Photography and Claymation
All students write an artist statement at the end of the trimester based on their work or themes they explored throughout the trimester. Everyone will create an EBook of their favorite photos at the end of the trimester including at least 24 photographs.
Photographers: see Ms. K.’s presentation on about 40 different photographers worth knowing.
Famous Photographer Project: Choose a famous photographer and create a magazine layout using one of the templates provided by Ms. K. You must research your photographer’s life and work and incorporate at least 3 photos by the photographer on your magazine page. Project to work on when Ms. K. is absent. Begin early in the trimester.
- Introduction to digital photography. The difference between a jpg, tiff, and RAW. First assignment in class: Using just the objects in your backpack or bag, choose about 3-4 objects that represent you well or that you like. Arrange them on the table, floor or outside and photograph them as a still life in an interesting way.
- The Rule of Thirds and how to crop a photo in Photoshop.
- 1 cropped image
- 3 images showing your understanding of the Rule of Thirds
2.2. Focal Length: try to adjust the focal length in your shots and create images where some objects are in focus and some are out of focus. Turn in 2 photos that show your understanding.
2.5. Black and White Photography: USe cloth wrapped around objects and spotlights. What makes a good/excellent black and white photograph? Learn how to adjust the Brightness and Contrast of a Photo to achieve good balance between black, white and gray tones. Take photographs of high contrast images outdoors. Take photos of objects wrapped in fabric with spotlights on them. Take photos of glass vases with spotlights on them.
- Turn in 6 black and white photos that show good contrast and balance.
- Color Photography: Learn how to adjust the Color Balance of a Photo (IMage→ Adjustments→ Color Balance) manipulate the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow in your photo. Learn how to adjust the Hue and Saturation of your photo (Image→ Adjustments→ Hue/Saturation). Color Photography Outdoors (photograph in garden).
- 2 Photos by itself and same photo with Color Balance Adjusted
- 2 Photos by itself and the same photo with Hue/Saturation Adjusted
- Bubbles: capturing bubbles in photography.
- Fill the Frame: Take photos where you concentrate on filling the frame with your subject. Turn in 2 photos that show this technique.
- Alter Your Perspective: Spend time taking photos from the second story of the school to alter your perspective. Zoom in on people down below. Turn in 2 photos that show this technique.
- Texture: Photographing Texture in Abstract Photography
- Turn in 4 photos that show different textures. The photos are arranged on a 8” x 8” background and each photo is 4” x 4.”
- Symmetrical Balance and Radial Balance
- Turn in 1 photo that shows symmetry
- Turn in 1 photo that shows radial balance (when objects radiate from a central point in the image)
- Movement: Photograph movement (PE class, classes changing, cars driving by, office staff doing tasks) Look at Steve McCurry, Jodpur, India
- Turn in 2 photos that show movement/part of your image will be blurry
- Layering Project: Take a series of photos that document motion on one object. Layer them in photoshop and make each layer partially transparent to see layers underneath.
- Create Artificial Movement using Photoshop: Photograph a car or part of a car in the parking lot or another idea you have. Follow the handout from Ms. K. that explains how to create movement in a still photo.
- Turn in the original static photo and turn in the photo showing movement.
- Create a Pictorialist Styled Image: Pictorialist Photographers tried to make their photographs look like paintings. Look at photos of Maggie Taylor, photographer. Choose 2 photos (a background and a subject) to combine in layers in Photoshop. Follow the instructions in the handout to complete this task by smudging the photos to create a painterly effect.
- Turn in 1 photo of the combined images.
- Portraits: Photographers to look at: Dina Kantor, Walker Evans, Nicholas Nixon (Brown sisters), Irving Penn (The Village Elders), Cindy Sherman
- Look through magazines in the classroom and find images of people. Diagram the shape that the group of people make. What shapes appeal to you more? Why? Portraiture is about capturing your subject’s personality in their photograph. How can photographers achieve this?
- Take head and shoulder candid portraits of a classmate. Try some with symmetry, and rule of thirds. Turn in 4 photos (2 symmetrical/2 asymetrical showing rule of thirds
- Take a small group shot of at least 3 classmates. Arrange them in different standing or sitting poses based on your earlier magazine research. Turn in your favorite group photo.
