Man Vs Nature Photo Essay Lesson

Assignments due Wednesday, March 14

1. On Location Portraits with Double Lighting with Bounced Flash

Do a photoshoot in school, Using two flashes to create “double lighting” . Set the flash on camera (or off camera with the cord) to MASTER and have an assistant hold another flash set at SLAVE. Edit your photos in Lightroom and do any cosmetic retouching in Photoshop.  Post 2-10 portraits to your blog. Think about COMPOSITION and POSING when doing your photo shoot.


 

2. Fashion Photography

Do a fashion shoot in the studio with the white or black background and strobes, or outside on location with a very long lens. Before you shoot, research photographers who specialize in fashion photography and post 2-3 of their images to your blog. In the caption section write how you think they achieved the results. Post your best fashion shot to your blog.

 

3. Touch Series

Take photos of people touching in some way, and put them together as a series.

 

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Assignments due Wednesday, March 7:

1. THEME BASED PHOTO STORY

Create a series of photographs which work together to conceptualize a theme or story idea. You should have at least 5 beautifully edited photos in your photo story.  Make each photo a separate image  on your blog (no gallery or photomontage)  Write a caption for each photograph in the series. Also, write an introduction paragraph or two to begin the Photo Story. (Include a description of what you are trying to communicate about the subject and why this subject matter interested you enough to dedicate your time and energy to visually share it on your social media sites. (ie: blog, website, facebook, instagram, snapchat, etc) Check  out these links  to get some good ideas for your project.

http://improvephotography.com/30816/10-ideas-creative-photo-essays/

http://time.com/3687500/photojournalism-links-january/

2. PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE OLYMPICS CRITIQUE

Look online for photographs from this years winter Olympics. Find a few photos (3-5), which you think are absolutely amazing. Post them to your blog and explain under each photo how you think the photographer shot the image technically. Also talk about the composition and why the image is so successful.

3. LIGHT PAINTING SERIES WITH PIXELSTICK

Use the pixelstick to create a light painting series. Experiment with different exposures and lighting effect. Make a series out of your images in Photoshop and then post the series image to your blog.

4. FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER ESSAY

Research photographers online who specialize in your area of interest. Write a 500 word essay about your chosen photographer. Include a description of their style, how you think they technically achieve their results, and describe their visual aesthetic and composition style, and why you enjoy their photography. Include 2-3 of their images with your writing.

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NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

1. FUTURE REFLECTION
 Take a photograph of yourself looking in the mirror. Using Photoshop, put an image in the mirror how you see yourself in the future. Samples from photographer Tom Hussey below:

 

2. BOOKFACE

Bookface involves strategically lining up a face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday. Take a few bookface photos, edit in LR or PH and make a series of 3-12 photos.(either in one document or as a gallery on your blog. Post some to IG with the hashtag.

3. FACE AND HANDS MONTAGE

Photograph a subject’s face and then a take a photo of them with their hands over their face. Merge the two images to create an end result similar to the samples below.


 

4. SELF PORTRAIT BLENDED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF IMAGERY

Take several self portraits and edit your favorite. Find an image online that describes something about you and the kind of imagery you’re eye is attracted too. Blend the two images together to create a unique and creative selfie.

 

5. RESUME

Look online at resume formats to get ideas. Then produce your resume. Be sure to include your objectives, education, experience and also your skills. Post your finished resume to your blog.

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ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY FEBRUARY 5

1. COLORED GELS PORTRAITS

Take some portraits in the studio with the strobes and gels. Take at least 100 photos, trying to capture the true essense of the person you are photographing. Try placing the gels on the fill or main light as well as just on the background. Edit your photos in Lightroom and post 20-25 of them on your blog. Make the feature photo of the blogpost your favorite portrait.


