photo class work

Alberque teens

posted Jun 1, 2016, 10:32 AM by Chris Sloan

Photo of someone who's migrated

posted May 31, 2016, 10:57 AM by Chris Sloan

Take a photo of a friend or family member who has moved from far away. If possible, talk to someone who has experienced moving from one cultural environment to another. Some questions you might ask them:
  • Why did they move?
  • What was their experience like?
  • What did they find challenging or difficult, if anything about moving?
  • How do they remember the place where they used to live?
  • What advice would they give to someone arriving in your community to live?

OOEL Footstep 2: Borders

posted May 18, 2016, 12:01 PM by Chris Sloan

Comment on two students posts for Footstep 2. Then add your own photo and writing for the assignment.

Typographic portrait

posted May 17, 2016, 8:02 AM by Chris Sloan

Create a typographic portrait using a photo of yours.

End of Year portfolio

posted May 16, 2016, 11:19 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated May 16, 2016, 11:44 AM ]

In September (and then again in January) you updated your photography portfolio website. Now it's time to update it again with your best work from the semester. Required elements:
  • an updated "about me" section
  • at least three different categories of your photos
  • a slide show that displays not only your best work but shows a variety of types of photos (5-10 photos)
  • a blog entry where you discuss something that you've learned about photography in detail, illustrating with 2-5 photos that you've taken this semester
  • a link to your Flickr photostream
  • optional: video that illustrates some fundamental principles of photography


posted May 6, 2016, 9:56 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated May 6, 2016, 11:50 AM ]

For Monday, 5/9: Take photos while taking a slow walk in the area where you live and/or go to school. As you walk, ask yourself: what kinds of borders and boundaries do you notice? How is your movement restricted or enabled? Are there any ‘invisible’ borders: places where not everyone feels able to go even if there is not an explicit sign blocking their entry? Are there places where you don’t feel welcome or don’t like to go?

Black & white editing in Lightroom

posted May 6, 2016, 9:55 AM by Chris Sloan

Explore Lightroom's controls for making better black and white photos. Watch this video

  1. Experiment with Lightroom black and white filter presets
  2. When using the Auto button for portraits: slide red, orange, yellows to the right; slide greens, aquas, blues to the left
  3. Use HSL (not B&W) in the HSL/Color/B&W menu
    • go into saturation and zero out everything
    • then introduce different colors (bring blue back in the saturation menu, for example)
    • use the target button (to the left of the saturation menu) and introduce colors in a specific part of the video
  4. Experiment with Camera calibration settings
  5. The adjustment brush (top right) controls what we do in image based on where we paint. Make sure “auto mask” is on. The tool paints anything the plus sign is on. After painting, move sliders for exposure, contrast, highlights, etc.
  6. When you're done, create a before and after canvas (using Photoshop) and then upload to Flickr.

Migration story photo

posted Apr 19, 2016, 1:18 PM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 12:14 PM ]

What are some migration or journey stories in your family or community that you belong to? Migration stories do not have to involve moving from one country or region to another: they can involve very short distances or regular journeys, for example to school or work. Migrations can also be forced by governments, wars, or other circumstances such as natural disasters or changes in climate.

For Monday, 5/2
Option 1: Take photos of objects that represent migrations or journeys in your family or community. Ask someone questions about it:
  • Can you tell me about the object?
  • Where did the object come from?
  • Why is that object significant?
Option 2: Take a portrait of someone while they tell you about migration stories within their own lives or their family's history. You might ask them:
  • How did they come to live where they do?
  • Have they ever lived anywhere else? 
  • Why did they move?
  • What did they experience when they moved?
  • How do they feel about moving from one place to another?
  • What are some journeys or migrations that they make on a regular basis and why?

Commercial shoot introduction

posted Apr 14, 2016, 7:45 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 7:48 AM ]

Using InDesign put together a visually attractive one-page introduction with
  • an explanation of the assignment
  • why you've chosen their business & what you'd like to feature
  • a brief introduction to you & what else you’ve shot
  • profile photo
  • at least two examples of your product photos (edited first in either Lightroom or Photoshop, link to Lightroom vignette tutorial)

Product shoot

posted Apr 13, 2016, 9:40 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 2:25 PM ]

    In class today we'll take photos of products that could be used to advertise them. Be sure to use both natural light and a studio set up. Submit your best photo from this assignment in the form at bottom.
    • shoot vertical and horizontal;
    • multiple angles;
    • wide shots of whole product,
    • close up as you can get (get details & textures)
    • use different backdrops/colors, surfaces
    • Put in context (clothes on model, bag over the shoulder, etc)

    Product photos

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