ASSNT 1 - DUE Sept 1

FOOD THAT IS NOT FOOD
(2 weeks) 100 exposures, contact sheets, 4 prints 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14
Learning Objective: understand the exposure triangle, depth of field and focus as your primary creative tools.
Photograph food in a way that it does not look like food. You must demonstrate, through examples, an understanding of Shallow and Great depth of field. Using composition, lighting, setting and conceptual approaches. You need to shoot "straight" and not depend on digital manipulation or filters to make it unfamiliar. This is an exercise in seeing through the lens.

ASSNT 2 - DUE Sept 20

GESTALT LAW OF SIMILARITY
(2 weeks) 100 exposures, contact sheets, 4 prints 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14
Learning Objective: composition as content, how to focus on the world inside the viewfinder.
Like elements are read as a whole shape before being perceived as individual shapes. This is a foundations principal that we are applying to photography. Find or construct (straight) images that include a repetition of like elements, make a series of photographic studies. A photographic study is the act of exploring a concept from various perspectives to build a cohesive group of images about one thing. This is an exercise in visual language. Through the act of selecting what is in and outside of your frame you are creating a visual statement, so think about what you want to say.
EXERCISES:
Write a 150 word project statement to be submitted with your photographs on the day of the critique.

ASSNT 3 - DUE Oct 6

USING CHAOS
(2 weeks) 100 exposures, contact sheets, 4 prints 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14
Learning Objective: assigning uncontrollable parameters to a project, forcing random techniques, will render new and unexpected results.
You have two choices for this assignment: 1) take 100 images without looking through the viewfinder; for example you can set up the parameters for a project in which your camera takes images automatically or shoot "from the hip;" 2) send 10 images into the class folder labelled with numbers, and randomly draw 10 numbers from a hat to select images that you must use for double exposures.

ASSNT 5 - DUE Oct 25

STAGED IMAGE
(2 weeks) 100 exposures, contact sheets, 4 prints 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14
Learning Objective: make images in which you exercise absolute control over everything in front of the lens
Work with artificial lighting, or manipulate natural lighting to arrange and shoot a series of staged photographs. You may use objects, actors, and other works of art. You may shoot in the photo studio, create your own studio at home, or tailor a studio in the natural environment.

ASSNT 4 - DUE Nov 10

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

(2 weeks) 100 exposures, contact sheets, 4 prints 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14
Learning Objective: researching any artist or art topic in a way that informs the design of your own work
Part 1 of this project involves a 10 minute in-class presentation, in which you share the work of any artist or art topic (photographer or not) and discuss their work from a critical stance. You must also describe their work in relation to your own, how does their work inform your ideas for your final project.
Part 2 is the discussion (individual meetings) and implementation of an individual project. You will plan your own logistics and schedule studio time if needed.

ASSNT 6 - DUE Dec 1

FINAL PORTFOLIO
Learning Objective: how to evaluate your own body of work and extract a cohesive portfolio that demonstrates and original visual statement.
Choose a selection of 14 perfect prints from all of the work you have done through the semester. This is your chance to make better prints of images you might have turned in previously. Maybe there was a project you wish you had printed more of, maybe there is a project you would like to represent differently.