Fall Photography Unit Overview

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Our fall photography unit is made of three smaller shooting assignments and one photo essay. You will post your best unedited photos from each day to your blog. At the end of the unit, you will turn in 10 photographs for EACH shooting assignment. Dress for the weather; we will be going outside rain or shine.

Shooting Assignments:

  1. Review – Camera Angle and Rule of Thirds
  2. Light, Shadow, Reflection
  3. Depth of Field
  4. Photo Essay – A Tale of Two Rochesters – Portray YOUR Rochester

You will be graded on:

  • Documentation of daily progress via daily blog posts.
  • Quality of 10 final photos (for each shooting assignment).
  • How well the 10 final photos show your understanding of the concepts covered by that particular shooting assignment.
  • Technical editing; your edited photos should look better than your originals.
  • Improvement and reflection; your photos should be getting better with practice and reflection.
    This should be clear in your daily blog posts.

Reminder of Class Back Up Policy:

It is your responsibility to save your photos to at least two different locations.
I will provide ample class time to take enough photos to do well on this project. If you fail to back up your photos and lose  your work, you will still be required to turn in ten photos per shooting assignment (40 unique photos total) by the deadline, and will be graded on these photos.

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Photo Assignment 1: Review Angle of View and Rule of Thirds

Our first photography assignment reviews the basics we covered last year. For this assignment, you will focus on taking interesting photographs from different camera angles. You will also keep in mind the rule of thirds.

Rule of Thirds

To apply the rule of thirds to your photograph, break an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. Place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines to create a more balanced and visually interesting photo. Studies have shown that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points rather than the center of the shot. When we use the rule of thirds, we make the way people naturally view images work for us rather than against us.

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Angle of View

Eye Level
An eyelevel angle is the one in which the camera is placed at the subject’s height.
Eyelevel shots are incredibly common because they are neutral. They often have no dramatic power whatsoever.

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High Angle
In a high angle (bird’s eye view), the camera is above the subject, looking down. High angle shots can make the subject seem vulnerable or powerless, and are usually used to make the image more dramatic.

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Low Angle
Low angles (worm’s eye view) are captured from a camera placed below the subject, looking up at them.
Low angles make the subject look dominant, aggressive, or ominous.

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Project Requirements

Daily – At the end of each class, you will:

  • Copy any photos you have taken that day onto your username and a back up (google drive account, flash drive, etc)
  • Delete photos off the memory card
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • Post your best photos unedited from that day.
    • Write a few sentences describing what you like about each photo, and what you can improve by later editing the photo.

Final – At the end of the unit, you will create a new blog post with the following:

  • Your 10 best photos from that shooting assignment.
    You will post the original photo next to the edited photo to allow for side-by-side comparison.
  • You will write a short paragraph describing the changes you made editing the photo.

You will be graded on:

  • Documentation of daily progress via daily blog posts.
  • Quality of 10 final photos.
  • How well the 10 final photos show your understanding of different camera angles and composition.
  • Technical editing; your edited photos should look better than your originals.
  • Improvement and reflection; your photos should be getting better with practice and reflection.
    This should be clear in your daily blog posts.

Reminder of Class Back Up Policy:

It is your responsibility to save your photos to at least two different locations.
I will provide ample class time to take enough photos to do well on this project. If you fail to back up your photos and lose  your work, you will still be required to turn in ten photos by the deadline, and will be graded on these photos.

Vintage Poster Wrap-Up

Today we will:

  • post our final vintage poster designs to our blogs, along with a brief self-reflection
  • (if time allows) take and post a few photos to our blog, reviewing the photography basics we learned last year (camera angle, rule of thirds, etc)

By the end of today’s class, you should create a new blog post with the following:

  • a PDF of your final project
  • a jpg of your final project (open your PDF in photoshop, file -> save as -> jpg). This will allow people to view your design directly in the blog post
  • a self-reflection that critiques your poster on the following elements:
    • Visual balance – How well does the poster show the rule of thirds? If it breaks this rule, how have you created in an interesting composition? How well have you balanced the postive and negative space in your design?
    • Integration of text & image – If your image contains text, does it add to or detract from the image? How have you made the text aesthetically appealing?
    • Color scheme – How well do the chosen colors work together?
    • Craftsmanship – How well have you used the pen tool? Does your poster contain any unintentional lumps or bumps?
    • Influence of historical graphic design era – What are some ways your poster reflects the graphic design style it was inspired by?
    • Creativity & Aesthetic Appeal – Is your artwork still unique while following the project guidelines? Does your artwork look attractive? How well does the artwork display unity?

If you take photos today, you will also create a second blog post with the following:

  • your best photos
  • a paragraph describing what you remember about photography, what is working well, and what you would like to review or learn.

Vintage Poster Peer Critique

Today we will conduct a peer critique of our projects. We will then spend the remaining class time finishing our projects, making sure we implement the feedback we received during the peer critique.

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Peer Critique Instructions

Pair yourself with 1-2 other students. Discuss each of your posters together, and evaluate them on the following criteria. Post the responses to these questions to your blog. Then finish your poster, making sure you implement the feedback from the peer critique.

  1. What are some things that are working well?
  2. Is the composition balanced? How could it be improved?
  3. Do the colors work together? How could the color scheme be improved?
  4. If the poster contains text, does it add to the design, or does it appear haphazardly placed? How could the text be improved?
  5. What are some changes the artist could implement to make their poster even more attractive?

Today: Work on Project and Prepare for Blog Checkpoint

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Believe it or not, we are almost halfway through the marking period. This weekend, you will receive a mid-marking period grade for your blog. You will be graded on the following criteria:

  • Frequency of blog posts
  • Evidence of progress made each class
  • Quality of writing accompanying each post (I do not expect the next great American novel; however, you should write a few sentences each class to update me on your progress and point out anything you’d like extra help with.)
  • How well each blog post fulfills that day’s learning objectives, as posted to the class website

Make sure today’s end of class post includes the most recent version of your project. If you think you will receive a poor grade for your blog, make sure you have fantastic posts today and Friday. Refer back to my sample blog post to see what I expect.

Vintage Poster Project Timeline:
Friday – In-progress peer critique. This will take about half the class, and you will have the other half of the class to implement the feedback from the critique
Tuesday – Last day to work on project and post finished project, as well as your artist statement for the project, to your blog

We will start our fall photography unit next Thursday.

By the end of today’s class, you should create a new blog post with the following:

  • A PDF of your progress
  • A paragraph describing what you still need to do to finish your poster, and your plan to catch up if you are not almost done. If you are struggling with any part of the project, include that in your paragraph.