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.
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.
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
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.
The CONTEXT shot gives the most information. • See the next slide.
The next shot could also be a context shot. The viewer is aware of the environment, the climate, weather, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Emotional Impact • What message does the photo convey? • Does it evoke a sense of wonder, awe, joy, sadness, anger, confusion, and intrigue?
Composition • Is there a subject of the photograph? • Rule of thirds – subject is not the center. • Leading lines. • Space/depth of field. • Texture.
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
Color/Gray Scale • Is color or gray scale used to determine the mood of the image?