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  1. Series Assignment

  2. The Assignment • Four 8x10 spot corrected images and contact sheet due at the beginning of class. • A series is a group of photos about one subject. • Each photo in the series should be strong enough to stand alone. • Together, however, the four shots should add information about the subject.

  3. More specifically • A SERIES of photographs is defined as a group of images that relate together around one topic. • While each photo must be able to stand alone, they must also be related in some fashion. There must be a reason why they are all together. These are NOT random shots. • Each additional photo adds context and meaning to the others in the series. They give the viewer more information about the subject than a single photograph. • Is there a story? That makes it more interesting.

  4. Ideas for a Series Landmarks Out houses Piers Poverty Signs Transportation Water/reflections in water/water drops • Bridges • Cemetery • Dilapidated houses/buildings • Doors/windows • Fire hydrants • Antique stores • Graffiti • lighthouses

  5. Approach 1 • Shoot one subject. Pick a subject that has a lot of visual aspects. Photograph it using these types of shots: • Context shot: Give the most information. It includes the subject and the environment surrounding the subject. • Relationship shot: Starts to cut in and focus on the subject more closely. Begins to eliminate the surrounding to focus on one or two aspects. • Detail shot: Shows specific qualities about the subject.

  6. The CONTEXT shot gives the most information. • See the next slide.

  7. Calico

  8. The next shot could also be a context shot. The viewer is aware of the environment, the climate, weather, etc.

  9. The next is more general, but it is one building.

  10. The next is the inside of that building, much more specific. • There is a relationship between the print of the building and the print of the inside of the building.

  11. We move in to prints that are specific. Closer and with more detail.

  12. Approach 2 • Shoot many versions of the same subject.. • Locate numerous types of the same subject and photograph them in interesting ways. • Example: mailboxes. Find many different types of interesting mailboxes and photography them. • By placing photo’s along side each other we see the differences.

  13. Lighthouses

  14. Change the series

  15. Piers

  16. Hilla & Bernd Becher

  17. Hilla & Bernd Becher • Photographed many subjects like the water towers. • The Becher’s used a uniform lighting style to draw more attention to their subject. Tight framing also cuts down a potentially distracting background. Shallow dept of field can help to focus the viewer’s attention on your subject.

  18. Gravel Plants

  19. Photographers with Series • Henry Hornstein – animals • Elliot Erwitt-dogs; children • Jim Goldberg-ignored people • Sebastiao Salgado-The Amazon • Irving Penn-small trades • Cindy Sherman • Immogen Cunningham • Eadweard Muybridge-sequential series: horse • Duane Michals-The Bogeyman see youtube.

  20. Considerations… • Did you select an interesting subject? • Did you decide which approach to take ( 1 or 2 )? • Do the 4 images relate to one another? • Will these images as a group give the viewer more information about the subject? • Will the viewer understand the relationship between them?

  21. Did you use the rule of thirds and other design elements (line, texture, etc.) to make the shots more engaging? • If you are using approach 1, did you provide the different type of shots (context, relationship, detail)? And did you move in? • Did you frame your shots so that the viewer will focus on your subject?

  22. Part 2 Print Evaluation

  23. Basic Questions • Why is the subject there? • What is the object, or the point, or the ‘effect’, or the emotions? • Does anything distract? • Is it a clean shot? • Can something be removed by the angle at which the photo was shot? • Does the photo tell a story?

  24. Technical Guidelines

  25. Visual Impact • Does the image have a “wow” factor? Does it hold the viewers attention? • Is there a center of interest? • Is the subject immediately apparent?

  26. Emotional Impact • What message does the photo convey? • Does it evoke a sense of wonder, awe, joy, sadness, anger, confusion, and intrigue?

  27. Composition • Is there a subject of the photograph? • Rule of thirds – subject is not the center. • Leading lines. • Space/depth of field. • Texture.

  28. Leading Lines

  29. Texture

  30. Rule of Thirds

  31. Exposure • Broad tonal range (highlights; mid-range tones; dark). • Detail in the highlights and shadows. • No inky blacks or blown-out highlights. • Use of early morning or pre-sunset sun. • mid-day light for gritty feel

  32. Color/Gray Scale • Is color or gray scale used to determine the mood of the image?