- Work in a team of 2 or 3 to create a formal portrait of each person. One person will photograph. One will help with positioning the person and helping with lighting. Turn in one photo per person in each team. The person should be the focus and the background deemphasized. The team will be scored as a group.
- Capture a spontaneous slice-of-life photograph of someone engaged in an everyday activity. The person should be in focus and NOT be posed. Try asking a teacher teaching during class, a family member, or one of your friends. (can be taken outside of class with iPad)
- Self Portrait: Create a photograph of yourself that tells a story or tells the viewer about what you think or who you are. Use the self timer on your camera or take the photo on your iPad.
- Narrative Photo: Look at the photos of Jennifer Zwick. Create a narrative photo using at least one prop per person in the photograph. Turn in 1 photo. Write about the photo using the prompts from Ms. K.
- The Photo Essay: Create a photo essay about a subject you are interested in or that tells a story/documents an event. Turn in 10 photos that are unified by the subject matter. This should be done outside of school using iPad.
- Design in Photography: Using a lot of something (QTips, pencils, brushes, erasers, coins, shells, rocks, candy, etc.) create your own design that shows symmetry, repetition, or radial symmetry. Photograph on the table with a good light source or try the light table.
- Turn in 1 outstanding photo from this project.
- Lighting: Take an old book from the art room or crumple a large piece of paper. USe aluminum foil crumpled for a shiny texture. Using spot lights or the light table or natural light outside, photograph your subject focusing on light. Photographer: Tina West, Manuscripto; Natasha Vitti Lawton-Sticklor, Tea
- Turn in 2 excellent photos that show light.
- Turn in 1 photo that inverses the light tones using Photoshop. Your result should be a negative effect. Follow instructions from Ms. Kogan for this process.
- Architecture Photography: visit www.flickr.com/photo/tags/guesswherepdx
Take photographs of architectural details around campus.
- Turn in 4 photos of architectural details.
- Macro Photography: Try pretending you are a bug or something very small. Take photographs from this perspective.
- Turn in 5 photos for this assignment, showing your perspective as a bug. 3 of them should be black and white.
- Macro Photography: Water/Oil Experiments
- Turn in 5 photos that are in focus that show your experiments with water and oil
- Photoshop: Place one object into Another Scene. See handout from Ms. K. about this process. Learn about Transform tool and Polygon or Magnetic Lasso Tools.
- Turn in 1 photo that includes the combination of the two photos into 1 photo.
- Erik Johannsen and Surreal Photography using Photoshop
- Create 1 photo that combines 4 photos (2 of which you took yourself) into a convincing composition. Be creative and thoughtful with this process.
- Photograph a single kitchen utensil. Concentrate on interesting lighting to create shadows. Explore different camera angles. Look at Photographer Rosemary Villa, Pasta Fork
- Extra Credit: Photograph a pet or animals (if you don’t have a pet). Try different angles and lighting.
Projects for students who have already taken photography or have completed projects:
- Food Photos: Take a series of close-up food photos. Take a series of photos of yourself or classmates pretending to climb or walk, run etc. Cut people out in Photoshop and arrange over food photos to make it look like the people are treking over mountains of food.
- Fine Art Food Photos: slice fruit very thin and place over plexi-glas with spot light underneath. The light should shine through the fruit or veggie slices and have an illuminating effect.
- Refraction Photo: place a black and white print behind glass containers filled with water and capture the refraction.
- Kitchen closeups--close up photos of kitchens or bathrooms.
- Focal Length Extension: Arrange objects on mirrors and use crumpled aluminum foil behind for interesting effects.
- Take photos of scenes and objects that have shapes that look like letters of the alphabet. CHallenge yourself to photograph the entire alphabet and create a kids’ book. Or, photograph objects that begin with the alphabet letters and create an ABC book from this concept.
- Pick something to photograph in a series: shoes, shirts, backpacks, eyes, faces, hands, bikes, skateboards, etc.
- Choose a theme and photograph focused on this theme: shadows, light, a particular color, motion, humor, sadness, lonely, middle school slice of life
- Choose your favorite music album or song title and create a photograph that goes with it.
- Take a portrait of a teacher or family member and interview him or her about his/her life.