 

2. 60-90 SECOND VIDEO: MY FAVORITE PLACE

Take at least 3 video clips of your favorite place and explain why it is your favorite place.  Use your cell phone and /or a DSLR Camera for your cinematography, but edit with Desktop Premiere, or Adobe Mobile app “Adobe Clip”.  Add some background music at some point in the video.

3. TED TALK: IMPOSSIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Watch this tedtalk and on your blog write a three paragraph reflection summarizing it and also discuss your opinion and what you got out of viewing it. https://www.ted.com/talks/erik_johansson_impossible_photography

4. GEORGIA O’KEEFE ILLUSTRATION

Look at the amazing paintings by Georgia O’Keefe. Create your own illustration in Photoshop based on the close up work by this artist. Use brushes and color swatches to create your own digital art in the  style of Georgia O’keefe

 

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ABOUT ME VIDEOS TIPS

Tip 1: Plan Ahead.

Before you create your video, make a list of five words that you’d use to describe yourself and your personality. Then create a second list of key words that describe your future endeavors. These are the foundation of your storytelling. When you’re building your video, incorporate the words into a story by text slides throughout the video that work with your visuals.

Tip 2: Grab Attention.

To instantly lock in your viewer’s attention, include a video clip in the first ten seconds. It could anything but think about conveying energy, excitement or tension.

Tip 3: Mood Music.

Music can convey a very different feeling: slow music can make a viewer feel like the video is actually longer than it is; fast music tends to create excitement. Choose wisely.

Tip 4: Think Short.

Make sure your video is no longer than 90 seconds; the closer to a minute in length, the better! Over 50% of viewers click away from a video after the first minute. In fact, if you upload your video to YouTube, their analytics can tell you exactly when people stop watching so you can re-edit your video if you see a problem.:

Tip 5: Don’t Forget

  • Include your name
  • Talk about yourself
  • Talk about your areas of interest
  • Include a picture of yourself

Once you are done, be sure to share your video. After you post it on your edublogs, send links to You Tube, and Facebook — drive traffic to your video!

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ASSIGNMENTS AFTER BREAK: DUE FRIDAY , JAN 20

1. LEVITATION SERIES   Look at this levitation series: http://yowayowacamera.com/  and get inspired to produce a levitation series of your own. Use Photoshop to make your subject look as if they are levitating. Have at least three different photos in your photo series.

 

2. KINOPTIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ART:  Look at the work of Julio Amaro online. He is a kinoptic artist. Research kinoptic art online. Photograph two subjects that are polar opposites. You will make your kinoptic piece in Photoshop by combining sections of each photo equally. Make each section 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Then you will print your image 17×11 and fold it in a fan style to make the kinoptic piece. Photograph your work from every angle and post to your blog. Look at the samples below to start formulating ideas


 

3. 90 SECOND ABOUT ME VIDEO

Use a DSLR camera  on video mode to produce a 90 second video about yourself- your interests, friends, family, goals, etc. Edit your video in Premiere and add music.

Read these links to get inspiration and ideas for your video. Write a two to three paragraph summarizing what you have learned about video production. Before you begin to shoot video write a brief summary describing your ideas and what you want to share about yourself on the video and how you plan to make it entertaining, and also how you intend to get views.

https://vidiseo.com/guides/youtube-video-ideas/

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-shoot-better-hd-dslr-video/

https://vimeo.com/74453170

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1. NEW WORKS POWERPOINT (Due Monday Dec 11)

Make a powerpoint highlighting your new images which you created this semester. (i image per slide) Caption each photo with a name and include an intro slide with a self portrait and the name of your photography company, and an end slide which includes five things you learned this semester in photography 2 class and five things you hope to learn next semester. You will present this to the class next week during final time.

ARTIST INSPIRED ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, DEC 8

2. CREATE A WORK IN THE STYLE OF  OF WASSILY KANDINSKY

Using Photoshop create a work of art based on the style of artist Wassily Kandinsky. Research his work online and write a paragraph describing his work and your opinion of it. Use brushes, colors, shapes and varying opacities to imitate his style of art.

