Week #3 – Presentation & The Challenge of Fear

Assignment #3 – Portrait

This next portrait assignment requires the following.

  1. A portrait of an individual that reflects your unique approach and style as a photographer.
  2. A 11 x 14 color or black & white print. Make it the best quality print that you are capable of.
  3. The subject must be either:
  • A person who has been discharged or forced to leave the armed forces due to the “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy.
  • A person who has lost someone to violence

This is an A or F assignment. All the requirements of the assignments must be met in order to receive the “A” grade for the assignment.

You may opt out of the assignment. If you choose to option out of this assignment, you may do so by e-mailing me a message stating that by Midnight, tonight September 29th. Do not include an explanation or excuse. Simply state that you are opting out of the assignment. You will not receive an F for the assignment if you choose to do so and no one will know that you’ve opted out of the assignment.


Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland


Week 2 – Mini Portfolio and Self Assessment

Assignment #2

1. Mini Portfolio

Taking the initial edit we produced in class, review the selections and produce your own version of the “Final 10” to produce your mini-portfolio. Use these 10 images to produce a portfolio of 10 small prints. You can determine the size.  You can showcase the image in any form you choose, but take into consideration that this is a showcase for some of your best work, not merely a class assignment. Think about how you can make an impression with this book. I am expecting a finished piece, not a draft or mock-up. Make this the best presentation that you can possibly make it, because that is the way that they will be assessed.

2. Self Assessment

Using the 10 Strengths/Weaknesses points you used in today’s class session, make a self-evaluation of your own strengths and weaknesses. Explain how you would specifically take advantage of your strengths and what remedies you intend to take to remedy your weaknesses. The more detailed your are with your assessment the better. Include the same information in the right hand corner of this type written assessment as you did with last week’s assignment.

Take a listen to Nadine Brown’s interview below as this may be a great help in your design of your book.


Hamburger Eyes

The Wells Point – Editing and Critiquing Photo In India (You need to register for this free site to access the archive.)

Lost Luggage

The Candid Frame interview w/ Nadine Brown

Photographers to Explore:

Chase Jarvis

Welcome to Working Photographer II – Fall 2010

Welcome to the Working Photographer Course for Fall 2010. I look forward to working with you in the coming weeks. I’ve provided you a copy of the syllabus, but feel to download the a PDF version from my public iDisk folder.

Assignment 1:

Part 1. Interview 2 photographers, one person who you feel is successful and another one who you see as struggling. Interview them and write 1000 words on your assessment of why each of them is doing or not so well in growing their careers. On the first page in the upper right hand corner right your name, the course name and the deadline date for the assignment. Submit the work double spaced, with Times Roman font, 12 point. Staple or clip the pages at the upper left hand corner. Include the photographers business card and promo card with the assignment if possible.

Part 2. Bring in 24 4×6 prints of what you believe represents your best work.

Questions to consider for your conversation?

How long of you been in business as a photographer? Part time? Full time?

What kind of work do you specialize in? Editorial? Advertising? Commercial?

What are the biggest strengths of your business? What do you think you could be doing better?

What do you know know that you wish you knew when you started as a photographer?


Zach Arias website

Zach Arias’ Transform Video