spell a word. I think the assignment went well and I am happy how my project turned out. I liked doing this project, it was fun to see how different objects made letters. - Josie

"Sarah" Alphabet Picture

For this assignment we had to go around and take pictures of objects that were in the shape of the letters we need. My favorite is the "s" which i found by the pond outside Mrs. Evens room.


To do this project we had to take pictures of letters to create a word. I chose to do believe. I took most of the pictures at the park and some at the school. We then had to go into photoshop and crop the pictures to get rid of any access stuff we didn't need. I had a long word so some of my pictures got a little distorted but for the most part they look good. --Sarah

Ashlin's Alphabet Picture - Patience

For our first project, we had to take pictures of different things that resemble the letters of the alphabet. I decided to use the word "Patience". The 'P' is the side of a slide in a park. The 'A' I found in the branches of a tree. The 'T' is the side view of a bird bath outside the school. For the 'I' I used the shape of the bricks to define it. The 'E' is taken from the seat of a bench. The 'N' is made from the trunks of two trees. For the 'C' I used half of a pond. And finally, for the second 'E' I took the picture outside of the Sunset Home.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Assignment - Alphabet Word Photos

Our first assignment in the Graphics Lab!
1. Choose a word or name at least 5 letters long or longer.
2. Next search for and take photos of objects that create each of the letters in your chosen word. Do not take photos of the written word (posters, things that are already letters). Also avoid "setting up" a letter, search for the letter in natural forms. Remember we will be able to resize and crop the photos.
3. Download your photos into iphoto on your school account. All the photos you use should be photos YOU have taken yourself, you are free to use photos you have taken previously though.
4. Once the photos are in iphoto, drag the photos you want to use onto your desktop. This will leave the original photo on iphoto and make a duplicate photo you can adapt for this assignment.
5. Put the application Adobe Photoshop on your computer's dock before opening it by dragging the application to your dock.
6. Open Photoshop by clicking on the application in your dock. Once Photoshop is open, select Open and choose the photos from your desktop that you want to use for the assignment.
7. Create a New Document with the size 10.5" wide and 4 " tall and 100 dpi.
8. Now you will need to crop and resize the photos and insert them into the new document so all our letters are in one file spelling out our intended word. Make sure the photos are clear and focused and all letters should be of the same contrast. Careful not to crop away important parts of your letter.
9. When resizing, use 100 dpi on all photos so they are in the same format. You can go to tools and turn on the ruler guide so you can see the size to crop. Each persons process may be different here depending on how many letters are in your word. The height may have to be shorter than 4" to fit all the letters but the width may be varied. You can turn off the keep proportions box in the resize images so you can "thin" up your word too.
10. Once the letter is cropped and resized, select the photo (open apple - A) and use the drag/move tool to drag it to your new document. Repeat this for all of your letters until your word made up of different photos is in one document. Re-crop the full document if there is space left to the side or below your photos.
11. We will print these and finish them off by mounting them to mat board to be displayed at the AEA Denver Art Display in October and our annual Denver Art Show in the spring 2012. - Miss J.
12.  Last but not least please post them to the class blog.  You will need a google account to log in with the invitation that was sent to you from Miss. J.

"Huntley", by Jake - 1/09