Week 4 – Photo Illustration Assignment Presentation

By now you should have received and read your evaluation for the first assignment. Use this information to make improvements on your production book for the next assignment. There was some glaring omissions and mistakes in the first books, which can and should be avoided for the next one. I also suggest that you take the time to practice your presentations as a group before the next class session. This will help greatly in your team being able to clearly communicate your approach to this and all subsequent assignments.

Team Assignment #2 – Photo Illustration on Depression

Conduct your shoot for the assignment this week, edit your images and revise and complete your production book. This final submission of the production book should include copies of model releases, permits, delivery memo, copies of receipts, etc. Please refer to the previous post as well as your notes for all the requirements for the assignment. You must also include your assessment of the assignment. This should consist of 7 things that that were effective practices that you want to make sure to continue with the next assignment. The other 7 things should be things you identified as weak or problematic with a note on how they would be fixed in the future. 

Remember that all images must be sent to the instructor via Dropbox by Sunday, October 6th at 10pm. If images are submitted after this deadline the assignment will be downgraded one full grade point.

You will only need to bring in a single copy of the production book for the instructor.

Personal Assignment #2

Photograph an event in your life as if it were a photo story or photo essay. Choose an event in which something interesting is happening, but which holds some strong feelings or emotion. Choose a variety of compositions, perspectives, focal length to capture a series of images that bests captures not only what you are seeing, but also provides insight into the people involved.

Bring in 6 prints from that day to the following class session to include in your growing body of work.

Due Next Week:

  1. Images for the shoot. They should include multiple images which would serve both the cover of the magazine (vertical) and the inside spread (horizontal).
  2. A complete and bound production book which includes all materials discussed in the previous class sessions. The production book must be signed by the DRM.
  3. Put together a list of best and worst practices (7 in each category).  Compile this list of 14 and submit as part of the production book.
  4. Your 6 4×6-inch prints of your personal project

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Week 3 – Street Fashion Portrait Presentation & Next Assignment

As we move on with the next assignment and roles are rotated, it’s important to apply what you have learned from Assignment #1. Your own evaluations as well as the discussion had in class should begin to inform the choices you make individually and as a team. It’s especially important that errors, mistakes and miscommunication which may have impacted your first job are remedied and improved.

Team Assignment #2 – Photo Illustration for Cover and Interior Spread

These images are being produced for a magazine article on the topic of Major Depressive Disorder, which  is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44 according to a report by the World Health Organization. It impacts about 6.7% of the US population 18 years and older in a given year. It is a disorder that is more common with women than men.

We are looking for  photo illustrations, which means an image that is born from a concept that conveys the topic in a unique and interesting way. The conceptual photographs are not just straight photographs of someone sitting in a corner with their hands on their head. You want to avoid images that are cliche. Instead, you want to create photographs that expresses the impact of MDD, but in a way that could draw the viewer into picking up the magazine or reading the article.  We are looking for an image that revolves around a single person (male or female). You will be submitting several variations of the shot for a cover (verticals) and interiors (horizontals) which could be displayed as a full bleed.  Please look at the links below to see images that demonstrate what to avoid, but also what we are looking for.

iStock images using the keyword depressionclick here

These images are standard stock images on the topic of depression. These are the kind of images that we’re really not interested in. If this what we wanted, we should simply order the photographs from a stock service. We are instead looking for a unique photo illustration which may involve creative lighting, styling or compositing.

Christian Hopkins Self-Portraits –  click here.

This self-portraits are produced by a young man suffering from a severe depressive order. The photographs are inventive and beautiful photographs that express his personal struggle with depression. These are a step-up from the images that typically found in stock and speak to the kind of imagery we are looking for.

Other Examples

The images below are illustrations on the topic of depression and are examples of how far you can take this assignment. Though the image needs to be based on a photographs, your concept, production choices and post-processing offer you a great degree of latitude and creative choices.

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For the first part of this assignment, I desire that each team pitch me 2-3 concepts one of which I will approve one.  The DRM should will need to call me on Thursday, September 26th between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. They will need to e-mail me any notes, sketches or examples which will help me see your vision for this shoot. If the DRM is unavailable to do this,, the PC will be the point of contact. The ideas should be based on some research on the topic and this information should be used as part of the pitch. 

The financials for the production book should reflect the cost of a studio rental if you are going to be using the studios on campus based on the hours of use. An affordable space in Downtown LA from which you could get a quote for use in your estimate is the Hatakayama Gallery.

The fee that would be offered for this assignment would include  $500 + expenses up to $500. 

Personal Assignment #3

Photograph your interaction with a person who plays an important role in your life. This person can be family member, friend or significant other. Create images that not are not just portraits, but that reveal your relationship and what this person means to you. Looking at the images you have already produced thus far, and think about how you can produce photographs that have unifying sensibility, style or approach.

Bring in 3 or 4 prints  to the following class session to include in your growing body of work.

Due Next Week:

  1. A presentation from the DRM, PC and Crew/Financial on the plans for the shoot based on the concept approved by the instructor on September 26th.
  2. Production book which should include everything explained in class with the exception of the model releases, invoice and delivery memo. The instructor copy should be bound (no loose pages). Bring at least 3 copies (1 for your team and 2 for the other team)
  3. Your next 3-4 4×6 prints for personal assignment #3.
  4. Submit your research on a publication which you believe would be a good fit for your style of photography. Provide me information on the publication, demographics, circulation, photo editor, etc as well as three photographers who they have published in past issues with links to their websites. I will e-mail you a list of questions you will be able to use as a guide for this assignment. Bring a printed copy of this to class making sure to include you name on the upper right hand corner.

