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
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