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Series Assignment

Series Assignment. The Assignment –Due May 27. Four to six 8x10, (no extra credit) (spot corrected images, contrasted, dodged and burned) and contact sheet due at the beginning of class. A series is a group of photos about one subject.

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Series Assignment

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  1. Series Assignment

  2. The Assignment –Due May 27 • Four to six 8x10, (no extra credit) (spot corrected images, contrasted, dodged and burned) 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. Establishment shot • The CONTEXT or ESTABLISHMENT shot gives the most information. • See the next slide. • In a movie or tv show it’s the shot after a commercial or change of scene that tells you something very general about the upcoming scene. Answers the question “Where are we?” • Wide shot of Manhattan, NY • Shot of the outside of a hospital

  7. Calico

  8. Context shot • The next shot could also be a context or establishment shot. The viewer is aware of the environment, the climate, weather, etc. • In a movie or TV show… • The ice rink at Rockefeller Center or Times Square or The Statue of Liberty • The waiting room of the hospital or outside an operating room

  9. Add to the information • The next is lessgeneral, giving us more information about the subject. • In a movie or TV show… • We’re inside or outside Studio A, at NBC studios where they shoot the Today Show. • We’re at the operating table as the surgeons and nurses work on a patient.

  10. More information, more detail • 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. The payoff shot • We move in to prints that are specific. Closer and with more detail. • In a movie or TV show… • We have a close up of Matt Lauer or Al Roker or a camera operator or the directors booth. • We have a close up of the surgeon with his hands on the patients heart or reaching inside the patient searching for a leaking artery.

  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. • Bicycles; automobiles, etc. • 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 • Look these up on the web • 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. Imogen Cunningham 1883-1976 • 1932 Co-founder of the f/64 group along with Ansel Adams • Portrait photographer • One of few famous/important female photographers of her time.

  21. Botanicals

  22. Elliot Erwitt 1928- • Studied photography in Los Angeles 1950 • Black & White candid shots • “The decisive moment” • 2002 received Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society

  23. Dogs

  24. Henry Hornstein 1947- • Authored over 30 books including photographic textbooks. • His work was exhibited by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2006. • The Library of Congress • Many others

  25. Animalia

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