05/24/10 - Architectural Texture

At last - a chance for the students to use their artistic vision
on a fun, artsy, outdoor assignment, The idea here is to
learn to channel your mind's eye view to see detail in
large subjects. The mind tends to not notice detail.
If you are looking at someone, your mind sees the person,
not the other " stuff " in the scene. This assignment requires
looking for interesting " pieces " of an overall scene.
I like giving this assignment. Here is where the artistic
vision of the student really shows up!



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05/17/10 - Food/Flowers

After learning that portraiture is hard, I gave the students
a break, and had them shoot a still life with  either food or
flowers. This assignment requires being conscious of
light and composition - Oh, and also FOCUS!
Another thing on modern digital cameras that makes
everyone think photography is as easy as just clicking
the shutter. Auto focus cameras really like to chase
after an infinity focus. Getting the students to make a
habit of checking their focus takes time. A still life
is the perfect assignment to perfect lighting skills,
compositon skills, and checking that focus!


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Photo by Tiziano


Photo by Nadjeska

05/10/10 - Portrait

Portraits are not easy. Shooting a photo of an inanimate object
only requires lighting it, composing it, and shooting it ( still not easy).
Creating a good portrait requires controlling your subject,
the lighting, composition, and then there are all the details -
facial expression, body position, hair, eyes, hands, emotion,
all under the control of the photographer - not just taking
a snapshot. Every class has difficulty with the fact that they
must take control. It takes practice, practice, practice,and time
to develop
the skills to become a good photographer.
This is always the lesson where the students realize
that good photography takes work.

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04/26/10 - First Day Photo Contest

Once again I gave my new semester students an assignment
as a contest with no photographic instruction, in order to
see what their level of knowledge is, both of basic
photography, and of artistic vision. Their assignment
was to shoot a portrait, an architectural object, and
a vehicle, all in 30 minutes. The overall results
indicate that all four of this semester's students
already have a good feel for artistic vision
and composition
. Nice work!



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Photo by Haruna


1st Day Photo Contest Winner
Tiziano