Week 2 – Presentation and Production Book Review

Following the evaluations of the production books, please revise and edit all the details noted in the critique.

Should there be any major issues faced in this shoot that can hamper your ability to deliver next Monday, please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible.

Team Assignment #1 – Street Fashion Portraits

Conduct your shoot for the Street Fashion Portrait assignment this week, edit your images and revise and complete your production book. This final submission of the production book should include copies of model releases, permits, delivery memo, copies of receipts, etc. Please refer to the previous post as well as your notes for all the requirements for the assignment.

Remember that all images must be sent to the instructor via Dropbox by Sunday, September 22nd at midnight. If images are submitted after this deadline the assignment will be downgraded one full grade point.

You will only need to bring in a single copy of the production book for the instructor.

After the shoot, meet as a team and determine what practices worked best and which didn’t Put together a list of best and worst practices (7 in each category).  Compile this list of 14 and submit as part of the production book.

Personal Assignment #2

Choose a day during which at the top of each hour, you will make a photograph that reflects something about you and your life. Begin from the early morning of your day until you go to bed. Using the timer feature on your phone or other device to create a notification that will remind you to make a photograph. The subject can be of anything but try to create a photograph that is not only aesthetically pleasing but that aptly documents where you are, but also how you may be feeling at the time.

Bring in 3 or 4 prints from that day to the following class session to include in your growing body of work.

Due Next Week:

  1. 20 edit images upload to a Dropbox account by the deadline noted above.
  2. A complete and bound production book which includes all materials discussed in the previous class sessions. The production book must be signed by the DRM.
  3. Put together a list of best and worst practices (7 in each category).  Compile this list of 14 and submit as part of the production book.
  4. Your first 4×6-inch prints of your first 3-4 images assignment #2 images

Week 1 – Introduction and 1st Assignments

Welcome to the Working Photographer II course. This webpage will be your main resource page for the class. It will contain all the details for your group and personal assignments. Make sure to read these carefully before beginning and submitting an assignment for the class.

This site will also contain other resources such as tutorials, reading materials which may be assigned to you in class to serve as a point of discussion.

Team Assignment #1 – Street Fashion Portraits

This assignment calls on you to produce 20 photographs of strangers who exhibit a sense of unique style and sensibility. The images will be shot at a location of the team’s choosing in the Los Angeles area which they believe will provide them access to a quantity and a diversity of people to fulfill the requirements of the shoot. (If you believe a permit is required for this assignment, you should apply for one thru the FilmLA office.

The photographs can be produced using any medium (HDSLR, Medium Format, film). However the image must be presented as digital files and delivered to the instructor using a Dropbox account.

The image must use a combination of ambient light and strobe/flash using whatever modifiers the photographic team deems appropriate.

The requirement to fulfill the assignment will be as follows:

  • 20 photographs of subject who are unknown to the photographic team at a location somewhere in Los Angeles county.
  • The images should fall in line with the photographer’s unique style and vision and should not just mimic other photographer’s work or style.
  • The subjects should be chosen not only on personal style but a sensibility that exists within a certain community of people (e.g. K-Pop, skaters, punks, seniors, etc) Be prepared to explain this during the initial and final presentation.
  • Model releases must be obtained for each subject. The model releases should include some identifier to indicate which photo is associated with what model release.
  • Each images must be lit using a combination of ambient light and strobe/flash using whatever light modifiers deemed appropriate.
  • Images must be delivered to the instructor via a Dropbox account by Sunday, September 22nd at midnight. If images are submitted after this deadline the assignment will be downgraded one full grade point.
  • A production book  will include all the items detailed during Day 1 of the course which include the cover sheet, call sheet, estimate, etc. (Model releases, permits that may be required for the complete assignment can be presented with the final production book with 2 weeks).
  • The licensing terms for the use of the images should be stipulated in the estimate and invoice. For this assignment, you will be providing my license for the use of the images for 1 year for web use.
  • The production book should be bound in a sleeve or folder. Submitting loose leaf pages which are not bound will result in a decrease of 1/2 grade on the 1st presentation and 1 full grade on the final presentation of the assignment. 
  • All team members must participate in all phases of the shoot, which includes being present on the day of production.

Personal Assignment 

For the first half of the term, you will be producing a photo story/essay using yourself as a subject. Each week’s assignment will call on you to use your photographic skills to produce images that are not only aesthetically interesting and engaging, but which help serve a narrative.

All the assignment will involve a unique way of utilizing yourself as a subject, but will help you a develop a way of seeing, shooting and editing that will help you for the personal project that will begin after the midterm and which will serve as part of your Final.

Assignment 1 – Environment as Self Portrait

  • Photograph your home, work or school environment in a way that reveals details of who you are and what is currently important in your life.
  • Create photographs that make strong use of light, composition, depth of field, color, contrast, etc.
  • Choose a camera (DSLR, compact, iphone, Lomo, etc) which you feel you can have with you all the time and which will deliver a consistent visual sensibility.
  • Shoot as many image as you like but submit only 3-4 prints 4×6 prints that you believe best capture the theme of the assignment.
  • Submit these images in a manila envelope on which is written your full name.

Reading Material

Resources: 

Due Next Week:

  1. Production book which should include everything explained in class with the exception of the model releases, invoice and delivery memo. The instructor copy should be bound. Bring at least 3 copies (1 for your team and 2 for the other team).
  2. Be prepared as a team and as an individual to explain your plan for the shoot and your role in it.
  3. Your first 4×6-inch prints of your first 3-4 images self-portrait assignment & a 5×7 manila envelope with your name written on the front face