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Summer Assignment for AP/Honors

1.  Choose 2 areas of investigation. 
2.  Shoot 24 images for the 2 chosen topics.

3.  Create a contact sheet with 24 images using Adobe Photoshop.
4.  5 Finished images each category for a total of 10 finished images.

Objective:  The purpose of the assignment is to develop an understanding by creating a body of work that has depth and content.  A strong portfolio consists of a cohesive body of work that represents a consistent theme or idea. Ideally, knowledge of elements and principles of design and camera handling should be evident in all images. 
Make a statement.  Take a risk.  Think out of the box.  Challenge yourself.
Prep. Work: Keep an ongoing journal with mind maps, ideas, guiding questions.  The journal may be digital or physical. 
Please remember that when images are due, they are the best of the best.  Shoot a lot. 

Step 1:  Lightroom Classic

  • Top choice images must be edited in Lightroom. 

  • Each topic is to be labeled (lastname_intial of first name_topic) and sized (5x7 or 7x9 with a resolution of 300)

  • Select 5 finished images in selected catagories

  • Edit images in Adobe Lightroom.

  1. Import images into Lightroom directly from the device using a cord.

  2. Import, select device or other

  3. Select the images you want.

  4. Add a Collection (left vertical menu midway down) Name the collection as you wish. 

  5. Edit images.  Top menu Develop. 

  6. Presets are to the right,  edit to the left.

  7. Export
    Select all images to export in LIBRUARY (top right menu)

  • Export

  • Choose folder destination.

  • Make sure name, sizing, color space are all correct.

Topics (choose 2)

Topic 1:  Shadow Stories  (Reference photographers: Author Tress & Harry Callahan)

  • Formulate a narrative using only shadow (not what is creating the shadow).

Topic 2:  Abstract (simplified) figure (Reference Photographer: Ruth Bernhard)

  • Shoot in black and white abstract detail of a figure.

Topic 3:  Essence Portraits (Reference Photographer: Cindy Sherman)

  • Shoot a series of portraits depicting the essence of the person.

Topic 4:  Reflections

Images must be reflective surfaces.

Topic 5:  Contradictions (Reference photographers:  Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor

  • Photograph a series of images depicting contradictions.  Use a “suggestion” of color (desaturate the images).


6:  Blur Motion, slow shutter speed

  • Use camera on manual.  F stop of 11 and above and begin with 1/30 and slower.  Make sure the camera is on a stable surface and PAY ATTENTION TO THE CAMERA LIGHT METER.

Topic 7:  Simplification: remove information (Reference Photographers:  Aaron Siskind & Ruth Burnhardt)

  • Shoot a series removing information with each shot.  Think about taking steps forward and with each step information is removed to the point of abstraction.

Reference Photographers

Aaron Siskind            Tyler Shields                        Eugene Richards              Stephen Shore
Ruth Bernhard          Gregory Crewdson              Jo Ann Callis                     Michael Kenn
David Hockney         Cindy Sherman                      Walker Evans                   Chris Rainier
Harry Callahan         Irving Penn                              David Lachapelle             Diane Arbus
Maggie Taylor             Bruce Davidson                       Steve Meisel                      Ralph Gibson
Jerry Uelsmann     Ralph Eugene Meatyard   Sebastiao Salgado    Hilton Brothers
David Sorrenti           Steve McCurry                     Sandy Skoglund                Sally Mann                 

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