Photo Assignment #2: Black & White Portraiture

For this assignment, we will take portraits of people. To keep the focus on the subject, all submitted photos must be black and white. You will obviously have the opportunity to photograph your classmates during class time, but you may also want to take photos of your friends and family members after school and on the weekends. You may sign out a camera to use during lunch, but you must return it and clear the memory card by 2:55 pm on the same day.

Note: Mornings are starting to get chilly, so come prepared with a jacket or sweatshirt. Short of a torrential downpour or blizzard, we will continue going outside daily. I expect you to dress appropriately for the weather.

Here are some examples of portraits Ms. Lawson has taken:

betty_jabari

keion

damare

josh_darren_skateboard

isiah_photography3

kwondell_katie_breanna

Here are some examples of portraits taken by SOTA students:

Photo Credit: Deanna, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Deanna, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Katie, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Katie, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Lizzy, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Lizzy, Class of 2015

Photo Credit: Manny, Class of 2016

Photo Credit: Manny, Class of 2016

Project Requirements:

  • 10 high-quality, edited [if necessary] photos
    • photos depict a human subject
    • photos are technically sound (no over or underexposed areas, image is in focus, etc.)
    • photos are black and white
    • photos are aesthetically appealing (follow the rule of thirds, visual elements within the photo display unity, clear focal point, etc.)
  • Minimum 150 word artist statement.
  • Click here for an example of a final photo blog post that received an A+

Senior Opt Out

If you are in 12th grade and are not feeling the portrait photography project, you have the option of designing your own project. Copy and paste the questions in the senior project proposal form into a new blog post, answer them, and include sample images of the style of art you hope to create. You will be responsible for posting daily images of your progress to your blog, and for completing the project by the time the rest of the class is done with their portrait photography project. Lizzy has a great example of a strong senior opt out project proposal.

Today we will:

  • take photos of our classmates outside
  • create a new blog post with the following:
    • the best photos we took today
    • a few sentences explaining what you enjoyed or found easy about the assignment, as well as what you found challenging or would like more help with
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