 

3. CREATE A WORK IN THE STYLE OF SANDY SKOGLUND 

Research the work of artist Sandy Skoglund. Write a paragraph on your blog describing her original style and your opinion of it. Include your favorite image of hers in your blog post. Using an original photograph, find a subject online to reproduce multiple times within your image. Think of an original and descriptive name for your new piece.

 

4. MIXED MEDIA WITH SCREENPRINT

Use the photo screenprint image you made, and create a new mixed media work of art.  Embellish your work with  collage, painting, photography, colored pencils, or any other visual medium. Scan or take a photo of your work to post on your blog.

 

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NEXT ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY NOV 9:

1. PHOTO SCREENPRINTING

Make a photo screenprint on a tee shirt or article of clothing with your original image on it. Follow the steps in the screenprinting process to achieve the optimal results.

http://exhibitions.warhol.org/interactive/silkscreen/main.html

 

2. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN ART

Choose an issue you care deeply about, and would want to try and do something about. This issue should be something that is a general issue or concern in society somewhere in the world. Some ideas of things you might be interested in depicting/standing up for or against: pollution/environmental concerns, abortion rights, pro-life, racism, big government, homelessness, AIDS, religious wars,  poverty, verbal abuse, bullying, depression, teen suicide, discrimination, gay rights… Create a 11×14 300 resolution collage poster about the social issue you have selected.

Written Assignment:  Write about your poster. Answer a number of these questions in your writing.  Why do you feel the way you do? What are your arguments for or against?  What – or who – has influenced your decisions.  What is the “flip side” of your issue? What might the other side have to say? Can you see their point of view?  What is your reasoning for choosing your stand?  Is your artwork intended to offend? Who would be offended? Does the artist have a right to offend? Critique your project. Does it get your point across? How? Is there a focal point (center of interest)?


 

3. BODYSCAPE TRIPTYCH

Photograph the body and make a triptych image of your three favorite ones, which go together visually.


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ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6

1. Review of articles on Canon Lens Experience

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/canonLensPage/canonLensPage.jsp

Check out the site first and then go to the Experiences tab. Read at least two of the online articles and review them on your blogsite. Talk about how you got inspired by what you read, and how you can use these stories and personal experiences to shape your view and opinion about a career in the photography field. .(500 words).

2. Your Photography Exhibit (sign and artist statement)

Print 5-8 of your best photographs and mount on construction paper. Find a location in the school to put up your photography work. Make sure to make a sign with your name and website link to display with your exhibit.  Also write an artist statement, 3-5 paragraphs in length describing your work and why you chose this particular work to exhibit.

3. Portrait Silhouette with Text Inside

Photograph a silhouette portrait, head and shoulders or full length. Bring your silhouette photograph into Photoshop and make sure you use levels or curves to get a strong black silhouette. Select the silhouette portrait and use Control+J to put it on its own layer. Use the text tool (any color you can see against black)and fill the silhouette with text (describing words, nouns, inspirational quote, song lyrics) Use Control+Alt+G to fill the silhouette with the text and align appropriately. Don’t forget to add a stroke to the text. Add a pattern gradient to the background layer. Save as a jpeg and post to blog.


4. Double Color Exposures

You will be creating a Double Color Exposure using Photoshop and Portraits to create a color fringing look. You will be taking portraits of your partner in two (or three) different angles. You will need to fill the frame and make sure you shoot from the waist up. It is your decision on the orientation of the images. Although, you will need to make sure that the two images you choose to use are orientated the same way. For example, both should be either horizontal or vertical.
You need 6 different poses: 3- side view and 3-front view. This will allow you to try various color combinations. You must shoot your images on a blank, clean background. The studio works best, but if you can find a nice solid background outside that will work just fine.

Bring both images into Photoshop, open a new document and and place both images in, onto two separate layers.Then on the top layer click the fx tool [layer styles]button at the bottom of the Layers Palette.

