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FTS142 Spring 2011 Still Images

Photo Prompt #6

Posted: March 16th, 2011 by Deb

Create a character and a style.  You may use yourself, or you may choose another person.  What is this person’s backstory?  Write about it in a paragraph or two.  Now, using elements of “Art on Set” (see Chapter 13) including Set Dressing, Props, Wardrobe, Makeup, and Hair, create your character in a scene in front of the camera.  You will need to work with your self 🙂 or your subject to make this work.  Create a 3-5 scene narrative sequence with your stills.

Look at photos your classmates have done over the past few weeks.  There are some fun examples you might glean from in terms of a look.  Another photographer you may want to look at is Cindy Sherman.  Here’s an introduction to a MOMA show of her work in the 90’s.  You can also google images of her work.

You may want to use this exercise to create one of your characters for your Open Scene Project!

Photo Prompt #5 – RED

Posted: February 25th, 2011 by Deb

This week focus on the color RED.  RED is the subject this week.  RED.  Red light?  Red subject?  Red composition?  Red…

Photo Prompt #4 Light

Posted: February 17th, 2011 by Deb

Interesting discussion in class about content vs. composition!  This week, let’s get back to considering composition by using light as the motivation for our images.  Create a series of 3 or more images in which light falling on your subject is the main point of interest.  Look at light.  What color is is?  What shadows or shaping is it causing?  This will be interesting for those of you working with cell phones where you do not have control over the exposure… your exposure will be determined by where you point your camera.  Play around a little to see what happens as you move your camera slightly over your composition.  If you are working with a camera that has manual iris control, this is an opportunity to really play with how exposure affects what you get.  Have fun!  I look forward to seeing your images next week!

Photo Prompt #3 What Doesn’t Belong?

Posted: February 9th, 2011 by Deb

Your entry should have a small collection of items with one of those items being something that clearly doesn’t belong with rest.

Photo Prompt #2 Horizontal Lines

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 by Deb

Focus on horizontal lines in your composition.  Use horizontal lines to emphasize your space.  What’s behind them?  What’s in front of them?    Do they emphasize the 2D aspect of the composition or do they emphasize 3D space?  Either way is fine!  Just think about how they’re working.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with, and also look forward to a more cohesive batch of my own photos!

If you continue to have any problems downloading from your phone, be in touch.  We can figure it out!

Photo prompt #1 ROUND

Posted: January 26th, 2011 by Deb

Due Wednesday 2/2

Focus on ROUND.  Use round as your inspiration this week.  Round things.  Round reflections.  Round graphics. Round… At the end of the week upload 3-4 pictures out of your collection.  Find an organizing theme… composition, subject, color… you name it!

Let’s Get Started!

Posted: January 21st, 2011 by Deb

This Spring students in FTS142 Advanced Production will be taking a series of still photos using easily available imaging devices such as cell phones, iPods, etc.  Each week there will be a prompt.  Students may shoot as many images as they want, but will edit their weekly presentation to 3 images.

The goal is to engage in thinking about creating images on a daily basis throughout the semester.  I am wondering if this kind of “simple” engagement affects how students relate to visual aspects of video projects this semester.

I will participate in the experiment by uploading my own cell phone images every week.  There will be links to student blogs on the right of this page.

We’ll see what happens!

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