Assignments

50 Lighting Events

This assignment is about you beginning to notice the ways in which light interacts with the world around you. A “lighting event” is a moment in time when you notice something interesting and unusual happening with light. This could be the way the light is reflecting off of or onto an object or person, the way the light is shining very particularly through a window or door, the way the light is distorting an object, etc. Notice how light is making your world a more interesting place. Take 50 images with your cell phone (do not do any post editing work to these photos or shoot with a filter). These must be 50 unique lighting events (not versions of the same lighting event). Upload your images to google drive and make the folder viewable to anyone with the link. Post the link to the class blog by Jan 19th by midnight.

 

Pecha Kucha Presentation

Make a powerpoint presentation consisting of 20 slides that can only be on the screen for 20 seconds each. The total time of your presentation should be 6 mins and 20 seconds. This presentation should include your previous work. It should also include artists that you are influenced by as well as examples of lighting that makes you feel alive.. This presentation should give the class an idea of where you are coming from, what you are doing and what you want to explore in the future (and in this class).  You should be speaking throughout the entire presentation…

Bring your presentation to class on a usb drive. Presentations will be given to the entire class.

DUE- Jan 26th in class

 

No Lights

Use reflective objects to light your subjects, using only available light from the sun or a strong natural light source. Make 3 images. These images can be portraits, still life setups, etc. Your final photos should look studio lit, but you are only allowed to manipulate the light around you subjects by reflecting back on to them or shielding light away from them. Keep in mind the different between the effects of direct light VS diffused light. Do not use a lighting source that you control. Find light that you cannot control, and then manipulate it.

Digital critique. Raw files.

Please put just your chosen critique images in a folder, along with your images of your lighting setups. You will turn these in on critique day, so bring them on a flashdrive or hard drive (something we can plug in to my computer)

DUE Feb 11th

 

3 Point Lighting (high key and low key)

Shoot this assignment with your groups! Using 3 point lighting (key light, fill light and back light) make two images with the same frame and subject. Make on of the images high key (where highlights dominate the frame and shadows are minimal if non existent), and one low key (dark tones dominate the photograph, small bright highlights punctuate the shadow areas). The frame should be exactly the same as well as the subject. Only change the lighting to reflect a high key and low key situation. Use all 3 lights for both photos, but carefully place them to reflect each criteria. Turn in two final raw files- one for high key and one for low key, as well as two set up images (one for each). 4 images total.

Digital critique, raw files.

DUE- FEB 23 

 

3 Point Lighting- with lighting texture (high key and low key)

Shoot this assignment with your groups! Using 3 point lighting again (key light, fill light and back light) make two images with the same frame and subject (self portrait through objects). Make one of the images high key (bright, lots of highlights), and one low key (dark tones dominate the photograph, small bright highlights punctuate the shadow areas). The frame should be exactly the same as well as the subject. Only change the lighting to reflect a high key and low key situation. Use all 3 lights for both photos, but carefully place them to reflect each criteria.

This time, add texture to your lighting situation by placing something in front of one of your lights to create a pattern. Also, think about honing in on how you control your key light. Be very specific with where it falls. Use foil or other shaping materials to block and shape your light to create a focal point with light. Think about your composition.

Turn in two final raw files- one for high key and one for low key, as well as two set up images (one for each). 4 images total.

Digital critique, raw files. Share on google drive before critique.

DUE- MAR 1st

 

Commercial Lighting with subversion

Select 2 photographic ads that require a lighting setup to execute. Mimic the Image’s completely with lighting and subject, but also choose to altern the content slighty to subvert it- and make it less perfect. Take a moral or political stance on the subject matter you choose, and recreate the ad to talk about your opinion. Make it your own while staying true to the original lighting setup. Scan your original ads and turn them in with your Raw files so that we can compare them. Digital Critique.

1st ad Due March 10

Miniature Set

For this project you will be creating a series of 3 photos based on a narrative theme of your choosing from a historical time-frame or event that you find important.  Shoot miniature sets to make them look real. Your series of 3 should represent 3 times of day. Set up 3 different times of day and mimic the sun light with your studio lights- noon, sunset and nighttime. Choose miniature items that look realistic. Do not shoot items such as legos… these miniature items can be purchased from any craft store such as hobby lobby or michaels, or can even be found at thrift stores. Focus on mimicking realistic lighting and lighting temperatures to describe a time of day or mood. Use depth of field to help your sets look real.  Use printed or projected backgrounds.

Photograph EACH lighting setup and turn them in with your final 3 shots. Turn in two folders- one for lighting setups and one for final images.

DUE- April 12

 

Final Project Presentation

Make a presentation outlining your proposal for your final project. This presentation should give us enough information to be able to have an in-depth group conversation about your idea. If you have 2 ideas, present on both. This presentation is for the purpose of solidifying your idea and getting feedback about how you can make your idea more concrete. Your presentation should include:

  • A description of your idea
  • Why you are interested in exploring this in  a series
  • Any historical information (personal or otherwise) that would help us understand where you are coming from
  • Image examples of inspiration for the way you want your series to look ( could include info about composition, mood, lighting, etc. Could also just be things- not even art related- that are inspiring you to make this work)
  • List how you plan to accomplish this series and what kind of help you will need from us.

 

Final Project

This is a self-directed project that will result in a cohesive series of 4-6 images. You should explore making imagery that you are interested in and that makes you think… and that makes your viewer ask questions. Make this project personal. Challenge your lighting abilities in this project. This should be a culmination of your efforts in this class. These images should be difficult to execute. Raw files. Print Critique of 11 x 14 or larger.

DUE- May 5

 

 

 

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