Uncheck the R G B boxes in the ADVANCED BLENDING SECTION. As you click the boxes one-by-one you will see your image change colors!

Once you get the color combination you like hit OK.

Then if there is left over space after adjusting where you want the images to be, SELECT a slice of the image with the correct color [make sure it is just the background and does not contain any of the subject inside] using the MARQUEE TOOL.

Then CLICK CTRL/CMD T and it will turn your selection into the bounding boxes to transform it. Pull from the side to stretch it out.

Then ADD and ADJUSTMENT LAYER [SELECTIVE COLOR] to refine the color combinations you chose.

FLATTEN LAYERS and then SAVE for OUTPUT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcG6OeYtens

 

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NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

1. PHOTOMONTAGE a la DAVID HOCKNEY

Construct a photo montage similar to the work of David Hockney. Make sure to use your own photography for this assignment. Use Photoshop or find an app which helps to construct the montage. Post to blog and website.


 

2. ARCHITECTURE SERIES

At The Getty Museum Field Trip, photograph architecture. Edit your photos in PS or LR and put them together into some sort of photo series. Post to blog and website.

3. PHOTO EQUIPMENT BUYING

Pretend you have 10,000 to spend on photography equipment. Make a list of the equipment you would buy and a 1-3 sentence justification under each item as to why you would need it. List all prices and add them all up. A good site to use is B&H Photo and Video.

4. ON LOCATION PORTRAITS

Photograph portraits on location, outside or inside. Try to get shallow depth of field in your portraits. Edit and post 3-10 portraits on your blog and website.

5. JPEG VS. RAW READ AND WRITE

Research what jpeg and raw file formats are, and the differences between them. Write a three paragraph reflection comparing and contrasting them both on your blog.

6. 5 COMMENTS ON STUDENT WORK ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THE BLOG

7. FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ON YOUR WEBSITE

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NEW ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Complete the 6 assignments by the due date.

1. TIME MAGAZINE COVER

Take and edit a Self Portrait and put it in a time magazine cover design. Add appropriate text  on the  cover to include why you would be on the cover.


 

2. WHATS IN YOUR HEAD

Take a portrait of a friend or family member and digitally open up their  head to reveal what they are thinking about.

 

3. LIGHT PAINTING

*Read these links about Light Painting and the Pixelstick. On your blog list 10 new things you learned about light painting and also 10 features of the pixel stick and why we should purchase it. Then post 2 photos you like from online which show amazing use of the pixelstick.

Experiment with  light painting  and post 1 to 3 images on your blog and website.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/light-painting-101

http://www.thepixelstick.com/

http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-tools/

 

4. CUT AND PASTE COLLAGE

Cut out images from magazines and make an 8×11 collage showing your understanding of good composition. When you are done with your collage, scan it and add a few more elements, details, colors etc, with Photoshop. Then post to your blog.

Focus Question: How do setting, conflict, and character relate to theme? [IS.12 - Struggling Learners]

Begin the lesson by asking students to picture themselves alone in a remote setting, such as the desert or the heart of a forest. [IS.13 - Struggling Learners] Tell them they have only a lunch and some matches with them. Ask, “What do you feel? How will you survive?”  (Possible responses: fear or desperation, although students with scouting or backpacking experience might express some confidence because of their knowledge.)

Say, “Nature can be very powerful and people cannot always solve problems caused by nature.” Ask students to free-write about an experience in which they had to deal with the forces of nature. [IS.14 - Struggling Learners] Ask volunteers to share their experiences.

Part 1

Before reading “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, introduce the setting. Say, “This story takes place in the late 1800s in the Yukon— the farthest western Canadian territory, which borders Alaska. The climate there is Arctic and the population is sparse, even today.” You may wish to show visuals, such as the picture and map listed in Related Resources. [IS.15 - Struggling Learners]

As students read the story, ask them to pay particular attention to how the man and the dog react to the challenges of the setting. [IS.16 - Struggling Learners]

After students finish reading the story, give each a copy of the worksheet on setting, conflict, and theme (L-L-1-3_Setting, Conflict,and Theme.doc). Ask students to work in small groups to complete page 1 of the worksheet. Say, “Write several important details about the setting in the first column. [IS.17 - Struggling Learners] In the second column, describe the conflicts faced by the characters. In this story, consider the dog a character.”

Have groups use the completed worksheets for a class discussion of the story.

  • Setting: remote wilderness, no sun, extreme cold, 75 below zero, several feet of snow and ice, frozen streams;
  • Conflict:

o   Man: surviving extreme cold, trying to light a fire and keep it going, avoiding frostbite, keeping dry, staying alive

o   Dog: survival, staying warm, obeying man, finding fire

Part 2

Ask students to turn to page 2 of the worksheet. Say, “Now let’s see how the setting and conflict relate to the theme of the story. We’ve determined that the story’s setting creates conflicts for the man and the dog. Their approaches to dealing with these conflicts are vastly different. How does the dog respond to the extreme cold?” (Possible answers: relies on his instincts to survive, knowing what he has to do and when) “How does the man respond?” (Possible answers: at first thought that the temperature did not matter; has some practical knowledge, including the advice from the man from Sulphur Creek, but little understanding; makes decisions he regrets, but always feels that he could somehow fix things.) Help students see that the contrast between the man’s use of knowledge and the dog’s use of instinct are integral to the story’s theme.

Write the following equation on the board/interactive whiteboard:

Setting + Conflict = Theme

Have students complete the page 2 of the Setting, Conflict, and Theme worksheet (L-L-1-3_Setting, Conflict,and Theme.doc). [IS.18 - Struggling Learners] Say, “The theme is the answer to an equation adding together setting and conflict. What are some possible themes of the story?” (Possible responses: Nature is more powerful than humans. No matter how much knowledge they have, people cannot subdue nature. People have fewer instincts than animals have. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Nature should be respected.)

Part 3

End the lesson with a discussion of point of view and its relevance to theme. [IS.19 - Struggling Learners] Remind students of the following:

  • Third person limited point of view reveals events through the perspective of a single character.
  • Third person omniscient point of view relates events from a perspective that sees into the thoughts and feelings of all characters and may offer additional information relevant to the story.

Ask, “What point of view is used in ‘To Build a Fire’?” (third person omniscient) If students have difficulty determining the point of view, [IS.20 - Struggling Learners] reread paragraph three, which gives outside information about the man, and paragraph six, which gives views from the dog’s perspective. In addition, the narrator gives a number of facts, such as the exact temperature reading, something neither the newcomer nor the dog knows.

Ask, “Why did the author choose this point of view?” [IS.21 - Struggling Learners] (Possible responses: It allows readers to understand the seriousness of the situation; it gives information about the man that shows his lack of understanding; it shows the relationship between the dog and the man and thus the contrast between knowledge and instinct.)

Say, “From the very beginning the narrator foreshadows the stark conclusion of the story. The narrator suggests the theme in paragraph three—man’s ‘frailty as a creature of temperature,’ and ‘man’s frailty in general.’ Imagine how different the story would be if narrated from the man’s point of view.” Point out that the omniscient narrator is able to put all the pieces of theme together in a dramatic way.

Extension:

  • Students who are ready to move beyond the standards can do one of the following activities:

o   rewrite parts of “To Build a Fire” from a first person point of view or from the dog’s point of view.

o   highlight foreshadowing throughout the story and write a short paper discussing its importance to theme.

  • Students who need an additional opportunity for learning might benefit from watching a video such as Into the Wild or Cast Away, both of which feature a man alone fighting for personal survival. Have them complete the Setting, Conflict, and Theme worksheet based on the video (L-L-1-3_Setting, Conflict,and Theme.doc). Discuss answers in small groups.

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